birthday celebration, round two

We spent the long weekend in Bend celebrating Lincoln’s birthday- and husband’s birthday!

Here is a boatload of pictures…

He loves Nani... and that lawn mower!

He loves Nani… and that lawn mower!

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starting his hockey training early

starting his hockey training early

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

a new puzzle

a new puzzle

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

we spent an afternoon at the local pool...

we spent an afternoon at the local pool…

then, more cupcake and singing, "Happy Birthday!"

then, more cupcakes and singing, “Happy Birthday!”

husband got a cupcake too...

husband got a cupcake too…

a beautiful hike by the river

a beautiful hike by the river

piggy-back rides with his cousins...

piggy-back rides with his cousins…

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew... so sweet seeing these boys together

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew… so sweet seeing these boys together

Easter Hunt!

Last weekend, Lincoln went to his first two Easter egg hunts.
He called them “Easter Hunts” – no eggs mentioned… it was pretty adorable, and he had a great time.

the 1st hunt was at Knott's Berry Farm...

the 1st hunt was at Knott’s Berry Farm…

Checking out Charlie Brown & Snoopy… from a safe distance

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Lincoln in a lovely Easter bonnet at another Easter Egg Hunt...

Lincoln in a lovely Easter bonnet at another Easter Egg Hunt…

Lincoln and the lovely hostess on a wagon ride...

Lincoln and the sweet hostess on a wagon ride…

before the Easter Egg Hunt began, Lincoln spent some time mowing the lawn

before the Easter Egg Hunt began, Lincoln spent some time mowing the lawn

All in all, a very successful Easter weekend

All in all, a very successful Easter weekend

… and a happy new year!

But first a little Christmas recap…

So, everyone chose to gather here in California for Christmas… I guess the sunshine, warm weather and sandy beaches won out over snowy, cold mountains this year…  I am once again so thankful that despite yet another relocation, we were able to spend Christmas together with Nani, Popi, my brother and sister-in-law and the kids (“Ca” and “Eee” as Lincoln calls them).

We had our big dinner on Christmas Eve, and Lincoln dressed accordingly for our oh so fancy evening…

I was pretty obsessed with his little bowtie...

I was pretty obsessed with his little bow tie…

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile...

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile…

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child...

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child…

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Of course Lincoln chose to sleep in on Christmas morning… The poor guy has five teeth coming in simultaneously and has had quite a few rough nights lately, which often lead to late awakenings…

But as soon as he was up, the present opening began (his two cousins waited very patiently for him to get up- not an easy task for a 6 and 7 year old!)

reading up on our new city…

After presents, we hopped in the car and drove down to Malibu to play at the beach.  It took Lincoln awhile, but once he warmed up to playing in/near the ocean, I could hardly tear him away.

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And now we begin a new year… {and a new look for the blog… I’m still tinkering with it…}
I imagine that by the end of this year, my little Lincoln will be a walking, talking, running, jumping little boy, without a trace of baby in sight… Lately he has just been picking up new words and left and right.  Although many of them are currently only decipherable by me (and sometimes husband), he is desperately trying to say everything.  It is quite amazing to witness.

I am also hoping to do some serious exploring in this new city we are calling home…  I’ve got the local parks down and we’ve seen a few sights (Santa Monica Pier and the promenade, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Disneyland- although Lincoln only lasted a few hours before a nap was a serious necessity), but I know there is A LOT more to see.

Happy 2014!

birthday celebration

I have a TON of pictures from the weekend.  I will share some more in another post, but here are a bunch from our celebration of Lincoln’s birthday…

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birthday card and picture display...

birthday card and picture display…

this is my felt ball garland with some of Lincoln's monthly pictures

this is my felt ball garland with some of Lincoln’s monthly pictures

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cute golden book I found...

cute vintage golden book I found…

some family pictures with the birthday boy

some family pictures with the birthday boy

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some kisses from Uncle Steven & Aunt Jen

some kisses from Uncle Steven & Aunt Jen

after a BBQ, it was time for cake & presents

after a BBQ, it was time for cake & presents

Lincoln was very wary of the candle...

Lincoln was very wary of the candle…

But after the candle was gone, he dug in and had a good time

But after the candle was gone, he dug in and had a good time

fun feeding cake to Dad

feeding cake to Dad

Lincoln got so many great gifts... but this truck was one of his favorites

Lincoln got so many great gifts… but this truck was one of his favorites

please note all of the boys sans shirts

please note all of the boys sans shirts

happy birthday sweet boy!

happy birthday sweet boy!

7th birthday weekend

It was a great weekend in Bend.  I cannot believe our little nephew is seven years old!  Yikes!  I am totally terrified that I am going to blink my eyes and little Lincoln is going to be seven years old.  Ugh.

For now, I’ll just try to slow down and enjoy each moment… especially the wonderful moments when our whole family is together…

we started the weekend celebrating our nephew's birthday with some bowling...

we started the weekend celebrating our nephew’s birthday with some bowling…

there was a small injury... a pinched finger... but a quick kiss and all was well

there was a small injury… a pinched finger… but a quick kiss and all was well

time for some presents and a sweet card...

time for some presents and a sweet card…

these boys are pretty cute...

these boys are pretty cute…

and of course there were some cupcakes...

and of course there were some cupcakes…

the next day, to husband's delight, we went to IHOP for breakfast

the next day, to husband’s delight, we went to IHOP for breakfast

Nani toted Lincoln around when he got sick of the high chair...

Nani toted Lincoln around when he got sick of the high chair…

Of course Lincoln decided to take a nice long nap during our nephew’s birthday party, but husband was there and took some pictures…

this just looks like mania

this just looks like mania…

the big entertainment at the party was the "reptile man" with all sorts of lizards and snakes...

the big entertainment at the party was the “reptile man” with all sorts of lizards and snakes…

it looks like Popi really enjoyed holding that snake...

it looks like Popi really enjoyed holding that snake…

And sadly, the weekend was over quickly.  I was very proud of Lincoln… six hours in the car each way and he did a great job…

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