And this angle of the top of her head is pretty much all I've seen of her since that day.
Unlike the craziness of last year's neverending birthday celebration (I think I sang Happy Birthday to her like, nine times) this year's was more efficient and just as fun. We had cake and a special dinner on her actual birthday, and paid her $75 to not have a kid party. She was thrilled and so were we. A few weeks later we had a family party for her and Alec and celebrated both of our special kids.
Aunt Tammie did her usual magic and created two beautiful cakes.
Alec really loved opening presents this year.
Dan's birthday is November 10th, and we don't usually make too big a deal over it, except that this was a big one: Dan turned 40. He was exceedingly gracious about it and weathered my good natured teasing well, though a day or two before the actual day, he gently reminded me that my own 40th birthday will be here before I know it, and those who live in fairly sensitive glass houses should maybe not throw teasing stones.
He had a great birthday and got a new road bike, biking gear and some new workout clothes as gifts from us. Dan started biking over the summer and has gone almost every Saturday or Sunday morning for 15-17 mile bike rides. He has his sights on a 48 mile ride on Whiteface Mountain that he and a friend are planning to do next spring. He also has been running 5 mornings a week and is running in his first 5K on Thanksgiving morning. He has lost about 45 pounds this year and is in better shape than when I met him 17 years ago. I am super proud of all he's accomplished! He is in a great stage in his life and said that turning 40 doesn't bother him at all.
(I'm kind of a one-trick-pony with the FunFetti cakes, aren't I?)
We are blessed to celebrate these milestones as a family, with lots of love and laughs. God is good to us.