June 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Little Man

Drew-Drew I have no idea how you are six already. I do not like it at all. In my mind you are 4 and that is exactly where I want to keep you. I do not want you to grow up ever. Until this past year you would have been just fine being my little side kick forever but then you turned 5 and over the last 365 days you grew a new kind of wings. Wings that I need to allow to fly. You are finally ready to start kindergarten and be away from your mama 5 days a week. You are a big boy on the swim team and swam 5-50's this last weekend and at the end of each race you didn't complain about being tired or that you didn't come in first every time; instead you came running back with the worlds biggest grin because you got a ribbon. You no longer need me to put your helmet on or help pick out your clothes. You sing every Sunday in the church choir and never once do I need to tell you to stand still or be quiet. You are growing up, and though I may be incredibly bias, you are one amazing little man.


You are a gift that God gave me when I really didn't think I needed another baby. I was already busy with your 2 sisters and I could not understand why God didn't see that. I should have never questioned His plan though because when you came into my world I realized you completed a little part of my heart that I didn't even know needed to be filled. For 6 years I have been able to call you mine and Drew Bear I am thankful each and everyday for you.

Now just so you do understand you do challenge me! You throw fits like only a 6 year old boy can. You are persistent to no end. You NEED a lot of things when we go shopping. You are exactly like your father and most days this is awesome but there are days I just have to shake my head because you are his mini-me.




But Buddy I don't know if I have ever met a little boy who will talk to anyone, who always has a smile & hug ready, who loves his role as a "single" in our family and volunteers this information freely whenever anyone asks if we have two sets of twins. You are adored by your little brothers and sisters and some days they drive you crazy but on other days you rotate who you play with. You have a way of talking them out of their fits better than I do. And over the last couple of months you have become Tate's idol. He needs to be exactly like you. If you have seconds, he has seconds. If you wear only pants to bed, he wears only pants to bed. If you do a belly flop into the pool, he does one right after you. I love seeing how he looks up to you and I pray you pass on your best qualities and maybe not the ones like laughing after you burp.


Little man you are now 6. I will let you soar this year with those wings you found but buddy please don't blame mommy if I occasionally need one of your squeeze tight hugs or your cuddles during a nap because you are still 4 in your mama's eyes.


Happy 6th Birthday Drew David


April 05, 2016

An Easter Worth Remembering

I really should be upstairs finishing the boys' bathroom that I started redoing weeks ago but instead want to quickly write about our Easter this year (mostly in pictures and not words!). Some holidays happen and though they were enjoyable it was not one that will stand out more than the past same holiday. This year though I really do want to remember this Easter because it was a great day of celebrating Jesus' resurrection. It was a day just with our kids. Kids who are growing up before our eyes but at the same time understanding why we celebrate with certain traditions and each year they soak up a little bit more.


This year even the babies understood that Jesus died and then rose again on Easter Sunday though they will tell you that He died and went to "heben". They also quickly grasped the concept of the Easter bunny and his eggs! I didn't have it in me this year to have our extended family over to our house. Paul and I barely see each other during the week except from 8pm-10pm each night and so preparing Easter brunch got vetoed and instead it was just us celebrating as a family of 9. It was perfect and the day could not have gone any better.




The day before we dyed 5 dozen eggs and though we had 1 spill and multiple times of hearing this mom remind kids to sit on their bottoms it was fun for all. Five dozen eggs may seem like a lot but after breakfast Monday morning all 60 eggs were gone. I can't even imagine how many eggs I will need to hard boil in the upcoming years.








Sunday morning started off with our traditional breakfast of hard boiled eggs and danish. It is a breakfast my mom made for us every Easter and Natalie & Aubrey have already told me they are going to make the same thing for their kids. It is probably my most favorite breakfast all year long and only gets made one day a year because there is nothing low calorie about it. We then went to church and it pays to have kids in the choir and have to arrive an hour early because you have no problem getting the 3rd row from the front. Aubrey had a solo during mass and there is nothing better than seeing your child have the confidence to stand up in front of a standing room only church and sing.
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After mass we came home for deviled eggs and frozen pizza. Yes, I went all out and really I was wishing we could have just skipped lunch because I was so tired. Good thing a family nap of over 2 hours was next on the schedule. It felt amazing and I think we all felt so much better after we slept off our sugar rush (mom included needed an hour without sneaking more danish or a Reeses egg). The rest of the day we spent outside and enjoyed just playing with our kids without worrying about house or yard work. Unfortunately I think as parents we sometimes forget to just enjoy the moment our kids are in because we always can find a task that needs to be completed.

Some wake from naps better than others!



The babies totally got into it, the big kids complained that there eggs were too hard to find!
This kid must have been afraid someone would take the candy out of his eggs because in the beginning he would stuff everything into his mouth from his egg before running off to find the next one.



This is the reason I want to remember this Easter most, because of the smiles the kids had while having an Easter egg hunt, going on a family walk, playing baseball and a Easter ham dinner at the end. Those simple moments of just being a family.

Each kid had a different color egg. This way all kids got the same number and one couldn't grab all of them. Purple was Kenzie.


Yup, I still find this man hot after all of these years!

As good of a picture as one can get mid candy eating.

And to prove I really was here for Easter 2016.









And this is what happens post sugar...
and this!!

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April 02, 2016

Yesterday they were babies, Today they are 8

My little girls are growing up faster than I want to believe. You have gone from newborns who taught mom & dad what sleep deprivation was, to little girls who talked at a very early age and asked "why" to everything, to big girls when you welcomed your little brother into your lives to even bigger girls when we brought home 4 babies within two weeks of each other. You then grew wings when you went off to kindergarten and you have not slowed since on exploring this world. You continue to amaze your mom & dad with your kindness, soft hearts and the way you love fiercely.


You girls made me a mom 8 years ago today around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. We thought for sure one of you was going to be a boy and I still get tears in my eyes when I remember the emotions I felt when they told me that my Baby A was a girl. I was so incredibly happy because I just knew Baby B was going to be a girl too and I couldn't imagine being any luckier than to have 2 girls who would grow up together side by side. You are each others best friends even if you don't realize it yet. You have an awareness of each other that siblings of other ages just don't have. There is nothing I love more than seeing you two sit next to each other because its as if you are one and don't realize that the other one is literally lying on top of you.




On your 8th birthday I know you are growing up faster than I want but there is nothing better than being reminded that you are still my little girls. For Christmas you had wanted an American Girl doll. Dad and I decided it was more than we were willing to spend on a doll but we came to the agreement that if you could both save up $40 by your birthday we would pay the difference for your doll. Luckily for you we had lots of family get togethers between December and April in which you could be wine servers for your grandparents and their tips were very generous! So yesterday dad took the day off from work and we made the 2.5 hour trip to the American Girl store. You had been talking about this day for weeks and were giddy with excitement. You even had Drew thinking this was the best thing since sliced bread but it didn't take long for him to realize this was a "girl" thing. The look on your poor brothers face during the whole hour and forty-five minutes we were there still makes me laugh. He did not appreciate your girls generous offer of a boy doll one bit! While your brother did not enjoy his time at AG, you both were in heaven and I think it lived up to your expectation. Your dolls Lucy (N) and Emma (A) have not left your sides since you became their mommies. It's this love of a doll that reminds me that though you are becoming older you still have an innocence that brings me, as your mom, such joy. There is nothing better than seeing you love on your baby dolls, your letters to the tooth fairy or your imagination as you play with your younger siblings. You are still my baby girls even at the age of 8. 





Drew's expression through the whole store and  most likely he was jealous of dad having his phone for entertainment. Paul claimed it was all work related!
This year Natalie & Aubrey I hope you continue to follow your dreams. You are both amazing girls and I don't ever want you to forget that. We never meet anyone who doesn't tell us the exact same thing. Mom & dad are so incredibly proud of you and love you for who you are. You are an amazing blessing that God gave us 8 years ago. As you make your way to being 9 this next year I hope that you can continue to hold on to a little bit of your childhood innocence because it is a reminder to me that you are still my little girls.


So Happy!!!
Starting to show a smile.
Love you Tallie and Aubrey more than you can even imagine.




Family selfie way after bedtime.

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