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!