Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ten on Thursday

1. There are no toddlers in this house. Just big boy 3 year olds, 7 year olds, and 10 year olds. I am slowly coming to terms with it.

2. Moosey celebrated his birthday with his Puggle friends by bringing in cupcakes to share. It was pretty cool to hear his little classmates singing him the "Happy Birthday" song. He was grinning from ear to ear the whole time. All week long he would say "It's my Happy Birthday!" :)

3. Bryce and Jackson were having a heated discussion in the Swagger Wagon {that's what I like to call the minivan} about when Jackson would be allowed to ride without a booster seat. I'm kind of a fanatic about car safety. And then Bryce said, very matter of the fact, "Well, I didn't get to ride without my booster seat until I was in my early nines." And I laughed so hard, I almost had to pull over.

4. We discovered a fun little park with basketball hoops at a local elementary not far from our house. The little ones had so much fun because the playsets were the PERFECT size for them to play without my help. And the bigs were thrilled to be playing basketball as usual.

5. I am super proud of how well the boys did on their progress reports-straight As!! Yeah, they are kind of geniuses. Which is a good thing, because I am zero help when it comes to their math and science. Although, after helping them study the other night, I can recite all six forms of energy.

6. We were watching TV the other night and an ad for True Moo Chocolate Milk came on, both Chuck and Jarron piped up and asked me to buy some of it. Chuck followed up with, "It's so good, it's like a party in my mouth." I wonder if True Moo is looking for testimonials.

7. We had Truth & Training Parent Night last night at AWANAs. Our last one with the twins, since next year they will be in youth group-crazy to think about. Chuck participated in the sports, I tried my best to hide. I'm not a big fan of running in front of people. {The kids get their "clumsy gene" from me.} It was definitely a good time.

8. Jackson said that it was Stuffed Animal night is Sparks but he randomly came home with this hat? Crazy hat night maybe? Who knows? But he looked so funny I couldn't help but take a picture.

9. Our Puggle got his uniform! The Moose that hates hats, suddenly HAD to have one. Pretty stinking cute, if you ask me.

10. The other night I was out on our front porch trying to take picture of the sunset {it was a very cool pink/purple} and one of the neighbor kids saw me. This was our conversation:

Neighbor Boy: Hey! Are those binoculars? Are you spying on someone? 'Cause we do that all the time. My mom's always spying on people!
Me: Uh. Nope. Just my camera. Trying to get a picture of the cool sunset.
Boy: Oh...Huh. I was just kidding about that spying thing.
Good to know. ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

THREE!!!

This little man turned three today.


Three years of adorable Moosey grins. Three years of hearing his sweet little voice say "Naddy" {instead of "Daddy"}. Three years of watching him grow from this tiny little baby...

 
To this rough and tumble toddler...


I simply can't imagine our world without him in it. Our family truly wasn't complete until he arrived. He fills our days with laughter and joy. He's mischievous and full of life. Trouble finds him. {All the time-whether it's hiding in a closet eating cookies by the fistful or putting a whole package of hair gel on his head}. But the moment he looks at us with those big blue eyes and says in his little Moosey voice, "Sowwy Mommy", all is forgiven. Instantly. Yup, he's got us under his spell. 


 He's so happy and excited about everything. Even mundane everyday tasks are an adventure when Moose is with you. He loves to be with his brothers, doing what they do, even though he's so much smaller.


I wish I could bottle these moments of time up. Freeze them. He's growing so fast. I know {from experience} how much I will miss these days when they are gone. I know the days of holding his chubby little hand in mine are growing short. So, I do it every chance I get. 


I love this little Moose of mine so much. I am so very grateful to have him in my life. So very blessed to be his Mommy. 
Happy 3rd Birthday Moose Goose!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Moose Tries to Swing

Found this little video on my camera from our visit to Harbin Park last week and had to share it. I can't stop laughing each time I watch it. The Moose just makes me smile.


{And for the record, this was the last time we got to wear the "moose" shirt, it's officially retired, since it was a bit snug in these pictures. On the lookout for updated Moose-wear in his new big boy size!}

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. This little Moose started Puggles last week. That means I have 4 children in AWANAs this year. He was less than excited when I first dropped him off but by the time I picked him up he was chattering away about his lesson and singing. I think he's going to love Puggles.



2. The twins had picture day last week at school. Chuck and I provided some "feedback" on Bryce's outfit selection the night before. as you can see from this photo, he wasn't particularly happy with our choice. I remember the days when the boys would just wear whatever I laid out for them. I seriously hope he smiled for his picture.


3. Jarron didn't fight us at all on his outfit. He wins the "Agreeable Twin of the Week" award. {Don't worry they switch on and off, Bryce's mood will shift soon.}


4. Jackson is absolutely loving 1st grade. He is the most easy going kid. Give the kid a box of Legos and a couple of PSP games and he's a happy guy. He'll start floor hockey next month. {When I asked him if he wanted to play floor hockey, he said, "Oh yeah, I love floor hockey! Wait a minute, what's floor hockey?" Ha. I think he just heard "hockey" and was all in.}


5. Speaking of sports, Bryce is playing lacrosse this fall. He seems to be picking up the basics of it very quickly. Not sure if this is something he's going to continue to pursue, but he's having a lot of fun with it.{I'm not sure what is going on with his glasses in this picture-clearly they need to be adjusted-again. I've had them in at least 4 times already for repairs and adjustments. Sigh.}


6. Jarron is working on his basketball skills this fall with a program that a local AAU coach runs. He {Jarron} is very serious about basketball and improving. He really wants to play for the high school when he gets older. Jarron is so focused when he has a goal-he's like that with school, sports, AWANAs, whatever.{Love this picture of him-so Jarron.}


7. My baby will be three next week. I refuse to accept or believe that. Because he is my baby. My Moose Goose. Nope, not letting him grow up.


8. We took the kids to Harbin Park this weekend and they had so much fun jumping, swinging, and climbing. So glad they are all still young enough to WANT to do that. So glad I have a little guy begging us to take him to the "parking lot" {Moose calls all parks, "parking lots"}.


9. I let the boys climb a tree at the park to get some pictures of them. There may or may not have been bees in said tree. But no one fell and no one got stung. And the pictures turned out pretty cool. So we'll call it a win.


10. I was putting our youngest boys to bed last night and Moose got in trouble for yelling during prayer time. {He didn't want to watch the movie that was playing and said so repeatedly at a very loud volume while Jackson was praying-a big no no.} When I told him he was being bad and that he wouldn't be allowed to play his DS in the morning for his behavior, he folded his arms across his chest, stuck out his bottom lip, and said, "Fine, see you in a couple of hours."
What?!? I realized pretty quickly he meant he'd be getting up in the middle of the night and waking me up. I fumbled my way through a response of "you better not". But, really? What almost-3 year old, says that? Mine, apparently. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back To School, Back To School...

It's was a tough one this year. Sending my boys back to school. I'll be honest, it's tough every year. Watching them get on the bus. Not knowing what they are doing all day.
This year is especially hard. Because up until now, they've been at East. We know East. We love East. We love the teachers and staff there. They know our boys.
This year the twins are going to the Intermediate school. Along with about 1,598 other kids. That's a lot of kids. They don't know my boys. How cool they are. How smart and funny they are. How Jarron gets a little bit nervous but once he finds his groove he's one of the best students in the class. How Bryce is really outgoing and loves to be challenged.
We don't know them. We don't which teachers are awesome and which aren't awesome. We don't know the in's and out's of this big scary school just yet.
But we'll get there. And yesterday was the first step on that journey. Boy, were they ready.

Bryce:
Jarron:

We've come a long way in 5 years! 

And for fun, little Jackson from back then..

Thankfully, Jackson is still at East. Heading into first grade, having spent a year in the Transition program, he's an old timer. He's so excited to be going back-he loves his school, loves his friends, loves learning.
And somehow, we got super lucky and these two guys are in the same room! Which is pretty awesome considering their older siblings loved being classmates through most of elementary school!

I've still got one at home. The crazy one. The one who insists that he is not a "big guy" yet because he's still two. "Me not three yet Mommy, me still a baby!" I hate to break it to him but he'll be three next month.


I have a feeling he's going to miss his brothers. He has WAY too much fun messing with them! As evidenced by him constantly sneaking into the back to school pictures. "My turn! Cheeeeeeessssseee"


I wish I could say that back to school went off without a hitch. But it didn't. I got a call from the school nurse at FIS at about 1PM that Bryce had gotten injured on the playground. Monkey bars injury. He lost the top layer of skin off both of his palms-still not sure exactly what happened. But his day was done early. When I asked him if other than his injury he had a good day, he said, "Yeah, up until I was in immense pain, it was going great." Poor kid. Let's just hope he got the bad luck out of the way early.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What I Did On My Summer Vacation...

{well, I clearly didn't keep up with my blog. }
But I did...
Have a great week at Vacation Bible School Backyard Bible Club.

Discover a new park on the east side of town.

See some fireworks with some awesome friends. {And prove that I still know all the words to "Ice Ice Baby"-because I'm awesome like that} :)

Buy a new minivan.

Make quite a few trips to the Root Beer Stand.

Put 2,000 miles on the new minivan the first week we had it with an amazing vacation to our favorite place ever. {But that's a whole 'nother post.}

We spent the summer making memories. It's been so much fun. Can't wait to see what autumn brings us...

Friday, July 22, 2011

{seven}

My Sweet Jack-Jack-
Seven years ago today on bright, sunny Thursday morning you joined our family.


And our world was instantly a brighter place. No one in this world has smile like yours.


Often when people meet you they think you are shy and serious but then they get to know you. The real you. The boy with the grin that lights up his whole face. The little guy with the giggle that can make the whole room full of joy. Our Jack-Jack. One of the sweetest and funniest kids I know.


It's not easy being in the middle. Smack dab between twin older brothers and baby Moosey, but if anyone in this world can manage it, you can. You have the best handwriting of all of your brothers {they know it's true}, you clear video games without even really trying, and building Lego robots? Yeah, you can do that in your sleep.
You surprise me everyday with your selflessness and kindness. Small things that you don't even think I notice but I do. Letting Moosey play with an important toy or giving up the last popsicle to someone else-I see you do those things, just because that's who you are, not because you think someone might be watching. You pay attention to what other people need-you truly care. I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of that.
You are already wise beyond your years. You speak to your friends and classmates about Jesus without fear and judgment-just with the desire to share the faith you hold so close to your heart.


Not that you are a pushover. You fight for what you believe in. For what's right. You have a temper. You would never let anyone say a word against one of your brothers or cousins. You are a fighter when you have to be.


I have no doubt that there are big things in store for you as you get older. I hope you never lose the fearlessness that I see you display right now. I hope you hold tight to your confidence. You are an amazing little boy. You are our miracle. And you are going to be an amazing young man.


Happy Birthday Jackson Scott, I love you more than you will ever know.

Love,
Your Momma

Monday, June 13, 2011

While I've Been Gone...

While I've Been Gone...

There was Easter morning.


There were Easter eggs dyed with a Disney Princess coloring kit. {Momma had to run out to the only place open on at 8PM on Easter Sunday after spending the day with Nana at the hospital-Walgreens-and it was all that was left-the boys took it surprisingly well.}

There were field trips to the Cincinnati Zoo with Mr. F's class and Columbus, Ohio with the 4th Graders.


There trips to Kings Island. {Someone is a little bit addicted to the Beetlebugs ride.}






And to the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum. {Despite Jarron's lack of enthusaism in the pictures-a good time was had by all!}

There were AWANA awards.

There was the purchase of a BB gun for a certain 10 year old. {Jarron, I am trying really hard not to be that over protective momma and let them grow up a little. It's ridiculously hard. Sigh.}

A new bike for the little one. {a Kettler!! purchased at a yard sale for a mere $10!-woot!}

There was a Goodbye to Fairfield East Elementary for two 4th graders, who are growing up far too fast for their Momma to handle. {Our smarty pants boys got awards for math & social studies-so proud!}

So many memories. Above all there was a reminder of how very precious life is. How lucky we are to have our loved ones. So forgive me if I haven't been blogging like I used to, I've been busy making memories instead.

P.S. Many, many thanks for the calls, emails, flowers, and prayers for my mom after her heart attack. She is doing amazing. She is quite honestly one of the strongest people I know. I feel so fortunate to have the gift of more time with her. God is good. Always.