Monday, July 13, 2009

A REALLY Long Post

I would say something like, "I'll try to keep this short," but I know that's impossible. This is going to be a really long post. We have had the majority of the Allemans here for Eric's birthday and Dan's wedding (Ryan's cousin). All the people and excitement have really turned things upside down for Beth.
Grandpa and Eric have been busy making marble towers, rising to new heights.
Eric loves the one-on-one time. Gee, do they look alike?
We had Jason, Ellen, and their baby Gavin here too. Eric and Beth were enthralled with him. They enjoyed playing with him.
Dan was married on the 11th at the Draper Temple and we got some great pictures. Eric still plays hard to get.
But Beth will pose for any picture at any time.
It was a VERY long afternoon for the kids and Eric succumbed to fatigue on the way home.
On the same day Grandma and Grandpa treated the whole group to McDonald's for an early birthday party for Eric. Beth was thrilled with the whole thing. Eric was so excited that he refused to stop playing long enough to eat anything.
But at one point, Eric pulled one of the baby chairs over, climbed in, and buckled himself. When he realized that he couldn't get out we had him. We were able to contain him long enough to get a few bites in.
We opened a few presents there and he was thrilled with a Handy Manny tool belt and a huge coloring book.
Then today we had a slightly smaller family party for Eric. This is the cake. It was a three layer ice cream cake that was really fun to make.
Eric loves to blow out the candles. (No, he's not picking his nose. This time.)
Beth was so exuberant about the presents. We hid all of them and Eric ran around the room pell-mell till he found them all. It was really hard to keep Beth from opening them.
Here is the birthday group, except for Beth and myself. (We were taking the picture.)
It's not a birthday unless you get your hands dirty, right?
Eric showing off his new Handy Manny tool belt. It'll go well with his Handy Manny bathtub pipe set from Grandma and Grandpa Clines.
Ryan helping Eric with his new Magic Tee-ball Machine.
Beth fetching the balls.Eric also got a mitt to catch the balls.
And he got a new bike. Right now he has no idea how to stop or turn. Fun for us.
This is the family sitting and watching him ride his bike for the first time.
A few birthday clips.


Mike and Judy said...

All sounds like tons of fun.

trumpet girl said...

It looks like you had a ton of fun. Too bad we had to miss it. Kirsten wants to tell Eric Happy Birthday again and that she misses him!

The Alleman Jamboree with C&D said...

happy birthday eric! We sure wish we could have been there. Looks like a lot of fun.

Nikki said...

Happy birthday, Eric! That looks like it was such a blast. And what a great 4th celebration.