I’ve been cutting tiny bits of paper to be used for lots of art projects lately! It’s so fun!
We wrapped our Angel Tree gift today. We do not give our own children gifts from Santa, but we do tell them about Santa and let them be Santa for someone else!
I took two photos yesterday. And I think this one is the winner.:
Since acquiring our piano last month, we’ve started having an evening hymn (evensong, if you will). Last night, I stood while youngest tried to wiggle off his perch on a stool next to Daddy. And the song last night was “Solid Rock”, or “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”. My favorite part is that the kids know On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand and sing it really loud!
The weather was wonderful for Easter weekend this year! We started out the celebration by dyeing some eggs on Saturday:
Sunday morning, we headed to A-town for church with the fam. After church, we went back to my parents’ house and had some delicious brunch. My Mom made Easter bread, which was delicious, then followed it up with some aebelskiver! Yum! Thanks, Mom!
After brunch, we had a great Easter egg hunt! My brother’s sweet girlfriend, Stephanie, filled a huge bag of eggs! The kids had a great time! Sam picked up one egg and was delighted with that one.
The other children filled their baskets to the top! Beatrice was amazed and delighted when we revealed that there were treats inside the plastic eggs. Thank you for such a fun time, Stephanie!
Happy Easter! We hope you had a wonderful day celebrating the gift of Jesus! We are thankful each day for the grace of God through Jesus Christ, but especially on Easter!
Sigh. I have two children who adore birds. If you know me very well, you know that this is an area in which I am able to show some real sacrificial love. I hate birds. But when Beatrice asked for a pigeon birthday party, I gladly agreed. She really enjoys the Mo Willems Pigeon books, and especially likes The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and The Duckling Gets a Cookie. So we basically had a party with hot dogs and chocolate chip cookies-and cake, of course. Thankfully, I was able to “call” the Pigeon and confirm that he also likes to eat vegetables and fruit, so we rounded out our food offerings quite nicely.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the event
Enjoying her birthday hot dog:
One last photo with our birthday girl before bed:
Beatrice, you are now three years old! How quickly you have gone from a little newborn to this big girl (who clearly went to the park with Daddy one day):
We had a great time on your birthday. We made a sign for your door to surprise you in the morning:
We started by singing Happy Birthday to you when you woke in the morning. Then we had pancakes for breakfast:
We had music class and then played with your cousins. Grandma went with us to lunch at Daddy’s office and you gobbled up some chicken and fries!
That evening, we had macaroni and cheese and green beans for dinner. And cupcakes for dessert, of course!
I also interviewed you and I think this will be an annual tradition!
What do you want to be when you grow up? A duck. Or dressed up like a duck!
Where do you want to live when you grow up? Here. In this house.
Where do you want to go on vacation this year? A duck island. Maybe Boston.
What is your favorite thing to do with Momma? Play and read books!
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Play games. He is a good game player.
What is your favorite thing to do with Samuel? Oh, just play around.
What is your favorite place to go for fun? The beach!
If you had a million dollars, what would you do? I’d buy some food and then eat it.
What was the best thing about being two? She just stared at my blankly.
What is the best thing about being three? Being able to think about being a duck.
What did you learn this year about Jesus? Blank stare once again.
Who does Jesus love? Me! Jesus loves MEEE! (She then continued with a list of every person she could think of and then added grass, dirt, dinosaurs, birds, clouds…..)
What is your favorite store? The hardware store
What is your favorite song? The Rainbow Connection (sings the entire song)
What is your favorite restaurant? Fro-yo! Let’s have some!
What is your favorite food? Pancakes
What is your favorite color? Brown. Sometimes purple, but mostly brown.
What is your favorite toy? Big Mickey!
What is your favorite book? Frog and Toad
What is your favorite thing to wear? My dinosaur costume, but I’d also like wearing a duck costume.
Who is your best friend? Papa! And Mickey Mouse! I have two best friends!
My dream for Sam’s first birthday was lots of snuggling and cuddles, and boy did that happen! Poor guy woke up that morning with his first cold! But it meant he wanted extra snuggles and he slept on me, which I loved! Here he is, looking feisty, when we did his photos: We spent the day at home as a family. We sang happy birthday to Samuel at the very minute of his birth. At one year, Samuel is a BIG fan of dogs and books. Clifford books are a big hit around here!
Samuel, at one year, you weigh around 21lbs and you’re just the right size! You love reading books and crawling around after your sister. You have started pulling yourself up all over the place and you like to “walk” with someone holding your hands. You really like dogs and cats! We really love you, sweet boy!
One of Samuel’s favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar so that was the theme for his birthday party! Jonathan did a great job of making some invitations with the caterpillar and a couple of photos of Sam. They were perfect!
While the birthday boy took his morning nap, Jonathan and Beatrice went to the party store to purchase balloons and made this little craft together:
After our guests arrived, we had lunch and then moved right into the cake! Sam had not had cake before, but he had no problem eating the whole thing! And making quite a mess…
We opened a few gifts and then took the chance to take a photo with our sweet boy before it was time for naps:
And one with all four of us:
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we brought our sweet little bundle home from the hospital! Happy Birthday, Samuel! We sure love you!
We decided to have a bit of an adventure a couple of weeks ago and attend toddler time at the aquarium. It’s a free program and has crafts and other fun things for children Beatrice’s age to enjoy. I called my dad and asked him to come along (more is more when it comes to adults helping with two little ones). Our friends A and H also joined the fun.
First stop: the bathroom to change Beatrice’s pants because she fell into a mud puddle on the way in. Good thing I packed an extra set of clothing! After we got her all freshened up, we made our way upstairs to toddler time. It really was laid-out nicely, but neither Beatrice nor Samuel were interested in playing in the toy boat, or touching the sea creatures that were brought up into appropriately sized containers, or coloring, or painting, or anything….except playing with stuffed animals and books, just like home!
Since the Beatrice and Samuel weren’t really into the whole toddler time, we went downstairs to the aquarium to see if they’d get into the fun. And yes they did! It was a bit tricky to keep Beatrice from running all around, but both Beatrice and H had a dandy time exploring. I can’t believe how big they’re getting!
The thing Beatrice said she hoped most to see was jellyfish. Her wish was granted! They were mesmerized by this!
Beatrice generally hates anything where she has to stick her head in (like this), but this time, she ran right around and said, “Don’t worry! It’s just me! But I’m a jellyfish!” and then giggled. Silly girl!
And this is the best photo I could get of the five of us. At least Ali and I looked at the camera! This is pretty true to life, if you’re wondering what it looks like for two moms to be out with three kiddos.
After exploring the whole aquarium, we got a bite to eat in the new cafe. It was pretty good! This is the only photo I took all day of the kids with my Dad where they were not screaming, squirming, or crying. Enjoy!
We really had a dandy time of it, but I will not try to have big outings with both kids by myself for a long time. Thanks to my Dad and A and H for joining us! You really bring the fun!