Friday, November 19, 2010

It's the BIG birthday - Landon is 16 today!

It's hard to believe but our youngest is now officially 16! We celebrated with a family party a few days ago - because teenagers have such busy schedules that school, Basketball practice, and the Football game today all had him tied up from 6 am - 10 pm. So for our family party we had his favorite meal and then opened a few gifts -

Landon was pretty excited about his Dad taking him to a Monday night 49'ers game.
Then the 5 of us (John, me, Landon, Tanner & Josie) went to see this movie at the Lesher theatre for his birthday party (this is an easy kid)

It's hard to believe we've gone from this:

to this
to this . . .

to this . . .

Landon's always been the baby of the family -

Now he is taller than all of his sisters, his Mom & Dad, and closing in fast on his older brother.

He's always been loved and adored by his parents and his siblings because he's always been
so cute and so sweet. What's not to love?

Other facts about Landon that make him so extraordinary . . . .
He has ALWAYS been pretty much a happy easy going kid. The teen age years didn't even mess that up like I was afraid they might. He's still happy, pleasant, and easy to get along with. I told you this is an extraordinary guy.

He's got a funny sense of humor. Pretty quiet - but he takes everything in and then makes observations and comes up with some hilarious insights on what's going on. He cracks us up.

(Of course his Napoleon Dynamite impersonation is one of my favorites)

He is so obedient - when you say take out the trash please - he just gets up and takes out the trash. That may seem like a little thing - but he is like that with everything. He never kicks back or tries to get out of things - he just does what we ask. Another our-of character thing for a teenager that I truly appreciate about Landon.

He is the most appreciative kid ever. I can't count how may times he said Thank You for helping him with his Eagle Project. But a couple of days ago he asked me if I would make him some chocolate chip cookie dough. I did - and then he thanked me - and thanked me again - and again. I counted - he thanked me 6 separate times over the course of the afternoon and evening. He's been like this since he was little - but I still can't get over it. It's amazing to me every time that he is good about expressing his appreciation. I'll make cookie dough for him any time!

He's always chose great friends - pretty smart of him :)

He's a great uncle - his nieces and nephews adore him.

See what I mean . . .

You're the BEST Landon. We love you!!!! Happy 16th Birthday :)