We are almost out of birthday season here at our house. My bank account will be happy to have a break after David's birthday in a 3 weeks. ;-)
Tommy chose to repeat his day-with-friends type of party. It's becoming a tradition for him. His 3 best friends came over around 10 am on the Saturday after his birthday, and I'm pretty sure they had a great time just hanging out. They played Minecraft, ate pizza, and sat around talking for a few hours, and then we took them all to a movie in the movie theater. He has very nice friends.
I think it's very exciting to have a 12-year-old in the house. The big kid possibilities are endless! He's taller than I am, so I have another person to ask when I can't reach something. He's started scraping the ice off the car windshield for me in the mornings because his extra inches give him better leverage than I get. He's old enough to stay home by himself for an hour or so if I need to go to the store or something when he's home sick. He takes care of all of his stuff like homework and instrument practicing without needing to be asked. He's all kinds of awesome.
Speaking of school, sixth great has been a great year for him so far. He's loving his Cadet Band, and went on his first weekend band camp trip this month. He was not eaten by bears. (His mother was a bit worried about that.) He has also been competing with his school's Math Team. They've done really well this year, and Tommy was in the top 10 participants who got to participate in the regional competition. All 10 of them scored well enough as a team and individually to go to the state competition next month!
My birthday was four days after Tommy's birthday, as it is every year. This year, I got to do something really special for my birthday. My mom had a work event planned at Walt Disney World in Florida the week of my birthday. She was slammed with some unexpected mobility issues right before her trip, so she brought me out to be her helper for the few days she was there before the work stuff began. I really enjoyed sharing one of my favorite places with her on my birthday. I also got to spend some time with a couple of my local friends. It's was a great 3-day birthday celebration.
Charlie's turn! He chose to do his birthday party at one of those crazy loud trampoline party places. I think he had fun. I was too busy trying not to think about kids breaking arms or getting concussions. Nobody in our group got hurt, and Charlie came home happy, so I'm going to assume it was a successful birthday for my active, outgoing boy.
Yeah, I know I didn't take very many pictures. I was too busy keeping children ALIVE to take pictures. ;-) Luckily, Charlie is very understanding of my quirks. He's a very sensitive, caring boy. He spends a lot of time thinking about his friends and talking about what's going on in his life. He's loving his electric guitar, and is still very interested in cool things like loud music, exciting movies and intense video games. His vintage video game collection has really grown, because he's very good at saving money when he wants to add to it. He recently cut all of his long, thick hair off, and I think it makes him look much older.
Charlie has also been having a great year at school this year. I think he likes third grade a lot more than the younger grades. He was very pleased with his spring conference results, and spent this past weekend working on his science fair project for this year. He and David came up with a project about 'Sploding Sodas (Exploding Soda.) It was a fun way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon.
Well, I think that brings us up to date. We have some big news that I've been sitting on for a while now, but I think I'll be ready to tell everyone about it around David's birthday in March. Stay tuned for big changes for the Epp family!