Sunday, April 14, 2019

Happy 7th Birthday, Colton!

Happy 7th Birthday, Colton!

Here are 7 pictures and 7 facts about Colton at age 7...

Colton loves soccer...playing soccer and watching the Loons!

Colton loves sweatpants, and wears them every day of his life...except for the two hours we are at church on Sunday :)

Colton loves math and is very quick with numbers.  He also loves science and learning how things work.

Colton has a huge smile and is excited and enthusiastic about life in general.  He is very grateful and is truly a sweetheart!

Colton has a large rubber bracelet collection which he wears daily on both wrists and his ankle.

Colton loves to make people laugh, especially his cousin Teddy, and is so good with little kids.

Colton LOVES Jesus, loves to learn about people's "Jesus stories", and has a heart that strives to know and obey God's Word. 

We are so proud of the young man you are growing into, Colton!  Stay strong in Jesus!!!

We love celebrating birthdays!  Birthdays at our house are not just one day...they are week+ long events, with lots of ways to celebrate and make the birthday person feel special.  Colton's 7th birthday was no exception!  His birthday run-down includes:

Saturday April 6th"Birthday Party" with Adrian at Crayola Experience
Tuesday April 9thCelebration with Kirkwood Side at Annie's Parlor
Wednesday April 10thActual birthday and celebration with family
Saturday April 13thBreakfast in Bed and Birthday Outing with Dad to Loons Home Opener
Sunday April 14th: Birthday Date with Mom to the Roller Rink
Easter WeekendCelebration with Tommerdahl side

What fun!  Here are pictures to go with the above schedule ;)

"Birthday Party" with Adrian at Crayola Experience

Each year, we give the kids the opportunity to do a birthday party with a few friends, or do something "more" with just one friend.  This year, Colton picked to celebrate with one friend, Adrian, and go to Crayola Experience at Mall of America for the afternoon, and then come back home for cheeseburgers on the grill, strawberries, puffed Cheetos, Ginger Ale, and Snickers ice cream Sundaes :).  We all had a great time!

Adrian gave Colton a fun game called "the floor is lava", and the kids had fun playing it while we made dinner!

Celebration with Kirkwood Side at Annie's Parlor

Grandma K coordinated a birthday dinner to get everyone together to celebrate Colton's birthday!  She asked Colton where he would like to go eat, and he suggested Annie's Parlor, a delicious burger, fry, and shake place with a fun atmosphere.  We all had a great meal, and Colton was very excited to open several top items from his birthday list, including a MN Loons backpack, black and white Nike shoes, a Loons jersey, a WWJD (What would Jesus Do?) bracelet to add to the collection on his arm, My Story Hour CD's and money to help fund he and his sisters' Compassion child fund.  Teddy colored a special card for Colton too!

Actual birthday and celebration with family

Colton's actual birthday fell on a Wednesday, which is our busiest day of the week.  Colton has school, an after school Lego-Engineering class, gymnastics for his sisters, and then Wednesday night clubs at church.  We planned to celebrate his birthday on Thursday, but a giant snowstorm allowed us to stay home Wednesday night and celebrate him on his actual birthday!  Besides special treats like poptarts for breakfast, his sister decorating his locker with streamers at school, and his menu pick for dinner (Mac and Cheese, brats, smoothies, and rootbeer floats!), he was very celebrated with gifts and a scavenger hunt from her generous sisters, and also a few presents from Dad and Mom.

Money for his compassion Child, Brandon

He was SO excited about this Bible cover, complete with working compass

Highly Recommended "books for boys" at his reading level.  He already finished this one and loved it!

Super fun and excited reaction from getting to pick out a new Loons sweatshirt when he goes to the Home Opener with Daddy

Light Up Roller Blades

Larkyn was SO beyond excited to give Colton the Puppy she picked out and bought for him!

Summer was equally excited to find Colton's favorite monster truck, Megladon, in an actual working small replica. 

Summer also made a super cute scavenger hunt for Colton, leading him to one of her squishy keychains - a match to one that Colton had previously owned, loved, and had recently broken.

We finished off the night with rootbeer floats!  Love this kid!

Breakfast in Bed - Continuing the Tommerdahl tradition~ 

Birthday Outing with Dad to Loons Home Opener

(wearing the sweatshirt he picked out as part of his b-day present) and displaying popcorn, his special treat at the game!

Birthday Date with Mom to the Roller Rink

Each year I like to take the kids on a birthday date to do something they enjoy...I love the one-on-one time!  Because Colton asked for rollerblades for his birthday, the roller rink seemed to be the perfect destination for this years' date.  It just so happened that the monthly "Christian" night at the roller rink fell on the weekend after his birthday!  Perfect!

Light up skates during the blackout skate!

Celebration with Tommerdahl side

Grandma and Grandpa T (and Uncle Jordan and Uncle Javonte!) came to celebrate Easter at our house!  Grandma and Grandpa planned several special things to celebrate Colton's birthday.  First, on Saturday morning, they gave Colton a birthday card with a generous donation for the kids' compassion kid, Brandon.  Also included in the card was the gift of picking out a new bike!  hey took him out on a Saturday morning excursion to three different stores to pick the very best one (he has been waiting and talking about this day since last August, when they took Summer to pick out a new bike for her birthday)!.  They also took everyone out to dinner that night at Colton's choice: Famous Daves.  And, they got a Dairy Queen ice cream cake for us to celebrate and enjoy together!     Thank you so much, Grandma and Grandpa T,  for so generously, thoughtfully, and lovingly celebrating our big 7 year old!

Found the winner bike!

 He was so exited about this insulated cooler/storage bag accessory that Grandma and Grandpa got for him to put on his bike!

Yes, this picture is posed, lol!  But isn't it fantastic?! ;)

Seamless transition to handbrakes!

Thank you, Auntie Sarah, Uncle Ty, and Cousin Owen for the thoughtful and generous card! Colton loved getting mail!

7 year Stats

63rd percentile for weight at 54lbs
66th percentile for height at 4'1"

Happy 7th, bud!  We couldn't love you more!


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