We recently made our annual pumpkin patch trip. In Kansas City, we had a favorite pumpkin patch that was open seven days a week. Now, in our new location, pumpkin patches are only open on weekends since the patches are real working farms. Don’t let the small town farm fool you though, it had plenty to offer and Marshall was completely enthralled with it.
Being a mom on birthdays is such a weird assortment of feelings. I remember the day he was born, and with Marshall it was also the day I really became a mom. I think about how fast five years has flown by, but on the other hand it’s like I can’t remember what life was before having him here. I get excited to see what the upcoming year will bring my ever-growing boy, but also a little sad that we are closing the chapter on the past year. Now a five year old, I can’t really call him my toddler anymore. He doesn’t even accept being called a big boy, nope, now at five he insists on the title of “kid”.
For Marshall’s fifth birthday, he requested a Mario Kart/ Super Mario theme. I’m not a person that loves to incorporate a lot of TV or video game characters into our parties (or books…or clothes) but I figured we could make it fun and it’s his special day after all!
Just like last year, Marshall asked if he could invite classmates to his party. I’ve met some local moms since last year and I knew his teacher, so Brad and I thought this may be a good year to actually allow him to invite kids from school.
As Marshall approached four he became more and more fascinated with outer space and rockets. Neither Brad or I are all that gripped by space; while I’m not sure where this interest came from, we still wanted to nurture his love of NASA and took his idea and ran with it. Continue reading
We planned on doing our tradition of celebrating a party with extended family and then just the three of us together, but due to Brad’s department at the time, we had to cancel his family party back in Minnesota. Brad was unable to get the time off for the party so we opted to make a huge deal out of his third birthday- his last one in Missouri! Continue reading
For our family celebration of Marshall’s second birthday, we had a train-tastic day!
Starting with breakfast, I made pumpkin spice French toast cut into trains and the grapes were suppose to be the clouds of smoke coming from the trains’ stacks.
Marshall’s second party was a whirlwind that I honestly don’t recall much of. I don’t look awesome in the pictures, which also ties into why I don’t recall much of the party. It was only about a week before the party that I miscarried and I was still very much trying to heal physically and emotionally. Continue reading
Marshall is just days away from turning five. He’s at an age where he is more vocal than ever on his likes, dislikes, and interests. Continue reading
We were still living in Missouri and decided to have Marshall’s birthday party the same weekend as Halloween so that 1) we could celebrate his party AND trick or treat with his cousins and 2) so Brad could deer hunt. Yes, really. It was also a nice excuse for all the kids to get a second wear out of their Halloween costumes.
Marshall was such an easy baby. He slept through the night incredibly quickly, he had the sweetest temperament, and just an all around engaging personality. Continue reading