February and Birthdays

Yesterday our family gathered to celebrate three important birthdays. This week TJ is turning 2 and J3 turns 4, and (aunt/grandma) Judy turned 60 yesterday! It was a busy, loud, fun, hilarious, joyful afternoon.selah_candace_rose_birthday_1 We wanted a {nice} picture of the two birthday boys together, but either one or the other was picking his nose. Finally in exasperation, Katie said, “Fine. You both pick your nose!” To which both boys obliged (not pictured)…

Instead of a party for Judy, we all brought her flowers or a plant. By the time everyone’s plants had arrived, the kitchen smelled like a warm summer day out in the sun!selah_candace_rose_birthday_2There were plenty of gifts for the two boys, a tasty cake, and lots of fun games! J4 slept through much of the party, sleeping through all his snuggles! selah_candace_rose_birthday_3 selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_1 J3 nicely shared his pop with TJ, and J2 was a hoot as he made faces and started building a car with grapes for wheels and pretzels for everything else.selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_2 When it was cake time, TJ enjoyed his cake fully and J3 went after J2’s ice cream. He LOVES his ice cream!!selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_3 There were so many fun games for the kids (and adults) to play. The party theme was Paw Patrol, and each game was paired with one of the characters.selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_1 selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_2 TJ was super enthusiastic and cheered for everyone who completed moving the cotton ball rocks from one end of the room to the other. Everyone there couldn’t help but cheer along!selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_3 In between playing games and eating, gifts were opened (J3, “YOU bought this. For ME?! It is for me?!) and played with by all.selah_candace_rose_birthday_gifts_1 selah_candace_rose_birthday_gifts_2 selah_candace_rose_birthday_love_1 And, as with every family gathering, not only is there tons of food and laughter, but tons of love. And baby snuggles. And cousin hugs while watching videos. And coordinating outfits.selah_candace_rose_birthday_love_2Happy valentine’s day!

{Family} Thanksgiving

What do you get when you mix family and food with a side of silly kids and extra blessings?selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_1

THANKSGIVING!selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_2This year we got an extra special blessing with the early arrival of J4. selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_3 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_4 Tyler was very entertaining making thankful banners, playing with the trains, and going after Boppa’s ipad to see choo-choo’s.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_5 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_6 Sam was a joy with her art and twirling and Elsa’s hair flying out behind her.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_7 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_8 Dessert gave us chocolate faces and sillier kids right before bedtime.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_9 Then there were late night tricks while Kristin was holding Joey, which made Rob laugh.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_10 To end the night, Kris was sent back to Chicago with a sibling huddle and The Ryan Express revved up for J2 to take a spin.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_11Happy Thanksgiving…and Marry Christmas!

{Advent} Son of Laughter

“‘Guess what!’ God laughed. ‘I will give you so many children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, you won’t be able to to count them either.’ Abraham couldn’t help giggling at such a wonderful idea.”

Sarah said,
God has blessed me with laughter
and all who get the news will laugh with me!
Whoever would have suggested to Abraham
that Sarah would one day nurse a baby!
Yet here I am! I’ve given the old man a son!

_MG_4315Genesis 12-21

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.