Sunday, October 23, 2011

Benjamin is THREE!

Benjamin turned 3 on October 2nd! So hard to believe that he is 3 already! Though I do feel the last few years have flown and his short little life has been packed with lots of excitement and change for our family! At his age, Noah still wouldn't have been a big brother for 6 months and he has already been a big brother for half his life! And a good one he is!! Still my spunky, spirited red head boy, he is! He has always been super affectionate and snugly, but now I just love how he will randomly just come up and say "I love you, Mommy" and with such adoration! No doubt that he is genuine! I feel a smidgen sad that my baby is growing up, but it's so fun to watch him discover and mature that I can't stay sad long!

Watching his new fish...who have since died and been replaced! : /

Grandma bought Benjamin a fish tank and gave him fish for his birthday. The first 2 fish were from Grandma's tank and they didn't survive the tank change/being overfed the first day they were in Benjamin's care!

Really? I don't think it gets cuter than this!

His gang symbol...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

What an experience!

My kids are so incredibly blessed to not only be able to know their great grandparents, but to actually get to play with their great grandparents! You won't meet younger 76 year olds!!

Such a priceless memory! This is the reason I was so distraught upon thinking I had deleted these pictures before transferring them. As most of you know, I love a good photo shoot, but the best edited, best outfitted photo shoot pales in comparison to these unedited precious priceless moments spent with those we love!
Grace showed off her walking skills!

Homecoming at Cedarville

The weekend of Benjamin's birthday was super busy and super exciting! If it wasn't enough that it was Benjamin's 3rd birthday, it was also Homecoming at Cedarville University where Uncle Justin attends college. If that wasn't exciting enough, add to it that Uncle Justin was the Sophomore Representative for Homecoming! And as if we needed anything else to add to this excitement, Grandma Gert and Grandpa Floyd were here visiting!! Even the bitter cold temperatures and rain and biting wind couldn't dampen our spirits! We had a blast at the parade, then out to lunch with the fam, then came back and hung out in Grandma and Grandpa's camper while we waited for half time to go see Justin represent! What a fun weekend(a whole slew of pics follow...and more to come of all the other festivities!)

Grandma and Noah snuggling while watching the parade!

Parade watchers!

Grandma loved her flower they were handing out...had a C in the middle! What a neat idea!
There's our Justin!
I am always skeptical when I hand over the camera for someone else to take a picture, but really could it get any better!!?!? What a crew! Can't wait to celebrate G'ma Gert and G'pa Floyd's 60th wedding anniversary next year!! You just can't help but love them!
I love that my kids get to experience great grandparents in such a hands on way!

Grandpa and Gracie on our tour of the college...we were thawing out here in the tornado shelter!

The lovely Sophomore reps!
Yah...did I mention it was REALLY cold!!

Where's Gracie?!?!