Saturday, September 7, 2013


I cannot believe that Dawson has turned the big ONE ZERO!  He is know 10 years old ... and I remember so very clearly his dramatic entrance into this world (better than the other 2 girls in fact.)

Dawson's birthday party invitations

His cake was a 'naked' cake, which means that the sides aren't frosted
 This was a pumpkin roll cake.  5 layers with cream cheese in between each one.  Delicious!

 A side view of the cannon, bombs, and force field tower
(translation courtesy by Brandon)

The boys were so excited to play laser tag!

Thumbs up!

Kate needed a picture with them, so her she is center stage!

Are you ready to rumble?

I wasn't able to get pictures in the dark... but afterwards, all of the boys were red and quite sweaty!!!  3 games of laser tag will do that to you!

See Dawson for exhibit A

We were rushing a bit to squeeze everything in, but sang a quick happy birthday to Dawson and then opened presents while the boys ate cake!!!




Teagan with his arm around Dawson (I thought it was a nice touch!!!)


The girls!

That night, we ran to Wendy's for Dawson's birthday dinner ... Tracy (Jordan) and Laura (Sam) met us there. It was again quick, because we were having a family birthday party for him! It was slim pickings - just Tracy, Jordan, Laura, Sam, and Kathy, plus our 5! Dawson was spoiled as usual. Here is a picture of his loot!

From mom and dad - 4 shirts, 2 pants, Cannon Brawlers account, and gold for another computer game!

From Faith and Kate - Perplexus game!

From Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Kelly - a new warm coat for those freezing Idaho winters!

From Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Jerry - a new lego set!

From the Atkinsons - cold, hard cash!  Yes, you are spoiled Dawson!

We loved you from the minute we found out you were joining our family!  You definitely made a splash for your entrance!  You continue to charm us with your witty comments, your sweet hugs, and that dashing smile!  We love you Big D!!!  Happy 10th birthday!

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