April 18th our Aedan boy turned 12. Last year things got so crazy I never posted his birthday pictures. It has seriously bugged me for twelves months. I even uploaded them and never got time to journal. I might still do it one of these days because it annoys me so badly. But for the time being I am going to get his birthday celebration up before some other catastrophe hits.
Saturday dawned a day filled with sunshine and lots of warm weather. And here on the Wachter home front it began, of course, with balloons. Addison was enormously excited about the balloons and Aedan was thrilled that he could toss them back and forth with the baby. This two have a special connection that is fun to watch. From the moment Addison was born he has always reminded me of Aedan both in looks and personality. "Aedan" (which he uses to refer to any of his brothers) was Addison's first (and one of his few) words. Aedan loves this and even more so he loves to remind the other kids that Henry doesn't say their names. The other boys retaliated once by referring to themselves as "Aedan" when speaking to Henry. Which earned Aedan's rare, but sassy retort, "Get your own name!" I just love this boy!
The day began with some favorite Asian style foods.... Jasmine rice, mango, tea, and tamagoyaki. I wish we had a photo of Carmella using chopsticks to eat mango. That sure is slippery stuff!
Trying to keep Addison on a feeding schedule we very rarely get an opportunity to all go anywhere together these days. So this was not just fun for Aedan but an encouraging hour for all of us. The weather was 82 and sunny. Much different from the 40's and rain the day Aedan entered this world.
For lunch the girls served sushi, egg rolls, wonton soup, and fried wantons with all the trimmings.
We spent the afternoon and evening working to clean the winter out of the pond and installing Aedan's new plants. One of the things I find annoying is I never have my camera with me these days. I didn't get one picture of this dude in the pond up to his waste pulling out algae. And it was a funny sight. But you will have to take my word on it.
Bottom line is it was a beautiful day and a beautiful celebration for our beautiful boy.
"Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased." Psalm 4:7