Back in February we kicked off BIRTHDAY SEASON!!! Around here - four of the five kiddos' birthdays fall within 8 Weeks of each other...and the fifth one is only a couple months later!!
NOAH starts us out on FEBRUARY 9th!!! He turned EIGHT this year and we got to celebrate up in the mountains with Family! Noah is the life of the party and such a joy and blessing to be around! He gets along with everyone and has such a sincere heart!
NAHOME was next with his birthday on FEBRUARY 21st!!! He turned SIX this year and we got to enjoy celebrating with Nahome for his VERY FIRST BIRTHDAY!!! Ethiopia doesn't celebrate birthdays or even really know when exactly they are. We started the day with EGGS which he loves - followed it up after school with some yummy Ethiopian food - and ended the day with a cake made by his big brothers!!! There were plenty of presents involved too!! I love this little boy and still can't believe we get the privilege of having his as our son!!! Can't imagine my world without him!
Just a few short weeks later it was LEAH's turn!!! On MARCH 16th she also turned SIX!!!! Her brothers were very kind to share their colds with her so she spent the day with a fever! We pumped her full of meds and spent the day at her brothers basketball and soccer games!! We celebrated with family for lunch where she got to open her presents and blow out her candles! She is such a sweetheart and I am thankful for her everyday! She is the only girl I know who can hold her own with FOUR big brothers!!
Apart from birthdays we have been CRAZY BUSY with extracurricular activities for the older boys!! For a while there we were in it SIX DAYS A WEEK!!! Here is a RECAP!
Jarod and Isaiah completed their Hunter's Ed course and are officially hunting ready!!! We are waiting a few short weeks for Jarod's birthday so they can both go get their licenses together!! Daddy has been waiting for this day to come ever since he found out he was going to be a daddy! I think it was a pretty close tie between who was more excited about it - the boys or Dad!
Jarod started the winter out playing some Basketball and he rocked it! Being a head taller than anyone and already wearing a size 9 shoe doesn't hurt the situation any!! He is really starting to develop his skills and this basketball mama can't wait to watch him through the years ahead!
Isaiah was asked by Jarod's basketball coach to become an honorary member of the team! He enjoyed hanging out with them all at practices and Jarod was excited to have him play with them for a couple games at the end of the season! Isaiah scored 3 baskets during their last game of the season and he was SO incredibly excited!!
Isaiah and Noah decided to try out wrestling this year! Neither of them had ever done it - with the exception of the living room of course - and they both picked it up fairly quickly! Noah usually wins most of his meets and Isaiah has been rockin' it - I think he has only lost one and tied one - he has won all of the rest! They are both having a lot of fun!
Not that our lives weren't busy enough with all the FUN activities above - then a couple weeks ago SOCCER started!! All three of the big boys are playing! Noah was excited to get back on the field - he played indoor soccer last year and loved it!! Isaiah was SOOOOOO incredibly excited to play SOCCER and has been dreaming about playing on his own official team for years!!! Jarod is along for the ride and is having a lot of fun learning the skills of the game! They had their first games this week - - Jarod and Noah both scored 2 goals and Isaiah had a couple shots! Fun Times!!
Life has been busy but I wouldn't have it any other way!! I LOVE getting the opportunity to be mama to FIVE amazing kids and watching their joy as they experience life!!! We are just starting our Spring Break, which is sure to have lots of FUN and probably not much of a BREAK!! Can't imagine my life any other way!