Thirteen and ????

 Oh my!  Andy turned 13 over the weekend.  As you can see, like most teenagers, he enjoys having his mother making him put on a birthday t-shirt and having his picture taken.   Yep. He loved it. 

Actually, just in time for his birthday, Andy has decided to turn semi-surly and mostly quiet.  Gah. I know it doesn’t last forever, but it sure feels like it while it does.  Fortunately, he still has enough moments where he is nice and fun, so I think we’ll make it.  

Saturday night, we had some friends over for pizza and cake.  Andy has never liked being the center of attention, so the best picture I have is of his cake – a nine-layer coconut cake that Mike made.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, Andy’s birthday and all of that, but that cake???????

THIS is the cake Andy requested. It sounds like a lot of work, but Mike whipped it up in no time. The raw, roasted  coconut is so much better than the sweetened stuff you get at the supermarket (though I love that too).  I am not a lover a cake, but, for this cake I make an exception.  

Andy and his friends had fun building a fire and running around (not necessarily in that order).  That’s the beauty of “cold” in Florida. “Cold” usually means you want flip flops, not just bare feet.  Rough stuff, I know, but that’s our reality.


I cannot believe my “baby” is 13. Everyone here just pats me on the head and laughs anymore.  I knew it was coming, but now it’s here.  Waaahhhh. 

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