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Ninth Birthday

Ninth Birthday

March 30, 2008

We celebrated tonight.


I love this photo. It feels happy and loving. Like you could just pull up a chair and be let in on the laughter. I don’t even remember what was so funny.

This snapshot, this is how I hope they remember their childhood.

Posted by Chris @ 11:20 pm  

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  1. Mary says:


  2. Annie says:

    Happy 9th birthday, blonde one with big hair and dimples! This is what I have named him in my head. :)

    Chris says: That is pretty much what we call him too. ;-)

  3. kathy says:

    oh that IS sweet! And I think you’ve echoed each and every mother’s secret wish.

  4. Alissa says:

    i’m betting you this IS how they remember it… well, it’s how i remember most of mine… 9 kids, parents who gave a damn…

  5. Lindsay says:

    I love how your family is all about making as much flame as possible on the cake, by just adding candles everywhere with no regard to the traditional number of candles = how old you are thing….at least as far as I can tell.

    Chris says: We are all about using the entire box of candles :-)

  6. Heather's Garden says:

    I wish that was how you remembered your childhood. Hell, I wish that was how I remembered mine! I know we mostly see the good parts here, but it sure seems like you’re doing a great job raising those kids.

  7. Estee says:

    As soon as I saw this picture I was reminded of my childhood. You have captured the moment perfectly. Totally made me smile. :) Happy 9th bithday to your son! :D

  8. Lorraine says:


  9. Kal says:

    Gorgeous picture, feels totally welcoming. Love the chair/laughter feeling.
    Happy birthday that kid :)

  10. Nikolaj says:

    Cool how the light lights him the most.

  11. suburbancorrespondent says:

    Amen to that…

  12. B says:

    It makes me feel happy just looking at it. Great capture.

  13. peepnroosmom says:

    Happy Birthday, Dimples! Enjoy your cake.

  14. Kristie says:

    What a great shot — they all look so joyous.

    We celebrated a 10th birthday at our house this week — I just put photos up on my blog as well ….. of the storebought cupcakes, with (are you ready for this?) lighted TOOTHPICKS on top because I forgot candles.

    Yes, we are really that classy.

  15. Law Student Hot Mama says:

    It’s amazing how many birthdays you guys celebrate! It seems like every couple of weeks it’s somebody else’s birthday. That’s a good thing! More opportunity for cake . . . and laughter!

  16. Ladybug Crossing says:

    Looks like a good time was had by all.
    Happy Birthday to the blond one.

  17. Brigitte says:

    I love that just your family alone makes an instant birthday party - no need to invite a bunch of OTHER people’s kids over and do a lot of fancy-schmancy stuff. This way makes for much better family memories, I think!

  18. Nicki says:

    That pictures says “Pull up a chair and join our laughter”. It’s lovely!!

  19. Maddy says:

    I’m sure they will Chris, they have such loving parents and siblings. A happy and relaxed home and life, what more could any of us ask for.

  20. A Lost Writer says:

    Why, oh why did I not find your blog earlier! Shame on me! And I’m on Work It, Mom! too…well, better late than never. That’s an amazing picture…perfect memories!

  21. Maine Mom says:

    This IS a great photo. Very inviting and cozy and happy.

  22. jody says:

    Awww. Happy 9th birthday to your sweet, blond dude!

  23. Carola says:

    Happy B-Day “blonde one with big hair and dimples” !!

  24. dcfullest says:

    I just realized a serious awesome advantage of having 7 kids– you get birthday cake a lot.
    (I am sure there are other advantages too :), but I love me some cake!)

  25. Clementine says:

    What a beautiful photo–I love its warmth and tenderness.

  26. Beth - Total Mom Haircut says:

    It looks like a moment they will all remember well. He looks so proud. And another beautiful picture.

    Happy ninth!

  27. Bronnie says:

    aaw it does look lovely and very happy! I’m sure they’ll all remember it this way :)

  28. Mel says:

    Happy 9th birthday!! Such a happy photo!!

  29. mary says:

    all these years and you are still my favorite Chris!

    Can you adopt me?


    Happy Birthday!

  30. Victoria says:

    I’m sure they will…

    Happy Birthday dude : )

  31. angela michelle says:

    that is a beautiful pic–caught in action, slice of life.

  32. Christina says:

    Is it wrong to have a favorite? He is mine since he reminds me of my own “blond one with big hair and dimples.”

    Happy Birthday to him!

  33. Jules says:

    That’s a beautiful photo. I hope he had a great birthday :)

  34. Lara says:

    Oh! I hope this is how they remember their childhood, too! I love it.