Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gues what day it is?

Monday the 24th is a pretty special day for us!  It's our sweet Alaina's 5th birthday!  I can hardly believe she's 5 already, but when I look at her, I can see she is growing fast.  She is one of God's greatest blessings to us, and brings joy to us each time we see her.
Both girls spent the night here on Friday.  Here's a peek at our time together.

 When we picked them up they had new shirts on:
 Alaina's said - "I'll just ask Grandma!"

And Ruby's says "I love my Grandpa!"

After a busy evening, they changed into their pj's.
Alaina was pretty tired and was snuggling with Grandpa.

Ruby was going strong and was climbing on Grandma and laughing!

They both slept well that night.
 Oliver had spent the week at our house, because our daughter Heather and her husband Andrew were moving.  Oliver is a wiz at hiding when the girls are there, so they were very happy when Aunt Heather came to pick him up and they got to pet him.

 When Ruby took a nap after lunch, Alaina and I had a project to make.  First, we cut strips of cardstock in varying shades of orange.

 We took four strips and arranged them as you see above.  We pulled the top two pieces together to form a circle and stapled them, then did the same with the last two pieces.  We taped a brown stem to the top and added a skinny piece of green cardstock that we had made curly, to be a vine.

We ended up with some cute little pumpkins!  Alaina called them a "pumpkin patch" and she was excited to bring them home.
It was another fun weekend!  I know I have to enjoy these moments because they pass so quickly.  The next 5 years will most likely go even faster.
Happy Birthday my sweet girl!  Grandpa and Grandma love you lots!


Phoebes World said...

Grandchildren are one of Gods greatest gifts....and yours are adorable. What a wonderful time you had together. its the simplest things that gives most joy.
Thank you for sharing your family time
Phoebe x

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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Alaina! So happy that you live close enough to enjoy special times with these two adorable girls. I love the photos from the weekend. Have a nice Monday.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

It is always a fun weekend when those sweeties are around. Love the pumpkins!

Terri D said...

Those two girls are beyond adorable! What a blessing! Happy birthday to Alaina!! The pumpkin patch craft is so fun! A weekend to remember!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

You are right about the time passing quickly Mari...when I look at Kendall I can see her turning into a teenager. How did that happen??? Love on those sweet girlies every chance you get. Oh and I LOVE the pumpkins...too cute.

Cherdecor said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Alaina! She is such a blessing to you and to grandpa. We can tell that she loves you both so much.

Ceil said...

Hi Mari! I have a grandchild who is four, turning five in February. She'd love this craft! I think I have orange construction paper, that would work, right?
Izzy and her sister (who is two) are always asking "Do you want to do a craft?" and that usually means beaded necklaces and glitter glue. This would be a great change-up.
Happy birthday to your sweet little one! I feel like I've knows her for a long time through your blog. What a lovely family you have. The picture of your husband snuggling with Alaina is just precious.

Doris said...

So much fun! I know Zoe would love that craft....she's always making something. Happy birthday, Alaina!

Patsy said...

Happy Birthday Alaina!
She and Ruby are growing , I can see a change
every time we get to see them.

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Just love this Mari! Grandma's and Grandpa's are such gifts and blessings too! ;) You're right - the time flies too fast. You are so wonderful with making sure you get quality time with those beautiful Girls...memories they'll have forever.

Those pumpkins are so adorable!! What a neat craft. Blessings on your week ahead Hon. xoxo

LL Cool Joe said...

5 years old already!! I remember the baby shots of her. Where did those years go? You know Ruby makes me grin, she's still full on energy then? Ha.

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sara said...

You are so blessed to live close to your grandchildren!!!

Jenny said...

Just precious. She's such a cute and clever young lady, your Alaina! It's true that if we'd known how much fun the grands would be, we would have had them first. What happiness they bring. I LOVE those little pumpkins! I think I'll make some of those with mine this weekend when we go to North Carolina to see Lissy get baptized. Thanks! xoxo