Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Great Nerf Gun War of 2017, aka The Birthdays.

I can hardly believe another year has gone by and it's birthday week for my three sons.  Some days drag on and on and we wonder if they will ever end yet we find time flying by.

We usually do birthday parties at home but with me traveling so much for work it was a no-brainer to "go somewhere" for Elijah and Isaiah's party this year.

A friend suggested a place we could rent where they would set up obstacles for Nerf gun wars.  I have three sons so Nerf guns are in abundance at 2946, so much so that we have a rule about them...

...guns are for upstairs or outside and never shoot mommy

It was the perfect plan.  I scheduled the gym, sent out the invites and ordered their cakes.

Last Saturday, smack in the middle of their actual birthdays, we partied.  Almost everyone they invited to the party was able to come- which was a first for my boys.   The joy on their faces throughout the day, brought joy to mine.

Thankful for all these people who made their day special 
Isaiah with a few hundred guns to choose from 
Getting ready to go to war 
Who is bigger, Elijah or the gun? 
It was so fun, Momma had to get in on the action 
Isaiah reloading 
Blowing out their candles

Rex, Elijah (12), Me and Isaiah (11) 

These two boys keep life exciting and fun.  They both get worked up in the car when it rains and want me to drive through the big puddles on the side of the road.  I do.  And sometimes, I turn around and drive through them again, because- it's the simple things.  Their laughter and comments when the puddles spray their windows is way more fun than when they were terrified to even be in the car during a downpour.

Wrestle Mania in the living room, frog hunting in the creek and Basketball battles in the driveway are common occurrences.  

Elijah is doing great with his drums.  He takes lessons once-twice a week and plays in the youth worship band at church.  He has a memory like an elephant, unless it's math related.  He has always been loving; but he includes me in that now, which I cherish.  He enjoys dressing up and tucking his shirts in, wearing a belt and takes much pride in his "poofy" hair.  Star Wars, X-Box and arguing with us are a few of his favorite things.  He is so handsome, he slays me with that smile. He is starting to take an interest in cooking and his latest thing is making me coffee.  I'm raising 'em right, y'all.

Isaiah is my baby and the fact I probably shouldn't call him that anymore makes me sad.  He is our artist and draws really well but when you look into the eyes of his drawings, you can feel what you see.  He doesn't like being alone unless he's overwhelmed with life.  Then he wants to be left alone but not alone.  Difficult to figure out, yep.  He has started eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and decided Cinnamon Toast Crunch is his go-to cereal, so at least he is adding to his diet.  Ha Ha! His new favorite hobby is "whittling" sticks and he will sit outside and work at it for hours. He prefers outside, but not alone.  His laugh or smile hasn't changed since I first laid eyes on his cute little face and both will light up a room.

Elijah, Kendall, Isaiah & Penelope

As much as these two fight, like brothers do, they love hard.  And not just each other, they love their nieces with a pure, sweet and protective love that is an amazing thing to watch. Yes, they have a little jealousy going on, it's hard sharing your Momma and Daddy with your nieces but at the end of every.single.day they want to know if Penelope and Kendall are coming over.  And the girls- well, one of their most asked questions is...where's the boys?

Watching the pure love between the four of them is one of life's greatest blessings right now.

Happy Birthday Elijah and Isaiah! We love you big!

Your Daddy & I are so thankful for all that you are both teaching us and learning for yourselves as you grow into young men.  We can't wait to see what God has planned for your future.  With Him on your side, you can do great things!

Go grab yourself a Nerf gun and start a war.  The laughter does a soul good like a medicine, even if it isn't upstairs or outside!

Happy Tuesday y'all,

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