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Time with Ethan

My 5th child had a birthday. I wish those birthdays would stop. My kiddos are growing up so fast. Each year they are maturing and getting older. Josh is well on his way to becoming a wonderful young man of God, Annette is really maturing as well. In fact some of her goals are to be slow to anger, like not snapping at her younger brothers when they strike a nerve or act younger (like their age). And Caleb and Brent too, they are growing and learning.

Ethan is the big 12. He is a pre-teen now. This can’t be happening!!! Okay, mini-mommy-break-down over.

We took Ethan out for dinner on our date night. I love these times of one on one time with my kids.

Lupe worked physically hard getting one of our rentals ready that day and was looking forward to a nice juicy steak! Unfortunately Texas Steakhouse was an hour wait. We were both too hungry to wait that long (even though we absolutely love, love, the steaks there).

Next we tried Chili’s. We thought they have a decent steak, no-go. 30-40 minute wait. Our third stop was T.G.I Fridays. Not going to happen. Right across from TGI is Genghis Grill. Yay, we were told there was only a 10 minute wait which wasn’t even that long.
Awe, Ethan filled out the little card. Of course mama had to take a picture for memories.
Look at my handsome young man. He is so loving. Always giving me hugs and he still likes to snuggle.
Beef and calamari for him with lots of cilantro (although you can’t see the cilantro.
He really enjoyed Genghis Grill. It was his first time eating there.
After dinner we took him out for a cup of coffee. We told him to bring a book because his dad and I usually read while sipping our cup of java.
He ordered a frozen coffee, flavored with a cherry syrup. Lupe and I have been venturing out and trying new places. As much as I love my Starbucks coffee I want something new. It’s been fun finding some local coffee shops.
Can you see Lupe in the reflection?
Ethan's Birthday
Every year my sister faithfully sends the kids a letter, their cousins draw a picture, and she sends the kids $15.00! My kids absolutely love receiving their letter each year.

Ethan opened his letter, admired the drawing, we all oohed and awed at the details of the drawing.

He then took his letter from his Auntie Cynce and got comfortable on the couch.
My kids have a special place for their letters. They keep them all (drawings too!).
Ethan and his younger cousin had their birthday party a few weeks ago. Their birthdays are so close that they usually share their birthday and have a party together. I’ll have to post some pictures soon.

Ethan got a nice Lego set from mom and dad. Because we don’t buy them lots of toys and stuff during the year, I like to buy one of the more expensive sets for them. This year I got the Lego Star Wars Wookee Gun Set.


  1. Ethan looks so much older! Happy Birthday Etan!! I am glad he enjoyed the letter and drawing. :)

    That Lego set looks pretty awesome.

  2. MaryEllen did an awesome job with her drawing. We miss Donnie's hee,hee ;)


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