Wednesday, January 22, 2014

He Is The Cheese On My Macaroni!


My Cavan made his grand entrance into this world six years ago today! It seems impossible to me that six years have passed.  However, the past six years have definitely been the BEST years of my life!  When I held him for the first time, I learned what it was like to be in love. I learned that on this beautiful day in 2008.
 

Today we will spend celebrating BIG!  We have a school party planned this afternoon.  We'll have cake tonight, just the five of us.  We'll do some FINE dining at Cavan's favorite restaurant, the Huddle House, where he will order his favorite food, pancakes, and we will probably let him pour too much syrup on them simply because it's his birthday!  On Sunday, Granny will make a lemon cake because that's what Cav ordered.  In about a week, we will be having a ninja turtle party, complete with a sleepover and nerf gun wars in the basement, supervised by daddy.  Birthdays are big around here, and we do them right!
 
Aside from the celebration, I rejoice in who I see Cavan becoming.  He possesses such a compassionate personality.  He cares for the struggling, loves the hurt, and questions injustice.  He verbally reminds me of "what is right."  For example, the kids were unusually naughty one Saturday.  At prayer time, when I asked if they had any prayer requests, one of them suggested that we pray that we adopt another orphan.  This is a nightly request by one of the three during every prayer time.  But on this particular night, I immediately spouted off a mini-sermon about how mommy and daddy would never be able to adopt again if they carried on as they had that day because they hadn't listened, had tore the house up, and on and on.   When I was finished, I looked over and Cavan, in tears, said, "but Mommy, it's the RIGHT thing to do!  We have to be the ones to make the difference."   Yes baby, we do.  I am so proud of my Cavan.  He gets it.  He's going to change this world...
 
 
Happy birthday to my Cav!  He's the best, and he is certainly the cheese on my macaroni!

Love, Stacy

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pssst...Happy New Year But Not Really...YET

Our New Year has not yet began.  Why?  How?  Well, Little Juan Carlo (a.k.a. Kian) is sick.  My sis (a.k.a. Ashley) is sick.  And my friend Traci is sick.  Someone from every family that was coming to our annual NYE bash was sick.  So we have postponed the New Year for a couple of days.  It's all good. and we will be wishing all of our friends a happy New Year soon!
 
As for our latest little piece of news, I just had to blog about a fun family party we had on the 30th.  I have three crazy girl cousins.  Them plus my sis and I equal a BIG, LOUD blast! (Side note: I know our husbands often wonder what they have gotten themselves into!) We get together after Christmas every year.  This year, we decided to have an ugly Christmas sweater party.  I just have to share some of the photos!
 
This is a picture of the crazy crew. I love them!  We have had so much fun through the years.

This is my cousin, Laurie, and her family.  She has two of the cutest little guys!  She worked really hard on her ugly sweater.  She wired a battery pack of flashing lights into it (a gigantic battery pack that continuously fell out of her sweater).  She had to turn them off for the photo though because it made her face blue...ha ha!  Her hub, Scott-O, wore a shirt with deer on it.  We couldn't decide if the deer were holding beer or barbecue sauce. It's still up for debate.

This is my cousin Wendy's family...well, kind of.  Her hubs, Clayton, decided he didn't feel like getting ready and putting on his "Bah Humbug" shirt.  So as any well-respecting brother-in-law would do, Josh (pictured to the right in the women's attire) stood in the family photo for Clayton.  Wendy and Mags also must have misunderstood the party instructions because they came with bad hair too...like Dr. Suess hair.?!  (Side note:  I didn't want my blog readers to think they REALLY wear their hair like that on a daily basis!)

This is my cousin Katie and her beau, Josh.  They are getting ready to move to North Dakota.  (I know, right?)  Their two kiddos were sick and missed out on this epic event.  Either way, we love Josh.  He is our pack mule/babysitter/gopher...he will do anything with minimal fussing...and I mean anything.  He even cleans out our cars.

Here is my sissy's family.  SOMEONE in this picture didn't wear an ugly Christmas sweater...

Chris was a good sport and wore an UGLY SWEATER.  I didn't explain to him that it was an ugly CHRISTMAS sweater party.  MY BAD. He certainly gets an A for effort.  Also, he bought the ugly (size XXL) sweatshirt I am wearing.  Thank you, Chris.

Look at all these blessings!  Eleven sweet cousins (We really missed Oliver and Stella!)!  Forever friends...

Back to the Dr. Suess hair...Laurie and I noticed that it was as tall as my light fixture! 

My sweet little Airlie ate about seven of Laurie's rice crispy treats.

Little Juan Carlo loved opening gifts!

Cavan is so sweet.  He loves a good party!
 

As for family, we certainly have a great one and are truly blessed.  I had so much fun growing up with Wendy, Laurie, Ashley, and Katie.  I hope our eleven precious babies have as much fun together as we did!

Live, Love, Laugh!
Stacy