Sunday, June 24, 2018

gus turns seven!

Gus really wanted a football themed birthday originally, but I am pretty sure the theme was more weapons...
The cake stayed true to the football theme and he was very proud of it.  He also chose his favorite dinner or the second year in a row: Steak (cooked by BAABEe), Peas, and Mac'n'Cheese.
Mimi and Johnny brought a ninja costume which meant... yes, more weapons...
Nano sent a pogo stick which everyone had fun trying.  It will probably get used as a weapon at some point though...
We also had a joint party for Jimmy and Gus as a laser tag place with some of both of their friends.  Originally, it was really more for Jimmy as a special 10 year old party, but since we had enough room for 10 kids, Gus got to invite two of his buddies as well.
The boys all had a blast because boys think shooting stuff is awesome.
Gus may love weapons the most in our house, but he is also one of the sweetest and most sensitive boys, too.  We love him so much and love celebrating his amazing life.  Happy 7th Birthday Augustine William!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

early in fall

Here is everything else that happened somewhere between August and November...
Sometimes we go out and have wild nights playing Bingo....
Nora is my little musical girl lately.  We listen to lots of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing In the Rain, Meet Me In St. Louis, and every other musical that I every loved.  I am carrying on my love to the next generation which makes me happy.  She is kind of just like me as a child, but she is more willing to put on a show than I was at that age.  
 She is starting to get shy even around her brothers so she prefers to to have all her dolls come be her audience...
  (One of those dolls is her biggest fan and often joins in the shows)

In the "fall" the weather starts being nice enough to spend more time in our backyard again...
 We had a fun picnic at the train park with some good friends...
 Nora loves hanging out with her cute little buddy Seraphina and they sure bring out the best in one another...
The girls love having girl time together and dress up is usually required...
 Lots of time was taken up by the boys soccer games...
Their fans usually came to watch... or just eat snacks and popsicles people gave them just for being cute...
We had a great visit from Aunt Nat...
And Francie was just too funny in this outfit I found at Goodwill so I had to take lots of pictures of her in it...
 Nora really didn't want Aunt Nat to leave so she tried hiding her under some stuffed animals during a nap...
 We are so lucky to have so many great aunts who visit us.  Aunt Angie is still in the running for favorite despite her inability to travel to Phoenix since she loves sending the kids lots of things from Japan as show off by Francie above.  Aunt Nat won bonus points from Mom and Dad for giving us a very special date night to the St. Mary's 100th Anniversary Gala...
 My godparent's, Uncle Dick and Aunt Sharon took us as their guests and it was a wonderful night...
 The kids had a blast at our church Fall Festival and Francie discovered Bounce Houses...
Gus is excited to join Jimmy in Cub Scouts this year and had lots of fun at Box Car Derby...
 Zach was the pit crew...
 Life sure gets busy, but it is also pretty fun and pretty great.