Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate good times, come on!

This weekend we celebrated the heck out of my two middlest children. Here they are in all of their cuteness!
 Here they are in all of their craziness. We're so proud.
Audrey and Elliot are two peas in a pod. They play Littlest Pet Shop for hours. They splash in the sprinkler and zoom on their bikes. They invent version after version of The Fun Game and play it for hours on end. No one else on the planet has any idea how to play it or even what it is, but they are perfectly happy to spend an entire afternoon playing it using scissors, small stuffed animals, paper, tape, and homemade wheelbarrows made from the paper and tape.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. On Friday, Elliot celebrated his sixth birthday with friends. This was his very first friend party and he was a little worried about the guest list and how it would turn out so he kept it nice and small, which was fine with me. He wanted a baseball party so we headed to the park to play and hit some baseballs. Thankfully the weather cooperated because the kids' back-up plan was to play a game they've invented called "Roar!" You can about imagine how crazy and noisy that would have been!

silly times at the park

Play Ball!

Six. Six. How in the world did we get to six?
 After the baseball party, complete with two friends from co-op, two cousins, and three siblings, Elliot had his last baseball game of the season. This boy loves baseball and while we are ready to have a few of our evenings back, I will miss seeing his big, happy smile on the baseball field.
 Saturday we spent the morning at Isaac's baseball game with his family fan club and the afternoon celebrating our new 8-year-old and 6-year-old with family. We played outside and raced in at the first raindrop so we could beat out the monsoon-like downpour that blasted us. Then we opened gifts, had a tasty dinner of pancake bar and egg bake, chatted and laughed. It was a special day celebrating two special kiddos!
She was excited to get an American Girl diner

More Lego City. He can't get enough!

Our Happy Birthday family photo

I just had to add this picture here because it's so stinking cute!

Birthday cupcakes to decorate with lots of toppings. Yummy!

Great grandma and grandpa drove over from South Dakota to celebrate

Grandpa Lenny, Grandma Patti, Mason, and Hollin joined in on the fun, too
Once again, I will go on and on about how fortunate we are to be loved so well by so many people. The love and support we receive mean the world to us. I pray our kids grow up knowing they are loved by many and are surrounded by people who will help them and lift them up when they feel alone and helpless. It can be a tough world. The right people by our sides makes it just that much easier. We have the right people on our sides.

I'm linking up with Life of Meg for Mingle Monday today.

It's Monday. Boo. It's a short 4th of July workweek. Wahoooo! We're looking forward to celebrating, but plans are still up in the air, depending on weather, sleeping baby, and Jim's work schedule. What are you up to for the 4th?


  1. Which American girl doll does your daughter have? Still to this day I love anything AG!

    Stopping by from Meg's Mingle Monday :)

  2. What a fun weekend! Your kids are so cute. Happy birthday to both! Also, I love that she has American Girl. I LOVED American Girl when I was a kid!