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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Fling

This weekend we went to Shadowbrook's Spring Fling. It was a beautiful evening with no rain, thankfully much different from last year! The Spring Fling is the school's annual fundraiser that is set up like a small carnival. As usual, the boys had a great time!

A quick picture before we left
 Ethan was a champ at this game
 The ring toss
 Duck pond
 Showing off their prizes
 Cupcake break
 Pony ride
 Caden was not interested in riding at all
 After finishing up in the bounce house, Ethan got a quick picture with his teacher, Ms. Beth
 Then we got a picture of Caden with his teacher, Ms. Heidi

In addition to several other activities and booths, they also had a dunking booth. Ethan was fascinated that someone would want to sit and get dunked in the water. Ben and I tried to explain it many times, but he had a hard time grasping that it was part of a game so we chose not to participate in that one :-)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Birthday Celebration with Mimi, Uncle Chad, & Aunt Ashley

We had our final birthday celebration this weekend with Mimi, Uncle Chad, & Aunt Ashley. They weren't able to come to the birthday party last weekend so we celebrated with them on Saturday. As you can imagine, the boys were excited at the prospect of getting to eat more cake!
 After lunch and cake, we moved the playroom to open presents. Mimi was able to maneuver around in her rolling walker since her leg is still in a cast. Caden was spoiled this weekend with lots of ride-on toys!
 A bumper car...
 A motorcycle...
 And a scooter with a helmet just like big brother!
Of course, Ethan had to test everything out, too :-)
 After opening presents, we went outside to play. Uncle Chad and Aunt Ashley took Ethan and Caden on a walk first.
 Then it was time for a little basketball...
 And last some baseball
 Ethan loves sliding into home
 Who needs to run around the bases when you can ride around them

Thanks Mimi, Uncle Chad, and Aunt Ashley for a special visit! We loved celebrating and playing with you!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birthday Boy's Big Day

It's official...Caden is 2, and every bit of it! I daresay the terrible two's have hit, but I still think he's adorable. After breakfast this morning, the boys started their day at Monkey Joe's, an indoor jump center. They had a blast, worked up a sweat, and worked out a ton of energy!
 Fearless boy on the tallest slide with big brother coming up right behind him.
 His favorite way to slide down was on his belly
Ethan in action
  After coming home for a pizza lunch and much needed naps, they woke up for some more playtime and after dinner we headed out on the deck to sing Happy Birthday and have some cool color blasted birthday cake. 
 The boys enjoyed every bite
 Love him so much!
Happy birthday sweet boy! Daddy and I love you more than words can express and you make us laugh every day. You have the sweetest personality...except where brother is concerned :-) and the most precious voice and smiles. You keep us on our toes and we wouldn't have it any other way! We can't wait to see what God has planned for you.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Caden's 2nd Birthday Party

It's birthday week for Caden! 
I can't believe he will be 2 on Thursday! We started our festivities this past weekend with a double birthday party at our house for him and our best little next door neighbor friend, Sadie. Sadie and Caden were born just 3 days apart.
Total picture overload coming, but we had lots of fun at our Mickey & Minnie double birthday. Now that I have uploaded these pictures, I realize that I completely forgot to take a picture of our entry table that was set up with Mickey and Minnie waiting to greet everyone.

The birthday boy with Miss Lauren
Gotta love Pinterest for the Mickey Oreo cupcake topper idea
Birthday buddies
Family Pic...can't wait til August for new official family pictures
Sadie and the Melanson Crew
1st activity: Decorating Mickey and Minnie
Paint, Glitter, Glue, Glitter Glue, Stickers, and Markers galore
Little Man working hard on his Mickey
2nd Game: Find the Mickey/Minnie and friends match
3rd activity: Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog Freeze Dancing
Mommy dancing with the birthday boy
Little smash cake to sing Happy Birthday
Donald being sneaky because he wasn't part of the fun
Sadie and Caden blew out the candles at their special Mickey & Minnie birthday table after everyone had Hot Diggity Dogs, Minnie's Bow-tie Pasta, Donald's Chicken Dunkers, Pluto's Pretzels, Mickey-shaped cheese slices, and Daisy's Garden Vegetables
Mickey and Minnie ears and hands as part of the favor bags
Birthday girl!
She had a cute red and black tutu for the party but she screamed anytime her Mommy put it on her :-)
Sweet Caden
Little Kaylynn...we'll be celebrating the big ONE with her in a couple of weeks!
Birthday boy opening presents after bath and dinner
One party down and a midweek celebration and family party this weekend to go. Caden is growing and changing so fast and we're having so much fun celebrating him! Love him so much!!