(I don't even know where to start, it's been so long...)
Turned 14. Happily joined the teachers quorum at church. (He's the youngest of his friend group so he is READY to hang out with all of them again). He really cares about food and so we tried to get it right for him on his birthday: peach french toast for breakfast, appetizers for lunch, Subway for dinner and fruit pizza for birthday cake. He also really loves sports and his buddies, so they had a soccer game with sports drinks and costco cake for his party.
Turned 9. According to my pictures, he had clam chowder and smoothies (with ice cream not spinach) for his birthday dessert. We got him huge Lego sets that he built once and then never played with again. It wasn't his party year and my calendar and instagram have no other information for me, so um, I'm done.
Oh! I remember hers! She turned 6 this year. Her birthday was on a Saturday that included a huge cross country meet and a soccer game, both (luckily, actually) 2.5 hours away. We wanted it to be a fun day for her still, so we rented movies she liked for the ride down and let her pick the lunch spot. We found this hot dog restaurant that had crazy gourmet dogs and the owner made her a special birthday plate. So nice. When we got home, we did a late birthday dinner with pumpkin dessert for her cake. She got a new bike which she was SUPER excited about because the old one was so little and so slow for her.
The big one year birthday! (Honestly how nice is it that you have no pressure to do anything for the birthday kid because they have no idea it's their birthday?) I made him a smoothie and a pancake, took him to a bouncy house indoor playground thing and we did a Hungry Caterpillar cupcake cake with a very few presents and decorations...totally just for his siblings. It was a good day. We feel lucky all the time that we have that cute smart kid.
Another big one! 16! Without going into detail, it was a little weird. There's all this anticipation for Mormons turning 16 and dating and it didn't quite work out with the guy Emma was expecting to be her first date. Boooo. It was a boring school day with a dessert I could tell she wasn't too excited about. BUT! I pulled off a fun surprise party the next day. The kids had Friday off, and so I did a breakfast party. I arranged for her to go babysit a friend's kids early in the morning while everyone showed up and when she got there, I think she was pretty surprised. We had a crepe bar and the kids just hung out and talked. ( I debated games, but you really have to convince teenagers that games are fun and I was too scared to try). Anyway, it was one of those birthdays where you really are shocked that time has passed and wish you'd cherished it all a little more.
We arranged to use the Grandma's Christmas money to spend a weekend at a local ski resort over Ryan's birthday weekend. We stayed at a friend's condo and watched movies, ate out, skiied a little (hardly any snow this winter!) and used the resort's indoor waterpark. Poor guy was exhausted but it was a fun day. He turned 40...a big numbers year for the Romneys. (But who really cares about 40 in the end, right?)
She turned 12...so excited for Young Women's! We had omelettes and orange julius for breakfast, I arranged a swim date at the Daines and they invited us to stay for a BBQ after. Everyone loves the Daines, so I was glad we could do something special on her birthday. I made a KILLER macaroni a cheese dish with an amazing Strawberry lime cake for dessert and she got most of the presents that she had listed out months in advance.
And we are done...in case anybody doubted we got older and that I didn't forget any of my family's birthday or didn't show my love for them with mounds of homemade fattening food: here's the evidence!