May is the second biggest party month for our families. Lots of birthdays in May! We started out with Carissa turning 3. She had a really cute princess party with pizza and "fruit on a stick" for her birtday dinner (her exact choice).
Our Primary Presidency organized a talent show for our Primary activity and it was a big hit! The kids had so much fun and did a great job! All the families were invited to watch and we all had a great time! Taysum sang "I Am A Child of God" and "I Love to see the Temple." He did so well! He wasn't afraid at all and sang the songs all by himself! Grandpa and Grandma Anderson also came to cheer him on!
For the grand finale, our whole Primary came up and sang, "Old McDonald had a Farm." Taysum and his friend, Payton, were the cats. (Yes, this is pretty much our entire Primary!!)
After the talent show, Taysum and Ken packed up for their Scout campout. Taysum has kind of become an honorary scout in the Lovell 5th ward. The boys and leaders are so nice to him and he loves being with them. Here are the mighty adventurers!
Taysum had a blast and did really well the whole time! He loves the great outdoors and to be with his Dad!
The next fun thing was spending some time with Ken's younger brother, Mark, his wife Alicia and their kids Sami and Ryan. These two cousins are the closest in age to Taysum and Bailey, and they had a lot of fun together. Every year, Mark and his family go to Sheridan for a big leather show there. On their way home, they come over the mountain to spend a couple days with us. We hadn't seen any of Ken's family in 6 months (since Thanksgiving) so it was really nice to see them! The past couple years, we've met them half way at Shell Falls and spend some time exploring around there. I didn't go this time because I had to work, but they had a great time. Here are Alicia and Ryan at Shell Falls.
We took the kids to the park and had lunch. The kids were everywhere and had so much fun!
By Sunday, the kids were worn out and Sami and Taysum both crashed on the couch. We had such a great time with them here!!
Monday, the 18th, was the big day!! Taysum Guy turned 4 years old!! I can hardly believe it! He is so grown up and is such a wonderful little boy! He is such a good helper and brings so much joy and love to our home. He is so good with his littler sister and loves his family very much. He loves to sing and to dance and has done a really good job in TaVaci this year. He loves to make friends and will play with anyone! He loves being outside and doing anything with his Dad. He's great on the trampoline and can still sleep a whole night through bent in half! He loves Thomas and Friends trains and is really into Spider Man. He's really good at saying prayers and has given a prayer, the scripture and a talk in Primary! He's such a happy little boy and he loves to see everyone happy! He says the cutest things: (to Bailey) Crazy princess girl! (It's mostly the way he says it) "Good job, Miss Mom!" "Oh thanks, Mom! It's wonderful!" He keeps us on our toes and keeps us smiling! We love you so much, Taysum!!
You may remember this table from a couple posts ago. Ken worked so hard and spent so much time getting Taysum's table just right! Taysum was so thrilled and he has played with it nearly non-stop since! Ken painted tracks on it, then set up the train tracks on it as well. He painted fields and a river, a road and a farm with pig and cow spelled out (Taysum loves to spell). He also wrote out 1+2=3 and ABC. He put: Taysum's Train Yard
Good job, Ken!
Bailey loves it, too! :)
Taysum is really into Spider Man lately. It's really interesting, because the only times he has seen him is on the cover of the Spider Man movies we have. He is always asking to watch them, but we don't let him. Recently we got him a couple shirts with Marvel characters on them. He LOVES these shirts and Spider Man is his favorite on them. So, we moved into the world of "Big Boy" and had a Spider Man party. We found a fun Spider Man Happy Birthday sign and blew up some red, white and blue balloons. They also had Spider Man plates, cups, and napkins. My mom helped me decorate the Spider Man cake which was pretty tricky! It was SO hot that day and the frosting kept melting!
Grandpa and Grandma Anderson, Aunt Lindsay, CJ, Quinn and Carissa all came over for the party. (Aunt Linday, Quinn and Carissa came over to play earlier in the day, too!) We had pizza, fruit salad, Caesar salad, and garlic bread for dinner. Then we opened presents and had cake and ice cream. Then all the kids (Ken counts as a kid) went outside to blow bubbles and have a water fight with Taysum's cool new water guns. He also got a call from Aunt Holly, Uncle Nick A and Uncle Matt. He even had his name and Happy Birthday on the local channel on TV!! Thank you to every one who made it such a great day!
Even Bailey got to open a present from Grammy Penny and Grandpa Ned. She looked so cute with her tiara, wand and princess cape with purple fur trim on the neck!
Ooo la la!
(Yes, we actually snuck in a little pony tail and it stayed!!)
We have just had non-stop, web-slinging action all week! Taysum got a Spider Man movie (and this shirt) from the Lindsays and he just loves it! He already has the theme song memorized. He goes around shooting and "swining" from webs all day! Taysum says, "Spider Man is my hero!" In this picture, he thought it was cool to stand in front of the swamp cooler, because it blew his shirt out, and flex his Spider muscles!