Monthly Archives: July 2014

Carter’s 4th birthday party


We had a little party for Carter with our pool-friends a few days after his birthday. It was, of course, super hero themed. I made capes for the kids and they decorated masks.


Notice how the girls are much more into the capes and masks than the boys are?



Carter’s friends knew exactly what he liked . . .

Williams, Carter, Riley, and Jack

swords and superheros!

Raine, Savannah, William, Carter, and Riley

After eating cupcakes and opening presents we turned them loose!


Raine and Elyse

Riley and Alice


Carter’s 4th birthday

First order of business: open the swim-related presents.



Second: head to NRH2O to try out the new swim goggles that Grandma Anderson sent.



That new spider-man towel was warm and fuzzy.


This little video of Carter swimming is an accurate depiction of what he looks like the entire time we are at the pool. He spends most of the time with his head under water, diving to the bottom and doing flips. He is such a fish!

After we got home, he opened the rest of his presents.



Raine always seems to give the best presents.



Love this!


When dinner was over, we sang happy birthday and ate cake.


This video of us singing happy birthday (twice) perfectly captures the many moods of Carter! Raine told him to blow out the candle, then she was pantomiming to him to not blow it out and he didn’t like it — hence the angry eyes and muscle arms. His face when the candle burned out the second time was classic; and if all else fails, act silly!

Here is Carter’s spotlight sheet from Primary, it pretty well sums up how he feels about things:


Carter is such a cute little nut! He is still a snuggler and momma’s boy but also loves to be rough and rowdy. He isn’t much of a socialite and prefers to stay home, but he makes friends easily when he wants to. I love when Carter comes up to me while I’m getting ready and says, “Mommy, you look very beautiful.” He can be the sweetest little guy in the world! He is also turning into a pretty good little negotiator. Anytime I want him to do something that he doesn’t want to do, we negotiate. He’ll usually ask, “What do I deserve if I do this?” In June, I had signed him up for a soccer class at the Rec and he told me that he wasn’t going to have anything to do with it. So the morning of the first class we started negotiating. Two hours later, we had finally come to an agreement: he would go if I bought him his very own pack of gum! Of course he loved the class and didn’t require any incentives to attend the next week. It’s always amusing to see what his “price point” will be — a treat, gum, toy, money, video game time, PBS Kids video, sometimes it’s even just watching a Mormon Ad, I never know going into it what will strike his fancy!

4th of July 2014

We spent Independence Day down in Corsicana, at the Walker’s grandparent’s house. It was originally planned as a bishopric retreat, but the first-counselor’s family couldn’t make it so it ended up being a fun get-away with the Walkers and Eastmans. Ashley’s parents own a beautiful home on Richland Chambers Reservoir and they hosted us for a fantastic day on the lake!

Raine loved the boat and tube, even though she fell off once. She spent the entire day on the water.



Raine and Boston

Carter eventually consented to a short ride in the boat.


But as soon as it was over, he booked it back up the house . . .


. . . to the baby pool! He spent the entire day in there.


Once everyone was sufficiently worn out, they vegged in front of a movie.

Raine and Cade


After sunset we all sat on the dock, watching the fireworks along the shore. None of the kids like the loud explosions of fireworks, so it was perfect for them to watch from a distance. They enjoyed the glow sticks more than the fireworks anyway!