We had a joint birthday party for the boys on Sunday, January 3rd. The theme: THOMAS! It was a hit. The boys absolutely LOVE trains. They have been playing with them the whole time we have lived here....so they loved all the decorations and the "happy cake". Ever since Ben's birthday on the 28th, he will randomly start singing, "Happy Birthday to you". We usually start to sing with him....and then he interrupts to say "Happy Tate?" He thinks that if he can convince you to start singing then cake is sure to follow!
Ben and John....seriously, they are BEST BUDS! We invited our small group and a few people from church. Very low-key! I love this picture of Kelli and Brandon. Their daughter Maddie was doing something they didn't like:
Here's a picture of Baby Brian with his mom Kristin:
Ben woke up with bed-head....and the hair just wouldn't cooperate. But, we hoped his cool hoodie from Uncle Ron would distract people from the mess of his hair:
The boys definately knew what to do with the cake this year!
This is a blurry picture...but I love it!
They are so silly!
Opening cards and gifts. We have a ton of airplane toys for our adventure:
This picture is really overexposed....and I plan to get a better picture on Monday when we see Maddie again....But here is Ben's friend Madison (the only girl who made it to the party). She could keep up with those boys! Isn't she beautiful?? (Sigh....must.....wait.....for.....another....baby)
I like this picture, too, because it shows Carson chasing John and the "partying" going on in the background. We are so blessed to have such amazing friends!
Here's a picture of my friend, Amy. She is the one that truly believed in me and taught me the ways of Guitar Hero. 'Nuff said!
Happy Birthday, Benjamin. We love you more and more every day.
When we returned from our trip North, we had another New Year's party to attend. Our small group from church decided to have a party on January 2nd....a Mexican Theme....we all knew we would be ready for non-holiday food! Our friends Corey and Jill hosted the party. The evening started with yummy appetizers and then Moe's Fajita bar. Yum! Right after dinner, our friends Greg and Jennifer had to be picked up from the airport (They celebrated New Year's in New York City!). When they joined the party, Guitar Hero came out.....along with mustaches and crazy hats! Good Times! Bringing the fiesta mustache back.....along with fluffernutters! (Don't ask!)
Rocking Out with my friends Chris and Kristin: Our funny host: Matt, David and Corey and Greg (with the hat)- Fun Times: Sitting- Jennifer, Amy and Greg (they all joined in soon after):
One by one, the couples packed up their kids or belongings and headed home....all except Greg and Jennifer and us! When we looked at the watch, it was already 2am. Too late to call the friends we are living with! =0) So....we had a sleepover! Corey and Jill gave us pajamas, Greg and Jennifer still had their bags from New York.....memories were made....really good ones. We had such a good time with everyone!!
As most of you know, life is wonderfully crazy right now. I have not been able to make cohesive thoughts or speak understandable sentences of late. In fact, there have been many days where I have wanted to post the thoughts and questions racing through my head, but those posts never materialized because on second thought, they didn't make sense.
So....I am going to stop pretending that I am thought-provoking. I am going to stop worrying what people will think if I post something without a reason. I am going to start posting my random thoughts.....maybe I will come back to them at a later date to write more. Maybe I will just let them be what they are: random thoughts!
Adrienne's First Random Thought: When we move, I am going to have to wear clothes that I would never be caught dead in here in the States. I have never considered myself someone with really nice clothes, but I have prided myself on at least matching. (sigh) I am not sure that I am going to have that luxury when I move. Lately, I have found myself thinking (and getting depressed) about what I will be able to wear. When we move, it is more important (in theory) to be culturally appropriate. But currently, my attitude about what I am going to have to wear speaks that it is more important that I am comfortable with what I am going to have to wear....I mean, what will my blog readers think if they see me wearing something that doesn't match, isn't flattering, etc? And......sadly.....what does that say about me? It's not like I can ask, what would Jesus wear? There is something sad about how much weight I place in what other people will think....and what I count on to bring me a sense of comfort. We learned during one training that you can use the word culture and comfort simultaneously. Your culture is what you find comfortable.
When I was in Baltimore, I went out to dinner with friends from high school. Dawn and I have been friends since we were in 4th grade (what is that, over 18 years??). We decided to get coffee and egg soufles from Panera before we both went our separate ways (Dawn lives in FL). Dawn was my first "Good-Bye". I know that it is only a couple of years, but it is going to be so hard to not see our friends and family while we are away. I really hope that people can come and visit us, but the reality is that plane tickets are ridiculously expensive. Anyway, I stole this picture from Dawn's facebook site......
Let the Good-Byes begin. Here's to learning how to say our Good-Byes well! To date, we have already said good bye to most of our extended family and some very special friends....
We celebrated New Year's with our good friends and their family at The Beach House. I think I will just start referring to the house as The House.....I have said it time and time again...this house is amazing....AND I always seem to relax the best when I am there. This year, the company added to a wonderful start to the New Year.
Rebecca, Joel and Jacob: Brandon, Amber and PANAMA: My college friend Kelli: Our favorite host, Pam: Kelli is expecting another baby!! Here is a picture of her trying to wrestle the best champagne ever away from her husband. He would not let her try any:
And, as always, here is a picture of Ben at midnight:
I hope that you all spent New Year's with someone you love or amazing friends or your family. Here's to 2010....and the new adventure that it holds for us...and everyone else taking this journey with us!