Birthday Weekend

This weekend we celebrated Mari’s 17th birthday and my 41st birthday. The Reagens and Mimi and Papa came over a couple of times for cake and ice cream.

Mari likes to go to PF Chang’s for her birthday dinner. This is probably the most popular sit-down restaurant for our family.
Cousin Swimming
Rob and Mari
On Saturday night Susan, Rose, Lucia and I went to see an outdoor performance of Into the Woods.
Swimming on my birthday.

Rose 7th Birthday

Today we celebrated Rose’s birthday, a day late because yesterday was a busy day.

Rose at 7 is a lot of fun. She and Lucia still spend 99% of their time together and get along extraordinarily well. Rose’s ideal schedule is waking up at 8 and going to be at 10. She likes waffles and bagels for breakfast, mac and cheese for lunch, and walking tacos for dinner. This past year she did dance and soccer, and loved the 2nd grade.

Andrew, Mari, and Rose
Elliot lounging after dinner, on Rose’s new sloth.

Happy 9th Birthday, Lucia!

Today we celebrated Lucia’s 9th birthday. Lucia and Rose left school early and we went to Howell’s for some fun fall activities. This is the second year in a row we have done this.

Welcome to Howell’s
Lucia and Rose love these.
Jumping Pillow
Bathtub Train
More Bathtub train
Tractor ride to pumpkin patch
Racers
Maize
Pumpkin Picking
Waiting for a ride back to the main barn
Tire Swing
Pipe Wheel
Birthday Face Painting

Lucia is still a sweetie and joy to have around the house. She is excited and enthusiastic about school. She wakes up most days around 7:45 when someone wakes her up. Without a wake-up she would get up around 8 or 8:30. She likes toaster waffles for breakfast. Susan packs her school lunch most days, but she likes to get hot lunch a couple of days a week. When not in school, she likes reading, art, playing outside, playing ping pong – pretty much everything. She played soccer this fall and does dance (baller, tap, and hip-hop). She goes to bed at night around 9:30, but I often have to poke my head in after 10 to tell them to stop talking and go to bed.

Happy 18th Birthday, Andrew!

This evening we celebrated Andrew’s birthday with the Reagens and the Liesses.

The Crew
Big Booty
Waiting for presents
  • Wakes up around 7:40 on school days, 10 on other days.
  • Runs
  • Works out
  • Walks around the house with his airpods in
  • Goes out with his friends on the weekends.
  • Plays football with his friends
  • Plays ping pong with Elliot
  • Likes watching sports
  • Has already had 3 jobs (Fareway, Target, Chick-fil-A)
  • Figuring out where to go to school next year (Xavier, Creighton, Regis)
  • Stays up too late sometimes, but the problem is he doesn’t pay for it

Minneapolis Soccer Tournament

This weekend we headed to Minneapolis for a soccer tournament for Mari’s team. We watched a lot of soccer and spent a lot of time hanging out with friends.

Mari must be out there somewhere.
Susan, Lucia, and Rose took a morning off to visit friends: Hope, Sarah, Susan, and Jen.
Saturday was my 40th birthday, so we had a little party in our hotel room.

Happy Birthday Mari!

It was a low-key birthday for Mari this year because there is a lot going on. The Reagens are out of town and soccer is still in full swing as Mari’s team preps for a tournament this weekend.

For dinner we went to P.F. Chang’s. Andrew was working, so he couldn’t make it.
Cake

Mari turned 16 this year and is already driving herself to school and some other school-related places. She gets up around 6:30 and school days and we wake her up around noon on off-days. She likes to play soccer, read, and spend time on her phone. Her favorite app is TikTok. She watches some shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Outer Banks. For Friday night pizza she insists on Papa John’s. I think she goes to bed around 2 when there is not school.

Happy Birthday, Rose!

Today we celebrated Rose’s 6th birthday. Attendees included Mimi & Papa, Mar-Mar & Be-Bob, the Reagens, and Elsie and Abbot. Rose had a piñata, pin the tail on the something, cake, and plenty of presents.

Rose
Piñata
Pin the tail on something
Rose
Singing Happy Birthday

Rose is a real sweetie. She loves hugs, kisses, and snuggling. She and Lucia still share a bed and spend 99% of their day together. She is inquisitive and good at putting 2 and 2 together. She loves to swim, play sports, dance, play with her toys, and play outside.

Her day usually starts around 7:30 or 8 when she and Lucia wake up. She likes to eat 1/2 a bagel for breakfast, either with cream cheese or butter. Then it is time to play. She was homeschooled this past year and mostly focused on number and letter facts and some light reading. For lunch she likes chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese. She is getting better at swimming, but still uses her puddle jumper much of the time when she is in the pool. She can’t touch yet – but she is close. She likes to join us on walks, sometimes walking and sometimes on her scooter. She and Lucia usually go to bed at around 9:30.

Happy Birthday, Elliot!

Cameron, Elliot, and Ian

Today we celebrated Elliot’s 14th birthday, with the Reagens in attendance. It is the first time they have been in our house since they spent the night on New Year’s.

Elliot is in 8th grade now and is back in school this semester after learning online last semester. He wakes up for school at 6:55 and we leave at 7:20. After school he has track until about 4:30 and then he has soccer 3 nights a week around dinner time. During the little freetime he has, he likes to play Rocket League, Forza and watch videos on his phone and computer.

One fun thing Elliot started in the past year is “Elliot’s Fun Facts.” He makes up random facts that are fun.

Favorite song: Commitment Issues
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite musical artist: none
Favorite book: Elliot doesn’t read anymore
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: none

Lucia’s 8th Birthday

Today is Lucia’s 8th birthday! We had the party earlier this week so today was fairly low-key. Lucia did wake up to some lovely yard decorations, which was fun. She also went to the zoo with Erin yesterday, as part of her birthday present.

Lucia at 8 is a lovely, smiley girl who loves to spend time with just about anyone. She is very social and gets along well and can carry on a conversation with anyone in our family and neighborhood. She and Rose are the best of friends and spend nearly 24 hours together every day – and have a blast. Also of note is that Lucia loves to spend time with our neighbor, Elsie. She is Lucia’s best friend outside of our house. Their relationship has been curtailed of late, because of the coronavirus, but they still like to spend time together when and as possible.

Lucia’s day usually begins around 8, I think when Rose wakes her up. They share a bedroom and stay on the same schedule. Lucia likes to eat waffles or a bagel for breakfast before doing a little school work. She is in second grade this year and was going to go to school, but because of the pandemic she and Rose are homeschooling another year. This year in school we are basically just covering language arts and math, with some other lessons added more recreationally. Lucia is making good progress and reading and does well at math, though she doesn’t always like it.

For lunch she likes mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and pizza rolls (smart girl). She still prefers the basic foods but is starting to he more adventurous. She also has a milk allergy and rarely consumes straight cows milk or large amounts of ice cream.

She loves activities, including dance, tumbling, and soccer (probably in that order). She has been doing dance online this year and is taking a break from soccer, but has already made us promise she can play next year.

Every day for Lucia ends with reading, playing with Rose, and lights out between 9 and 10.

Favorite song: Moral of the Story
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite food: Walking tacos
Favorite band: Justin Bieber
Favorite book: Kaya
Favorite activity: Dance 
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite subject: Science