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Ten!!

November 30, 2014

Every few years D’s birthday lands on Thanksgiving, and so it did again this year.  He’s officially ten!  Of course, being that his birthday was on Thanksgiving, he didn’t get to do everything he wanted on his birthday, so it feels like we’ve been celebrating for the past four days.  He got a really great birthday dinner though!  And he requested a chocolate pie rather than birthday cake.  I was happy to oblige.  The last time he had a birthday on Thanksgiving, we brought chocolate cake and it just felt. . . wrong.

On Wednesday morning, everybody but me (they let me sleep in) went out for donuts and shopping for some new gloves, which D really needed.  Then D helped me make pie crust because, “It’s my birthday pie; I’m not going to make someone else make the pie crust for me. . . but I’m not good at the pudding part, so you’ll have to do that.”

He wanted to go bowling that night, but there was league bowling the entire evening using all lanes, so we changed our afternoon plans and had a late lunch at the Pizza Factory and then went bowling.

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None of the boys  have been bowling before (that I can remember.) E lost interest after about two turns and wanted to play the arcade games instead.  D used the bumpers and did pretty well.  A and C should have used the bumpers; they had a lot of gutter balls.  Daddy won, and Little A slept through almost all of it, but everyone (except E) had fun.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had to hurry a little because we had to get the boys to their last day of swimming lessons at 4:30.  I thought we were doing so well and would make it in plenty of time until I realized I’d left the bag of swimming suits and towels at home so we had to drive all the way home to get them.

After swimming, D wanted to start a Lord of the Rings movie marathon.  (We finally finished it last night.  That’s quite the time commitment!  But we can’t refuse the birthday boy!)

On Thanksgiving morning, our home teachers came over with a present for D and he opened his presents from us: a new watch, a dot-to-dot book, and some Legos. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After Thanksgiving dinner, he opened presents from Grandma and Poppa.  More Legos!  and some clothes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve seen a lot of growth in D this past year.  He’s developing as a scholar and as a musician, and gaining maturity.  I can’t wait to see what the next ten years bring!

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