Ugh–my blog is behind again! It seems like I go in spurts of being really diligent, and then not being….well, so diligent! 🙂 To be honest, things have been so crazy lately, that blogging has just gotten put by the side of my desk, but I will be catching it up over the next few days.
Brock’s birthday was November 5. He had a countdown going for weeks, so he was pretty excited when the day finally came. We had all of the Prairie Family birthday traditions: a cake made by Grandma, presents, eating out, etc. Brock really enjoyed the birthday cake that Grandma made for him. It was shaped like a hamburger with lots of ketchup–just like he likes it!
He isn’t the easiest kid to shop for in the world! When asked what he wants, Brock’s reply is always, “a new game, a book, a Nerf gun, and whatever else you pick out.” So, that’s what he got! All of the boys are really enjoying the book series Archives of Anthropos and they were ready for the next volumes, so we gave him books 3 and 4 of that. These books are similar to the Chronicles of Narnia, and some readers (including my boys) think they are better. All of my kids–the girls included–are really into Nerf guns these days, so Brock’s birthday was a good occasion to get him a nice one to add to our growing collection. (Any ideas how to nicely store these things????) I think the Nerf fad is deserving of an entry all of its own, so that’ll be coming in the next few days. In addition to these things, we gave Brock a new Wii game (much easier to store than the guns) and a pair of binoculars that will be fun for camping.
One of the highlights of our day was eating at Pizza Hut. Believe it or not, that is one of the cheapest places for us to eat–especially when we order the Pizza Mia pizzas. It sure makes for a nice time. They had some fun conversation game cards on the tables, and the kids had a lot of fun playing those while we waited for our pizzas.
One of our family traditions began when the kids were very little. Blowing out the birthday candles used to cause such stress. Of course the one whose birthday it was would get frustrated that the others would try to blow out the candles, and the rest of them got frustrated not being able to blow out the candles. We decided to get around this by lighting the candles twice. The first time, only the birthday kid could blow out the candles. The second time, the others got a chance to blow them out too. After years of practice, the kids have gotten quite good at blowing out those silly candles. Here is what it typically looks like:
Doesn’t take long, does it?!
All in all, it was a very nice day. Brock is really a neat kid. He has such a good sense of humor–he keeps me laughing!
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