Monday, August 9, 2010

Birthdays, Birthdays, and more Birthdays!

Remember when you were little and you hated to share your birthday with your sibling or cousin or with a holiday - because the dates were close. Funny story. My sister Christine hates pumpkin pie. Trouble is her birthday always falls on or around Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble! It just makes sense. And it makes me laugh.

I digress. It would seem that during the last week in July and the first week in August my family should designate one day to celebrate all the birthdays in my life. You know - one big cake with everyone's name written on it. First was my little sister Amanda who today, August 9th, turns 30. Happy Birthday little sister and welcome to being old! :)

This is my nephew Trevor enjoying the pool.

Little Bro Ricky with his two nephews.

Then in 1988, my parents for whatever reason, thought we needed a brother and that added July 29 to the calendar as an important day. Happy Birthday Ricky. Jump forward a few years. My sister got married and added to the calendar my Bro-in-law's birthday on August 1. Happy Birthday Tim.

Proud Grandparents.

The last one was my doing because you see I married my best friend in 2008 and added Jake to the mix - August 8. Happy Birthday Baby!!

Nonetheless it does give us the chance and a really good excuse to get together. Last weekend Ricky, who moved to Texas to go to school, came home for his birthday. Of course, he managed to fit in a bull riding while he was here. How'd he do you ask? Let's just say he made a contribution to the winners proceeds that night. Oh well, better luck next time.

The great part about the weekend was Ricky finally got to meet his new nephew Clayton! Mom had a BBQ of course. Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, macaroni salad and homemade ice cream. YUM! It was lots of fun. And we got to see Ricky and spend time together as a family. I think I can even say we didn't even fight! Might need to write that down as a historical occasion. Anyways...It will be a while before we see him again - probably Christmas. But honestly it will be here before you know it.

This weekend (that would be the last two days) we celebrated Jake's Birthday. He didn't want a party so went to the Forebay at Oroville Lake, picked out a big tree, threw down a blanket, and had a great picnic. Clayton's first picnic actually. The weather was stunning considering its August. Who would have thought we would see 85 degree highs in August? I made a couple sandwiches and packed the ice chest. I even packed a homemade cupcake for the birthday boy. His request - yellow cake with white confetti candy icing.

I hope Clayton gets his fathers affinity for reading.

All in all the last two weekends were pretty special. I look forward to MANY more family birthdays and MANY more family picnics. Thanks for reading. ~mrs. c

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