February 23 is long past, but I decided to take a small step back in time for today's blog.
Daniel turned 17 on February 23. I can't imagine where the years have gone! It seems just yesterday we celebrated his first birthday and now he's filling out college applications and preparing to leave the nest. He's a great kid and I have enjoyed every one of his 17 years.
Daniel was born in Niamey and that is where we celebrated his first birthday. He was just beginning to walk at that point. Wasn't he cute?!
This year we celebrated here in Pennsylvania. He wanted Nigerien food, so I used safari decorations. He invited guys and even some GIRLS! After supper the kids played some party games and then Daniel opened his gifts and we had an ice cream cake. Then the kids played board games.
Most of Daniel's gifts were air-soft things. Air-soft guns are pellet guns that shoot plastic pellets. The boys run around in the woods, chasing each other and shooting at each other. It's basically a teen-age version of the age-old Cowboys and Indians. He and his friends spent most of today (May 6) playing air-soft.
Youth comes but once in a lifetime. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow