Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ethan's 7th Birthday...

Well... I think I made it through the birthday season!  Micah and I should have thought out child-spacing a little bit better... But since all three were huge surprises - we'll take our July, August, and September babies. We celebrated Ethan's birthday a little bit early this year, so Nana Rose could join us while she was visiting.  It worked out okay.  I told Ethan I wasn't gonna do a big cake for him this year because I didn't wanna spend hours in the kitchen while Nana was here.  He was fine with it... we EVEN went and looked at cakes at Walmart and Costco ----- BUT SERIOUSLY!  I can make a cake for a FRACTION of what they cost and mine are cooler and taste better...
 The morning of the party... I got my inspiration... Ethan wanted an alien cake... it literally took me 5 minutes to make this guy (after the 10 minutes it took me to make a batch of rice crisps).
 He was surprised and he love it... that's why I do what I do.. I love seeing him smile!
 It turned out cool and really didn't take very long at all...
For the dinner party - Ethan chose Doritos, hot dogs, and fruit kabobs.... I added bottled root beer because that is just so cool and special (and another one of his favorites)!
blowing out candles...
 I let him cut the cake... he thought that was pretty cool!
He got the hook-up with presents this year... He is (now) fully equipped for all his spy'ing needs. 

Ethan Cade... This year I remembered that your first name means "steadfast" and your middle name means "battler"... nothing could describe you better than a "steadfast battler" -- You have challenged us (your parents) to spend hours on our knees praying for you and seeking God for wisdom to know how to teach you to steadfastly battle for the RIGHT things; to choose to love people over being right; to seek mercy instead of justice; and to see grace instead of insisting for what is "fair"... We are so proud of you - all that you are learning and becoming and we KNOW that God has a plan and a place for you.  We pray you will trust Him with your whole heart and to seek His face daily.  Love people well and always seek to live at peace with everyone (especially your sister)!

Happy Birthday, BIG 7 year old!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tansy's One!

Tansy turned ONE earlier this month.  
First birthdays are always a monumental event!  A symbol you survived! A reminder that baby-ness is only a season and they DO GROW out of all the crying, the sleepless nights, their multiple sets of clothes... etc!  
It is a celebration!
For the first birthday we like to do a cake symbolic to their first year... something special about them or something that we will remember them by... For Tansy we chose HAPPY... she's been such a happy baby!  I swear she smiled the first day she was alive and has smiled ever since... 
she's such a sweetie!
 And a Daddy's girl! How she loves her Daddy!
 Tansy wasn't sure what to do with her huge cake! She sat there for a long time before she finally put her finger in...
 She thought it was delightful!
 By the end she was flinging it everywhere... as though it were confetti...
 The long yellow cake I made for everyone else.  
It had a number one in the middle of it and it was kinda cool... and a delightful baking challenge for me to tackle....
 Oh Sweet Tansy Grace, how you've been such a delight in our days!  Your smile is contagious and your love of people endearing!  You truly are a precious gift and we THANK God for surprising us with your little/big life!  We pray you brighten the world with your smile as you have brightened our home... may you be a blessing and a gift to those around you!  We are so thankful for this year we shared with you... we pray for many, many, many more!

Happy Birthday, Dear Sweet One!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Micah's Birthday...

I might just become a birthday blogger... because it seems these days I only have time about four times a year to blog!  Our summer is slipping aways so quickly!  I loaded the cart with school supplies the other day... I wonder where the summer has gone!
We celebrated Micah's birthday last week.  I have a hard time figuring out what to do for his special day so my default has been to make a pie and call it good. It only took me 14 years of marriage to find out that he really would love "more".... so this year I started in January!  I lined out a babysitter for a kid for a night away... and vaguely planned a destination.  The babysitting fell through a few weeks before his birthday and I was left with zero plans... I scrambled around trying to find other people to babysit... Two days before - my babysitting canceled again!  I was really bummed!  I could bore you with more details but let's just say - the whole process made me really miss family!  I realize how oh so small our support system is here in Montana... every time we try to plan something it is impossible to find help.  
BUT his birthday came and we had a grand day.  I surprised him by showing up at work and taking him to lunch and we had cake and presents at dinner time.  The cake was a peanut butter explosion - the frosting actually tasted like the inside of a Reeses peanut butter cup... AMAZING!  I gave him a picture frame of pics I took of the kiddos and the kids painted him picture for his office.  It was a fun time...  I'm thankful we can celebrate my husband, their Daddy... all his hard work and dedication to us - his family!