Friday, May 20, 2011

Nathan turned 12!

Wow, its official...the youngest is no longer a little boy!

It is hard to believe that Nathan has turned 12!
Luckily for me, he still has a great sense of fun!

I tried something new with the cake...since none of us really love cake anyway...for most of the family, cake is a method to get the frosting to our mouths.
I saw this great idea on another blog here (she is so talented and funny!), and tried it out for the birthday cake...yum!

And so cute! (I'd better get these cute things in while he still thinks that they are fun!)

Here's a closer look...and they were so easy! I didn't make the cutout holder, and the high altitude here had the cupcakes not rising quite as high as I would like...but all in!
We had to make a last minute run to the store to have enough candles...I remember when one box would last me more than one year!!! Sniff, sniff!

But once we dug was great!!!

I'd say that these were a hit!

Or that Nathan is a ham...

One of those...

And, horror of horrors...I have broken down and allowed a game system in the house...

To which my children and husband say, "Thank you for joining the modern world, Mom!"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Birthday Time!

You know, after 15 years, it is nice to finally get it right!

We celebrated Brandon's birthday on a Saturday...

Happy Birthday, B!!!

Just a family party...with some presents coming through the mail as well.

We did the cake and candles thing...

And we did the presents thing...

Brandon always loves a new book!
Sweatshirt that he wore every day as long as it was even remotely chilly.
And then, here is the part that we finally got right as parents...

Finally, we got our son a gift that was both a surprise and exciting to receive!

Wait for it...

Its a Kindle!!!

Now, when we pack for our next car trip...we won't be packing 14 + books that are read in the first three days...and then have to be shoved into every available corner to get them out of the way for the rest of the two week trip!!! No really, we really did!

I'm just saying...not that that experience had anything to do with our decision....maybe...

And for real, Brandon thinks that this Kindle is the greatest! So now that we've finally chosen the best gift...what do we do next?
Amazon gift cards, of course!