Friday, March 14, 2014

James Turns 4

James is probably my most complicated child, but when it comes to birthdays, he is quite simple and very predictable. This is the 3rd year in a row that he requested a Disney 'Cars' birthday and wanted pretty much the same games and food as he has wanted in past years. I knew that the baby was coming soon, so I wanted try to make it as special as I could (despite lack of energy being almost my due date).
He invited all the boys in his preschool class and a few other kids from church. You never know how James is going to respond to a situation, but he was so excited for his big day and was all smiles.

Everyone received lamented racing tags with their names on it.  

 We made personalized door handle hangers as a craft. A lot of the boys were not that interested in this, but not my James, he spent half the party working on his!
 I love sweet James's picture in this. He is sitting next to Will Rond in the stripes, the other side of him is John Chase and his little sister, then Eliza Miner, Mia Nielsen, James Call, and Lincoln Goldstein. 
 It was such a gorgeous fall day, so we ate the cupcakes and opened gifts outside. 

 He is so excited here! Love this. 

A couple nights later, my flew out for James actual birthday (October 15th). We had a family party and he was (of course) so excited to open more gifts and have so much family around him. 

What a sweet boy! 

This is all about James at age 4:
he can write his name
count to 20
do 50 piece puzzles all by himself
ride a bike with training wheels
loves math work books 
learning to swim
loves sponge bob
loves back scratches at night
sleeps with his blanket
loves preschool
very interested in animals
loves to color

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The boys' first soccer games

Fall has been so beautiful here. I have been trying to take the boys out on walks in the morning. They love it, and I feel like we have to get out enjoy this amazing weather as soon it will be very cold here (and I will be inside taking care of a new baby).

I am getting huge! 37 weeks and counting. I can't believe our little girl could come anytime now. 

I found the boys in Andrew's bed the other day. It was so cute! They definitely have their moments when they fight, but for the most part they love each other so much.

We went to Patterson's farm last week with some friends from our ward. It was adorable- hay rides, slides, apple picking, tractors, and homemade donuts. Not to mention 70 degrees and sunny.

Danny took these pictures of me. Bryson and I were going out on a date, and I actually was actually wearing a somewhat normal outfit (one of the few that I still fit in at this point in my pregnancy) so I had him snap a pic for me. 

We went to a place called Melt with some friends. It is a famous restaurant here in Cleveland, known for its decadent grilled cheese sandwiches. 
I made a horrible/fantastic choice by ordering the monte cristo. It was absolutely delicious, but I felt so sick the entire night!

The next day the boys had soccer. Bryson is James's coach, and it is so cute to see him out on the field with all those 3 and 4 year olds. 

Andrew loves watching his older brothers (and eating their snacks on the sideline).

Danny asked to be the 'assistant coach'. 

James LOVED soccer, which came at a huge relief. Bryson and I thought he may not want to participate, but he was kicking the ball all over the place during the game. He managed to score a goal for the other team, but did not seem to mind. To him a goal was a goal and he was really proud of himself. 

Danny also had his first real soccer game. He played offense and goalie the second half. He loved it and was so proud that his team won 6-0. He even had an assist for one of the goals!

And Andrew loved sitting on the sidelines with Danny (and finishing off his water bottle).