Blake had a great birthday. He had a few days of celebrating. Natalie and I headed back down to Idaho to get Leah and Emily from EFY on Friday. I was a little nervous about Blake being alone so long as Cora and Dave had to work. So I ended up taking him to Toone's house where he hung out most of the day. Blake and Avery took down a shed and watched a movie, they had a great time together. Dave picked him up in the later afternoon. Dave then took Cora and Blake out on the boat. They were out for a few hours. When it was time to come in they had to run up to gas up the boat and got a treat. Saturday, his birthday, Dave had a work party at the corn maze. Blake and Dave did some work in the morning, then off to the maze. I guess they got lots of good food there and after went swimming with lots of water slides. Cora was with friends and didn't go with them. The boys got back only a few minutes before Leah and I got home. Sunday morning he opened his presents. Dave got him the knife he wanted, even tho it makes me nervous and he got tickets to see Imagine Dragons.
In our church, when a young man turns 12, if he is worthy, he is ordained to the priesthood. This is a very special time for him. Most of our family was able to come. Dave gave him a very nice blessing.
After church everyone was invited to our house for dinner. Toone's were not able to make it to church because of other responsibilities, but came right after. I had tried to think of something quick and easy since I was coming in late the night before. We kept it simple. Levi artistically arranged our vegetables for us. :)
People stayed and talked for a while. After we did a quick clean up. Nicole, Dad and Mom had done most of it before they left. It was a wonderful day. I am very thankful to all that brought stuff and helped me get it on. It was a really nice day.
Monday Blake had his birthday party. I had found a great escape package online. Set up like you would a murder mystery party. All that he invited were able to come.
I think they had fun doing the escape. Leah helped me set it up in three rooms. They were given 45 mins to do it. It took them about and hour and 15.
After we served banana splits and then they played a few more fun games.
We really stretched his birthday out. It was all really fun. Blake can be a little pill to his sister, but I always get many compliments from other parents. It gives me hope. Really he is a good kid. He loves working with his dad and loves to drive the tractor. Sometimes it is hard to get him going, but once he is working, he works hard and long hours. He is kind and generous and we love having him in our family. I love the young man he is turning into and can't wait to see what else he accomplishes in his life. Happy Birthday Blake!!