January 28, 2011
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January 17, 2011
This was also the perfect gift to turn our family back toward the daily rosary!!
After everyone other than the Niall and Murphy family were gone the fun really began!!!
Adriana was sound asleep on the couch as Mama was helping to clean up meanwhile James wide awake was stacking cans with Martha and the boys:
How can stacking cans be so entertaining to the adults!! I don't know but everyone hung around watching Martha and James for at least 30 minutes. James is just having to much fun and really being cute. I guess he is why we sat around watching.
January 16, 2011
For at least the past month we (Adriana and Mama) have been planning a surprise birthday party of Michael. How did we pull it off? It is easy when Daddy has to much on his mind to think farther ahead of the day he is in!
This is how we got him there. One of Michael's Twelve days of Christmas presents was a date night to dinner at Texas Roadhouse and a movie. The party was at our very good family friends', the Murphy family, house. It just so happens that the Murphy's are not only a good family friends but also James' god family and one of the children's babysitters.
We had to drop the children off at the Murphy's house. So without all the boring details we simply told Michael we were going out for a date and we had to bring the children to the Murphy's house. Here was a small glimpse into his reaction.
Mama was slowing coming into the house so she really didn't see the surprise in action. She didn't want to give the surprise away because we were just dropping off the children so Mama was supposed to just be in the car. She walked in as they were singing "Happy Birthday" to Michael. He truly was surprised!! Thanks you to all who came and helped us celebrate!!
Daddy was overwhelmed at all the people who came to wish him a happy birthday. Mama had taken care to invite people from all parts of daddy's life so he would know without a doubt it was his party!!
Michael enjoys the children!
Really good friends!
Two amazing unphoto documented events were the spud gun and a surprise guest. Tom Dillon brought the spud (potato) gun to initiation Michael in the 40's club! Michael had a blast thanks for bringing the spud gun Tom.
A good friend of ours was a Swiss Guard at the Vatican and brought the Vice commander of the Swiss guard to Michael's party. What an awesome gift but even more amazing Christoph gave Daddy and Mama rosary's blessed by Pope Benedict. What a special gift!!
Mama's party hero was Maggie. She was a great help with the food naturally bringing food in and out of the kitchen. She helped cut and serve the cake. Just took Thomas out of my arms to change Thomas' diaper. WOW!!!
This video is cute because James and Greta are dancing to Maggie and Joe's music!
I took a ton of Maggie and Joe video's but here are the last 3 I will post.
This one is my favorite and clearest video I took, Maybe this Time:
This is a fun Mother daughter son, The Three Bears:
This one is a special guest song, Louis Armstrong aka Michael Hughes:
This party was tons of fun for our family and we would like to thank all of our family and friends again for making it a special night for Michael!
January 13, 2011
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....isn't it beautiful!
It was a great trip and as always it is fun to spend time together as a family!! Really the 8th day of Christmas gift was spending time together as a family.
Mama loved looking at the all the lights. It really was beautiful, especially as it got darker! Indoor the decorations were just as beautiful! It is obvious they spend days preparing for Christmas. On that note we love that they are still celebrating Christmas and not just a holiday!
We went on the train twice and Daddy will tell you his favorite part of the trip was the second train ride in the warm cabin, party pooper! But like we said it is the family time that is important.
We all went on the Merry-Go-Round and raced like in Mary Popins. It was Thomas' first Merry-Go-Round ride!
Mama was also happy they had a nursing area!! It is not necessary to use it but it is awesome that children's places are getting more nurse friendly!! Mama does beleive you can nurse anywhere but it is easier to be modest and not worry about it when there is a nursing area!
Finally, the one thing that was disappointing happened when we got home. It didn't happen as soon as we got home it came at around 2am in the form of vomit. We highly recommend keeping all children out of the ball pit, especially in that winter!!! We learned our lesson!