Saturday, January 21, 2012

My little peanut

Alex is the youngest and one could say they knew that by the way that he acts. Yes he does whine  alot but he is also such a sweet boy. He is content to play on his own with his action figures, transformer, and play doh. He is like his mom when she was little and is very tiny he at times looks like a starving kid and thinks is fun the you can see his skeleton when he is naked. Alex as well will start kindergarten next year and is the more shy one who will take a little time to warm up to the idea of not being with his brother. He has this scream that when he is playing in a group I always know he is okay cause of his squeal. He loves to have alone time with his mom and I can often find him snuggled up next to me in the morning when I wake up. He does not drink a lot of milk like his brothers and prefers water. He is a very adventurous eater and will try something where as his brother will often say they don't like it.  Alex has the sweetest smile and often talks with his eyes. He is a bit shorter than his brother but I never underestimate his quickness. He is very sensitive and if he gets in trouble cries and wants to be snuggled. I am excited to watch all of my boys become wonderful young men and help them make the best choices. We are starting to become very active in sports and in their school and I only foresee us getting more busy. We hope you will join us for the adventure.

Our Nater Tatter

He can be feisty and sassy one minute and sweet and cuddly the next. Nate is the dramatic one. God did not give us girls (yet) he gave us Nate. Nate Loves the color pink and his baby doll Lulu. He loves to help me with the laundry and cleaning. He will make a great husband someday. He is the middle child and is often striving to get a word in between his brothers. When he is mad watch out he can be scary but then after it is over he is the sweetest little boy. He is very smart and sneaky and always has a comeback for anything you say. He is always telling me that I will forget that I told him he could not do something. He has this sweet calic in the middle of his forehead that is often the only way people can tell him apart from his brother. But me, I can tell them apart the second they open their mouth. Nate will be going off to kindergarten next year and in a separate class then Alex. I hope he does not have one of his tantrums when he is told he can not do something. He may possibly hide underneath the table. This is the kid who appears to be very strong and bull headed but enter the Easter bunny or Santa and he is under the table in 2 seconds flat. He is very athletic and can hit a ball with a bat no problem or play soccer and actually know what he is doing. Nate keeps us all entertained and fills us with our share of snuggles. I love having a jokster in the bunch and he is always making me laugh. He is gonna do great things this little one. below are clips from the last year. Click on a photo to enlarge the collage.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My love bug

A good family friend once told me, at her daughters wedding that we went to when Jacob was 7 months old, "your momma has waited a long time for you." Oh how those word have stuck in my mind. You see when I was a child I would do anything to get my hands on baby. I loved them and could not wait to have one of my own. On December 15th 2004, I got that gift of becoming a mother. I was so excited to have Jacob and be the best mother I could to him. He was a happy baby and always made us laugh. His toddler years were busy, busy , busy. One of my closest friends, who now has three boys of her own, has recently told me that she now understands why I was pulling my hair out going crazy just trying to keep Jacob busy the year before he went into kindergarten. You see Jacob had A LOT of energy. he was to smart for his own good and I was at the end of ideas for him. Once he go into school people told me that he would be "so tired" at the end of the week and would just crash over the weekend. Well, not Jacob he did not slow down one bit. He still continues to be a busy seven year old, first grader, who has learned to channel that energy. I was just telling someone a few months go that it has been so fun to watch this transition that Jacob is going through. He is very sensitive and wants and strives to do the correct thing. He is very smart and is better at math than his mom. I am excited for what is to come for Jacob and love him and his personality more and more every day. Below are clips of Jacob over the past year. Click on a picture to view the entire collage.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Good bye 2011 and hello 2012. I am excited for what this year may bring and the calmness that I am striving for as compared to 2011. Our family was very busy over that last year. Building a new house, Jacob and the twins both in school, having our old house on the market and ultimately renting it out. In addition to all the other busyness that a family goes thru with three young boys. Soccer, football, swimming, Spanish, summer camp, piano and on and on. My goal this coming year. to get organized (yes I know you all think I am the queen of organization but after moving and seeing all the "Stuff" we have I clearly am not that organized..) Also this year I want there to be calm in my crazy world.  How are you going to accomplish this calmness with three young boys you ask?  School next fall will be a huge change for us. I will not be running back and forth every two hours three times a week because they will all be at the same school. One drop off and one pick up. Oh how sweet it is going to be. In addition we will not be designing and building a house which turned out not to be as bad as one would think. Our biggest conflict was over landscape, and that too passes and we are into our beautiful new home. So as we begin this new year I challenge all of you to take a moment and find the calm in your crazy life and cherish it for it never last quite long enough. Below is the collage of photos taken as our house was being built. Click on any picture to view the entire collage.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My How time flies

It has been so long since I have updated this. It was not until I was at family Christmas here in Portland that my sister politely informed me that I have been slacking on the blogging. I have thought so many times to get on and do it then I am off doing something else. I have tons of pictures to update you on but for now this is the best I can do.

He is doing great. He is going to be 6 in a week and I can hardly believe it. He is loving school and is doing well.He loves library day so he can get a new book on dinosaurs. That is totally what he is into these days. He also loves anything about rockets and spaceships. It is so fun to watch him grow and learn and absorb so much from school. I love to go in and help in the classroom I think it is a great way for parents to show their kids they truly care about them and their education.

He is our mouthy one.He can come back at you with a one liner just as you get it off your tongue. He talks with his eyes and has the greatest expressions. He is loving school and always has to know who is bring snack for the day. Just yesterday I was sitting with him and my mom at the table and she asked him to write his name and he did. This was the first time I had seen him do this.Note to self never underestimate your children. He loves his books at night and three snuggles before bed.

He is our one who prefers to play by himself at times and is very sensitive. He gets his feeling hurt very easily and has the saddest cry. He likes to snuggle when he is ready and loves have alone time with mom and dad especially at night before bed. He likes to have his book and then cuddle for a few minutes. If he does not get his cuddles then he does not go to bed very well. His teacher at school tells me that he is always keeping tabs on Nate at school making sure he is in the right spot at the right time.

John and Tricia
We are doing well. We have been very busy getting our hose on the market to sell. We have bought a lot and as soon as our house sells we will build. The lot is close to where we are now. We are excited about this adventure. I have taken on a new job as of Nov. 15th. I am now working in and OBGYN office which has been great no weekends or holidays and I am home at night to get the kids to bed and read and snuggle. I am still staying on with the hospital as needed because I do enjoy it. So yes we have been busy but that keeps us out of trouble.

Monday, August 30, 2010

First day of preschool

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The little boys had their first day of "tiny tots" today. It went great. Nate is in blue and Alex is in red. When they got up at 6 am they got their rain coats and their backpacks on and did not take them off until they had to get dressed. Then when we took Jacob to the bus stop they thought they were going on the bus.
We got to tiny tots and they went in and found their hooks and then their seats they were so good and sat there until it was time to start class. When I picked them up they said they had fun and that they "got no time outs". For some reason their first three years of life have gone by so much faster then Jacobs and I can not believe they are in preschool. WOW

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August 25th 2010 was Jacobs first day of kindergarten. He has a teacher that this is her first year teaching and I think she is going to be wonderful. The Monday before school started we had a dessert social at our house with the kindergarten kids in our neighborhood and it was a huge hit. The three teachers came and the principal. It was a good time for the kids to get to know one another and meet their teachers in a more relaxed setting.
Jacob wanted to ride the bus but John and I wanted to take him on his first day. He was so excited. We got to his classroom and found his seat and then when class started we did an activity with the kissing hand book. It was so much fun. Then the parents left and then I picked him up at 3pm. I asked his teacher how the day went and she said Jacob had a great day and was very good. What a relief. I was so happy the first day went well.
I found myself during the day thinking and wondering what he was doing and if he was having fun. If he liked his lunch and if he made friends with new kids. So of course when he got home it was 20 questions from mom and he said "mom I had no yellow or reds." Those are the disciplinary system of warning then in trouble. He had a great day and was excited for the next day as he was going to be riding the bus.
The bus riding experience went well and he made it there and back. I was worried he would not know what to do or where to go but I figured he would figure it out.
On Friday afternoon he came home with a red smile face on his hand for being such a good kindergartner. Then I got a call from his teacher. My heart sank for just a moment and then she said "I just wanted to let you know Jacob had a great first week and was a delight to have in class." I was so proud of him and I am so glad he is excited about school
A huge thank you to all of you who kept telling me he would do fine and for letting my share my fears with you.