Thursday, May 3, 2012

Easter (Finally!)

Things have been crazy busy around here lately. As you know, Chandler turned 5 last month & now we're getting him ready for Kindergarten; Ashton started Physical Therapy for a condition called Congenital Torticollis; Brooklyn will be 2 next month & has started potty-training; Jared is pushing through finals & working 12 hour days (the man is a rock star I tell ya); I have agreed to be the captain of our Relay For Life team as well as next years Chairwoman on the preschool board; all this on top of nursing my sweet baby boy every 2 hours & taking care of my cool family. Things have been a whirlwind but life is good.

Needless to say, I haven't had as much time as I would like to post blog updates. Right now though, dinner is in the oven, Jared's working on a research paper, Brooklyn is napping, Ashton is nursing & Chandler's watching Your Baby Can Read so I have a few minutes to spare. I thought this would be a good opportunity to finally get some Easter photos up.

Coloring Easter Eggs (and a certain little girls belly):

Easter Morning:
AFTER (Isn't he a clever fella? I heart this guy.)

We hope you all had a very (insert belly text here)!!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

37 Year Old Overalls

When Jared was born, his Grandma Dooley made him a pair of blue & white striped denim overalls. My Mom-In-Law had Jared's pictures professionally taken in them when he was about 5 months old. She decided to continue the tradition with all 4 of her boys. Since then, 7 of the grandkids have been photographed wearing them as well. Here is the one of Ashton we just had taken:
(Drooly Dooley)
And here is his precious Daddy:
Everyone else:
I think it's such a cute tradition. I hope the overalls last long enough to do it with the next generation of Dooley kids!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The world through the eyes of a 5 year old...

It has become an annual tradition to ask Chandler these questions around his Birthday (with a few extras because it was so fun). Here are his answers as a brand new 5 year old:

What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite food? Oatmeal
Favorite animal? Zebra
What is your favorite TV show? Super Hero Movies
What kind of music do you like? I Pray For You
What are you really good at? Tricks (crosses his legs mid air and lands with a thud on the floor.)
What are you not so good at? Nothing - I'm good at everything. (Nothing wrong with a little confidence, right?:))

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Get bad guys with my invisible eyes.
Who are your best friends? Kaison, Cooper, Makhai, Jenna, Kendra, Adellyna, & Hunter.
What is the best thing about having a a little sister? That she's cute

What's the best thing about having a baby brother? That he makes those cute faces
Do you think Mom & Dad should have another baby? Um, yeah - I want 5 so that I can put them on the floor and make a pentagon. (sorry kid, ain't gonna happen)
Do you ever not like having a brother & sister? Um, no - I like my brother & sister
What do you want to do when you grow up? Be a Policeman

What does dad do at work? Puts kids in jail
What does Mom do? Feed the baby
If you had a lot of money, what do you think you would buy? That Ninjago thing (movie)
Why is the sky blue? Cuz the clouds are white
How do they make peanut butter? With penis... no not with penis! I mean with peanuts! (giggles clearly thinking he is sooo funny. Such a boy.)
What is the best thing about your mom? That you play with me
What is the best thing about your dad? That he plays pirates with me

What do you think Heaven is like? Where people go when they die. I think people talk to God there. (Then I asked, "anthing else?' He said "Um, no thanks - but don't put that.")
Tell me something that is really funny: Doo Doo Da Da it's funny cuz it's baby talk
What is your favorite thing to wear? My clothes - my superhero shirt is my favorite shirt & my black pants for my superhero shirt are my favorite pants.
What does love mean? That you like people
What does it mean to be a good friend? That you're nice to people.
If you could fly somewhere where would you go? To the bank
What is your favorite word? Hi
At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so? 100 because they love their kids
What's the best thing about being you? That my mom likes me (ahhh :))
Love you little man!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chandler's 5th Bird-day

Five. Years. Old. I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around that. It seems like just yesterday I gave birth to my precious baby boy and then I blinked; the next thing I know he's five. I grow prouder of him with each passing day. Here are just a few of my favorite traits about our little Chan*Man:
  • He's sensitive to the needs of others
  • He is very well mannered
  • He has a wonderful sense of humor; quick and full of wit
  • He's smart, imaginative, clever, and enjoys learning
  • He is the BEST big brother; the love & kindness he shows to his little brother and sister melts my heart.
  • He makes our jobs as parents ridiculously easy. He is such a good listener and thrives on being the best boy he can be.
He chose to have an Angry Birds themed Birthday Party this year. He had a whopping 36 friends attend. It was crazy chaos but a lot of fun.

I created the invitations using Publisher. (The one below is scanned which is why it looks so off color.)

If you want to make one of your own, here is the back ground I used: Just right click on it and save it to your pictures and then upload it to Publisher.

I put colored feathers from JoAnn's Fabric in the envelopes and also included a note which read:

"In lieu of gifts, we are asking guests to bring $5. Chandler will be giving half of the money he receives to a charity of his choosing. We will then match the other half and he will use that money to purchase something special for his Birthday. Thank you for your help in teaching our son the importance of giving."
We gave Chandler the choice between having a traditional Birthday party or the option above and he chose the charity idea without hesitation. Again, my heart bursts with pride over him. My family and I are very involved with the Relay For Life and my Mom is a cancer survivor; therefore Chandler has a personal connection to it. He chose The Relay For Life as his charity and is excited to be giving them $75.

Now, on to the party:
I used plastic table cloths to decorate the awning above our patio and hung Angry Bird balloons from them. To get the FREE printable Angry Birds template to make your own balloons click Here.

The sign hanging on the swing set reads: "Angry Bird House." At the bottom of the slide we set up boxes and green balls which we drew pig faces on with a sharpie. (We bought the balls at Wal-Mart if you're looking for some for your own party. ) I had big big plans to wrap or spray paint the boxes so they looked a little less like trash but I ran out of time. My Mom originally set the boxes up perfectly to resemble the game but the wind and children destroyed them before I could get a picture. Of course, the kids couldn't have cared less how the boxes were set up or how they looked; they were just excited to pretend to be Angry Birds and slide into them.

Here goes the Birthday boy!!

Chandler with his buddy Kaison.

The sign in this picture is also hard to read (& by hard I mean impossible.) It says "Angry Bird Cage." Inside of the trampoline we had green balloons with pig faces drawn on them for the kids to jump and tackle. They also played a game called "Break the Angry Birds Egg." One kid lyed in the middle with his knees up to his chest pretending to be the egg. The others jumped around him trying to "break" the egg by getting him to let go of his legs.

I found the idea for this HERE. Just cut squares of green tissue paper, wad them up, and glue them onto a piece of cardboard. A simple, fun project to have your child do. We hung this guy on the gate leading into our backyard.

We filled the gift bags (from Zuchers Party Store) with colored feathers, an Angry Bird tattoo, toy, chocolate eggs, crayons and an Angry Birds coloring sheet. The free printable coloring page can be found Here.

We topped off the evening  by coloring Angry Birds Easter eggs:

Happy Birthday Chan*Chan! We are so blessed to be your parents!