Turning Ten....

One of my most favorite people turned 10 yesterday.

10.  Oy.  That just makes my mama's heart ache all over.  Sounds so cliche but it really does seem just like yesterday when the husband and I were stumbling through the waters of new parenthood together.  Crazy how time flies.

Enough of the Hallmark sentiment....

Let's get on with the agenda for the day:

1)  Revenue Office.  It is possible that I have been driving around for a month with expired car tags, but if you ask me about it I will deny it.  I will tell you that the only reason that I stopped in the Revenue Office yesterday morning was to visit with the ever-so-friendly ladies that work in there.

2)  Collected a gaggle of peeps to come with us.  Praise Florida, I had reinforcements.  I am forever indebted to Jen for taking on that crazy crew with me.  Oy.

3)  Chic-Fil-A.  Where I was "My pleasure"-ed twice.  Love it.

4)  Tour of Various Parking Lots and Parking Garages in the Downtown Little Rock Area.  Where we realized that the real entertainment for the children was in a parking garage.  Why did I even plan anything else for the day?

5)  Museum of Discovery.  For the love of our now 10 year old science nerd. 

Inside Alice and Wonderland's hall of doors. 

I'm sure they're learning something smarty here.  Just looked like a fancy version of air hockey to me.

Again...I'm sure it's smarty and that they learned some great piece of physics.  Just looked like a carnival game to me. 

Keaton did trap Ms. Jennifer in the dentist chair though.  That's always good clean fun.

After exhausting every exhibit of its funness, we raided the gift shop.  And we walked away with the most expensive crap some fabulous souvenirs.

6)  4Square.  Where I consumed the most delicious fragment of milkshake heaven I've ever indulged in.  Where I also forgot to take pictures, because I was experiencing Mint Chocolate Chip nirvana.

7)  Back to the Parking Garage.  Squeal.

8)  Shopping.  For the maintenance of sanity for the adults trapped in the moving vehicle with the little people.  At least that was the plan.  Turns out that the shopping with the little people was the source of my still-hanging-on-Alaskan-sized headache. 

9)  The depositing of the gaggle of gigglers back to their respective homeplaces. 

10)  Home.  Phew.

11)  Birthday Dinner.  Keaton had requested rabbit, deer meat, and mashed potatoes for his special supper, and his father gladly obliged.  Me?  I just ate the taters.  I don't do Bugs Bunny or Bambi.  At least we had homemade ice cream for dessert.  Now that I can handle.


12)  Keaton's big present is coming on a slow-boat from China.  Literally.  We ordered his new iPod Touch a couple of days ago, and it is taking it's precious time to make it's way over the Pacific Ocean.  We felt bad that he didn't have anything to open on his birthday, so the husband hooked him up with this...

Keaton was so excited that it was being released on his birthday, so he was beyond ecstatic when he opened up last night.  I love little surprises like that!

13)  A family viewing of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  It was a cute movie.  What was cuter was listening to Keaton giggle throughout the whole thing. 

14)  Bed.  Falling into -- to be more specific. 

Despite my headache and the keeping up with the masses, it was a really fun day.  It was great to celebrate a really great kid and give him the things that make him smile.  

Last night as I was tucking Keaton into bed, he hugged me and said, "Mom, this was my best birthday ever.  Thanks a bunch."


Makes every second worth it.

Happy Birthday, Keaton!!! 

Keaton and I on BIRTHday.  August 3, 2000.

6 weeks old


My, how time flies.


Marla Taviano said...

Happy 10th Birthday, Keaton! You're awfully handsome. I have a sweet little girl who will be 10 in 4 months if you're interested (in about 15 years).

Elizabeth said...

What a fun 10th birthday (except the rabbit and deer meat)! Marla has an almost-10-year old, but I have an almost-12-year old. What does Keaton think of older women? (in about 15 years) Because you would be the funnest mother-in-law ever!

Mandy said...

I agree. Total ouchy to the heart watching them grow so fast. Last night I nearly fell apart over pictures of my Sawyer at 2.

What did the think of the Museum of Discovery? I wasn't impressed last time we went and I heard lots of the displays were broken, but it looked like your guys had fun.

Mich said...

If he turned ten then that means my kids are about to turn 12 and 14... be still my heart!!!

Love that kid to pieces. Glad he had the "best birthday ever" even if he didn't get to celebrate with the Jonas Brothers.

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

What a dashing birthday boy you have! Happy day to mom and son!

Kendra said...

That boy is a clone of his daddy. Half smile and all. How can he be 10? How do you survive your first born turning 10? I'm getting depressed thinking about Sam's 5th. These kids grow up too fast for me.

Sami said...

Is it wrong that you got one of my "my pleasures"??? I am still upset about that. I guess they're just nicer in Arkansas.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Happy Birthday to Keaton! Sounds like a great day, minus the rabbit meat. *gag*

So I just decided that I've known you for a little over 10 years because I met you when you were pregnant with Keaton. Here's to the next 10, friend!

Gretchen said...

He's so gorgeous and manly all at the same time. Must be the wild game diet he prefers.

And look at you--you had a birthday party for him! Well done. :)

He & Me + 3 said...

He is so handsome. i love it when they say that it is the best birthday ever. Such a compliment that they don't even realize they are giving us.
My kids love museums...that alice house looked so cool.
I don't eat bugs or bambi either.
Happy Birthday to your double digit boy!

Nancy said...

It's a crime how fast they grow & how soon they are gone!

Lori Motl said...

Amber!!! I did not know that was for Keaton's birthday! Ryan had such a great time. He told me all about the museum (but didn't mention the parking). Happy birthday to Keaton! I'm so sorry I didn't know!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Looks like a pretty great birthday...hope it was amazing!

Tiffani said...

It's been a coon's age since I've logged on to blogger...hate I'm late but goodness he's handsome! I know your day was fab-o!!

New Every Morning said...

Apparently the NC Revenue Office and the Arkansas Revenue Office share the same customer service standards. Grr...
If they just said "my pleasure" it would make everyone's day better.

Why do I get such glee from the Chik-fil-a "my pleasure"? Every. single. time!