Fourth of July

Our neighborhood has a cute 4th of July parade every year. It’s one of my favorite events.

My dad is “coaching” Mason and Cole during the tug-o-war but he looks a little high-pressure.

We also had Charlie’s first birthday party and a BBQ for friends and family on the 4th.


Easter Bunnies

Easter Egg Hunt #1 (the Oliver’s):


Easter Egg Coloring:


Easter Vigil Church Service:


Easter Egg Hunt #2 (BPIC):


Easter Egg Hunt #3 (home):


Easter Egg Hunt #4 (Nonna’s house):

Charlie is wearing one of Matt’s baby outfits.

And now for the official “grown ups” egg hunt at Nonna’s:

It’s very serious.

I was pretty proud of myself for finding 11 eggs but only 1 had a prize in it. Boo.

Even if you’re dressed nice, you have to suit up.  The grown-up egg hunt involves rocks and hills and mud.


Mason’s 5th Birthday Party

Mason’s birthday was a crazy bounce house lego party.  It was supposed to be a pool party but the facility had to close the pool at the last minute.  Mason wasn’t bothered by this, especially once his friends showed up and he got to open presents.

He was super impressed with his cake.  This was the easiest birthday party we have ever hosted:  I made no crafty things, there were very few decorations, and only pizza, juice/water, and cake.  It was great.


Mason is 5!

I don’t know how but Mason is 5!  This birthday has me really thrown for a loop — it’s such a milestone.  Only two months left of preschool, we’ve already registered for kindergarten, and he’s outgrowing all his clothes.  He’s a real boy!

A few of my favorite things about Mason:

1.  He is a very skilled, creative Lego builder.

He will play for hours like this.

2.  He’s an awesome older brother.  And Charlie adores him.

3.  He has a very active imagination.

4.  He is a ham with a great sense of humor.

5.  He still sucks his thumb.  It’s cute but challenging because he ingests lots of germs.

6.  He’s a great baker who enjoys helping in the kitchen and can be easily persuaded to bake cookies.

7.  He’s handsome.

8.  He eats more fruits and vegetables than any kid I know.  It’s great but my future bank account is worried.

9.  He loves to swim and wants to get better at swimming.

10.  He loves his mama and isn’t afraid to show it.  When I leave him at preschool, he always covers me in kisses and hugs and I love yous.  (He loves his daddy, too, but I’m writing this).

11.  He loves nature and isn’t cruel.  He’s good about returning creatures to their habitat.

12.  He loves to celebrate.  We made shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day and he proudly wore his.


This last year has been challenging for Mason — new sibling, the loss of his grandpa, and I know we expect more out of him now.  I’m so proud of who he is now, and excited to learn who he will become.  We’re so lucky to be his parents.  We love you Mason!