Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy 13th Birthday Neal!

Neal has always liked the song,"In The Summertime" by Mongo Jerry. Have you even heard of Mongo Jerry before? Neal has found the music video so yesterday morning he watched it before school. He really does love music but he will tell you he doesn't if you ask him about band. He is playing the trumpet and man does he fight it. He has such a natural talent that if he would just "let go" and "go with the flow" he would enjoy band and the instrument.

Oh yah, he is looking at those John Deere tractors and vehicles. That is what he requested so that is what he got. He also requested spaghetti, ceasar salad, and french bread(no garlic) so that is what he got also. See that chocolate cake? It is homemade from top to bottom and it is yummy. Lou Lou has made this same cake for her families' birthdays for years so since we are in our home I am adopting a new tradition. The kids and husbands picking their own birthday meal is another tradition I have picked up from LouLou.

Lighting the candles is almost more fun than opening gifts. This is Lawrence, a relative. He is our neighbor and good friend. He is the same Lawrence who plows us out in the winter, takes Neal ice-fishing, and also lets Neal ride his Kubota. Lawrences birthday was Saturday.

"YES, I blew out all the candles on the first try"!!!

Birthdays mean spankings too!

Lou Lou's husband is staying with us until they can sell their house in Saskatchewan. He is super helpful and so patient with Neal. He gave Neal some guitar strings so he is stringing the guitar for Neal. Neal "just knew" that Uncle Chris was going to get him guitar strings!

Neal is a great boy with lots of personality. He loves helping others and having fun. We haven't had TV in our house since moving in and he doesn't even complain about it. If he can be outside helping our neighbors bale, or cut, or stuke the bales, he is hap hap happy! We love him!!!!


Marilou said...

Happy Birthday Neal! You just "knew" that Uncle Chris was going to get you guitar strings?? Whew, glad he came thru for you!
Wish we could have all been there to help you "Celebrate Good Times, Come on!"

Kari said...

What an awesome birthday!

Kari said...

okay. W.O.W. Neal is so big. I really can't beleive it. My oldest is Neal's age when we were in the same ward. Good job on the cake... but where's the receipe? I wanna make it.

USAUS said...

Happy Birthday Neal - being a teenager is the coolest... and you are getting so darned handsome...

Please don't tell my family about the scratch recipe tradition - I have done just fine with B&R for 4 kids now and having them believe its the coolest of all cakes!

You are such a domesticated frontier woman LL!!!

Danielle said...

Wow! I LOVE the cake! Happy Birthday Neal!

Dad/Papa/David/Grandpa said...

Happy Birthday Neal!! I know exactly the Summertime song. Good choice. Try Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone next. Should keep you warm during the cold winter nights.

You are growing up so fast Neal. Pretty soon you will be knocking the girls dead.

Audrey said...

Oh Neal. I always say this, but his smile in primary would always make my day. Plus hanging out with him after church by our van was always a kick too. Happy Birthday Neal!!! You are fantastic.