Before I'm even used to the idea of having a teenager in the house, Solomon turned another year older - 14. Let me tell you, it is just crazy how time flies!! If I didn't have the little kids to keep me too busy, I could just sit and have a good cry about how fast the kids are growing up any time I think about it.
Having older kids is so wonderful! They are funny, you can have intelligent conversations with them (well, mostly...), they delight us with their individual skills, they are great helpers, and they just all around make us happy and proud.
Of course, they also moan when you hug them, eat like a small army, have busy schedules, are much more emotionally complex than a toddler, and worst of all, will never be little again and snuggle up in our laps or make us marriage proposals.
Since I still have all ages represented at home, I have not quite yet had to face the bittersweet reality that someday soon, all these arrows we have been shaping and sharpening will truly take flight. But oh, I can see it on the horizon, and it is approaching faster and faster.
Anyhow... Solomon's birthdays are always the hardest, because he's the one paving the way, like the beginning of a great, swelling tide. And yes, our tide is (hopefully) still swelling! :)
Anna positively adores her big brother. So sweet!
Miriam's look is priceless
As is her "fresh out of bed" hair
Playing the new extension to his current favorite game with the bros
For the party, Solomon had liked the idea of playing laser tag. We hired a local company to set up a laser tag course at the park near our house, which was a huge success, in spite of the temps still being in the triple digits here in early October.
Miriam and her almost identical-looking friend
After the laser tag, we had a BBQ lunch at the park. In all, between the parents and children, we had about 40 people, so it was a great, big, fun party.
Stephen was enjoying his unfettered access to the sodas. And yes, stripes and plaid is a dead giveaway that he dressed himself that day.
Try as we may, we could not get the candles lit in the breeze. Solomon was kind enough to play along with this important "photo op"
Then there's this little guy... :)
... and his best friend (no, not the cake, though that's a close second).
Becky's birthday is up next, in just a few days, and we will be staying busy with birthdays all the way through February.