Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bryan is Fifteen!

This kid is so amazing!  Bryan is really a lot of fun and I LOVE being his mother!  He is growing up so fast, and he is pretty close to perfect as far as I'm concerned.  He is a great example and really tries to do what is right all the time.  He is completely honest and is always trying to help people.  He is kind of a counselor to all his friends.  They seek him out when they are down or are having problems, and he helps them feel better and gives great advice.  He is a wonderful friend to me, his dad, his siblings, and his friends.  I love having him around.  He is constantly aware of how those around him are feeling, and he volunteers to help me all the time.  Bryan gives the best hugs!  He is never embarrassed of me when I am around him and his friends.  He will walk over and just give me a great hug.  When I pick him up from school, and it's just him and me, we have the best chats and he isn't afraid to open up to me.  I love that he feels he can share anything with me.  He asks my advice and lets me get a good peek at his world.  I always feel special around Bryan.

For his birthday this year he invited a bunch of his friends over to play volleyball at the park, and then to our house for cake and ice cream.  They are such a good group of kids, and it was really fun to watch them interact.  They are so funny!

This was the birthday cake I made for Bryan.
It's about 10 inches in diameter and about 10 inches high.  Doesn't it look just like a hamburger?  Bryan LOVES hamburgers, so I thought this would be fun.  

He also chose a second cake - Heath Bar cake.  That is a favorite at our house.  It's so simple so I didn't mind making it even though we had the hamburger cake too.  It's just a boxed chocolate cake, but when it comes out of the oven, you immediately poke hole with the handle of a wooden spoon all over the cake.  Then you pour on a can of sweetened condensed milk and a jar of caramel.  When the cake is cool you frost it with Cool Whip and then sprinkle on around 3 to 4 crumbled Heath or Skor bars, then refrigerate it.  It's even better the next day!

When Bryan woke up the morning of his birthday (it was on a Saturday this year), he found this on the kitchen floor when he came downstairs...
Kyle had gotten up early to do it for him.  So cute!

Bryan picked out scones for me to make for his breakfast - a family favorite!

Later that night he left for the park near our house to meet up with his friends. They had fun playing volleyball for awhile and then walked back to our house for cake, ice cream, and presents.  Here he is opening presents...

Some more cologne he had asked for (I must say Bryan almost always smells good - unless he just finished playing soccer...)

He also received a new series of books called "The Great and the Terrible".  I totally recommend them!

Then the gift he was the most excited for - an iHome for his ipod touch.  He'd been asking for one for quite some time...

Here he is with all his friends...
 (yes, there are quite a few girls)

opening gifts from his friends...

There was an AWESOME card they had all signed for him...

Then Mark lit up his cake...

Bryan has always had the greatest laugh.  It makes everyone around him giggle (even when he was little).


1)  Bryan gives the best hugs.

2)  He loves to help me (even without being asked).

3)  He is an AMAZING piano player.  I love hearing him play!

4)  He is a great example to all around him - especially his younger siblings.  They couldn't have a better big brother.

5)  He always tries to do what is right and doesn't need any convincing from me.


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