Sunday, May 2, 2010

Parties, parties!

Two weeks ago started an exciting week at our house. When I found out we were expecting Tyler and that the boys' birthdays could possibly be on the same day, I was a little nervous. I thought it could be potential for disaster. I'm glad my eyes have been opened to the FUN to be had when our household has reason to celebrate so many blessings in such a small amount of time.
Marshall just turned 3! We had a little scare that the "terrible three's" had made itself into our family, but for now, it seems to have subsided. Marshall is mostly back to his sweet, hilarious self.
We started the celebration with family at Jumping Jacks. Marshall was running around like a maniac, pulling Daddy along behind him, going a million miles an hour. I seriously only got one clear picture of Marshall's face. He didn't sit still for a second. Then we came home for presents and cake. He's usually quite a ham, so I was SHOCKED when he got all timid and shy when the spotlight was on him as we sang him "Happy Birthday!"
Which was the opposite when we sang that song to the next birthday boy.
He was just soaking up that spotlight with his eyes on that cake. This kid LOVES his sugar. I remember when Marshall turned one he wasn't sure what to do when we put the cake in front of him. It took a lot of convincing and eventually a spoon flipped the switch in his brain, "Oh! I'm supposed to put this in my mouth."

Well not Tyler. He cautiously picked up his first clump of frosting and the rest was history. He would grab it by the handful and try to fit it all in his mouth. You can tell by the frosting smears across his face and into his eyelashes.
My sweet baby is growing up.
Tyler really knew what to do while he opened presents. He even would move on to the next one, which really surprised me.
Everything just made his face light up. We were cracking up the whole time because he loved everything he opened and then Marshall would exclaim, "OH MY 'OSH! I want to play with that!"
Tyler was also pretty good to give Marshall a turn at checking out his new toys until the giant bubble tube. Tyler would NOT let go of those bubbles. It was pretty funny.

Our birthday week was a lot of fun. It made me excited for the combined birthday parties we'll be able to throw for these two. I think I'm over my anxiety of shared birthdays.


  1. Yay! Happy Birthday funny Stratton boys! We love you guys :)

  2. What fun! When my little sisters were growing up, my mom always ended up buying a gift for both of them on both of their birthdays. They didn't understand that a birthday is for one person, so they each kind of had two birthdays. That works out nicely for your family to have both birthdays so close so you can do that!
    Looks like you had so much fun! I am happy for y'all!