As seems to be our way, James got to spread his birthday celebration out over several days. We started with an orchard outing that got turned into a "meet at the indoor playground" day because of rain. Despite the bad weather, we still enjoyed the chocolate cupcakes!!!
The Sunday before James' birthday we had a combined family birthday party for the two September birthdays -- James and Arthur.
Here's Arthur with his cake:
Lots of good fellowship with plenty of cake and tea to go around!
James' actual birthday fell on a Saturday when I was gone all day attending a women's conference. I left behind cinnamon rolls and hotdogs for lunch, and we had pizza for dinner (all planned out by James).
The next day James had two of his friends over for the afternoon. They got to enjoy the requested carrot cake.
The following day the weather was beautiful and we were able to take our re-scheduled trip to the apple orchard!
Yay for lots of helpers!
The moms just had to stand around and wait for the bags to be filled!
Raspberries were still in season:
And then it was time for the expected cider slushy afterwards:
Can't resist adding this picture of Laura. She was enamored with climbing the trees.
James was excited to receive, among other things, another sword to add to his collection and his own set of watercolor paints.
Now we have a break from birthdays in October but Rachel has already been hard at work planning her November birthday.