I have a "partial" set of numbers puzzles that Josiah loves - purchased at a garage sale some years ago. Each number is made up of 1" thick foam pieces - 1 piece for the 1; 5 pieces for the 5, etc. When I bought them, the 7 and 0 were missing. Knowing he was coming, I got them out of storage so he could once again play with them. This time he thought it would be fun to put the corresponding number showing the age of the person (or animal) for a photo. Nels is 1 year old.
Annika is 5 years old.
Josiah is 7 years old, but since there is no "7," Josiah decided to show 5 + 2 = 7 (him). Pretty smart, if you ask me!
Cousin Pat, Josiah and Annika waiting for our photo shoot appointment
Aurelia blowing out her candles. Happy 4th birthday, Aurelia!
Felix - enjoying his cake
Aurelia - waiting patiently to open her gifts
Sarah, sporting Aurelia's birthday glasses
Yours truly with (L to R) Josiah, Annika, Aurelia, with Sarah carrying Felix and ?
Friday I met Rachel, Josiah, Annika and Will at the McDonald's in St. Peter so I could bring Josiah and Annika to my home to spend some time with me. I only had them for about 24 hours, but it was special!
The big excitement for them at my home was Nels. They both loved him and played and played with him, until bedtime - and even during the early morning! He had fun with them, too, and when he needed some rest, he would park under a chair or climb to the top of his cat tree.
Knowing they were coming, I had made an appointment at Target to have their photos taken to give me a current photo to hang on my "Family" wall. Perhaps this wasn't the wisest thing to do - given our time restraints - but it worked out. My Cousin Pat came mid-morning, and together we went out to Target, did the photo shoots, shopped for a toy for each of the kids, headed to Burger King for a quick bite, and drove to Aurelia's to celebrate her 4th birthday.
With a perfect Minnesota summer day for a birthday party (we don't have that many!), family members gathered in Peder and Sarah's back yard - the kids playing with each other while the adults visited. Then it was time for cake and ice cream - and finally - the opening of gifts. I was so pleased that the cousins got to be with each other for a while. They had a very good time.
At the conclusion of the party, during the farewells, with Peder and Sarah standing next to each other, Sarah said, "Donna, you know that baby shoe necklace of yours? Well, you're going to be adding another shoe next year!" Yes, they're expecting another baby - due in April! Isn't that happy news?!