Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Forrest!

We've been celebrating Forrest's third birthday since last weekend, and what a fun time it's been!  Between a party in Monticello and Orion and a celebration at home, this little boy knows what a birthday is about.

So much growing and learning this past year!  Right now, Forrest still loves all kitchen gadgets.  (I keep waiting for this to pass...)  One of his favorite activities is going to Goodwill to shop with Gigi; he always comes home with a new appliance.  Between our house and Poppy and Gigi's, Forrest has five coffee makers, five ice cream makers, two blenders, two food processors, two mini choppers, four stand mixers, and I could go on.  It really is funny.  For his birthday, Grandpa Butch and Grandma Janet passed along a vintage play kitchen, which Forrest is very excited about.  He also still enjoys puzzles, Legos, and reading books.  Pinwheels are another fascination the past few months.  We enjoy going on walks with his balance bike and finding pinwheels in people's yards.  Our own collection of pinwheels has grown to five.  They are fun to look at...

Forrest is an intelligent and curious little boy who wants to know how things work.  He has many ideas that he enjoys sharing and is quite the conversationalist for those of us who understand him!  (We're planning to pursue a speech evaluation this fall through the school district.)  He is loving and enjoys snuggling up to read a book or watch a Youtube video on appliance use or repair.  I can't believe three years have passed, and Forrest's growing independence and sense of his own identity is such a source of pride and joy.  

We love you, Forrest!  Happy birthday!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Michigan 2015

Shaun has grown to love time spent on Lake Michigan, so she invited us to join her and Bill at a lake house this summer.  We packed the car and made the drive two weeks ago and were not disappointed.  We had lovely weather all week (important for a beach vacation) and enjoyed the sights that Muskegon area had to offer.

 The sand really is amazing.  Sand castles and digging were so much fun.  The disappointment in our sandbox sand when we get home was too bad.
Forgive the plaid shorts and orange striped shirt.  Sometimes Forrest has a sense of style all his own, and really, if you check out my hair in the first picture, I have no room to talk!

Forrest spent a lot of time on the tire swing.  Poppy is currently working on installing one in Orion. 

A dollar pool game lasts much longer than most other dollar items Forrest wants. 

And now vacation season is over, just like that.  August is here, and Forrest's school year begins in just two weeks.  I'm not ready...  Can we just slow down, at least until we find a house and settle in?