It was Samuel's 3rd birthday and Matt is on vacation this week so we had a slow day at home. My dad stopped by in the morning to give Sam his present and gave us some money to use at our planned Chuck E Cheese trip. Sam also got some money from my in-laws (Matt's Dad & Step Mom) a few days prior.
We left mid afternoon, grabbed some coffees, went to Walmart to let Sam pick out some 'big boy undies' and officially took him out of diapers... (still cleaning up a lot of pee, but we're trying to stick with it) We used his birthday money to get him those and some new sneakers he's been needing. Then we went to Chuck E Cheese. We had decided ahead of time that we would all work really hard to win tickets and we would give them all to Sam at the end so he could get something good. This was my first major blessing; Des and Isaiah had great attitudes about this! Watching them win tickets and run over to show Sam how many more he had was such a special moment for me. I can't tell you how much it meant. Those are the kind of kids I want....and to see it in them was awesome. So, we ended up winning more tickets than we ever have before - well over 500 of them! We got Sam a cool ball, but then got them each a giant pixie stick as a surprise reward for their attitudes.
|He apparently inherited the 'open my mouth when I give you a bite' gene from Matt|
On top of all of that, little things went extremely well - like the baby sleeping in my front carrier while we played games, me & Des hung out a lot together at Chuck E's which never happens when Daddy's around and was so fun for me, the kids all did well at the restaurant, our waitress was awesome, we got front row parking, there was no wait, nobody spilled their pixie sticks in the van :o) With 5 kids, things don't usually go this smoothly EVER. It was awesome! We drove by a street called "Alice Street" and immediately after past a work van with the number "143" on the side, and we all fit into the little photo booth that we've made our tradition for years....and we found a way to include Rachel. (see my arm behind Des? And her little hand?) :o) We don't ever forget her. These booths are meant for 1-2 people... I have to say I think we're talented!