Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy 13th Birthday, Ben!!

Life was forever changed for Jon and I on September 19, 1997 when Benjamin Alan came into our lives!
I can hardly believe that was 13 years ago! Where has the time gone? Am I really old enough to have a 13 year old? It's just crazy to believe that we have a teenager in our house!
Here is my big boy today!
13 years old!
A teenager!

Ben didn't have any plans for anything that he wanted to do on his birthday. Not because he couldn't think of anything, but just because that is Ben's dream day! Nothing to do but sit at home, play video games, watch t.v. and eat! And that's exactly what we did! But first we started with opening presents!
Thank you, Grandma & Grandpa Grief!
Luke enjoyed playing in the packing peanuts that came in Grandma & Grandpa's present!
Ben was thrilled with the Colt's shirts that he got from Abby and Luke!
Thank you, Grammy!
He LOVES this new Colt's light!
Ben's birthday feast! If you know Ben, you know that his most favorite food in the entire world is fried chicken! So, every year, that is what he asks for for his birthday dinner! Usually he asks for homemade macaroni & cheese AND mashed potatoes! This year he only asked for the mac & cheese! Just the thought of fried chicken and mac & cheese makes my chest start hurting and my arteries feel clogged, but since it is his 13th birthday, I couldn't really say no. And he was thrilled!
One happy boy!
More presents! Jon and I actually made Ben wait to open our presents than the rest. Why? Well...being a kid who pretty much only wants Legos, he decided that he would shake the boxes to see if any sounded like they had Legos in them! This one had the sound he was looking for! We decided to torture him a little longer and make him wait! We are nice parents aren't we?!
Finally!
Happy again!
The only other thing on Ben's birthday list was all six Star Wars movies in a boxed set! He got half, but was super excited about it! I'm sure the rest will come.
It didn't take long before he tore into the box and had the whole thing put together! This kid loves his Legos!
Me and my teenager! :)
This was a complete surprise for Ben! He has been asking for at least the last year to have his own Facebook page. I wasn't really fan of that for a long time! But, I think 13 is a good age to get started and give him a little bit more freedom. (I am on there enough that I will be able to keep a close eye on what he is doing! Plus, it's another thing that can be taken away as a punishment...) He was SO excited when we told him that he could finally have his own!

Time for "cake"!
Make a wish
and blow out the candles!

During the day I asked Ben some questions. Here's what he had to say about turning 13:

What is the best part of turning 13?
"I get a Facebook and I don't have to order off the kid's menu anymore."

What is the worst part of turning 13?
"I have to be more responsible."

What are you most looking forward to this year?
(You're gonna love his one!)
"Getting pit hair and watching PG-13 movies."
I asked, "What if Dad and I say no?"
"Then it's ok."
(Crazy stuff!!)

Name one goal for yourself for this year.
"To get a girlfriend."
I wasn't thrilled with that answer so I asked for another.
"I want to do better in school."

What was your favorite gift today?
"Legos."

What was your favorite part of your birthday?
"Facebook, Legos and 'lupper'"
(We ate in between lunch and dinner.) :)

You have to love the honesty in those answers!

Ben had a GREAT day! At one point in the day he told me that this birthday is going to be hard to top! As a mom, that is so nice to hear! Apparently all you need for a good birthday is good presents, good food, family and football!

HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY, BUDDY!
I AM SO PROUD OF THE YOUNG MAN THAT YOU ARE BECOMING AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!

6 comments:

Karen said...

I always love it when you ask them questions! I love to hear their answers. :O) Pit hair?! Really Ben you are looking forward to that?! lol Glad he had a great day!!

Jaime Lynn said...
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Pat said...

WOW!! Ben is 13! I can't believe it either(Especially since the terrible two's lasted 5 years)! He sure has grown up to be quite a nice boy. Looks like he had the perfect birthday. I love the question and answer session also. Nothing like total honesty from Ben. Wish I could have been there. Dinner looked wonderful also!!!

Jon said...

I Love your blog Dear. You've been a great mom to that 13 yr old kid. Hopefully we can make it through the rest of 'em. I Love You! XOXO

Megan said...

Pit hair? Girlfriend? Facebook as punishment?

Anonymous said...

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions