Monday, September 28, 2015

the big # 8

We got to celebrate Noah's 8th birthday the day before the actual day, but it was a long weekend so I don't think anyone minded - especially him!

This kid I tell ya is the easiest kid ever - easy to please, easy to get going, just a good go with the flow kind of guy!

He made my job super easy - "Momma let's have spaghetti for my birthday!  With bread and salad!" yeah - super easy - noodles and sauce and warm bread and Costco salad... so easy!

I love this boy so much...
1. I think he tries most days to make someone laugh...usually it's me, but no complaints here.
2. He is getting so tall.  He's almost to my shoulder... at 8... I'm 5' 8" that makes him almost 5ft right?
3. He still loves playing with his little brothers.  No matter how old he's getting he still likes getting down and pushing the trucks/trains around and fighting with stuffed animals and riding bikes in the cul-d-sac.
4. He is a great eater - he will try almost anything - including pesto (green stuff!) and said he actually likes it.
5. He's a great sleeper - this kid has reached the age of sleeping in... it's lovely for this momma...I can't wait until all his brothers are in the group.
6. He is so eager to learn and questions everything - how does that work, why did you do it that way, what about this way?
7.  School is easy for him... sure he gets into trouble occasionally for being off task or goofing around, but the actual school work is a breeze for him - he knows how to read, knows his math fundamentals...
8. He's still a momma's boy - I think he probably always will be.  He likes to be comforted and hugged and still cuddle on the couch with me...

Happy 8th birthday big guy!  We sure do love you!

that was the birthday boy's finger swipe!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1st day of school

We did it!  We had the 1st day of school and everyone was super excited and happy and relieved and ready to go back for a second day!

I was emotional, obviously, my second son was off to school.  It felt "real" like all the other stuff he's been doing has just been pretend or fake.  School seems to make it "real"...everything - going to bed early / sleeping well / getting up in the morning / getting dressed / eating breakfast - there is a purpose now - have to have energy and ability to focus on learning and oh my goodness the volume of that word "learning"... its enormous.

I feel like with Mark it's all new - new process, new format, new rules, new friends, new expectations...  he is a good "new" person - i think he likes new stuff.  new shoes, new lunch box, new path to school...he is non-judgmental so anything different is just that 'different'... he will accept the different and usually embrace it.

With Noah its intensity this year.  He knows the rules, he knows his responsibility, he knows the expectations of going to school.  Everything is just more intense.  And i do not mean intense in a bad connotation.  No more excuses anymore - you've been in school for 2 years now - this is your 3rd year in this format - you should 'just know' how to exist there and with that knowing we are going to expect/demand MORE from you... i think he will do fine, great...he is a people - pleaser like his momma so i do think he will rise to the challenge.

It should be an interesting year.  Noah will have homework - starting on Monday - 2 sheets of language arts and 2 sheets of math - his teacher flat out said "math program is intense - if you need help, please let me know"...i'm wondering to myself - how hard could it be - i "got" the stuff last year - it made sense to fact i thought how would my education have been different had i been taught like this - maybe i would have done ever better...this core curriculum made sense to me... and a lot of folks it does not.

Mark's homework starts in September - the teacher said "its not required" is that even a possibility?  How can we expect our kids to know / do better when there is no practice at home...I do believe after having Noah in school and going through "homework in the evenings" that it does make the kids smarter / better equipped to have their parents 'do it with them'... it will be 'required' for Mark in our house.  We will make the time.  We will make the effort.  The expectation is that this is what is required.  And we will see...

First day pictures were amazing - I thought the light looked great and the boys looked awesome in their new clothes/shoes in front of our amazing home.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Summer's Close...

Summer is heading to a close.  The fair came... the boys (all of them) had an amazing time.  Noah and Mark loved the rides and games of course - talked about it for days before and after - even said after spending all Saturday night riding with their buddies -- 'this was the best night ever!".  Seth loved the animals.  I think it did him good to see the cows and sheep and pigs up close and realize just how big they are in reality.  He loves to say MOOO to any animal - we're still working on it.

Here are some pictures of the big boys riding the rides... not sure if dad isn't having more fun than they are?

We've done all the "back to school shopping" also.  It was a crazy day, filled with Seth throwing his shoes out the window while driving down the road, the boys trying out the skateboards, trying to get me to buy a bike and lots of trying on shoes.

I mean don't they look so ready!?  Such cuties!

glad we saw this - Santa is ready for Christmas!

And a few more pics just to emphasize the "soaking up the last bit of nothingness"... helping with laundry (mom we need a stool to reach the bottom!), lounging around playing the tablets and a funny one of Seth who figured out if you hit the lion on the head he talks... oh jeez.

you bet i washed those backpacks!  ick!


Monday, June 29, 2015

to do list

we have a to do list for the house.  you'd think we were done when we built, but i think we've just added more and more fun / interesting / cool / decorative  ideas as we've been there...

we'd like to put a fun path from the sidewalk on the side of the house that will lead you to the back patio.  this will allow for a decorative element on the side of the house, provide a stable walking path as currently there are sort of 'pot-holes' in the yard that will/can cause a sprained ankle for yours truly, and allow for a smoother path to mow - i.e. no sharp corners to cut in with a giant riding lawn mower.  i've come up with a few ideas...

I love this one because it's "natural" looking to me... purposeful, but still a meandering design.

Curt on the other hand wants a more structured approach...

perhaps with less grass or no grass in between...

we went this past weekend to look at stone... it was about an hours worth of looking/deciding/figuring/changing our minds/coming to the same page in the same book as we were not prior to arriving -- all the while my brother and boys had a good time hanging out... my brother will do the work so he wanted to see our ideas and the boys tag along because they have to or are bribed with food...usually both!

we ended up not finding exactly what we want...but know now what we do not we'll hit up a few more stores to check out selection (who knew stone could be so complicated?)...

so with no stone decided - this is all i could come up with... the cutest little helpers ever.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marky Mark turning 5!

I can't believe it's been 5 years since he came to join our family.  He was a go getter even from the very beginning - wanting to be out a tad earlier than anyone thought... then a fighter in the nursery getting those little lungs to grow stronger... and strong have they ever gotten!  

Happy 5th birthday to this little firecracker! 

Five things I love about this kid!

  1. We love your spirit - you kind of remind me of an old man in some ways... thoughtful and wise, calculated in a careful manner, a heart that is full of love .
  2. Your energy, you are more often than not excited about the day and eager to go, go, go
  3. Your willingness to try - new foods, new ideas (tying shoes), meeting new friends.
  4. I love your silly sense of humor!  Some of the things you tell me, ask me, talk about are more funny than any comedian on stage.
  5. Your appreciation of animals.  You are curious and eager to learn about any and all - ALL THE TIME. 

May you always keep us on our toes!