Monday, November 16, 2009

Our 9 Year Old Boy

Blake Carter will celebrate his last single digit birthday on Tuesday. Our oldest child is growing up. Too fast in my opinion, but I like the direction he's headed.

He's our most outgoing child. He has the trademark Starnes charm that oozes out of every pore of his being, willing you to like him. It's pretty much impossible not to. He's considerate and thoughtful and far the compliment I hear most often about him.....and nothing could make me prouder as a parent.

We celebrated with friends on Saturday at a nearby park in town. This party was designed start to finish by Carter and I must say that it was our most successful to date!

The kids:

We'll get to more of the party soon.......first, here are our obligatory at home pictures with siblings. I absolutely love this one. Can't see it without smiling, knowing both boys are cracking up.

All Kansas City Chiefs cheer on big brother at his mock football game.

See? Nurturing.

At the party......Blake played both referee and quarterback at times. The boys were split into teams, adorned with flags......and ran like crazy for an hour and a half.

Lainey stayed near Daddy when possible.

And, the she joined Jack and other kids on the playground at times.

Our little chef worked on the cake for a bit...yes, PW's Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever......delish. Jack must have rearranged the candles 5 times. Carter was a great sport about it.

I love that our boys are still interested in decorating wrapping paper.

And, making hand-made birthday cards. See, they're not that old.

Candle time.

And, then Lainey dug in.

Back to the game.

Another version of the first pic......this one without the silly faces.

Guess who had as much fun as the little boys?

It was a great party. Lots of generous gifts and some gift cards to spend. Life is good for this 9 year old boy. And, I'm proud to be part of it. Happy Birthday to our first baby.....the one who started it all!


The Jones Family said...

Great post, great pics and WHAT.A.GREAT.BOY!

Happy Birthday Carter-Man! We love you!

Merry Mack said...

Great pics. Looks like loads of fun and plenty to be proud of. I need the sheet cake recipe, I just signed up to bring chocolate sheet cake to the Pre-K Thanksgiving. What chocolate sheet cake has do with Thanksgiving, I am not sure, but I signed up.

SASS said...

Oh! I love this! No words for sweet Carter. Best big brother ever. Those B&W pics of the boys lined up could be in a magazine. Just precious.
You and Blake pat yourselves on the back! Carter is growing up to be such a stud. The other screechers I'm not so sure about...;)

Anne Lorys said...

You have the most gorgeous kids. Ever!

Jodee said...

What a fun birthday party! Cute pictures! They grow up wayyyy too fast!

Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration - love all the pics! Happy birthday, Carter!

Blake said...

As the Elton John song "Blessed" goes...

Hey you, you’re a child in my head
You haven’t walked yet
Your first words have yet to be said
But I swear you’ll be blessed

I know you’re still just a dream
Your eyes might be green
Or the bluest that I’ve ever seen
Anyway you’ll be blessed

And you, you’ll be blessed
You’ll have the best
I promise you that
Ill pick a star from the sky
Pull your name from a hat
I promise you that, promise you that, promise you that
You’ll be blessed

I need you before I’m too old
To have and to hold
To walk with you and watch you grow
And know that you’re blessed

Carter you have truely made a mark on your mother and I. We are blessed to have you in our lives.

I love you C-Man! Happy Birthday!

FROGGITY! said...

that made me tear up! you must be so proud. what a great idea- flag football!! and this is the perfect time of year for that. you sure do have 3 precious kids!!! happy birthday to your oldest!

The Soladay Family said...

What a sweet post....and Blake's response....You picked a winner, Casey!

Life in Beverly Hills said...

I have tears in my proud you must be. Those are great pics that completely capture the moment. I love the cheerleader outfit too.

Happy Birthday Carter!

Dee Stephens said...

I'm a fan of the b/w picture too! Happy Bday Carter!

Sara said...

Seriously?? Tearing up here at work after reading Blake's comment. Fabulous family!!

Happy Birthday Carter!! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Coco said...

Awe, Casey. Love him. Too bad my kids will bring him over to the dark side in two weeks.

Damn,Blake. Your comment actually made a little lump in my throat.

Laine is a girl version of Carter, spitting image. When are y'all breaking it to Jack that he is adopted?

Becca Jane said...

Wow, it goes tooo fast, huh! I love the football theme party! Cam had a basketball party this past summer. Boys are so much fun! I love Lainey's cheerleading outfit and pigtails, tooo cute! I'd love to send your cutie girl some bows, just give me a few days to get my new stuff on the site and you can pick some freebies on me! :)

starnes family said...

Becca, I'd love it! Just say the word!

donatelli98 said...

So sweet - glad to know there is hope for some of the wild antics we are going through right now! Cherish these moments!

Heather said...

Awwweee. Happy Birthday Carter! What a fun and simple party! Aren't those the best?! Love the pic of Carter and Jack.

The Luis Family said...

Happy Birthday Carter!

Looks like one successful party! Lots of smiles and good times to remember. Great pics too!

I also want that chocolate cake recipe. Sounds way too good to pass up! Have a great celebrating!

Yellow Beads said...

oh what great photos. Looks like a really fun time!!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

My oldest is nine also and I wonder where the years have gone too.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday Carter!!

Anonymous said...

oh, what a fun party! your kids are adorable!

5 Boys And Me said...

Such great pictures - my favorite kind - they catch just the pure joy on the little ones faces playing football - oh to be 9 years old and so carefree!!

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