Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ice, Ice Baby!

This is the winter that never ends!!  Really - I am totally done with winter!  Yesterday it was beautiful and 75 degrees.  This morning we woke up to this...  over and inch of sleet and ice!  Ugh!!  The streets are sheets of ice which means no school.  Matt had to spend the night at the hospital and we were stuck inside all day.  
 We tried to make the best of it and have a great "ice day."  I worked on a fun project using this old window.
 Kate and Addy played American Girl dolls.
 The boys played lots of Legos and Wii.
 Ben and I stayed in our pjs all day long.  Seriously I didn't take a shower or get dressed.  It was nice!
 I made the yummiest chicken and wild rice soup for dinner!  It was perfect for a cold, freezing day.
The roads are still very icy so no school again tomorrow!  Nothing like another snow day.  We are so ready for spring and pretty days!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tea Party

Last night Kate invited our family to come for a tea party in her room last night.  It was the wildest and craziest tea party ever (imagine flying tea cups and attacking kangaroos).  We laughed and laughed.  I love that we laugh so much together as a family!
 The tea party made me think of this picture.  Ben has been having tea parties with Kate for 5 years now.  He is such a sweet big brother!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Brazilian Birthday

We continued celebrating our 8 year old on Sunday (his actual birthday).  Matt went and got him his favorite Panera bagel for breakfast.  
 He got to open a few presents from at breakfast including a new Wii remote from Kate and Mario Kart 8 from us!  He was so excited.
 After church we had leftover pizza and cake!
 He got an awesome electric scooter from us!  Several of his buddies have one and he had really been wanting one!
 His request for his birthday dinner was to go to the new Brazilian restaurant in town for dinner.  The family was very happy to oblige!!  Everyone was excited to try it out.  
 Our meat loving boy was in heaven!!  He loved all the amazing food.  We all ate so much yummy food!
 So thankful the whole family could be together to celebrate our favorite 8 year old!
 He got some amazing presents from everyone including Legos, Disney Infinity characters, Wii games, books, Odyssey Cds and some other fun surprises.  He was so excited!
 Somehow all the kids found room for a yummy mousse cake.  

It was such a fun birthday celebration!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ben's Movie Theater

We wrapped up a wonderful weekend celebrating Ben!  It was so much fun!  A couple of months ago I asked Ben what he wanted to do for his birthday.  The big thing he wanted to do was go to dinner at Texas de Brazil with the family.  He wasn't sure about doing a party with his friends.  I talked him into a simple movie night with his best buddies.  It turned out awesome!  It was so easy and lots of fun.  I worked up a fun ticket invitation.  
We kept the party fairly simple.  Lots of popcorn, candy and sodas because that is what movies are all about. 
For the favors I got popcorn boxes at the dollar store and added some candy and popcorn.
Ben wanted a cookie cake so that was easy to get!
We turned the playroom into a movie theater.  We rearranged the furniture and put up a "screen."  Matt was able to borrow a projector from work to make it as real as possible.

The boys showed up ready to party.  They were wild and loud but so much fun.  We started the night with pizza (and lots of discussions of burps and throwing up).
Then it was cake time.  Boys can eat lots of cookie cake!
Then it was on to presents...

I think all of Ben's friends know him well.  They all got him Legos!
A great group of boys!  They were so much fun - Ethan and Evan from his class, Evan and Oliver from the neighborhood and Micah.  We were talking about how Evan and Micah have been to all of Ben's parties since he turned 2.  So sweet to have such good friends.
And a silly group picture!
Then it was time for the main show.  They watched Big Hero 6.  We heard lots of laughing and silliness!
There was quite a bit of fun had with throwing popcorn and candy!
It was a wonderful night!!  So much fun.  So thankful for such great friends for Ben!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ben is 8!!!

Today our baby boy turns 8 (I guess he is not so much a baby any more)!  I can't believe it has been 8 years since we became parents.  What an amazing day it was when he was born!!  Today we celebrate him and what an amazing young man he is becoming.  
 Ben is the funniest little guy around.  He tells the most creative stories and comes up with the funniest jokes.  He keeps us laughing all the time.  He has a quick wit and always has a funny come back to whatever you say.  His laugh is infectious.  I love hearing him laugh.

He continues to flourish in school.  Second grade has been a challenge at times but he does great.  He excels at math and reading.  Books are always in his hand.  He reads on a 5th-6th grade reading level.  Science and history are his favorite things to research.  He loves anything related to wars.  It is so much fun to see his interests develop and change.
 He continues to be an extremely loyal kid.  He is a great friend!  Everybody loves Ben.  He loves playing outside along with playing the Wii U.  Legos continue to be a favorite.  He could spend hours just playing with Legos.  He is such an easy going guy.  Goes with the flow in pretty much all situations!

Ben is a growing guy.  He is up to 68 pounds and 52 inches.  He remains super healthy other than his seasonal allergies.  He has become a great eater in the last year.  He will try just about anything you put in front of him.  He may not like it but will try.  Vegetables, fruits, meats , milk are all favorites.  Ben's choice of clothing is always athletic pants or shorts and a t shirt.  He will put on nicer clothes when we ask but he always quickly changes back into his "uniform."
 In the past year he has grown so much in his relationship with God.  He understands more and more each day how he is a sinner in need of a Savior.  He is learning what it means to follow Jesus each day.  We are so proud of him.  He has such a tender heart and remains so compassionate towards others.  We are so excited to see how God is going to continue to use him in the future!
Happy Birthday sweet boy!!  You are an amazing gift and each day we thank God for giving you to us!!  We love you!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow Day #2

We woke up to a winter wonderland on Thursday morning.  8+ inches of snow is just beautiful!  Matt had to head into work.  We were a little worried about him getting there but he made it just fine.  The kids and I enjoyed a special snow day breakfast of oatmeal cookies and hot chocolate.  
 The kids and I quickly got bundled up to head out and play!  It was so much fun!!  Perfect snow day!
 It was really deep in the backyard.  Up to Ben's knees.

 Our Toomer's Oak looked beautiful in the snow!
 We spent about 4 hours playing in the snow with friends.  Lots of snowball fights and snowman building.
 My parents and Perry came over for a little while.  Ben and Perry enjoyed a fun sled ride with Grandaddy!
My dad and I took a walk around the lake.  It was gorgeous!  Loved getting to spend some time with my dad!

The sun came out mid day and the snow quickly melted away.  Thankfully everything got to normal by Friday!!