Sunday, February 22, 2009

AIDS Exhibit

World Vision is sponsoring this amazing interactive exhibit around the country to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in Africa. Right now it looks like they have planned "tour dates" in California, Arizona, Montana, Georgia, and Tennessee, but they are looking for additional host locations. We are planning to attend the event here in AZ on March 15th and hopefully take some students from our youth group, as well as others from our church. This event looks extremely powerful and will hopefully encourage us all to do our part and get involved.

View the promo video HERE
View the website HERE
If you can't visit the "experience" in person, you can do so online HERE

If you live in AZ and want to join us, let me know, I'm reserving tickets!

Boys Will Be Boys

As I was transferring pictures from my camera to my computer the other day, I came across a short video that I thought was worthy of posting. Micah is home with Eli every Tuesday and Friday, and this video provided some insight as to the kinds of "boy" things that the two of them enjoy doing together. I'm not sure who was having more fun... :) I'm glad Eli and his daddy have the chance to hang out together a couple days each week, just the two of them, being boys!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Eli

Yesterday my little man turned three-years-old, boy how time flies! Both Micah and I took the day off of work and enjoyed an "adventurous" day with Eli, romping around the town. Phoenix recently gained a lightrail, so we decided to ride the "train" (as Eli called it) from Mesa to downtown Phoenix and spend the day exploring the new Children's Museum of Phoenix. We thoroughly enjoyed our lightrail experience and have decided they definitely need to extend the track down here to Queen Creek :) And the museum was incredible! The historical Monroe school building was rennovated to become a 3-story museum with fun activities for children of all ages. We had a wonderful day together as a family, though it was a little bittersweet to see my baby turn another year older.

As a 3-year-old, Eli:
-Loves playing with cars
-Enjoys any game that involves running and falling down
-Would probably play in the backyard all day if he could
-Loves the twirly slide at the park, but absolutely refuses to slide down any straight slides
-Has these rubber Disney characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto) who are called his "Friends" and go everywhere with us
-Continues to adore animals and has an ever-growing collection of animal figurines
-Still loves his blanky (and passy) at bedtime
-Reminds us to pray every night at dinner and bedtime
-Tells mommy to "sit by his door" every night when I tuck him in
-Can keep a pretty good beat on the drums (and loves to try other musical instruments)
-Recognizes all of his colors, counts to 20, and is starting to recognize letters
-Likes to check out books from the library and read "lots of 'em" before bed
-Has a very sensitive side, and loves to give hugs
-Has an extremely stubborn side and can throw a mighty strong tantrum :)
-Likes to eat "Cocoa kwispies and Wice Kwispies wif milk on it" for breakfast
-Often asks to watch a movie (Diego, Wonder Pets, Wiggles, Little Einsteins, Veggie Tales)
-Gets excited about going to the Zoo, the mall play area, and especially... Grandma's house!

We love you Eli and are so proud of the "big boy" that you are becoming!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Party Time!

Eli officially turns three years old on Tuesday, but we enjoyed celebrating with family and friends today at the park. Thankfully, the rain that was predicted held off, and we ended up with a gorgeous day! This was the first year that he successfully picked out his birthday theme (spiderman), opened all of his own presents, said thank-you to everyone, and blew out the candles on his cake, all by himself. What a big boy! I am still in shock that my "baby" is turning three (I know I'll still be saying that when he's turning 18), but it's also so much fun to watch him grow-up and become his own little person. Here's a few pictures of the day...