Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Sunshine Sunroom - Week of Aug. 20th

Cameron has definitely settled into his new house.   Even though it is a different home, thank goodness, Cam's buddies can still trek over the hill to find him.

Pictured here are two of his favorite girls, Megan and Emma sitting in the sunroom, coloring.
The sunroom looks out into the backyard where different animals are seen quite frequently.

This week, the turkeys wandered through looking for treats and meandering around.
We've been told the Thanksgiving birds fly up into the trees to sleep, but we haven't witnessed that yet. 

The sunroom has become the place to read books, color, paint, and watch Stella the cat sunbathe.

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."

~Helen Keller

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Five is my Favorite - Week of Aug. 13th

"Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time."~Charles M. Schulz
"We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend so we buy ice cream."~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone loves birthday cake.  Cameron's preference is definitely ice cream.  He's also discovered that picking out his favorite toppings to add to the frozen treat makes it that much more delicious.

So, for Cam's 5th birthday, the theme was an ice cream sundae bar.  Toppings included fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries...and the good stuff- oreos, m&m's, reeses peanut butter cups, cookie dough bites, twix, miniature chocolates, nuts, gummi bears, sauces, etc. plus three flavors of ice cream.  Many thanks to Katherine, pictured with boyfriend Paul, for all of the preparation work!

Cam's parents gave him a new bike that hooks onto the bike Chris rides.  Previously, Cameron rode on the back which required him to lean and turn to get a good view of the sights while riding.  Now he's able to easily look at all of the surroundings while still feeling the breeze in his face.  Plus, he has his own pedals to practice riding on his own!
Cam's birthday activities included friends and family enjoying their own ice cream creations, playing baseball in the backyard and just hanging out with everyone.

As an extra treat, Grandma & Grandpa came in for the weekend to spend the night while Jane and her dear friend, Leslie attended their 25th high school reunion with Chris and Leslie's husband, Dan.  We're not certain who had more fun that evening, but we certainly send a big thanks to Cam's Oma & Opa!!

Cameron is so blessed to be surrounded by so many who love him and support his every accomplishment!!  We can't thank everyone enough for the company, fun and gifts to celebrate one special boy turning five!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Getting Ready to Party! - Week of Aug. 6th

When you're about to turn five years old, it seems that you need ample planning time to prepare...

A trip over to Party City for some birthday supplies turned into a fun field trip for Cameron.  He tried on a few hats and liked the Hawaiian lei.
By the time we left, he looked as if he was headed for a luau.
Saturday at the cottage was spent with the Huey family on the beach.  Unfortunately, the Lake Michigan water temps were a bit chilly, but the kids still went swimming.  Cam and Jane, however, decided to hang out on the beach with Cam-mobile instead of turning their skin pink with the chilly water....

On Sunday, Cam's Grandma had an early birthday cake for her grandson.  A few of Cam's cousins came over and gave him a new remote control police car!    Along with a Dr. Suess book and an aqua doodle mat, Cameron played with his cousins and watched his cousin Steffanie try out the aqua doodle.  Sometimes as adults, we enjoy the toys just as much as the kids!

From cake to pancakes....back at home in Grand Rapids, Cam's super-talented nanny, Katherine, made him a very cute homemade "Elmo" pancake- most delicious!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Mud Party & Mowing - Week of July 30th

When young children are asked what they want to do for their birthday, some would choose McDonalds or Chuck E. Cheese.  Luckily for Cameron, his cousin Ollie chose to have a "mud party" for his fourth birthday in the backyard!  This was definitely the first (and quite possibly, the last) mud party Cam has been invited to.

Some of you may be thinking what the proper attire is for such an event...the only attire is to bring a spare change of clothes!
The kids had a great time getting dirty in the mud, swinging at a pinata, and sliding down the slide.  Cam's cousin Ollie actually had a homemade "mudslide" cake!  Even though it was an extra warm day, you didn't hear any kids complaining.

Another first for Cam this weekend was taking an inaugural spin on his Dad's new lawnmower.   He was intent on trying to push all of the buttons and steer the wheel.  He's had lots of practice steering the Home Depot kids shopping carts.

Cam's buddy Emma wanted to check out the mower as well and what a great friend to give her buddy a big hug before the eventful ride!