Brothers

In case you were curious, here are some pictures to compare Alston and Eli.
(The top row in each set are of Alston and the bottom row in each set are of Eli.)
 You can definitely see the similarities in the pictures below…

Halloween {and other Fall Festivities}

Alston dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for the Fall Festival at school. Since I was out with Eli, I actually got to go be a room parent. We had a lot of fun, but I’m glad I don’t have to attend all of those events. Chasing 6 2 – 3 year olds is exhausting!

The night before Halloween, we dressed up as a cowboy for fun. Since he looked so darn cute, we decided to wear that cowboy costume trick-or-treating…

Mammy joined in on the fun!

We also made a trip to Homestead Hollow with Mammy and Mink. Alston rode a pony…

Alston is 3!

Alston at 3…

He’s very funny and sweet, uses his manners (most of the time) and continues to amaze us as he grows and developes his little personality. We think he’s the best thing since sliced bread and he keeps us in stitches. He’s started talking in his sleep, which is always funny. He loves music and instruments. He never meets a stranger, will give anyone a hug, but still has a bit of a shy side at times. He’s really taken well to being a big brother. He always asks if we’re taking Baby Brother with us, or if he can come, when we start to leave the house. No signs of jealousy, thankfully! He always wants to help and is always “saving” somebody when he plays. He carries on funny little conversations while playing and has a very active imagination. He’s quite the character and we’re so glad he’s ours!
For his birthday day, we made homemade from scratch chocolate chip pancakes.

Alston, 3 years old (Oct. 2011)
Alston, 1 year old (Jan. 2010)

We spent some playtime outside while the weather was fair…

Our dear friends Josh and Kristin were so sweet to stop to visit and bring us dinner…

Alston didn’t quite understand why we weren’t having another party. I tried to explain that we already had his party, but he kept asking if his friends were coming over to sing happy birthday. Thankfully we just happened to have these friends over, so we celebrated with cupcakes and another birthday song!

Alston’s 3rd Birthday: Pinspiration

I had a lot of fun planning Alston’s party this year, but the timing of Eli’s due date made everything a little more complicated. We originally scheduled Alston’s party for September 3rd, but decided there was too much going on that weekend (first football game, Labor Day weekend, etc.) and moved the party date last minute. Thankfully, most of our guests were able to come and everyone seemed to enjoy comingon a Friday evening and then having the rest of the weekend to themselves. I’m thinking friday night parties are definitely the way to go.

While planning Alston’s party, I went to my favorite resource, Pinterest. Usually, I save all of my ideas in a folder on my desktop, but often forget where I found them. This way I was able to keep track of everything and have access to all the sources in one simple place. Below are my favorite ideas; to see the entire pinboard, go here.

 (I ordered my cookies from Prime Cakes and found my the mustache candy molds here.)

Alston’s 3rd Birthday: Gifts

Since Alston wouldn’t tell me what he wanted for his birthday, his dad and I each came up with a gift idea that we thought he would like.

Daddy thought Alston would like a pet fish.
Meet Spongebob the Beta fish…

We set his aquarium up before the party and Daddy thought we should go ahead and introduce them before everyone arrived…

Needless to say, Alston and Spongebob are the best of friends.

I thought Alston would like the Cars movie and I let him pick out this shirt online from Gap Kids.

 
On his real birthday next month, we are planning some special family time with the birthday boy. Hopefully we’ll take a family trip to the zoo, baby brother included.  

Alston’s 3rd birthday Extravaganza

This year, we decided to have Alston’s 3rd birthday party a whole month early, due to the unknown arrival of baby brother Eli. I really wanted Alston to have his special day without Eli party crashing or stealing the spotlight if he arrived early. Compared to last year’s disaster of a birthday, I would say this one was pure perfection. We started running a little low on party food, but Mammy made a quick dash to the store so our guests wouldn’t go hungry. We had a great time visiting with our guests and the littles seemed to have a blast playing in the bounce. The birthday boy was very happy and thats all the really matters, right?
The theme of Alston’s party was Toy Story 3. Since Alston often tells strangers that his name is Buzz Lightyear, this seemed fitting. 
We had a simple kid-friendly party menu, since his party was right at dinner time…
When I asked Alston what he wanted for his birthday he said, “Birthday cake!”
At his request, I ordered a 7″ chocolate cake, just for him. 

Woody’s Wild Cactus Juice (green lemonade) and Mr. Potato Head Mustaches

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes (or “squeakies” as Alston calls them)

Lottso’s Trash Dip (rotel cheese dip) and Slinky Dogs (hotdogs with fixin’s)

Bullseye’s Apple Bites (with caramel cream cheese dip) and PB&Js
We rented a bounce to entertain the kiddos…
Enjoyed playing outside in the cool weather…

Sang Happy Birthday…

And opened a ton of really great gifts…

As a special thank you, we sent all of our little friends home with Build-Your-Own Mr. Potato Head Cookies made by wonderful friend Emily at Prime Cakes.

Here is the party aftermath… It looks like Christmas at our house and we’ve been enjoying a day full of being lazy. Cleanup can wait until tomorrow!

2-Year-Old Kindergarten

This year, Alston started 2-year-old kindergarten. Since he’s been back at school, I’ve found him standing at his chalkboard lecturing to his stuffed animals, “Okay, class…” This year is much different than last. He has graduated out of the toddler room and I now drop him off in the front room with all the other “big kids”. It was a hard pill to swallow realizing he was a big kid.

Now some bragging on what this “big kid” is up to…

  • He can count up to 20, sometimes he misses a few numbers on the way…
  • He can sing the ABC song, along with a few other favorites
  • He knows all of his colors
  • He knows all of his shapes, including s few that impress me – ovals and octagons…
  • He’s almost completely potty trained. He wear big boy undies all day and night, but we’re still working on #2. (Apparently this is a common problem with boys.)
  • He can count to 10 in Spanish. I overheard him while doing dishes one night and was completely amazed. Who knew? I know I didn’t teach him that. Thanks, Dora and Diego!

Hello

I know I’ve been terribly bad about posting here lately. We have been so super busy working on the house, mainly in the kitchen and nursery. And I’ve also been super swamped at work trying to wrap up a couple of big projects. I am so behind and have so many pictures to share! Slowly but surely, I know things will start to slow down and I’ll get back on track. I have decided to wait to share kitchen pictures until we are finished- I don’t want to ruin the big reveal! Until then, let’s catch up on the fun we’ve been having…

We celebrated Westin’s 1st Birthday

Daddy made the World’s Best Burger…



Yes, it had a fried egg and it was delicious!!!



We went to a pool party…
Aunt Stacy, Carson, & Alston

Carson

Carson and his mommy, Robin

 

Aunt Emily giving Alston a ride.



We discovered a new neighbor…

We’ve had a very busy and eventful, fun-filled summer! Now school is back in session, so I’ll have pictures from Alston’s first day of 2-year-old kindergarten soon…