A Bunch of Berries

A Bunch of Berries

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Liesel!!!!

It is a bit stressful having 3 kids with birthdays back to back: Jensen 10/4, Caedmon 11/28 and Liesel 12/10. The one good thing is that even though it is a super crazy busy time of year, we get it all taken care of around the same time of year.
Last but not least, let's talk about Miss Liesel and her 9th birthday. I felt bad telling Liesel that this year her birthday was going to have to be low key. We were leaving for Disney 4 days after her birthday and I knew I could not have a huge party. We decided on a baking party. She invited a small group of girls. My sweet friend Krista, along with help from Jeni's mom Cindy, made aprons for the girls out of hand towels. What a cool idea. Apparently, her mom made an apron like that for her when she was a little girl. I love stories like that :) I found some fun paper chef hats. The girls decorated them with markers to get the fun started.
Aprons and hats are on, let's cut out cookies!
Liesel working hard on that cookie dough.......
While the cookies were baking, it was time for the awesome cookie cake! It was a cookie kind of day :) My kind of day....Ha!
Liesel was super excited about this cake, I was too! I love cookie cakes.....So Yum!
I just love the next 3 pictures. Liesel is anxiously waiting on her cake and enjoying her "special" moment as we sing to her. Wow, is that really my 9 year old daughter? When did that happen :(

During all this "girly stuff" Craig, Scooter and the boys played on their own. Scooter quickly realized how Jensen will use anything he finds as a bat. He asks you to throw a ball to him so he can hit it. This time the bat was a car. LOL!
Umm, Yes Caedmon, I did catch you wearing flip-flops with socks. What is that all about?????
Are we having fun yet OR is Mommy already stressed?!? I think this picture is post cookie cake :)
Caedmon and Jensen enjoyed the cake as well. Come to think of it, I don't recall a time they have ever turned down cake or cookie.....

Thanks Scooter for cleaning Jensen after what must have been some messy hands and face. What a good friend!!
The cookies have baked, cookie cake has been eaten........it must be time to decorate the cookies. Jeni and I are frantically sorting each girl's cookies onto plates. We had a good system but we could not have done it without my mom and Jeni's mom helping too. Each girl's cookie was labeled on the parchment paper as it cooked and their plates were labeled to put decorated cookies on. I am pretty certain no one got the wrong cookie. I mean, this is important stuff people. Ha! My life is now complete. LOL!
......Liesel at work in decorating her cookies. "Just make sure some of the toppings and icing make it on the cookies and not only in your mouth!"
Now there are some busy bees :)
The party was so much fun. The cookie day was a success!!! YAY! We love you Liesel Emily Berry and wish you a wonderful birthday.
Time to get ready for Disney.............coming soon on the next entry!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Caedmon!

I would say that it is an understatement that I am a little bit behind on documenting our memories. Caedmon turned 6 November 28th....2012. With his birthday, Liesel's birthday, Disney trip, Christmas and the start of a new year........I am NOW ready to document all the fun we had the past few months.
Caedmon was very excited about his birthday this year probably because he was now in school and had many friends he wanted to invite to celebrate his birthday with him. When asked what kind of birthday he wanted, Caedmon said "Wipeout!" That is one of his favorite shows and he wanted to reenact the show at our house. As we started discussing ideas, Caedmon seemed to disagree with Craig and I and he kept saying "this does not sound like the show." I told him that I did not want to have parents sign waivers (ah..hem) before they left their child in our capable hands for a birthday party. LOL! We decided on an obstacle course and relay games. Craig is always saying that Caedmon could very likely grow up to be a game show host since he is a walking human game show. :) This party seemed like it would be fun for him even though it did not include......huge rubber balls and a huge pool of water to fall into. Ha!
Among all the fun of the obstacle course, I was so busy timing the kids that I did not get any pictures. They had to crawl thru a big box, walk on a beam of wood, ring jump (similar to a tire jump) jump in a bag, crawl under and over a table, shoot basketballs and crab walk. They did an awesome job and were great competitors.
Next, it was time for relay races. The boys are ready!
Get those bean bags ready.........
Caedmon could not control his excitement as seen by this dancing. Love it!
Liesel had skills in the ping-pong ball spoon race. No eggs this time.......I am not a big fan of raw eggs in my backyard ;) In hind-sight I guess I could have boiled the eggs. hehe!
How many rings can you get in the tub? That many? well aren't you the bomb!(Yes it is still the 90's IMO)
You can see how kind and caring Caedmon is with his friends. I don't know if he was trying to hug Jeffrey or he was so ready for his next turn.HaHa!
I joined in the fun of tossing marshmallows. Aubrie and I were a pretty good team!
Group picture time! What a fun day!
Caedmon how is the cupcake? Do you like it?
I am positive Jensen does :)

Caedmon gave medals to all his friends for their awesome participation in the games.
I love how Liesel helped Caedmon during present time by reading the cards to him. What a blessing my kids are to each other. They always act that way towards each other (ah...hem) ;)
The party was a success. After all the boys left, I put my feet up on the couch and RELAXED! Just in case you didn't know......having a house full of boys is loud and a tad bit stressful. And to think, 3 boys he invited couldn't make it. Oh My! Craig was a wonderful husband and father! I helped him with ideas but he set everything up and was the ring leader that day at our Wipeout Circus!!!!!