Back in August for Makenna's birthday we surprised her by taking her to build a bear for her birthday to pick out a stuffed animal to make. Kellen had been pretty sad that he couldn't make one that day too, but he took it like a champ and was happy for Makenna. He did however say that for his birthday he wanted to get to go to build a bear. So we kept our promise and a few days before his birthday we went to build a bear and he had his chance to make himself a special friend.
Kellen quickly settled in on a camo teddy bear. (Kellen is a lot like his Daddy in many ways...but not all ways...)
I love the little ceremony that they ave the kids go through before putting the heart inside their stuffed friend. Kellen was a good sport about it, but the picture bellow does the best job expressing how he was really feeling about it all. SUCH a Kellen face...the kind that totally melts my heart.
His bear turned out really cute! We were expecting a spider man costume for his bear but he surprised us by going for the darth vader. Named - Darth Vader bear.
Conner boy is sure growing up. After a month or so of going to preschool he really started to embrace it all. No more tears at drop off. He got settled into the routine of it and had made some friends that he looked forward to seeing (Murray and Rawson). His teacher Mrs. Jurish says that he does a wonderful job, is a good listener and a great friend to the other kids. SO proud of this cute boy, even if he is growing way faster than I like!
As the kids get older I try and let them have more says in what they do for their birthday party. Kellen surprised me a bit when he wanted to go for Chuck E Cheese. We had gone there for his 2nd birthday, but he was sure that his what he wanted to do. And it turned out to be a great party. We were pretty much the only people there because we had it early in the morning, so the kids had the run of the place and loved it!
Kellen invited his friends Joseph, Brett, Cam and Peter and their families. He scored a ton of Legos which he was totally excited about. Lots of tokens, lots of tickets, pizza, and a lot of excited little boys running around.
Part of the party package for Kellen was a chance to go in the ticket machine...he stands in the middle, they turn it on and then tickets fly around like crazy while he catches them and saves them. There was a special ticket inside that is worth 1,000 tickets if you catch it. The sweet guy that was running our party grabbed the ticket at the endif the time and stuck it on top of Kellen's crown. He was So excited and felt like the luckiest kid ever. Happy Birthday Kellen boy! We love you so much and are so blessed and so lucky to be called your mom and dad!
Who ever said that general conference with kids couldn't be fun!
Makenna and Kellen went through a phase for awhile where they were really interested in cooking on their own. It's a bit scary trying to figure our when kids are really mature enough to try certain things by themselves. But one day I decided to let Makenna go for it (with some help and very close supervision) and she more or less made a box of mac and cheese for the boys on her own! I just love these kiddos and even if I would love to keep them little forever, it is amazing watching them grow.
Conner's very first person he drew all on his own with the help and guidance of his big brother Kellen! It was supposed to be a pic of me. And hey, I am tall and skinny and have big eyes and static hair. I'll take it!