Friday, June 24, 2011

A Tribute to the Father of My Children

I am so blessed . . . to have such a wonderful man as my husband and father of our children.  I don't know where to begin to share all that he means to me . . . to us.

I have always loved watching him with our babies . . . talking to them, telling them things about the world, telling them how precious they are. 
"I love you!"  
"You're precious!" 
"You're special!"
 He's not one of those dads who sit on the sidelines watching the children do things - but he's right there with them.

 He makes sure to spend time with each of his kids individually . . .
 . . . doing things that they enjoy!
He also loves hanging out with the whole gang - at those times he's got his hands full!
 He loves having fun with them . . . in fact, sometimes he's just a big kid himself! ;)
 He encourages them to try new things - taking baby steps toward bigger things!
Thank you, Brent, for being such a wonderful father - our children are blessed to be able to call you "Daddy"!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Birthday boys!

We had fun celebrating both Jaden's 7th birthday and Noah's 1st birthday over the Memorial Day weekend.

Noah couldn't quite figure out what all the excitement was about - but he was ready for it!

Cousin Carrie was very excited to give presents to Jaden and Noah

Noah thought the whole ripping paper thing was lots of fun!

Here are my sweet birthday boys!

Lael and Jaden couldn't wait until the toy was out of the box before they started teaching Noah how it worked.

Noah's toy camera was a big hit!

Cousin Hanna was carefully observing the whole event - after all, her birthday will be here soon!

And Abby just thought everything was funny!

Ready for his very first cake - ever!

Jaden took care of the candle-extinguishing . . .

. . . but Noah was very much into the eating!

Then it was outside to play - after a wagon ride to the playground.

Ever the monkey!

Lael - queen of the monkey bars!

The big kids also got their first bike rides of the season . . .

. . . for Jaden, it was his first on his birthday bike - AND with no training wheels!

Fortunately, grass is soft to fall on when you're learning!

Time for a "Noah-break"!

A wonderful day to celebrate the precious gifts that are my two wonderful boys!

Happy birthday, Jaden!  God heard my prayer and gave me the gift of YOU!  I love you!

Happy birthday, Noah!  I can't imagine our family without you in it!  I love you!