Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Norah's Minnie Mouse 3rd Birthday (and Kley's 30th Birthday!)

Norah is 3 and Kley is 30! We threw a joint birthday party for them last weekend. (Let's be honest- it was mostly for Norah, since the theme was Minnie Mouse, but Kley was a good sport. I did try to throw in some things for Kley too, like I made him a birthday board of pictures too and the color scheme was baby blue, black, and pink, so it wasn't completely girly. Just mostly. :)

We borrowed Kley's aunt's bounce house, and we blew it up on Friday after nap and Norah had a private jump session with grandpa and grandma, which was a great idea because it was supposed to rain Saturday (party day), and it did, so we didn't actually have it during the party. 




Norah loves her bounce houses! I said it my last Norah update that she regularly thanks God for bounce houses in her prayers. 


Uncle Zack and Aunt Karlie.


Our girl is 3! What a great three years it's been. She is kind, smart, funny, loving, helpful, careful, a great big sister, and a good listener. Some of her favorite things are the color blue, macaroni and cheese, her sisters, riding her bike, going to the park, swinging, helping stir things in the kitchen or cook in her play kitchen, play-doh, legos, and her newfound favorite is Frozen.


Decorations.




It was very fun and we had a great time! (Weirdly, the Minnie head balloon would not float, so I just stuck it to the wall with sticky tack.)


I tried to go with easy things for food, and tried to throw in some of their favorite things too, like popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels, and oreos. 


Norah got a Frozen doll as a gift, along with the DVD, and it was a hit!


Love my girl!



3! (Norah has a hard time raising her 4th finger, ha.)


Our girls are blessed with two wonderful grandmas!


Grandpa and Grandma De Jong, and of course Lucy and Ellory were adorable party guests as well.


Another special guest was my good friend Stephanie! So glad she could be there, as she lives in Washington DC.


Enjoying a cupcake with Ainsley, one of her friends.


Great Grandpa Ver Steeg.


Great Grandpa and Grandma De Jong.


My whole family! It was so special that they could all be there. My siblings are the best aunts and uncles (along with Brett and Elizabeth on the other side too, who unfortunately couldn't make it). 



More great grandparents (my side).


The best family picture we got. Happy birthday Kley and Norah! Such fun to celebrate two of my most favorite people.


Norah also got a remote control Lightning McQueen car that she loved. She happened to see one at Walmart once and asked for it several times. She doesn't fully understand how to steer it yet, so she drives it like a mad woman.


Happy birthday Kley and Norah! You are both so very special to me. Love you both!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chuck E. Cheese fun and our little pumpkins.

We went to Des Moines last weekend to visit my family, and as always it was so great to see them! My parents live there, and so do my brother and sister-in-law. I was hoping to go to a pumpkin patch, but unfortunately Saturday was rainy and wet, so we had to stick to indoor options. I looked into a couple places that weren't open or available, so we ended up at good ole' Chuck E. Cheese's. As I've said before, I have many great memories of going there as a child. (We took Norah for the first time back in January before the twins arrived, and she's grown up so much already since then!) And what fun to have her sisters along this time, and also Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Keaton, and Aunt Rose! Norah had a great time!

Hands up!



Skee Ball- one of her favorites. She can just barely roll it over the ledge, and gets so excited when she does, and has no idea she's not even getting any real points. 




It's fun to watch her play slightly more advanced games as she gets older. (Although in this picture she's clearly missing the green guy in the opposite corner. Ha.)


Riding with Chuck E. Cheese himself!


Riding the roller coaster simulator ride with Uncle Keaton. She also climbed up into the play tunnel area all by herself. I was a little surprised she did both of those things. Our girl is growing up!


And now...some adorable pictures of the cutest little pumpkins!

(Unfortunately, they had a terrible cold and Lucy ended up with an ear infection, but they handled it pretty well.)










Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Morning on the green and college friends.

Sorry for the repeats, but we seem to find ourselves at every activity that has bounce houses, and Norah is in love. As I mentioned in my last Norah update post, Norah even regularly thanks God for bounce houses in her prayers. So, to everyone's delight, here are more pictures of Norah enjoying the inflatables!

We went to Morning on the Green, which happens every fall during Northwestern's homecoming (the college in our town). It's basically kid heaven with a bunch of games and inflatables and you earn candy by playing the games. What made it even better was that we had three of my college friends visiting for the weekend, so we all got to go together!







Playing games!





So many babies! My friend Brittany stayed with us, and so did Jackie and her husband and two kids. My other college friend Kari was here just for the day on Saturday with her baby, so we had two toddlers and four babies! It was a fun, full house. 


Trying to take pictures of the four babies.






Thankful for good friends who made the trip to visit us!