he learned to roll over
Spencer loved the balloon dinosaur, Arlo.
what he woke up to
he wanted a white cake with chocolate frosting and green and dinosaurs.
so this is what we came up with.
Saturday was his birthday party with his friends. We played pin the tail on the T-Rex, we got a pinata, had cups of dirt with dinos on top.
I was pretty pleased with this invitation I made
most of the party crew
For his party I bought a sparkler candle shaped as a 4. Immediately after blowing it out Spencer reached out and grabbed it burning the tip of his thumb and finger. They blistered pretty good and he spent the next 20 minutes like this with his hand under cold water (if you know Spencer at all you know he is a bit dramatic, I think he scared all of his friends with his shrieking).
My dad has a tradition the last few years of taking pictures at Kathryn Albertson park every Veteran's Day. Well we were a few days late this year but we still went on a nice sunny Sunday. I don't know why I never think to coordinate or at least dress nicely so we can have some decent family pictures!
I think this was these boys' dream pose
check out Opa's big smile!
I just like Spencer's face in this one.
all the cousins!
Roseburg is about an 8+ hour drive for us and none of it is straight or freeway. It's all windy mountain highway roads. We left about 4am so that our boys would sleep most of the way, and they did. When we were about an hour outside Roseburg, Spencer started telling us he was feeling sick and needed to puke. We stopped 3 times in about 20 minutes to let him get out and walk around. Luckily on the third stop he finally puked and could feel better and we made the rest of the drive in peace. Kade was an awesome traveler and slept the whole way, barely making a peep.
the babies, Zane and Kade.
Zane - a week old
Kade - 4 months
Spencer & Lizzy
Kade's festive Thanksgiving onesie :)
One of the things Nate and I really wanted to do while we were there was go to the wild animal safari. Thankfully everyone else was up for it and the weather was beautiful! It was so fun and we saw all sorts of animals; lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, elephants, tigers, cheetahs, lots of different kinds of deer, elk, and other animals that I don't even know the names of.
having a snack while checking out all the animals.
the boys loved not having to be in car seats!
Spencer was refusing to be in a picture with us
so Lizzy happily stood in for him!
finally convinced him to be in one with us
the cousins (minus Kade)
Ella and Spencer having fun together
the only other cousin picture, minus Kade again.
On the way home Spencer again complained of feeling sick most of the drive. We stopped about 5 times within 45 minutes but he never did puke. Once we'd start driving again he'd immediately cry and say he felt sick. We told him we couldn't keep stopping every 5 minutes or we'd never make it home. I gave him a bag and told him if he was going to puke, do it in that. He whined and screamed saying he couldn't puke in that! So then I put his bubba on his lap telling him to puke in that if he needed too. Again he cried and cried that no he could do it. A few minutes later he starts puking everywhere. Didn't even try to catch/contain it with the bag or the blanket. It was so nasty, all over his face and shirt and car seat, and the blanket on his lap. We pulled over to clean him up and he's crying about being covered in puke and I finally said, "maybe next time you'll listen to your mom and puke in the bag!"
We finally made it home and the next day I scrubbed and scrubbed that car seat (in my opinion that is the grossest thing I have to do as a mom is clean out car seats!) and it will never be the same. The next time Spencer got in it he complained it smelled like barf.
Kade on the other hand, he did awesome! He slept the whole way home and I don't even think he cried once! I would way rather drive 8 hours with a 4-month-old than anywhere with a 4-year-old!