Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New look

As you can clearly see, I've decided to play around with the look of my blog. Plus it was time to update the picture. You will notice that Dash, the rock eating dog, is not in the new picture but we do still have him, we just didn't have our family picture taken with him this year.

I would love to know what you all think the new look. Please, please leave me some comments and let me know. Stuff like the text color, title text color and all of the kind of stuff....can you read it well? I will be waiting to see what you all think :)

Their first dance

A couple of days ago I was watching Kimberly's kids. Since they have moved up here the kids have been together a lot and get along really good. I've been so happy with how they have become such good friends. You really never know, just because parents are friends doesn't always mean the the kids will follow. But in our case, they all get along great! So, on with my story about the other day. Sarah and Andrew are a year apart in age, both of them the youngest kids in the family. Now I feel the need to explain something....Sarah has three older brothers, as you all know, and she can hold her own. She's a little tough sometimes (most of the time) and when she can get away with it likes to be a bit bossy. Andrew has one older sister and we all know that girls can be a little "mothering" or that they like to be the leader. So needless to say he's probably been the one who's told what to do most of the time. Sarah has picked up on that totally! She likes to lead Andrew around, takes his toys, can be very pushy with him and sometimes not so nice either (I'm working on that part). I was sitting in my living room talking to Andrew when Sarah comes up to him, grabs him by the hand, leads him to a place more "roomy" and turns to face him. I wish that I could have heard what he was thinking. It probably went something like this "Uh-oh what's she doing now? Where is she taking me and why did she turn to look at me?" There was no music in the back ground but she started twirling around him and trying to dance with him. It was so cute! He was quite a good sport, although he didn't really look super happy about it. I will have to teach her at some point that the boys are supposed to lead and the girls follow.

The other thing she likes to do is hug him from behind. Can't you just see the love that he has for her?

I finally got a smile out of him. I'm pretty sure that it's because she wasn't touching him at this point.
Just so you all know, Andrew really does like Sarah. He talks about her and plays with her lots. I just didn't want you all to think that this stuff happens all of the time and I wanted to end this post on a good note.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jacob's first "friend" party

Saturday was a good day for Jacob! He got to have his first real FRIEND birthday party. We let him invite 8 little boys....5 from his class, 2 neighbor boys and 1 from kindergarten. On Saturday morning I was a little bummed out because we had only heard from 2 little boys that they were coming. I knew Jacob would have fun no matter how many were coming, plus Kyle (from kindergarten) was coming and that was very exciting!! I was still just a little bummed that not more were coming. The party started at 2:00 and at about 1:15 I got a call from one of the moms who had forgot to call me to RSVP and was still wondering if it was okay for her son to come. "OF COURSE" I said, "he can totally still come". Something about that one last boy made me feel way better. It was kinda of nice only having 4 kids 'cause they got to play the Wii and I didn't have be so planned and organized. Here's the group of them....are they so cute? From left to right we have Garret (our neighbor), Ryan (a classmate), Jacob and then Kyle (the friend from kindergarten).
If you can't tell from the pictures, Jacob wanted a Star Wars party. It was a hit and all the boys had really cool goody bags (first time I have done those), yummy cake, Capri Sun and they had lots of time to play. Looking back at it all I think I'm glad that there were only 3 boys that came. It let me ease into the party scene a little :)

So, that's the end of Jacob's birthday. He ended up having 3 parties total....what a spoiled kid! It was so fun though. Now I've got just a little over a month to plan the next one....Sarah turns 2 in June!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Easter 2009.....a little late.

So I know that this is really late and a little out of order but here's our Easter. It was a little bit of crazy year but also a lot of fun. I was on the worship team singing this year. We had a couple of extra practices and also had to be at the church at 7am on Sunday morning but it was really fun to be a part of the service. Since I had to leave the house at 6:30 in the morning I missed the kids getting the Easter baskets first thing in the morning so Ben took pictures for me. They had fun and all got new sun glasses. Here they are...Here they all are dressed in their fancy cloths. Ben did a great job getting them all ready didn't he? I was so impressed...he had to get them all dressed totally by himself. I did fix Sarah's once they got to the church. He's still not real sure about the whole hair business yet.

Right after church we had the kids hunt eggs. It was great to have a big yard and it was a little chilly but not raining and that's what mattered. Scott, Kimberly and the kids spent the day with us. We had a great dinner but I didn't get any pictures. Taking pictures is really hard to do when you are the one cooking :)

Here's Sarah and her beloved "Gott" or "Gock". She really does love him....she always makes sure to say hi and bye to him.
And last but not least....Zac doing his favorite past time. I couldn't resist taking this picture of him. Quite a big day for a little 3 year old that goes and goes and goes!

The school party!

Here's Jacob's school party. Last year I had to take a store bought snacks but this year I was able to make cupcakes and take them. It was pretty cool. I didn't do anything fancy, just plain old cupcakes but the kids seemed to like them and it sure was fun. He got a pack of gum from his teacher and he seemed to think that was pretty awesome.
Here he is passing out the cupcakes. He got to pick a friend to help hold the plate. Pretty cool stuff when you are a 1st grader!
I don't get to visit Jacob's class as much as I would like to so I really enjoyed being able to spend a little time there. I took the rest of the kids and they all thought it was pretty cool to see big brothers friends. I still can't believe that he is 7. I really feel like it was just yesterday that we found out he was on his way and we were scared to death. Didn't think we were ready to be parents. He changed our lives more then we could have ever known and would never, ever change it for ANYTHING.

Oh and one more thing...he finally has his first loose tooth. I thought he may have lost it by his birthday but I'm sure I will be blogging about it soon....don't hold your breath though, sometimes it takes awhile.

Jacob's 7th Birthday....really??

How is it possible that this baby....
could turn into this kid over night? I mean really, shouldn't it have taken at least, I don't know, like 7 years or something?
Yes it's true, Jacob turned 7 years old on Wednesday. He was so excited when he went to bed the night before. He could barely fall asleep. We started the day off with a pancake, bacon and eggs breakfast. I made Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny pancakes (the kids' favorite). After that Jacob had to go to school. His teacher does this V.I.P. week with each kid and she tries to make it the week of their birthday. So, this week has been great for Jake! He's been the "special" kid all week long and was able to take pictures, take something to show and tell, read a favorite book aloud to the class and last but not least.....EAT CUPCAKES!!! (those pictures will be in another post).

We had a special birthday dinner that Jake got to pick. When I asked him what it was that he wanted me to make for dinner he had to explain it to me but I finally figured out that he wanted Tater Tot Casserole. It was nice for me because it's a super easy dinner and we had 5 extra people here. It was a great night of good food, presents and great friends. Here's few pictures of the evening.

Here's a picture of my cake decorating attempt. It sure tasted good! Jacob is going to have his first real "friend" party on Saturday and I am going to buy a decorated cake for that one :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

A really cute little girl and some comparisons....

I know that it has been a really long time AGAIN! I have been feeling really unmotivated with blogging lately. I've still loved looked at all of my friends' blogs but just have lacked the desire to do any of my own. I won't promise to do better because I have no idea how long it will be again before I do another post (hopefully not long!) but I have a fun one today I think.

I was getting my daughter ready this morning and as I do just about every morning I was also trying to think of a cute way to fix her hair. Having a little girl has not gotten old to me at all. I still LOVE dressing her cute and fixing her hair and many fun ways. So this morning I fixed it like this and couldn't resist taking a picture of it.
I just have to say isn't she sooooo cute!!! So it made me think of this picture that I had of me when I was a little girl. I was probably a year and a half older then Sarah so my hair is longer and I look older but do you think she's mine? heehee
Then I got to thinking about this other picture that I have of me on my first birthday and thought I should also share that one too. I pulled it out for a few of my friends and some actually thought that the picture was of Sarah and not me. The first is Sarah and the second picture is of me.
That's about all I've got for today :) I have been working on a couple of projects around the house that I will post pictures of soon. I need to go outside now and enjoy this totally awesome 60 degree weather we are having here.