This time of year is an important time at this house. I suppose it's because I will have given birth 5 out of the 6 times during the spring, and therefore we are in birthday mode around here, which of course just so happens to be full of pivotal birthdays this year.
You see, Levi just turned 13 (he is now officially a teen), River is about to turn 18 (where did my little boy go?) Abram is turning 7 (thank goodness he is not in the double digits), and Isaiah will be turning 16 in April (aacckkkk another driver soon). So all four of those birthdays happen within weeks of one another, nevermind squeezing in a fifth celebration smack dab in the middle. I know we could have planned it a wee bit better, but if you know Den and I then you knooooooow we are not big planners....*giggle*
Anyway, I have learned that close to birthdays the boys get antsy. It's not because they can't wait for birthday cakes and gifts, no it's more like a little timer goes off in their biological brains and bodies, and it's not normally a very jolly experience for mama. I have made notes throughout their lives of these sorts of events and I am pretty sure it is scientifically correct, of course I am the mad scientist.
So, River is counting down to becoming 18 because he has big plans. He is getting ready to leave this old nest soon and he is flapping his wings and batting people in the eye with his gigantic wingspan. Levi is now a teenager and can attend church functions as a "young kid". He is constantly getting advice from his older brothers on how to be "cool" at such activities. Of course, then he wants to practice the "cool" part on the rest of us. Isaiah is anxious to turn 16, but he is behind on getting his drivers license and he is NOT pleased about this. He tries to get sympathy from me, and I can fake it from time to time, but I am sure I ooze "Oh well" a little too much, and therefore am not scoring points in that department.
Oh when did it all become so complicated? Abram is getting ready to turn 7 this month and his biggest concern is if we will be able to manage a Chuck E. Cheese run on his glorious day. I think I can squeeze a two hour adventure in to make his little world go round. However, he is not immune to the birthday evolution. He is always a little more emotional a few weeks before he is ready to blow out the candles. A few more gusts of throwing his little weight around in whatever small area he can, but lucky for me, his little weight is easily placed in the corner on such occasions....hehehe Now a 6'5" foot boy is a little more challenging and therefore takes a little more caloric brain power for me.
So to conclude this long winded post....I have to ask myself the question, "What was I thinking adding another birthday in the spring??!!"LOL