Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday Noah!

January 14, 2014-It's true, we have a 5 year old on our hands!  Where does the time go?  I really feel like it was just yesterday that I was bringing Noah home from the hospital.  We were so nervous, we left the warm car running with our sleeping baby and ran into the house to warm it up for him.  I was so excited to have him here and wanted everything perfect for him.  I was going to protect this little guy, keep him warm and safe and cherish every little coo.  Now, 5 years later the truth has been learned.  I can only protect him so much and I can keep him warm and safe and cherish every smile, BUT I have to let him go a little every day.  That is a hard fact to face.  Noah has his own opinion about what to eat, wear, play and talk about, with only a little influence.  I am still allowed to pick his clothes out, and pack his lunches, but he is slowly becoming his own. I love his sense of humor, his occasional random hugs, his creativity and his amazing imagination.  What a blessing he is to us.  I am so thankful for him.
This year, on the eve of his birthday dad and I filled his room with balloons and streamers and decorated the kitchen for  his big breakfast of waffles with strawberries and whip cream.  Maleah might have been more excited than noah about the balloons.  Noah was not as thrilled about the surprise as he said they were in his way! (He likes things to be organized and neat, I don't know where he got that!?) They had fun rubbing the balloons on their hair and sticking them to things.  Noah got all kinds of fun stuff for his birthday including a new cool truck, legos, a tackle box full of goodies and a camping set with binoculars.   I think he had a great celebration to start off his 5th year of life.  Here's to many blessings and much laughter and learning for this sweet boy!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Make overs by Maleah

Maleah LOVES her new make up and hair kit.  Everyone in the house has gotten a free make over from her, including her baby dolls and the dog.  It is so cute to see Maleah set up her kit next to me while I am doing my make up in the morning.  It's great bonding time!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy 2014

To all of our friends and family we would like to say thank you for being such a huge part of our lives. We are so thankful for everyone and hope that ya'll have a blessed 2014!

Grandma & Grandpa visits for Christmas!

We had a great Christmas this year.  Grandma and Grandpa came all the way over from Oregon to celebrate this wonderful holiday with us.  We had a very relaxing time enjoying good food, christmas festivities and LOTS of presents.  I had so many pictures I couldn't post them all.  So, here are a few of my favorites.  Grandma made these super cute PJs for the kids (Noah's included a cape!) 

 Grandpa got to play dress up princess with Maleah, which she loved!
 Santa came and filled the stockings, so they must have been really good kids this year.  Good thing Henry had good reports for santa!

 We all got wonderful gifts.  The kids LOVED their new fishing pole, play dough sets, tools, and remote control cars.  All I have heard is that this is the "best christmas ever!"

 Dave surprised me with this super awesome coat…he did a great job!

We also had the opportunity to Skype with Nana, G-pa, Uncle Christian and Aunt Hailey where the kids got to swap gifts.  They enjoyed their new boots, gift cards and Maleah went a bit crazy over her new make-up & hair set.  Needless to say we are all getting make overs!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Christmas program continued

Here are a few more pictures from the christmas program. As you can see, Noah was less than thrilled to be on stage. And there is a picture of his undressing show.  (I can't wait for him to see this when he is 16!) I think Maleah was mesmerized by all the people.