Monday, December 31, 2012

Birthday fun for Steven Joseph

We were woken up on the morning of the 20th by a happy 5 year-old running into our room and declaring it was his birthday!  We spent a lot of time in the car that day, and he was so patient to make it to Houston, to leave the girls behind with my parents, and to have to go through some time waiting for his cardiac check-up. 

Unfortunately his birthday was the only day they could see him for this appointment before the new year.  By the end, his patience was gone.  The half hour echocardiogram was just too much and he was ready for some birthday fun! But the patience was rewarded...One of the best gifts that Steven got for his birthday was finding out from Dr. R that his heart looks great and he only wants to see Steven every 3 years!  What a gift!

As we were traveling, we set up a dinner with some friends at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.  It was so great to be with our "crowd" again all together.  We've moved almost 5 hours away, and another family spends much of their time in the Middle East, so it was so nice to celebrate with these special friends who we miss so much.  Our other close friends with our goddaughter met us as we were leaving for a quick visit, too!  Here are a few photos...

SJ and his best bud J, so great to share this time together!

Sweet girlfriends at one table

And the other full table at Rico's including my parents, another grandma, and even a college-aged nephew joining us!  Lots of people, lots of noise, lots of fun!  My heart was full :)

He wanted a cake, but the cupcakes sufficed for this event

His first big-boy scooter!

Steven Joseph really wanted to have a "Nerf Battle" and a big cake for his birthday, but we knew it wouldn't work out on his actual birthday at the restaurant.  So we also planned a little celebration during the cousin Christmas get together on Sunday the 23rd.  Daddy picked out the orange and blue cake, which SJ wanted to decorate with Nerf darts!  The big "battle" didn't really happen since it was already dark outside and we still had Christmas gifts to exchange, but he had a lot of other fun times playing Nerf and other things with his boy cousins during our time in Houston.

So proud of his cake!

cute cousins

We had such a great time with friends and family.  Thanks to all of you who made it a fun birthday for SJ and a great parties for everyone!

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