Sometimes there’s just nothing better than my kids crawling up in my lap to cuddle. Glad Daddy captured it.
We are definitely on the birthday circuit right now… 4 weekends in a row! But, this was one we sure didn’t want to miss! Hudson turned three and invited us to jump along with him, Madelyn, and their friends. The kids jumped and jumped. It was a really fun party, and it looked like the adults had as much fun as the kids. Hudson got lots of fun presents, and Madelyn looked as beautiful as ever. After pizza, cake and ice cream, the kids were more than exhausted – and more than ready for a nap. Perfect!
We celebrated Big Poppa’s birthday a little early because we thought Friday night is the best night to celebrate. So, Big Poppa and Ninnie came over and played (and played and played) with the kids while Matt and I cooked. We started with baked Brie, then Matt cooked steaks while I cooked potato pockets and sauteed spinach. We ended the meal with my first attempt at homemade, made from scratch chocolate lava cake w/ ice cream. It was GOOD! It was a great night and the kids had a blast as well. Happy Birthday, Big Poppa!
Chloe has been waiting patiently since Christmas for her birthday. A while back, she started becoming very interested in her birthday. We tried to explain to her that it was several months away. Eventually, it made a little sense to her (timewise) when we told her she had to get through Christmas first. We explained that it would be close to her birthday when Christmas was over. So…. you can imagine what the topic has been since Christmas has passed – her birthday!
We started the birthday weekend off by going to Garcia’s with the Fusons. Chloe was sooo excited to have her best pal Maillie with us. It was quite the crazy dinner 4 little ones, but what isn’t crazy, right? When we were through with the meals, we asked for ice cream for Chloe’s birthday. So, the servers all came over and sang and delivered dessert. The kids did NOT know what to think or do! They didn’t even smile. I think they were more scared than anything. The look on their faces in this next picture will explain.
And finally, some smiles….
We got the kids home, bathed, and in bed. Chloe was so excited going to bed knowing that tomorrow morning was her birthday. Matt and I awoke early the next morning to Chloe running into our room, jumping on our bed, and yelling, “I’m four!!!!” We were all excited and talking in bed about it being her birthday and about her now being four. She kept telling us, “Four makes me feel better!”
We had a lazy morning and I cooked a birthday breakfast for Chloe – her favorite: eggs, bacon, and biscuits. This is a special treat because my breakfast cooking every morning always consists of me cutting up some fruit and pushing “Time cook,” “4,” “0,” and “Start.”
After breakfast, we let Chloe open her presents from us. We told her to cover her eyes, and she patiently sat with her eyes covered. Cole gave Chloe a new dress and flip flops, and Mommy and Daddy gave Chloe a couple of new shirts.
We all got ready and then headed to Peek-A-Boo Playtown for Chloe’s birthday. Since we were out of school all week for snow, I was a little worried about people not showing up; however, every single person came except for two people. In attendance were Maillie, Gwyneth, Addie, Abigail, Addison, Maggie, Luke, Hallie, Thompson, Hunter, Mize and Cole. Ninnie, Big Poppa, Pappy, Papa Rod, Uncle Mitch, Aunt Sarah, Uncle Aus, Aunt Danie, and lots of moms were there as well. We missed Harrison and Mal being there, but Chloe had an absolute blast. She gave us a #4 before we strapped her in the car.
And the first thing Chloe did when she walked into Peek-A-Boo Playtown was find the princess dresses. Of course, she wore it the entire party.
Here’s some playtime pics…
Pizza, cake, and ice cream pics…
After saying our good-byes to all our friends, we headed home. Chloe was so happy on the way home. She said it was the best birthday she has ever been to and ever had! This was the first birthday party she’s ever had, so she really didn’t have much to compare it to! Pappy and Papa Rod followed us home to watch Chloe open all her presents.
After opening presents the exhaustion had completely set in, and both kids were more than ready to nap. They took a good nap, and when they awoke, they both played with Chloe’s new presents the rest of the night. We ended the night with another special treat. I reheated the leftover pizza for the kids, and Matt picked up some Thai for us that we all ate in together in the living room. I don’t allow meals to be eaten in the living room in front of the t.v., but tonight was an exception!
Happy 4th Birthday, Chloe Lynn Kizer! It was a very special day for a very special girl!
to join our marathon team!! Please, please, please join us and run with us!!!! You can do it!! We already have 18 participants, and we want that number to GROW! Info follows…..
Hello dear family and friends!
Hot Rod’s Hustlers are ready to go again! Runners are ready to honor Dad by participating in the Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee on April 30, 2011. Once again, Hot Rod’s Hustlers are working together in conjunction with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All money raised will go toward this organization in hopes of finding cures for blood cancers.
One of the greatest contributions of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is toward research. Research is the key to finding a cure, and funding for this research is essential. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $680 million in research funding. Of 39 new cancer drugs approved by the F.D.A since 2000, almost half (19) were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients, and many of these were advanced with LLS support. LLS could not do this without generous donations from people like you for this much needed research.
Hot Rod’s Hustlers appreciates any and all pledges. If you would like to pledge to our team in honor of Rodney Waits, please click here to make your donation:
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts. Last year we raised $18,239.12 for LLS, and we hope to do that again this year. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. With your donation going directly to research and patient services, you truly can make a difference.
We would love for any other runners and/or walkers to join us Saturday, April 30, 2011. The Country Music Marathon is an awesome experience, and it’s not too late to register or start training. If you would like more information on participating in the event, you can register at the following weblink: http://nashville.competitor.com/register/ After registering, you can contact A. D. Waits at email@example.com or Auburn Kizer firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information on Hot Rod’s Hustlers. There is an abundant amount of information available regarding training if you would like to participate in this event. Feel free to contact A. D. or Auburn for links/training resources. Remember, many people walk the entire 13.1 miles. As long as you are raising money for a good cause and crossing the finish line, then your goal is met!
Again, we are in the process of designing t-shirts if we have a large enough response. So, please let one of us know if you are interested so we can have an approximate count for printing. All profits from t-shirt sales will go towards The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This was a huge fundraiser for us last year!
Even though we have many contacts through email, we do not have everyone’s email that we would like to have. Please pass this information along if you know of someone that would like to join our team and/or donate money. The more the merrier!
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/hotrodshustlers/Country-Music-Marathon-and-Half-Marathon frequently for t-shirt and team info.
A BIG thanks to you all for everything,
A. D. Waits and Auburn Kizer
Team members of Hot Rod’s Hustlers