We had a birthday boy this week.  JR turned 9 years old.  Every year, it is increasingly hard to believe how old he is getting, and what a little man he has already become.  Due to our current circumstances, we kept the event small and personal.  It was just our family.  Due to a previous issue, it also had to be a regular school day for the most part.  We just took a long lunch to celebrate.  As usual, he got to choose what type of cake he wanted, and he requested an ice-cream cake.

He also wanted to use our old balloon candles, even though I didn't have 9 of them.

He also wanted to use our old balloon candles, even though I didn’t have 9 of them.

I decided to buy his cake this go around, and the only place in town that sells them is Dairy Queen.  Since we had to go anyway, JR wanted to get lunch there as well.

Now, I have to tell you….THAT was a HARD thing to do.  Although we do eat out on occasion, with the exception of Chick-Fil-A in Colorado (because they actually have meat that looks like real chicken), I haven’t eaten at a fast-food chain in YEARS.  It just comes naturally as part of  our lifestyle to avoid the highly, over-processed foods that are found at most fast-food chains.

In any case, it was his birthday, and our town got a new Dairy Queen not too long ago, and he has wanted to see what all the excitement was about.  So, I reluctantly agreed.   We went, bought lunch, ate, then bought his ice-cream cake, and headed home.  R was a bit of a challenge by that point, so I decided to go ahead and put her down for a nap, but then the rest of us had a little birthday celebration.

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He got to open his presents while S watched on Skype, so he could be part of the deal.  Then, he took his favorite present outside to try it out–a remote-control helicopter.  He’s begged for one for several years now, but our altitude in CO wasn’t conducive to flying one of the beginner models.  He couldn’t have been happier to finally have his wish come true!

You can barely see the helicopter sitting on the box.

You can barely see the helicopter sitting on the box.

You can actually see him fly it if you click this link:       http://youtu.be/Gs5U1-VRe-w

I think Birthday Boy had a good birthday this year.   Happy Birthday, Buddy!!

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