I made invitations for Isaac's upcoming birthday party.
I played more Words with Friends.
Michael installed a new ceiling fan in the boys bedroom.
We enjoyed a celebratory dinner.
Olivia assisted me in making pizza dough and later rolling it out.
We had a Super Bowl Party at home consisting of guacamole and chips, football shaped pizzas, chocolate football cake and a half-time super bowl history lesson (we are a homeschool family, afterall :-) ).
This is what we heard as we witnessed the final space launch this morning from our living room. What a great lesson for the day and I wanted my kids to have the opportunity to remember "the day of the final space launch." The kids and I were all captivated by the whole experience-the kids because it's not everyday you get to watch a space shuttle launch into space and me because it's sadly the end of an era.
Prior to the launch, Isaac located his toy launching pad, booster rockets, and space shuttle to play with while watching the "real deal." We all listened and watched intently as the countdown took place and then as Atlantis made its way into space.
I would be lying if I didn't say I was left melancholy after viewing the historic event. I have been watching shuttle launches my whole life and am always awestruck. The earliest memory I have was when I was home sick from school in the 6th grade. The launch was a huge deal because a school teacher was being sent into space. I remember sitting by my mom as we watched on that day as the Challenger had it's tragic ending. I have watched Discovery and Columbia launches through the years. I watched as John Glenn returned to space in 1998. I was watching the day Columbia made it's decent into earth's atmosphere and desentigrated. After watching the horrible fate, I was left numb. So, watching the final space launch this morning was bittersweet, for watching space shuttle launches has been exciting for me over the years and I am sad to see it coming to an end.
But then, when I was left feeling so melancholy and sad, I heard Isaac playing.
As I got into bed I reflected back over my day. Some moments in my days are busy and occasonally difficult. But God ALWAYS gifts me with some type of sweetness. Occasionally, I have to search a little harder than others. But last night I was given my "sweetness" just prior to getting in bed. :)
I always try to remember when I get aggravated with day-to-day frustrations that one day (sooner than I wish) I'm gonna miss having my young children right beside me each day. I really do treasure these days and I know God's trying to remind me:
"You're gonna miss this You're gonna want this back You're gonna wish these days Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times So take a good look around You may not know it now But you're gonna miss this."
Last week we were learning about the artist Wayne Thiebaud and specifically focusing on his work, Cakes. All of my children LOVE cake, like their daddy, and I would be willing to bet would eat it everyday if given the option. They talk about cake often . . . about what types (as in color) of frosting they like, what decorations they like best, etc.
Going with the lead of Thiebaud who is an artist who enjoys painting sweets, I decided to let Olivia and Isaac color their own cupcakes representing their favorite dreamt up creations.
They had a great time coloring chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, and yellow cakes with white, chocolate, pink, and blue frostings. Then finally decorating with cherries, strawberries, gum drops, jimmies, marshmallows, and even a flag. The only problem is, now they have been asking to "cook" their creations almost daily. :)
Fortunately for us, we now live near a town with many trains passing through each day. My boys love trains. And I really do, too. Because of Isaac's love of them, I knew we must have a train party in celebration of him turning 4.
A train museum was the setting for his fun party. Trains are truly nostalgic and I wanted to create a vintage atmosphere of times gone by.
I used red, yellow, and blue for the color scheme. Part of the way I incorporated nostalgia through the party was the use my Dad's childhood electric train (that I remember playing with as a child) and some old suitcases, one being my grandmothers. I also made use of the old train station luggage carts.
When children arrived they decorated painted boxes to create a boxcar. Later the kids lined up with their boxcars forming a train behind the birthday boy engineer. Next, each child received a Train Passport that led them on a scavenger hunt through the museum searching for a conductor, a steam engine coal poker, a waiting area bench, railroad tracks, railroad lanterns, and lastly, a ticket window. After the hunt, we made trains out of candy, toured an old caboose, rode on a miniature train, and played a coal toss game.
One of the most fun and challenging parts of the party was the making of the train cake. Michael and I worked collaboratively creating a chocolate covered chocolate train cake for our little "chocolate lover." :) We had such an exciting time looking for the perfect candies, cookies, and chocolates for the edible train.
Another highlight for the kids was being able to watch not one, but two trains pass by while gathered near the train tracks during the party. They were so cute observing the different colors of cars.
We had such a wonderful time celebrating Isaac turning 4 with his grandparents and friends, both old and new. HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY ISAAC!!!
Check out more pictures from Isaac's party. See "Isaac's 4th Birthday" in the left hand column under Photo Albums. Check back tomorrow for additional photographs.
For something new, I thought it would be neat to conduct an interview with Isaac recording things that are going on in his brand new 4 year old mind to look back on in future years. (Thanks for the idea, Megan.)
Mommy: What is your favorite color?
Isaac: Black and brown
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to eat?
Isaac: Chocolate (with a huge grin)
Mommy: Where is your favorite place to eat?
Isaac: Macaroni Grill. I like their chicken, trees, and worms. And Chick-Fil-A. I like their chicken. (For those of you curious...trees are broccoli and worms are spaghetti.)
Mommy: What is your favorite animal?
Isaac: A dog
Mommy: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Isaac: A dump truck driver
Mommy: What is your favorite song?
Mommy: What is your favorite toy?
Isaac: Trains and trucks
Mommy: What is your favorite time of year?
Isaac: Saturday. Daddy stays home.
Mommy: What is your favorite movie?
Isaac: Toy Story
Mommy: Do you want to be a daddy when you grow up?
Isaac: Yes, but I only want baby boys.
Mommy: What do you want to drive when you get older?
Isaac: I told you a dump truck.
Mommy: No, I mean when you're not working.
Isaac: Oh, a jeep. A brown one.
Mommy: How old is Daddy?
Mommy: How old is Mommy?
Mommy: What does Daddy do when he goes to work?
Isaac: He gets us money.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Isaac: Play outside
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
Isaac: Homeschool [unprompted, I promise]
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do with Olivia?
Isaac: Play with trains, Playmobil, and Legos.
Mommy: What is your favorite thing to do with Joshua?
Isaac turned 4 on Saturday and we celebrated with a few of his favorite things. First, we took him to ToysRUs to pick out a gift. He chose a Playmobil red race car and Lego block set. Then, we went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch where he had his favorite chicken nuggets with barbeque sauce, waffle fries and apple juice. And to finalize turning four we had to blow out some candles, so we came home and had chocolate cupcakes with white frosting and M&M's for dessert. Unfortunately, he wasn't feeling really good, but he still enjoyed his day anyway.
My mom and dad celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past weekend. Since my sister, Allison, was in town, too, we planned a special RUBY RED (traditional 40th anniversary gift) dinner in their honor.
While Allison and I prepared the meal, Olivia and Isaac were the servers. Here they are helping set the table.
Olivia serving her Granddad
Isaac serving his Grandma
RED fruit - cherries, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, and heart-shaped watermelon slices
Allison's RED Homemade Garden Fresh Gazpacho - The best gazpacho I've ever eaten. She even juiced fresh tomatoes for this recipe.
Allison's Fried Eggplant Parmesan with RED Tomato Sauce over Egg Noodles and Steamed Asparagus
My Chocolate Mousse with Whipping Cream and a heart-shaped RED strawberry - a family favorite dessert
Allison and I both love cooking and we were honored to prepare a special anniversary meal for our parents. Here's to 40 more years Mom and Dad!
HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!
This phrase is heard often around our home these days. I treasure the moments Isaac "hides" in plain sight from me. :)
This concludes our 30 Days of Photos of Isaac. He is growing so quickly and I don't want to miss a moment of soaking up all that Isaac is. When the day comes that I will long to hear "Where's Me?" this mama will be think back to these precious days.
You can't tell from this picture, but Green Bean needs quite a bit of repair. He has been so loved that he has worn thin in many places and his stuffing is beginning to come out. I'm quite certain that he is as REALasthe Velveteen Rabbit himself.