Today is Tyler's 17th birthday. Or, as Mike put it, the first day of his last year of being a kid.
My mom came yesterday with a couple of cousins and Grammy to celebrate Tyler and Amanda's birthdays. It was raining so we sat in the garage while the little kids played with umbrellas and rode bikes in the rain. It was so funny because Grammy kept saying, "Come back inside our you're going to get all wet." We didn't care and they didn't care so they got really wet and had a blast.
My mom brought the cake and the cartoon candle that was probably a leftover from another cousin's birthday. Amanda thought it was a toy and played with it the rest of the day including tossing it around the living room and bringing it outside to play. I'm sure my mom was hoping to put it on my brother-in-law's cake next week but, you know, wax candles just aren't very durable. :)
Today we invited some neighbors over for a swim party, dinner and cake and ice cream. I made dinner and our neighbor made the cake and brought the ice cream. There were nine little kids in various pools and tubs on our little 10x12 deck. It was fun! Tyler and Amanda blew out the candles together again. Amanda's friends all went home to go to bed and Tyler's friends showed up and we ordered pizza. It's unlikely they will go to bed anytime soon...
We are a Christian couple joyfully answering God's call on our life to welcome children into our home. We have two boys, Tyler and Tony, and adopted our first daughter, Amanda, in August of 2007 and a second daughter, Christiana, in July of 2009. Talitha joined our family in February 2010 after a surprise pregnancy. Julia was an even bigger surprise in January 2012.