Well, folks, we've been celebrating for a week and it's not over yet. Carter's party isn't until after Thanksgiving due to the holiday and people traveling. So, we're anxious for that big day to arrive.
Until then......here's a bit of what's been going on around here.
Jack and Lainey helped me pass out birthday treats at Carter's school yesterday. We toured the classroom and loved seeing Carter's work on the walls.
Brownie bites and punks awaited him after returning from PE.
I love his nervous look that comes out each year when his friends sing to him.
Some buddies from school. Carter never hesitates to dive right in!
The night before, Pa took us to dinner at a fabulous Mexican restaurant in Vista. California is such a contradiction in terms of health. People are very much into fitness and good eating.....but then there is a delicious taco stand on every damn street corner. Not easy to avoid temptation.
Flan and another round of "Happy Birthday"? Yesssssss!!!!!!!!!!
Pa busted out the props and the kids were delighted.
See? We're not the only crazy ones. Pa contributes, too.
On his birthday night, Pa came by to pick up Carter sans little punks for a night on their own. Some shopping and a movie. Tons of fun.
Looking back on Carter's 10 years, I gathered a few notes on his adventures:
*After 20+ hours of labor and an emergency c-section, was born at noon on November 17, becoming the first grandchild on both sides of the family.
*Spent New Year's Eve and a couple of days following in Cook Children's hospital at age 13 months.
*Watched Mom and Dad build their first home, which he moved into the weekend of his 2nd birthday.
*Visited southern California and toured 5 theme parks in 11 days. Met Mickey Mouse for the first time.
*Played soccer at (barely) age 3. Blake and I coached his team, which almost ended up in a divorce. Noted.
*Traveled to Hawaii. Surfed with Uncle Bob in Waikiki. Hiked Diamond Head. Toured Pearl Harbor. Attended his first Luau.
*T-ball at age 4. We stayed in the bleachers.
*Snorkeled with sea turtles and exotic fish in Akumal, Mexico.
*Helped create 150+ filled stockings for the Marines spending Christmas in Iraq, including his Uncle Cody.
*Became a big brother. And, it didn't ruin his life!
*Was baptised in the Catholic Church with his baby brother.
*Moved to Denver.
*Received a sweet kitty and named him Batman.
*Skied at age 5. Lots and lots of weekends in the mountains.
*Hiked the Rocky Mountain National Park.
*Played flag football. Chaotic.
*Snowboarding at age 6. Very "cool" for a 1st grader.
*Became a big brother again, this time to a sister. Survived that one, too!
*Visited Mount Rushmore, The Black Hills and Deadwood.
*Played tackle football. Mom prayed on the sidelines during the games.
*Attended Confession at church for the first time. Walked out with arms up in the air exclaiming, "My soul is clean!" Lord help us.
*Received his First Holy Communion.
*Was approached by a talent agency in Castle Rock and asked to audition.
*Moved to Kansas City.
*Drove cross country. Saw the Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Telluride, and Route 66.
*Surfed in La Jolla. On his own this time and fell in love with the ocean.
*Experienced Fall in the Midwest. Skied on slopes rather than mountains, but loved it, too.
*Had his artwork chosen to be framed and hung on the walls of the Olathe ISD Administration building.
*Became a fantastic reader with a genuine love of books. Nominated for the Junior Greatbooks program at school.
*Moved to San Diego.
Can't wait to see what his next 10 years bring!