Saturday, we did some work around the house and then went to our friends house for their sons one year birthday party. Cameryn had a lot of fun playing and, after awhile, Luke did too. He was still trying to wake up completely because as soon as he woke up from his nap, I put the kids in the stroller and walked them up the street to Jessie and Shaun's house. Their son, Landon, is only a month and a half younger then Luke and they already play really well together. Jessie and I are really looking forward to cooler weather so we can keep them at the park for longer then 20 minutes. Maybe we are wimps but I just can't sit at that little park for really long with all the heat and humidity and the stupid mosquitoes eating me and Luke (they don't bother Cameryn for whatever reason). Anyways, they had fun playing with all the other kids and the toys that Landon got for his birthday. Mike and I stayed to help clean up since we only live down the street and then took the kids home with their gift bags.
Sunday was Cameryn's 3rd birthday!! I can't believe that she is already three. She is such a smart little girl too. Her new favorite thing to do is puzzles. I bought her a bunch from the Dollar Store and Mike bought her for her birthday a book with a different 2-sided Princess puzzle on each page. She has fun figuring them all out. She can get a little frustrated though because it is 2-sided but she is getting better and better at them. Most of the puzzles she has have only nine pieces but she can also do this 24 piece puzzle with minimal help. I'd never really given her puzzles before our trip to Utah but I bought her some to do on the plane and she figured them out in no time at all.
Cameryn has also started up coloring a lot again. She used to color all the time but after awhile she wouldn't do it anymore. I guess she got tired of it or something. I'm sort of in the process of "recycling" my toys so the kids can have some different ones to play with downstairs. Plus with birthdays past and Christmas coming up, I really need to get rid of some of our older toys that they don't play with that often. Cameryn likes to keep busy though. I usually let her watch one movie while I'm putting Luke to sleep otherwise she bothers me the whole time and he won't go to sleep. She loves all the Disney movies and she also likes watching the Muppet movies with Kermit and Miss Piggy.
Cameryn speaks very well for her age and pretty much always has, but there are still a few words that she says that are so cute. I can only think of four right now but there aren't much more than that anyways- here they are:
nank you, Mama - Thank you, Mama
flumb - thumb
wusgusting - disgusting
wusquitos - Mosquitoes
I think "wusgusting" is my personal favorite. Just the way she says it when she sees something "wusgusting" is so funny and her facial expression is adorable. Mike and I have started using that word sometimes just to be silly.
Even though she can throw some pretty horrible and long fits with crying and other wonderful symptoms of a temper tantrum, I love how sweet and funny she can be other times. She absolutely LOVES her little brother and can be so sweet to him. Now that he is into more things and playing with more toys, she is a little bit more possessive of things (even when they aren't hers) but after a few words or suggestions from her mom, she can usually be persuaded to share the toys.
She loves to get herself dressed now and if you even try to touch her shirt or shorts to help her she will start all over again. She is the same way when getting into the car. She has to get into the car by herself, climb in her seat by herself and buckle in completely by herself. If I lift her into her car seat when I'm in a hurry, she will squirm her way back out of the car and then climb back in by herself. I'm glad that she is more independent but it can be seriously annoying sometimes, especially when I'm in a hurry. We let her have two presents to open on her birthday but the rest we are saving for her party that we are going to have this coming Saturday.
On Labor Day, we did more house cleaning and then later in the afternoon, I took the kids to the pool with my family since it was the last day it was open until next year. Mike was smoking some meat that we were going to eat with my family that night. It takes a LONG, LONG time to smoke meat but it is so good and tender and flavorful when it is finally done.Cameryn played a lot with Andrew while they were here for dinner yesterday. She can be bossy a lot of the time but I don't think Andrew minded too much since she usually pretty much ignores him and Ezra and plays with Kathryn and Devon the whole time.
So that was our nice 3 day weekend. I'm going to try to get a lot more cleaning and rearranging and other stuff done this week in time for Cameryn's party. I need to keep my mind on something else because Luke's surgery is coming up in a little more then a week. I'm finally starting to feel nervous, not about the surgery itself but about all the stuff leading up to it and after it. Please keep us in your prayers.