Friday, June 23, 2017

connor turns 8

Our sweet, tough, sensitive, hilarious Connorconnor turned 8.  This boy has such a spirit of adventure and independence and one day He is most definitely going to fly and I just pray he desires to come down to his roots occasionally.  

His birthday day started with his chalkboard welcome message and a breakfast of BoBerry biscuits and presents.  He received Lloyd's dragon Ninjago Lego set, a Rainbow Loom, and catcher's gear.

After school he worked on his Lego set until Zach got home and then they immediately started catching lessons.  He can not wait to move up into the league where the catcher actually matters!  His fearless personality will carry him far in that position however his sensitivity to pain might get in the way.  We'll see which one wins out!

For his birthday dinner, Connor chose Tokyo and once again he, Zach and Micah demolished 40 pieces of sushi.  During dinner he had his annual birthday interview.  Their answers always crack me up and make me thankful that they are growing up so well with so many interests and yet hang on to many of the same things throughout the years.

8th Birthday interview

favorite color- blue, purple, black (aka Rockies colors)
favorite food- sushi, crab, shrimp, salad
favorite snack- spicy hot funions, buffalo chicken roller (from QT)
favorite dessert- ice cream cake
favorite drink- all the mountain dews
favorite sport- baseball, football
favorite sports teams- Rockies, Auburn, USA
favorite athletes- Tyler Chatwood, Cam Newton
favorite games- Clue, Koob, Monopoly
favorite friends- Mican, Noah, Trenton, Kaden, Jake, and Zach
favorite TV show- Ninjago, Mythbusters, Man vs Wild, Curious George, Brain Games
favorite movie- Star Wars 3, Pirates 1, 2, and 3, 3 Ninjas

When I grow up I want to be a baseball catcher

Connor you are the perfect middle man to our trio and we love you oh so very much!

auburn baseball

On May 7th between Connor's party day and actual birthday, we took the boys to Auburn to watch our Tigers play baseball.  Because Auburn is the midway point between us and my family, we invited them to join in on the fun.  

So that we could get a chance to walk around campus a bit, we got there a few hours early.  We visited the University Bookstore for some goodies.  Those goodies did NOT include the fake hair Logan is sporting in the pictures, but they did include a new hat for Connor for his birthday and some AU fidget spinners.

The game was supposed to start at 4:30 which means it would be done around 7:30 which would put us home, with the time change, around 10:30.  A little late for a school night and the night before Connor's birthday but we figured it would worth it for the fun experience.  However, the 3 hour game kept stretching and stretching until it became a 6 hour game that made it into the 14th inning before we finally called it quits.  

Even though we got home at 2am and even though I had to stay awake even a little longer to prepare Connor's birthday chalkboard message and presents and even though we, especially the parents, were completely EXHAUSTED for days after.  It was still worth the fun memories that we won't soon be forgetting!!

birthday party adventures

For Connor's 8th birthday party we had an afternoon of adventures at our house.  He and his friends who were able to make it started off the party by biking the Oxford Bike Trails with Zach.  Then it was home to climb the rock wall, and play wiffle ball and more wiffle ball and more wiffle ball.  Two of the three friends there he has played on teams with and they love to play whenever they get a chance!

It took some doing, but we convinced them to take a break long enough for dinner and ice cream cake, though as soon as they had swallowed the last bits they were back at it again!

Connor had such a fun time celebrating.  The time together went by way too quickly and reminded me that we need to have friends over as often as we can this summer.  We love sharing our home with friends of all ages!

Friday, May 12, 2017

easter 2017

Easter morning started with the traditional hunt for their baskets.  They had requested them to be hidden really well so we obliged.  

After church we drove to Matt and Leslie's for our lunch.  I love our traditions with them.  As we each have no family in the area, and it is a little too far to be traveling home on Easter Sunday afternoons if we did go visit, we always lunch and hunt together.  Friends who may as well be family are pretty awesome!

After a yummy lunch and a fun egg hunt for the kiddos we were able to relax and chat a bit before heading home.  This was the first Easter in over a decade that we have not been in church together to celebrate and worship.  It was both parts hard and good.  Hard for your heart as it misses those near and dear, good as you see God's hand as he has directed each family to specific places with specific needs.  

We each continue to trust that His hand is over all of it, as part of the Kingdom we are never truly separated.

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