Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy 14th Birthday Sterling!

So we survived our first year of having a teenager in our home and truthfully it hasn't been all that bad. All things considered, Sterling is an incredible kid young man. He is such a big help at the house especially with his youngest siblings. Eddie just adores and looks up to his biggest brother. And I think one of the sights that just melts my heart everyday is watching Sterling and Emmy walk into the middle school together, laughing and joking. They seem to truly love and enjoy each other's company. It amazes me to watch them sit and talk in her room or run around chasing each other all over the house. I hope that they are able to maintain that closeness.

I love that this boy young man of mine still likes to hug me (even in public) and talk to me. He even begs to have his nights to stay up later and chat with me. Although he can be a bit mouthy at times...and his room is a MESS, he is overall an amazing kid youth.

Of course, it really seems to have hit me this year that I'm really nearing the end of "raising" him. He's 14!! He begins driving, can attend church dances, will start high school next fall, become a teacher in the priesthood. And in 4 years he'll be an adult, preparing to serve a mission and attending college when he returns. Only 4 more years!! I don't think I'm ready for this. For my first baby to become a man and leave home. Yeah, I know, I have a few more years, but it's approaching at the speed of light. And before I know it, he'll be dating, driving ALONE (ARRRRGHHH!!), and eventually leaving home. But for now, I'm going to pretend he's still a little boy and that it will be a looooooong time before he decides to grow up.

And now for the ever fun birthday interview:

All About Me!
1. Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Dad and Mom
2 What is your favorite color?  Blue
3. What is your favorite show? Cutthroat Kitchen
4. What is your favorite thing to wear? Shorts
5. What is your favorite thing to listen to? Anything by John Bytheway
6. What's your favorite breakfast? Homemade Coffee Cake
7. Who's your best friend? Mom, Reagan, Vendor, Noah, Corbin, Ethan
8. What do you want to be when you grow up? Chef
9. What's your favorite book? Anything by Rick Riordan
10. What are you really good at? Being funny...and sports 
11. Where do you want to go on vacation? I would want to go to Italy.
12. What would you buy if you had $1000? My trip to the Alamo bowl next year.
13. What is you best memory? Getting the priesthood.
14. What vegetable do you hate the most? Spinach
15. What would you wish for? To meet my baby brother, Robert Allen and my Grandpa Balsmeier
16. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla Bean
17. Who is your biggest hero? Dad
18. What do you like to do with your friends? Joke around
19. What is your favorite sport? Track
20. What would you like to do before your next birthday? Pass my drivers test.

And now his perceptions of us:
All about my Mom
1. How old is your Mom? 34
2. What is your Mom's favorite color? Green
3. What is your Mom's favorite food? Everything!
4. How tall is your Mom?  5ft 9 in
5. What shoe size does she wear? 10
6. What is her favorite TV show? Sherlock or Blacklist
7. What time does your Mom wake up in the morning? Earlier than me!
8. What does you Mom do while you're at school? Babysit Corbin.
9. What is your Mom's first name? Jennifer
10. What do you like best about your mom?  Her demented sense of humor.

All about my Dad
1. How old is your Dad? 38
2. How much does Dad weigh? Super skinny.
3. What is Dad's favorite food? Donuts
4. How strong is your Dad? Stronger than Uncle John! 
5. What's Dad's job? A Civil Engineer
6. What does Dad do at work? He helps design roads.
7. What is your favorite thing to do with Dad? Spend time with him.
8. How tall is your Dad? 5ft. 9in. 
9. What do you like best about your Dad? His sense of style.
10. What is your Dad's first name? Robert



Robert Allen