Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tanner's 7th Birthday

{Bear with me as I continue to play catch up on 2011 - this is from July 2011}

Every year we do a themed party for Tanner's birthday. This year he wanted an "army" party. So we pulled out the camo gear and GI Joe's and what a party it was!

Tanner dressed the part and eagerly awaited the arrival of his guests:

I borrowed some old army gear from my parents and used it on the food table, along with some vintage GI Joe's with their jeep.

When the boys arrived, we had them check-in and get their gear (an army hat, dog tags, and face paint). We then had a table set up for them to make cards for the troops. Tanner's uncle is currently serving in Afghanistan, so we sent him all the cards that the boys made.

Once the card making was finished, Boot Camp began. Chris and Darren had the boys running various drills and it was pretty entertaining to watch!!

After the drills, we had the land mine walk. We had water balloons on the path and they had to walk through them blind-folded. This was a big hit!

They then had a water balloon and water gun fight and it was total chaos...just the way boys love it!

We then ate lunch and had cake and ice cream. I made an army tank cake and Tanner loved it. When I was working on the camo effect the night before, I was a little concerned since it was looking more like smashed green bugs than camo. But in the end it was a recognizable army tank...success!!

The whole crew of army boys (and Lena Jane!):

Happy 7th Birthday Tanner! We love you!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 Highlights

This first highlight was actually winter, but it was too big of a deal for me to not include it! On February 4, 2011 (drum roll please) we had snow!! It actually barely covered the ground but it was exciting for us since we rarely see any snow. Everything shut down for the day and we enjoyed our little taste of the white stuff!

LOVE this picture of my boys!! (March 2011)

Easter - April 24, 2011:

Tanner & his cousin Keller (May 2011):

Memorial Day (May 2011) at the lake park across the street:

July 4th parade in Startzville:

Tanner lost his first tooth!! (July 18, 2011)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching up with Colten

Time for another catch up post...or two or three! I will start with Colten since he has changed the most over the past 8 months. He is now 14 months and walking all over the place. He is such a happy baby and we couldn't imagine our life without him! I think the last monthly picture I posted was 4 here are months 5-12:

I look at these pictures and still can't figure out where the time went. That baby stage sure flew by!

Here are a few videos of Colten.

Colten at 7 months:

Tanner making Colten laugh - 8 months:

Colten starting to scoot at 8 1/2 months:

In this one, Colten was 9.5 months (June) and I was feeding him. He did this adorable thing with his hands all the time that looked like he was revving a motorcycle so I was trying to get it on video:

Colten & Bryson at Grandma's house (June):

In this video (July), Papa is feeding Colten ice cream at his house (you can see Colten's hands going in this video too):

Here is another video from July where Colten was very animated during dinner...our little preacher! :)