It is nearly impossible to believe our baby - OUR BABY - is FOURTEEN and entering HIGH SCHOOL. 😏 We have four short years of homeschooling left. We have NEVER started school before her birthday - it just seems it should be a holiday.
Stacia asked for Yakisoba for dinner. This is a favorite of hers - not so much with the men-folk. I stopped at the commissary and picked up ingredients we can't find locally. We were able to use carrots, cauliflower and broccoli from the garden. It looked yummy.....but um...when Krista doesn't add Sriracha sauce one KNOWS it's spicy!
We gave it a valiant effort. We tried all the "cut the heat" tricks any of us had heard...we drank milk, plugged our noses and at pickles with it. I finally mixed mine with mashed potatoes and that tamed the heat a bit. Our lips burned. Krista said it was just a step below ghost peppers. I served it on paper plates. I am NOT making this up. When we moved the plates it had taken the varnish off the table.
I have promised to make it again - and to be SURE to cut the heat! LOL
Josiah and Jamin came over after dinner. Bre, Donna and the kids came over. The S's came upstairs for dessert and cards.
|Auntie and Sweet Bella|
Cory has two short weeks left until he is FINISHED with his college degree! We're proud of all the hard work he's put in to make this happen. It would have been easy to be derailed with the move, Benny joining their family, and his full-time job. He often has to stay downstairs and "focus" - but he joined us for Stacia's birthday and it made just that much more special of an event. Benny was impressed Daddy can make noise with his noise maker. Benny can't.
Unfortunately, the cake photos were blurry. Michael made a yummy Mint Moose Track ice cream cake....and then we moved the fun outside. Adults played disc golf or visited, while the kids enjoyed the play structure.
|Oops - Gideon is tough|
Note I have added a bit of a padding at the bottom of the kami-kazi slide.
It remains a blast to give Stacia gifts. Alex got her more pieces for looms.
CoRielle and Nolan get her a DVD which should be here soon....and we've been warned we'll have to expect a Descendants marathon.
Krista gave her a DQ card and Gpa gave her a bit of spending money.
She had requested an adult Bible. Specifically, she asked for one with adult language rather than a 3rd grade reading ability. (Did I mention we are shocked she's going into HIGH SCHOOL? She's our baby.) Um - that would be New American (high school level). She was happy with her engraved name on the front.
It was a fun day of reflection and celebration for the blessing Stacia is to our family.