June 13, 2009

Oh no, not another teenager in the house!

Today's Birthday Shout Out is to my baby boy, Spencer, Spence, the Spencinator, Spenzilla.

It's his Golden Birthday. That magical day when his age is the same as the date that he was born. Thirteen on the Thirteenth of June. I don't need to find embarrassing photos of him to publish, because I have been doing that for the past 7 years and so he's got it easy this year.

We had an entire day of celebration.
We started with breakfast at Rosie's Diner, the original. Here's their web site; http://www.rosiesdiner.com. We dined in style on awesome diner hash browns, cakes, eggs, and breakfast meat, lots of breakfast meat. Meat is good.

Next, downtown Rockford for the "Start of Summer" parade. It's a parade that we used to be in for years. The last few years, we'd not been in town because of NeoCon for my job and this year, our tenth living in Rockford, we stayed in town and we were able to just watch the parade. Spence stood there enjoying the parade and endured the sirens of all the emergency vehicles, it was awesome!

After a brief respite, or nap, we went back downtown for dinner, yum, fresh hot corn dogs, awesome! Spencer had a Polish dog that was so big he couldn't eat it all.

Off to the Dam for the duck races. While we were waiting for the parade, some kind older fellow had conned us into buying a ticket for the Rotary Duck Races. As we're milling about near the dam in the afternoon, we're wondering how they call the race. What exactly is the protocol. As the minutes tick by, we see no duck, no big set up. We're sure the old geezer scammed us. Then two guys walk up with a large box and dump the ducks into the river. No ceremony, just dump. We're pretty sure our duck got caught in an eddy and never finished the race.

After that we watched a band, called The Outer Vibe, check out their website here; http://www.theoutervibe.com/ Good band with lots of great tunes, old and new. Spencer was so taken that he bought their CD's. All three! It was the first concert he was forced to sit through and after a fashion, he loved it.

Done with that, time for fireworks, our long time, most painful event. We stood in the middle of the carnival that is a part of our little celebration and watched them blast away. Another fear conquered!
What an amazing day.

Have a great day, I know that we did!

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