Aiming Arrows

Musings of a Mommy

Category: Birthday

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  We hope your holiday is merry and full of Christ’s light!

We are not sending Christmas cards this year, but we want to share these shots of our family taken in October.


Graceanna 2nd Birthday ∙ September 3, 2010

A week ago today, on September 3rd, we celebrated Graceanna’s 2nd birthday.  Mommy, Daddy, and Brother were all so excited; we couldn’t wait for her to wake up that morning.  Gunnar greeted her with a squeeze as she sat down at her new table.

Graceanna knew exactly how to open presents.  (I remember Gunnar still not being so sure what to do with presents when he was two.)

She also knew what to do with the bows.

Later that day Grandma and Grandpa as well as Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins came to celebrate. 
Uncle Taylor wanted a picture with the birthday girl.  This was the best she would give us.

Graceanna hugged and patted Myers, her cousin who is one month older, all night.  She tried to check his diaper even though she was the one in need of a change.  I don’t think Myers loved all her mothering.

Thanksgiving for our precious girl.

Birthday Girl was ready to eat.

Graceanna’s favorite part of the night.  Grandma’s cake!

Graceanna saw her cake and was EXCITED!  I’m sick that I didn’t get her in focus, but I still love it.


She received so many presents including this super cute tea set, a shopping cart, baby bed for her dolls, and some new smocked dresses Grandma made.  It’s been so fun to see her excitement and watch her play with these new things for hours.  She sits at her table pouring tea while I cook dinner every night.  So, so cute!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

You brought the sparkle to our lives that we didn’t even know we were missing.


Birthday Party #2

Wednesday, November 11th was Gunnar’s actual birthday.  The weather was so nice we let the kids play in the backyard for a while which ended up being way more fun than any games I had briefly considered.


Gunnar being chased by Kennedy.  You can tell he really hated that!






Sam, Gunnar, Gabe


Gunnar’s favorite activity: Tackling! 
Gabe, Gunnar, Kennedy

Time to open gifts!




Then we had cake! 

Gunnar wanted brownies and popcorn for his party.  So, that’s what we had!  Unfortunately, he didn’t like the brownies I made.  (I usually get a different box brand. :)) 


Gunnar was so embarassed when we sang Happy Birthday to him.  He squirmed around and couldn’t stop grinning.



Gunnar, Graceanna, Gabe, Max, the very edge of Caleb, and the back of Kennedy.


Jack, Lucy, Gunnar, and the back of Kennedy again.


Back row:  Lucy, Jack, Kennedy, Optimus Prime aka. Gunnar, Max, Gabe
Front row:  Caleb, Sam
Floor: Graceanna, Gus

Birthday Party #1

We celebrated Gunnar’s 4th Birthday with a family party on Saturday, November 8.  Gunnar could not wait for his cousins to arrive!  Aunt Natalie brought Carter, Sutton and Myers to celebrate with us.  Grandma and Grandpa came over too.

Steve took Gunnar and Sutton geo-caching while Natalie and I, the two babies, and Carter went for a little walk.  The weather was so gorgeous.  It was sunny and warm.  I had on a short-sleeved sweater and was very warm.  We ate tacos for dinner and then Gunnar was ready to open presents. 



He was very sweet about Sister playing with his bows, and he didn’t seem mind having her help him.






Aunt Nat and Graceanna sharing a sweet moment.


We took a little break from the festivities when Sutton fell outside and cut his head on a brick.  There was lots of blood but it turned out that his injury wasn’t too bad.  After a little clean up, bandaging, and more clean up we were ready to have cake!



My mom made the cake of course.  I love it!  Mom and I wanted him to have a Cars theme again this year.  I found some Cars invitations that were so cute!  Gunnar was really torn because he still loves Cars, but he also wanted Transformers.  (He, one time, saw a picture of Transformers and loved them.  He thinks they are robots)  So, I decided we could do both themes since we were having family over on the weekend and friends on the afternoon of his birthday.




It’s so rare for me to be in a picture since I’m always shooting, so I’m including this picture even though it’s blurry.  Plus, Gunnar is looking and smiling.  That’s amazing.


W spent all day Sunday playing with Gunnar’s new toys.  He’s been up a little after 6:00 every morning this week to play with his train set.  James, the red engine & Edward who is green were added to his collection.  He also got some fun bridges and The Roundhouse!  We’ve parked everyone in the house and pulled everyone out more times than I care to count.  But, it’s been so much fun.

These two pictures were taken Sunday morning.  I got up to find him playing while wearing his new Bumblebee (Transformer) costume.  Cute!