Tuesday, April 13, 2010

'Tis the Season for...BIRTHDAYS!

In our home, April should be dubbed the birthday month.  It starts on April 7th with Samantha's Birthday (which she shares with her Great Great Aunt Bobbie and Great Aunt Carol), and continues on April 8th with my mom's birthday and April 10th with Easton's birthday.  (I know there are others with April birthdays that I haven't mentioned -- happy birthday to you, too!)

On Saturday, we welcomed most of our family into our home to celebrate Easton's 1st birthday and Samantha's 7th birthday, and the next day we welcomed Samantha's friends .... let me catch you up...

Samantha...Lucky #7


Samantha had a few of her friends over for a beach party!  Thye made flip flops (using fabric and fleece), had hula hoop and limbo contests, enjoyed smoothies and beach cupcakes, and had SO MUCH fun!  Samantha, we have learned, is quite the hula-hooper!  She can go for a good 10 minutes (at least!) and she can even hula hoop with TWO hoops!  What a girl!




And here's a picture of Samantha at the family party the day before...dream big, sweetie!  You are AMAZING and beautiful and we're so proud of you!



Easton's 1st birthday...

First birthdays are so much fun!  And I for one cannot believe how fast this year has gone!  Just one year ago, Easton looked like this...


And now...


What a happy, delightful, curious, sweet boy Easton is becoming!  Few will be surprised that one of his favorite things to do is drive his brothers' tractors around making tractor noises.  (Funny how they know how to make that sound!)  He also loves to be outside (surprise surprise!) and play with Samantha's soccer ball!  He is easily entertained, and absolutely adores his big brothers and big sister!  They were lots of help when opened his presents this weekend...



(In true older sibiling fashion, they pretty much opened his presents for him, and then let him play!)


And what first birthday would be complete without a cake to smash?



I'm going to call this picture... "Chronicles of a Baby's First Cake Tasting"...


He looked like a smurf at the end, but he LOVED it!

We hope you're all having a wonderful spring and enjoying the beautiful weather!  We also hope you enjoy watching with us as our kids grow up.  When we have crazy days (and with four young kids, these are pretty frequent), I remind myself that someday I will miss this.

God has blessed us with four amazing beautiful healthy children, and we take the job of raising them very seriously.  But we have lots of support, encouragement, help and prayers from all of you, and we thank you for that.  Your prayers and your presence continue to shape our children!

Tune in tomorrow for a peek back at our Easter festivities!

All our love!

1 comment:

Ali and Dave said...

Aw, what a great post! Samantha is such a doll - hard to believe she's 7 years old! Did you read my post? I'm moving closer to you!!!