Sammy’s Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

July 29th, 2007

Yesterday we had Sammy’s official birthday party. We did a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, based on the book by Eric Carle. We also celebrated Diane’s birthday as well. Here are a few pictures from our party.


Sammy in his chair of honor


The cake, covered in plastic wrap, to avoid becoming a meal for flies :o)


Sammy went straight for an antenna!


Curious about the caterpillar “fuzz”


Digging in!


Covered in cake!


Diane’s cake, which she did not smash all over her face


Happily playing with a balloon before bed after a fun-filled day

Bye Bye, Cow!!!

July 27th, 2007

For the past year, we have been taking care of Diane’s betta fish named Cow. With two little boys to care for, I have to admit that the fish didn’t exactly receive the best possible attention during this time, and there were several times when he looked like he was sick enough to kick the bucket at any moment. Well, yesterday, after much pleading, we were able to convince Diane to take Cow home to Mom’s house. I figured that this way, when he does die, we won’t be held responsible. Well, last night when we went over to my parents’ for dinner, we learned that my mom had done the thing she’s been threatening to do for months: stick Cow in their backyard pond. There are four large goldfish in that pond, so I am a little curious to see how things turn out. The last I heard, Cow was still alive, but it will be interesting to see if he manages to survive (or even thrive) in his new environment. If he dies though, Diane, you can blame it on Mom!!! (j/k!!!)

Too Much Excitement for One Day

July 24th, 2007


Sammy and Patrick woke up to find a brand new red wagon, a gift from Grandma and Grandpa Flanagan. After Mommy had finished cleaning the house, she took the boys for a walk around the neighborhood. They loved it!!!


After dinner, Sammy got a big chunk of cake all to himself. He immediately tried to eat it using no hands!


Enjoying every morsel of cake


And finding joy in smashing cake as well


Opening presents was lots of fun


Discovering that gifts come in all sorts of packaging!


Tissue paper is also lots of fun to play with


A quiet moment with Daddy


Trying out the present from Mommy and Daddy


Now Sammy can play on the swing set with Patrick!

Happy Birthday, Little Samuel!

July 24th, 2007

Today is Samuel’s 1st birthday. I am just amazed how quickly this year has gone by! Our whole family has enjoyed Sammy’s cute little smiles, his sweet laugh, and his wide-eyed fascination with everything around him. It’s been a wonderful year having Sammy in our lives, and we look forward to watching him as he continues to grow into a godly young man.









Happy Birthday, Sweet Little Sammy…

So Much To Do, So Little Time…

July 23rd, 2007

Things have been pretty busy here lately. Today I’ve been preparing for the arrival of Andrew’s brother, James, tomorrow. He’ll be staying with us for a week. Tomorrow is also Sammy’s 1st birthday, and tonight I’m planning to do a practice try on the special cake I plan to bake him for his big party on Saturday. That way he’ll have a cake tomorrow, on his real birthday, too! He’s really going to get fat off of all this cake!

I just wanted to point out attention to two things that Andrew and I have updated in recent days. First, Andrew went ahead and wrote a little summary of our lives, which you can view in the “About” page. The link is at the top, next to News and Contacts. Secondly, due to a little mistake, we weren’t able to close down, so I’ve started posting random things on that website again, if there is anyone interested in that.

Lastly, you may or may not have noticed that I didn’t post a name clue yesterday. I got the idea of the name game off a friend’s blog, but it doesn’t appear as though there’s been much interest. Not that I’m upset… I just thought it looked like a fun game and thought more people would be eager to play. So, we’re going to keep the name of the baby a secret until birth. We’ve had a couple mixed reactions from the few people we have mentioned the name to anyways, and I’m beginning to think it might be better to wait and reveal it after the baby is born, so no one can give us ANY grief! (And, in case that last statement is making you wonder what sort of strange and horrible name we have planned to torture our child with… if you know Andrew and I, we don’t go for the unusual names… so don’t worry!!!)

If you’d like to know the gender though… here’s your last hint.


Boy, oh boy, oh BOY!

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