Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Today is the day that this girl made me a grandma!
How can it be 9 years?



We celebrated last Sunday with brunch at our house.
I decided this year to have a celebration at our house near each grands birthday to celebrate just how special they are to grandpa and me.


I let them choose the decor and the menu.
Elizabeth wanted lots of bright colors and pancakes and a hash brown casserole I make.
We added donuts and bacon and an egg casserole to make it our traditional Palm Sunday brunch.
Jessica and family will be in Kansas for Palm Sunday so it was nice to combine the celebrations.



I found this antique plate on ebay and will use it for all of our birthdays.
The 9 is a sparkler candle - didn't get a shot of it lit this time.


The new light is a great place to hang balloons or other decor.  I actually made a few of these as Hob Lob didn't have all of my colors.


Even the jelly beans were the right color.
{and yes, I separated all of the colors :-) }






Happy Birthday Elizabeth!
You are loved.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Love

 It's been lot's of fun in February around our house.
Get ready for a lot of pictures.

Ben celebrated with friends at our local gym with a swimming party.  They had so much fun.

Random shots of my grands having fun in the pool.
We sure can't wait for pool weather!














Then Bob and I headed to Pensacola to visit some friends from Kansas.  They recently bought a condo that Linda has beautifully redone and I felt like I was staying at the Ritz!  She thinks of every detail!
The view from her balcony:-)




Ben had a school program and we got off the plane from our trip to Pensacola and headed right to school to see the 1st graders in pj's doing some fun songs. 
Ben was having fun before the program but was pretty shy up on stage.
Isn't he the cutest?




Elizabeth and her friend Emma.



We had company from Minnesota during Valentine's weekend.  Kathy set the table for the kids to come and have lunch with us.

We grownups dined out at a local place that had a special dinner for Valentine's Day.  It was so good, but no pics:-(





Both of Jessica's boys are in soccer and we headed their way last weekend to watch both play.


Jackson had a run in {literally} with a sidewalk - I didn't cry - he told me.  I almost cried looking at him.



Look at the cutie in her soccer duds.  Laura has a new business making adorable children's things and I love this shirt.





Today is a special boy's 7th birthday.  
Cooper turns 7 today!
I finally remembered to get out the birthday plate I bought on ebay.  I think it will be a fun addition to our birthdays.

{Notice the repeat football theme ~ Pete and Repeat ~ that's our Ben and Cooper.  And yes, Bob made another football tablecloth} 












I make birthday cake dip!
YUM!
The kids love it and it's just cream cheese and butter and sugar and funfetti cake mix.


Our big boy!
I can't believe he is 7 already.



The sparkler candle on his choice of ice cream sundaes.




He and Ben are trying to catch the sparks:-)




Happy Birthday Cooper!
We love you lots!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Ben!

Our first birthday of 2014 is grandson #1, Benjamin.
He is now 7 and I can hardly believe it.


I would like to try to have a little celebration for each birthday at my house.  
Ben got to choose the menu, pizza, and the theme, football.
Such a funny theme for him, he certainly doesn't play football, he must watch it with his dad.


His retired grandpa has a lot of time on his hands and decorated a football tablecloth.
to scale ~






The birthday goblets are all ready to toast the birthday boy with root beer and green apple soda.  I had to choose the drinks to match my theme!





Our big 7 year old.
He is a sweet boy, loves to be silly, and is best buds with cousin Cooper.



Love this shot of the matching guys.  {Even the Bud matches!}
They are filling out the football pool.  
We put the kids on almost every square and I still think the grownups won.




It was a beautiful day and so we had to go out back and have a silly string fight.
I think that will always be something they associate with grandma and grandpa.
Just something fun and silly and a little messy. 
They love it as the pictures prove.


Although poor Claire didn't know what to think.  She hung on to mom's hand the whole time.








Uncle Ryan gets the birthday boy, and Ben loves every minute.



So does Cooper.


Jackson too!


I'm not too sure what Claire thinks.


Elizabeth loves it and just look at her hair!




Claire and Jackson spent a little time in the playhouse.
{I have taken the Christmas down since these pics!}



And then it was time for cake.
I think the sparkler candle will be tradition too.
A little frightening, and a whole lot of fun!



Happy 7 Benny Boy!
We love you so much!