Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had a great week! It’s been another good, fairly productive one here. The highlight of the week was Josh’s birthday – he turned 15. He had a great time playing laser tag and hanging out with friends.
After laser tag, they came over for pizza and a jam session – it’s a lot of fun when your friends are musical, too. Josh got to play his birthday/Christmas gift – his new guitar. We hated to give it to him before Christmas, but he had two shows this month and really, really wanted to play it. Plus, he overheard a conversation he shouldn’t have (a complete accident by all parties involved) and already knew he was getting it.
His one friend cracked me up. Josh has been wanting this one video game. His buddy put the game in a Lego Star Wars box and even threw some old Lego pieces in the box so it would rattle correctly if Josh shook it.
Josh opened it and you could see the look on his face – you know the one where you’re disappointed, but you want to be polite and not show it. He opened the box, hoping it was a trick and we got a real smile when he realized it was.
I love clever friends. Those moments are priceless.
And, of course, there was a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. All birthdays in our home require DQ ice cream cakes.
When you’re 15, it’s more fun to light your own candles.
In other news, Megan got her first gymnastics injury. It’s not too bad; she just twisted her ankle pretty good. It wasn’t bad enough to go to the doctor or anything – just a few days of icing it, wearing a brace, and taking a bit of ibuprofen.
Cat photos just for Erin
Just a couple of things you might want to know before I go. First, Freshi Learning Online that Brianna used last year (and still has access to, but she’s rarely home anymore) is having a huge sale for Christmas. If you’ve got a kid who’s interested in things like stop-motion animation, digital filmmaking, or video game design, you should check it out.
Also, Thrively, the online strength assessment survey I reviewed awhile back is having a giveaway. It ends Sunday, but winners will receive a $50 gift card to spend at AfterSchool.com, which sells gear for a variety of different sports and activities.
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