Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our Dragon is Three (tomorrow)!

I'd like to show you what happens when you ask a three-year-old to stand still so you can take a picture of them in the shirt you made them:

Pretty good so far, right? Well, what if you say, "Okay, turn around so I can get a picture of the back?" ...

In his defense, he did turn around (several times, in fact), just not in the way I meant.

I found some cute invites online, but, I wasn't about to pay for someone else to make them, especially when the design was pretty easy to do on my own. So we just printed out some 5x7 pictures and taped them together with double sided tape. 

 I think they turned out really well!

His birthday party today was LOTS of fun and almost as equally crazy. 

When the kids arrived they had their hard hats and work uniforms to put on. 

 I had intended to have structured games but changed my mind last minute, because I thought maybe the kids would rather just do their own thing. 

As soon as the kids all arrived and started playing (aka destroying!), I was reminded that kids this age definitely need structure. 

So, first we ate some food: 

We also had some dirt cups (which was my favorite part!) but I forgot to take pictures.

After eating some food we all sat on the couch and took turns doing some demolition on the wall in the middle of our front room with a wrecking ball. 

After that we practiced being diggers and dug through packing peanuts for letters to fill in the puzzles. 

The kids also had fun just going crazy in the balloon pit (as seen above), hammering "nails" into "wood" blocks,

coloring truck pictures, 

and driving trucks along the road.


Colt spent most of the time just hanging out on the couch watching the madness, content as always:

Eventually we broke out the cake--the easiest cake I've ever made. Thank you Costco!

We invited 11 kids (12 including Dragon) and of those 12, 4 of the kids have names that start with E. Somehow they all wore around helmets with the right letter, but the wrong name. So, for most of our pictures Dragon is Emmett!

After all was said and done our little three year old was exhausted. Just before the last of his birthday guests walked out the door, we spotted him on the couch like this:

And it wasn't until just now I realized he'd lined up his birthday haul along the couch with him to rest.

Thanks to everyone who could come. You made Dragon's week. He kept asking when his friends would come to his house and now that you've come and gone he keeps asking where his friends went! He would love it if everyone just lived here all of the time.

Happy Birthday to my little (big) 3 year old!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Interview with an almost Three-Year-Old Boy

I admit that I am a wee bit biased about the cuteness of my children but ... this video interview was an even bigger success than I thought it would be. Enjoy the mind of an almost three-year-old boy.

And for those who couldn't understand him: 
What's your name: Dragon
How old are you: Two
When is your birthday: January Fifth (he can't say the first digit in his birthday no matter how hard we try)
What's your favorite color: Blue
Favorite toy: Broken truck
Favorite stuffed animal: Snowman and monkey
Favorite thing to sleep with: Monkey sleep and Snowman sleep too! (But really, it's his blanket)
Favorite fruit? Blueberries
Favorite cereal: Eat cereal with milk!
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: Sandwich
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: Fruit or food.. I'm not sure which he said. But he really likes potstickers
Favorite Treat: Candy
Favorite drink: Water
What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner: Police cake!
Favorite animal: Bear!
Favorite book: (It's called Roadwork)
Favorite song: Star Song (aka Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Favorite Game: Trucks and Cars
Favorite TV Show: Wee-ooo (aka Rescue Bots)
Favorite Movie: Diggers
Favorite thing to do outside: Rain Coming!
Who is your best friend: James
What do you want to be when you grow up: Grow up big!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Here's my 2014 year in photos by Google

Apparently I take lots of photos of my boys.  ...  I think I'm okay with that.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Helping those in need

The Young Single Adult ward in our stake was doing a Toy Drive with food, Santa and other little games and crafts for the kids. We let Dragon know that we were going to be heading to the store to pick out a toy for kids that don't have lots of toys like he does. He immediately responded with, "No! My toys!"

Let's just say the idea never did sink in. Never have I seen such a sad kid. He was just screaming over and over again, "My Amboolance!" "My Amboolance!"

I guess that maybe he was a wee bit too young to learn the lesson about giving to those in need. Oh well, we got some cute Santa photos in before he really lost it.

"Santa Claus and Mommy Santa Claus" 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Country Village Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival

Day 6 of our Advent Calender took us to the fun little cluster of stores in Bothell called Country Village. They do an annual tree lighting and Santa arrival. They also had complimentary chestnuts roasted on an open fire (aka a BBQ grill).

Daddy is definitely Dragon's favorite person in the entire world. When he gets to stay home from work it's a party around here and whenever Ben has to leave for work, it's the saddest thing that ever happened.

A rare picture of Colt and Daddy since it's usually Dragon who is in his arms.

I love how he almost always, and without trying, has a pleasant look on his face. He is definitely a content little guy. 

As you can see, Dragon was not amused by the idea of taking a picture with mommy. ... But at least he had a yummy candy cane.

Santa rode in on a sleigh pulled by lit up reindeer. It was exciting stuff!

And then he counted down the lighting of the tree. 

And one more, just because I think he's so stinking cute in his little marshmallow suit.

See that smile he gives when he's in his Daddy's arms!? No way, he'd be cracking a smile if I was the one holding him. Such a pesky little guy!

And then he just got extra pesky but we're going to pretend he was mesmerized by the lights of the tree.

"Dragon, Smile!" .... Or do that.

Daddy and Dragon were taking a break to eat Candy Canes so I thought I'd capture the moment. 

I love that this place goes all out for Christmas. They even had a mediocre gingerbread house competition that I forgot to take pictures of. 

We finished the evening saying hi to a couple of Santa's reindeer and playing on the playground in the dark. 

Of course we had to pull Dragon away kicking and screaming because what kid would willingly want to leave a night like that.