For the Fourth

Oh say! The Fourth of July is always so nostalgic. I love it. This year proved to be filled with wonder for my kids, and we just had a dazzlingly good time.

We Henrys decided to host a funnel cake partay with our Grow Group on Tuesday night and shoot off some works in our finally-coming-together backyard. I fried up 20 cakes and we had some great toppings supplied and meaningful conversations throughout the evening. WOO! It was so fun! Thank you for appeasing my party planning brain and joining us, friends!

On the real holiday, we woke up and sped on out to the in-laws’ house to play with their new batch of seven kittens for the morning. That Evie is in love with those kittens. Olie even warmed up to them and was wanting to pick them up (and forcibly set them down too…). We had a great time! Annual kid photos too. Such a pretty, festive place y’all have, Janine!

We had a lazy afternoon waiting for the evening. Evie and I played Pictureka and giggled a lot. She learned that America is 242 years old, and I think it finally sank in that the Fourth of July is a birthday party for the whole country. I learned that she is quite partial to “Party in the U.S.A”. We listened to it on repeat for like two hours. It really just left me wondering what Britney song was on at the club that night.

After naps, we hit up a friend party for a teensy little bit, and then landed for dinner at my parents’ place. Too much food. Homemade ice cream. Lots of peeps. Lots of pops and bangs. Glow sticks were an amazing hit with little kids. Both of our tikes stayed up until 10:30 (a first for Olan!). Both of them also slept until 7:30, which may sound horrible to you pansies out there, but I was praisin’ the Laud.

Here’s to the land of the free!

O: 1.75 Years

Olan at his one and three quarters mark. He’s such a candy bar… meaning way too delicious for anyone to resist. Here’s Olie’s list of fun things he’s doing and preferring these days.

Although in the past he’s been slow to speak out, he has exploded with words in the last few weeks. He says: egg, hat, car, ball, big bite, blue, daddy, mama, Evie, moon, truck, mow, tree, done, water, snack, eat, God, uh huh, no, light, bay… Okay so he’s saying everything. Ha! He is trying many other words, but these are the ones that are most recognizable by Joe Schmoe.

The kid loves being outside and throws a fit when it’s time to come in. He has taken a liking to baseball, he’s fearless in the water, and enjoys swinging. I think he might stay in the swing for hours if that were not considered neglect. Blue car is his go-to toy, and I feel like we need some big boy toys pretty quick… he’s getting into dinos and trucks and farm equipment, big time.

Eating is a favorite pastime for the man. He’s into throwing his food at the table (which we are swiftly disciplining for outrageous behavior like that). Blueberries for the blueberry eyed baby boy and he’s content as can be. He also digs bananas, oatmeal, and pizza. Weighing in at 31 pounds, his appetite matches. And all he wants at mealtime is to watch mama cook his food in the kitchen.

Evie and Olan have a special relationship. Evie is very protective of her baby bro, and they love hugging and wrestling with each other. We’ve really seen Olan follow after Evie’s example in a lot of ways. Just this morning, Evie put on her shoes and was running through the house as fast as she could, and Olan brought me his shoes to put on and started running too. So cute. (And they look like they’re gonna be up to no good one of these days with their shifty eyes in the last picture!)

Biting, throwing screamy tantrums (wondering if the twos are coming soon…), pacifying at nighttime, and “tattling” on Evie are some of his bad habits. But all in all, dude’s a pretty docile creature. He is still a cuddly babe who loves to be carried around. He thinks brushing his teeth is the funniest thing, he reads “Down by the Bay” every night and never wanes in excitement, and snoozes from 8:00pm-6:30am.

Nearly two years with my babe and I haven’t gotten tired of him yet.

Dinners with Chillin’s

Aww shucks. These friends are just so much fun. This marks my fourth year of Grade 6 Dinner Parties! Loved serving this crew dinner and laughing together last week… a much needed happy break from what the world’s been offering lately. I’m about to blink April and May away and then these special people will be all grown up in junior high. So excited to see what you all become! Thank you for some sweet memories, y’all. Love ya!

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