Last week Sam and I were sick buddies...we both had strep throat and boy we were miserable! Sam woke up with a sore throat and I thought it was just a scratchy throat from allergies and being outside. That afternoon, he made himself a big cherry water and said, "Mom! You have to try this out!" So I did! Next day, I woke up with a scratchy throat. Long story short, we both ended you in the doctors office that afternoon with the diagnosis strep. Lite the test up like a Christmas tree! No school or work for 24 hours. So Sam and I hung out the next day playing games, watching TV and taking our meds! Sam recovered faster than I...Oh to be young again!!
For Sam's birthday party, we loaded up a bunch of cool kids and headed to Climb Iowa!
Check out the grin on this kid. I am not sure what it means!!
Once he was all belayed in, he was off! Jack loves to climb, but he is naturally afraid of heights and will can climb about two stories high and he stops...no matter what wall he is on, it is almost the exact height each time.
Sam, as you can see, has no problem with heights! His only issue is sore hands and forearms!
All the boys' hands were sweaty, so we got a chalk pouch and had Jack strap that on. He was designated chalk boy!
As you can imagine, Jack was plenty chalked up through the night!
Sam challenged himself and tried a wall with a jut-out.
Here Jack is balancing on the Death Star from Star Wars. It is a little higher than two stories! Yea Jack!! As you can see, he was pretty uncomfortable and as soon as we took the picture, he repelled down.
Towards the end the boys hands were spent. So, they played a game called "shark attack." They laid on the ground and our host would yell, "SHARK ATTACK!" and the boys jumped on the wall and hung there. First one to fall off was eaten by a shark.
I can pretty much say, with confidence that Sam was eaten A LOT by the shark!
After climbing, we headed to our house for cake, ice-cream, presents, running around outside and then a movie!
The party went so smooth because the group of boys that came were all such good kids! It was a great evening!
Jack kept asking me to watch a video with him. I kept putting him off thinking it was another Minecraft video...(All the movement in those videos make me sick to my stomach!) Anyway, I finally sat down and this is what he shared with me!
After it stopped, Jack looked at me and said,
"Isn't he neat. He is so positive."
I was honestly speechless...for a couple of seconds.
Everyone should watch this t every day and try to say these things more often.
Anyway, we had a little birthday party last weekend for Sam. His side kick, Jack, was right beside him...as always!
Jack was right beside him while Sam opened his cards.
Jack was right beside him while Sam opened his presents.
Right beside him when Sam opened up boxes!
Right there to help him figure out the gifts!
He even guided Sam on how to open a present properly.
Suddenly, Jack had to tell us a story. There is a girl at school who can put her foot out and stick her little piggy toe straight up in the air! Sam was mesmerized...and ok that it was during his present opening time.
And then Jack showed us what he can do!
At first I was disgusted.
And then I thought..wow...this kid is flexible!
When we sang happy birthday to Sam, Sam conducted us and jack emphasized the sound "H" in HHHHHHHHHappy Birthday while getting very close to the candles....hmmmmm.
Though these two can pick and pick at each other. Drive each other crazy, but I really don't think either one would have it any other way, being with each other whenever they can, especially on their birthdays!
Happy Birthday, Sammy!
(wow...how can two boys with the same parents look so different?)
Jason and Moose were taking a walk around the yard...checking out the yard, the house, I guess, checking out our "homestead." Moose went over to our bench, sniffed at something and went on with Jas. Something caught Jason's eye and he looked back and saw this little guy!
Moose had actually "sniffed" this little baby Barn Owl! It was just sitting under our bench enjoying the nice evening. I have no idea why Moose didn't try anything with the little guy. *phew*
It sat there most of the evening and then as soon as the sun set, it was gone. I assume it's mom came and got him...and then he was grounded for going out early and when she woke up he wasn't in the nest and she has been worried to death! But she was so relieved to find him and that he was ok.
The other day we got together to have an early celebration of Sam's birthday. I haven't taken many family photos in some time, so I thought we might as well do it on this day! It took about 500 minutes to get the pictures. It would have taken 10 if people, a specific two, would have been a bit more cooperative.