Celebrating a Birthday . . .

So my stepson “The Artist” will be turning 16 this coming Monday. Because his dad will be returning to work that day after about two and a half months off recovering from TWO seperate back surgeries that were done within five weeks of each other, and will very likely be exhausted when he gets home that day, we chose to celebrate this evening.

“The Artist” asked to go a restaurant where he could have tacos, and my husband and I wanted a sit down, order and have the food brought to your table restaurant, so we settled on Chili’s, since none of us have ever been to one before moving here to Albuquerque.

We had a pretty good time, and the food was excellent! “The Artist” got his tacos, the younger boys got pizza from the childrens menu, “The Batman” (the artist’s older brother) and their dad both ordered these HUGE bacon cheeseburgers with huge fries, and I got chili pepper queso steak, which was awesome, though as usual, I finished about half and had the rest boxed up. And then, of course, I left the box sitting on the table when we left, lol!

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At the end of the meal, they brought “The Artist” a hot fudge brownie sundae and sang a birthday song, totally embarrassing him, which was, of course, the whole idea. He was very full from dinner, so pretty much all of us had a few bites of the one dessert, which was more than enough for all.

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“The Artist” said he really liked it, and I’m very glad we were able to manage it for him. He really missed being able to have a birthday party with our best friends back in Michigan, so it was good to be able to give him something special. 🙂

Now we’re back home, and all the boys are getting into their pj’s, and having their settle down for family TV time before they go to bed. Their dad and I have just tonight and tomorrow night to stay up late watching the shows WE like, and regularly DVR, because we have church on Sunday and he goes back to work Monday, so no more being up very late!


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6 responses to “Celebrating a Birthday . . .

  1. Valerie

    Good job there, Lori. My kids love it when we go somewhere special for dinner, just the five of us or maybe with one other friend of the birthday girl. I’ve never been to Chili’s. Sounds like the birthday kid had a great time.

    Is your husband feeling better? (I hope?)


    Happy Birthday Artist!!! May you have many more 🙂 Enjoy the weekend and see you Sunday

  3. Lori

    He’s feeling some better, Valerie, but still tires easily. I imagine he’ll be pretty tired for a while after working all day . . .

  4. Holly

    Awww..Happy Birthday! Looks like he had a wonderful evening out with the family! : )

  5. Charlene

    I’m so glad that your “artist” had a special birthday. I also know that it wasn’t nearly as special without our presence, or a cake-on-demand!! We miss you bunches, and want you guys to know that even though you have to spend holidays without us now, we’ll make it up to you when we visit. It will be a week of just partying!! Also, let them know the presents are coming–can you believe how slow the postal service is??

  6. Charlene, you are so funny, LOL! You know who has been haunting the front door every day for the mail. LOL!

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