Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Birthday to Erik!

Today we celebrated my brother Erik's 29th birthday. It's hard to celebrate without him here. We still miss him so much and think about him all the time. This is the second birthday since he passed away, and last year we began a tradition of doing something on his birthday that he liked to do. This year we went to Claim Jumper for lunch. It was fun and yummy. And between us all we ate enough for Erik too (and then some).


MRK was just getting over an illness and probably didn't feel the greatest. Bentley and Haven entertained themselves with lemons. And no, Savannah does not have glasses. She bought them at the party store today (don't ask).


Tanner and Ryder were zonked out most of the time we were there. They did both wake up and eat.


My mom wanted us to write messages on balloons and send them up to Erik. The kids were all really cute about it. They all wrote their own little messages. I'm not sure what Ryder and Tanner intended to say, but Haven drew a picture of her with her Uncle Erik.


Bentley, Savannah, Sage and Natalie displayed their messages.


MRK and Ryan chose just to send up plain balloons. Erik probably would have appreciated that! And then we were all ready to let go.


It was fun to watch, but it was over quickly. The wind was blowing and they were carried away (and into the sun). Ryder didn't quite catch the vision of what we were doing and lamented the loss of his balloon for quite a while!


Happy birthday Erik! We love you so much. Enjoy the balloons, the messages and all the hugs and kisses we send as well. XOXOXOXO

9 comments:

Linda said...

What a nice post Jenn! Wish I could have been there with you. I sure do miss Erik too. Doesn't seem right that he isn't with us anymore. I'm glad you all were able to get together. I love you all and Erik too! (I don't like that picture of me, thanks for posting it!)

Brooke said...

That was such a sweet tribute Jenn. Erik was lucky to have such a wonderful family, and i'm sure he loves all that you do to remember him. Thanks for the fun morning, your family is so beautiful!

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday Erik! Thanks for the great post Jenn. It was great to be with you guys today to celebrate a wonderful person. We miss him more than words can say.

Missy said...

This is a really nice post, Jenn :)

Britain said...

What a sweet family you have. Great post. I have to admit I did chuckle a little at Ryder lamenting his lost balloon.

Diane said...

Erik is lucky to have you all and how nice to remember him in a fun way.

Aivaz Family said...

What a great idea. You guys are amazing.

Mel said...

What a neat tradition to celebrate Erik's birthday doing something fun together. I love that you sent balloons off too- how sweet is Haven. I was thinking of you guys on his birthday and hoping you were all doing okay.

Jaime Stephens said...

How fun that you guys celebrated!! You guys are such a great family and did Natalie cut her hair??