Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Happy Birthday Jessica!
It's hard to believe my little Jessica is 19. It's hard to believe any of my older daughters are as old as they are, since they're all my babies, still. Today we celebrated Jessica's 19th birthday, even though her actual birthday is still a week away. Around here, we have family celebrations when it fits into everyone's work/school schedule and the bigger our family gets, the harder that is to plan a family event. We do manage it though.

Nineteen years ago I was suffering through a 9+ month pregnancy in the midst of a heatwave in Bremerton, WA. Jessica was due on 7/31, but we joked around about her hearing me scolding the older kids that summer, and she figured she would just stay right where she was, and stay out of trouble. The entire nine days she was overdue, the temps were well above 90 degrees and it was the worst time to be pregnant and overdue. The day after she arrived the heatwave broke and it was the best time to come home with a brand new baby. It feels like it was just yesterday, and now she's a mother herself.

Here's some shots of today's fun:

Cinnamon Caramel Coffee Cake

Yes, it's as good as it looks. Amazingly enough it really isn't very sweet but light and cinnamony.

Jessica and Rachel

Just two farm girls sitting on the kitchen porch steps

Kevin and Joost

Kev and Joost being silly, as usual

Jessica, Hailey and Joost

When Hailey didn't like being put down, grandpa took her for a walk out to the corn, which apparently was rather fascinating. After the stroll to the corn, grandpa brought her back inside and put on a Dutch progressive rock/jazz cd for her, which she apparently loved. Miss Hailey already has grandpa completely wrapped around her finger, but he wont admit it, yet. :-)

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