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!

New Home Prom

Melody bought her first house and has done some amazing work to make it her own! This was a night to show off all her hard work. Each room had a before pictures hanging up so you could see the wonderful changes. selah_candace_rose_Melody_1 Melody chose to have a prom themed house warming party. There were twinkly lights, so much good food, games, a bonfire, and plenty of friends.selah_candace_rose_Melody_2 Melody collects rocks from all over the world. She has them here and there and everywhere. Each rock has meaning to her and adds a perfect Melody touch. They help relax the atmosphere around the house and garden.selah_candace_rose_Melody_3 I had to leave about the time the fire was started and games were started, but sounds like it was a fun, late night party!selah_candace_rose_Melody_4

{3Js} Soon Another

The J’s Three will be joined by a new bundle of fun. A party was thrown to find out if the baby would be a boy-J or a girl-J. There were great blue and pink decorations and mustaches or lips to show if we were voting boy or girl!selah_candace_rose_GENDER_predictions selah_candace_rose_GENDER_decorations There was also hair paint and glow sticks in pink or blue for the kids!selah_candace_rose_GENDER_people And the reveal was given by M&Ms from the dispenser Marcus used o propose to Katie. Baby 4 will be a …selah_candace_rose_GENDER_resultsBOY!!!!

How Time Flies

J3 is … three. How did that happen? It seems like this precocious bundle of laughs and lover of ice cream was just one. But I suppose things like this happen when a whole state separates us.

We had a day of joy, laughter, balloons, play dough, and ice cream to celebrate Jacob.

32Jacob LOVES ice cream. Near the end of eating the cake, he found the ice cream container left unattended…and finished it off! Good thing there wasn’t much left…cake5

{R&K Wedding} Before the Wedding

Flying Teddy’s, oh my! Kris put on a fabulous party (as usual) for Rob and Kristin’s wedding shower, with a theme of camping. All the prizes were camping themed, and there were s’mores cupcakes. We played Mad Libs with stories of Rob and Kristin (hilarious, btw) and had a good time eating and laughing.

Some of the cupcakes went flying on the drive to the park, but many lived on to be consumed. 🙂 Sorry, no pictures of them today.shower1 shower2 shower3 shower4

{Advent} Get Ready!

“I can’t stop loving you.
You are my heart’s treasure.
But I lost you.
Now I am coming back for you.
I am like the sun that gently shines on you,
chasing away darkness and fear and death.
You’ll be so happy –
you’ll be like little calves running free
in an open field.
I am going to send my Messenger – The Promised One.
The One you have been waiting for.
The Rescuer.
He’s coming. So, get ready!”

He continued, “Go home and prepare a feast, holiday food and drink; and share it with those who don’t have anything: This day is holy to God. Don’t feel bad. The joy of God is your strength!” The Levites calmed the people, “Quiet now. This is a holy day. Don’t be upset.” So the people went off to feast, eating and drinking and including the poor in a great celebration. Now they got it; they understood the reading that had been given to them.

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Nehemiah 8-10, Malachi 1, 3-4, Ezra 7

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.

Golden Rob

Rob’s golden birthday was this year.

A bash was had (planned by the wonderful Kristina). People came from far and wide. We surprised Rob.  Cake was eaten after tons of candles were blown out. There was drumming on bowls in the kitchen. Balloons were written on and chewed. There was a performance by Cole, future Rockstar. Good times had by all.