{SQT} Birthday, Anniversary, and Nature

Teddy turned 10 on the 8th! (Somehow the big event didn’t make it into last week’s Takes.) We celebrated with grandparents, ate cake, and Teddy managed to receive two of the most complicated board games in the history of boardgames. (Axis and Allies and Legends of Andor [which contains HUNDREDS of cardboard pieces to punch out].) whispers…affiliate links The same game of Axis and Allies has been going on since Saturday. I think it’s now a permanent fixture in our living room.

Teddy was born six weeks premature. When he came home from the hospital, he was the size of this baby doll. I used to take a picture of him with the doll every year on his birthday, but have missed the last several years. This year, we tried to resurrect the practice and this was the most cooperation I could get from him.

We bought pumpkins and started decorating for Halloween over the weekend but I sort of petered out after a couple hours of creating ghosts from trash bags. I still have a stack of decorations in the living room I think we’ll put up this weekend…maybe?? At this rate, I’m just hoping the pumpkins don’t rot before we get around to carving them.

On Tuesday the 13th, Tony and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. We fed the kids, put on Ghostbusters and walked down the street for a fabulous dinner. It’s a pretty swanky place we rarely visit, and even then, usually just for drinks and a cheese board. We sat outside, enjoying the fall weather and did the usual reminiscing. Once home, and while we were supposed to be putting the boys to bed, we danced to our wedding song. Fulton and Teddy were not amused, but their room really does have the best dance floor.

Fulton and Teddy refuse to believe Tony ever had so little hair on his head and face.
Older and wiser but still looking good! I had to text this picture to my mom so she understood why I wasn’t calling her back. It’s a rare treat when we can get out on our actual anniversary.

Wednesday I took the younger three to a nearby state park and tried out the handicap trail. Enthusiasm was low until we spied a snake sunning on the side of the path. Then it was a mixed bag of anticipation and disappointment for the rest of the hike. Fulton was really hoping for more animal sightings even though we were louder than a pack of elephants coming down the trail.

Thursday, I took the teenagers to the mall. It was supposed to be just Edie and I, but Addie and Byron both asked to tag along (this is despite the fact that Addie could just drive herself there anytime she wants). Everybody bought some items, and I got ideas for Christmas presents, but my biggest take away from the trip was that today’s incarnations of 90’s clothes are just awful. I mean, 90’s clothes had issues, but what I saw in Forever 21 could only be considered 90’s lounge wear for seniors from the Penny’s catalogue. I mean, I guess if you pair a crop top with it, it’s cool now???? Who but my great-aunt was wearing this stuff in the 90’s (sans crop top)?? I also learned that Hot Topic is selling 80% of the same t-shirts they did when I was in high school.

Lastly, if you’ve been reading #7QT for any amount of time, you’ve probably clicked through to Katherine’s blog, Gloria in Excelsis Deo. She’s a long time linker upper and her son Thomas has been fighting cancer. As hard as it can be to read her posts, I’m glad she’s writing through it all. Please keep her family in your prayers.

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  1. Oh my, you are so sweet to direct people to my blog! That was incredibly kind of you because I know it will result in more prayers for our boy. For anyone reading my comment: Please pray for the tumor to start shrinking during these Chemo Cycles 5-6, as it did not shrink in Cycles 1-4. Surgery is going to happen after Cycle 6 regardless, but it will be more dangerous and less effective if the tumor is still avid (alive) where it encases four major abdominal arteries.

  2. Aw, you and Tony were so cute at your wedding!

    And yes, I will certainly pray for Thomas and his family. Thank you for letting us all know overtly instead of expecting us (read: me) to notice something.

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