Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Family Birthday! (Our Anniversary)

This past Sunday we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary!  Or as it shall be also known from now on: our Family Birthday!  I did not come up with this idea totally on my own; I had some help from this post from one of my favorite blogs.  But a party, birthday, and cake... that has me and Noah written all over it! :)  I think an anniversary is a perfect way to talk about marriage and family with kids and celebrate something totally worth celebrating!  (And this year I used it to talk about our last name and why it is special.  He always insists that his name is "JUST NOAH" whenever anyone asks his last name or I answer for him...)
I got out our wedding album to show him and try to explain what a wedding was and one of his very first comments was: "Oh Mama, you are special; you are the princess of our family."  Oh what a sweet boy.  Then he asked me if I was going to wear my wedding dress to church.

Cake is a necessity for this celebration.  Of course he asked he it was going to be as big as the cake in the picture and was a little disappointed that it wasn't.  We put what I could find of our wedding cake topper on.  And candles and sprinkles.  Those are also necessities at any party we throw.
(As you can probably tell from the picture, it really was a pathetic attempt at a cake.  Oh well, perfection is not a necessity for celebrating and having a wonderful time.  It was still good and I'm blaming it on summer heat.) 
We sang "happy birthday to our family!" and all blew out the candles.
And then I demonstrated what else happened with the cake at our wedding.
Noah was a big fan. :)

Oh, and we made a project.
I have a few finishing touches left, but this is also going to be a part of our family birthday celebration each year.  Mommy is the most excited about this one. :)

Six years later and we get to be living this: 

 Yes, this is good.  We were just talking about how our life really is not "normal."  Seriously, it isn't.  When compared to people around our age and our country, we are dealing with such different things and are on different "path."  I'm not saying it is any better or more important than something closer to "normal", just different.  And honestly sometimes it is lonely.  But right next to this man following what God has for us is exactly where I want to be, no matter where that takes us.  And after all, to quote my sometimes wise little brother, Corey and I are "the same kind of weird."  I don't remember what the context was, but sometime when we were engaged we were hanging out with my brother and thought something was funny or reacted the same way to something and he looked at us and said, "You guys are weird.  But you are the same kind of weird.  So I guess it's a good thing you're getting married."  Yup, it's a very good thing.  I love you, Corey.  I've loved these 6 and am looking forward to many more years together.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Star Wars Rule and The Coolest Dad Ever

Apparently it is an unwritten rule of the universe that all boys must love Star Wars immediately upon introduction.  Noah first got a taste of it with "Angry Birds, Star Wars Edition", which he loves.  Then we went to a birthday party and got these:

(Lydia also loves them.  In fact, she crawled all the way across the room for the very first time to get to them.  And as you can see, she is a crazy little Jedi.)

Then he started asking questions and picking up on more details from the game.  And is now slightly obsessed about all things Star Wars, especially Yoda.  (We think he is too young to actually watch a movie yet, but we showed him the clip of Yoda fighting Count Dooku.  I should have been recording his reaction...)

Then I came home from an appointment yesterday to this:

Corey got out his Star Wars Risk game (that every single boy of any age who comes into our house immediately notices; I'm telling you, there's a rule somewhere) and made up a version on the spot about axe-wielding piggies and having to defend the trees for the birds and a Yoda super power and I'm not sure what else. 

Guess what Noah wants to do all the time now?
Coolest. Dad. Ever.