March 14, 2012

He's officially a four-year-old

We celebrated Toby's 4th birthday last week. I still have zero desire to do a "friends" birthday party, so we did another family shin-dig this year. Maybe next year I will actually try to be a fun mom. :)

Balloons were courtesy of the Relief Society's birthday bash the night before. They just happen to match perfectly with all the decorations.

Toby's Transformers cake. We had a hard time figuring it out. Is that Cybertron in the distance or did part of the earth explode?

He was thrilled with his new Transformers toys and spin brush.

Niece Jade and Aspen checkin' out Toby's firetruck.

My poor sister is about to pop. She is pregnant with twins and so, so miserable. Only a couple more weeks to go...hang in there Ness!

Grandma Sibert and Aspen

Aspen laughing at Grandpa Rarick

And I saved the best for last. This has to be the worst version ever of the "Happy Birthday" song. I don't know what is better - how off-key we are or Jade's sudden discovery of Spider-man at the end of the song. Either way, I laugh really hard every time I watch it. Enjoy. ;)

March 3, 2012

Our theme song

So I'm already a little embarrassed by this post, but I thought later on it would be a moment worth remembering - and laughing about. A couple days ago, Nick and I were having one of those rare, one-on-one moments while Aspen napped and Toby was preoccupied with a toy. We were discussing how much we are looking forward to things slowing down in April. Nick's crazy school and rotating work schedule always seems to take it's toll on Toby. He likes structure and routine so the random schedule of Nick napping, working, and going to school has been rough on him. Thus, we've had lots of fun behavioral problems to work through - sometimes suffer through. Also, I think we all have a little cabin fever since one or both of the kids always seems to be sick.

"The end of April could not come sooner," I sighed.

"Well I'm doing mid-terms right now so we're half way there, Deb." Nick assured me.

Suddenly I shot up from my comfy, reclined position on the couch.

"Oh! I know the perfect theme song for our life right now!" I started laughing before I could even get the first word out.

"Oooh we're half-way there. Oooooo-OOh, livin' on a prayer! Take my hand, we'll make it I swear. Oooooo-OOH, livin' on a prayer!"

I could tell Nick was suppressing a laugh.

Finally he grinned, "Yeah something like that, Deb."

Thanks, Bon Jovi, for validating this crazy but wonderful season of our life. :)