Fifteen years ago, I became a mother. (Fifteen, really?!! I swear it's only been 5 years or so.) Thanks Jonas, for the things you have taught me so far along our journey.
Shawn and I were out of town over night for our anniversary, but we made it back in time to help him celebrate. He's always a good sport about wearing the birthday hat.
You get really exciting stuff when you're 15 - like pajama pants. But seriously, he was pretty happy. Due to his major growth spurts, it has been a long time since he's had any pajamas that actually reach his ankles.
Jonas is extremely difficult to buy for. He just wants, well, nothing. Ever. So I was so proud of myself for coming up with something that he would actually like and use.
His very own hammock! The hammock is one of his favorite places to be during the summer and our big family hammock finally wore out earlier this summer, so it seemed like an obvious gift.
(Notice the gaggle of girls hanging around and watching him open his presents. We came home to a house overflowing with girls. I don't think it bothered Jonas too much.)
And finally, his cool remote controlled helicopter.
We made him pose with all of the girls - just to mortify him because that is our job as parents, after all.
Since he had no idea what type of cake he wanted, we came home with a box of gourmet doughnuts to try out.
Everyone was yelling out for pieces of the doughnuts they wanted to try. (I have to say all of the ones I tried were really good!) Plus this picture with Jonas surrounded by a bunch of neighborhood girls (and cousins) is pretty funny.
A successful birthday wish.
Ah, see? I knew it would make him happy.
And for one final birthday gift, we forced him to get a cell phone. He has insisted for quite some time that he doesn't need or want one, but I am finding that it would be nice to be able to track him down and know where he is sometimes. As soon as we walked into the apple store, he found plenty of things to entertain himself.
(And somehow - perhaps against our better judgement, Samantha got in on the birthday deal as well. We'll have to see how that goes.)