Tuesday, February 28, 2012
My life is disappearing in front of my eyes. I feel like I have just blinked and Benjamin went from a baby to 13 months. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!!! My "babies" are turning 6 next week. How did that happen???!!!!! I was doing a bible study about the book of James and one of the things James says is that "our lives are but a vapor". He wasn't kidding! Nothing to make your life feel like a vapor like watching your babies grow up in front of your eyes. Today, I took just a moment to rock Benjamin a little bit longer before laying him down for nap time. I am usually in and out of that chair in a whirl wind because I am basically at his sleepy headed mercy when it comes to getting work done during nap time. Today I held and rocked him, maybe ALMOST dozed off myself. While he was laying on my shoulder, he wrapped his tiny arms around my neck and just breathed. His hot, sweet breath was on my neck for longer than usual. I took a deep breath as tears ran down my cheeks and I realized, just for this moment he was still that tiny 5 pound baby we brought home 13 months ago... Just for this moment, everything stopped and I relished the quiet, soft sound and comforting feeling of his breath on my neck. What will you do today to remember that it is just a moment?
Monday, February 20, 2012
Just to set the stage... I have instituted a policy of huge birthday parties every 5 years (thank you Kristen Plamondon). Last year the big kids turned 5 and we had a BLOW OUT!! I mean like 70 people at Marley Farms to celebrate. I MAY have felt a little guilty (insert healthy dose of Mommy Guilt) about them having a new sibling and everything and went a TAD overboard... Like bedazzling the hot pink bandannas because they weren't girly enough. All of that to say, the big kids are having smaller parties this year to make room for Benjamin's First Birthday! We had 54 of our closest friends (remember our family is HUGE to begin with, so we aren't as popular as that number makes us seem) over to celebrate! Here are a few pics!
Well, as you can see we had so much fun! The party whizzed by just like the last year has. We cannot believe this is the same five pound bundle we brought home just a year ago. What a blessing this little man is:)
|What? I'm one???!!! Where has the time gone?|
|We love our baby brother!|
|The bears we sent to Benjamin's bio siblings on his birthday|
|Thank you Mimi for printing and CUTTING all 72 of those cute circles!|
|Army of cupcakes|
|And all of these too... It takes a lot of cupcakes to fill up the special friends we have in our lives!|
|Thank you Mayes Family for loaning us your bounce house!|
|Thank you Mr. Ryan for sweeping out our trampoline!|
|You can't tell from Annabelle's expression, but the Cotton Candy Machine was a HUGE HIT!!! Thanks Mimi!|
As was the popcorn machine- Thanks Jeff and Lindsay!
|Benjamin's first hot dogs!|
|The party was such a "rager" that some of the guests dressed in costumes... Spidey (Carter), Superman (Andrew) and Buzz (Trevor) made special appearances.|
|"Is this for me????!!!!!"|
|"It's official, I LOVE butter cream!"|
|Present opening was PANDEMONIUM!!!!!|
|Brother love- Our cousins Caiden and Cooper, often referred to as one entity, CaidenCooper|
|"Is it time for another nap yet?"|
|Cousin Blakeleigh... This is kinda how the party went... Really fast!!!|
|Could he BE any cuter?|
|These are the sweet people who bought our tickets to and from Utah, just because they could!!!! We love you Mr. And Mrs. Ellis!|
|UB with the birthday boy|
|"Was there any cake leftover?"|
|Our friend Baby Will, 5 moths younger than Benjamin. I will someday write a children's book about the adventures Will, Benjamin and Ryan (another buddy not quite a month younger than Benjamin) will go on!|
|"Here dad, surely this would go faster if I helped!"|
|See what I mean about lots of special people?|
Stay tuned for more "adoption news" as I will detail the lengths at which we will go to secure a copy of Benjamin's birth certificate!