Thursday, November 27, 2014

Charlie's Family Birthday Dinner

It's truly amazing to me how much a baby changes, grows and learns in a year! I was just scrolling through my Instagram feed, reminiscing over all the moments that made me pause this past year, and boy has Charlie changed over the months! All the kids have, but especially him. I'm so grateful that I have those pictures. I almost wish I took more! But there must be balance in life, right?

We had a wonderful family birthday dinner for him. He ate up all the attention, made a huge mess of his cake, and basically left me totally glued to him. I could watch him all day every day--oh, wait! I do.  And I couldn't possibly love him more. It's chaos at our house 90% of the time... but I'm so thankful to have this family. Happy Birthday, big boy!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, Charlie Boy!

For his birthday breakfast, I made Banana Nutella crepes. We stuck a candle in his decked out crepe and sang to him for the first time, with Grandma Lisa and Grandpa Tracy on Facetime. I don't think I'll ever forget how much he loved being sung to! I swear this kid understood so well what birthdays are all about. He was such a ham about the singing, presents, cake... it was adorable! And he loved his crepe! What kid of mine doesn't devour Nutella?

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It was definitely bathtime after that breakfast number! From day one Charlie has always loved his baths and out of all the kids, has been the most comfortable in the water. He usually gets two baths a day and I just love watching him play in there, looking like a little pilot at the faucets. He never will leave those things alone!

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After I got him all dressed and clean, we called up Grandma and Grandpa in Germany again so they could watch him open up his first present, a fun package from them. As you can see, Charlton was the only one ready for the day at this point. haha

Anyway, It was hilarious to me how interested he was in his package! He pushed it all around the floor, even picked it up and threw it across the room a few times. (He LOVES to throw.) I couldn't believe he was strong enough to chuck this thing (luckily there wasn't anything fragile inside)! He seemed to understand what getting a present was all about and dug inside as soon as it was opened. He is so strong and so smart, and just the perfect little birthday baby. And I am his very proud (and maybe biased) momma. :)

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 After his morning nap, we had planned to go to an outdoor fall festival in town, but it was pouring like crazy outside all day, so that didn't happen. I was pretty bummed about that. So, instead we just enjoyed a quiet day at home and then that evening went out to the Tacoma flower shop to check on a leaking roof. We had a little pizza party at the shop and then came home and gave him a cupcake and sang another round of "Happy Birthday, dear Charlie!!" to him again, knowing we would do his real birthday cake and presents at the family birthday dinner the following weekend!

Charlie, you have been the biggest light and joy in our home this past year. I feel lucky every single day that we have you. You bring out the best in us and I'm both happy that you're one and a little heartbroken too. As always it went by too fast, but know that you are cherished around here. Every single one of us adore you, our beautiful baby boy!

PS> The kids and I made him that fun felt birthday hat, and if it weren't for the distraction of our singing and the lit birthday candle, he would never keep it on. It's a miracle I have a picture of him in it!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween sure has a way of being busy! This was probably our busiest yet, but with all fun/good things! We kicked off the day watching my friend's kids, and then we went to a Halloween party that another friend invited us to. We came home and got costumes on and dinner going. And then our neighbor came over for dinner before our evening of trick or treating with Aunt Tina and Uncle Scott. That night Isabella began her first "real job" of feeding our neighbor's cat and giving her medicine twice a day for nearly two weeks, and our other neighbor, Emma, came and spent a week with us while her grandparents went on vacation! Whew! I'm sure there other moms out there that have these types of days regularly, no sweat, but it felt like a big accomplishment for me to stay on top of everything! It all went really smoothly, though, and we had a wonderful day!

As you can see from the pictures, Isabella was a medieval princess; Liam was Harry Potter; Juliette was Annie, and Charlie was an owl. They were adorable and had a great Halloween! And of course they're already dreaming up what they want to be next year. Isabella has probably presented me with 25 different ideas already, no joke.

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