While the wonky weather and this nasty flu going around and around did impact our plane some he assures me it was a great day. Maybe because the physicals scheduled got canceled due to the doctor being sick, or maybe because we had an Emanuel Day… either way, my middle child is 12! Where did the time go??
We started off with a trim. Ken has gotten quite good with his clippers on maintaining cuts.
Then some lovely photos of the birthday boy.
With some spare time on our hands we ran out to the mall and got myself and Emanuel new runners. We are almost the same shoe size!
We snuck in a pretzel and picked up some groceries and then came home to open presents. The gift from Aunty Holly, Uncle James and Cousin Jimmie had came as well so we opened that too. He was quite pleased with his gifts.
Picture by Echo
He loves his gift from Aunt and Uncle and Cousin
Don’t forget phone calls from grandparents. We had a few of those!
He spent the rest of the afternoon playing with his new game before we took him out for his solo dinner of choice… Culver’s. Then… cake!
We finished off the day with watching his new movie – Ninjago. Which I hav to say, was funny. All topped off with fresh popcorn!
I swear we have made a tradition out of seeing Santa multiple times. First was an early trip with the Schwartz family to their Santa display of choice at a local mall. I splurged and bought a package and the online print. So you can see it first hand right here below.
Much like Macy’s Santa trips of previous years we headed to Culver’s after for dinner with our friends. It is a little sad that Macy’s closed down but this Santa experience was excellent none the less.
Of course I took some before pictures. Not every day we get these 5 so nicely dressed. Gavin wore the blue shirt and Zander the cream. Enjoy!
Our other established (as in 3 years now) tradition is the YMCA Santa. They really do do an enjoyable evening with cookies and crafts and a bouncy house. Not to mention a movie in the activity center and the chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus they gave out books this year!
This year we met up with our homeschool buddies. But since they wanted to see Santa and then eat we came early to play around. After all there was lots to do. Trinity and Echo both had their hands painted by Trinity’s drawing teacher Mr. Eddy.
The boys, who were not in the frilly wear were able to spend some time in the bouncy house. We also picked up some reindeer food and tried out the non paint related crafts.
After Santa, who was amazing… as usual. A thanks to Aimee for taking a group picture for us…
We went to Culver’s for dinner. All in all TWO great evenings seeing Santa with good friends!
9 years old, where has the time gone? April 26th marks Trinity’s turning 9. As we do with all the kids now, she got to plan her day.
We started off with pictures in the pretty dress we picked up for her that week at Sam’s Club.
Then it was a packed lunch and just us 3 girls off to the YMCA for some swimming. I opted to watch and take pictures from the sidelines, but the girls had the pool virtually to themselves. We had toyed with the idea of the girls spending a bit of time in the daycare while I worked out but when we went in it was a mad house of noise and babies.
After swimming was our picnic lunch in the lobby. Complete with a snack from the “snack machine”.
We brought our electronics of choice to use while we relaxed for the last of our girls’ morning out. Quiet, calm and exactly as Trinity requested.
Trinity chose all 3 of our outfits, actually!
Our afternoon was spent school free (another request) after a tiny bit of basic work, and relaxed on my bed.
Dinner was a daddy daughter only special time at Culver’s (lucky daddy!). It is one of her favourite places to eat.
Of course she opened presents! And had calls (video and phone) with grandparents. (Nana and Baba and Grandma Anna) Special thanks to Aunty Karyn, Aunty Holly and family and Gammie for mailing in special treats… it was a Pusheen themed event in the end! And without planning!
From Aunty Holly and family
Thank you Gammie!
Cake was homemade from a Duff box mix and a hit all round. Made by DADDY!
All in all a happy birthday! 9 years in the making.