Jerry sat with the kids, and I went to the local bakery to pick up doughnuts for them for breakfast. This bakery has the most amazing doughnuts (my favorite is a peanut butter cream-filled one). The kids said they wanted doughnuts with frosting in the middle, so that's what I bought them (none for me or Jerry).
When I gave them to the boys, they each ate about half, and then said that the doughnuts had too much frosting and they didn't want the rest. I couldn't even understand those words! ;)
The boys' parents came to pick them up at 10:00, and as much fun as they all had, I was relieved to have a semi-quiet house again. Sleepovers are exhausting! My mom said it could be worse, if I had girls. She said that she hated when my sister and I would have sleepovers, because there was so much drama and cattiness that someone always left in tears. Thankfully, the boys at Noah's party all got along very well.
I figured Noah would be super tired today, and possibly fall asleep before dinner, so we decided to go out for a birthday lunch instead of dinner. He chose Chili's, so Jerry and I took both the kids there. On the way, Eli asked me what it was that I ordered last time (when it was just Eli and me that went). I told him it was the Margarita Grilled Chicken, and he said that's what he wanted. I was surprised, but happy that he liked it that much.
Jerry ordered that, too, after I had raved about it before. The boys wanted the pretzel appetizer and the chips and salsa. Jerry and I split one of the pretzel sticks, and I only ate two chips. The pretzels are amazingly good, but I wanted to save my PointsPlus for my meal. I am still amazed at how good that Margarita Chicken dish is, and it's only 14 PP for the whole dish.
I feel kind of bad that we didn't do more for Noah's (actual) birthday today, but Jerry and I were both so exhausted from his sleepover party, that we had a pretty lazy afternoon. We played MarioKart on the Wii with the boys for a little while, and we played a couple of board games that Noah got for his birthday. I love that he's at the age now where he's into the more "adult" board games; I was never a big fan of Candyland or Hi-Ho Cherry-Oh! ;)
It's so strange to think that Noah is nine years old, and going into the fourth grade! When I was pregnant, everyone always told me to enjoy every moment while he's young, because kids grow up so fast. That is a huge understatement. Time has flown by since the day he was born.
Fourth grade was a very tough year for me. That's when my weight ballooned, and kids started to tease me about it. One boy, Richard, gave me the nickname Shamu, and called me that all year. I became very self-conscious, and aware that I was different from the other kids. Because of my experience, I'm really worried about Noah going through teasing like that; there is no reason for me to think that he will, but I just had such a bad experience in fourth grade, that I worry about it. Of course, I'm not letting on to him that I'm nervous.
Anyway, my first-born is now nine years old--next year he'll be double digits, and I can't even think about that right now ;)
|He gets his shyness from me; he was a little|
embarrassed to be the center of attention while
we sang Happy Birthday to him.