"What a guy!" is right! Giving him an early present, I deactivated his alarm and excused him via text message to the elders quorum president. It's a shame that I forgot to deactivate his own children as they bounced in our room shortly after seven asking about soccer games and cinnamon rolls.
He was awake, despite my best efforts, but at least he was ours to spoil. The kids and I had missed him. We sang our first round of 'Happy Birthday' over a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls. Before you feel impressed, they were Pillsbury... even so, they were delicious.
His birthday brought a lot of rain which made Henry and Eliza's Saturday soccer games awesome AND cold; real cold. With their games being held at the same time, I wasn't there to watch Eliza score her first goal ever. Happy birthday to YOU, Andrew!
Next up, we went to the Ogden Nature Center in honor of Eliza (more on that later). My parents met us there. Sadly, due to the rain, we chose not to linger. Returning home, Andrew expressed excitement over the enchiladas that he'd missed out on the night before.
"Those look great. I'm starving." He said. Hungry myself, I understood his sentiment. And then he continued,
"I just realized that I didn't have breakfast today!"
"You mean, you don't remember the four cinnamon rolls you ate this morning?" It's true. His metabolism rolled right on with him into his thirties (can't really say the same for his memory!). Did I mention he was tired?
Laughing and apologizing at the same time, we had lunch and sent him straight to bed for a birthday nap. Feeling refreshed, (laugh out loud), we made our way to Bubba and Nanna Teresa's for a delicious birthday dinner. Aunt Katie went all out on making him a killer 'tire' cake in honor of the spare one he'll never have. ;)
Joey's darling wife Lynsie, Franklin and baby girl Ruthie only add to the draw that we have for us to see their family more often. As I observed Henry and Franklin play, I felt this pull for the pair of them to have a repeat childhood experience. I suppose I ought to craft that sentence with more caution. Knowing the mischief the pair of them created, I wouldn't wish for the same experiences for the second generation, per say. But to have the chance to grow up with a friend like that, is what I'd hope for each one of my children.
"How can we land these kids of ours in the same neighborhood?" It was a question that perplexed me most of the night. Good friends are a blessing. I find it rewarding when Andrew is able to spend time with someone who truly knows him. Thank you Joey and Lynsie for coming and for Katie's thoughtfulness in inviting them. Let's not wait until he's forty to get together again, please!
I love you Andrew and hope you had a very Happy Birthday.