New Blog for Nathanael

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Jamison!

Jamison has been fascinated by dinosaurs recently (and yes, some of his passion has been fueled by "Dinosaur Train" on PBS...he sometimes tells me he wants to be a paleontologist...) so we decided to have a dinosaur birthday party. We invited a friend over, prepared some decorations (now that we have a computer and working printer we printed lots of coloring pages, colored them, pasted them to construction paper, and made our own dinosaur garland), and we used lots of toy dinosaurs (thanks Jerri for letting us borrow the big dinosaurs, and to my mom for sending so many little dinos and the T Rex shirt), and had lots of fun!

I made an *attempt* at a volcano cake, complete with orange "lava" coming out of it, surrounded by tasted delicious (the icing was made with my mom's homemade vanilla extract - feel free to ask her for the recipe!) but looked a little different than I had pictured in my head. At least Jamison recognized what it was!

Here we are singing to him with grandparents and cousins on the phone. Nathanael looks fascinated by the candles...does this mean I have THREE pyromaniacs in my house?!

After lunch there was lots more playtime, including climbing the ladder to the top bunk, and Jamison's favorite, "chasing Jackson with a meat-eating dinosaur so he hided (sic) in another room".

Not to be left out of the fun, Nathanael refused to nap while our friends were here...but he did watch the "big boys" play, and looked like he would have loved to join them!

All-in-all we had a great time, and are thankful for our friends and our birthday boy!