September was a fun and busy month for the Martinez Family! Liam's birthday is the 23rd of September and just like his mama, he LOVES to celebrate birthdays. This year, his 4th birthday, he got three parties. So he told me when he turns 8 he gets seven parties! Ha, just like his mama!
The weekend before Liam's birthday we went up to Canada and celebrated with our cousins. Alek was born three days before Liam so we had a joint Race Car themed party. Mady put everything together and it was amazing! I would put more pictures here, but I had too many pictures to share already. But they each had their own checkered cake, there were edible stoplights and little candy cars with bear cracker drivers, gift bags and games galore! Mady had them running races, painting Lightning McQueens, biking, doing crafts, it was AMAZING! She and Edwin's other cousin, Ceci, have an incredible gift for planning parties. If you ever need party planning help they are the ones to call. Edwin and I just brought some of the gift bag items and the food. Pretty good trade off, don't you think?
The weekend of Liam's birthday we had his second party here at home. He requested a green frog party, so that is what I gave him! Granted, I didn't manage to come up with games (though there was a frog piñata), but the kids and adults I think had a great time. And as always, we had plenty of food, because that is what we do! Liam requested his favorite, Sopa Verde, so we called it frog soup, and tried to stick with the frog theme throughout the food. My precious friend, Renee, offered to make the cupcakes, so OF COURSE I let her! I gave here a picture and she made the magic happen.
Liam loved every minute of each of his birthday and is still talking about them both. I imagine he'll be talking about them for a long time, because he still talks about his fish party we threw him when he was two! Amazing that he remembers it! He is so fun to throw a party for. It was worth every minute of work.
Below are just some other random pictures from September and early October. My sweet little Rowan is such a delight! He smiles all the time and giggles and just makes my heart melt constantly. I mean, just look at that face!
And I love this one of Jonah, because I know without a doubt that he is going to be bigger than his daddy long before I'm ready. I know it's going to happen overnight and I'll love looking back at him, so tiny in his daddy's tee shirt! What big clothes to fill.
Super cute little boys! Liam and Jonah love Rowan so much. The are constantly laying by him (or on him), giving him hugs and kisses, reading to him, making him laugh, talking to him in really high voices like Edwin and I do. I love it!
Someday I'm going to do a blog post totally devoted to the places we find Jonah sleeping when we go into check on him at night. There are SO MANY! This time I came in and he was NO WHERE to be found. I looked in the closet, in Liam's bed, under the bed, felt the covers, I couldn't find him anywhere! Now, remember, it was dark in there. All I had was the night light. So I turned on the light and finally saw him mushed in the six inch space between the bed rail and the wall. I don't know if you can see it, but his face is literally mushed agains the mesh! So, what did I do? Like any good mom I left him there another half hour so that I could watch Edwin's reaction when he went to check on him! :)
I mean, really, isn't he the cutest baby!?
The worst part of the month was saying goodbye to Heidi. For those of you who don't know, she has helped our family tremendously in the last two years since Jonah was born. She's been the Jill of all trades here, but most valuable to me was her help with the kids. She is the boys honorary auntie in every way. They love her so much that when she is in the room, they forget about me! And now, she's gone to Russia. Heidi was like my right arm and it hurt to see her go :(
The boys were pretty sad too. I think they both totally understood she wasn't coming back and were pretty upset when she drove away. WE MISS YOU ALREADY, HEIDI!
And last, but not least, a super cute video I got last night of Liam and Rowan. Now, I don't know everyone in the world, but I'm fairly certain Liam is the best big brother the world has to offer!