Israel is now officially 13. His birthday stretched on for more than a week this year, so I feel a little less guilty about him not ever getting to have much of a real party. Having a birthday right around Thanksgiving (or right on it this year) always makes it difficult because everyone is busy with family or hunting or both. A few years ago we found date that worked and he had a bunch of people over for a huge sledding party at the Dam and chili at home after, but since then, there hasn't even been snow on his birthday. This year we decided to go a whole week before and do some paintball. And then we did have snow, so we had paintball in the snow.
|Some of the guys getting equipment ready at home before heading up to Michael's to meet everyone.|
|Daij, Israel, Peter, & Peter Ryan. I never did get a photo of everyone together.|
|Israel & Daij: I think they definitely look related in this photo! (Maybe it's just because they are dressed exactly alike.)|
But if course these were teenage boys so they ignored that "inside" part. Israel got a new zippo lighter from Michael for his birthday and had to try it out. This photo was from one of the times I went to go try to convince them to come inside. I didn't even notice till I downloaded the photos that Peter didn't even have real pants on! (Probably because I had a hoodie and a hat and the hood of my coat bundling me up.) They thought their fire was big enough to keep them warm. I thought they were crazy.
|Later in the evening a bunch more people came over to watch the UFC fights. (Photo by Lex...interesting angle by a very short person. I guess I should've let him take a few more before I took the camera away. I didn't take any that evening.)|
|Zoran and Azia taking a break to read some Thanksgiving books.|
Since I realized we never got around to the generic birthday stuff at any of Israel's whole day of celebration and activities, he got a birthday dinner just with family on Monday night. When I told him it would be just our family he said, "So that just means you and Dad and Azia and Zoran and Lex and Yaya and Papa? And maybe Daij and Gage?" My kids don't seem to have real typical understanding of "immediate" family.
|We didn't ever even get around to decorating his cake. Oh well it's working just fine to hold up hiscandles and that's about all we needed it for.|
And then we had almost a full 24 hours before celebrating the next birthday (Aodhan).
Israel got to spend his actual birthday Thursday hanging out and entertaining his little brothers, baking peanut butter cookies (his contribution to the Thanksgiving meal) and endlessly counting down how much time was left before it was time to head over to Yaya and Papa's for dinner.