The morning began with Nathan, Joseph, John, and Jesse lifting weights. They decided to do a team workout. In honor of Joseph’s 23rd birthday, as a cumulative total, they lifted 23,000 pounds. (Cumulative total means you add the amount of weight each person lifts multiplied by the number of times they lifted it above their head. Then you add everyone’s subtotal together to get the cumulative total.) I didn’t get pictures on his birthday of the workout, but I took some Wednesday.
Then, we had morning Bible time, which was wonderful. At 8:15, we did a family breakfast of pancakes (thanks, Anna!). I decorated the door earlier, with a “Happy Birthday, Joseph” and a Scripture verse. I also put strawberry fruit leathers in the shape of the numbers “23”.
Yes, Joseph is really sitting on a stability ball. Some in our family have begun using them for chairs. Do your own research. It’s actually good for your back.
Mom had a full day, so she worked on meatballs in the morning.
Joseph was at a place in his work he could take it a little easier on Tuesday, so he and Dad went on errands mid-morning. They stopped at Starbucks, and Joseph enjoyed a mocha.
Anna has been helping Melanie out in the mornings, so the little girls showed up at our house when Anna was on a walk with them. A and B love guinea pigs.
Okay, so the guys do rope climbs. I don’t know all the logistics of it, but I do know they carry out a rope, and attach it to something in a tree, and then they climb it. Tough stuff! They wanted to make sure they had a chance to climb before lunch.
Joseph worked all afternoon, so you can reference the third picture from the top for a refresher.
Chocolate frozen custard was made for part of his dessert.
On Monday afternoon, Anna and Mary helped the little girls make signs for Uncle Joseph’s birthday.
So, here are pictures from Monday’s sign-making party.
Okay, Bethany didn’t draw that picture. That was Mary’s handiwork.
The girls and Mom did a lot of meal preparation.
We had a great family party, including GiGi and Grandad. We did miss Christopher and Anna Marie, who had gone to Arkansas for a few days.
Brownies with fudge sauce and chocolate custard for dessert: Joseph’s choice.
Having little ones around again, spot-sweeping is necessary for some meals. It’s all great!
Grandpa reading to Bethie.
After dinner and dessert, we had family Bible time.
Joseph received one major present, a group gift, which was a special set of headphones.
Pardon Abigail’s shirt. Yes, it’s big, but the chocolate dessert attacked her white shirt, so we had to find an alternative. Uncle Joseph is looking at her card she made him.
“… for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.”