There seems to be a tradition in this house that birthdays expand to fill as much of the month as possible. It’s certainly true of Bobbie (whose birthdays are legendary and pretty much span the entirety of June), and Jake, whose third 16th birthday party is this afternoon.

The first one was us taking Jake and a few close friends out for dinner and ten-pin bowling. The second one was last weekend’s all-night teens-only party in the garage.

This one is the (predominantly grown-ups) party for family and friends of the family. We’re pushing it out to nearly two weeks of celebration, just to get in training for Christmas.