Saturday, June 12, 2010

5..4..3..2..1.. BLAST OFF!!

Today was Andrew's Birthday Party. He invited 6 boys and girls from his class. The theme was Space and Rockets! The kids were all so well behaved it made the party very fun. This morning was a different story. First of all, it rained all morning. So all of the party set up for outside had to wait until last minute. Then the cake...oh the cake. I ordered the cake from Confectionery Disasters and lets just say it lived up to it's name! I had ordered a 3D space shuttle cake. It was going to set up on a wedding cake stand and have icing coming out the bottom looking like smoke. The cake decorator and I were both very excited about the cake. So she tells me this morning that she wants to deliver the cake because it is over 1.5 feet tall and she doesn't want it to tip over. Well it tipped over anyway. And the more we tried to fix the cake the more the cake disintegrated. The cake decorator felt horrible. It was a good thing that she was crying because it kept me from crying. The actual rocket was made out of fondant, so it was the only part of the cake that was half-way salvageable. After a little brain storming session, she ran home and iced a black cake and put white stars all over it. We laid the rocket on top looked decent. Not the amazing cake that I had planned, but it was still cute.

Now more about the party. The guests started arriving at 1:00. Once they were all here, we headed to the backyard where they painted t-shirts with glow in the dark paint. We had sponges in the shapes of starts, rockets and crescent moons. They had a really good time. It was fun to see the creativity of each child. Their shirts were all so different, but very cute. Next it was rocket launch time. We had a stomp rocket, bubble rocket and baking soda and vinegar rocket. The kids shot off the first 2 rockets, while Josh got the baking soda rocket ready. This is our 2nd rocket of this type, so I thought he was a pro. I was wrong! 1st attempt shot side ways across the yard, 2nd attempt all the ingredients poured out as soon as he tipped it over, 3rd attempt went 5 feet in the air, 4th attempt went off in the garage, and finally the 5th attempt was a success soaring really high into the air. It was pretty amusing and fun to give him a hard time about! Then we moved onto a rocket pinata that was filled with glow in the dark stars, bouncy balls, milky ways, orbit gum, pop rocks and lifesavers. We ended with cake, ice cream and presents. It was a really fun birthday party and Andrew loved having all of his friends over!

This is Leah. She calls herself Andrew's girlfriend. He is silent on the matter. She sent him notes home throughout the school year that said 'I love you, Andrew'. She also proceeding to kiss Andrew on the cheek after this picture was taken!

This is Jaley. I would say she is probably his best friend. She is the sweetest little girl. During the party she always made sure Kate was included and had such nice manners. Andrew and Jaley have a great time just being goofy together.

Notice crazy Max in the background!

The whole gang!

The savlaged cake..It looks pretty cool!

The Champ

Andrew received his 1st RC Airplane for his birthday. He is doing amazingly well. I tried to fly it tonight and flew it into a tree within 5 seconds.It's definitely not as easy as it looks. Here is a video of one of his first flights.

Andrew's GOLDEN Birthday!!

Andrew's golden birthday was this year. He turned 7 on the 7th! Here is a glimpse into our 7 year old boy...

My favorite color is: Red

My best friends are: Jaley and Ethan

5 things I love: Space, Science, Bugs, Spy Gear and Rockets

My favorite toy is: RC Airplane

My favorite book is: The Jumbo Book of Space

My favorite song is: 'Hero'

My favorite food is: Waffles, Sausage, Cheese Tortellini, BBQ Ribs and Cheeseburgers

5 words that describe me: Inquisitive, Curious, Energetic, Kind and Loving

My favorite things to do are: Science Experiments, Swimming, Helping Daddy and Playing Outside

My favorite Bible Verse is: John 3:16

Andrew is such a sweet and loving boy. He is a wonderful big brother. He is always ready to help with a smile on his face. We are so thankful for the blessing he is to our family.

Here are some pictures from his party!

Andrew's 1st Baseball Game

This summer Andrew is playing on his first baseball team. It's an instructional league, so each player bats every inning, there are no outs, and the coaches are in the field with the players. It's great for the kids to learn how to play during an actual game. Andrew is really enjoying the game and seems to be a natural. He has a very good arm and hits the ball everytime he's up to bat.  During his second game, while up to bat, he was hit with the ball. Josh had to literally hold me back from rushing the field to see if he was okay. He was able to shake it off and still get a hit! We were very proud of his toughness.

Andrew's friend from school, Ethan, is on his team.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kate's Dance Recital

Kate performed in her second dance recital last Saturday. It was a stressful week because she was sick and ended up having to miss 2 rehearsals. Thankfully she was better by dress rehearsal, so she was able to be in the performance. She LOVES being able to dance on the big stage in front of everyone. Watching her dance is one of my favorite things. And I know her dad agrees. Everytime he sees her on the big stage he cries.

This year Kate was in Ballet and Tap. She calles her tap shoes her "clicky clacky shoes".  

And here's the video from her tap performance.

Congratulations to a beautiful ballerina! You did 'amazing'!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

It seems like the months of May and June are a total whirlwind. There's Mother's Day, Abby's Birthday, Graduations, Josh's Birthday, Andrew's Birthday and Father's Day. wonder I'm exhausted! I always feel like Josh's Birthday doesn't get special attention it deserves. Thankfully he is always happy with whatever I throw together and doesn't get tired of Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes! If you notice, little Kate isn't in any of the pictures because she was in bed sick with a fever. She did end up coming downstairs around 10:00 and was able to give Josh the birthday card she had made for him.