Peaceful Home

Aside from the obvious upside of the kids sleeping over at their grandparent's, a night alone for us, there is another upside today: a peaceful house.

Like most other sleepovers, they fell asleep late and woke up early. Usually this results in grumpy kids who fight with me all day long. Today, I picked them up earlier than usual and came straight home. In the past I have picked the kids up and attempted a few Saturday errands before heading home. That has always been a trying experience for all involved so I skipped the adventures today and drove the twenty minutes home. The boy fell asleep in the car (after being awake off and on since four a.m.!) and the girl tried her hardest to rest but didn't find sleep. There was a small breakdown of both children when we arrived home but I quickly rushed them to their beds and suggested a rest would help them be better able to play outside this afternoon. They bought it and are now both sleeping in their beds! 

I am in a quiet peaceful home, not only last night but now this morning as well. Coffee, music, and writing at the kitchen table, while my babies sleep and my husband works on the bronco, is very welcomed. A big thank-you to my parents, who are probably more tired than my kids, for affording us the night last night with friends at grow group - a much needed time for both me and Pete. 

The Boy is Four

We celebrated Benjamin's 4th birthday a month ago. A play time at the park with presents and cupcakes was the perfect party for my outdoor loving little guy. I got a little "pinteresty" and made a John Deere cupcake cake, complete with "dirt" and a tractor. It was just enough prep for me but not over the top and overwhelming. I love our family and friends. They made the night so special. Turns out, the kid is not tough to figure out and we all bought duplicate presents without the others knowing. Both sets of grandparents bought/made him a "sand/dirt digger" contraption and he loves having two! My sister and I both bought the same construction Lego set and he also loves having two because that way he can build more cranes ect. for his playtime. Overall it was a great time and we love our little man. 

He is so tough and solid yet sensitive and cuddly. I love everything about him and my love for him grows as he grows. Four years old has been a good age for both our kids. The Lord has blessed us with the life of this boy and I am looking forward to the time we have to point him toward God's love and grace. 

He asked for "mickey mouse pancakes" for his birthday breakfast. 

We had our own picnic dinner at the park before the guests arrived. 
Cupcake cake with cookie dirt and toy tractor. 

The boy loves to swing - see pictures below. 

Pete and I gave him a "big kid" bike - we may be more excited about it than him. 

Digging in the sand with his friends and new toys

swing-time, on his birthday, 4 years in a row!

Traditional picture on the blanket.