Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Andrew's Actual Birthday

Andrew got this Lego ship from us and spent all of his spare time day working on it with his dad.

We went to see the movie Arthur Christmas in the afternoon and came home to get ready for all of the grandparents and 2 cousins, 3 aunts, and 1 uncle to come over for pizza and cake. 

Grandmother Stone's Christmas Party

This was the year that my kids were old enough for us to stay late enough for most of the party.

This was the year our family played the tree game at Grandma Stone's for the first time.

This was the first year the boys participated in the traditional paper fight after presents have been opened.

This was the year the train came by TWICE for my little enthusiasts. 

This was another wonderful year to spend time with Grandpa Bud and Great-Grandma Stone and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Cookie Party with Nana and Papa

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Living Nativity at Salem Baptist

Our family visited Salem Baptist Church's Live Nativity this year.  It was so well done.  The kids loved the animals.  When we were finished we got to dress up as biblical characters and drink hot cocoa in the gym,

Lego Birthday Party

We celebrated Andrew's birthday with a Lego party.  We loaded up our van with our two boys, one cousin, and 3 little church friends and headed on a field trip to the Lego Store in Charlotte.  6 boys... an hour and 15 minutes a mall...the last Saturday shopping day before Christmas. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous. But luckily, Andrew has very nice and well behaved friends.    The boys were FABULOUS and we had a great time!  We watched a Lego Star Wars movie that Andrew received as an early birthday present from us.

The Lego store was not prepared and scrambled at the last minute to throw a party together despite the fact we called and confirmed THREE times let the boys build robotic computerized Lego catapults at the birthday party.  At first, it was a bit over the boys' heads, as you can tell by the looks they are giving the Lego employee in charge. (This is normally an activity they do with 10-12 year olds, NOT 7 year olds).

But eventually they all got the hang of it and had a great time!  What is not to love about shooting balls at each other and knocking things over? Or making a computer across the room launch the robot you made?

After they built and launched the catapults, everyone got to make 3 minifigures to bring home.

We ate pizza and marshmallow Lego heads for lunch before we headed back to the van.

Andrew opened his birthday presents in the backseat and then we headed home!

  It was a fun party.   It was also kind of nice to have it somewhere other than our home.  I love at home parties.  I love to throw parties.  But sometimes, trying to turn our basement garage into the planet Mars or a Super Hero hide out the week of Christmas, can create extra chaos and a stressed out mom and dad.  Believe it or not, taking them to a mall an hour away was less stressful.   I might have to see where we can encourage him to have his party next year.

Lucky Number Seven

My Andrew turned seven this week.  He is such a fun and obedient boy and has been an amazing blessing in our lives.  Andrew is a great big brother and a loving son.  As he gets older, he becomes more and more like the stereotypical oldest child.  He looks after his younger siblings, he is eager to help, and thrives on verbal affirmation.   He has many responsibilities at home and takes them very seriously. He wants to make good choices and tries hard to choose friends who follow the rules.  He is very tenderhearted and affectionate.He saves the lunch notes I write him each day, cries at sad parts in movies, and gives hugs to those he loves all the time.   

Andrew is also always up to a challenge.  The quickest way to get him to do something is to tell him it can't be done.  That or offer to pay him.  Not that he would spend any of his money.  He is saver, not a spender. Andrew has become an avid reader, favoring books that are very challenging for him (sometimes a little too challenging).  He loves to write stories and makes lists.  He wants to be a writer when he grows up.  He loves his karate class.  His teacher says he is a very serious student. 

I can't believe there is only a year until my little guy turns 8 and is baptized.  He has set a goal to read the entire Book of Mormon before he turns 8.  I am very proud of the young man he is becoming.


Food:  Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza
Color: Yellow
TV Show: Phineas and Ferb
Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Super Hero: He said he was his own favorite super hero.  (Hmmmmm....)
Song:  "We Are the Boat." (Yes, the Peter Paul and Mary song.  He learned it at school).
Best Friends: Ryan, Molly, Cranford, Alex, and Masen
Books: Series of Unfortunate Events
Toy:  Super Battle Droid
Sport: Baseball
Animal:  Bald Eagle

Andrew weighs 44.4 pounds and is 44 inches tall.  (Up 5 pounds and 3 inches from last year).
That is the 3rd percentile for height and the 13th for weight.  Still the shortest one in his far.

This picture was taken the night I took Andrew to see the Nutcracker for the first time.  He loved it!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Yellow Belt Test and Award Ceremony

All three of the guys at our house earned their yellow belts.  We videotaped the tests and awards, so there aren't very many still shots.  (Maybe Chad can help me figure out how to put up some clips later on).  After the ceremony, the instructors surprised Andrew with a birthday cake.  He got to cut it with a sword.