We have been very busy the past couple of days with all of our social activities. We went to dinner with two other families from our church Bible study class on Friday and we all had a really nice time. The boys behaved wonderfully the whole evening. They are such a delight.
The first half of yesterday was spent running errands. This time we split up. My husband put the third car seat in his car (for the first time) and he took Nick and I took Ben to run our errands. We had been discussing that we really need to start spending one on one time with the boys and this is a good start.
The other benefit of this is, oh my goodness!, how much easier and faster it is to run errands with only one of the boys with me!! I couldn't believe it. Ben and I went to Tuesday Morning to pick up a couple of things that I needed, then to another place to buy my mega bottle of hair spray, then to the mall to buy some clothes for the boys at The Children's Place, then to Walmart to pick up the birthday cake. I could never, ever have done all of those things with both of the boys, especially the amount of time we spent at The Children's Place. It was so nice, although, poor little Ben was getting pretty tired by the time we got home....but that was OK because it was time for his nap.
I stumbled into a wonderful sale at The Children's Place. I ended up getting four pairs of jeans at $11 each, which I thought was pretty good, although I'm not sure that was a sale price. I should have asked because, if it was, I would have gotten two more. I also got four long sleeve shirts each for the boys at $7 each, which was wonderful. Two of them are really nice rugby shirts. I stopped by Baby Gap on my way out and they had almost the exact same rugby shirt for $20 each. I think I got great deals and my husband was very happy about it too.
The birthday cake was really cute and very tasty. It was a teddy bear 'cake' made of cupcakes. Some of them were white cake and some were chocolate and they were all covered with chocolate icing (lots of it). It had a ribbon around it's neck and was very cute. Unfortunately I could not find any napkins or plates with teddy bears but, oh well, Ben didn't notice and he kept quacking at the ducks on the plates and napkins, which was cute.
The birthday party was a lot of fun. It was very informal because we are pretty informal people. There were no invitations sent out and pretty much anyone who wanted to come came. My oldest brother came, which was a very nice surprise. I had not seen or talked to him in a while and didn't know he was coming. It was so nice to see him. My niece, Aubrey, came and then my sister's family was there, of course, since we had it at her house:). So it was a small, informal gathering and everyone had a fun time, watching Ben blow out his candle and open his gifts.
He was so cute when we were singing happy birthday to him. He was sitting on the table, next to his cake, and everyone was gathered around the table, singing to him. He had the cutest, most precious little closed-mouth grin on his face, kind of shy like but happy that everyone was singing to him. It was really adorable. I taught him how to blow out a candle before we went to the party. It was the first time either of the boys had ever seen a candle lit. They were very into blowing them out. So he did very well at that and then he stuck his little finger in the icing of one of the cupcakes and put it into his mouth. It was too cute and perfect timing. Everyone laughed and took lots of pictures.
He really liked the cupcakes and ice cream. I was eating it with him and helping him and he would give me the funniest looks when I would take a bite. Between the two of us, we ate two cupcakes and lots of ice cream and I really don't think I ate that much!
The boys were both very into opening the presents. The first preset opened was a fire truck and Ben was very into playing with it and kept going back to it. He was mildly distracted by having to open other presents. Nick was very into opening each present. He was a big help to his brother and even opened one of them himself, I think.
They had a great time and it was a lot of fun. Pictures to come soon. Must get ready for church now:).