July 15, 2014

Noah's birthday celebration

Today felt like the longest day ever, which was probably because I got up so early, and did quite a bit before 10 a.m. Last night, we celebrated Noah's birthday with our family. The kids had a baseball game, so we all went to cheer them on ("we" being myself, Jerry, my parents, Jerry's parents, my sister and brother-in-law, and my younger brother. The kids had a pretty big cheering section ;)

After the game, Jerry and I picked up pizza and everyone went back to my parents' house to eat. My friend Audrey met us there with her nine-year old son, too. It was a nice evening! We ate pizza, and then Noah showed off his birthday cake, which he made himself. He's been watching Cake Boss, and says he wants to be a pastry chef ;)  This cake is a "creeper" (if you have kids who are into Minecraft, then you know what that is!).

It was a red velvet cake, so that when you cut into it, it would look like the creeper is bleeding. Very clever for a 10-year old! He was very proud of himself.

We hung around there for a little while, and Jeanie, Nathan, and I made plans to run together in the morning. Nathan had to leave for work at 7:30, so we had to get up super early in order to run 5 miles. Jerry and I went home, and there were frogs ALL OVER the street and in our yard. As hillbilly as it sounds is, Jerry and I sat on the porch with a beer and watched the frogs hopping all over the place. It was actually pretty entertaining.

I couldn't sleep for anything last night! I was so worried about getting up early, because Jeanie and Nathan were going to pick me up at 5:15. My alarm was set for 5:00, but I still kept thinking about the run, and I was tossing and turning all night long. I was SO tempted to back out on them, because I just wanted to get some sleep, but I knew I'd regret it if I did. At around 5:10, I got out of bed and threw on my clothes just as Jeanie and Nathan pulled into the driveway.

We drove to the state park, and it was still dark out when we started running at 5:30. You can make out Nathan's shirt in this photo, but that's about it.

It was SO nice outside today, though. We had a cold front come through, and we're supposed to have unusually cold days this week (and by "unusually cold", it just means in the 70's--about 20 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year). The humidity was low, and the temp was perfect--it was such a great morning for a run!

We ran at Jeanie's pace. She had forgotten her shoes at home in Illinois, so I gave her a pair to use, and they didn't work out too well. She had a hard time with them, but she was determined to get in the five miles. It was fun running with the two of them, and the miles went by pretty quickly.

After the run, I went home for a little bit, and then Jeanie and I took the kids to the rec center to go swimming. I was so tired that I really wanted to go back home and sleep, but I'm glad I went. Then Jeanie took Noah out, and Jerry and I got some quality time with just Eli. We went to the park where Jessica and I walked through the woods because I wanted to show the path to Eli.

My brothers and sister bought each of the kids a nice underwater camera to take to Punta Cana, so Eli brought his camera along to practice using it during our walk. It was so cute to see what he wanted to stop and take pictures of: the clouds; purple "flowers" (weeds); snakes; toads.

He even took a picture of this tree stump, because he said it looks like butt cheeks (haha!):

Overall, it was a super busy day, and I really hope I sleep well tonight. Eli goes to church camp tomorrow!


  1. sounds like a lot of fun... even tho you were tired

  2. You're a trooper, girl! What an AWESOME cake! Tell him I said so because I'm sure that'll matter to him. LOL Has he seen Steel Magnolias on TV or something and was inspired by the 'bleedin' armadilla grooms cake?' ;-)

    Glad the weather made for a nice run for you all!

  3. We are having unusually cool weather here, too; I'm looking forward to a morning run in the mid-50s! BTW, I just learned of your blog a couple months ago, started reading from the beginning, and finally "caught up" tonight. Thanks for the inspiration and letting me have a window seat on your journey!

  4. Sounds like quite the day! Hi, my name is Sam, and I ran into your blog a couple of weeks ago. You don't know it, but you've had quite an impact on me! I just blogged about it over at my blog, I'd love for you to read it. Thank you for your blog, and for sharing your journey. I look forward to reading more as I begin my own journey back to health. :) Thank you!! http://believeinyourself1.blogspot.com

  5. Haha, it totally looks like butt cheeks. Good spot Eli.

  6. AnonymousJuly 16, 2014

    Yep, I recognize that cake. My kiddo is Minecraft obsessed and he had a MC party too. Also it totally looks like buttcheeks.

  7. Aww happy birthday to Noah and I adore that cake! He did a great job on it!

    Glad you toughed the day out! Bet you slept good last night! :)

  8. Happy birthday to Noah! My kids would love that cake!


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