"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Monday, November 24, 2014

sixteenth birthday surprise

Christian was good to not want much for his birthday. Regardless, as the day approached, I could tell he was a little bit regretful that he hadn't planned something for sixteen.

You only turn sixteen once.

That's why I'm glad we had a plan in place to surprise him with all of his friends gathered at a local speedway racing place.

I had the best time texting all of his friends in secret to pull this thing off.

And there's nothing quite like driving a van full of exuberant teens who have been working so hard to keep a secret … even if my knuckles were white on the steering wheel driving in the seasons first big snow storm ;)

Newel had Christian off running errands and swung by the racetrack to snag a price guide to see if this would be a good activity for our family.

The look on that face to find us all inside, was priceless.

I don't think he could believe we'd all kept this a secret without a leak.

And man, I love these kids for being excited to celebrate with him.

They are a pretty darn competitive bunch.

There were some kind-of bruised kids from a couple of high speed crashes, but I think they had a great time.

Best birthday present ever was to take first in such a tight race.

Though, we requested no presents, there was a really heartfelt homemade gift or two that brought a smile to his face.

Followed by pizza at a local restaurant and an evening at a church dance with all his best-ies … couldn't have been a better sixteenth birthday memory.

We love you, Christian!

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