Liam, age 4 1/2

This kid. So beautiful …. and so complicated. sheesh. I was just taking a shower
(yeah, it’s 3:30  in the afternoon) and I’ve had a hard time getting up the gumption to get needful things done today, like laundry and cleaning up after my Halloween party …. so I’m trying to decompress in the shower and Liam waltzes in and this is the conversation that ensues:

Liam: Mommy, when can I have my Captain Rex gun and Captain Rex helmet?

Me: On Halloween. I don’t want you to lose or break them before Halloween. Then you can play with them whenever you want after Halloween, k? (By the way – we’ve had this exact same conversation about 45 times since I bought this part of his Halloween costume on Saturday)

Liam: (whining and falling on the ground as he says this) nooooooo. I want it.

Me: Well guess what Liam? I have some good news.

Liam: (still whining) Why do I have to do everything??!

Me: what are you talking about?

Liam: Why do I have to do everything?! (louder this time)

Me: OK, I don’t know what you mean, but you can wear your Captain Rex stuff this Saturday, before Halloween at the trunk or treat at the church. Isn’t that fun?

Liam: no. I want it.

Me: OK, fine. It’s not fun, get out while I shower.

The other day I snapped some shots of him because I haven’t for a while. He’s so beautiful. Recently he has really good days and really bad days and hardly any in betweens. But here are his favorites: he loves peanut butter and honey sandwiches, playing with his lego star wars guys and he recently made a best friend at preschool. His name is Lucas. Liam is very reserved in public and needs lots of love, pretty much all the time. He LOVES Ray. I think more than anyone in the house … maybe he even surpasses me. Liam notices Ray and talks to him and … sniffs his little hands all the time. He sniffs Ray’s feet too. I ask him what Ray smells like and Liam says, “baby”.

When Liam is having a good day – he is the best helper. He will say things like, “Mommy, I will do everything that you say today!” He also will give spontaneous love – squeezes and kisses and snuggles. He loves to nap and sleep (just like his daddy). At bedtime he falls asleep almost as soon as his head hits the pillows most nights. He will often times tell Noah, “Be quiet! I’m going to sleep, Noah”.

I would say more, but Ray is crying and I have to pick up Noah. Here are Liam’s pictures:

This is such a Daniel face … rubbing his eyes the same as Daniel and looking at me with those eyes saying, “stop taking my picture”. So Daniel.

Erin’s Baby Shower

It’s official. I really like throwing parties. My friend, Erin, has two little boys about the same ages as my first two boys and now she’s pregnant with her first girl …. soooooo of course we had to do something about that :) So my friend, Leslie, and I planned a baby shower for her. I can hardly say we did it alone. There were so many contributors. Erin is very well loved around here and several people wanted to be a part of the baby shower and we took all the help we could get.

Erin said her nursery colors would probably be pink and gray, so I went from there and did pink, white and silver as the baby shower colors. It was a brunch, so we had brunchy-type foods: cherry cider and orange juice to drink, scrambled egg muffins in phyllo dough, creme brulee french toast (my new favorite thing in the world to stuff in my face), apples with honey-almond cream cheese and cracked black pepper and brown sugared bacon. For the one dessert, I did petite fours. Super difficult to pull off and I will probably never do them again. They were lots of work for only minimal pay off. Maybe I’d buy them next time :)

The theme for the shower was “feather their nest”, so there were large silver branches with paper birds on them, pink crepe paper flowers, a large silver tree with a nest inside it …. it was fun. Themes are fun. For the favors we did edible nests. You get chow mein noodles and cover them in chocolate, then put cadbury eggs inside each nest. Anyway. here are about a million pictures of everything and everyone:

When you first walked into Leslie’s house we had these flowers – homemade pink crepe paper flowers with babies breath.

This was the food table and main attraction – I made the ruffled pink table cloth (thank you 40% off coupon to Joanns for 25 yards of fabric) and Les made the silver tree with flowers and birds and nest:

Then there was the other area with the favors, branches and birdcages to leave advice on:

My little sister, Mina, came up with this little poem for the favors. Mina is a lyrical genius. This poem was on the other side of the tags on each favor.

The party scene:

The woman of the hour: 

There are so many more pictures … but I will spare you. That’s the jist of it. Yeah for Erin!!!!