My 3 brothers and I are all 2 years apart from each other in age (and no, that was not planned). Also, all of our birthdays fall in either January or February (that wasn't planned either). So every year when our birthdays roll around we end up with either all even ages (like 2, 4, 6 and 8) or all odd ages (like 3, 5, 7 and 9). It's kinda cool to see what ages we end up being in relations to each other.
But this year was definitely the coolest!
Why you ask?
Because this year our ages are 13, 15, 17 and 19.
Did you catch that? We are ALL TEENAGERS!
This year and this year only!
The boys and I have been waiting for when we all were teenagers for forever! So we combined birthdays this year into one celebration instead of 4 separate ones. The only difference was that Mamaw and Papaw only drove down once, we had one "cake" and Mom got bragging rights that she had ALL TEENAGERS now! (pity her.)
Presents were opened outside since the weather was so nice. Oops that's another difference...we normally have to do everything inside because it's always SO COLD!
Christopher received a pancake flipper from Gideon, (remember he's the pancake master) striped arm warmers from Jonathan, blue jeans (that actually fit him!) from Mamaw and Papaw and a ticket to see The LEGO Movie from me.
We have this thing with tissue paper. Every Christmas we have a competition over who gets the most and the prettiest. Christopher was trying to redeem himself here with how much he got. Sorry bro, Christmas has already past.
Gideon got a book from Christopher, two LEGO mini figures from Mamaw and Papaw, a ticket to see The LEGO Movie from me and a little LEGO creature thing from Jonathan. Before he opened Jonathan's present he had to complete a series of puzzles Jonathan cooked up.
(Gloating because he got more money than we did in our presents. Guess we know who the favorite is now :)
Jonathan's presents consisted of two new cups from Christopher (we each have our "own" and his others broke), two (soft) t-shirts from Mamaw and Papaw, a LEGO set from Gideon, and a movie ticket from me (I'll let you guess what movie :)
("Ooh feel it. Feel how soft!")
Last, but most certainly not the least, moiré got M. Night Shyamalan's movie The Village on DVD from my extremely-cool-grandparents-who-take-hints-really-well, and the boys all went in together to buy me a sewing device that marks straight hems on skirts and/or dresses. For those of you who don't sew, just know my life is now a WHOLE LOT EASIER!
I suspected that's what it was...
...and I was right! A friend of mine owned this movie when I first saw it but she took it when she moved. You're forgiven now Ms. Lindsey :)
(Big box. I like big boxes!)
Then all 4 of us got an outdoor game set from Papaw (sorry Mamaw, you did say it was his idea)!
By this time it had started getting chilly so we cleaned up and headed inside for our "birthday meal" of chicken fajitas, beans, guacamole salad and salsa. All made from scratch by our wonderful Mommy! Except the guacamole salad, that was made by me. Sorry Mom, gotta give credit where credit is due! :)
A couple we call "our third set of grandparents", their daughter and two granddaughters stopped by just in time for cake (now that I think was planned :) Our "cake" was really homemade almond joy bars. But we couldn't get the bars to shape like bars. So we turned them into cupcakes. Because they stayed in that shape :)
And that's how we celebrate birthdays the Stewart way! Thank you to all who celebrated with us whether present or in your heart! I have an amazing family!
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