Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jack's Birthday Part 2

Here is Jack making his wish before he blows out the candles.

Ava had fun with Granddaddy

Jack really did love all of his gifts, but this Iron Man costume is definitely his favorite thing. I think he has worn it every day since he got it! He is in a super hero phase and loves to play dress-up with our downstairs neighbors. He has "saved the day" countless times since Saturday.

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Jack's Birthday Part 1

Amazingly enough Jack is almost 4 years old! His birthday is this Saturday, but we had to have his birthday party early so we had it last Saturday. We all had a great time as the family came over for supper and then we opened gifts and then we were able to Skype Nancy out east and Chris, Alicia & family in Colorado.

Here is Jack with his Toy Story themed cake.

Jack was very excited about his party and was waiting "patiently" for everyone to arrive

Here is Jack posing next to all his gifts. He really didn't want to wait to open them this year. He would have been fine skipping supper so he could rip right into the presents!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Birthdays!

Jack is 4 on Saturday, Ava Jane is 6 months old, and I am....too old! Can't believe it! Matt said if we had met when we were 20 and had kids right away, we'd have high school graduates soon! That is just crazy talk. I feel about 10 years younger than I am. And besides our immediate family, Nancy had a birthday on the 1st and my niece Chelsie had a birthday on the 15th - happy birthday to all!

Can't wait to celebrate with Chelsie in person this week. I am so thankful that with the money for my birthday, I am able to visit Chris and Alicia's family in Colorado for a few days. Just me and Ava. It'd be nice to take Jack and Matt too, but they will have some quality time together, too, I guess. Very Very Excited for this weekend!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Kids Update

In the last month, Ava has laughed, rolled over, and this past Monday actually reached for me! Matt says she gets extra bonus points for that. Today I was waving to her, and I could see her trying to figure out how to do that. She is definitely growing quickly, and I can't believe she will be 6 months old in a couple of weeks. When you only have one, you wonder how you could love any other baby as much. And yet, it has happened! And Jack is still so good with her. I love seeing her smile so big at him and him trying to make her laugh.

Jack will be 4 soon. It has been nice getting past the Terrible Twos and what people don't tell you the Worse Than Two THREES. He really is a huge help and a joy to have around. Of course, it has been challenging keeping an active boy busy indoors in the winter. I've heard that if your puppy runs all around in circles or up and down the halls that it is not getting enough exercise. Well, that's what Jack does.