And so before it's no longer 2012, I will climb back into the recesses of my brain and see what I can recall about each kid's birthday:
Ben - Turned 4 in July!
Big Lug. loves Girafee, Pup-O, Cheetah, and gum! command man. Bubba. distractable. "tickle my back". loud! dirt-stained face and feet. chatty. fun. easily angered. adorable. rough and tumble. physical. opinionated. tentative & then ALL in.
Ben had a pool party down in Phoenix. He had a Po (from Kung Fu Panda) cake - only to find out after the fact, the kid doesn't like butter-cream frosting. How am I supposed to decorate a cake without butter-cream frosting? Go figure. I guess I'll have to learn something new.
Sammy - Turned 6 in September!
thinker. hard-working. reading. loves legos, cuddles, bugs, & games. sensitive. "what can I do for you, Mama?" grasshopper hunter. creative. shirtless & barefooted. persistent. "Money" (how Jon says his name). goofy. go-getter. impatient. gardener.
Sammy had his first all-boy birthday party. He wanted an Angry Bird cake - which proved to be a fun challenge (I can't believe I didn't get a good picture of it - oh well, there's always next year).
Livvy - Turned 8 in November!
little mommy. helper. goofy. fun-loving. leader. empathetic. bookworm!! loves: Amy Carmichael, Laura Ingalls, A to Z mysteries, & The Box Car Children. Wants to go to India and tell the children about Jesus & a baby sister. tenderhearted.
Livvy had her first all-girl birthday party. She said she didn't want a theme cake. She just wanted to play some games and then play dolls with her friends.
It's been quite the adventure so far watching them grow. I am so blessed to know them and to spend my days with them.
And not to be left out, here's Jon (who will be two in three months):