Brandon is 9!

9 years ago today I was laboring and swearing I was not going to do this again!  Fast forward to today and, well, we have a 9 year old kid.  Halfway to being out on his own.  We hope anyway!

We started the morning with biscuits and gravy, one of his favorite breakfasts.  Then he opened his presents.  He got an erector-set type building kit to make a tractor and a Ratchet and Clank video game.  The problem with being overseas is the toy selection base sucks, the toys off base are too expensive, and shipping takes at least a week, meaning one must know in advance what one wishes to order in order to have it arrive in time.  Needless to say, his “main” gift will be arriving in a week.  He’s also waiting on gifts from family and friends, so his birthday may last and entire month!  I have not been able to schedule his party yet either, mostly because I don’t want to do it a the house.

Anyway.  He spent most of the day playing the PS2.  Not my preferred way for him to spend the day, but it was a new game after all.  We went to Aviano Inn for dinner where we all had pizza, even Zach.  They have a gluten-free pizza there that he can have!  We stopped and picked up some gelato in Cordignano and then went home where we had cake.  And gelato.

I can’t say 9 is very different from 8 so far.  Which is ok.  As much as I look forward to the day when they all move out, I know I will miss them all tremendously and wish they were back home. 

Happy Birthday Brandon!  Mommy loves you.


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