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3 little readers!

I took this video one night when all 3 kids were reading out loud.  I just love my 3 little readers.

Corbin’s Birthday

Our sweet and oldest son turned 7!! What a great and wonderful day we had!!  Nana flew in the day before and Papa came his birthday morning and we had some fun stuff planned.

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For his birthday breakfast he requested bacon.  Of course, I had to make some eggs to go with it!

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The kids always enjoy the house being decorated in their honor.

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Then on to present time!

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Of course there were Lego’s!

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At first Corbin just wanted to stay home the whole day playing with toys but finally he was convinced to get out and do something.  He chose Safari Run.

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After Safari Run, he wanted som iPad time.  He even kept his hat on!

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For his “party” he really wanted to have it at his Aunt Holly and Uncle Jona’s place.  They were nice enough to agree to it.  Luckily they have a pool where we ate and had cake.

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Corbin really wanted an octopus cake.  Thank goodness for the internet to give me ideas on how to pull that off.  Here was the easiest version I could find to make.

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The kids and Connor decided to take a quick dip in the hot tub.

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Then they got dried off and we went back to Holly and Jona’s place.  Corbin had requested a Go Fish tournament.

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I have to admit that was really fun!

Papa read them a book with made up words and the kids were cracking up.

Thanks to Holly and Jona for hosting a super fun party!

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What can I say about our handsome, fun and sweet 7 year old!! He’s the best.  I think of him as he has grown all these years and feel so proud of the boy he has become.  He’s been a pleasure to raise and as he has gotten older and easier I really enjoy spending time with him.  He is much like me and I can appreciate that and understand him better because of it.  When he is happy he is the best to be around.  When he is grumpy it’s hard to get him out of it.  We are learning as we go of how to best way to talk to him is.  He is not very forth coming with his feelings but when I get even a smidgen of anything, I feel that is progress.  He does pretty well in school and I think he felt very accomplished by being one of only 3 kids in his class to pass all 13 sight word lists in a row.  That meant he got a gold star to display, something all the kids were working towards.  He loves to read but not so much novel chapter books.  He likes Star Wars, Lego’s, Superhero books as well as books about things like space or animals.  

I asked Corbin the normal birthday questions and these are his answers.

1. What is your favorite color?  THE COLORS OF JELLY BEANS
2.  What is your favorite toy?  LEGOS
3.  What is your favorite fruit?  STRAWBERRIES AND WATERMELON
4.  What is your favorite TV show?  JUSTIN TIME
5.  What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  MCDONALDS
6.  What is your favorite outfit? PIRATE OUTFIT
7.  What is your favorite game?  LEGO MIGHTY AVENGERS
8.  What is your favorite snack?  PRETZELS
9.  What is your favorite animal?  BLUE WHALE
10.  What is your favorite song?  WE ARE THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING
11.  What is your favorite book? CAPTAIN AMERICA COMIC BOOK
12.  Who is your best friend?  KEVIN
13.  What is your favorite cereal?  CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH
14.  What is your favorite thing to do outside?  WRESTLE ON THE TRAMPOLINE
15.  What is your favorite drink?  APPLE JUICE
17.  What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  MY GOOFY
18.  What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  PANCAKES
19.  What do you want for dinner on your birthday? BACON
20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  PIRATE

Oh we love this boy so incredibly much!

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Happy Birthday Corbin!

Valentine’s Day

The Friday before Valentine’s Day we continued with our tradition of getting Outback takeout and having a meal together as a family.  

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The morning of we gave the kids their little candy and stuffed toy and they boys opened all their class Valentine’s.

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Kinsley took the one Valentine she got that was not from her brothers to bed with her.  

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We cut out hearts from our French toast for breakfast.

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Then we went on a little hike.  The boys have been into hiking lately.

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The kids were excited to see the amount of water in the reservoir.  Very nice to see!

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For dinner that evening we went to Smash Burger.  Since it was Valentine’s Day it was dead.  It was also beautiful enough to eat outside!

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Such a good celebration!  I’m grateful for my four Valentine’s!

We had some pictures taken of the kids with a Valentine’s theme.  They turned out great!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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