There’s a place in town that Cade loves to go called Flags and Wheels. They have race car driving on an indoor course, laser tag, bumper cars, etc.
When you walk out of this place, if you are a boy, you are screaming and laughing and talking about how much fun you had.
Moms tend to want to race home and bathe in hand sanitizer.
It’s kind of a guy place – oily, loud, and full of testosterone.
But for whatever reason, the girls have always liked this place, too.
So they came along to help Cade celebrate his birthday, although the boys didn’t want anything to do with them.
Boys against girls all afternoon.
It’s located in downtown Rapid City and across from a junky field full of great places to take a few pictures.
We had just come from getting ice cream (trying to kill time because they weren’t open when we arrived).
Claire is wearing orange sorbet (with marshmallows??!) all over her face.
Grace opted for chocolate with rainbow sprinkles.
Cade had strawberry, Lance had a shake, and Matthew had some sort of cheesecake concoction.
I mention this only because I had to photoshop it all off of their faces before posting this picture.
Considering all of them went to the restroom after ice cream, I have no idea how their reflections didn’t warrant a tad of clean up detail.
But all I can tell you is I wanted them out of the ice cream shop and into my car because their level of activity/decibel of their voices was going to send me into labor.
Here’s a bit of a story.
This old brown vehicle behind me would have been the COOLEST backdrop for the kids, but while I was trying to get one of the girls, the boys discovered a HOMELESS MAN living inside of it.
I have never moved so fast. Yelling at the kids to “runnnnn!” I hastily told him I was sorry for disturbing him (?!) and practically flew across the field to where the kids were waiting for me.
Moving that fast while this pregnant would have been hilarious to see. Too bad no one else around here takes pictures.
So after all of that, we headed to Pizza Ranch where we met Nana and Grandpa and Grandma who had JUST returned from Arizona.
More chaos and loudness and eating.
After stuffing them into the SUV, Dad turns to me and says, “I do not envy you at all.”
No kidding! Why do I DO this to myself?
I was talking to a girlfriend last night and she said, “you know we are the kind of moms that just buy them something for their birthdays and then send them to everyone else’s parties, Val.”
Where was she to remind me of my parenting style before??
The boys stayed up until 2 am (after I had gone down to verify that lights were out and they were settling down at 10pm) and had to get up at 7am for soccer games.
Cade’s official birthday is tomorrow.
Nine years ago I gave birth to a 7 lb. little boy that literally changed my life. Isn’t is something how when you don’t have children you don’t get it?
And then you do, and you wonder WHY did it take you so long?
He wants donuts instead of a birthday cake because donuts are a HUGE treat and are rarely eaten around here, and as far as Caeden believes, deserve their own food group.
So donuts it is.
And a family day.
Happy Birthday, Caeden Koop. You really have no idea just how much I love you.