The experiences and insights of a family that was formed by divine meddling: a woman who is the 6th of 11 children from UT and a man who is an only child, 1st-generation American and became 1st-generation LDS, met in the Atlantic ocean and well, read on...
Picture alert! We've got lots of pictures for you this time. Gabe had his very first birthday party ever. He will be turning 4 on the 28th of Feb. We decided to give him a birthday party early since we're going to try and fly to the states on his birthday for a quick little vacation. In our family, we will only be doing big birthday parties every 4 years. So, that means on their 4th birthday, 8th, 12th, and 16th. In my own personal opinion, I think parents go way over board every year for birthday parties. So, I'm not doing that. Every four years, I can justify having a big one. On the other years, we'll have a family party at home.
So this year we invited eight of Gabe's good friends to join us at an indoor play place called Tobolino's. All of the kids families stayed as well, so we all had a great time talking and playing. It was President's Day so the guys had work off too.
This place was a great location for a birthday party. They had a huge indoor sand area on one side of the building. This cute little boy is our neighbor Jaylen. We are so blessed to have amazing neighbors. Jaylen is four as well. In the background is Marky (Kat and Mark Krueger's oldest son).
Some friends of mine, Marnie Parker and Kathleen Krueger. The baby belongs to Marnie. :)
Mark Krueger enjoying a little baby time with Cecily. Ceci loves him!
This place was fun for the adults too. Hans trying to show off his dunking skills.
Some of the adults at the party. In the background you can see the trampolines. I mastered the front flip by the time we left. I love these trampolines. Seriously, this place is so fun for all ages. I burned a ton of calories that day. :)
Gabe showing you how old he's turning.
Some of his friends enjoying the yummy pizza and juice.
Our cousins, Haley and Derek Davis.
Mark and Renee enjoying a good laugh with a friend, Brian Pethel. Brian's family went with us on our Disney cruise. His little boy Spencer was there having a great time.
Daddy was daring and let Gabe help him cut the awesome Spiderman cake.
This is our neighbor Jaylen again. His daddy, Andre, just got back from a deployment on Friday. We're glad he's back, but no one as happy as Jaylen. He wouldn't leave Andre's side the entire time. I think he was scared he would leave him again.
Joe was enjoying watching Gabe open presents. Joe is Kat and Mark's youngest child.
Me and my girls!
If you look closely, we had a little family picture at the top (minus Cecily). That thing is HARD to get to the top of. Gabe and Eva look like Spiderman climbing that thing. It took Hans and I both quite a few times of trying (and failing) before we were able to get to the top.
Getting ready to go outside to watch Gabe ride his new bike. I love her tongue in this picture. She's getting so big.
Off to the races we go! I sure love my little man. He's such a good boy. I love that he has outgrown his terrible baby/toddler phase. He's such a funny kid now with a great personality. I love you Gabe!