Friday, July 24, 2015


So today was the actual birthday and we spent it as a family. 
It was really so fun. 

The boys had coupons for free birthday cones from Baskin Robbins, so we headed over in the morning to cash in on that deal!

They really lucked out too, the owner/manager was in and even treated them both to an extra cone. 
So kind of him. 
The boys definitely enjoyed it. 

After that, we headed over to the theater to catch a movie. The boys wanted to see Inside Out.
It was pretty cute. Jon wasn't in love with it. He really wanted to see Minions. But the boys picked so Inside Out it was.

Later, we went to Red Robin for dinner. (More birthday coupons to use, sweet!)

Our waiter made sure they got a birthday song and treat...more ice cream. 
The boys didn't seem to mind. 

Sorry for this fuzzy shot, but I actually kind of like it.

AT home later, they got to rip into the presents from the family.
 Some new video game stuff....
 Then they got to work as a team on a scavenger hunt to find their main gifts.....

Justin's been begging for a bike.
 What a lucky boy.

And Jason has been clamoring for a new scooter.

 We opted for a store bought cake this time. It tasted much better than the one we had yesterday.

Make a wish!!

I'm still kind of stunned that they're eight years old now. They get to be baptized next weekend. 
The time is sure flying by. 

From this.... this in what seems like the blink of an eye. 

Love these two. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Birthday par-tay!

I'm just astounded that my little men turn 8 years old tomorrow!
We decided to have a bowling birthday party with some friends this year.
We didn't do a party last year, so it was time. 

First thing this morning Ashley, Haley and I worked on their birthday cake.
They're into Skylanders right now, but I couldn't find any 
Skylanders cakes at the stores. So naturally I got on Pinterest to see what I might be able to put together. 
Here's what we ended up with. 

In my humble looked much better than it tasted. 
You win some, you lose some. 

The best thing about sponsored parties is that they do all the work. So nice! We just basically had to show up and have fun.

 They seemed to have a blast.

After bowling, they had pizza, played some video games, opened presents then had cake.

 Then we got to go home and not worry about any of the clean-up. So nice!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Justin the artiste!

We received a notice a few weeks back that Justin would have some artwork on display at the local mall outside of Kohls department store. So this morning, we headed over to check it out. 

Here's his masterpiece. 
Sorry for all the glare. 

 I think it's pretty darned cute. 

 He was presented with a Certificate of Artistic Achievement
(along with several other amazing artists, you may be able to tell by all the other cool artwork on display behind him).

We're pretty proud of him around here. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter 2015

We had a mostly quiet Easter this year. 

The kids decorated eggs as usual....

Their Easter haul....

And of course, mom and dad have to have some treats too.