Sunday, March 29, 2015

Josie Turns 5!

500 Followers?!  Wow!  You guys are the best!  We never imagined when we started our little family blog that we would get so much support and positive feedback from folks all around the world!  Your timing couldn't be better either; you know why?  We just celebrated Josie JoJo's 5th birthday! 
 Mama Hop and Aunt Leanne joined us to celebrate this joyous occasion! 
 Aunt Leanne jumped right back into doing her aunt thing.  She dressed the kids for bed and read the bedtime story.
 I don't know what's happening in this photo but it looks intense and it makes me laugh so I included it!
 After we got the kids in bed, Travis, Leanne, and I went out on the town and we bonded over a little karaoke!  Leanne offered up the BEST performance of the night and she got the crowd rockin 'to "Cel-a-brate good times, Come on!"  For video footage, click here:
 On Saturday morning we set out for the noisy, chaotic, kid-infested abyss that is Chuck E Cheese.  It's amazing how different the experience is for kids versus parents.  They should really hand you ear plugs and a flask when you enter the premises. 
 Ah but the children love it so us grown ups happily endured two action-packed hours of running, climbing, shrieking, crying, fun.  My head is still spinning.
 So we played the games and earned the tickets...
 ...everyone except the birthday girl.  She could care less about the games and tickets.  Do you know why she asks to go to Chuck E Cheese at least once a day?
 You got it!  Enormous singing animals jamming out to today's pop tunes like Josie's personal favorite, "Shake it off".
 Yeah why get yourself tangled up in the noisy herds of hyper children clamoring for tokens and fighting over games when you can just get comfortable on the floor and dance until your heart is content?
 After we'd had our fill of pizza and pandemonium, we headed up the road to show Mama Hop and Aunt Leanne the progress on our new home!
 Unfortunately, it was prepped for painting so every surface was covered in plastic and it reeked of varnish from the staining process on the fireplace and stairs.  It wasn't the best tour but they got the feel for the layout...along with a fume-induced headache.
 The move in date is just over six weeks away and we can't wait!
 After a little afternoon rest, we got down to the ever-important birthday business of cake and presents!
 Oh and in case you were wondering, Josie is perfectly capable of feeding herself...unless her Aunt Leanne is sitting next to her.
 After the birthday girl was serenaded, musical gifts were opened, and cake was consumed, we took a step back and reflected on the last 5 years; five incredible years with this smart and sassy little girl who has illuminated our days with her smile.  We feel so fortunate to get to be her family.
Happy Birthday Josie!  We love you!


  1. Happy birthday, Josie! Looks like a good time was had by all.......and I'm happy to report that I have yet to be at a Chuck E. Cheese since I was 10. I'm hoping to continue that trend for awhile!

  2. Happy birthday, Josie, and may our dear Lord bless her today and always!

  3. Happy 5th birthday from Kody - the PT student who worked with Josie back in Bettendorf! I see she is standing and walking so well now! SOOOO PROUD OF HER! I hope all is well - and keep it up!

    1. Kody!!! So great to hear from you! Where are you living/working these days? I hope you follow us on Instagram @catfishWithKetchup. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for keeping up with Josie!