Friday, July 28, 2006

Three teens! I have three teens!

Today is my last day to say "I have three teenagers."

When they were little, Keith and I used to say "Someday we'll have three teenagers." It sounded ominous, but it turned out to be a really great time in our lives. We have had three wonderful teenagers since Holly turned thirteen in late 2004.

The first time they left together I took a picture. They were walking to Circle K, two blocks away, to get sodas. The boys had been that far before, to a shop that sold baseball cards and collectibles. The owner had some toys he would sell to very little kids for a quarter or a dime, and some gaming cards, too.

This time, though, they wanted to take Holly. It seemed they were going a hundred miles away and would be gone a week. Of course, it was only a few hundred yards and they were back in fifteen minutes.

A few months ago, they left again. It wasn't the same house, but it was the three of them leaving and me taking a photo from the front yard.

It seemed they were going a hundred miles away and would be gone a week. Of course, it was ten miles and they were back in seven or eight hours.

Tomorrow Kirby will be twenty years old.

Keith said when people at work are negative about having teens, he thinks it's just their loss for not knowing our teens.

The family together for my birthday, 7/24/06


Zenmomma said...

What a lovely post. I agree wholeheartedly. Lions and tigers and teens, Oh my! I LOVE my teen and soon to be teen.

Rinnyboo said...

What sweet pictures of your kids. I love that Marty has his arm around Holly. My son is only 2 and a half but I know that in the blink of an eye he will be a teenager. It makes me a little sad and a lot excited to see who he will become.

Happy birthday, Kirby.


Anonymous said...

Whew,you give me hope for the teeness that is to come. I have always suspected it'd be cool, because I like the unique mix of enthusiasm and newfound analytical skills that a teen mind seems to have. But then I sometimes catch some of the attitude from my tween that people warn you about and I have a moment of terror!

Anyway, good post.
Kim from

Jane said...

I love having teens and will also be going from three to two in a couple of weeks. (But then I'll be at three again in a little over a year.)

It always made me sad to talk to moms who "couldn't wait" for their children to go back to school. I have that same sadness for the many moms I know who don't enjoy their teens.