Friday, July 29, 2011

Hot Dog! A very Mickey 3rd Birthday

Zac's birthday this year was a lot of fun. His current obsession includes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as well as Toy Story, Cars, and Monster's Inc.) I had a lot of fun with the Mickey theme. These were some of the pictures we used on the invitation.

Many hours were spent working on his cake. I decided to make the clubhouse- and as Michelle would say, it was definitely ambitious!!! It took my sister Kristen, my sister in law Mallory, and me a lot of work (a lot of which wouldn't have been necessary if I knew what I was doing- like making black fondant- seriously just buy it next time!) But it turned out really fun.
Red was not the best color to have behind it. Oh well.

And the decorators with our creation. Thank you so much for you help girls!!!!
Everyone came in their Mickey attire, and Zac wore his Mickey party hat to open presents.
He got a doctor kit and a Buzz Lightyear snuggie among a million other fun things. His daddy is proudly showing him how to use the stethoscope.
Zac liked the cake so much, he thought it was a toy and got mad at me when I started cutting it up and he wanted to play with it.
My cute sister in law Lauren misunderstood the invitation when it said to wear Mickey attire and thought she was supposed to come dressed up as her favorite Disney character. I'm pretty sure that if I had actually asked people to do that she still would have been the only one that came dressed up. Hear is the darling Pocahontas. Mike couldn't come because he had to work, and I'm really sad because Lauren said if he had come she would have made him dress up as Prince Charming from Cinderella. How great would that have been?
Jon didn't want her to feel bad, so he got dressed up and got in the picture too. Zac's cute great grandparents in their Mickey shirts.

How effective is face time on your iphones if you are sitting right next to each other?
My mom has super nice neighbors that got Zac a birthday present and brought it over. It ended up being this huge Toy Story ball that you can climb inside and roll around in. Let me tell you, it was the hit of the night. We have spent many hours since in the ball. He likes to have snacks in it, as well as watch shows.
I don't know why these pictures came out sideways, they are right on my computer. Anyway- funny.
You can see Zac through the little window at the bottom.

I also took the yearly pictures with the bear for his 3rd birthday. Man, it's crazy to see how much he has grown compared to the earlier ones!

Jon's present to Zac was new shoes- and of course they had to be Jordans.

This is a common look on Zac's face lately (unfortunately). He has definitely found his bossy/grumpy side and it comes out all to often. His nackname is Zachy Drama!
Oh, but we do love this boy. We are so blessed to have him in our family. I can't believe it has already been 3 years, and I sure can't wait for the next 93. I love you little man!

Monday, July 18, 2011


Christmas was so fun this year. Zac was such a perfect age to totally get into it. He loved that Santa was coming and was so excited about opening his presents. He was definitely spoiled! Santa came to our house Christmas Eve morning and we had our own little family Christmas morning. When you asked Zac what he wanted from Santa he would tell you that all he wanted was a basketball hoop and a basketball. His dad couldn't have been more proud. Santa delivered and Zac made the very first shot he tried. We have spent many hours shooting hoops since he got his hoop.

His dad thought that since he had a basketball hoop he needed the proper attire to go with it. Zac got a Nike workout outfit from his dad that is the perfect thing for making the best shot.
Santa also brought Handy Manny and the tools. We had to bring the tools around everywhere we went for a while.

After he opened his tools, he made sure to show the tools each of his presents. Here is Dusty admiring Zac's new sweater (probably appreciating it more than Zac).

And Jon and I had a great Christmas as well. Here I am admiring my new watch. What a nice husband.
On Christmas morning, we spent it with both families. Again- so spoiled.
Zac is definitely on his Grandma's nice list- whether he deserves it or not.
What more do you need when you're 2 than a Buzz and a big box? Life is good.
Well, maybe a silly aunt that will hide in the big box with you!
Christmas was especially exciting for Jon's little sister Megan this year. She went over to open her Christmas present from her boyfriend and ended up getting engaged! We were there soon after to hear the story and see the ring.

Congratulations Megan and Taylor! We are so excited for you.

We finished the day with Zac convincing another aunt to throw him in the air for about a half hour.
We are so blessed. It was wonderful as always to spend time with family and celebrate our Savior's birth. I wish we took the time more often to focus on the love that we share.