Birthday Parties!

Birthday Whirlwind.

Evie turned 6 on August 16, and we celebrated the next day with a campout party in our backyard! Complete with a weenie roast and trail mix bar, we had such a good time partying with a full house of folks.

Olan turned 3 on September 20, but since Fall Conference is always that same weekend, we got to celebrate a weekend later! We partied it up with a donut themed shindig at our home, with just close family. It was lovely. A perfect, overcast, chilly fall day.

Both events were so much fun. I love parties. I love my babies. Life is good. Enjoy the media from the days!

Love all the decorations borrowed from a friend! Beautiful!

Trail mix bar

Our lovely neighbor, Cheri made these for us! Little campfire cupcakes!

Cousins Josie, Reagan, and Zack with Evie

Friends Payton and Tabor came along to party!

Great Grandma and Evie – one of my favs!

The marble galaxy that Uncle Cole got for Evie was and STILL is a hit! Evie is a builder!

My sweet excited six year old!

Evie got a coding robot from her Baldwin grandparents. She thinks it is so fun! She also got the Kiwi Crate subscription from her Henry grandparents. My, she LOVES seeing those arrive on our front porch! This month’s was a disc shooter build. Legit.

We got rained out of the REAL camp out, but we moved the tent inside and slept in the basement! We all got great sleep, surprisingly! Silas, Evie and I were sleeping on the wild side!

Cheeeeeeese.

The easiest cake ever.

I made a donut pinata this summer in hopes to save a few bucks. It was fun! It would have been more fun if it didn’t take like 8 hours. Ha!

Get it!

Silas and Evie smacked the crap (candy) out of it after like 10 minutes of beating on it. I make my pinatas the highest of quality, what can I say?

 

O: Year 3

Olan’s third year of life starts today! This kid has not fully crossed over into evil toddlerhood yet, and man, this stage is just so much fun. I’m glad to have been able to hang on to it for a little longer than Evie allowed… so thankful. I just know we’re going to go through the dreaded potty training and the sleepless big boy bed transition all at the same time, while I’m pulling my hair out taking two classes at a time and teaching full-time. Jesus have mercy. Ha! But for real.

Enough of that doomsday riffraff.

  • Olan is starting out year three as more of a daredevil. His gait and demeanor is that of an athlete. The way he runs and throws and perseveres… I guess we’ll see where that takes him!
  • He is all about baseball, cars (I love watching him babble while he lays on the floor and zooms cars around), tractors, trains (he literally knows where all the train tracks are in town and asks to go over them), heavy construction machines (good thing Grandpa Henry has given him some up close experience!), Paw Patrol, dinosaurs – everything a little boy would hope to love.
  • This summer, we got to go to Sky trampoline park a few times, and he loved it. Jumpy jumpy jumpy for infinite.
  • He loves to play “chase” around the house, and I’ve not been able to wear him out yet. He could run forever. He sweats like his Grandpa Baldwin! 😉
  • He is definitely an introvert. He is still shy around new folks, and loves being held and snuggled by momma. I still can rock that 37 pound baby at bedtime, believe it or not, AND he loves it. He wants to “hide” under his blanket to be tucked in, which I’m like, “Why?” He’s so hot under his super thin swaddle blanket, but it’s what makes him feel secure. Okie doke… weirdo. 🙂
  • Olie’s speech has just skyrocketed. He says everything, and pretty darn clearly now. He can kind of say his alphabet, but has little drive to finish. He counts to 16.
  • He enjoys reading books, but almost never opens one on his own. If I start reading something, he is all about it though. We gon’ need to fix that. Ha ha! Super into Green Eggs and Ham at the moment.
  • He loves to play, of course, but over the summer months, he has adopted a new catch phrase, “Play with me, momma!” in his squeaky little dude voice, and it’s pretty difficult to turn down. Goodness, he is freaking adorable.
  • His imagination has bloomed in wonderful ways this year too. Daddy is the best play-er around, and they dream up all sorts of fun things to play, including wrestling. Both our kids love to wrestle and tickle with dad.
  • He is my little encourager. “You’re a good cook.” “You look pretty!” “Thanks!” “How was your night?” “Can I help you?” are phrases I hear pretty regularly from Olan. Love that big heart of his.
  • He can get Hulky angry, so don’t let his politeness fool you forever.
  • He’s learning how to make friends. Some of his pals I hear about often are Lydia, Marley, Silas, Evie, Ariya, Payton, Nolan, Adeline, Ames, and Thomas.
  • Olio is quite the jokester. He likes to pick on Evie (she haaaates this), and can seriously make us laugh for real! He’s made up a few words that he knows gets us going… He’ll randomly answer questions with the word “bap”, and whenever we ask where he lives, he gets a smirk on his face and says, “I live at Kansas Wesleyan!” Goofball.
  • Olan can be pretty particular. He will not wear a collared shirt willingly. He picks out his own shirts each day, and he has certain pants he likes. I don’t know where this Nike snob business comes from (okay maybe I do), but he adores his Nike shoes, and there was a time when he’d throw a fit if he had to wear anything else. They learn young that Nike is superior. Ha! It is interesting that I don’t feel like I have endorsed this in a big way in our household, but somehow he’s got a preference.
  • He’s always been a great eater, but lately he’s become much more picky. Boo for picky eaters.
  • Wearing 4T clothes, size 10 shoes, and sleeps from 8pm-7am and 2-4pm. It has been a dreeaaammyy summer.

Olan is the loveliest little guy you’ll meet! Welcome to year three, little buddy!

 

A Jolly Holiday with the Henry Family

In lieu of sending out Christmas cards to all our lovely peeps, it’s a digital year! Please keep sending your beautiful cards in the mail to me, and forgive me that this Christmas season has had a few more seasonings than most seasons for us.

Grateful that Jesus was sent to us, a baby born to give His life so that I would someday pray for Him to save mine.

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