Thursday, June 26, 2008

happy 18th

Yesterday was Jake's birthday. I think he had a nice day. Here's how it went.

Hollee (his girlfriend) came over at 9:15 to wake him up. I have no picture of this, but I sure wish I did. Jake's not such a pretty boy when he first wakes up (who among us is?). And from personal experience, he's usually a little grumpy.

After he gets up and gets himself ready, he made his way downstairs where his mother promptly wishes him a happy birthday.

He and Hollee decide it's time to go and start their fun-filled day.

I know they ate lunch at Wendy's, went putt-putt golfing (where Jake got three holes-in-one), went to the mall, and went to Hollee's house to open his boatload of presents (he got more from her than he did from us)... but I don't have any photographic proof of any of this because the two of them felt no need to take any pictures.

They made their way back to our house around 6:00 because they were hungry and they knew they were getting a free dinner. The birthday boy chose Old Chicago. He opened his presents from us before we headed out.

After dinner we went bowling. We all looked very fashionable in our bowling shoes.

And look at the form of that bowler. You would think her scores would better reflect her near perfect approach to the lane. Now that I look at the form, maybe that's why her scores were so bad =)

But Jake and Hollee look happy. They obviously had better scores.

I have to interject a funny story here...
To show how little Don knew about bowling, it wasn't until we started the second game that he inquired how the scoring went since he was throwing spares and strikes and the numbers just weren't adding up. He was astounded when it was explained to him. How can a person who never bowls and knows nothing about the scoring do so darn good?

As we returned home, we were delighted to watch the lightning show from a large storm going through. Once we turned the corner to our house, we saw a very sad sight. Our little tree in the front yard had snapped and was laying on the ground. We figured either the strong wind from the storm did the damage or someone hooked a rope to the tree and their car and drove across our yard and driveway until it snapped. Probably the first.

We then went inside and brought out the cake I made earlier. Yes, I stick all my professional looking cakes in a plastic container and slap a price tag on it... they taste better that way. We sang happy birthday very quickly because by the time we lit all those cute little candles, half of them had melted into puddles of wax on the cake. I'd suggest not using these candles.

The night ended with Jake and Hollee working on a jigsaw puzzle. They've been doing a lot of puzzles lately. One night they stayed up until 3:00 in the morning because they wanted to finish it - quote, unquote. Ah, to be young again.

As I type this, they have abandoned the puzzle and are snuggling and watching the Late, Late Show. I think all the birthday fun of the day tuckered out my little... um, I mean... big boy out.

Happy birthday my dear, grown-up son. I hope you had a wonderful day. And thank you for 18 wonderful years.


kailani said...

I bet those 18 years flew by fast, huh? Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy!

Jamey said...

I love the first picture of Jake. How typical of a teenager....or just a "boy" in general. My husband still does that and he's
35. Very cute pictures of Jake and Hollee, they do look happy. It sounds like he had a great birthday thanks to mom, dad, and girlfriend!

Too bad about the tree:( We had strong thunder storms roll through here about 5 AM. Lots of rain and strong winds. We have no trees yet though!

Have a good day!

Humble wife said...

How romantic puzzles! I think that he has a great relationship with his girlfriend.

I love your *cakemaking* skills!!!!!

The candles are a must for the next birthday in my home!

Yes he is growing up but obviously he has been grounded in a strong home.

Just Mom said...

Sounds like a simply wonderful birthday. Happy Birthday, again, to your little ... I mean all-grown-up boy.

Barb said...

What a great and fun recap of Jake's birthday. Thanks!

Barb said...

Sorry about your tree!

Heather said...

Jake and Hollee make such a cute couple. Sounds like he had a great birthday, "homemade" cake and all! (I know lots of people who makes their cakes that way ;-)

Lori said...

Looks like everyone had a fun time.
Great pics.

Momma Roar said...

Fun post...and I see we "baked" similar cakes for our boys this week!!!

Mam said...

What a great birthday for the boy. It always looks like your family has so much fun together!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAKE!! Looks like a great day for all:)

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Oh, that is sooo sweet. Your son is adorable. What a handsome boy. That'll be me in just a few years!!! Hollee seems like such a sweet girl. I hope that works out ofr both of them :)

I'm sorry I haven't visited in forever. I'm finally back in the blogging world (with a new public blog) so I hope to be around again. I've missed you and your blog. You are a ray of sunshine.


P.S. - I finally got a nice zoom for my camera - a Sigma 80 to 400 mm!!! How cool is that? We just got back from our vacation to Glacier National Park so you'll have to come check out some of my photos.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Happy birthday to your it flew by.

Love the story of don bowling...beginners luck, right? LOL!