Thursday, March 8, 2018

Isaac's Birthday

The day started out with a present by his door from Grandmommy and Granddaddy: books, money, and a moon torch! This super-cool flashlight was the perfect item for a space-loving boy!

I was running around like crazy before, during, and after the party, so I only snapped a few pictures along the way. I wish I had gotten some closer-up shots, but here were the food tables decorated with neon-colored planets and glow-in-the-dark stars. (My mother-in-law was a great help getting these ready! They turned out much cuter in person than you can see in the picture.)

This pretend rocket ship was the biggest hit of the party! At least one child was in this pretty much the entire time!! It took me a few hours to construct, but it was worth all the time and effort to see the absolute DELIGHT it brought to all the kids, especially the Birthday Boy! Pretend play is the best!

A cute little astronaut.


As the children arrived, each one was given a glow stick necklace with a badge on it. Every time they completed a "mission" (a game or activity) as part of their "astronaut training", they earned a star sticker to go on their badge. During the party, the children made their own rockets and launched them with straws by blowing on them, raced to the moon, landed the lunar rover on the moon blindfolded, "repaired the space shuttle" (Lego towers) while wearing big disposable gloves, hunted for moon rocks, and did a science experiment by making "galaxies in a bottle".

We also had a lunch of hot rocket dogs, macaroni and cheese, fruit rocket kabobs, planets to munch (grapes and blueberries), space crunch (pretzels and raisins), and pickles.

The following pictures are compliments of my friend, Jessica, who was kind enough to snap some memories of the party for me!
Getting ready to blast off!

Lemon cake is his favorite!

Love that smile. :)

Time for presents!

He loves his super cool rocket launcher from Aunt Elizabeth!

Closing his eyes for the last present of the day...
(I love how Josiah is closing his eyes too!)

Getting help from a friend. :)

Seeing his BIKE for the first time!

It's sinking in...

So excited to try it out!

Off he goes! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Isaac Turns 5!

Five years ago today, our firstborn son was born, and changed our world forever. :)
We are so thankful to the Lord for Isaac's life! From the time he was a baby, he has always been an easy-going child who has been a joy to be around! As time has gone on, it has been such fun to see him develop into a cheerful, helpful, creative, bright little boy who loves life and is learning to love the Creator of life!

This past year has been particularly full of growth for Isaac in different ways. It hasn't been instant, but rather day by day, line upon line, here a little, there a little.  Not only is he taller, but he is more mature, more capable, more helpful, and more "grown up." He no longer uses a bib or a booster chair. He rarely has potty accidents while sleeping anymore. He can be counted on to do a job and has learned how to rinse dishes, fold laundry, crack eggs, and sweep floors in addition to other chores. He is now reading simple books and excitedly completed his kindergarten math book as of this month! He has also made a lot of progress with writing numbers and letters although Bible, science, and art remain his favorite aspects of school.

I love to see Isaac's personal interests awaken and deepen as he grows. This past year, he has spent a lot of time creating and building. Block towers and blanket forts are his specialty. He still thrives on playing/working outside and LOVES to play games of any kind!  His competitive spirit seems as strong as his daddy's! ;) 

Isaac has grown a lot in his desire and ability to obey quickly. He has also become more responsible and diligent with his work. He absolutely dotes on his baby brother Silas and is a particular help to me by playing with him while I prepare meals. Lest you think he is perfect, though, he is still working on kindness and patience with the other brothers along with not whining! ;) 

Exciting as all the growth in his life is, seeing Isaac's understanding of the Bible and spiritual matters deepen has been the greatest joy of this past year! He seems to have a really good grasp on concepts like sin, forgiveness, salvation, who God is, why Jesus came, and what it means to be a Christian. His child-like faith is genuine and I can't wait to see how it will continue to develop!

Here is my annual collection of pictures from the birthday boy's past year of life!

His 4th birthday last year.

A Curious George party!

Meeting Silas for the first time.

Look at that proud big brother!

Handsome little fella.

All dressed up for church with Grandmommy!

Liquid water colors, salt, droppers, and a mirror = lots of fun sensory play outside!

Counting practice and snack time all at once!

Dressing up as a soldier.

One of his many creations.

Some kind of fancy house.

Carousel ride at Silver Dollar City

Checking out Branson, Missouri with Mom from a high lookout point!

Silly boys!

Learning to write.

First day of school.

Fine motor practice.

Making a hot air balloon all on his own.

Big painting.

Spelling at work.

Weaving with fabric scraps on chicken wire.

More writing practice.

An art project.

A trip to a fun farm!

Little boys' paradise!

Man of Mud.

Sensory writing.

Firefighters do math too!

A pumpkin volcano!

Exercises with Granddaddy!

King Isaac!

Indian boys.

Meeting Alistair.

Snow lovers!

So much improvement in his writing!

Happy Birthday to our big 5-year-old!
(photo credit: Jessica Edwards)

We love you!
(photo credit: Jessica Edwards)