Oh what a wonderful Saturday! I love knowing that our family will be together 24/7 on weekends with no work or school to plan around.
This morning was a lazy one.... got to sleep in until almost 8:00am.
We let Misty and Dolly in to play around first thing in the morning and boy were they silly. Dennis hardly cries when he wakes up in the morning. Usually one of us hears him playing around in the room talking to himself and we go in and get greeted with a big smile. It is such a nice feeling.
By mid-morning Dennis was already showing signs that he was ready for a nap. I gave him an instant breakfast with milk in his bottle and Julia cuddled with him. Now that she is in school, she tries to get this special time with him on the weekends. I just love this picture of both of them.
John started BSF at a new church this year since we moved. He has decided to be a children's leader because there is such a need. Right now, only William and Anna can attend with him because the other kids do not have teachers for their grade.
Today he spent time with them going over their lessons and memory verse.
Rachel frosted cupcakes and Jonny decorated them. They were made to celebrate Jonny's birthday today.
I did all of the girls' hair---- fancier than usual. Some had braids, or snails, or lots of tiny pony tails all over their head. Each hairstyle matched their personality.
Look at Annalyn and Sveta! Isn't their hair wild?
Since Jonny picked out his hairstyle and thought it was just so cool, John thought it would be fun if he and Jonny could look alike today. Jonny had a kick watching Daddy fix his hair like his and picking out a similar shirt and jeans. Don't they look like they could be twins?
Before we went to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate Jonny's 5th birthday, we went to Toys R Us so that Jonny could pick out a toy to buy from the birthday money he got from Aunt Tanya, Baboonya, and some of his siblings who gave Jonny a couple of bucks.
After looking at rows and rows of toys, Jonny came back to the costume section and bought himself a hulk costume. He also bought a SpiderMan candy bucket. We have buckets and costumes at home but his little heart desired these two things so we let him get them..... and wear it to Chuck E Cheese.
When we asked Jonny what he wanted to do for his birthday he chose to go here. I asked if he wanted to invite any friends and he answered, "No, I don't think so. Just my family is good enough to come." That was sweet, I thought. He did want grandparents to come, however.
All the kids got 15 extra tokens for bringing in their report card. And since my Mom printed coupons off the internet, we got a great deal, and Jonny got 20 extra, free tokens because he was the birthday boy.
Rachel's goal was to win as many tickets as she possibly could. Most of the older kids had the same goal.
Dennis really enjoyed the place...... this was probably the only time that I got the chance to sit down the whole time we were there.
When it was time to eat pizza, even Dennis joined us (even after eating a huge bowl of fruit and oatmeal).
It didn't take long for us to demolish four large pizzas.
Jonny loved sitting next to his Daddy when it was time to eat.
We filled up four tables nicely.
It was nice to see that our older boys weren't too old for Chuck E Cheese.
Dennis went wild with excitement over all the kiddy rides. He cried when I would first take him off when the ride was over. I can't wait to see how he does at Disneyland someday.
This shot of William is an absolute perfect picture to describe William without words.
Rachel actually insisted that one of us take a picture of her with Chuck.
All of the younger kids wanted to take turns riding with Dennis. Andrew was so good at holding on to Dennis to make sure he didn't fall over, and I didn't even have to ask him.
Jonny was excited to finally blow out his candle. His birthday was actually last week so he had to wait a few days before he could make a wish.
All the kids were really nice and shared their prizes bought with the tickets they had won. Caleb was particularly generous and let Jonny pick out lots of stuff with the tickets he had earned.
Here is Jonny picking out his prizes.
On the way home Julia and Rachel introduced Dennis to Pop Rocks. He was intrigued with the party going on inside his mouth.
Happy Birthday Jonny!