One of the greatest things about living near family is being able to be present for so many family milestones and celebrations. In mid-November, our sweet nephew Nathan turned one. My sister Kim planned a wonderfully adorable party with a theme based on Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You'll have to check Kim's blog for all of her creative party details. I'm just including a few pics here that show what a great time Cody and Jaden had celebrating with their cousin. Here is our precious one-year-old nephew (already a confident walker!). Happy birthday, Nathan!
Cody and Jaden enjoyed the coffee filter butterfly craft. They each added TONS of color to their butterfly.
Isaiah and Nathan were the quality-control observers. :)
Before heading outside to do a few more activities, Uncle Jon organized a cousin huddle.
All of the boys had to hunt for "caterpillar food" from around the yard. What a perfect high-energy game!
Then, the adults wrapped all the kiddos into caterpillar cocoons. All four boys stood surprisingly still for this activity!
Their favorite part, though, was breaking powerfully out of the cocoon, through the toilet paper, at the end!
The highlight of the party for Jaden and Cody was doing the pinata. This was their first pinata experience, so they were super excited! The birthday boy got the first opportunity to whack at the butterfly.
Cody and Jaden each got a few turns to whack at the pinata as well.
Ian was the one to finally get the goods out of the butterfly!
After the party, Grammy (who had flown in a few days earlier to help Kim with party planning) spent a day and a half at our house. Isn't it great how we get to cash in on the extra family time too? :) Cody and Grammy worked together on his favorite dinosaur puzzle.
Then, we all played the caterpillar dice game that was a party favor from Nathan's birthday party.
We took Grammy to church with us on Sunday, too. She was an amazing help in taking care of the boys while Mommy played an organ hymn for church that morning. We also utilized Grammy's help in another major way-- she served as the photographer for our family Christmas card picture. She was able to get some wonderful smiles out of both boys! We were very pleased! Thanks so much for all your help during your stay, Mom! We only wish it could have been longer! :)
On Monday morning (Nathan's official birthday), we met Kim and her boys at our favorite "tire park." It was a rather muggy morning (middle of November-- go figure!), but none of the energetic boys seemed to mind.
|Cousin love! :)|
At the end of the month, we hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our place. Jon, Chelsea, and Isaiah had originally been planning on joining us as well but ended up deciding to travel to the Midwest to see some of Chelsea's extended family. We certainly missed their family but still had a very active, noisy household!
We are very thankful to God for the gift of family and for all the blessings that come from living nearby!