We started the day with some birthday cake cinnamon rolls(which were in fact as ridiculously amazing as they sound) and then headed to the St. Louis Science Center to meet my mom and dad and explore the dinosaur exhibit(Max loves all things monster trucks, race cars, and dinosaurs.)
Almost as soon as we had parked the van we saw some huge displays of dinosaurs that the kids were allowed to play with.
They were so cute and excited. :)
Some sweet friends had let us borrow their family pass, so we were able to check out the planetarium while we were there too. I wasn't sure how the kids would do there, but amazingly they loved it. Luke even fell asleep in my dad's arms(he has the magic touch when it comes to getting babies to fall asleep!)
We headed home late in the afternoon so that Max and Luke could get a decent nap in before his birthday party started. We had about 15 kids under the age of six crammed into our 1000 square foot house that night. Thankfully they all did great, and no one seemed to mind the close quarters too much. :)
At least no one minded until I fed their kids this sugar laden, vanilla, oreo, and chocolate doughnut cake right before bed time.:)
Max turning three was a gentle reminder to slow down a little more and enjoy this season of life I'm in. Summers are sort of hard on my mama heart because three of my kids have birthdays, so summer especially reminds me to slow down and enjoy my kids.
And I realize that this probably goes without saying, but I'm so thankful to God for blessing us with Max. When he was born he was our fourth baby in three years. To say that I was nervous when I had him would be a huge understatement.
But when we brought him home from the hospital he was so...easy. I still remember the first night we brought him home how he just slept in the bassinet next to our bed, and Erik and I looked at each other like,"Well, I guess if he's sleeping we may as well sleep too."
While I'm not sure if laid back would be the word I'd use to describe Max anymore, he's definitely a delightful little boy. He's a ball of energy, and loves all things loud. He loves his sisters and brothers(even if he still only refers to Luke as "baby") and looks up to Jack a lot.
We pray everyday for Max to grow up into a man who loves Jesus with his whole heart. We are so thankful that God has entrusted this little guy to us.