From my phone

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Here’s {some of} the month of February from my phone.  The first picture is the beautiful day Ethan was born!image image image image

A field trip!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Jack had his second field trip today.  We went to the Zoo!  The bus ride was a hit again, and it’s a good thing!  We were only at the Zoo for about 45 minutes because it started to rain and then POUR!  We made it back on the bus just in time.  It was fun while it lasted-we love the Zoo!image imageimage

Jack at three

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oh, sweet boy!  Can you really be THREE?!  That makes me so happy and gives me a lump in my throat all at the same time.  So happy because you’re a healthy, growing, happy little boy, and the lump-because I can’t believe it’s already been three years!imageJust the other week, I filled out a survey for day school about different everyday skills, and it was so fun!  After doing our ‘homework’ together, I was able to check that you’ve mastered all of the skills with the exception of holding a pencil correctly every time.  You can do it if you want to, but not if you’re in a rush.  We’ll work on it!  imageYou can put your shoes and coat on by yourself, hop on one foot, walk backward (you move your arm up and down like a robot when you do this, and it cracks me up!), cut with scissors, stack blocks-you know, fun three-year-old things! imageI need to take more videos of you (and your brother!) because you say and do the funniest things right now!  You still ask ‘why’ a lot, but that hasn’t gotten old yet.  You can say most of The Lord’s Prayer by yourself, and that just warms this mamma’s heart.  I love to see God working in your heart already!imageYou are a rough and tumble boy, for sure, and love to build, wrestle, jump, play football/basketball/baseball/soccer/golf-any kind of boy thing!  You’ve got a strong will and let us know that you have a better plan some time, but when you pitch a fit, a trip to the stairs or a distraction usually does the trick.imageYou’re also the sweetest, most lovable three-year-old I can imagine.  You love your brother, and, even though you really want to wrestle him, you’re always making sure he’s ok and has what he needs.  You go to his room as soon as you wake up and hop into his crib to play.  I love to hear those sweet sounds-until I hear Sam squeal!  Gentle, loving, and kind buddy!  You’re such a snuggler with daddy and me, too.  LOVE.  IT!imageThere is so much more to say about you, t-tiny, so be sure to read your journal when you grow up and are reminiscing, ok?!  You’ve been such a blessing to your daddy, your brother, and me (and countless others!), and we love you more than words can say!  We’re so thankful for YOU!  Happy birthday, sweet first born!

Jack’s birthday {via Instagram}

Good morning THREE-YEAR-OLD!!  He totally knows it’s his birthday, and I love it!  He woke up, saw his door decorations, and came to our room and said, “Mommy, did you put dat stuff on my door-dos decorations?"  I did, buddy!  “It’s my birthday?!”  It is!!!!  And later he said, “Momma, we’re not goin to school today?”  Nope!  “Cuz it’s my birthday!!!”  I love it!imageHe did a little birthday morning fishing, too!image Sam had a terrible rash on Sunday, so I took the rashey baby and the birthday boy to the doctor (and waited an hour and twenty minutes in the waiting room and another 25 in the room!!!!!-the boys did better than I did, I think!) only be be diagnosed with Hand Foot Mouth.  I hated spending Jack’s birthday morning there, but I’m thankful that Sam will be just fine!image Since we’d either been at the doctor or playing inside most of the day (another post of a new three-year-old-playing-with-his-blocks-instead-of-wanting-to-take-pictures to come!), we went for a pre-supper Target run to let the birthday boy pick out a new toy.  He immediately went for a guitar (would’ve been his sixth one!) and carried it through 90% of the toy aisles.  Nothing caught his eye enough to put the guitar back-until he saw the golf club!  His mind was changed, we grabbed some lollipops, and we checked out!image When we go home, Jack tried to blow up some balloons for our little birthday celebration.  He was trying so hard!  And of course we had more of the birthday song for the birthday boy and more cake!  We have a THREE-YEAR-OLD, and we love him so much!image And for fun, we celebrated birthday-eve, too!  Actually, Mark puts a candle in Jack’s treats all the time.  It’s Jack’s  favorite thing-and Mark’s fun like that!  That daddy sure knows how to put a smile on his boy’s face!image Night, night two-year-old!  We love you to the moon and back!image

Super Jack is THREE!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Almost!  We celebrated today at a Superhero party with our favorite Superheroes, and we had a great time!  See the birthday boy doing a dance to welcome his guests?  Kidding!  He was really running down the steps so he could jump off!imageimageimageimageJack’s second year.  That first picture was taken on his second birthday.  I can’t wait to compare that picture with a picture from his third birthday.image Superhero Gear was waiting to welcome the superheroes.  I thought they’d dress up right away, but most decided to pack them up to take home.imageimageimageSuper Em was looking pretty super!imageUncle Joey, Anna, and Eva were looking great, too!image We thankfully had great weather, so the superheroes played outside,imageimageimagehad Power Painting done on their arms and faces,imageimageimageimage and had super swords, Batman, dogs, frogs, you name it!, made by Super Joey.  We love him!imageimageimageSam played with grandpa, and his very own sword!,imageand Boland had fun with the toys and his big sister!  He got his very own sword, too!imageThe superheroes used a lot of energy saving the day, so we had lunch for them.imageimage imageimageimageAnd of course some birthday sweets!image Side note on the cookies:  Jack came downstairs the morning after I made these and saw them laying on the counter.  With such excitement, he said, “Wo, momma!  Look what you made!  Those are the bestest cookies ever!  I can’t wait to eat one!”  He made my day, and that is one of the reasons why it’s worth some late nights decorating and baking for him.image Kendall enjoyed her lunch and a cupcake, and sweet Ethan enjoyed a nap on his mama!imageAnd then it was birthday cake time!  image

(cake, and cupcake toppers, by Burghardt’s Custom Cakes-she’s amazing!) 

The birthday boy hopped on up (and then I switched his seat for better lighting!), got his mask all situated, and then put his nervous face on while we all sang to him.imageimage imageimageimageAnd his favorite part-image image Oooohhh, we love this almost three-year-old!  imageimageI went to get the plates and cake server, and Amy caught Jack sneaking a lick!  Crazy boy!  (Thanks for taking these pictures, Aim!)image Our boy enjoyed his cake (not only was it pretty, but it was delicious!  I really recommend Lauren!), and before we knew it, it was naptime for all the superheroes.imageimage Thank you all for celebrating Super Jack’s 3rd birthday with us-you definitely saved the day!image