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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Abe's 4th Birthday

Abe turned 4 on December 2nd. So behind over here.
He began his day by opening a gift from Holden and Pax. New legos!

Then our sweet Master Builder helped him to build it right away!
 Everyone's favorite breakfast at our house is always donuts.
We also let him open this new fire station. It was actually handed down to us without the furniture. I ended up buying a set of wooden pink furniture for it, because it was the cheapest I could find. He didn't mind at all that it was pink. :)
He was so excited to have a fire station.
Not long after breakfast we took off for Chuck E Cheese to meet a few friends and celebrate.
 
 
 We had games, pizza and Paw Patrol cupcakes.

After lunch, we came home and Abe had a nap. Then my parents came over that evening for frito chili pie (one of his favorites!) and more presents and cupcakes.
 
 I love celebrating my boys birthdays. But this #4 came all too quickly. An "all about 4 year old Abe" is next on my blog-to-do list!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

November

November consisted of....
(OK, this first one was actually the last weekend in October.) Jeremy participated in a Spartan race with a few of his best friends. These relationships go all the way back to middle school. These three had a full weekend together. I'm so thankful these friendships are still going strong.

 They stuck together through the entire race.
 Holden's dream of getting glasses sort of came true.
 We converted Abe's toddler bed into a full bed. He affectionately refers to this bed as his "firetruck bed".
We celebrated 14 years of marriage with a fun little date night at Painting With a Twist. It was such a fun and special evening.
 I'm so thankful for this guy. Good seasons and hard seasons, busy seasons and restful seasons... I'm glad he is by my side.
 And without our monthly date night, I think I would go cuh-razy! :)
Also, during the month the boys had their very first piano recital.  They did so great!
 
 
 
And then our sweet teacher retired to stay at home with a new baby. I can't blame her, but goodness I thought we had found such a great fit.
And also in November we went to ICE at the Gaylord. We have taken Holden and Pax one other time. They were so young then they could barely walk without falling in the blue parkas. So it definitely felt like a new experience for them this time.
 It was 9 degrees.
 These two skinny boys can not handle 9 degrees very well. Holden was miserable. Daddy was attempting to warm him up.
 But the ice sculptures are pretty incredible. And Pax and Abe loved the ice slides. Holden would have also loved the slides if there was sunshine and it was closer to 40 degrees.
And finally, also in November, a good friend of mine took some family pictures for us. She captured some great photos of the boys and our family. We found lots of keepers.

I can't believe how big and grown up these two are. Didn't they used to be babies?

And this baby of the family smiled so good. I bribed him with Skittles! His favorite!

December update is right around the corner...


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Halloween 2016

I'm determined to do a major blog catch up this week and never fall behind again. Hahaha. That will be impossible. When I look at our winter/spring calendar it is extra full and extra exciting. And like always, documenting on this little blog will most likely take a back seat. But Jeremy is always encouraging me to keep these little posts going, knowing that one day it may be special for our boys to look back on all of our family adventures. So here we are at Halloween...
 Abe had a little fall party at Mother's Day Out and he wore one of my favorite shirts that the big boys had worn several years ago.
 This year, we painted pumpkins instead of carving. The boys loved it.
 And keeping with tradition, we had our friends over for frito chili pie and then walked the neighborhood with them and some neighbors. Unfortunately, right about the time I had dinner ready, Holden informed us that he had a migraine headache. He gets them on occasion. So he spent the evening at home being sick from the migraine while I took the boys trick or treating with their friends. For the record, Holden had a black ninja costume, similar to Paxton's costume. He is determined to wear it next year. And this momma is just hoping it will still fit. He grows at a very rapid rate. :)
Here we have a green ninja (Pax), a firefighter (Cruz) and Batman (Abe). It was a great night. I was just a little sad that our biggest boy had to miss out on the fun. But sweet Cruz, Pax and Abe made sure to fill his pumpkin with their own candy. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Update

It's been a pretty steady September/October/November over here. Our school schedule is a little more busy this year. We are not just sitting at home doing school any longer. The boys participate in a PE class 2 days a week and piano lessons 1 day a week. We are regulars at the library each week. And we still love our Wednesday homeschool co-op. And as I've mentioned, Abe is in Mother's Day Out on Thursdays. So we're in the car and on the go more this year than any years past. And there are some pieces of that schedule that I like. I like that our extras can be done during the day and not take up family time in the evenings. I love that there are three days of the week where the boys get an organized gym time (our 2 PE days + gym games at our co-op). The physical activity and time with friends is a highlight for them. But I definitely feel like we are busier and I'm just not used to that feeling. But the good thing is that I can evaluate and change things as I go. In fact, this month I pulled them out of the PE class. We pay for it monthly, so I can always pull out for a month and see how it feels and if I want to head back into it in December, then we will do that. But here are some of our highlights from September and most of  October.
 Cute Pax lost a tooth.
 And then the neighboring tooth soon followed. I love this look! He's never been cuter.
 Playing with the train tracks on the floor. I love it when they all peacefully play together. On this night, Jeremy was out of town. I was folding laundry next to them while playing some worship music. I needed this night of peaceful playtime between them all. I snapped some pictures to capture a sweet moment that God had provided, during a week that already felt harder since my other half was away.
 
Fun at the car wash. This boy LOVES to go to the car wash.
 Holden loves to tinker on the piano. Both boys had a recital last week. One was not bothered by the idea. And the other often told us daily in the weeks leading up to it that he WOULD NOT be playing at his recital. He was mortified at the thought of playing in front of other people and the thought that he might make a mistake. It was too much for him to even think about. :) Eventually he memorized his piece and sucked it up and played at the recital.
 My sweet Abe. You know, he can be a stinker. But when it comes to entertaining himself and playing quietly when we do school stuff, he is pretty amazing.
 
 While Abe napped one afternoon I made the baddest fort I've ever made. :) (Bad meaning good, obviously.) And they stayed in it to read for over an hour! What is it about forts!?? 
 
 And we all LOVE Battleship!
 Ready for PE.
Some friends from PE. Tall kid just turned 14. Crazy.
 One Thursday night our family ATTEMPTED a camping trip.
 
 It was terrible. It rained and rained and rained on us. We ended up trashing our tent right there at the campgrounds. Jeremy and I have gone camping 3 times in our 14 years of marriage. Twice have been disastrous.
 These two buddies love to play dress up! They are the best playmates together.
We completed another season of sports.
Soccer for Holden and flag football for Pax. It's always fun to watch them do their thing.
 
 This guy read books during the games or played with other younger siblings from the teams. And if that didn't satisfy him, then he whined. And whined and whined. Just being honest.
Business as usual over here, which includes some science. We are studying the human body this year. Holden chose our science and PHEW is it a DOOZY! Said the girl that was tutored through A&P to the safety of a C. I needed that class for my major, but oh my it kicked my tail. And so is this Elementary class. But they are learning some of it, all at an age appropriate level. We may just need to hit it again in 6th grade.
Sometimes I get a hair brained idea that three young boys with small carts is a good idea in the grocery store. One boy had to return his cart to the entrance of the store before the shopping trip was over. But he might be the next contestant on Supermarket Sweep...and if he is I will cheer him on running through the aisles. Just not at our local Kroger, please.
And then this sweet one went into glasses. He was NOT excited about it. And he was pretty self conscious the first two weeks wearing them. He still gets compliments on his new look regularly. He was adorable before glasses and the I think the glasses just kicked it up a notch. But I don't think he's totally sure what to do with all the compliments. By that, I mean that sometimes he just doesn't even acknowledge that the person has spoken to him. We are working on that constantly. But I think he questions if they are genuine. You've got to be genuine with this guy. He'll totally see through it if you are not.
But on this day, I remember what happened. Pax got in the car wearing his new glasses from the store. He looked at Holden (who was the kid that was bummed that he didn't get glasses with his 20/20 vision), and he said, "Holden, do you like them?" He didn't care about mommy gushing over them, or the ladies in the eyeglass store. He wanted his best friend's opinion. And Holden's excited face said it all. He said, "Yes! Can I try them on?!!" Then I asked to get a picture of Pax to text to Jeremy and Holden wanted to join him in the photo. These sweet brothers! I'm so thankful they have each other.  As different as they are, they are the best of friends.
 
 We couldn't let October sneak by without a trip to the pumpkin patch.
 We went with Holden's buddy from church and the rest of his family.
 
Abe's face on the tractor...I think he was sad because he couldn't drive it.
 
This guy is always my helper in the kitchen. He loves to help cook and bake and prep food for meals! This particular day we were making flourless chocolate pumpkin bars. And he pretty much made them all by himself. They were amazing. Here is a link to the recipe. They do not taste like a healthy dessert...they really are good!
And I talk about Pax reading all the time. Which he does read several hours each day. But Holden loves books too. A good, healthy, normal amount. :) I love to see my boys with their noses in books. If I didn't have a million other things to do, I might spend hours a day reading as well.
Halloween, the piano recital, our 14th anniversary, Thanksgiving and other fall activities will follow soon...stay tuned.