Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Austin's actual birthday

On Austin's actual birthday we started the day by enjoying my mother in law's famous pineapple biscuits.  David loves them and thought Austin would enjoy them too and was he right.  They are Austin's new favorite breakfast item. DSC_0001 DSC_0003 DSC_0005 DSC_0006
DSC_0008 DSC_0009 DSC_0012 DSC_0026 DSC_0029 Mommy: Austin, I can't believe you have to use 2 hands when people ask you how old you are. Austin: or I could just say "I'm six". Mommy: well, that's true.  Happy birthday to my precious 2nd born. Love this boy to the moon and back.
Later that morning Maggie and I picked up Gibson's donuts and dropped them off in his classroom.  That is what he chose for his special treat at school.  I then went back with Chicfila for lunch and ate lunch with him and then read his favorite book to his class.  I also had a chance to eat lunch with Miller and see him dressed up for western day.  After school we played and waited for daddy to come home to celebrate as a family.  Yaya and Gigi came over (so sad to realize I didn't take one picture of them with Austin) to help us celebrate.  We enjoyed dinner and then ice cream cake together.  Afterwards he opened presents from his family.  It was a great day for my big 6 year old!
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Austin's birthday celebration

We have decided to do every other year for a birthday party and on the off year the kids can invite 2 friends to do something fun.  This year Austin decided to have a campout with his friends.  He invited 2 friends and one of the friends was a twin so we wanted to include the other twin too so he ended up with 3 friends.  They came over Friday afternoon and stayed till Saturday morning.  We grilled out, roasted smores, and played in the backyard a lot.  They were so sweet to Miller and included him in everything.
Sweet Maggie wanted to be a part of everything too.
Our cousins sent awesome light sabers so each kid received one to play with and they were a huge hit.
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David and I gave each boy a new flashlight and Uncle Toph gave each boy (plus Maggie) a glow in the dark necklace.

David created a safe place for a small fire and it was perfect for roasting marshmallows.
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As you can tell, Maggie had marshmallow everywhere.
Everyone got in the tent to get ready for bed and then remembered that they needed to brush teeth, go potty, etc.  By the time everyone came in we heard numerous kids say they would rather sleep inside so all the adults (so thankful my mom, my mother in law and Uncle Toph were there to help that night) brought the tent and everything inside to the playroom.  We then tucked them in and had to stay on them to actually go to sleep.  They finally did after a lot of encouragement.  This is how they looked when I checked in before I went to sleep.
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Sweet David slept on the couch in the playroom all night just in case anyone was scared.  He heard Austin and 1 of the boys at 2:30 up talking about legos so had to remind them that it was the middle of the night.
The next morning we made homemade waffles and played some more before everyone was picked up.
Overall it was a fun night.  I think Austin and the other boys enjoyed themselves which is what we wanted but David and I were exhausted!  I don't think we will do another sleep over until he is a little older.  We paid for it by him being over tired the rest of the weekend, especially Sunday night.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Birthday Survey

Name:  Austin

Age: 6
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Mimi the dog
Favorite Restaurant: Huey's
Favorite Movie: The Lego Movie
Favorite Toy: Legos
Favorite Sport to watch: Football
Favorite Sport to play: Baseball
Favorite Animals: Baseball
Favorite shirt to wear to school: Christ Methodist shirt - the only shirt I can wear =)
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Pizza topping: Pepperoni  
Favorite Lunch: Ham, Cheese, and Relish Sandwich
Favorite Sr-K Activity: Working on Math
Favorite Book:  Lego books
Favorite Colors: Green
Favorite Numbers: 106
Favorite thing to do as a family: go play at Mud Island
Favorite Breakfast: Pineapple Biscuits
Favorite thing to play with Miller: Legos
Favorite thing to play with mommy: Play outside
Favorite thing to play with daddy: Play baseball
Favorite Pjs: Dinosaur ones
Favorite snack: Banana Muffin
Favorite Show: Curious George
Favorite thing about Mrs. Cameron: she teaches me a lot of stuff
Favorite Candy: lollipop
Favorite Ice cream: chocolate
What do you want to be when you grow up: Orthopaedic Surgeon

Click here to read the surveys from 5 and 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five for Friday

It's been a big week around here...

1.  One precious guy turned 6...

2. Another precious guy had western day at school...

3. A sweet sister wanted to be just like her big brother... My littlest cowboys!

4.  This big guy got offered a good job in Nashville...

5.  And these 2 guys are leaving for a father/son weekend trip to Boston...
Half of my heart just left on a father/son trip. Thrilled for the 2 of them. #bostonbound @daviddspence

Great week in the Spence home!  Happy Friday...hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy birthday Austin!

This precious guy is 6 years old today!!! DSC_0058
The first time I met him I was so overwhelmed with love and protection for him.  I can't even describe the moment I held him for the first time and knew he was our 2nd special gift from above.
  I'm so loved
His daddy was and still is so very proud of him.
 He brings so much joy to our family.
Some of the things he loves...Legos are definitely his number 1!
and he loves sweets...especially Gibson's donuts but any sweet is good to him...I have never seen him turn down a dessert or sweet.
He also loves planes and has his entire life because of his grandad.
He is the BEST big nurturing...loving...patient...he truly adores all 3 of his siblings.
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He loves school and I am so thankful for that.  He truly excels there and enjoys going everyday.
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He enjoys almost all sports and is extremely competitive...always wanting me to time him and to "race".
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He's inquisitive, smart, energetic, a feeler, and a helper.
He is a gift to our family and I am so thankful to call him my son!
Happy 6th birthday precious are a true gift!