Monday, March 18, 2013

A Knight with His Princess

Our homeschool support group had a sweet event this past weekend--the Daddy/Daughter Dance.  It was a great opportunity for Rich and Anna Ruth to have some time together.  I found a beautiful dress for her at Ross for a great price, and she was so excited to wear it and see Rich's reaction.  I also made her a pearl bracelet to go with it, and she wore the pearl necklace that Daddy gave her for her 5th birthday.  She chose her own hairdo from a website that we use called Babes in Hairland.  If you'd like to try it, click here.
She's getting so grown up!
Love those dark eyelashes--she has natural God-given mascara!

Rich and his princess

view of the hairdo
close up
I also made 100 decorated cookies as favors for the girls at the dance.  It turned out to quite a bit more work and time than I anticipated, but I was glad that they turned out so well, and that the girls enjoyed them.
Josiah had a huge fit seeing all these cookies on the table and being told he could not have one!

I found some decorating ideas online, and it was fun to try them out

I loved using the little pearl decorations

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday, Josiah!

Doggie Decorations
We celebrated Josiah's 2nd birthday on Sunday, so that we could spend it with both sets of grandparents and Aunt Jess and Uncle Brian.  The theme was DOGS! because Josiah is obsessed with dogs right now.  He really loves all animals, but he especially loves dogs.  Every time he sees one in a book or movie, he says, "Awwwww, doggie!"  And every bark from a dog when we're on a walk causes him to perk up, and with wide eyes he yells, "Doggie!"  It's so funny how he was just born loving animals, and how he has no fear of dogs, even when they are twice his size.  We do not have a dog, since I am allergic, but we asked Aunt Jess and Uncle Brian if they would bring their dog, Beaufort, for a visit.  All the kids loved seeing him and taking him on a walk.  Anna Ruth even got him to sit, lay down, roll over, and shake her hand--she loved being in charge and having someone actually obey her!  (Her brothers don't usually listen, even though she tries very hard.)  Having Beaufort there was the highlight of the party!  And I think Beaufort thought he had suddenly become royalty with all the petting, attention, and treats. :)

"cousin" Beaufort

The menu was hotdogs, with 2 different themed toppings along with a variety of chips.  One was called the Carolina Dog:  chili, cheese, and coleslaw (jalapenos and onion were optional additions), and the other was the Cuban Dog:  shredded lettuce, pineapple, diced avocado, and mojo sauce.  Both types were really good!  Of course for dessert, I made a doggie cake, and he seemed to like it a lot.
Josiah enjoying his hotdog--he ate 2, plus chips!
James and AR enjoying their hotdogs, chips, and root beer.

Doggie cake--his eyes and ear got messed up in transit, but he was still pretty cute.  Notice the "2" on the collar.
Josiah received lots of stuffed dogs, several of which he sleeps with every night.  He also got a book from Lita and Pop-Pop called I Love Dogs that is written in English and Spanish.  Aunt Jess and Uncle Brian got him two cute outfits, a stuffed dog, and a fun book about animals with buttons that make the animal sounds.  Gramps and Memaw got him a set of wooden building blocks, and he and James have been building with them ever since.  Mommy and Daddy got him a giant dog coloring book, a stuffed dog, and we are looking for a fun outdoor activity toy to get him as well.  Anna Ruth picked out a mini monster truck, since he likes to steal James' trucks.  He has been enjoying all of his gifts!  He is blessed with such a loving and generous family.
dalmation pup from AJ and UB
He always points to the "eyes"
Josiah with all his doggies!

He loved the book with animal sounds--so cute!

It was a wonderful celebration.  We are so thankful for Josiah's life.  He is a joy and a blessing to our family. We love watching him grow and learn, and we pray that he will become a strong, godly leader and example, just like good King Josiah in the Bible.

Here are a few more fun pics from the afternoon:
AR had to borrow a sweatshirt for the walk--Thanks Aunt Carol! 

James finally wore his doggie ears just for 1 picture.

I made the doggie ear headbands, and then the kids weren't too keen on wearing them,
so Dad, Jess, and I gave them a try.