Monday, March 1, 2010

Still Here

I promise that we have not fallen off the face of the earth, we have just been incredibly busy! Last weekend we had a great time in Grand Rapids. We started out on Friday night at the Riebel's house. Isla got to take a bath with her friend Johnny. Even though he is only 4 weeks older than she is, he probably has about 10 lbs. on her. But who doesn't like a big strapping dude, just more to love. Once all the kids were in bed, the big kids ate Outback carryout and passed out.
After breakfast the next morning, we headed out to Byron Center to hang with the VanderLaan family. In order to honor tradition, Dana and I went to Meijer while Dave watched all three girls. The Riebels came back to have a pizza party and play with the girls. We had six kids playing together, 3 under the age of 1, and no bumps or bruises to speak of. I would say it was a success. Isla and Brooke had their bath together and then got to stay up a little later to hang with Grammie and Bumpa VanderLaan. All the girls slept great and were rewarded with Uncle Matt's Mickey Mouse pancakes the next morning for breakfast. Isla was in her glory.
Jenna didn't get any pancakes. She was too busy being cute.
We then headed to the big event of the weekend, cousin Elijah's first birthday party! It was the cutest kids birthday party I have ever indoor February pool party. Kate and Art set up a blow up pool in the basement. Elijah, Isla and Lydia got their suits on and had a blast. Art was the lifeguard on duty, but thankfully did not have to conduct any heroic rescues. Isla flaunted her new bikini that Uncle Jeff and Aunt Elaine got her for her dedication. Elijah got some great presents and enjoyed his first cupcake. Happy Birthday sweet boy, we love you.

This past week has been somewhat of a whirlwind. More details later, but we put an offer in on a house in White Lake and it was accepted! We still have to go through final inspections, financing, closing, etc., so prayers are appreciated. If all goes well, we should be moving into our new house by the end of March. Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Love it! So glad you guys made it out to the par-tay! Can't wait to see YOUR new digs soon!!

  2. That bikini is the cutest. What a fun birthday party idea! And congrats on the (hopeful!) new house!

  3. Congrats on the house! I hope it all goes smoothly for you guys. Isla is so cute with her friends. Sounds like you guys are keeping busy and having a lot of fun. Oh, and you gotta love the fairlane days. Haha! :)