I can't believe it's been 16 years!
Daniel started his day off with a run. When he left the house at 7:00 a.m., the rest of us worked quickly to put up some festive decorations and get a yummy breakfast cookin'.
|Daniel and his Powerade tower|
|Celebrating at Mega Green|
Daniel did not get a shiny new car for his 16th birthday.....but we did take him driving. :)
My Daniel absolutely loves coffee! When we got home from the mall I made Daniel a special birthday coffee.
|homemade iced coffee for the birthday boy|
The birthday boy chose a delicious broccoli/chicken pasta for dinner. I added some hot peppers (because we like spicy food).
|Daniel's birthday dinner|
After dinner Daniel opened presents, cards, and received birthday phone calls. Since Daniel likes basketball, he chose to watch Hoovey - a basketball movie, based on a true story.
|the birthday boy|
Let's not forget about dessert!
Daniel requested I make a cherry pie. The kids had picked the cherries earlier in the summer from the cherry trees at the church property. I had them bagged up in the freezer for this special occasion. The pie filling was slightly tart sandwiched between two delicious flaky crusts. Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream was a perfect touch.
Since 16 is an extra special birthday, we decided that his birthday celebration would not end when he went to bed. Each morning for 16 days, Daniel received a special treat from us and we presented him with a card that had come in the mail. Many friends and family joined us in making Daniel's 16th birthday special.
Those 16 years went by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was gently rocking my first-born in my arms. Now he is a handsome young man that is 6-8 inches taller than me. There has been a lot of growing, learning, and maturing over the years. You know, changes that come with growing up. One thing that has not changed - not even a little - is my love for him.
|Daniel - 16 years old|
Happy Birthday, Daniel!!!