March 19, 2012

They Say It's Your Birthday!

I have been a blogging slacker. I've been feeling guilty for not having posted anything for a while, especially since Liam turned 14 over a month ago. I finally decided to glue my backside to the chair and not get up until I finished this post.

Liam is sure a great kid, and we are so lucky to have him in our family.

For Liam's birthday, we met Oma and Opa in Brigham City for lunch at Maddox's. Proof that Liam is now a growing teenage boy, he ordered and ate a giant bison steak. I think it's almost time for me to get a second job in order to feed Liam, especially if he starts to catch up to fit his big feet anytime soon.

He also ate his weight in their rolls with raspberry honey butter. did I.
Here are some of the bison in the pasture behind the restaurant.

I think they know.
After lunch, we stopped by Smith and Edwards. We drive past this store/junk yard every time we head up to Idaho and have always wanted to stop. This is one of the strangest stores in Utah with a giant sign readable from the freeway that says, "We have everything you want...If we can find it!" It's true. The store is kind of an unorganized mess with an odd mixture of people shopping there, but they really do have everything.

Here are Katie and the boys with some of their finds. I was surprised by the selection of gourmet cooking gadgets.
The main reason we met Katie's parents halfway in Brigham City was because we scored a great deal on a drum set for Liam's birthday. The drums, however, were in Franklin, Idaho, just a short drive from Katie's parents house. So, they picked them up for us. Now, Liam has completely lived up to his self-given nickname of Boom Boom. Before we got him the drums, he did have to make a deal with us that he would take percussion lessons and join the school band next year.

I've been surprised by two things. First of all, Liam is actually pretty good. He took a beginning percussion class last semester, but he can do some very advanced things I'm sure he didn't learn in school. When I ask him where he learned something, he always says, "Beatles Rock Band," which was last year's birthday gift. The second thing is that it isn't as noisy as I thought it would be. His drums are set up in the basement, and I really don't notice his pounding away—that much. It's funny how you can hear the drums better from outside. I'm sure our neighbors are very appreciative. The first Sunday Liam had the drums, he rushed home from church as fast as he could to play the drums. Katie and I weren't sure his drumming was Sabbath appropriate. When we asked Liam to stop, he said, "But, we can play piano on Sunday!" I countered, "True. But, can you plays hymns on the drums?" He didn't really say anything, but I bet it won't be long before I hear him playing along with the Motabs.

Back home, I baked Liam one of his favorite cakes, banana with chocolate frosting. I made the cake in a tube pan. The hole in the middle was perfect for a tea light candle. Tomas insisted on the creepy clown heads. And of course, since Liam is a HUGE Beatles fan, "Birthday" was blasted or sung several times throughout the day.

You say it's your birthday. We're gonna have a good time. I'm glad it's your birthday. Happy birthday to you!

A couple of weeks ago, we had a nice day of weather, and I was wanting to go out and practice with the camera. It only took a little tooth-pulling for Liam to finally agree to let me take his picture. I had an idea in my head for a shot with his drums. It's not exactly what I had in mind, but I kind of like it.

I also took some pictures of both boys together.

Teaching Tomas to skip rocks.
Not only is Liam a great kid, he's a great big brother.