A few days ago, my wonderful second son turned a whopping twelve years old! It’s hard to believe that next year we will have two teenagers in the house! We celebrated just as a family a few days early with dinner at home, cake and ice cream and (for Ethan, best of all) opening gifts. Several sweet family members sent Ethan some money and Bryan and I gave him two games: Ticket to Ride and Pit. I remember playing pit with my grandmother as a child so I thought our kids might enjoy it and I was right! They love being able to yell out numbers as they play and everyone gets excited about ringing the bell at the end when they have made a full set. After we played the first time, I came up with the idea of using ear plugs and then I enjoyed the rest of the rounds even more! Ticket to Ride has also been really fun to play (though less noisy!) Katie even spent her own money to buy Ethan a super hero Lego, so we all felt the sibling love!
On the actual day of Ethan’s birthday, four of his best guy friends came over for food, cake, and hours of Nerf dart gun battles (topped off with a few rounds of Wii). This was his first time to have an all guys birthday party and everyone seemed to enjoy the freedom to get the downstairs messy and shoot at each other. Bryan and I just hung back and let them enjoy themselves.
It has been neat to see Ethan growing and maturing over the years. He has a great sense of humor, is good at relating to people of all ages, and is very fun to be around. He is also really interested in science and nature and is great at noticing things that no one else does. I am excited to see him keep maturing! It will be fun to see how God directs his life in the future. Happy Birthday, Ethan!