James' birthday ended up being in many fragments. First, we had visitors come. Grandpa Kent and Grandma Karen came and we had fun playing outside, picking up sticks, going to the Magic House, going Christmas shopping, etc.
James has started to run. This picture is out of focus but I love how it shows his running stance. This week after I came home from running and Blake headed out for his turn, the kids wanted to run too. So Isaac put on his "running shoes" and we went down to the path and ran together. James gets frustrated that Isaac runs so much faster so I ended up carrying him quite a bit but Isaac ran/walk for almost 2 miles. I was getting pretty tired of carrying James so good thing Blake came upon us and helped us get back home.
Two cute boys. I always say that when I am carrying both kids downstairs after they wake up in the morning. James says "two boys!"
Here's our elevator to go up to the top of the arch:
Blake had to work his 28 hour shift on James' birthday so I had a little party at the playground for him.
Lots of kids came and got messy with us. I think everyone had to take a bath that night. It had rained earlier but cleared up a few hours before the party so it was beautiful and warm but the sandbox was pretty wet. I bought a packet of plastic bugs for the kids to find and play with in the sandbox. And we ate cupcakes and that was it. I'm not a huge party planner.
James eats the frosting and that's it. He does that with peanut butter sandwiches too.
These are some of the moms that I get to chat with while our kids play! We love having so many friends in our little apartment complex.
So then the day after his birthday we opened the rest of his presents but didn't have cake and then on friday when Blake had the day off we took the boys to ride the trains at the Museum of Transportation. They loved that, even though it was freezing. We were glad we braved the cold because James is still talking about "ride choo choo!" So he had four days of partial birthday celebrating but I'm not sure he ever really understood we were celebrating him. So James, some day you will know that we love you and are glad you're part of our family! (even if your birthday was a little disjointed.)
James is becoming such an independent little boy. He is so mischievous some times and can also give some great "I'm sorry" pats. He also loves to be squished and will put his arms under yours and give you a hug and giggle when you squeeze him so tight. He loves to lay on top of Isaac and wrestle and is happy doing anything Isaac does. He surprises us all the time with things he understands or all of a sudden says. He is a sweet guy and plays well with other kids. He loves markers and pens and legos and playdough and trucks.