Okay, so having a separate blog for the kids was becoming too complicated. I decided to switch over to just my blog, so I won't be updating here anymore. See us all together at my blog: www.supermomstrikesagain.blogspot.com
We tend to do holidays and birthdays in clumps, have you noticed?
Thanksgiving, Leah's birthday, Christmas, New Years', Samuel's Birthday, our anniversary...all in the same 8 weeks---wow. Then of course, Chris and I have birthdays just a week and a half apart in the summer. Maybe we should use better planning the next time we have a baby (well, I guess Samuel wasn't planned...) I am so happy to have this little guy, surprise or not. Can you believe he is already a year old?
Well, here are some pics from Samuel's first birthday. Chris was out of town, so it was just Leah and I. She was very happy to sing happy birthday to Samuel, and of course, she wanted to share it with him, so I let her blow out a candle, too. Why not? Oh, and please disregard my leprous-appearing skin in the video--I had just finished staining the chairs.
Samuel celebrated his first birthday with Leah and mommy, a diaper rash, a couple naps, and a brownie. He also successfully learned the sign for cheese.
Here we are having another party with the little kids in the neighborhood. Little did Mom know that the parents would drop their kids off and come back an hour later--leaving me alone with seven two and three year olds all at once. (Chock one up to anti-anxiety medication that I didn't throw the kids in a room full of toys and lock myself in the bathroom to wait it out in fear)
While the menu may have been less sophisticated at this party than the first (apple slices and crackers as opposed to deli sandwhich wraps and fruit with fondue), it was no less fun. Leah enjoyed playing with her friends and showing off her rocket (which I think we had to put away in order to avoid a mutiny). We got to visit the cupcakes with birthday candles outlet again, and it was a blast for all the kids.
Here is Leah opening up some of her presents. She got story books, coloring books, and a princess tiara with bling! She also got a cookie decorating kit which we made the next day (pictures to come!)
I did surprisingly well managing all the kids solo. Thank goodness it was only an hour! I busted out the bubbles and a dollar-store game that turned out to be quite a hit. Whew!
Ever since her Mom and Dad had birthdays in the summer, Leah has been asking if her birthday was ready yet. Well, it's finally ready! Here's Leah's Little Einsteins birthday party with Aunt Rebecca and Great-Grandma Benac.
Leah was very happy to have special visitors at her birthday party and was treated as a princess. We even let her have chocolate for lunch followed by several cupcakes.
Grandma Benac gave Leah a 25th anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid, who we named Belle (contrary to Sorenson family tradition, which would have dictated that the doll be named Leah CP. CP for Cabbage Patch). Aunt Rebecca's present to Leah is a trip to the DuPage Children's museum, which we will go to when we are in Naperville at Christmastime.
And of course, what would a Little Einsteins party be without Leo, Quincy, Annie, June and a red Rocket? Leah is inseparable from her new Rocket, which plays music and responds to each character as they sit in their respective seats, and only takes about 5 minutes to get really annoying. She brings it with her in the bathroom, to bed, and even tried to bring it to church.
Here is the birthday girl with her special visitors: