Monday, April 12, 2010

A Ssssnake Party

Believe it or not, Eli will turn 7 years old this coming Friday (April 16). We had his birthday party this past weekend because he is in a Geography Fair next weekend.

Eli LOVES birthday parties. He also loves coming up with birthday themes. He begins planning the next year's birthday party pretty much after the wrapping paper from the current year is thrown away! This year he mulled over several ideas but ended up choosing to have a snake theme party. After all, it is his favorite animal. In his prayers, he thanks the Lord for snakes. He checks out books at the library about snakes. He is all about snakes.

One of the books that he checked out at the library had some craft ideas for reptiles and amphibians. From this book, he got the idea to create his own birthday invitations. So we started a birthday invitation sweatshop. He would draw a few everyday over a period of about a week.

He came up with the design all by himself. The two snakes fighting on the left are a king cobra and a common garter snake! Hummm....I wonder who will win?

Of course, a snake party isn't complete with out a big snake cake. This snake had three different flavors --Red Velvet, Chocolate Fudge, and White.

The Birthday Boy!

Seth was attacked by the snake cake!

The fun part...opening presents!

I am having hard time believing that my babies are growing up so fast. But it has been fun watching them all grow up. Eli is really turning into a sweet boy. He is constantly thinking about others. He is a very good big brother and takes his responsibilities seriously. He loves hanging out with his Dad but he loves snuggling with his Mommy. He also loves being in Cub Scouts. He takes the Cub Scout "Leave No Trace" guidelines seriously and is found picking up trash in parking lots as we go into stores. He still likes to dress up and get into character when he plays. He is still OCD about Star Wars and probably always will be. Eli's little heart is beginning to ripen to the gospel as he learns and understands more about what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross. Eli has decided that he is going into the army to be a veterinarian and to tell people about God. As far as school goes, Eli loves to read, he loves the state study we are doing, math is a love it or leave it type subject, and spelling.....well it brings out the ugly side of Eli (which in turn can bring out the ugly side of Mom too)!

I am so thankful that the Lord blessed our family 7 years ago with a little red headed baby boy! What a blessing he has been.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spoke too soon

I spoke too soon.

After I posted the blog post on Seth sleeping in this new bed, we started having trouble again. Take for instance last night/this morning.

At 4:30 AM, I heard Seth squealing. At first, I thought it was a dream. But after a couple of squeals, I realized it was REAL life. The little booger was in Eli and Luke's room trying to wake them up. I walked in the room, it was pitch dark and called him. He giggled and walked to me. I started taking him back to his room and heard voices. The TV was on. I turned it off last night before I went to bed. Seth had walked in there and turned it on before venturing into his brother's room. I guess he thinks he might need to order some infomercial gadgets! I put him in bed with us after turning off the tv and finding a pacie and his dog. For the next hour and a half, I wrestled with him trying to get him to go to sleep and stay asleep.

A couple of nights before, Kevin woke up to let Newt, our dog, out. He said Seth was in the living room playing Eli's leapster. He put him back to bed and Seth stayed there.

So what do we do? Any suggestions from the three people that read this blog? Dr. D told me at Seth's 2 year old well visit, that his 2 1/2 year old is still in a crib. They have had trouble with him climbing out. But they found a crib tent to put over the crib to keep him safely in the crib. I wonder if they make such a thing for toddler beds? I am going to google it right now!