On April 24th, we celebrated Joel's 25th birthday by having a Low Country Boil at Mom and Dad's house. Kelly made him some awesome artwork and we created quite a family memory when Dad decided to purchase the Xbox Kinect gaming system for us to play that weekend. We had a blast with the bowling and dancing games. Maggie and Riley created their own masterpieces in Grandmama and Papa's bathtub using some pretty colorful bath paint.
For Mother's Day this year, I was treated to an extra special supper prepared by Chris. He made eggs benedict and stoneground grits served with a side of bacon and some mimosas. I was able to have a pedicure with my mom and sister the day before and brunch at a great place in the Arboretum. What a wonderful privilege it is to be the mom to these two sweet peas!
Two days later we woke up to a very excited 5 year old boy! Riley designed his own special breakfast by creating some Spiderman eyes out of waffles, strawberries, and whipped cream. And he opened a few presents from us including a Leapster (to replace the one that he loved and accidentally broke) and a Spiderman "hide-out", figurines, and bookbag.
Chris took off the day before and we went to Chuck E. Cheese as a family (Riley's pick for his favorite place to celebrate). And on his actual birthday, we grilled out cheeseburgers--the birthday boy's choice of course! Grandmama was able to join us for supper and Spiderman cupcakes.
On Memorial Day weekend, we invited some friends and family over to celebrate both Riley and Maggie's birthdays in one big party. I loved how excited they were about their different themes-super hero Spiderman and Frozen's snow princess. Riley helped me put up this spiderweb with streamers and the food menu was fun to come up with as well:
- Beverage Station included Green Goblin punch, Hero H2O, Spiderman's Power Punch, Melted Snow (water), and Glacier Juice
- Spiderman's half of the table featured: Hero Sandwiches, Spidey 7 Layer Dip and Chips, Babel Spiderwebs, Peter Parker's Web-Slinging Pizza Bites, Venom-ous Berries, and POP-corn
- Frozen's menu consisted of: Anna and Hans' "We finish each other's...sandwiches", Kristoff's Swedish Meatballs, Sven's Antlers (pretzels), Olaf's Nose (carrots and veggie dip), and Olaf Statue Replicas (cheese sticks), and Anna's Snowballs (powdered donut holes)
- And of course, cakes with each child's favorite character
I decided to have a few outdoor stations for the kids to try out since the weather cooperated. To go along with our birthday themes, here's what we had:
- "Let it BLOW" Bubble Station
- Web-Shooting Practice Station-use the cans of silly string to wrap up the bad guys
- Make Your Own Troll Rock Station
- Detonating "Bombs" (aka balloons) Station
- Web Target Practice-throw the cotton balls onto the sticky web
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Station with fake snow
On Thursday, May 28th, we had our first (of hopefully several) graduations! This one was for Riley's 4 year old preschool program at Woodland United Methodist. Our sweet boy led his processional line because they were in order from tallest to shortest. The graduation was super cute with a welcome from Ms. Juliette (who taught Riley Chapel lessons each Friday) and a message from Ms. Chella (the director who also became a full-time helper in his classroom after Christmas break when Ms. Michelle left). The kids sang two songs with hand and body motions; one about being ready for Kindergarten and the other thanking God for making them unique.
Towards the end of the program, each student was asked what they would miss the most about preschool to which Riley held the microphone and answered, "My teachers and the playground." :) After a handing out of diplomas and hugs from the teachers, the graduates received some special gifts and got to eat some tasty snacks.
We LOVED that Nan and Pap and Grandmama were able to attend the graduation celebration with us.
After graduation, we took Riley to lunch at a new restaurant in town called Brenda's Corner Café. And Riley was able to order his favorite food of all time-a cheeseburger! He also opened some cards from all of us and collected some monetary gifts that he wants to save for a new Lego set.
I'm so thankful that we were able to have so many wonderful milestones to celebrate together as a family! And I look forward to experiencing many, many more!