Earlier this week, Isaac and Elise's friend Abbie turned 5. To celebrate, we were invited to her birthday party at Build-A-Bear at Concord Mills Mall. We hadn't ever taken the kids there, so they were excited about this new adventure. They both enjoyed the process of making their own furry friend and washing/fluffing it. Elise made a dog named Sparky with a mint scent, and Isaac made a bear named Lovie with a cotton candy scent.
After this experience, we went to the food court to have cupcakes and ride the carousel, which they also loved!
This year, Grace had a fever of 102.9 on the Saturday before Easter, so Steven stayed home with her while I took the big kids to church. Our church had Easter parties in the kids' classes, the Easter Bunny showed up, there was an Egg Roll, and we got to participate in a photo booth! It was so much fun! Here are some pictures from the morning...
Elise's bug-loving days weren't a phase last summer... Again this year, she has shown her propensity for playing with insects. This is the latest little buddy she found. She imagined a whole story about 'her'. That her mother was missing and that Elise gave her a passy.
Grace is 13 months old now and as cute as ever! She is such a joy in our home!
She still crawls everywhere, but she is starting to do a little monkey crawl where she puts one foot down like she's walking and the other knee is bent like she is crawling. She is very close to walking! She definitely cruises the furniture quite often, as well.
She also has a few words in her vocabulary including my mama, dada, book, Oreo (our cat), Nana, Ba.
Grace has become a great sleeper, taking two naps each day and sleeping through the night. She did not sleep through the night until about a month ago. Sometimes she still wakes at 5 or 6 AM for a nursing, but she goes right back to sleep.
Isaac and Elise love Grace so much! Each day they include her in some of their activities. They also frequently "babysit" Grace for me. This includes them watching her for about five minutes in the playroom and "keeping her safe". It is so sweet!
A few weeks ago, our church had its monthly family night. We had a great time as a family and we also enjoyed spending time with our friends Jeff, Jennifer, and Gabby. The family night includes lots of high-energy music and drama for the kids. The parents enjoy it as well! Afterwards there are lots of activities for families to participate in. Here are some pictures of our big kids cutting out "forgiving hearts". The theme of this family night was forgiveness.