Birthdays and birth days!

A.J. had a great 9th birthday.  We surprised him with a night at The Medieval Times.  None of the kids had ever been there before, so it was a treat for everyone.  They are still talking about it, asking when can we go again?
If we were living in those times, A.J. would have been a knight.  Definitely.  He was fascinated by all the weaponry that was on display.  Some of these swords had a price tag of over $500 ~ crazy!  So much for our souvenir idea!

Me and my Birthday Boy during the show!

Afterwards we all went over to meet our Yellow Knight and get his autograph.

The night of A.J.’s birthday party, Andrew came down with a fever that soon turned into a deep cough. The day after that, I got what he had… and a day after that, so did Aria and Alex.  So the four of us have been sick.  It hasn’t been fun.  And every time Aria coughs, she gets very mad and says, Andrew made me sick!”   I always feel sorry for the kid who brings the sickness into our house.  There’s no mercy here for the bringer of the bug!  The kids can be awful.  “Thanks a lot, An-DREW!!!”  they will say, in between the coughing or sneezing.  
They never say each other’s names correctly when they are mad at each other.  Instead, it’s more like this:
Ais- LYNN!
Al- LIX!
They do it just to make the person mad.  They say it in more of an angry sing-song voice, too, just to add the extra annoyance quality.
Anyway, I’ve been down for the past two days, but I’m on the mend and should be 100% by tomorrow. I’m planning on it, anyway.  I’ve been power walking/jogging lately, and I’m looking forward to getting back in my running shoes.
The trails that I run/walk on.  This is a lame photo but you can see off to the left of the picture how the trail winds around the hill….

It takes me 55 minutes to complete the trail, and that’s when I power walk and jog some of it. Some of the hills are very steep, so they slow me down some.  But it’s a great workout, and when I get home the kids alway ask, “Mom…did you wear sunscreen? Because your face is RED!”  
My bathroom scale needs batteries, so it’s not working right now to tell me if I’ve lost any weight or not.  And you know what?  I’m not even going to go there.  I mean, I will know when I’ve lost weight when I can fit into my skinny jeans again, right? No scale needed for that.
My good friend just had her 10th baby the other day!! I’m so beyond thrilled for her! A healthy, 8 pound little girl was born to my 43 year old friend.  My friend is similar to me in that she had her first miscarriage after turning 40, then another, then another. But then one day  she tested positive again, and that one stuck!  And now nine months later she has a new baby girl, born at home ~ she has home births, too!  We are so much alike.   So I’m thinking…since we do almost everything else alike, perhaps that might happen for me, too?  That our 10th might still be in our future?  I guess it’s certainly possible!  
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  1. says

    What a fun birthday party for your boy! Hope you’re feeling better today.
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my blog post today. Now I will add you to the list of blogger mamas I am in AWE of. A great mom of 9 beautiful children!

  2. says

    A great birthday party! Our kids used to make full knight-wear out of cardboard. :-)

    We had 7, then 3 miscarriages in a row, starting a month before my 41st birthday. But then number 8 ‘stuck’ and arrived just after I turned 44. I always felt God had 8 for me, so just had to wait… If he has a 10th for you, it’ll happen. It sounds like you have the strong desire in your heart, so maybe He put it there and has every intention of fulfilling it.

  3. says

    oooh, medieval times is fun! we have one in dallas. glad you guys took him and that he had fun. congrats on walking/jogging again. those hills look fun and if i lived near you, i’d do them with you in a heartbeat.

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