Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scenes From A Birthday And Mother's Day

Billy turned 15 (Yes, 15!!!) on May 9th. 

And the tradition continues...Morning doughnuts:

(Mary is away at her annual band and orchestra trip)

After breakfast Big Bill and "Little" Bill went to the driving range and hit some golf balls.  In the afternoon, Billy had a baseball game.  This makes him happy, especially when he plays well and his team wins!

We went out to dinner because he wanted Ruby Tuesday ribs. (and I wanted to start Mother's Day early :) )

We went home for dessert.  Billy had asked for an Xbox One, but since a $400 birthday present isn't possible, I made him an XBox. 

I thought my clever joke was going to be met with roars of laughter, but instead there was complete silence around the table.  Then one of the kids said, "Wow, that was mean."

Sorry Billy.  My bad.

Nothing that a little cake can't fix.

I think my favorite part of the day was when we realized at 11:03a.m. that it was your birth "moment".  We gathered in the family room for a group hug and celebrated the minute you were born.....laughing together as Dad did his best "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" voice.

I am very proud of you, from being a teenager that gets up out of bed without complaint to letting your six year old brother play soccer with you and your friends.  And although we have to light a fire under you for many other things, we know you are a good-hearted kid who will make it far in this world.

Happy Birthday, Billy.  We love you.


The next day was Mother's Day.  I really wanted to go on a little hike and have a picnic lunch.  And that's what we did.  We took a car ride up to the Delaware Water Gap.

  Beautiful weather, scenery, and family. (and no cooking!)  Life is good, I tell you.


  1. YAH! No cooking for you too!

    Love hiking and picnics. Beautiful scenery.

    Life is good. Your family is so sweet. Kids growing up! 15 is a nice age!

    I need to agree with the "silent table"...bad bad mama...maybe he can start saving up! Seems like he is a busy guy with sports etc..who has time for video games!??

    We just have a regular xbox with a kinect. We use the kinect to dance more then anything.

    Happy Mother's Day! Your photos are perfect! You do a great job!

  2. I love your Mother's Day!
    And Happy 15th to your son!
    So you and I were both loving on babies in May 2000...
    Peyton turns 15 on May 31.
    You have a 15 year old son. I have a 15 year old daughter.
    Hmmmmm. Just sayin'. ; )

  3. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love the X Box... Such a great idea!!
    The last picture of you and the kids is wonderful! I think you should frame it.

  4. I had Billy's birthday on my calendar and I was thinking he was going to be 15, but it still doesn't seem possible!

    I love all the pictures. Sounds (and looks) like a lovely weekend!

  5. First...I had to laugh out loud, hard, at the Xbox! Then when I read how the others reacted, I felt bad. (Great minds think alike ;) Seriously though, happy birthday to such a great young man! Y'all are doing such a super job!

    Then there is Mother's Day. Your day looked PERFECT!!!! I loved it and the pictures. Beautiful family, Kathleen!

  6. Happy belated Mother's Day and Birthday to Billy! Everyone looks terrific! It is so fun to keep in touch with you here!

  7. Hi Kathleen! I think the X Box was kind of cute myself.

    You look so happy in your photo by the water on your Mother's Day walk, I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you and the family. Looks like a fun picnic too.
    Your son is so tall! It looks like your husband is on the tall side too, so you'll probably have six-footer on your hands :)
    Lots to celebrate at your house!

  8. Family goals!
    Stay blessed!