Sunday, September 23

Summer Olympics

This summer we went on vacation with the Roys and Vines for a couple of days in Maine. We had a lot of fun, and as always, it went by way too fast!

It happened that this year, vacation coincided with the start of the Olympics and we decided that we should celebrate this happenstance with some pint-sized Olympic games of our own!  Adam was awesome and planned out a bunch of fun games before vacation, set them up and coordinated the whole thing.  My one contribution: the donut game (always a good idea)!

Here are the pictures:

To start we, of course, had to have the opening ceremony

The competing nations.  Wait, it looks like the U.S. is in distress...

A neighboring nation offers some aid.

Ok, we're good to go now!

Let the games begin! First up we had an obstacle course of sorts...

Noodle Hurdles

Aquatic-Equestrian Slalom

Styrofoam Tunnel of Terror

Emma and her Mighty Steed

Some jockeys needed some assistance

Next up a water balloon toss!

The champions, poised for battle.

Things escalated quickly and just became a water balloon fight...

Followed quickly by the old "egg on a spoon" race!

And the ever popular "throw a glow-in-the-dark necklace on to a sharp stick" event! 

The toss 'n' pick

Same method.  Same results.

If at first you don't succeed...



try, try...

try, try, try again.

Henry actually got one!

Ok, the sticks proved difficult.  Let's try a bucket.

... *sigh* moving on.

Finally the best event of all (in my humble opinion)! (these are mostly pictures of Emma as she was making such amusing faces)

And then we had closing ceremonies and medals were awarded, but I think I was too busy watching Asher eat all the donuts the kids left in the grass at that point to take any pictures.  But it was awesome. :)


Happy 1st Birthday Asher!

     As per usual I am posting this slightly late (mostly because our computer was "taking a moment" and spent the last two weeks freaking the heck out and not letting me do anything)  NOT COOL COMPUTER! But the computer and I have apparently made up and all is well again for now.

    Also I spent a lot of time preparing for our pirate themed birthday party. And then I neglected to take any pictures of the decorations.  ::hits head on desk::  And I totally forgot to take out the pirate eye patches I had for the kids and the pirate tattoos we bought, oh and the face paint! Woops. We did have a super huge jolly roger flag though.  Seriously... SUPER HUGE.  And it's currently sitting in my kitchen doing a whole lot of nothing except annoying me.  So if anyone is interested in throwing a pirate themed party let me know.  I will hook you up!

    And Asher be aware that you may be getting the same exact party when you are six and can remember and appreciate how much work goes into a themed party... or maybe you could just roll with the pirate theme for the rest of your birthdays. Cool? No?  Well, I tried.

 Annnnywhooo...... on to the cute pictures!

As you can see he was less than amused with my cupcake making efforts.  There are seven million pictures of him looking either very serious or in the case of the last picture, downright surly.  In fact when I first asked him if he liked the cupcake he shook his head no at me very seriously... (which was sort of adorable)

 There were other cute kids at the party too, like this little guy!  This is Isaac, he's Asher's cousin and he's only 1 month younger.  We like to dress them in coordinating outfits and take embarrassing pictures of them that they will later hate us for.  You're welcome guys!

ps.  the ones in the reindeer suit were Auntie Colleen's fault.

He really likes chasing things at the moment.  Such a little boy! Maybe I should bother to learn something about sports....

And then we opened presents and all of a sudden I was surrounded by a sea of little blonde heads! Most of them were wearing plaid (with the exception of Emma who was, of course, wearing fairy wings) And everyone was super helpful and I have no idea why I would be making this face:

Oh and the presents were super awesome!  Thanks everyone :)  We now have a lot more tools, aliens, wheels, dinosaurs and sea creatures in the play room now.  This has led to a more diverse playtime as the Disney princesses can now do things like riding dinosaurs to fix the helicopter or hanging out in a shark cage to escape the giant octopus, all before their teatime! (and in full ball attire)

  Asher's birthday festivities also included a church picnic (where he spent the entire time trying to escape me and conning other people out of their food) and a fun Monday night gathering where he was serenaded and gifted some more by the best group of friends we will probably ever find. Thanks guys!  We appreciate all of you!
  And Tuesday found us at the doctor's office bright and early in the morning as Asher's little cough had developed into a full blown virus complete with hacking cough, a waterfall of snot, a tummy "problem" and one super cranky baby who refused to nap.  But at least we had a good weekend....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE MAN!  There are so many people who love you so so much and are so glad you've spent the last year making us laugh and blessing our lives in innumerable ways.

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