Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Super Cute Four Year Old

Bayden turned four last Wednesday! I've been all sad about it the last month to think that my baby is four, but he was so excited for his big day to come. He has been crafting his birthday list every time we go to Target for the past 3 months.
He started his celebrating the day before with his little friends from his speech class. Here he is with his sweet little friend, Sara.
Here is the lovely crown he was presented with at speech.
Snacking on a few leftover birthday treats.
The kids couldn't wait for the next morning to come to celebrate with Bay. He chose donuts for his birthday breakfast.
Opening up his gifts that his siblings carefully picked out for him.
Pure joy when he discovered he got the "big kids" Harry Potter Lego Set
Along with the Thomas Train Set he really couldn't live without.
Gracie worked on this card for him the night before for about an hour. I love heartfelt sentiments like that.
The gang before I marched them off to finish piano, brush teeth and do their reading.
I had big plans for us the entire day, like riding the train, going to the park, feeding the ducks and he just kept telling me, "NO". He just wanted to stay home and play with his toys and cuddle. Finally at 2:00 he said he would love to go to Trader Joe's to get his favorite cookies n cream ice cream and veggie sticks!
After Trader Joe's I convinced him to ride his bike up to the school to pick up the kids. Of course that is always a treat. He is a crazy on that bike.
The kids so badly wanted me to bring him into each of their classrooms so everyone would know it was his birthday and they could all sing to him. I don't think they understand that their teachers probably wouldn't enjoy the interruption, but I did find it very sweet that they all wanted to show him off.
He chose In-N-Out Burger for his birthday dinner. Don't be fooled though, he doesn't actually eat anything on their menu, but he will drink a chocolate shake!
His final birthday wish for the day was to watch Toy Story 3 with all of his "big friends" aka all of his siblings friends that he thinks are his own. We had a houseful of fun kids that sure made him feel special the whole evening. Every time I went to check on him he was right smack dab in the middle of the action.
He really wanted "Harry Potter Buttcakes" (He can't say cupcakes, so he calls them "buttcakes". This results in hysterical laughter from all of us anytime he says it. Which causes us to ask him almost daily if he wants cake or cupcakes for dessert and he will always choose "buttcakes" which makes us all laugh all over again.) It will be so sad when he loses that little lisp of his because it provides us with some very funny translations.
I accidentally bought trick candles. I felt so bad because it was so disturbing to him. He is going to have a Pirate birthday party with all of his "little friends" following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Now I get to tell Bayden the four things that make him so fabulous. Actually there are a lot more than four, but I'll try to control myself.

1) He is REALLY funny! This little boy has a sense of humor and loves to make others laugh. He is pretty good at it too with his dance moves, funny facial expressions and hilarious comments. I often wish I had our daily conversations recorded because I don't think people believe all the truly funny things he says and does. He puts a huge smile on all of our faces.

2) He is tender. He loves to come up and tickle my arm and then he'll whisper he loves me in my ear. He loves to have his arm tickled, so it is his way of showing affection. It is really sweet. He loves to cuddle with his two blankets and always wants either Mark or I to cuddle him to sleep and then he wakes up every night without fail to ask us to come back in and sleep with him.

3) He is tenacious. He doesn't give up and has no fear. He expects a lot from himself and get frustrated when he can't do something. He works hard though and through his persistence he usually gets it done.

4) He loves his part from our Primary program. Honestly, he still says his part about 3 times a day, "Jesus Helps Us Do Things!" A few weeks ago he was crying because I asked him to clean up the Legos. I said, "I need to see you do your part and then I will come and do mine". He stood up really tall and said, "Jesus Helps Us Do Things!" He thought that was the "part" I was talking about when I was really referring to his share of the work. That has probably happened a dozen times since because I'm always encouraging him to do his "part" around the house (again referring to chores), but he just thinks I want him to recite his part. It is funny and now the kids are always telling him to do his part...the poor little tortured soul.

I must admit I'm quite obsessed with the little guy. I hate to be away from him too long and I find myself wanting to let other things slip by the wayside, so I have more time to be with him. He is such a bright spot in our home and we love him so much! You are the best Bay!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Wedding In Vegas

The weekend of Halloween I had the opportunity to fly to Vegas for a quick trip to see beautiful Aubrey get married! This sweet girl was our babysitter when McCall was just a baby. Their family is like an extension of our own family and we were beyond sad when they moved from California back to Las Vegas several years ago because we love them so much. Luckily, we still manage to see each other a couple of times each year which really isn't enough for us, but it will have to do until Eric figures out that California is where they belong.

This is the fourth and final lovely daughter to be married. Her older sister, Amy was also one of our babysitters and was expecting her third little girl any moment. We were hoping she would be born while we were there, but no such luck. I flew down with one of my best friends, Denise for the festivities. Mark was the brave husband staying home to manage our crew. Except for the one small(well kind of big depending on who you ask) miscommunication he had a great weekend with the kids. I accidentally thought it was pajama day on Friday and had the kids jammies all layed out for them to wear to school (I know total mother of the year). Imagine Gracie's horror when she walked into a classroom of 64 kindergartners to realize that it wasn't really pajama day. OOPS! A quick walk home, a quick change and tons of tears later the situation was remedied, although I'm sure that memory might be cemented in her brain forever.

Here is the beautiful bride and with her parents on the left hand side, I love how happy Eric is in this picture.

Of course we flew in the afternoon before the wedding, so we got to have a little bit of fun the night before. Mark's sweet parents live in Vegas and they always show us a really great time. His mom had the great idea of going to see the Donny and Marie show. I can remember when I was younger my brother and I had Donny and Marie dolls with the purple outfits and their purple stage that we use to play with. I must admit it was a really great show, they are great performers. I think Donny has an amazing voice. Gigi, was the Donny and Marie trivia queen, I was so impressed. Here is a picture of Denise and I with Donny's Dancing with the Stars trophy.
Actually, on the night we were there, Dancing With The Stars was also there filming a segment for their big anniversary show where they are awarding Marie an award. If you listen really closely during the show, you will hear a really loud whistle...that came from our table, my friend Denise! Our little claim to fame.
Oops, I forgot to rotate these pictures, but I'm too lazy to fix it now. After the show we went to Serendipity, yep the famous one, for Frozen Hot Chocolate and the best nachos I've ever had. It was so fun to have an evening alone with Gigi. Whenever we are in Vegas it is always me and five other little friends, so we don't really get one on one time together. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids to pieces, but it was SO MUCH FUN to laugh and chat together without any interruptions or thoughts of having to get five little people ready for bed at the end of our evening. It was so relaxing. I'm thinking it would make for a nice tradition. Here is Gigi, Denise and I in front of the Paris hotel.

Here we are awaiting the start of the Donny and Marie show. We had awesome seats.
Denise and I at the Bellagio in their conservatory.
Laura and I at Aubrey's reception. Isn't she so young looking!
Aubrey and Dave cutting the cake.
The group of us that came to support Laura and Aubrey. Four of us still in California, one in Vegas and one in Virginia now.
We love these two fun people. Thanks for inviting us to a great party. The rest of Team Fellows were sad they couldn't join us for the fun!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tutu's Movitivate

Take a group of 15 twelve year old girls at a soccer tournament after a terrible defeat and tell them you'll wear a tutu if they win their next three games and you'll be surprised what they can do.

McCall's team participated in a Halloween tournament last weekend, lost miserably the first game and went onto win the next 3 games. They went to the finals of the tournament and won in double overtime where it finally game down to PK's. We won 5-1. Her wonderful coaches agreed to wear tutu's to yesterdays game against the number one ranked team in our district.
Here are the two lovelies, they are pretty tall and solid, but those tutu's worked some magic with the girls.
McCall with Coach Randy
Taking a break at half time.
McCall with Coach Marlin (love the neon green)
Here are the girls after beating the number 1 team 2-1 (the other teams 1 goal resulted from a handball in the goal box). Coach Marlin said, "Had I known the power of the tutu, I would have started wearing one back in September!" The girls were amazing! Strong legs, controlled passes, outstanding ball skills it was a really fun game to watch and the coaches made it pretty entertaining as well.
Here is McCall with her trophy from last weeks tournament. Four more weeks until District Cup, we can't wait for more tutu's!

Parker's team was defeated 3-1. Carson's team won 4-1 and Gracie's team ended up playing girls against the parents because the other team was a no show. Gracie said, "this was the best game of my life." I think it might have been one of my favorites too!