Happy Birthday Kennedy Marie -15 years old – Bonus: Birthday Interview

It’s a tale as old as time….the sweet little chubby babies, turn into clumsy toddlers, then into big kids with scraped knees, then into awkward tweens, and  then into something older…yet still young….someone that can hold a conversation with adults, someone that can drive and fend for themselves but still can’t keep the giggles at bay in a situation where laughing is inappropriate.   And yet it always surprises the parents, every time.  As if they didn’t know this is how this works…this is the way it has always worked.  They grow up.  Right in front of your eyes.  OUCH.  It hurts.  I heard it referred to once as looking directly into the sun.  It stings.
Miss Kennedy turned 15 years old a few weeks ago!  She had a great day full of balloons, ice cream cake, Chinese food lunch date with Dad, Mom and Khloe, and our annual birthday dinner out with just her parents…at Olive Garden.


Kennedy is the little Momma (well, not so little anymore, as she’s taller than this Momma) of the Howard Home.  She is assertive and opinionated and happy.  She is organized, which always catches me off guard, as I remember my bedroom (and my childhood best friend Kelli’s room) growing up being a complete and total disaster.  Kennedy is kind, sweet, thoughtful, smart and funny.  She has made this parenting gig pretty wonderful.  I’m constantly impressed with her ability to juggle her insanely busy schedule, between school work, athletic schedules, volunteering at church, babysitting and her commitments at our home.  Kennedy loves the Lord.  She reads her bible daily.  She prays, and she isn’t afraid to speak His truth in a situation that might be uncomfortable for her.   That’s pretty awesome.  She’s pretty awesome.  I have had this post started for a few weeks and just couldn’t find the space in my heart to put into words how I feel about her getting so old!  Well, my words will never do her justice.  But I will continue to watch her grow into her body, in Christ, and into her true self.  Here’s the annual birthday interview:

KENNEDY MARIE – Age 15
Nicknames:  Nenny, Ken
Favorite Food:  Chinese
Favorite Drink:  Strawberry Smoothie

Favorite Color:  Aqua
Favorite Song:  Holy Spirit
Favorite Book:  My Bible
Favorite Subject in School:  Science
Favorite Movie:  A Walk to Remember
Favorite TV Show:  Criminal Minds
Favorite Holiday:  Christmas
Best Friends:  Jersie, Nate, Abby Klammer, Tori Splitt, Amber Hollister
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Jr. High or High School Teacher
Where would you like to go on vacation? Mexico
What is one thing you wish you owned right now?  A nice car that doesn’t scream (her car needs some love 🙂 )
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? With a degree in education, married with a kid or two
What is 1 goal you wish to accomplish in your lifetime?  Run a marathon

God is within her; she will not fall.
– Psalm 46:5

 

Happy Birthday Karson R. Howard- 11 words for 11 years

11 Words for 11 Years:

  1. HAPPY:  I pray you are always as happy as you are today, dancing through life with that sweet smile and amazing attitude.
  2. INTELLIGENT:  You know so much about so much.  You are like a walking encyclopedia.   Your bright mind constantly surprises me!
  3. ENTHUSIASTIC:  You bounce your way through life and tackle anything head on and with a smile.
  4. LOVING:  You show love with words and actions, everyday.  You compliment strangers and friends alike, and I love that about you.  You give the best hugs. ❤
  5. SENSITIVE:  There is never any question what you are feeling.  You wear your heart on your sleeve.  You feel with your whole heart, and you are very compassionate.
  6. HILARIOUS:  Your unfiltered thoughts spill out of your mouth almost always!  You are so fun and witty.
  7. TALENTED:   You are talented at so many things,  especially song and dance.
  8. OUTGOING:  You know no stranger.   You have no problem making friends.
  9. DETERMINED:  You accept challenges and do your best!
  10. HEAD-STRONG:   You aren’t afraid to fight for what you want and what you think is right.
  11. ECCENTRIC:  You are an individual, and unlike many children your age.   I hope you always dance to the beat of your own drum.

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You fill our hearts with so much JOY and our home with so much LAUGHTER!  You were the baby of the family for nearly 6 years until you were blessed with 2 baby sisters.  Now you are smack-dab in the middle of the group-and that’s a hard position to be in!  We love you Karson Robert!  May your 11th year be a great one!

KARSON ROBERT HOWARD: AGE 11 BIRTHDAY INTERVIEW
FAVORITE FOOD:  Pizza
FOODS I’D RATHER AVOID:  Spaghetti
MY FAVORITE THING TO LEARN:  History
MY FAVORITE COLOR:  Blue
MY BEST FRIENDS ARE:  Obbi, Mason
FAVORITE GAME TO PLAY:  Tag
WHEN I HAVE FREE TIME I LIKE TO:  Hang out with the family and play on my electronics
MY FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Snicker of Magic, Eerie Elementary Series, The War that Saved my Life
FAVORITE MOVIES OR TV SERIES:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Scorpion
FAVORITE HOLIDAY:  Christmas
THINGS I DO WELL:  Make people laugh, Music
THINGS I NEED TO PRACTICE MORE:  Trumpet
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO GO:  Roller skating rink, swimming pool
MY FAVORITE FAMILY ACTIVITIES:  Family Game Night
MY FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE:  Swing on the spider swing
LEAST FAVORITE CHORE:  Washing dishes, cleaning my room
FAVORITE SONG:  I don’t want to know – Maroon 5
WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP:  Actor
A PLACE I WANT TO VISIT:  Rio
MY FAVORITE PART OF LAST YEAR:  Our family vacation in South Dakota
SOMETHING SAD THAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR:  Our school closing and having to change schools
MY FAVORITE PART OF EACH DAY:  Right before the sun goes down because everyone is energetic and not tired yet.
MY FAVORITE DRINK:  Chocolate Milk
MY FAVORITE SPORT OR ACTIVITY TO PLAY:  Soccer
SOMETHING NEW I’D LIKE TO LEARN THIS YEAR:  Piano and Guitar