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Happy Birthday Ankle Biter #2

Nine years ago today was a little scary!  I was blind.  My blood pressure was through the roof.  My liver shut down.  My kidneys shut down.  My platelets were practically nil.  I wasn’t in very good shape at all.  It was 5 weeks before Ankle Biter #2 was scheduled to join our family.  But 9 years ago today, join us, he did! 

Ankle Biter #2    Ankle Biter #2 with his big brother

Look how proud Ankle Biter #1 is to be a big brother!  SHYEAH, that didn’t last long……..What a deceptive little photograph!  HA!

Ankle Biter #2 eating

Lookee there at the little monkey enjoying some bananas!  Bananas were a favorite of his for a long time!  In a minute we’ll talk about more favorite ankle biter foods!

Ankle Biter #2

He’s growing up before my very eyes! 

Ankle Biter #2 pool

Speaking of eyes………look at those blue eyes!  Melts me, he does! 

Ankle Biter #2

Before long, he was a snaggle-tooth………

Ankle Biter #2 outfield

He lives, breathes, sleeps and eats baseball!  He is the best little right-fielder you ever saw! 

Ankle Biter #2 9th birthday

And today, he’s 9!  I can’t believe it!  Where did the last 9 years go?!

So what in the world does all this have to do with food and cooking, you ask!?!?!  Let’s talk about birthday meals since Ankle Biter #2 is having one today.  The last one before he hits double digits. 

It’s our family’s tradition that you get whatever meal you want on your birthday.  For the last 3-4 years, AB2 has picked……are you ready for this!?!?!!?…….Broccoli Cheese Soup for his birthday meal.  No, I’m NOT kidding!  That’s what we’ve had every year for the past few for his birthday dinner.  Well, he surprised me this year and decided he wants something different.  He did talk about his beloved Broccoli Cheese Soup, but only briefly.  Then he went through:  Vegetable Soup (he LOVES soup!), Tacos, and finally to Country Fried Steak and Gravy with all the fixins. 

So in honor of AB2’s birthday, we WERE having:

*  Country Fried Steak and Gravy

*  Mashed Potatoes

*  Peas & Carrots

*  Fried Okra

*  Macaroni & Cheese

*  Biscuits

*  Birthday Cake

I say we “WERE” having because it seems his Aunt Dee decided yesterday afternoon to make pretty much all that for dinner last night, not realizing that’s what we were planning to have for his birthday dinner.  So now we’re back to square 1.  We’ve got a birthday boy who can’t decide what he wants for his birthday dinner!  We’re run through umpteen different meals already this morning.

He’s decided he wants to go eat Chinese for lunch since he’s out of school today.  They didn’t just dismiss school today because it’s his birthday or anything.  He’s awfully important, but not quite THAT important that the whole county gets out of school for his birthday like he’s Lincoln or Washington or something.  We had some severe storms in our county night before last that left many areas of our county crippled.  So he happened to get his birthday off from school.  So we’re going to take a little road trip today and go eat Chinese for lunch.

So now that we aren’t doing the Country Fried Steak for dinner tonight, just guess what birthday boy finally decided he wants for dinner after he went through forty-eleven menus!  Yep, you guessed it!  We’re not going to break our Broccoli Cheese Soup streak! 

Broccoli Cheese Soup it is for AB2’s 9th birthday!  And Strawberry Cake………

So I’m off to bake Strawberry Cake and make a pot of soup before we head off to eat some Chinese food………….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANKLE BITER #2!  Y’all have a great day!  We’re going to!


7 Responses


  2. Happy Birthday to him and hugs for mom!

  3. I remember nine years ago i was FREAKING OUT because I couldn’t get any news — and our blessed Evie all the way from CO sent some of her local people to find out what in the heck was going on………..and AB2 had arrived!!!!!

    Hope the strawberry cake is good!!! What did y’all have for lunch??

  4. BTW, no birthdays here, but we had Chicken Cordon Bleu light, Italian noodle, steamed zucchini and corn on the cob……and strawberry PIE for dessert……..

  5. um, excuse me!?!?! WHO is the stand-in ankle biter you took a picture of this morning?????? Because that is ABSOLUTELY NOT little NoyBug! 😦 I”m sitting here, literally with tears in my eyes! What a handsome young man….sigh. Who gave our kids permission to do all this growin’ up?? huh??

  6. Happy Birthday AB2!!!

  7. I can not believe that either one of them are out of diapers!!! It seems like yesterday i was the nanny and ankle bitter #2 WOULD NOT take off those awful cowboy boots for anything! He wore them to wal-mart, parks, lunch with his great parents, and he even fell asleep with them on a few times too. How sweet little boy babies are:)

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