Because this was such an important birthday, and we had family coming to visit, we had to compromise on the cake. Mark really likes my ,ahem, homemade cakes, by Duncan Hines, but it's a lot of work to decorate, so this year, he got two "cakes". First was the Jello on his birthday, and then the Sam's Club cake the day after when all the guests were there. He loved having the jello, but we did learn the hard way that candles in jello is not such a, um, hot idea:)
The night of his actual birthday, our brave boy was all alone. He needed to do an overnight campout to complete a requirement for Scouts, so he went on his first overnighter with the other Scouts and no parents. What a trooper! (Seriously, he had a blast, no parents to tell him to go to bed, coyotes running around the campsite, yeah, I'm not sure he even missed us:))
On Saturday we opened gifts, which is always a family affair:)
We also decided that 12 was a good age to begin investing in suits for our boys. So here he is all dressed up and ready for his first General Priesthood Meeting with his Dad.
David has been anxiously awaiting this day for about twelve years. They even stopped for ice cream afterwards.