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Project 365 – Day 25 (Thurs-DW)

David has begun the Birthday Countdown. He turns 6 in the middle of February. My goodness!! I tell him almost every day that I really don’t think he should be allowed to leave the 5′s behind, that being 5 suits him very well and that he should re-consider. So far he isn’t interested in my ‘stay five forever’ plan.


Look at that face – would YOU let him grow up and turn 6? Surely that silly-pie should stay 5.

Daniel told David he should have a Family Only Birthday Party. I’m not sure why he felt his interference was needed, but perhaps he was looking to avoid a houseful of rambunctious 5 and 6 year olds (and I must say I can’t blame him, in fact I might go so far as to join him–ha). Or maybe Daniel is hoping we’ll have a fun family outing. One year we went to Odyssey One for Daniel’s birthday. We had just moved here and weren’t involved in any activities and were not yet well-connected in our church (i.e., the list of birthday invitees was non-existent). We had a wonderful time celebrating Daniel and exploring the adventure center.

Just about every other day David changes his mind about his upcoming birthday – in fact he doesn’t seem to remember what he had decided the day before. It’s rather funny.

“Mom,” he said to me yesterday, “I need to tell you who I want to invite to my birthday party.”

I interrupt his litany of names. “David, I thought you were going to have a family party this year.”

“Oh, that’s right,” he shakes his head. “Let’s see, I think I want to do something fun for my party. What are you going to buy me?”

He definitely makes us laugh. Rachel and I were watching some little home video snippets (from my digital camera) last night and at one point Rachel said that I should video-record David all the time because he’s so hilarious.

playing a game


David didn’t get his Special Day with Tim today, so he decided to use some of his evening time playing Age of Empires. He certainly knows how to ham it up for the camera.

Rachel went upstairs to David’s room with the instructions to take pictures of David with some of his favorite toys. This is one of the pictures she took.

lots of toys

We had a visitor join us for dinner tonight. I love some of the blessings that having guests brings, in particular the opportunity to try out new recipes and the excuse to tidy up the house. Of course, that does raise some questions such as: “Why would you clean up for company and not your own family?”, or “Shouldn’t you try new, creative menus for those whom you love best?” Hmmm. Since the children are called on to do most of the cleaning, they would probably shout “No! Leave the house messy!” I’m not sure they are completely unbiased in this regard. Tim really prefers a ‘tried and true’ menu so he wouldn’t necessarily vote in favor of new, “interesting” recipes (read: could contain strange vegetables and spices). Joshua, being a hungry 13 year old, votes in favor of food and lots of it; if Mom need some creativity in order to be interested in cooking more, he will go along happily.

Here Tim and Carl try to figure out the secret ingredient in the creamed spinach.



Nutmeg was the hidden spice in the spinach.

David sat next to Carl and found himself suddenly shy, but still ready to smile for the camera.

david and carl

Thanks for joining us, Carl. As always, it was lovely to have you.

Tim has a pile-up of Special Days to do this weekend. I believe, so far, only Rachel has had her Special Day – lucky girl, I wonder how she managed to sneak hers in? Joshua, Daniel, and now David have all been moved to Saturday. How fun – that means we’ll be playing lots of games this weekend. Joshua wants to try out one of our new, complicated ones. I don’t know what Daniel and David will choose. David likes to have one on one time with Tim so he’ll do his best to find a time when everyone else is busy.

Maybe they’ll work on the plans for David’s birthday party. Lol!


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Project 365 – Day Eighteen (Wed-DJ)

You never know what things will impact a child, what special outing or conversation will take root in their heart and be important to them. I started this Project 365 because I was intrigued by the idea of taking a picture every day for a year. As I worked through how I wanted to organize and structure it, I decided it would be interesting to give each person in our family their own day. I could base my blogging around a particular family member and always have some sort of inspiration for my post.

David in water
Here’s today’s little star!

As I began collect pictures and journal about our days, I discovered this blog was turning into something more than just a place to share photos with friends and family – it was becoming a family journal where bits and pieces of our adventures (big and small) are gathered together to paint a beautiful mural of our life together.
David wild cat

On Wednesday, when the home was full, again, of children, Rachel said to me, “Joshua, Daniel and I didn’t get our special computer days.” She looked at me very accusingly. Ha! I told her I couldn’t blog about the kids on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. She said, “I know!” and shook her head at me sadly.

I let the children read the blogs after I post them but I didn’t realize that they had started to CARE about them, that they would feel left out that their day had passed and it wasn’t captured in the blog. I overheard Rachel telling a friend about her Matthias post and how much she loved it. Interesting how much we long for special attention, for recognition, especially from our parents. Even if we know we are loved, we want to hear it again and see it demonstrated.

Today is David’s (age 5) Special Day. He will be 6 in February (much to my chagrin as I didn’t want him to turn 5, much less 6) and regularly asks me how many more days until his birthday. We went to Chuck E. Cheese this morning for a friend’s birthday party. The children had GREAT fun riding the different cars and trucks and other rides, playing games, winning tickets, and devouring pizza.

Joshua and Daniel took excellent care of their little buddy, David. Rachel watched Sarah and was in high demand from the other little girls at the party.

joshua and davidbrothers

In the late afternoon we had swim lessons. David continues to do well. “I think they’re going to move me up soon, Mom,” he told me, “because every time I do something my teacher says, ‘Good Job, David!’” His face was so earnest and pleased. Last session he went from Pike to Super Pike and it was very thrilling to be advanced to a higher level. He’s obviously ready to jump ahead again. He is torn between swimming and wally ball – he would like to stay and play (still working on that serve) with us instead of going off to swimming with Sarah. I don’t give him a choice, just bustle him off to class.

fierce facesmiling
I couldn’t resist this background – nice fierce and then smiling kiddos. Silly!

In the evening, David selected Labryinth as his game of choice. The boys played while the girls went off for a quick visit with a friend. David won which surely makes a Special Day extra-special.

game 1Daniel helps Daviddavid wins

One last picture of David Buddy to end the blog.

david's bike

He is a special boy and dearly loved.


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