Happy 9th Birthday, James!

We had a fun weekend celebrating birthdays in our house!  Dinner out for my birthday last Friday (and 3-4 inches of snow – a fun little birthday blessing from God!), James’ birthday party on Saturday, and a slow Sunday afternoon for James’ actual birthday.  

This year James wanted to do a Minecraft themed birthday party, so we had fun decking the house out in green and black.  Actually, Kenny and the kids handled all of the decorations while I was busy making the cake.  I had printed a few things earlier but they put everything up and it looked great.  (As a side note, years ago that would have made me nervous.  I would have opted to do it all myself so all of the streamers would be rolled together perfectly and everything would be “just so”.  Thank the good Lord I’ve relaxed a little and have realized that mama can’t do it all and having help is SO much better!  My way is not always the right way, so I’m grateful for finally learning this lesson and having family who want to help!)

We made Texas cake for James (a family favorite) and decorated it with green lettering and Minecraft candles.  We played Minecraft Bingo, made paper torches, had a scavenger hunt for little cubes of ore, diamonds, iron, emerald, and gold, and then used the secret inside of each cube (Mentos) to blow up the TNT in the backyard (Soda).  So much fun.  Kenny did a wonderful job coming up with fun games.  After nine years we’ve finally figured out how to do this birthday party thing and it’s working great as a team. 

And on Sunday afternoon we had a relaxing day at home after church and I made some of James’ favorite foods for dinner – Ziti (a pasta, bacon, & onion dish), Pioneer Woman Pull-Apart cheese bread, and fresh pineapple.  

We love you, James, and are so proud of the young man you are becoming.  We thank God for you and the part you play in our family.  May God bless you this year!  


James’ Themes

Polishing Hot Wheels cars

Our James turned 9 this week!  Oh my boy.  I love James and his personality to pieces.  Kenny’s Dad recently asked me about James’ interests and I had a hard time answering.  There are so many!  In fact, it changes almost daily.  James will come up with an idea – a theme, as he says – and that is what he’ll be “into” until his next idea hits.    

For example, one day, months ago, James came home and said he was really into cars.  He started asking the names of cars while we’re driving, and over time he’s learned and identified a TON of cars.  Way more than I know.  He even knows what kind of car he wants when he’s older.  He draws pictures of cars, makes posters of cars for his room, talks to his friends about cars, asks to look up pictures of certain cars online, writes stories about cars, etc.  You get the idea.  He’s completely engrossed in cars.  

But then, just a few days later, sometimes even the next day, he’s onto the next idea.  One morning as I’m making lunches and getting breakfast, he comes downstairs before school and says, “Mom, I’ve been thinking a lot about dragons.  I’m really into dragons right now.  I want to save up for that dragon statue we saw at Hobby Lobby and today after school, can we look up pictures of dragons on your computer?”  Later that day he shows me the elaborate drawings of dragons he worked on during free time.  Amazing.  

I love that James has so many interests and is “trying out” so many new things.  It can be a little difficult keeping up with what he’s into at the moment, but it definitely keeps things exciting around here!  

James, as you grow, I hope you always continue to explore new ideas and interests!  

Easter 2018

We had a wonderful time celebrating the Resurrection a few weeks ago.  We had some great conversations about passion week with the kids, used our resurrection eggs, and attended a Palm Sunday worship concert at church.  As believers, the Resurrection is our biggest holiday!  It is crucial we teach our children this and give it the focus it deserves.  Easter Sunday at church was such a glorious celebration of worship!  And we ended our day by feasting with our family.

My parents came out for several days before Easter and we enjoyed our time with them.  We all attended a performance of Riverdance!  SO much fun!  

G’ma & Pa gave James and myself some early birthday gifts.  

G’ma took Anna shopping for her first bible now that she’s reading!  So exciting!  

We dyed Easter eggs with a new method Pa found – shaving cream!  

And we spent some time teaching the kids more about the card game, Euchre – a favorite in our family.  

We’re thankful for every opportunity to make new memories with family!