Thursday, July 31, 2014

Clark's 11th Birthday

For some reason this birthday wasn't "weird", as in, I can't believe how old they are getting.  But Clark turned 11 and it just seemed to fit.  My sister Stephanie was up visiting Lois and they all came down for the weekend to visit and join in on the party.  It was so fun having them here!

Saturday afternoon we went to the pool. 
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Of course I had to take them to Sharp Shopper.  It was so fun having Steph go there for the first time with us! 
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Each birthday I let the kids pick out a treat at the grocery store, anything they want, for under $5.  I rarely buy them things they ask for at the store, so I think it's fun that once a year they can pick something with Lee and I footing the bill.  After Sharp Shopper we stopped at another grocery store to buy a roast for Clark's birthday dinner the next day.  Clark came inside with me so he could buy his treat. First Clark walked down the bulk candy isle. But nothing caught his eye. Then he grabbed three cans of sardines...yes, he loves sardines.  Then at the meat counter he decided he wanted a seasoned split chicken.  He was able to get two pieces coming in at $4.20.  He was very pleased with what he picked out, no regrets.  Lee grilled some yummy hamburgers that night for dinner and put one piece of Clark's chicken on the grill. 
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That night I started working on his cake....the last kid cake of the year! 
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Clark's chicken.  The burgers Lee grilled were so good!
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That night Lois, Steph headed out with us to Dairy Queen.  The kids had coupons for free ice cream cones from the summer reading program that I wanted them to use.  And Steph bought Lois and I a blizzard. YUM!  Thanks Steph! 
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We drove over to the McGaheysville (pronounce Mc-gack-ee-s-ville) fire department where they were holding a summer carnival of sorts.  Fireworks were scheduled that night but it was raining.  We did see 4 fireworks go off, but then headed home after waiting awhile.
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I stayed up way too late...It was Sunday morning when I went to bed.  I did a creeper head for Clark's cake.  It's a character on a computer game, Minecraft.
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I wasn't pleased with the edges on the bottom.  Oh well.
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Clark had a good birthday.  We were talking about a friend party, which we never had.  When I asked him about it the day after his birthday, he said he was fine with not having one because cousins and family were there for his birthday.  How sweet!  Our friends the Franke's came too to help celebrate.

Three sisters!!!  Too bad Deb, Lena and our sisters-in-law couldn't have been there! 
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Clark with his cake!
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Party time!
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I love Blake's face...Elden too.  They are blowing out the candles, ha ha.
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Clark received some fun gifts.  Candy from the Franke's, $5 from Lois and Jeff (who doesn't love getting money?!) a Pokeman card set and Lego set from us.  I hid the Lego set and Clark didn't see it till right when it was time to open his presents.  I knew that as soon as he picked it up he would know what it was. He received birthday cards-with money-from each of the grandparents this week too, and he loved that. 
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Happy Birthday Clark!  We're blessed to have a creative, kind, responsible young man in our home.  And you are sounding great on the piano too! We love you!

1 comment:

Lois said...

Fun celebration. We're so proud of Clark and the fine young man he is becoming. Well done, Lee & Ruth. Love the photo of my girls.