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Simeon’s Birthday Part 2

11 Oct

We finished Simeon’s week of birthday festivities! I have been sick for about a week now, so we decided to buy a Dairy Queen ice cream cake rather than cough and sneeze all over the frosting while I try to decorate it. Sick or not, that’s always a good decision!

Whoops! The DQ pesonnel fogot an impotent lette. (See what I did there?)


Simeon was quite intrigued with his ice cream cake!


We got him his own tablet, courtesy of Leap Frog. When we’re trying to fall asleep at night, I’ll randomly hear it start singing ABC’s.


He’s been into those Mickey ears for the last few days. This photo was taken after he pulled the string as far as it would go, and then snapped it back on his little chin. He was startled and sad that they Mickey ears would attack him like that! (Don’t worry, I snuggled him before I took pics!)


OK – Onto the Chicago weekend posts!


The August Bdays

5 Sep

Even though we’re in the land of easy celebration-planning, I found myself stressed out about celebrating Mackenzie’s 12th and Caleb’s 5th birthdays just a few days after settling in KS.

Enter Groupon.

The light bulb went off in my head to check out Groupon for any fun deals that would take the party planning off my hands. The first one to pop up? Worlds of Fun! They had a great offer so we jumped on it!

So we woke the kids up early and told them that we needed to run some errands. They obediently, yet unexcitedly, piled into the car and onto the road we went. 40 min later, we turned the corner on 435 and the kids saw the Mamba and Detonator towering over the park and they were all excited just to see the place. It wasn’t until we were in the parking line that they realized that we were spending the day there! Then they really exploded with glee. It was so fun to watch the wheels turn in their heads.

We had spectacular day! It was hot in the sun, but cool in the shade, and that we enough to keep the crowds away. We really didn’t have long waits on any of the rides. It was so reasonable that we often would have Josh ride with the older kids, then the kids would get back in line to ride it again with me.


Of course we made our way to Camp Snoopy for some kiddie rides. They all really loved it and Sim even rode a little roller coaster!


A nice break in the day was the sing-along time in the the air-conditioned theater. Sim even got up on stage and joined in the singing and dancing.



A must-do at WOF is the log ride. It was one of the first rides that opened there, and you can tell! It’s so rickety, but still a blast.


Speaking of rickety, I didn’t dare go near the wooden roller coasters! I went on one during our wedding party excursion there before we got married and I remember coming off of it thinking that I should bring a chiropractor with us on our honeymoon.

Caleb really wanted to go on the train, so we made sure to do what the birthday-boy wanted.


Mackenzie really wanted to do one of the games too, so she did the “Guess my age” booth. We figured that it would be an instant win, since her height makes her seem a lot older than she was. Bingo! He guessed that she was 15, so she won a stuffed puppy!

We were supposed to leave around 4pm to be back for Deacon’s open house at school. But we were having such a fun day together that we scrapped it! #parentsoftheyear So we stayed from opening until the very last minute and had a blast the entire time. Bella and I rode the Patriot 3 times in a row, just running from the exit back to the entrance with very little wait. I was a little dizzy by the third time, but it was worth it. We calculated that the kids rode the rides 40 times throughout the day. That, and the red velvet funnel cakes, made the day a complete success!

We finished the fun day with a trip to Red Robin, which still hadn’t been checked off of our must-eat list. They even brought the birthday kiddos special hot fudge sundaes.IMG_2122

It was the perfect day and the perfect way to finish up the summer and celebrate the birth of our super-special Kenzie and Caleb!

Bella Turned 9!

24 Nov

….and will turn 10 before I end up posting this! Well, not so much. I am, after all, still in the same month as her birthday, so I consider it a timely success.

Bella turned 9 on 11/11, which was a school day. Not only a school day, they also had a field trip! That week in November is always Filipinana Week, where the kids celebrate the Philippine culture that they live in. The kids always love the activities, the food, and the field trips. Bella took cookies to her class (which I didn’t remember to bake until 9pm the previous night. #momfail.)

That night, she chose to go to Vikings for her birthday celebration. We’re racking up quite the number of posts about birthdays at Vikings. I should give it its own tag!

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After our bellies were uncomfortably full, Bella thought we should double the fun by jumping on the bungee trampoline!


She really wanted to have a big sleepover for her birthday. So we invited all of the girls in her class over that weekend. Josh was coaching a basketball game so it was just me and 11 sweet and loud 3rd grade girls.


I planned some Minute To Win It games for them. In the first one, they had to knock over water bottles around the pool with a ball inside panty hose that were hanging from their head! It was comical. I was keeping time, so I didn’t get many pics.

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Then the kids had to start with a cookie on their forehead and get it down to their mouth without using their hands.


We also played a marshmallow toss game, where one partner threw marshmallows, and the other had to catch them in a cup. I didn’t get pics because I was Caleb’s partner. He and I only got 3, as he was more interested in tossing the “marshpillows” into his mouth.

After swimming, we came back up to the condo for some pizza. While we waited for it to arrive, the girls did a photo booth that I set up. The pics are hysterical, but alas, I can’t find the cord for the camera. It ok, I’m fairly certain that I can use these for a little friendly blackmail as Bella gets older!

The kids settled in (for 5 minutes) to eat their pizza.



Then it was time for decorate-your-own-cupcake! That was Bella’s choice and I was more than happy to oblige.

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I thought that letting the girls decorate their own would mean that I didn’t have to work hard decorating a cake. But really, I expended the same amount of energy cleaning up millions of sprinkles!

Josh set up the tent in our living room and the girls settled into a movie until they all fell asleep. We all had to get up bright and early for doughnuts before Saturday soccer. It took a loonnngg time to clean up from the party, but I guess that just means it was a success?!


A Year Ago….

29 Sep

In a matter of hours my thoughts went from:

“Can we PLEASE get this labor going?”


“I’m so nervous that the two loops of umbilical cord will do something awful to him!”


“Eve, curse you and your stupid piece of fruit! Really?! Fruit? A temptation?”


“Ahhhh, epidural. You had me at hello”


“Thank God it’s time to push!”


“Oh no! I can’t do this! I know I’ve done this 4 times before, but I can’t do it this time.”


“It’s over! I did it and its over!”


“He’s here and he’s perfect and he’s huge!”


Since then, MOST moments have been wonderful! We weren’t planning on having a 5th baby, but it wasn’t until we had him that we realized how incomplete our family would be without him! Simeon is the perfect little caboose for this family train.

At 1 year:

  • He’s walking! (I have a video, but youtube doesn’t want to upload and I don’t have the focus to troubleshoot right now). As soon as he took one step, he took off and hasn’t looked back!
  • His first word is the same as all of his sibs – “Bo.” As soon as he sees Bo, he points and exhales his name more than he speaks it. He also says “Mama” and “Dada.”
  • He’s sleeping in our little foyer/alcove. Living in a condo, we have two doors to the only hallway. We only use the “back” door that opens to the kitchen because it’s the first door one would come to as they step off the elevator. Therefore, our “front” door is useless. Simeon hasn’t done well sleeping in the same room as anyone, so we made a little room for him in the foyer. It’s totally lame, but totally works!
  • He claps, he waves, he signs (kind of) “more” and “please”. Mostly, he shouts when he wants something.
  • He’s a great eater. He loves calabasa (squash) and carrots, which has given him an orange complexion. He doesn’t like green beans. He’s been eating a lot of yogurt as he and I are fighting thrush. He snacks on Cheerios, so we’re dreading the moment when that box is empty, because we can’t replace it here!
  • His sibs love him more than anything! They play with him in the morning before school, (which has made us late to school, causing Mackenzie to get her first detention! oops!) They all want to sit by him in the car, which has caused us to create a seating chart cycle. They like to give him baths and take baths with him, which Josh and I love! We don’t have to bathe him and everyone gets clean! The bathroom gets drenched, but it’s a small price to pay.

So, on his birthday, I had late vb practice, so we just did half of his celebration. We’ll go to a fun place as a family later on when we have more time. I made a t-shirt cake for him this year. It’s a cake pan that we’ve had since I was in my teens!


As we were singing to him, he was oblivious to the celebration and just wanted to grab the candle.


He tried the icing, and spit it out. Then he tried the cake, and spit it out. I find it disturbing.


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After cake, he opened some presents. His sibs were way more into the presents than he was! They wanted to open them, help him open them, help each other open them, and so on and so forth.


He just wanted to eat them. It’s weird, right? He wanted to play with the cake, and put the presents in his mouth.

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Happy Birthday Simmy! Thanks for being such an adorable and lovable little baby and we look forward to your adorable and lovable days to come!

Another Birthday for our Big Little Guy!

15 Sep


On Sept. 9, Deacon turned 7 years old! It fell on a Wednesday, so we saved his sleepover party until the weekend. However, he went to school equipped with chocolate cupcakes for everyone in his class!



We also picked up McDonalds and took lunch to him. Those fries can be old and cold as can be, and kids will still love them, especially if they are accompanied by a happy meal toy! After eating, all the kids recruited Josh to take them for a spin on the merry-go-round.

The first photo is before they got going, and the second photo is 100mph!

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During volleyball practice that afternoon, there was a torrential downpour, and as we were leaving school, I saw two of my players making the most of the weather (as I stood under cover and begged them not to get hurt!)


For Deacon’s birthday meal, I didn’t even have to ask him what he wanted. I knew he would choose runzas, so that’s what we made! For dessert, we hopped in the car and went out for ice cream at McDonalds. They used to have a double-size sundae with caramel in the middle and hot fudge on the top, so that’s what he wanted. However, they don’t sell it anymore, so we just got Deacon one of each kind of sundae. He felt pretty special with a sundae in each hand!

On Friday, we had some of his friends over for a sleepover. We got a late start because I had to coach a game, but we took care of the other team in 3 sets, so it wasn’t too bad and it made for a happy night for me!

We took all the boys to a play place at the mall. They had a blast together!


Simmy was also all smiles all night.

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Josh was even entertained. I was building something with Bella when I looked over and saw Josh completely captivated by his own game. The inflatable turtle that Sim is standing on in the above pic has a continuous gust of wind coming out. So, it will keep a ball in mid-air at all times. So Josh was trying to throw a ball at the other one, knocking it off the airstream.


After and hour of playing, we headed back home for make-your-own-sundaes. You can tell Deacon likes ice cream sundaes, huh?

We had cookies n cream and chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel “magic shell”, gummy candy, bananas, cherries, chocolate-covered cookie bites, chopped up Crunch bars and KitKats.

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Josh wanted him to have a candle to blow out, so he lined them up on a banana and we sang to him.


Then the boys settled in to watch The Lego Movie. I went to sleep sometime in there, but I woke up around midnight and I could still hear them talking! Deacon wanted to have a midnight snack (he got to go to McDo at midnight during a sleepover, and he LOVED it.) So Josh packed the boys up and took them to McDo at midnight for happy meals!

When I left at 6am the next morning, they were already awake! I told them that it was too early and to go back to sleep, but I don’t really know if they went. I do know that one of them was taking a nap at home by 10am. Deacon, on the other hand, was running laps around the track during our volleyball games! Must have been that midnight snack….

Big Hero 6 Birthday Boy

11 Aug

We all love Baymax up in here, so I was thrilled when Caleb said he wanted a Baymax birthday party. The decorations don’t get much easier than Baymax’s face!

Exhibit A:


We had some families come over to swim and party down at the pool. Here was Caleb minutes before his party…


We finally woke him up, and once he remembered his party, he made a break for the elevator down to the pool! Again, with the decorations: white balloons with Baymax’s face Sharpie-d on. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy. However, it was a very windy day, and some of the balloons popped when they blew too hard against the metal canopy.

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For food we had Hiro’s Hero Sandwiches, chips, deviled eggs, fumi (ramen) salad, Wasabi’s laser-cut apple slices with marshmallow fruit dip, as well as San Fransokyo Sushi (swedish fish), Honey Lemon’s Chem balls (Starburst jelly beans), and Go-Go’s Discs (Chewy Spree).


It’s hard to find specific party supplies here, so I was thrilled when Josh and I just happened upon a random store that had Big Hero 6 plates, cups, and party hats buried under a bunch of Frozen party supplies.


After eating, we had a water balloon game followed, of course, by a water balloon fight.

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Then we called all the kids over for cake. By now, the sun was starting to set and the temp cooled down to a frigid 83 degrees. The kids were all shivering!



As soon as they gobbled their cake, they were all back in the warm pool. I loved watching Caleb bobbing along with his party hat still on.


He was thrilled with his presents! He got a remote-controlled car, a warrior action figure, a TMNT action figure, a Baymax mask, Big Hero 6 Lego (knock-offs), and moon-dough. Caleb kept saying, “I love everyone to come to my party!”


Since his birthday was on a Sunday, he got to pick post-church dining. We all (jokingly, kind of) tried to sway him to our own personal preference, but he stood firm with McDonalds. It’s definitely cheaper than anything we were trying to push, so that’s a win.

Caleb has been such a fun 3-year-old! I don’t want him to get older. I can’t remember if I’ve posted all of his mispronunciations, but they are adorable, and no one around here is trying to correct them. We love it! Here are the faves:

“Swanich” – Sandwich

“Brillella” – Umbrella

“Marshpillow” – marshmellow

“Storm pooper” – Storm Trooper

“Dreeba” – Zebra

I’m trying to catch them all on video before he starts speaking correctly! Anyway, yeah, Caleb is the perfect little addition to our family. His unique, sweet blond head goes along with his unique, sweet personality. His siblings love him, love playing with him, love getting him to do their bidding. Josh and I can’t get enough of him either! He’s still my best cuddle-bug, and is always up for giving me kisses – fish, eskimo, butterfly, and regular! We still have special moments together in the morning, when the older three go off to school and Sim is taking a nap. I wish I could say that we do a special craft together that I planned and prepared the night before, but in reality, its usually Angry Birds Star Wars. He knows his numbers, or rather, he knows the numbers to unlock our phones and iPads! He likes to sing, play with Legos, and LOVES playdough. His best buddy in the world is Deacon and they play wonderfully together, building Legos and playing Star Wars.

I could go on and on and on about how great Caleb is, but all of this talk about him makes me want to go get him a snack – something really sweet, dipped in chocolate, over ice cream, with all different candies on top!

Mackenzie’s (almost) 11!!

3 Aug

This is always the busiest week of my year, with school starting, volleyball tryouts, and not one, but two kids birthdays! Mackenzie was all for celebrating her birthday early, so we had some girls over for a sleepover last week.

We took them all to a local arcade and gave them tokens and tickets galore! They all spent most of their tokens on the claw games, and two of them actually won stuffed animals!


We also did bumper cars and the indoor mini roller coaster.


The highlight of the day was Josh winning 3,200 tickets!!! He found a game where all he had to do was knock the jackpot football into the goal. He did it 9 times, and had a crowd of people watching him collect the winnings. He gave the birthday girl all the tickets and she traded them in for a Lalaloopsy doll.

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Meanwhile, I took Caleb on some rides. #deltoidenvy!

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After all of our tokens were spent and the tickets traded in for prizes, we headed home and ordered pizza for the girls. They took it all down to the pool and dined poolside while they swam. It was so blissfully quiet up in our condo!

While Mackenzie and I were brainstorming what to make for a birthday cake, we collaborated on a great idea! Mackenzie and her friend made chocolate chip cookie dough the day before, and we put giant scoops of it into our Aussie meat pie pans. Then the girls mixed in their favorite candies, and we baked them. After cooling for just a few minutes, the girls each ate their warm, loaded, cookie pies topped with vanilla ice cream. They were amazing and so easy!

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They followed up with a Just Dance dance-off. I’ve heard those songs so many times that when I hear them in the mall or on the radio, my body just wants to start doing the dance moves from the game!


After that, they snuggled onto mattresses in the living room for movies. They started with McKenna’s American Girl movie, then Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (a sleepover essential from my childhood), Kit’s AG movie, and Molly’s AG movie. They all outlasted me in the sleep department, but were already up when I left at 6:45am for a run!

Mackenzie had a blast and wants to do it all over again next year! I can’t believe my little girl is almost 11. My first 11 years seemed to last forever, but hers have flown by for me! Josh and I still use inside jokes of things she said when she was 2 years old. We are completely and overwhelmingly smitten with our girl!