In 2015 we started going to Junkstock, just my girls and me. For her birthday, Bekah wanted me to drive to Omaha and spend the weekend with her and E.Beth and to go to Junkstock. Well, that was a no-brainer! So now it has become our little tradition. Year three complete with hopefully many more to come. I wouldn’t trade this time with them for anything in the world.
This year was just a “tad” on the muddy side. But not to worry, we came prepared with rain boots and umbrellas. Thankfully, we didn’t need the umbrellas. Unfortunately, we had to carry them around the entire day. Oh well.
When the kids are all home for a short weekend, you have a picnic in the middle of the river. Why not?
She turned twenty and I baked her a cake. A few days later, on her actual birthday, she went to Denver with her best friend and family. They took her out to dinner for her birthday. I was happy for her that she got to go with them. It was a far better birthday than we could have given her this year because of schedules and such. And I couldn’t have asked for a better substitute family with whom she could spend her special day.
It’s the beginning of the birthdays. Nolan always starts off the parties, cakes, gifts, or at least he used to. Back when they were all little. Now, it’s just a cake, and sometimes not even that. Of course there’s a gift. Always a gift. But as they all get older and are leaving home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a “birthday party.” So we make due with whoever is around and celebrate as best we can. A bonus to this cake was the candles. I didn’t realize that I had bought trick candles. It was kind of fun for the small bash.