Spoiler alert...lots of pix showing the last day of summer vacation, first day of school, lemonade stand, and 12th birthdays.
The last several weeks have been busy. View the evidence:
The last day before school started, the boys dragged out the ramp and were showing off their wicked awesome tricks.
School got off without much trouble. George and the boys happened to be going to Academy on tax-free weekend, so he fought off all of the crazy people and got the boys their pants and shorts they needed to start school. I'm not so sure the trouble of all the extra people and chaos was worth saving $18, but it was an adventure.
Of course, Zac looked like every other 7th grader. Jake is another story; he wouldn't let me fix his hair.
My little entrepreneur was hard at work. He made almost $50 on this lemonade stand. I'm thinking about a side job...
And finally...Zac had his 12th birthday yesterday. For the last 12 years, we've had huge throw-downs for him on his birthday: swim parties, bowling for the entire kindergarten class, Kid's Station, Lazer Tag, movies for him and his buddies, backyard bbq, etc. It's easy because he has a summer birthday. Jake, on the other hand, has a winter birthday. He had a magician at our house for his 5th birthday and we had a family party at my mom's house for his first birthday (which my future brother-in-law at the time "ruined." Ha Ha. That's a funny story...you'll have to wait for the sit-com that's in-development about my family to hear about that). Anyway, the point being that we needed to go a little lower key this time. I say that with my tongue in my cheek. The boy has been bugging us to try lobster. At every restaurant we visit, he looks to see if they serve lobster and then proceeds to bug us to death about ordering it. There is no way I'm going to spend $50 on an 11 year old's meal at a restaurant. So instead, on the way home from work yesterday, George stopped at a local fish market and bought the last 2 lobsters they had. We wanted one for each of us (4), but earlier in the day, someone came in and bought 200 lobsters! Luckily they didn't need 202, else the birthday dinner would have been a bust. Anyway, George boiled them up with some new potatoes and corn. I made a ceasar salad and garlic bread. It was delicious and even better than a restaurant since we got to stay home.
Here are some pictures of the dinner and Zac with his presents and blowing out the candles on his cake.