Shea Elise Norris turned 5 on Nov 2, 2012! She is a lover of animals and a collector of the stuffed variety. I asked her many times to give me a list of gift ideas. She only had one thing she wanted: the soft puppy in the purse. She had spied this puppy about 6 months before and hadn't stopped dreaming of it. Needless to say, she was thrilled when she opened it during our traditional birthday breakfast. Other than her puppy (which she promptly named "Sparkle"), Shea received a lot of art supplies to feed her daily craft habit.
We also had another surprise for Shea and the other two kiddos. Josh had been working day and night on an indoor play house for the kids. We showed it to them right after Shea's birthday breakfast.
Shea had 2 birthday parties this year; a family party and a "Kitty Party" with her friends. I didn't get pictures of her family party, but here are all the cute little kitties....
lots of running....
Each girl got to "adopt" their own kitty and had opportunities to win kitty accessories like food bowls, balls, and kitty toys. We also did a craft where they made kitty collars with the names of their kitties on them.
Kitty races (red light/green light)
Winners getting their prizes
Shea loved this hat that she got from one of the girls!
Shea's one of a kind. We went to Costco to order her cake, and when she saw the pumpkin decoration, she was in love.
Cooper James Norris turned 3 on December 3rd, 2012.
At three years old, Cooper is all boy. When I asked him what kind of party he wanted, he said, "A basketball-truck party". He only wanted one friend, Asher, to come to his party along with all his family. It ended up looking like an adult party, but he had a great time and was loved on by a lot of people. Since Cooper can't have gluten, we did an ice cream sundae bar for his treat. He loved it!
Such a handsome ham!
Somewhere I have pictures of him opening his gifts, and will add them in here when I find them.....
Last, but definitely not least.... We Celebrated Jesus's birthday!
The day after Thanksgiving, as per tradition, we decked the halls. Advent had begun! The kids enjoyed counting down the days til Christmas and listening to the Advent stories that Josh has created for them.
Decorating is tiring work for one kiddo!
We had an early Christmas celebration at Aunt Brookie's house. Here are some happy cousins!
The stage is set...
Let the fun begin!
Stocking opening is always a fun time.
Cooper was SO excited to get his own pack of bubble gum!
After we ate and opened presents, the rest of the day was just open and relaxed. The kids played with their new toys, and there was no feeling of rushing or pushing. It was a great way to celebrate the birth of Jesus!