Sunday, August 21, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday Wesley boy!

Our Wesley is the big FOUR! Wesley is one fun kid. He has the best smile in the world. He is very happy(unless he's not hahaha). Thats a quality about him his old preschool teacher loved-his smile and enthusiasm for everything. His smile is definitely contagious(and gosh darnit he's handsome!) He has lots of energy and loves to jump off the couch(much to my chagrin..) He loves to lay on the couch with me and snuggle, which I just love. One of my favorite parts of the day is when I lay him down for a nap(not because he's sleeping hahaha, but because he always wants me to lay with him for a little bit...he'll even offer to rub my back every now and then. He is precious!) He also loves for Luke to come in and lay with us too and won't let Luke go until he has given him a hug and a kiss goodnight. :) He has such a special little heart...if anyones sad or hurt, he is there to hug you. He thinks of others feelings and wants to make others happy. He is also so forgiving. When I say I'm sorry, he will immediately say, "Its okay" and he means it. I love that he's getting old enough to understand us better which has helped a ton(and his speech is slowly but surely improving which is helping too). We are having a lot less tantrums which is great! Communication was a barrier for a while but with speech therapy and just the fact that he's getting older, things are getting so much better in that area. Anyways, for his birthday I made him rainbow cake with blue frosting and sprinkles(which he came with me to Hyvee to choose all himself! I let him use one of the kid carts too..he LOVES that!) We bought him an indoor kid trampoline and a new backpack for him to start preschool with. Then we invited a few of his little church friends over the following weekend(his birthday was on a Saturday but then we had sickness hit so we had his kid party the following Saturday) for a party with pizza and a Star Wars cupcake cake. We inflated(or should I say Joey hahaha) all of our outside water toys so the kids had fun running around getting wet. Joey even spray painted bubble wands for me to look like light sabers for everyone to take home. I am lucky to have such a helpful hubs. I don't think I ever have hosted an elaborate party but I do like to have a few little cute things so I appreciate his indulgence:) They all had a great time! It was fun to watch Wesley enjoy his special day(s) with his friends & fam! We love you so much Wesley!!!

My favorite picture right here! We hadn't let him see his cake yet so it was a surprise :) I think he loved it.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Nauvoo 2016!

One of the first things we told the kids when we told them we were moving to Iowa was how close we would be to Nauvoo(they were thrilled!) They really have a special love of Nauvoo since our first trip a couple of years ago. Its not Disneyland...or even that super exciting as far as what kids typically it has always made Joey and I smile that our kids have this special love of this town. I think its a mix of the Spirit that you feel there...the fun activities...and just that special feeling of going back in time and living the way the pioneers did and learning about them. It is a neat place to visit for us Mormon folk ;) Anyways, we had a wonderful time going again! I think the highlights were trying fudge from the Nauvoo Fudge Factory for the first time(wowsas), the girls meeting Dakota Stripling(He's cute. He sings. And he's a missionary at Nauvoo right now...), stilts which they can't get enough of and have actually gotten dang good at, dancing with the boys at the fair(Aubrey and Ella;), all of the fun kids activities at the fair,  old fashioned root beer, the girls getting "engaged" haha, me securing us BOMB seats for the pageant, and checking out the British Pageant for the first time. The original is better, but it was neat to see this version of it too. Anyways, can't wait for the next time already!

Here are some of my favorite pics! All forty something of them. Sorry I really have a hard time narrowing down pics...