My youngest son Josh turned 11 a couple weeks ago. Where did the time go? I remember when he was born, he was so cuddly. He had the cutest little dimples (still does!) Such a sweet boy... We had a fun weekend celebrating his birthday, so I thought I'd share some pictures with all of you.
Josh has always been hard to buy for. Even when he was little, we would ask him what he would want for a gift, and he would say, "Anything you want me to have." That makes present buying very difficult! My oldest son always has a list about two pages long, just shows how different siblings can be! The only thing he asked for this year was a TURTLE. I was very resistant. I thought "Turtles carry diseases, the tank is going to stink, I will end up doing all the work, and it will probably hide in it's shell all the time." Well, getting desperate after not finding anything else that he might like, we "caved" and bought the aquarium and everything that Josh would need to "raise a turtle." Let me tell you something- turtles are not cheap to get started on! I think we spent between $180-200 by the time we bought the aquarium (we bought the turtle "starter" pack that comes with the lights and filter as well), the water heater, a special "log" for it to climb up on or hide under, and two different thermometers. We had discussed beforehand that if we did end up letting him get a turtle, he would have to use his birthday money to buy the actual turtle, pay for the food and upkeep of the tank with his allowance, and clean the tank. Of course he agreed. Jon and I set the tank up in his room while he was at school. Here he is when he first saw it when he came home:
We took him to the pet store and he picked out a turtle from the tank. To my surprise, the turtle came right out of the shell. Josh named him "Charlie."
He has had fun so far with Charlie. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it might be! He's been keeping the tank up pretty well (with help, of course).
He even took the turtle outside to play:
That weekend, Josh has some buddies over to play flag football, jump on the trampoline, play xbox, and eat dinner and of course some cake and ice cream (he choose a cookie cake this year.) All of the boys were very polite and sweet (it's nice seeing that your kids choose the right "group" to hang out with!) Here they are:
It was a fun weekend celebrating my youngest son and the wonderful gift that God has blessed us with!