Monday, April 26, 2010

I Spy a 7 year old!!

Well, this secret agent is now 7!! I can't believe it. We are so blessed to have Elise in our family. She is always willing to help out (especially with Olivia!), rarely gives us a reason for a time out and is always grinning! (with or without teeth...lately it's without!). Elise decided that this year she wanted to have a "Spy" themed birthday party. I was grateful to have a change from the usual "princess" party (although it would have been easier!). We did have fun though. We sent out invitations to each of our guests in the form of an "Assignment" to our secret agent party guests, complete with code names. It was so fun when all the guests called to RSVP in full character requesting "agent... to accept the mission". So FUN!

Here they are filling out their passports with their secret identity...a MUST before being able to enter the Secret Spy Training Academy (a.k.a...our basement).

Once in the secret hideout they were given instructions on how to complete the training. We had a very INTENSE obstacle course with a laser field (pictured below), target practice and rescue protocol. Followed up with a game of "telephone" to test their listening skills...which weren't the best actually. They were so worried about passing on the wrong phrase that they wouldn't say anything at all. We tried to explain that that was the fun of the game to hear what silly thing ended up being passed on...but they insisted on saying the right thing...except Zac (he just made up a new phrase when ever he wanted!).

Then it was time to sing Happy Birthday and eat our cake and ice cream. I had made cupcakes with a fuse coming out the top (to look like a bomb) was somewhat successful.

Then it was time for the gifts!

The kids were so excited to read the cards they had given...and they all thought that they had written something quite hilarious!
Well, it was a fun day and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate it with our wonderful Elise!

Bringing a little slice of D.C. home...

Early in March Josh was in Washington D.C. for a little work and it just so happened that we ALL ended up sick while he was gone. He managed to get a few little treats for the kids while out shopping (Godiva Chocolates!!) and he said that he had ordered a gift for me. I had NO idea what to expect...but when the UPS man brought me a box from "Filomena's Georgetown Bakery" I KNEW it would be good! I had a Cookies and Cream white chocolate Mousse cake with flourless chocolate cake on the top and bottom! All I can say is that it was AMAZING!!! You can tell by the look on Thomas' face how excited we were (what you can't see is that he already had a fork in his hand). Josh, you are too sweet!

This Little Piggy Has...

TWO tails! At 4 1/2 months we tried our first pig tails! SO CUTE!!

Just Take A Little Off The Top Please!

It's official! Zachary is the first kid in our house to cut his own hair. I noticed that the front was a little uneven when we were getting kids ready for bed one night. Josh didn't think it looked any different (I'm the one that usually cuts his hair and I'm pretty sure I would noticed if I gouged the front!). When I confronted Zac he smiled and answered "YUP! I had some scissors in Mckenna's room and I held it up like "this" and cut under my fingers". That's right, he cut his hair 5 days before we noticed... while we were in Vegas! What a Goofy kid....lets hope this was a "one time show".

Olivia is 4 months!

Olivia turned 4 months while we were on our Vegas Vacation. This little monkey was busy while we were all trying to relax...she even started rolling over while we were there!
Here are her stats:
Weight: 13lbs 6oz. 50%
Height: 25inches 75%
Head: 16 1/2 inches 75%

Here she is with Auntie Theresa.

The day after we arrived at home we had her well child checkup and confirmed a double ear infection and a SECOND case of Bronchiolitis. So, we were back on the breathing treatments 4 times a day! It's not fun trying to get a baby to keep a mask on but these pictures capture our little escapade pretty well..."what is this thing?!"
"I don't think I like this thing!"
"I REALLY don't like this!"
She sure is a sweet little thing and we couldn't imagine our home without her!