Our son is 6!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since our only son entered this world.  I remember waking up very early (like 3am) with a tummy ache and sitting on the couch so I wouldn’t wake Phil.  Eventually he was up and getting ready for work as was his brother Andy.  As Andy was leaving he looked at Phil and said “Well, it looks like you’ll be a dad again today!”  And by mid morning Jonathan was born.  Is it terrible that I cannot remember exactly what time?  I do remember trying to get off the bed at the hospital as in my mind I figured if I got off the bed the pain would go away.  I also remember telling my doctor that I had to get this ‘thing’ out!

Fast forward 6 years and Jonathan is growing and just started kindergarten.  He enjoys school…. as long as I keep his sitting time down to less then an hour and he gets lot of activity in-between his studies.  Which… isn’t much for kindergarten… it really only takes about an hour and a half for his school work.

Anyway, we are so blessed by having Jonathan in our family!  He is fun, loves to laugh and loves one on one time with me and daddy.  He’s growing fast and is only 2 inches shorter then Alex!  Here are some pictures from his recent birthday party and some older pictures I found.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Jonathan and his favorite cousin... Jake!

Jonathan and his favorite cousin… Jake!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan.  Love those faces!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan. Love those faces!

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

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Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

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We Have An 8 Year Old Again!

We celebrated Alex’s 8th birthday this month with lots of food, family and friends.  For her birthday party dinner Alex requested chicken cordon blue, butter noodles with garlic and parmesan and salad… well Grandma Joanne added the salad!  Thanks Grandma! It was such a fun day.

Alex is a smart, funny and beautiful girl.  We love having her as part of our family!  She’s really enjoying American Heritage Girls (more on that later!) and having lots of fun this summer.  She choose The Rock again for her birthday dinner; I think it’s the 3rd year in a row!  For her cake she said I could surprise her with any cake I wanted so after doing lots of research I settled on an Elsa and Anna birthday cake.  Below are just a few pictures.

Mommy and Alex at her birthday dinner.

Mommy and Alex at her birthday dinner.

Elsa and Anna doll cake

Elsa and Anna doll cake

Daddy and Alex on her birthday dinner.

Daddy and Alex on her birthday dinner.

Now She is 11!

I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve posted.  There are so many things that I want to write about but I just haven’t had the time!

Our sweet 2nd born turned 11 a couple of weeks ago.  She is such a creative, intelligent and beautiful young lady.  We are so blessed to have her in our family and I’m certainly blessed to be her mom!

A couple of days before her birthday she decided she wanted to donate her hair to Wigs 4 Kids again.  So, I took her to a salon and got her a super cute short do and mailed 14 inches of her hair to the organization.  What a blessing to be able to help other children with something many of us take for granted!

Happy Birthday Mikayla – we love you so much!  Thanks to family and friends for celebrating with us!

Before!

Before!

After!

After!

Daddy and Belle on our birthday dinner.

Daddy and Belle on our birthday dinner.

Belle's 11th Birthday Cake

Belle’s 11th Birthday Cake

14 Inches!

14 Inches!

13 and 2

Earlier in March we celebrated 2 of our children’s birthdays!  Pooh Bear turned 13 (can you believe we have a young adult in the house?) and Chewy turned 2.  It’s hard to believe that our youngest child was born 2 years ago!

Pooh did not have a specific cake theme in mind so she let me surprise her with my own idea and it was a hit!  I’ve always wanted to do a topsy turvy cake and this was my first attempt.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun to make as well.   Thanks to all that joined us to celebrate these 2 wonderful daughters of ours!

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Birthday dinner at Chili's.

Birthday dinner at Chili’s.

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Happy 7th Birthday Alex!

Yes, our sweet Alex turned 7…..  over 3 weeks ago and I’m just now sharing the pictures!  We’ve been busy!

Anyway, she actually turned 7 while we were in Nebraska at the most wonderful family camp.  While we were there we had a small cake and celebrated after dinner.  Once we got home from camp we had a family from our church over for dinner and dessert to celebrate Alex’s birthday.  Grandma Joanne, Grandpa Mark, Magaw, Uncle Andy and Miss Renee also joined us.  We had lots of fun, good food and yummy dessert.  She wanted a Candyland cake so I set to work.  It wasn’t hard to do but there was enough sugar on this cake to give us all instant cavities.

For her birthday dinner she choose The Rock for the 2nd year in a row.  She loves that place!

Happy Birthday Alex!  We love you to the moon and back!

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Alex our 1st grader.

Alex

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Alex and I on our way to a wedding shower.

Alex and I on our way to a wedding shower.

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2010 ish

Birthday dinner at Alex's favorite pizza restaurant The Rock.

Birthday dinner at Alex’s favorite pizza restaurant The Rock.

10 Things I Learned About Cake Pops

So…. Belle wanted cake pops for her latest birthday gathering and being the cake making person I am I attempted them for the 2nd time.  For the record, I’m not a fan of making cake pops!  Here is what I learned:

  1. Whoa… time consuming!!!
  2. It is messy getting the batter into the decorating bag to squeeze the appropriate amount into the spot in the cake pop baker.
  3. It’s rather boring cooking 50+ cake pops at 12 at a time.
  4. Bake, cool, chill, repeat….. over and over and over.
  5. If the pops aren’t chilled properly and the covering melted just so the pops fall off the sticks or stay on crooked.
  6. What a nightmare to decorate 50+ pops.  After the first 12 I handed the rest to the girls and said go for it!
  7. I would rather bake, decorate and assemble a 3 tier wedding cake (like I did last month) then do cake pops again!
  8. Did I mention they are boring, time consuming and messy?
  9. Too much work for 1 little bite!
  10. It’s easier to snack on cake pops as you are making them then a wedding cake!

I’m hoping little miss Alex won’t want cake pops for her birthday in August!

Another Blessed Year

I woke up on Tuesday, June 9th and set out to make Phil a healthy breakfast before his long work day.  Too often he is stuck eating cereal for breakfast which is about as healthy as the cardboard box it comes in… I’m not joking… I’ve done the research!

Anyway, as the kids get up they wish their wonderful daddy a happy birthday.  Phil turned 46 years young today.  I am so blessed to have him as my husband and our children are blessed to have him as their daddy.

Phil is such a godly man and he leads our family with grace, kindness and humility.  He seeks the Lord as he goes about his days filled with work, honey to-do lists and daddy please play with me requests.

He loves the lost and he loves serving those already saved and helping them grow in their faith.  This world is a better place because of him.

I love you Phil.  Happy birthday and I look forward to celebrating AT LEAST 46 more together.

Love,
Gaylene

Phil with Katherine

Phil and bike riding

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Russia... way back when!

Russia… way back when!

Daddy daughter date with Alex.

Daddy daughter date with Alex.

Russia May 2015

Russia May 2015

In Russia May 2015

In Russia May 2015

2015

2015

2010 ish

2010 ish

2011

2011

The day Katherine was born.

The day Katherine was born.

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