Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Kingdom Celebrates

Today is Carson's birthday! I can't believe he is 9 years old; where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday the doctor placed him in my arms, and now he is nearly as tall as me. It is such a joy to watch him grow and become. He is such a smart, funny, energetic, athletic and creative boy. He is such a blessing to our family, and I can't wait to see what this next year brings.

We celebrated Carson's birthday earlier this week with a trip to Pump It Up. Carson really wanted a destination party this year, and this turned out to be a tremendous blessing with Joe's recent hospital stay and surgery. Several friends from church and school joined us, and everyone had a great time running, bouncing and sliding. Joe and I treasured seeing all four of our children, ages 2 to 8, jumping for joy. It was a great night of family fun.

Happy birthday, my sweet Carson! I love you so much, and I am so proud of you!

Carson was king with a castle cake formed from two square layers of chocolate cake. I cut each layer in half and stacked three halves to make the back of the castle. I cut the final half-layer into pieces to fashion the front of the castle and used ice cream cones to make the turrets. Buttercream icing held everything together. Brave knights, a fierce dragon and a "Happy Birthday Carson" flag added the finishing touches.

The knights of the birthday table, pausing for a photo after an hour-and-a-half of jumping.

The birthday king, happy to get some gold bars from his grandparents, perfect for a royal caravan into the village to visit Toys 'Art' Us!

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