Monday, June 29, 2009

Vroom Vroom-- A CARS Birthday

In Gavin's prayer this weekend he thanked Heavenly Father for his CARS Birthday, so I think it was a success.

We had to change it to an indoor party because rain was in the forecast. So, we had over 12 kids and several adults in our small apartment. We had black and white balloons to go along with our race car theme. Orange cones were scattered throughout the house. Gavin insisted on helping me with the race car cake..

Boyd stayed up with me until 3 Am the night before making cars out of boxes. I intended for simpler car, but the kid in Boyd always goes for the coolest.

The rain held out long enough to bring 12 kids holding onto a rope over to the nearest park where they could live out their race car dreams!

Boyd lead the kids in song on his Guitar and then it was song and cake time!

Gavin could hardly handle all the excitement! He loved every minute of it!
It was a Happy Birthday indeed.

Gavin at Four

Thoughtful: Eli broke a necklace I had purchased for Gina's wedding that I had searched high and low for and spent more than I normally would for an accessory. I was furious and Gavin new that I had been. A few weeks after the incident, Gavin made a necklace at Preschool. When I picked him up at that day, I picked up his stuff and put in his backpack. We were walking home he kept asking me where necklace was. I finally pulled it out and he said, "This necklace is for you because Eli broke your special necklace." He was so proud. I couldn't take it off that whole day because it really touched me. He has become aware of other's feelings. He held my hand the other day when I was laying on the bed because I wasn't' feeling well. (Eli took the other hand following his brother's lead)
Example: Eli follows Gavin's every move. Everything Gavin does Eli wants to do it to. If Gavin is playing with something or eating something, Eli wants it. It drives Gavin crazy, but I also think he kind of likes it. He is excited to teach Eli to do something. He was able to get Eli to finally lay down in the bath tub by showing him how to do it.
adventurous: While he has never been a big daredevil and he is quite cautious, he is becoming a bit more adventurous. He is climbing on everything. He is a pro at his scooter. He loves to swim.
sensitive: Gavin is having a hard time controlling his emotions right now. He is easily riled up. He is easy to upset and offend. He gets hurt quite easily. (physically and emotionally.) But, that makes him sensitive to other's feelings as well, so I think it is a good thing in the long run! :)
Imagination: He is into Disney's CARS right now and it is fun to hear him play with his toys and create new worlds. He still loves trains. He is also enjoying cooking. He wants to help me with dinner almost every night. HE always makes breakfast with his Daddy.
He is a daddy's boy right. Who can blame the boy when he has such a fun dad. Here is a Tie he made for his dad for Father's Day. He was so excited to have him wear it. Boyd got some great compliments on it!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Does it get any better than this?

Gavin on the beaches of Ft. Tilden, Picture by Brecken Cook

So Proud

Gavin gave his first talk this past Sunday in primary and he made his mommy and daddy so proud.

Elder and Sister Nolte, also known and Grandma and Grandpa and mom and dad, finished their missionary training. They crossed the border into Mexico on Sunday and drove down to Tampico beginning their missionary adventure. Luckily Gina got married the weekend they finished their time in the MTC and I got to see them when I was in town for the wedding. I was so proud to see them with their missionary name tags.

I was able to to attend my dear friend Gina's wedding/sealing in the Salt Lake Temple. She looked so beautiful and more importantly so happy. I was so proud seeing her marry the person she has patiently awaited.

I was able to attend the wedding with both Monica and Julia and feel so proud to have such amazing friends. It was a very nostalgic trip for me. I wished that Boyd could have been there with me to share in the excitement and I wanted him to somehow know that part of my life. For fun, I am showing a picture of us then and now. Thanks Monica for the pictures.

Monica, me, (laura), and Julia / summer of 1999 Salt Lake Temple

Monica, me, and Julia / Summer of 2009 Salt Lake Temple

I don't have a have a pre-picture with Gina...