Posted by Julie Wiens Posted on 10:07 AM | No comments

Another birthday finishes up January

I've been getting lots of books for Logan at the library. So far it has been wonderful. It gives us some new material to read, and he doesn't seem overly upset when we take books back. So far, I think it is safe to say that this was by far his favorite book. He still sings parts of it today. The whole book is sung to the melody of "The Wheels on the Bus", however each verse talks about how a different vehicle does something to build a house. For example: "The blade on the bulldozer pushes dirt, pushes dirt, pushes dirt. The blade on the bulldozer pushes dirt. Let's build a house.

To end the month, we celebrated my mom's birthday. My gift to her was a set of watches with switchable bands. In the photo below, she is showing off the beaded one that I made. Apparently, that is exactly what she wanted for her birthday, but she had not mentioned it to anyone. Lucky me.
My beautiful mother. Always dressed to impress.

Here are the other ones.
  We enjoyed lunch out at Papa Felipes and then back to our house for some cake.

I have been trying to do fun cakes for each birthday, but it is hard to come up with new ideas each year.  For my mom's birthday, I decided to do a scene from the Wizard of Oz, one of my her favorite movies. I scoured Pinterest to get ideas and finally came up with this design that is pretty much my own, but has hints of other cake designs I found. Lucky for me, my mom loved it.

I was not very diligent in keeping track of Logan's statements in January, but I did write down this gem: "I wish I had a brother." I assume this came from The Elf Show (i.e., Prep and Landing), which we watched throughout January. We have no desires to add another member to our family yet. Sorry Logan.


Posted by Julie Wiens Posted on 9:50 PM | No comments

January sees our little man turn 2

As always, life and projects have carried the time away. I also spent a little over 2 weeks being sick with a cold in February, so once again I am a little behind.

We started the year by getting a new tricycle for Logan. He doesn't understand peddling yet, and when we are at the park, he is more interested in running. I figure it is only a matter of time before this little trike becomes his favorite toy, but for now it is just something fun to sit on occasionally.

Next up was the big #2 birthday. Logan helped me make his cake the day before. As you can probably tell, I hope to turn my little man into a baking/cooking lover.

For his birthday, Grandma and Grandpa Neel joined us for a morning trip to the zoo. On the way we did pick up a balloon for the birthday boy. It may have been his favorite thing all day.
I loved how the zoo put bird treats in the tree for Christmas.

Logan made a special friend.

Jasmine made an appearance.

These guys seemed to enjoy the cool weather
That afternoon we were joined by Kyle's dad, sister and our nephews. They just happened to be coming up for our nephew's orchestra performance at Popejoy Hall. They had been selected as the Honor Orchestra for the State Music Festival. They performed beautifully.
.... back to the birthday party. It was so much fun to be surrounded by family.

Kyle did miss part of the party, but he got there just in time for the cake, and we saved some presents to open with him.

This was one happy birthday boy enjoying his chocolate cake that he helped me bake.

Our next outing of the month was, wait for it, the zoo. Surprise, surprise. At least it was the next outing where I took photos. This time Kyle, Logan and I shared some nice family time together.


We sure do love our zoo. Well, that is a quick post to get us to mid-January. Hopefully I can get another post up this week.