Happy 15th Birthday to Jonathan! I guess we modify once the kids are in high school when it comes to birthday celebrations. It seems there is always something going on and I think this time we went out for dinner the night before Jon's birthday in anticipation that he would be at basketball practice at 6 am on his birthday...no one including Jon wanted to have breakfast in bed at 5:15 am!We don't typically go out for birthdays anymore because, well, because there are 11 of us and that's a lot of going out, especially when you tack them onto the normal eating out that may occur. Birthdays in our house go like this: breakfast of choice (or mom's choice) on the celebrate plate in bed with all of the cards that have come in the mail from family...dinner at home of choice and cake of choice (or mom's choice--although I always ask permission to present a store-bought cake, which seems to happen more frequently as the years progress!)
Jon is awesome with his siblings. I remember him telling me and everyone else that he was Amelia's surrogate parent! He can engage them, redirect them, play at their level...Currently his thoughts for post-teenage life is to be a teacher. I think that would suit him very well.