Saturday, July 19, 2014

Barnett Visit and Matthew's 4th Birthday

 We were so excited to have Uncle Blake, Aunt Maren, and the cousins come to stay for a few days! We always love being with them. The kids have a great time together. And the adults enjoy our time together.

 We took them to the playground by the Ron Wood ballpark. I just love this picture!








 Opening gifts. Matthew got an ant farm and bug collecting kit from Grandma and Grandpa Miller, a pool with sand toys from Grandma and Grandpa Barnett, Spiderman walkie-talkies from Uncle Blake and Aunt Maren, and a plush suction cup-handed Spiderman toy and Spiderman beach towel from Mom and Dad.

 Matthew's face here cracks me up. He looks like the Joker with the blueberry stain around his mouth.
 We went with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Amber, and the gang to the new Curiosity Museum at Thanksgiving Point. Grandma and Grandpa paid for the older kids to do the ropes course, which was really awesome.










 We will have to go back and discover more another time. We didn't even get to it all. The outdoors looked so fun, and Matthew had a blast cooling off in the water.
 That evening, we went back and celebrated Matthew's birthday. Love this picture of the cousins!
 Grandma and Grandpa Miller came down for the birthday. We had a piñata with lots of candy, and gift bags with silly string.









 Our sweet boy. He really wanted a Spiderman cake.
What is Matthew like these days?
*He believes whatever Micah tells him: dragons hatching from egg-shaped rocks, magic marks (tatoo-like drawings with pen on his body), magic tricks, etc.
*He expects Mom to read books to him every night. I love this time. Mira and sometimes Ella will join us. We try to get everyone situated so that we can all see. He loves his library books.
*Wrestling on the floor with Dad and Mom is one of the most fun things. Sometimes he'll come up and just say, "Let's wrestle!" He likes to tangle on the floor, rolling around, trying to be the man to come out on top.
*Matthew loves electronics. Not a day goes by that he is not asking to play Minecraft, watch a Minecraft video, play Temple Run, Geometry Dash, 2048, etc. I'll often have to delay this by saying, "After lunch you may play." He isn't usually happy with that answer.
*Mama's boy!
*He's starting to read simple words. But when we prod him to try to read, many times he'll just want us to do the work. But he is learning!
*He sleeps with Jack almost every night. He likes that.
*He is a trampoline jumping boy. Shooting hoops, playing Poison Ball, just jumping. It can be in the heat of the day and he wants Mom or Dad to jump. Chad has been good to jump whenever he can. I like to wait until it's a little cooler.
*He's just learned to pump on the swings all by himself. It's pretty great.
*He is still a very picky eater. We offer him a variety, but he has decided beforehand that it is not good.
*His favorite foods are peanut butter and jelly or honey on bread or tortillas, cut into triangles; blueberries; strawberries; pancakes; broccoli; peas; cinnamon toast; plain pasta or rice; hot chocolate; applesauce; cereal.
*He loves playing pretend with his siblings using the swords we have. Like he's in Minecraft using his diamond or iron sword.
*When he gets excited, he does the cutest little jump up and down happy dance.
*His friends right now are Phoenix and Alyssa Badger, and Kyle Harris. In fact, just today he played with Alyssa for 7 hours straight!
*Matthew enjoys playing in the water. He loves having a watering can in his hand, and being toted around in the water.

We love our snug little bug in a rug.

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