Patrick celebrated his 18th birthday in Germany today. We got to skype with him yesterday morning. It was a little funny because our day was just beginning--Kathi was heading out the door to school, kids were arriving for daycare, and we were in the middle of breakfast chaos--and on a different side of the world, Patrick had just finished school for the day (he is 7 hours ahead of us) and looked like he was relaxing. He was getting ready to go to the store with his Oma and he hoped to make "American" chocolate chip cookies when they got home. About a month ago we sent him a package and surprised him by including a cake mix and frosting, so he could also have his favorite American birthday cake. :) We also planned on making a cake to celebrate here. When I got up this morning, Mitch surprised me by having it already baking in the oven. We waited until after supper to celebrate, when it wasn't technically Patrick's birthday in Germany anymore, but that doesn't matter...he just gets an extra-long birthday! :)
Here is the video we made for you, Patrick. We love you! "May the good Lord bless you and keep you the whole year through!"
((Kathi has a pretty busy schedule, and Tuesday nights are volleyball game nights, so she will have to enjoy cake on her own when she gets home.))