Sunday, December 2, 2018

Isaac's 7th Birthday Party

After morning soccer we were suppose to attend that annual tree for toys event that our previous realtors put on. We decided to skip it this year because we had enough going on and it was SOOO cold. Last year was a lot of fun, but we also all got sick following it, not sure if that related but didn't want a repeat. So Kyle went with the girls and they drove out to the event to drop off our toy and pick up our tree. Isaac, Thomas and I stayed home to relax before the evening festivities. 

Isaac's party was at Williston again this year (he had a pool party here for his 5th birthday

We had quite a few no's which was sad but in the end it ended up being a perfect number of kids. Small enough that they all played together (total of 5 boys) and then with the little sisters it offered another group to play 'keep away' from, haha. (four girls all the same age). 

Thomas is such a cutie. I asked him to go get on the slide so I could take a photo and he hopped right up there and smiled so cute!!!! At least someone listens to me still :-) You can see Mary running in the background.

The boys ran and ran, working up a sweat and then would run out for water. Here Isaac is giving them the little paper gifts he made them. Since a lot of his friends weren't able to make it he told them all to pick two a piece.

Lots and lots of water breaks:

We finally convinced them to stop and eat a bit. Jimmy Johns sandwiches.

An attempt to capture Isaac at play, just a blob of blur.

Time for cake and ice cream! Cake pickings were slim at Target (right before the party - that's what you get when you don't order ahead of time, but really it's no big deal) Isaac choose this one because it was purple for vikings. We had them use yellow lettering so go with a viking theme. I've learned over the years the party decorating and themes are more so for the mom, the kids don't care. And well I don't have time for that.

Trying to get a smile from Isaac, just not happening. 

Thomas was so good, such a big boy sitting there eating his cake and ice cream.

We had requested no presents but a few friends brought some, which made Isaac VERY happy! The boys were really excited for Isaac to see what they brought him so he opened them up. Perfect presents for him as I know he'll love playing with them. One was a bean race track thingy, the other a table foosball table with soccer players from his soccer buddy. 

We had to get it all set up at home and the kids spent a good hour or so that evening playing.

Talking to Isaac about smiling for the camera, I had him do some practice and got a decent photo of him :-) he's getting so big and so handsome. Can't believe he was my little baby 7 years ago. Doesn't last long.

Indoor Soccer

A friend of Isaac's mom told me about this skills camp going on this winter. We signed him up and he went to his first Saturday practice the morning I was in St. Louis. We hired a sitter to stay home with the girls and Thomas so Kyle could take him. He had a lot of fun. Then the following Saturday he had a yucky cough so we had him stay home. Then it was Thanksgiving and they didn't' have it. Then this weekend he was finally able to go back. He has so much fun playing soccer!

Him and his buddy had won the little game they played by collecting 5 cones, everyone else had 4, 3, or 2 cones.

Even though it's a dome soccer field it's still pretty cold in there. I kept my coat on. But it works out good for Isaac because he gets so hot and sweaty that the cold air works in his favor to not get too over heated. It was COLD outside this morning as well I think it was 27 degrees. 

Children's Museum Visits

Saturday evening after Thanksgiving we went over to the Children's Museum. We've found the best time to go is in the evening on the weekends, less of a crowd. The rotating exhibit was called XOXO and was about love and forgiveness so there were a lot of fun activities the kids enjoyed. 

One area had a paper shredded where it instructed you to write out what makes you angry or mad and then let those feelings go as you shred the paper. Another one had you draw or write out a feeling or emotion then crush it in the paper crusher. Isaac really liked this one and wanted to make a special paper for everyone he invited to his party that was coming up. We spent a good amount of time there while he was busy creating.

They also had yellow and blue tags that you would write on then hang up, yellow said "what do you do when you're mad?" blue was "What do you do when you're happy?" Mary wrote 'silly' on the one that she does when she's mad.

While I was still in the XOXO exhibit with Isaac and Mary, Kyle took Emma and Thomas around wondering. They made it to the big board game room.

Meanwhile, working on gifts for friends: :-)

Eventually we made it to join Kyle and the others.

A large battle ship

and a large wordsearch.

We left and went to have dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.

This past Friday I took the girls and Thomas to the children's museum during the day. Thomas didn't get to explore much when we were there Saturday night so we made sure to go to the little tot area for him. 

He found the water table and ended up getting SOAKED! 

Luckily he dried by the time we left so he wasn't wet out in the cold. 

The girls are at the perfect play stage, being 4 years old and having a twin has it's perks. You ALWAYS have a play buddy. It's not ALWAYS the best thing ever, but they sure do have a lot of fun.

We went up and made little bags in the creative studio, so they could put more of their smashed paper creations in it. Then they checked out the wobble chairs before we left.

Since we didn't have Cossetta's last weekend when we went I was wanting it for lunch. So the four us us enjoyed lunch followed by gelato for the girls and a latte for me :-) 

I was really hoping Thomas (and maybe the girls) would nap on the way home but that was not the case. Thomas was so tired. We had to pick up Isaac from chess so I couldn't put him down when we got home because we only had about 45 minutes to spare before we needed to load up again. The downer about a fourth child is you just get dragged everywhere. The good part is he is so loved and always has something going on. We went to get Isaac then came home. I got Thomas down for a quick late nap. 

Kyle came home and the kids all put on their holiday PJs that had arrived that day. I found a great deal the morning of Black Friday so snagged up some matching PJs. They had fun running around in them. They wouldn't sit for a group photo, of course so this is what I was able to capture. As you can see Thomas was sad and clingy after waking up from his nap. 

"hold me daddy"

Emma was super excited to be matching Thomas. Thomas was saying "just leave me alone already!" :-(

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