Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Andrew is 5

So after his gigantic birthday party, we decided to have a low-key actual birthday day. We thought it would be fun to let Andrew choose everything we did that day. So what does a 5 year old plan when he gets to schedule the day? (We suggested the zoo, science museums, Monkey Joes, Chuck E. Cheese, he took none of our ideas).

6am-Andrew woke up. We told him it wasn't 7am yet, which is when they are allowed to come out of their room in the morning. His reply, "Mom...It is my birthday. You said I get to decide what we do today, and I am deciding to get up at 6am." He put on his Superman shirt and headed downstairs.

6:30am-We were eating breakfast. Andrew's choice on a day he could eat anything he wanted? Cereal with a scoop of peanut butter and milk.

7am-Opening presents. Andrew received The Millennium Falcon toy, a Super Hero Guess Who game, a puzzle, and Book of Mormon and pocket sized Children's Song Book. He was of course most excited about the Star Wars ship.

8am-We headed to Toys R Us. We told him in advance that we were NOT buying anything, but he still wanted to go and just look. And he and Ryan had a great time "Looking" for almost 2 hours. Their favorite was this smart cycle toy. They were giggling so hard that customers were stopping to watch them play on it. I think we should be paid some commission for any that were sold that day.
11am-We met Nana, Papa, Emily, and Rachel at our house and headed over to Pizza Hut. Andrew had never eaten there before, but insisted that this is where he really wanted to eat on his birthday. Not sure why, but it was fun.

1pm-Headed to Krispy Kreme to get birthday doughnuts. Again he didn't want a cake.

2pm-Watched the movie Incredibles for the first time while Ryan and Molly took naps. When they woke up we ate doughnuts and said good-bye to the Kruegers.

4pm-Went to the Fire department and to visit the police officer that lives in our neighborhood. Andrew said that his pretend birthday party he had seen pretend super heroes like Ironman and Batman, so on his REAL birthday he wanted to see REAL super heroes. (What a sweetheart). So we brought doughnuts and thank you cards to the fire department and to the policeman. The firemen let the boys climb on the truck. The policeman showed them all of his trophies and plaques and gave them bomb squad patches.

6pm-Home for dinner and played Mario Kart until bedtime.

We had a fun day, but I am glad that our lives aren't always planned by a 5 year old. I would be exhausted.

Andrew's 5 Year Old Favorites

Food: Ham
Color: Orange and blue
TV Show: Dinosaur Train
Movie: Star Wars (which he has never seen)
Super Hero: Ironman
Song: Star Wars Theme Song(which he sings. Yes I know it has no words, but he can sing the entire symphony).
Best Friends: "I have lots of friends. I can't choose only one."
Book: Luke Skywalker's Amazing Story
Toy: X Wing Fighter
Sport: Basketball

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy 8 Month Birthday Molly

Our precious Molly is 8 months old today. Time is going by way too quickly. She is such a delightful addition to our family. She is "talking" a mile a minute, which seems to run in our family. She "says" Dadadada, Hi, Ayayayaya, and Mamamama (indiscriminately) . She has started grunting to tell us she wants more of something. This week she has accomplished a feat her siblings have never mastered...finishing entire containers of baby food! This little gal loves to eat. She met Santa this week and sat happily on his lap. She also "played" in the snow for the first time. She was in awe of the falling snow and cried when we came inside. She stopped as soon as we took her back to the window where she could see it falling again. This girl knows how to get what she wants! :)

Christmas Card Rejects 2009

Usually we have some pretty great (read terrible) pics to post of our Christmas card rejects. Unfortunately this year, the kids were somewhat cooperative. So here are the worst ones we took this year. But if you need to see really great (again read terrible) you might need to click here for a previous year's fun.

Why is it always 2 out of 3?

(Some stranger's kid hopped in the shot. Who is that?)

(Why did we get her biggest smile during the test shot while she was wearing her bib)?

(Okay, maybe sometimes it is only 1 out of 3. Man, I really need to cut out that tag).

These are the ones we used on the cards we sent out.

5 Ways to Have Fun in the Snow

1-Play "Throw Me in the Snow Daddy!"

2-Sled down the driveway on cookie sheets greased with wax paper.

(Sleds aren't the only winter gear we are lacking...check out my awesome boots)!

3-Dress your baby up like a big pink marshmallow!

(Why is it my 8 month old is the only one with appropriate snow attire)?

4-Snowball fights. The key to success for this activity is to make all of the snowballs your kids throw at you! (Eventually they figured it out on their own).

5-Build a Super Snowman.

Santa Visit 2009

Andrew's Wish list for Santa: Star Wars Stuff

Ryan's Wish list for Santa: Red train and Batman and the Joker

Molly's Wish list for Santa: Surprise me!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Plaid - 33 Weeks

Molly went to have her pictures taken with her cousin, Amelia. The picture of the pair of them is a gift, so I won't post it yet. Here is the one of just Molly. Molly is crawling everywhere and has no problems getting where she wants to go. She finds wherever Mommy is and tries to crawl up her leg. She also loves playing with her brothers and their toys. Her big brothers are learning quickly that nothing on the floor is safe. (Oh, poor little guys ...just wait until she learns to pull up). Ryan even has a new nickname for her. His cousins have a Gunny-monster that comes and eats their toys that they don't clean up. One day after visiting his cousins' home, he started yelling, "Oh no, clean up clean up or the Molly-monster will eat our toys."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Top Secret Super Hero Training Camp

Ironman Andrew invited his buddies to join him at a Special Training Camp for Super Heroes to help celebrate his 5th Birthday.

As his guests arrived they colored in their Super Hero posters for the Wall of Fame in the Secret Super Hero Training Hide-out. After each training exercise, Supergirl gave each Hero a Super Hero sticker to add to their poster.

When all the candidates were there we headed downstairs to the Secret Super Hero Training Hide-out. We had covered the walls of the garage with black table cloths and had hung posters of super heroes.

It was in the 20s yesterday and our space heater struggled to heat up the garage, so the first thing we did were Super Hero warm-up exercises led by Batman.

Our first real training game was Superman's Pass the Kryptonite (played like Hot potato). When the Superman theme song paused, whoever was holding the Kryptonite (glow stick) lost all of his powers and crumbled to the floor. Batman carried them to the Powers Regenerator chair and spun them around 3 times so they could get their powers back.

Next we played Hulk's Break out game. Spidergirl wrapped each of the Hero Trainees in green streamers and they had to bust out.

The 3rd training exercise was Spiderman's Web game. It was played like pin the tail on the donkey, but you pinned the web on the bad guy. The hat didn't work as a very good blindfold. Every one of the boys hit the target with ease.

The 4th game was Batman's Stomp the bad guy. Each Hero got to stomp 3 balloons. They were excited to discover candy inside! We went upstairs to carry our candy to the treat bags in the hall.

We then put on our coats (remember it was 27 degrees) and went outside for the Flash's Super Fast Obstacle Course.

Our last training exercise brought us back down to the basement for an Ironman Pinata. The kids tried to whack it open, but in the end we used the pull strings. Each boy grabbed their candy and went upstairs to place it in their treat bags.

Imagine their surprise when they arrived and the bags were gone! All that was left was a note from the JOKER who said he had taken the bags! Boy were our Heroes upset! Joker left us clues to follow so we could catch him. The children were VERY CONCERNED about leaving their pinata candy, afraid the JOKER would return. Andrew's Nana volunteered to guard the candy.

The scavenger hunt led all over the yard and into the house. When we returned to the house to follow a clue, we discovered that Nana had been tied up by the JOKER and he had taken the pinata candy! Oh no!

Spiderwoman told the Heroes that she had special webs that could catch the Joker if we saw him. Batman made sure that the Heroes knew that Joker had a bomb attached to him, so that none of the Heroes should touch, hit or kick him, only spray him. We found the Joker hiding in the back yard and the Heroes attacked him with their webs. Batman saved the day and took the Joker to the police who took Joker to jail. ( I am not sure any of the kids will ever come over here to play again though. They were all very excited about and scared of the Joker at the same time).

Now that the treats were safe, we went back into the house for treats. Andrew had decided that he did not want birthday cake, he wanted DOUGHNUTS! So I figured out how to make a cake out of doughnuts. We went to Krispy Kreme and he chose all of the doughnuts he wanted to go in his cake. It was by far the easiest birthday cake I ever made. I let Andrew choose the whole menu. We ate Captain America's Candy Cups (Reeses), Wolverine Claws (bugles), Batman Batterang Bites (bat crackers I made out of tortillas), Flash's Fruit and Cheese Faves, and Joker's Tricky Mix (a snack mix Andrew created out of cereal and cookies and pretzels).

Andrew gave each of his guests Spiderman bags with their Superhero candy from the games, a Superhero puzzle, and 3 Superhero figures that he had chosen himself.

Thank you Aunt Emily H. for taking all of these pics. Thank you Aunt Rachel for being such a Super-girl. Thank you Nana for risking your life protecting our treats. Thank you Papa for making sure Joker came to the party.

Batman (aka Daddy)
Spidergirl (aka Mommy)

Super-girl (AKA Aunt Rachel)

Captain America (AKA Ryan)

Super Hero Squad