Family and friends gathered this afternoon to share food, cake, and ice cream to celebrate Shecklet #3 turning 7! She is so full of life and I am so grateful to be her mom 💗
We took the kids to an egg hunt at our old parish this morning. We arrived slightly after the event began and it looked like there were plenty of eggs to go around. Unfortunately, by the time we went inside, dropped off our food shelf donations and went back outside, all but a couple of eggs had been collected. I felt pretty bummed for my kids (especially since other children were walking around with baskets over-flowing with eggs) but they didn’t seem to mind. I really am proud of their behavior in situations like that. They could have easily thrown a tantrum or gotten emotional over not being able to find any eggs, but instead, they just rolled with it and moved on. Perhaps one silver-lining that they discovered once we went back in the building to have a treat and work on a couple of crafts, is that this year, they had REAL bunnies for the kids to have their photo taken with.
Wow, 5 years! I can’t believe how fast time has gone. I suppose I may say that with each passing year, but it’s the truth every time. You have grown so much this year I can hardly believe it. You continue to grow in confidence and compassion and are such a funny and loving young boy. I am amazed at how much you absorb throughout the day and am grateful to be able to experience life through your eyes. I am so thankful to be your mother.
Today we began the day in the best way possible, thanking God for the gift of you at mass. When word got out afterward that it was your birthday, you proudly told people that you were now 5! And you held up your fingers to prove it 🙂 We stopped to pick up donuts (which has become a bit of a Sunday tradition) and a cappuccino (for me) and brought them home to share. Then I got started with frosting your cake. This year, I asked if you wanted a caterpillar cake (like the one we saw in a magazine) and you said yes. While I was frosting the cake, Daddy went to the garage to get your present ready. The look on your face when you saw your new red bike in the garage pure joy! Lincoln helped you check out every detail of it and you hopped on to check out the size. I think you have a great summer in store!
Our family & friends arrived around 2:30 for cake and ice cream. After singing to you, we dug in to the tasty caterpillar and then you went outside with Lincoln and our friend, I. A little while later, you asked if everyone could come outside to watch you open your presents. You did a great job sharing your new things. Your uncles helped you break in your new bat, glove & baseball and you also played a round of croquet with Nana.
I pray you always share that wonderful smile and welcoming personality with the world. Your Daddy & I love you very much and look forward to seeing what God has in store for you this coming year.
I thought I’d write you a recap letter detailing today’s events. I can’t believe you are 3 years old today. As I sit here typing, I’m looking at a picture of you and your big brother when he visited us in the hospital after your birth. You look so tiny! Yet, I can see in your eyes, it’s you! You have become such a fun, independent, inquisitive & loving boy. I thank God for the gift you are in my life!
The day started off much like it did on the Easter Sunday you were born – we woke up to wet, heavy snow. You, Nolan & I had breakfast in our pj’s and gobbled up purple waffles – your request. After getting dressed, we had planned on going to the Children’s Museum, but the snow and slop made the roads extra messy (and dangerous,) so we decided to save that adventure for another day. You didn’t seem to mind since you had a chance to play with a few of the birthday presents you opened in the morning.
For lunch, you asked for “Taco Bells,” so you and Daddy (who took the day off from work) picked up tacos and nachos for us. After lunch, you, Nolan & Daddy went to pick up your cake – Buzz Lightyear was what you asked for this year. I briefly considered making your cake again this year, but decided to let the ladies at the bakery make it for you this go-around. You fell asleep in the car on the way home, so Daddy laid you down for a birthday nap – probably a good idea since you ended up being up past your bed time yet again tonight.
Our family and friends came over for cake and ice cream at about 6:30. We sang “Happy Birthday” to you and your eyes just beamed! I think you enjoyed being the center of attention today 🙂 After cake, you politely asked if you could open your presents, and had so much fun doing so. You received many wonderful, sweet well-wishes & gifts from your grandparents, aunts, uncles & friends.
You are loved by so many wonderful people, Lincoln. Never forget that. And in the words of your great-grandma Fran, God loves you, and so do I!
My mom celebrated the first family birthday of the new year. Several years ago, my dad started a birthday dinner tradition to commemorate her special day. He prepares his now famous, Beef Wellington, every January 3rd. This year we had twice baked potatoes (made by Tony), julienne carrots, asparagus and chocolate vinegar cake for dessert. I think everyone looks forward to this meal each year. The boys were more interested in the veggies and cake, but I’m guessing if they’re anything like their dad and uncle, it won’t be long until they go back for 2nds from the main course.
It wouldn’t be a birthday without opening gifts. The kids helped Nana find her presents inside the birthday bag. I think they pulled everything out in less that 20 seconds. 🙂 My mom hardly had time to see what they pulled out before they grabbed something else. After opening gifts, I tried to take a picture with Nana and all of the boys, but Nolan decided to pout. (That’s him behind the railing in the green sweatshirt.) To round out our visit to Nana & Papa’s the boys had to visit Taz & Gwen (Uncle Tony’s bearded dragon & gecko.) They love going upstairs to say “hi” and feed the lizards. It was an extra special treat to have Uncle Tony with them for tonight’s visit.
Sunday afternoon, after the kids took much needed naps, we headed to Jake’s parents’ house to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, Stacie wasn’t able to join in the fun – she was studying for finals. We played a little Mexican Train, watched football, had a great ham dinner complete with cheesy potatoes & orange jello salad, and of course, opened presents. The boys were very excited to help pass out the wrapped surprises and open them 🙂 I think they assisted everyone in opening at least one gift. After the wrapping paper was picked up, we snacked on all sorts of sweets – ice cream, fudge, chocolate crinkles and dipped pretzels just to name a few. The boys were more than happy to sample just about everything they could talk someone into giving them (or sneak!)
Friday afternoon after nap time, I pulled out the “magical box of craft supplies” and let the boys use their imaginations. They each selected a piece of construction paper and loaded it with stickers & popsicle sticks and then punched out stars. We also pulled out the glitter and made a few ornaments for the tree. I love that part of my job as a mom means I get to play with fun craft stuff alongside my kids.
We were invited to a Christmas party on Saturday afternoon. Nolan and Lincoln helped me bake cookies to bring along. We made my Grandma Fran’s Gumdrop Cookies. (They’re my dad’s favorite, so I made sure we had extras to send my parents’ way.) I loaded the cookie sheets with dough balls and let the boys add the gumdrops. It was the perfect activity for them – just about as much fun as eating the final product.
Today as the kids were getting ready for the day, Nolan told me he wanted to wear his party shirt to school. I figured it would be good practice for the birthday celebration we’re having for a friends of ours on Saturday. Once Nolan had his shirt on, Lincoln made it very apparent that he, too, wanted to wear his party shirt. Here are the partiers playing in their hut after dinner.
Friday night was summersault practice in the living room. They are one of Nolan’s favorite things to do and little brother Lincoln (who loves to do everything his big brother does) is getting close to figuring it out too. Check it out the form the kids have! This clip makes me laugh every time I watch it!
Saturday was a busy day. We had a little visitor in the morning; she came to play for a few hours before we headed to an Eagle Scout ceremony for a young man we know from church. After a celebratory lunch (with cake,) Nolan and I headed downtown. A friend of mine invited us to join her, her son and another friend & her two daughters at a Baby Loves Disco pj birthday party complete with lots of music, bubbles, fresh fruit treats, juice boxes and of course birthday cake. It was a fun afternoon with my favorite 3 ½ year old. We came home and had pizza & chocolate cake (Nolan & I ended up having 3 pieces throughout the day 🙂 I consider it a tasty way to practice again for my upcoming birthday – I’ll gladly take one (or three) for the team.
Nolan wanted to wear a tie to church this morning. Lincoln of course wanted to wear one too. We put one on him for the 7 minute drive to church, but I took it off when he went to the nursery, just to be safe, since it clips around his little neck. When we got home, he insisted on wearing Jake’s tie and posing for a picture with Nolan. Then he attempted to share a hug or a take-down. From the picture Jake took, it looks like it could have gone either way.
I should have known today was going to be a challenging one when I lost my necklace (I ended up finding it) and Lincoln blew out his diaper all within about 10 minutes of getting the day started. We made it through breakfast relatively unscathed and then the boys decided to turn one of their storage tins into a drum. I had given them wooden spoons to use as microphones, but I guess they made better drum sticks. The rest of the day was actually kind of a blur. I was exhausted and had hoped to take a nap when the boys did, but unfortunately, Lincoln only napped for an hour, so I braced myself for an afternoon with a moody toddler. By the time dinner time rolled around, between the kids and the dogs I was going crazy and looking for someone else to keep me company as I headed there. I even posted my plea for company on Facebook. One of my friends responded saying, “I can’t keep you company, but I’ll open the door and welcome you to crazy when you get here.” I got a much needed laugh out of his comment. Thankfully, when Jake came home I was able to take a few minutes to catch my breath.
After dinner, the kids thought it would be funny to wear books as hats, so that’s what we did. Once again, no matter how nutty some of their antics make me, they can always make me laugh.
Nolan helped me bake a cake today. It was hard for him to wait until the evening to dig in to it, but he made it. He asked if we could put candles in it and have a “pretend birthday.” That sounded good to me, so we lit 3 candles and sang “Happy Birthday.” When we got to the part about saying the birthday person’s name, I paused and waited for his response. He said, “Mommy!” and we finished the song. Guess he’s heard my birthday is coming soon, so we’d better practice 🙂