oh my, how this little girl has brightened our home! she is funny, loves her sameredith (yes, she combines their names), adores her daddy and gives me numerous hugs and kisses each day. we all have our patience tested by answering 472 questions daily, having lego creations taken apart and polly pockets broken. but we all agree that she makes up for it with her laughter and joy!
hard to believe that when we discovered she was on the way we were so shocked we did not even speak about it for an entire week! not because we were not excited but because after all we had been through with infertility and ivf it was just a shock to realize we were having a third. God is good.
john david borrowed a bounce house from the milligan family (thank you very much!) so a few minutes before the party we headed outside with just our family. the bounce house was not blown up and just laying on the grass and m2 completely ignored it ~ we would later find out that she thought it was several blankets for the picnic lunch with her friends. as john david started inflating it she looked intently and had the greatest expression once she realized what it was.
john david looks relaxed as the children bounce behind him... the grandparents chat before the other guests arrive. as always i think about pops on a day like today ~ he is missed greatly.
john david and little man set up the back yard for some relay games. after dividing up the teams we were ready to go. m2 and her friend cmc (m2 is her middle name ~ funny huh?) are at the starting line with their boiled eggs in large spoons.
and they are off... running towards granddaddy and passing off the spoons... running towards the grandmom's who are holding a rope to climb under...
grabbing stuffed animals from the deck and running around the house and finally tagging the next person waiting in line.
landon and kayliegh are up next... run guys run!
as the older kids waiting in line i pulled out tea spoons for their eggs ~ little man groaned. seriously dude, did you think i was going to let you run around the back yard with the egg in the pasta spoon? you need a challenge boy!
i did not get pictures of the younger kids doing this, but after crawling under the rope they had to run and make some ball tosses into buckets on the ladder. of course little man excelled at this part!
last up was m1 squared. (cmc's older sister shares m1's name) go m1's go!
run m1's run! our m1's team won but they all had such a fun time they wanted to run the relay again and again. while they ran and ran some more i came inside to set up the food ~ typical birthday fare: hot dogs, chips, fruit salad, and lasagna soup in the crock pot for the adults. present time was next. the grandparents went in together for a new bike with training wheels. such a great gift since morgan has so many hand-me-downs! little man and m1 wrote clues and sent her on a hunt around the house for it... this is her running back into the family room.
m2 making the loop around the downstairs... she did very well except for the braking part. her tricycle goes forward and backward so she has to get that skill mastered.
cupcake time! the birthday girl's cupcake looked like a flower; the others were all purple, which little man loved!
thanks to the two families that shared our day with us... we appreciate your friendship!
grandparents ~ thanks for the love and encouragement you lavish on our children. they love you and are blessed by you!
happy birthday sweet baby girl mgw!