Jan 30, 2008

4 Birthdays and a Cruise...

It just doesn't have the same ring to it as 4 Weddings and A Funeral, but that is basically what has taken up the last month of my life. Oh yeah, that and Christmas. So basically we have just had one big party at the Swenson household. We also squished a trip to Boise in there, so needless to say we are just going non stop in the Swenson home.
First was my birthday. Birthdays just don't have the same excitement they used to. I'm sure its not because I am getting old, right. If it weren't for the kids I would probably just get an extra Diet Coke that day and call it good. Then we had Christmas which was absolutely GREAT! I just love Christmas with kids. I am not going to post all the pictures, but here is a link to some more if you are interested. Then we headed to Boise. We went the same time as Nate's sister Natalie, which of course made it a blast for me. Nate gets babysitting duty too often when Nat and I get together because we just have so many things we want to do. We really should live closer to each other because we would always be playing. It helps that our kids are basically the exact same ages too. So, I really enjoyed our trip to Boise too. We celebrated Nate's Birthday in Boise, I guess. He isn't really a birthday guy either so we did as much celebrating as he lets us. It is on New Year's Eve, so I imagine it has always been hard to feel like it was "your special day". As you can clearly see from the picture I was a little slow on taking the shot, so I made him re-inact blowing out the candles. Yeah, he thinks he's hilarious.

Next was Jake's Birthday. We weren't planning on a party, but for some reason he thought we were, so at the very last minute we threw together a Star Wars party. He loved it. It really was fun. We made lightsabers for all the kids and played games with them. It really was fun, I just would like to have planned better.

Then, Emma's Birthday! Emma had a family/friends birthday. She got to choose where to go for dinner and she chose "the divers' place" which translated means the Mayan. So, we thought we would get an early dinner and then get home and have everyone over for cake and ice cream. We did not plan the Jazz game into our schedule. So we had to postpone cake and ice cream until the next day. She didn't seem to mind though. We had a great time at both the Mayan and home for cake. Kid's birthdays are so much fun. Kids just love having a day dedicated to them, and I love spoiling them that day.

Last, but definately not least we went on our first cruise! It was a Mexican Riviera Cruise and it was great, for the most part. Here is just a taste of some of the fun we had. I will cover the cruise in detail in my next post because it was as Emma says "a doosy". Overall we had a great time though. We stopped in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. The weather was beautiful and we saw some pretty amazing places. More to come though on that cruise.
Since he is the only one without a birthday in the 3 weeks that surround Christmas and New Years I am just going to post a pic of Peter because he is getting so big and he is so darn cute! I love this boy.