What a celebration! He came to earth, in the most humble fashion, to walk among his creation and save his people. Sometimes it completely overwhelms me. I hope you can reflect today and be completely overwhelmed by your Father God's love for you!
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
We had a small family party for Abe at my parent's house on the Friday after Thanksgiving. In his only 3 birthdays so far, it's the second time I've pulled this stunt. It just makes it easy and he's little so he doesn't really care. We had pizza with the family and some cookie cake (with a fire truck, of course!!).
Enjoying a bit of attention.
He opened a few presents from cousins, aunts and uncles and we called it a party.
After the birthday fun, Abe went back to climbing all over Uncle Loren. Loren was a good sport. Abe climbed on him for at least two days.
Now on his actual birthday, which fell on the following Wednesday, we met up with some friends at a nearby fire station. This was what Abe really wanted more than anything. A trip to a firestation to see the fire trucks and fire fighters. He is completely obsessed. So here is his actual 3rd birthday in pictures.
He started off his morning with a gift from his big brothers and a bowl of hot oatmeal on top of frozen cherries. This is one of his favorites!
And off to the fire station we go. So thankful for this group of friends that were able to celebrate our boy with us on a plain old Wednesday morning.
On the truck - dreams really do come true. :) I might as well mention that he threw a minor fit when it was time to leave. He was somehow under the impression that he would actually go for a RIDE on the fire truck. When he realized that was not going to happen he chunked the water bottle the fireman had given out to the kids in our group. Oh 3 year olds. Throwing things....who teaches them these things?
He loved the whole experience. All of the kids got a turn to do it all.
Our crew! I love these kiddos!
Next we headed to the park for some playtime, lunch and cupcakes. He had to slide down the fireman pole again and again.
Nana and Papa J made an appearance later that afternoon after naps. We had pizza (again) and he got to open his gifts.
We ended the evening with icecream since Abe is not a huge fan of cake or cookies. It was the perfect day and celebration for our fire truck lovin' boy.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Jeremy has every other Friday off. I'm so thankful for regular 3 day weekends as a family. It's a really nice perk to his job. So I try to leave his Friday off pretty open as far as school day. I'll mark most Fridays as a catch up day. And often on the Fridays that Jeremy is home, we do something fun. Back in early November we went to a little zoo. It was not our huge local zoo. It was a small one, that was a little more of a drive that doesn't cost near as much for a family of 5. We were able to make the loop at the zoo in a little over an hour. It was the perfect amount of zoo for me and the boys. They are like their momma and can only take so much of the zoo. :) Here are some pictures from our morning.
At least one child knows what to do for the camera. And I swear he's been this photogenic since he was 6 months old. Now if he could teach the other two....
The boys got to feed this beautiful giraffe. That was a highlight.
And the baby goats.
Most of the time little brother has to do what the big bros are doing.
We've been studying flying creatures in science his year, so this was a perfect photo op.
I may have talked Holden into wearing that particular shirt on our zoo day. :)
And little Abe.
Another zoo trip behind us. That should hold us over for another year or so.
I'm still playing catch up over here. So I'll be doing a condensed version of our fall season. So here we are at Halloween. For the first year ever we didn't make it to a pumpkin patch this year. We had so much rain and it often fell on our weekends. Then after the rain, I knew the patches would be a terrible mudfest. So we skipped it this year. Oh well. Hopefully next year.
The boys in their Halloween tees.
A little crafting on the morning of Halloween. Marshmallow ghosts.
Everyone chose their own costume this year. Pax has been saying for nearly two years that he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. So his decision was fitting. Abe just loves firetrucks and decided it was a good idea. And Holden, I think he just saw the Hulk costume and wanted it. I have a "nothing scary" rule with our Halloween festivities. So I think Holden chose Hulk because he still looked scary even though he's a good guy. I think he's a good guy. ??? I know very little about super heroes.
Abe's little buddy Cruz came along, as is our tradition. For the past several years we have had two Halloween traditions at our house. 1) Frito chili pie for dinner and 2) trick-or-treating with these friends.
After 8 little legs were worn out from walking a portion of our neighborhood, the boys got to check out their goods and eat some candy.
The next Sunday afternoon we finally got around to carving our pumpkin. Clearly, we just were not on top of it this year. Except costumes. I think I had those ordered back in August. But this year the big boys helped Jeremy do some of the carving.
The finished product.
Another Halloween of fun in the books!