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Monday, July 06, 2015

Our 4th of July

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We had a low key, laid back Fourth, as usual. We never go all out and plan a BBQ or a party (although I'll bring the potato salad if invited to one!) we just stayed home most of the day. Since the 4th was a Saturday this year we did go to church that morning. My best friend was visiting from Arizona for a few weeks with her two boys so we got to see them in church and say our last goodbyes. And of course the highlight of every fourth are the fireworks. So that evening we packed a blanket, the umbrella (it is, after all, Florida in July) and the kids in the van and set off for our usual spot.

Last year both kids were terrified of the fireworks. In fact Lily hasn't been ok with them since she was a year old. But she was convinced that this was her year and kept telling us that she's 5 now and five year olds aren't afraid of fireworks. Both kids were super excited to check them out.

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Once the first set of fireworks were set off Lily panicked a little and asked her Dad to carry her away from the noise and activity. They ended up in the van which was parked a ways away where they couldn't see the fireworks or hear them too well. Andrew told me that as soon as they walked up to the van Lily frantically tried opening the sliding door and when she couldn't get it open she quickly abandoned that and went for the passenger's door. Unable to get that open and seeing that in the meantime Daddy had started opening the sliding door, she flung herself in the side and flew to the back of the vehicle before he had even finished getting it open all the way. Needless to say she was more upset than I thought. In the meantime, down where we were, there was a malfunction of some sort and after the first few fireworks were set off they stopped and didn't resume for another 30 minutes or so. Calvin nursed and slept and Reuben had fun with sparklers (finally brave enough to hold them himself this year) and cherry bombs. Andrew and Lily came back later to see what was going on just in time for the fireworks to start up again. Because of the malfunction the show ended up mostly consisting of a grand finale of fireworks which is always the best part anyway. Lily shrieked through the whole thing, poor baby, but didn't ask to leave. Even Reuben asked to sit in his uncle's lap and stared up at the sky with huge eyes exclaiming "wow" after each one lit up the sky.

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I look forward to this day all year. It didn't fail. :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

One Month

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11 lbs. 13 oz.
23 inches long
Good sleeper and sometimes sleeps 4 hours straight during the night
Can Houdini his arms out of a tight swaddle like nobody's business
Loves having his diaper changed (no, really)
Tries to suck his thumb and loves his hands in general
Burps on his own
Doesn't spit up at all
Snorts when he cries
Enjoys staring out windows
Likes to sleep in bed cuddled up next to Mama

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Years

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^Taken June 27 at 10:03am. Five years to the minute that she was born.^
Just like last year and the year before, here are Lily's answers to 20 questions I ask her on her birthday.

1. What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Dollhouse
3. What is your favorite fruit? Cherries and strawberries. And bananas with peanut butter and a chocolate chip on top.
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Cat in the Hat
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Cauliflower curry
6. What is your favorite outfit? Heart bathing suit
7. What is your favorite game? Uno
8. What is your favorite snack? Banana snack
9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Little Star
11. What is your favorite book? Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
12. Who is your best friend? Alice and Seth
13. What is your favorite cereal? The ball cereal we had at Daddys cousin's house last summer
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Pink lemonaid
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Cuddle (her blanket)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Shish kabobs
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A guard crosser

Oh this little girl of mine. Well not so little any more. Is five a magical age or what? It seems like she's grown up overnight, no longer needing her mama as often for comfort and security. She's now venturing out on her own, confident in herself and her ability to handle any situation. This was evident when I dropped her off Sunday morning for an all day VBS program and she didn't look back once as I left. I was counting down the minutes till it was time to pick her up and when that moment arrived she didn't want to leave! I love her sweet, helping nature and her curiosity about everything. She's a great big sister to Reuben helping him when he needs it and encouraging him in those things he's trying to learn to do himself. She adores Calvin and holds him and burps him but does not want to help change his diaper! Haha! She's opinionated, funny, intelligent, stubborn, whiny, caring, creative, adventurous, loud...and I wouldn't have her any other way.

I love you Lily.

Monday, June 29, 2015

3 Years

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^Taken on June 25 at 8:15am. Three years to the minute that he was born.^
I've asked Lily these same questions every year around her birthday since she turned three years old (check out her 3 year answers and 4 year answers) and now its Reuben's turn! I can't believe my boy is 3!

1. What is your favorite color? Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? Calvin
3. What is your favorite fruit? Banana
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Curious George
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Banana
6. What is your favorite outfit? Cars PJs
7. What is your favorite game? Uno
8. What is your favorite snack? Chips
9. What is your favorite animal? Puppies
10. What is your favorite song? Deep and Wide
11. What is your favorite book? No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
12. Who is your best friend? Nino (Nico)
13. What is your favorite cereal? Don't know
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Water
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My blanket
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cheese rollup
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chocolate cake
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Grow up big like Dadday!

It was supposed to be a quiet evening at home Thursday night, just the 5 of us celebrating Reuben, but a good friend of mine was in town visiting with her two boys and so we invited them over for dinner. Then my sister-in-law dropped by and ended up spending the evening with her two. Needless to say with 7 children in our small house it was anything but quiet. But I don't think my oldest two would have it any other way. It was a fitting celebration for my rambunctious and headstrong (not so) little guy. Happy birthday my Reuben. I love you.

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I'm not into buying character toys from TV shows or movies and this is the first (and probably will be the only one) one I've purchased. But he loves it so much as you can tell. For those who are wondering its from a South Korean animated kid's show called Robocar Poli. My kids watch it on YouTube...in English.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Welcome Little Boy!

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Little did I know, that 45 minutes after I hit publish on my last post about being "overdue" by 2 days, that I would start having contractions that would result in our sweet baby boy being born 5 1/2 hours later!

Almost a week later and we're still in awe of this little guy that has made us a family of 5. The kids adore him and ask to hold him at every opportunity. Lily has been a huge help, grabbing a diaper when its time to change her little brother, making sure I have enough water and looking after Reuben when my hands are full (including changing his pull up!).

With Andrew back at work this week (he took off the entire last week), I'm still getting the hang of this whole 3 kids solo thing but it has been made so much easier by the fact that Calvin is so far proving to be a fairly laid back baby. I know, I know, that can change in an instance so in the meantime I'm going to enjoy this period while I can.

Welcome to the family Calvin Alexander! We all love you so much!