Lennon and his grandpa:Lennon and his grandma:My parents and I took Lennon to the rec center to go swimming on his birthday. Unfortunately Adam had to work, so he missed out on the fun. We got to the center about 15 minutes before the pool opened, so we went into the gym and played some basketball.The pool is great for kids because of the warm water (and the pirate ship, of course). The water is in the lower 90s, but no matter how warm it is, Lennon's lips turn blue and he shivers--but that never seems to deter him from playing.Lennon having a great time......as well as my parents!Lennon enjoying his balloons from my parents as he waits for dinner.Since Lennon's party was the next weekend, I decided to make it easy on myself and just make cupcakes for our small party of five.1 candle down, 1 to go...Lennon got his sweet tooth from his mom (much to Adam's dismay):Lennon was a little cranky before and during dinner, but once that cupcake was in his belly, he was in a great mood! (Lennon is showing his "silly" face to the camera):If any of you saw the video of Lennon opening his presents with the Schafers when I posted it on the blog in December, you will remember that Lennon is very particular about opening his presents. He is not the normal 2-year-old where he rips the paper to get to the present. No, he tears off a small piece at a time, making sure he cleans up after himself after each tear. At Christmas, he put the paper in a bucket; this time is was in his dump truck. We tried to speed it up, but he wanted to make sure all the paper was off before he even acknowledged the gift. The big present is a sand table from my parents, and you could clearly see what it was before Lennon chose to look at it (it's his birthday, he can do it his way!)Finally getting excited about his sand table:Adam and I got Lennon a vacuum cleaner that is supposed to really pick up things (although the suction isn't very powerful, so it's not like my floors will stay much cleaner). Lennon has a love/hate relationship with the vacuum cleaner--he'll ask us to vacuum all the time (he thinks we're slobs!) but then when we get the vacuum cleaner out, he has a fearful fascination with it. I knew he would love having his own vacuum, but I also knew it was a toss up as to whether he would be excited or scared when he first opened it...he was scared and ran away. However, the first thing he did the next morning was go to his vacuum:In the midst of all the birthday festivities, I had a good friend getting married on the 26th. I was helping a lot with the wedding and my mom did her alterations and her veil. The beginning of March, I had the great idea of making myself a dress for the wedding. I have no idea why I thought I had the time to make myself a dress (working 4 jobs and being a mom is clearly not enough on my plate!), but I spent an afternoon one weekend sewing it and it turned out really pretty well. The wedding was beautiful and Adam and I went the entire reception with snow-covered mountains in the background, and didn't have a picture taken of us until we got home and were exhausted:
Leah and Emery flew into Denver Wednesday night, the 30th. We haven't seen them since last summer, so we were all excited. In the past, Lennon has not been thrilled with seeing his cousin (no clue as to why), but this trip they did really well together. Lennon had a couple overly dramatic moments, but overall, they played really well.
On Thursday, we went to the aquarium, which was a blast. I think it was a little busier than normal because it was the week of spring break, but we all managed the crowds well.
Lennon's Birthday Party!
We couldn't have asked for a better day for his party. The highs were in the upper 70s and the crazy winds we had been experiencing had died down a bit. We don't have a huge place, so having 20+ people can sometimes feel crowded, so it was nice to be able to set a table up outside and have the kids out there running around.
Adam helping out by shredding a ton of cheese for the party (I made mac & cheese). We buy big blocks of cheese because it's cheaper and then use our Kitchen Aid attachment to shred it. But I hate shredding the cheese, so it's always Adam's job! Leah was impressed at the shredding and decided to take a picture of it:
Lennon had an animal party--here are his elephant cake and animal cupcakes:
As you can see, like mother, like daughter!
The boys playing with Lennon's fire engine:
We spent the next day hanging out at the house (plus the weather turned cold and rainy so we didn't really have a choice). Since the boys were together we celebrated Easter early.
"What did you get?"
Emery engrossed in his new digger book:
Grandma and Emery:
Together at the easel: