We celebrated Clare's 5th birthday on Saturday with an ice cream party!
Welcome to Clare's Ice Cream Shoppe!
We started by making ice cream sundaes.
We had the party late in the afternoon, but we surprised the girls with a bounce house earlier in the day. They loved it, and it gave Casey and I a chance to get some party prep done...
....and was a great way to let the kids bounce off a little sugar!
Then it was time for presents! Clare had been asking me for days if we could open presents FIRST! So, she was thrilled when it was finally time.
Jane and Sydney were right there to help her!
Then we enjoyed cake and more bouncing!
The party was fun, and Clare seemed to have a good time. I was very thankful for nice weather, so that all of the festivities could happen outside!
After the guests left, we let Clare open presents from family members. She was super excited to get this double stroller. Can you tell?
She was also pumped to get her "ipod." :)
She spent the day going through all of her new stuff. Here she is getting the most bang for her buck....sporting a new soccer jersey, jamming to her "tunes", pushing her double stroller, donning a beautiful ring, rubbing in lip gloss and carrying her pillow pet on top!
Today marks 33 weeks and 6 days into this pregnancy. It was on this day in my last pregnancy that I delivered the twins. I will never forget laying on the couch, reaching over to grab some laundry to fold and feeling my water break. Although Jane and Sydney are healthy as can be now, I very much want to keep this little guy in as long as possible and try to avoid any and all complications due to prematurity.
I am about five weeks away from my scheduled C-section, and I think I will commemorate today by not doing any laundry!!!
The wind is blowing and the weather is warm, and we are taking advantage!
Casey surprised the girls with new kites the other day after work, and they were so excited. I am not sure that Jane and Sydney knew what to expect, but they quickly caught on.
Sydney got an Ariel kite, Clare got Barbie, and Jane got Madagascar (penguins!)!
I am fairly certain that ten years ago, Casey never would have predicted that he would run chasing after a Little Mermaid kite!
The girls had a lot of success flying kites and seemed to love the "new" activity!
Today, the temperatures warmed up quite a bit. We were outside playing, and the girls started playing with the hose. One thing led to the other, and the next thing I know, the girls are in swimsuits, running through the sprinkler!
They had so much fun. Casey got some outside jobs done, and I was able to sit back and watch. Can't argue with that!
A friend of the family hosted a small Sprinkle for me on Saturday!
Lucky for me, my good friends from college were in town to help me celebrate!
Clare was there to help me open the gifts. She was quite the helper!
She looked so cute! Then, she took her first bite of shower food and a saucy meatball rolled right down the front of her dress! Such is life of a four year old!
Here is the cute diaper cake that Carolyn made. It is so cute...and will be so useful!
It was a small shower; just a few friends from church and a few other girl friends, but I received so many wonderful things!
Look at these cute favors....Sprinkles!
I had such a great time, and it was so nice to get a good stock of clothing for Graham. He is going to be one well-dressed little dude! Many thanks to Carolyn and everyone else who helped make this such a special event!
I wish I could say that I remember this age (below) like it was yesterday, but honestly, it is all a blur! I just know that it certainly does go fast!
(Sydney and Jane at 5 months old)
Jane and Sydney are so different, but love each other so much. They require such different styles of parenting that, at times, it is a challenge, but one I wouldn't trade for the world.
With Jane, I feel like we have to nudge her toward independence. She is most comfortable with her Mommy and is slower to adjust to change.
With Sydney, I feel like we could give her the car keys and she would head to college and never look back. We have to reign in her independence! She wants to do EVERYTHING, and can talk her way into quite a bit!
They both are so funny. Jane is constantly asking, "Are you just joking?" if someone says something silly. She makes the cutest facial expressions and has a great little laugh!
Sydney knows what makes us laugh, and she is quite the performer! She still loves to snuggle up with Mom and Dad, and we still love that. She is constantly talking and narrating life for us. She makes up "beautiful songs," as she calls them, and sings them in the car all of the time. She is so full of energy and keeps me smiling!
It seems like everyday I am reminded of how big these two are getting. They are in big beds; they are potty trained; they can dress themselves; they will start preschool in the fall...what big girls!