To be quite honest, it was such a blessing that everything fell into place last Tuesday morning and Captain's birthday turned out to be such a special day for him. I am doing better at the moment, but last Monday I had been completely overwhelmed, exhausted, and on the verge of a breakdown. I do realize that we are so blessed to be able to remodel our home right now, but any extra prayers you can send our way, as we try to make it through the process, would be greatly appreciated!
Anyhow, here are "Ten more Takes" from Captain's 10th birthday last week:
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A free Birthday Drink from a local Coffee Drive-Thru!
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We all had so much fun at the bowling alley. I was very thankful that it only cost $10.00 (the cost of shoe rental) for five of my children to bowl two games each! Do you have a bowling alley in your area that is participating in the Kids Bowl Free Summer Program? I think we will have to make the effort to go back once or twice before the summer ends!
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Tuesday is also "Kids Night" at our Applebee's (all kid's meals are just 99 cents each), so we headed there for dinner! (As a family of 8, eating out has become a rare treat!) We arrived at 5pm, just as my sister, Aunt JoAnn, was starting her shift!
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During dinner I told Captain that I just couldn't believe he was already 10 years old. . . Rascal piped in "Oh no. . . Your not going to start cryin' now, are ya? Don't go starting the waterworks!" And, wouldn't you know it?! That was all it took to get the tears flowing! He can be such a little stinker!! ;)
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After dinner Captain and I went to pick out a cake! I was sad that I couldn't make him one myself - he had wanted a "jet cake" - but he was SO excited when I told him that Dairy Queen actually makes Blizzard Cakes! They even had his favorite flavor! Yum!!
Rascal, who couldn't get past the fact that we weren't going to decorate the cake, made a lego "10" himself, to add to the store bought cake.
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Captain had another surprise when we arrived home with the cake. It was a last minute decision and Hubby picked it up in between bowling and dinner.
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Snuggles LOVED the cake. However, as soon as his big brother blew out the candles he said, "Heyyyyy!! You ruined it, the candles! It's MY birthday!" He was a bit confused! lol!
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After the cake, it was time to open gifts. It makes me so happy that my children get excited about receiving books as gifts! Captain received a number of books off of next year's book list for World History, including a couple books about his favorite saints!
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His final gift was a game he had been wanting for A. LONG. TIME!
(We were able to purchase this game with some of the credit I earned from those of you who purchase from Amazon after clicking over from one of my links, so THANK YOU!)
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At the end of the day Captain said "Thank you so much Dad & Mom. This was my favorite birthday ever!" Then he went on to add, " I say that every year, don't I?!"
He is such a wonderful son and we are so very blessed to have him in our life!