Monday, June 26, 2017

# 7

He had a nice easy going day.  Filled with donuts for breakfast and lunch (because why not?) and burrito bar for dinner... but didn't even have his dessert because he was too busy playing with his new toys... the kid loves his dinosaurs / dragons / slugs... love you marky mark.

1. I love your sweet voice - you hardly ever raise it unless it's really really bad
2. I love your ability to sing and remember lyrics like no one else and really jam out to the music in the car with me
3. I love the way you ALWAYS give your dad a 'marky morning hug'...
4. You have a kind heart.  Even when you don't want to.  You have begun to let Seth be your tag-a-long... teaching him the ways of the dinosaurs / slugs / dragons and how to play
5. You are learning how to be reserved and keep your mouth shut when things are tense or I am upset.  You know to stop and think before you act.  Its so crazy to think at 7 you can do this and I at 38 still have loads of trouble with it.
6. You are so patient with everyone in the family - being in the middle you are easy going enough to let all of us just be the way we are and still give us hugs when you think we might need them.  You are very keen on people's emotions and tone.
7.  I love that you think you're going to get a toy with each food purchase / every time we go into the store.  You have an ease about your life that things are always ok... and never really a hard time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

when #3 turned 3...

oh boy.  my last little boy is 3.  he broke the mold.  has done zero like his older brothers.  into everything since he could crawl.  not afraid of climbing, jumping, falling.  loves all sorts of cars, trucks, anything motorized.  still likes to be held.  loves to be read to.  loves to read by himself.  loves anything his older brothers are doing (tablets, cartoons, playing outside, food!)

oh but one more... of all the things he loves... he HATEs the potty... happy 3rd birthday sweet boy!

maybe we'll try at 4... diapers til 4... eh.

3 things I love about you Seth!
1. you don't mind being silly and love to laugh.
2. you love being sneaky... like the song "shut up and dance with me"...has "shut up" in it...but it's okay to sing it because it's a song... ;)
3. you make me smile everyday.  every single day.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

new label - description finally fits!

well well well... we did it... we finally made the description of this blog - true again.

'the life and times (crazy or otherwise) of a gal, with a family, a dog & the American goes nothing'...

yep - we got a dog!  a puppy really.  9wk puppy.  she might as well be a newborn they way we watch her, dote on her, freak out if she starts sniffing to go potty... and the whimpering at night... poor thing.  i'll be glad when she is comfortable and happy in her kennel... and knows its her safe place.

but we are all in love with her - heck the whole neighborhood loves her... all the kids love to see her and pet her, talk to her... she's spoiled with attention right now :)

her first night...boys were so so so excited!

having fun with her new toys!

Noah felt like it was a dream come true!

such a sweet girl!

She really is such a pretty girl - love the little white patch on her chest!

She got to go on her first field trip yesterday (monday) and had fun at the park with Curt and the boys!

chilling with dad!

and my little turkey having fun on the rocks!  'i'm king daddy!'

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Noah turns 9!

Noah had a pretty good birthday!  Long weekend, lots of family time, plenty of entertainment!

9 years ago seems like forever ago... i was a different person... different mom... 

it's almost the same amount of time to pay off a school loan... or paying off two cars... 

Nine things I love about you Noah:

1. Still tries most days to make someone laugh...usually it's me, but no complaints here.
2. He is becoming a young man in physical appearance.  He's tall, and loves to dress like it... jeans, belt, nice shoes, tuck in a shirt.
3. He still loves playing with his little brothers.  Mark I think will always be closest to him...for a long time it's been the two of them together, playing tablets, running outside with the buddies of the neighborhood...they are the best of friends and can fight and make up with minimal effort.
4. He is wanting to help more in the cooking department - likes making and is really good at eggs!  
5. He is finding more things aside from "playing" that he's interested in...such as music and learning lyrics and singing out loud.  He wants to know the group's name or who wrote the lyrics.  He likes to be in control of the radio and helps me pick out fun upbeat songs to listen to in the car.
6. He still doesn't like being the center of attention... he loves a supportive role and is really good at it - guiding his brothers and friends in a subtle way.
7.  He is becoming more vast in his subject matter while's not just make believe / fiction that he's interested in... he chooses all kinds of non-fiction books to learn how and why.
8. He's still a momma's boy - He still needs hugs and me touching him even if it's just his hand or his foot...
9.  He is learning how to deal with and handle his emotions and how he feels inside about things when they are difficult.  Trusting himself and knowing that he can make the right decision.

You are a joy to me - every day... no matter the day...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mark turns 6!

Another year.  Another year to grow and mature and become more of who you are...  You are growing and changing each day - it's been an interesting year Mark Curtis... Kindergarten, learning to read, maturing your relationships, responsibility.

Six things I love about you:

1. You are becoming more patient with your words and understanding of others.
2. You are so easy going, even for your birthday dinner you didn't mind where we went or what we did - simply to pick out some Pokemon cards and you were over the moon!
3. You are still so willing to try new things... mom's new meals, la croix water...
4. Still our family comedian... 'jake from state farm!?'
5. The love you have for each of your brothers... the interest and eagerness to learn from Noah and the patience and goofiness you bring to play with Seth - you really are a match for them being in the middle.
6. Marky-morning hugs (your dad loves these too...)

We had two parties in one day - 1st was a 'friend party' at Cosmic Jump - loads of trampolines!  You bounced for almost 2 hours straight!  The second party was with family and again you wanted simple spaghetti, cup cakes and some friends to play with...

Such a sweet smile!

Your typical face when everyone was singing to you!


Make it a good one!!