Friday, May 24, 2013

Another Boy Trip To Yellowstone

Summer started a little early with a weekend trip to Yellowstone.  Since there were no girls they did multiple hikes and watched a lot of animals.  They saw cute spring babies and cottontail rabbits, but no wolves – Sorry Andrew, maybe next time.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Jungle Party

The day before Andrew's birthday he had his first friend party.  He invited 4 friends and one cousin and randomly, one of Mack's friends invited himself.  Luckily, I had a little heads up that he might come, but it was still a little funny.  The party was animal themed (shocker).
Andrew doesn't like birthday cake so I made one of his favorites - Christmas Wreaths- in the shape of a gigantic snake.  My  kids thought it was awesome but I think some of the party guests were disappointed not to have cake and ice cream.  We did have an ice cream drink...
I hired a youth from church to bring a few specimen from his vast reptile collection for the boys to learn about.  They got to hold a few of them and learned all sorts of interesting things.  One boy kept muttering, "I'm going to die.  I'm going to die."  Otherwise, everyone loved it.

If you look past Mack you will see some of my decorations.  By my standards I went all out and actually put crepe paper vines and leaves around the house.

We played a few games and opened presents then I let them do what boys do best - wrestle, run, jump, tackle, kick balls, and yell.  I snagged this mellow photo while they were eating their take home "specimen" (goldfish, gummy worms, teddy grahms…).  Andrew loved the party and even though it is overwhelming, it really was kind of fun to plan.
Here is Andrew on his birthday with his stash from the family.

Andrew's curiosity teaches me patience and helps me think about "why?".  His energy keeps me looking for ways to keep him busy.  His passion has taught me way more about animals than I ever thought I'd know.  He challenges me to become the parent he needs.  I love his smile and how he can talk a mile a minute when he is excited.  I love hearing about his day and listening to him try to reason himself out of trouble.  He loves Lily and sincerely wants me to have another baby because he thinks she is so fun and cute.  He is a fabulous big brother and we love him so much!  Happy Birthday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Soccer

Kate played soccer for the first time this spring.  She surprised us all with her commitment.  Even in severe wind she stayed with her team and ran around on the field when it was her turn.  She had a tendency to avoid the ball but she had fun.  Here she is receiving her medal and playing with her teammate, Alissa, and Emily.  Yes, these are lame pictures, but at least I have some.

 On the other hand, I have no pictures of Mack's team at all.  Greg was his coach so that meant I had a newborn in the terrible wind or scorching heat, or I couldn't even watch his game because we had two other games at the same time.  Mack had fun, as usual, but Greg would rather not coach a team like that again.
Andrew was the newbie on his team.  The rest of the boys had played together for a longtime.  They were really fun to watch and Andrew liked learning to play goalie.

Three games every Saturday was totally wild but I was so glad they all had the chance.  Emily says she wants to play next year...we'll see.