Thursday, December 15, 2016

December Birthdays

It was red and green day at school to celebrate Christmas.  Whereas many students selected festive items like Christmas sweaters, Collin wore green shorts with a red Nike sweatshirt.

Collin's Thanksgiving recipe.  We are grateful that Collin did not make the turkey this Thanksgiving!  Saved us an ER visit.

For the state's 200th birthday, Cooper submitted an essay on "What's Next for Indiana."  Out of 700 received essays, he earned a second place award.

For the state's birthday celebration, Cooper read his essay at the Indiana State Library.  Here he's getting a hug from the Indiana Superintendent of Schools.

And he won $100 for college.  Chris said it will probably be enough money to pay for his lunch one day:)

Birthday season began.  I blinked, and Caleb turned 14 years old!

Move over Baskin Robbins, this year I made Caleb an ice cream birthday cake.  

A day after Caleb's birthday, Connor celebrated his 12th birthday!

Per Connor's request, I made a peppermint birthday cake.

This one is a certified pre-teen.

I hope his wish was more time with his parents.

This was actually a happier occasion than Collin's face displayed.  Mr. Collin aided me in whipping up sugar cookies.

I think the cookies were one part flour to one part cookie.

Rounding up birthday week, Chris celebrated his 25th birthday (plus 20) with his favorite male companions.

Christmas is a nutty season for us all.  Between the shopping, the baking, the wrapping, and the the merriment, life is hectic.  In our family, we have an added layer of complexity.  We have not just one birthday, but three family birthdays in the span of a week.  What would I call it?  poor planning.  dumb luck.  extra blessing.  Probably all of the above.  But it's pumped more calories into our bodies in the form of multiple birthday cakes, and it's pulled more money from our wallets in the form of multiple birthday presents.

Three birthdays in the span of a week in December has taught me that the Christmas month will be crazy.  It will not be neat and organized.  My presents will not be wrapped and purchased before December 15th.  

Somethings will fall under my radar.  

I'll forget to buy a present.  I'll omit a loved one from the Christmas card list.  I'll add salt instead of sugar in the Christmas cookies.  But that's ok.      

Our December will not mimic a Martha Stewart Holiday celebration, but it will be filled with love....and lots and lots of cake.

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