Yesterday we celebrated Z's (7th) and Silas's (4th) birthdays. It was a GREAT time. We had the pool, trampoline, bubble wands, tire swing and club house...all in full use! And I loved every minute of it. I love seeing the smiles on their face as they enjoy their friends. The days are long and the years are short. I could go deep with this post but I'm not...I'm just going to soak up how great life is right now and share some pictures with you. Its not always great, lots of days are hard. I'm pretty sure God gives us the good days to get us through the rough days. Something to look forward to and something to hang on to. (Pictures are not in order) Enjoy...
Look at those lips!
He is being a goof...he claims he hates having his picture taken. Poor kid...I love taking pictures!
She LOVES and ADORES her Pappy Tim. She even said, "HE LOOKED AT MY WISH LIST!" (b/c he bought her the stroller she has wanted for her baby dolls)
My precious son KNOWS how to eat cake!
Alyssa and her Daddy trying to master bubbles.
Our wonderful neighbors Ray & Brandee came over after their trip to the Dinosaur show (hence the claw painted on her face). Silas...I have no idea!
Our Homemade Minion Pinata up for a beatin'.
Look at all those great kids!!! There were quite a few gone due to illness and family vacations, approx 15-20 kids absent! Yes, we love to have our yard full of fun! Can u imagine?! And even MORE if all the cousins could have made it. Who really believes homeschooled kids don't have a social life...seriously?
The loot! My sweet niece Launah asked, "Will you have goodie bags?" I love her! I forgot to upload the picture of her licking my arm...true story!
I love their precious little faces.
Z has two cupcakes to fit 7 candles in! I laugh a little because what u don't see...is my perfectionism. Its my enemy. And this picture not only shows my babies growing up, but it also shows my growth. I'm learning to breath and roll with the little things. They are way more fun that way. Nothing wrong with two cupcakes right!
Cake, ice cream, chips, pretzels, cookies, Kool-Aid (kid crack...allowed ONLY at birthday parties) and ofcourse candy!
My dear friend Meg and her daughter Madeline. I love Meg. She has always been my encouraging friend, especially when it comes to homeschooling and child raising. She remembers my pre-homeschool days when I kept shaking my head no! She is a blessing in my life and Maddie too...her and Zahavah are so much alike!
Aunt Jane and Z.
Silas opening his Star Wars action figures from Grandma Laura.
Z's gift from Aunt Jane...she knows we love stickers! (Z is holding a little horse in her hand too). One can never have too many stickers! Even if they are stuck to my kitchen floor...right?
Zahavah and Alyssa share a love for girlie things and sweet Miah peeking in.
Like I said...Z and Maddie LOVE a lot of the same things...baby dolls, playing house. (Maddie has real glass bottles in her kitchen set...and Z is sure her kitchen set needs some too.) I love their imaginations. Here Z is opening her AG Bitty Twins from Mom, Dad, Siblings and Grandma Laura.
Ben is one of the cutest little fellas I know! He is swinging with my beautiful grandbaby Kenzley.
Z, Maddie and Alyssa with her new babies and new stroller.
I'm bummed that I don't have any close ups of Miah, Autumn and the other Goff kids. Its all good...memories were made and fun was had...that's what matters most!
I went to bed praising the Lord and feeling so blessed.