Henry's birthday always falls near the memorial day weekend...which has positives and negatives that go along with it. The weather is usually gorgeous, but lots of people are busy, busy, busy as they are kicking off festivities and welcoming in summer. The rodeo is usually in town the weekend before that, and Sky Ranch starts summer camp that weekend as well.
This year, Henry invited his cousin Cole over to go to the rodeo with us and spend the night at our house. They had a blast at the rodeo, and we happened to have a field trip scheduled for the next day at the Sabine River Authority, so Cole got to join us for that as well.
It was a great way to get started celebrating his birthday. :)
The following weekend (on the day before Henry's actual birthday) we had a small family party for Henry at the house. Henry requested white cake with blue icing, and ice cream cones with frosting a sprinkles on the side.
The next day, on his birthday, the kids and I headed to Dallas. Grandma Austin had sent Henry the one thing that he wanted more than anything else...skeletoes shoes (or 'toe-shoes' as Henry calls them). The only problem was that they were not a comfortable fit. So we went to Dallas to find the store where she bought them and were able to exchange them for the perfect pair. He couldn't have been happier! Jonah and Bridget even scored new sandals while we were there. :)
We made a stop at Henry's favorite place (that we don't have in our area), In-N-Out burger. It was super windy and kept blowing our napkins and french fries all over the place, but we had a great time anyway.
I just love of my big 9 year old! Henry is so responsible that I sometimes forget that he is (only) nine years old. He continues to amaze me with his willingness to work hard, help others and watch out for his younger siblings. He has a natural ability to care for animals and he is athletically gifted and good at any sport that he tries. Henry reads his Bible every morning and diligently works on his schoolwork without complaint. He is friends with everyone he meets. Henry, I love you so much and am so very proud of you!!!