Easter, 2014

posted on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So, Easter! What a good weekend we had for it this year. We had an egg hunt at Stan Hywet saturday morning before Oren's birthday party and this was the first year in recent memory we weren't freezing our faces off, so it was a nice change of pace. Also, Oren was very into the photo taking as you can tell.

Waiting for the hunt to begin was pure torture for a certain three year old

Wes was literally doing stretches and calisthenics before his hunt started. Dude was SERIOUS this year.

Fast forward to saturday night after the party festivities had died down and the boys, freshly bathed and pj'd, set out their empty baskets along with the eggs they'd decorated for the Easter Bunny and a bowl of radishes. (With everything else going on, mama forgot all about buying carrots to leave out, so radishes had to suffice ;)

In the morning they woke up to lots of sweets, new bathing suits, some books and games and most importantly two brand new light sabers.

I can not even deal with Oren in these pictures. 

Copious amounts of chocolate were consumed and then we were out the door for a full day with family and lots more good food. 

(But not before I managed to grab a few photos of (all) my babies in their easter best.)

Hope you all had a very happy easter too!

Oren's Birthday!

posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Below are some photos from Oren's third birthday on Saturday if you'd care to take a peek. When I asked him what kind of party he wanted he told me a red party! Red being his favorite color, of course. So red it was. (Which is way better than a red wedding, I think we can all agree*).

Abby made him his own little birthday pie that morning as she does every year. Raspberry in keeping with the red theme.

Marisa actually designed these adorable invitations for me. Isn't the little cartoon Oren just perfect? I loved them! And we of course asked that everyone wear red, because, well, red party!

We had lots of red treats and food too. Abby made strawberry and cherry pies and these delicious little raspberry cheesecake bars. I ordered the cake from a bakery and the bottom tier was red velvet and the top was white with raspberry filling. Red, red and more red! I made baked rigatoni in red sauce and an all red fruit salad, but my favorite was probably the big punch bowl mix of shirley temples with maraschino cherries on the side to top them off. Red foods are delicious, guys.

About three minutes into the present opening Oren received a batman utility belt and a handmade batman cape and mask. It was pretty much all over after that. The cape, belt and mask would stay on the remainder of the evening and well into the night.

He was one happy boy.

*that was a GOT joke in case you're not up to speed. No offense to those who had red as a wedding color, it has nothing to do with that ;)

Last day of Two

posted on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Tomorrow's the big day my sweet, sweet boy. Three years old. Time is a tricky little devil. The days can sometimes seem to last forever, but these years are flying by. I can still remember your little kicks and rolls inside of me before I knew who you were. How excited I was this exact day three years ago when my water broke just shy of midnight and I knew I would be meeting you soon. How I couldn't wait to finally have you in my arms. How wonderful the last three years have been. How full you make our days. It's amazing how much space your gigantic personality and tiny little body can take up in this big wide world.

I love you so much.  And I am just the luckiest to get to call you mine. Happy, happy birthday my love.

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