Thursday, July 14, 2016

11 months!

11 months! How is this little guy going to be one in less than a month?
The past month was a big one for our little guy, with lots of accomplishments, and the discovering of his new found attitude.

Weight: 24 lbs
Height: 29"
Wearing size 5 diapers and 18/24 month clothing

 Tuck had his first strawberry picking trip this month; sadly it ended in lots of tears after he also got his first bee sting. Poor guy was sitting on a blanket next to me, and from what I can tell, he grabbed a bee that landed on his blanket and it stung his little pinky. He cried so hard and so long, we finally had to leave. The only way to get him to stop crying was shoveling strawberries in his mouth; see evidence below ;)

Our new (and only) party trick this month is waving! It's the cutest thing, and triggered almost anytime someone says "hi". Often times he starts waving as soon as we pull him out of the carseat, and continues all through the parking lot :) 

Tucker started crawling this month! He has been the slowest of all our kids to start crawling, which I was actually super okay with since  I knew life would get MUCH harder once he started. Now that he's mobile, he's into everything and loves to be 'helpful'
 We took our first trip to sisters with our friends the Stagers, and Tuck did his first hike. It was such a fun weekend of playing with friends and letting the kids explore the outdoors.

 Tucker also had his first trip to the beach this month too! We took an impromptu trip to the beach one Sunday and the weather was perfect! I wasn't sure how Tucker would do with the sand, but other than trying to eat a few mouthfuls, he did great!

Happy 11 months sweet boy! You are such a joy, always smiling and loving on everyone around you. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Claire is 5!

Claire is 5! I cannot even believe this girl is done with preschool and off to kindergarten in the fall. She is the sweetest, bossy with her brothers, scared of bugs, loves to color and craft, picky eater kind of girl. We are so lucky to get to love on her! 

 Height: 47" (99th percentile) 
Weight: 44 lbs 9 oz (78th percentile) 
Claire is wearing size 5/6 clothing and size 11.5/12 shoes 

5 year check up! This was before the total meltdown for the shots. I had to hold her down, while she screamed bloody murder, and her brothers had to be taken out of the room because she made them cry too. Yikes! 

With cousin Jolene! This girl loves babies!

5 Year Birthday Questionnaire: 

1. What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? A doll
3. What is your favorite tv show or movie? Rescue Bots 
4. What is your favorite thing to eat? spaghetti  
5. Who is your best friend? Heather 
6. What do you want to be when you grow up? A vet 
7. What is your favorite thing to do with Mom or Dad? sewing 
8. What is something that you are good at? Doing somersaults 
9. My favorite thing about school is.... writing numbers 
10. My favorite thing I've done this year presents

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Popcorn and Pajamas Party!

 Claire turned 5 last weekend, and we celebrated with a popcorn and pajamas party!
When we were trying to pick a theme for her birthday, we thought about the things that she loves to do. One of her favorite things right now is when we let the kids stay up late and make popcorn and have a family movie night. I suggested a movie party, and she was quick to point out that we would need popcorn AND pajamas. I guess in her mind it only made sense since she is always wearing her PJ's for our movie nights!
Party favors!

The popcorn and dessert table.

It was slightly chaotic to have 10 preschool age kids running around like crazy, but Claire had such a good time seeing her friends!

She was spoiled rotten by her friends, and had a great time running around with everyone. We are so grateful so many of her friends could come and celebrate with us!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Impromptu Beach Trip

Every year our church does a church retreat over a weekend; we've gone in the past but we've found it to be tougher and tougher with young kids. We know someday we'll make it again, but this year it made for a good day to head to the beach since we didn't have church service.

We surprised the kids when they woke up with sand toys filled with snacks for the car, and packed up after a quick breakfast. They were so excited, and surprisingly everyone did really well on the car ride there! 

Our first stop was at the Tillamook cheese factory. The kids loved the little Tillamook bus, and were actually pretty entertained watching the assembly line cut and package the cheese. And of course, a trip to Tillamook wouldn't be complete without ice cream, even it was 10:00 in the morning!

After our stop at Tillamook, we headed to Rockaway beach. It was amazing weather; sunny and not too windy! We got a spot next to a little creek that runs into the ocean, and the kids loved it! Hunter especially enjoyed himself, running up and down the beach and splashing in the creek. Of course the first time we talked down to the ocean he tripped over himself and belly flopped right into the water, so he ended up shirtless until we got back to the car. 

Tuck may have eaten a *little* bit on sand while we were there. Oops!

We managed to get home without hitting any major traffic, and only a few minor meltdowns (what trip would be complete without a few of those)! The kids had such a great time, we've already talked about how we need to go back for the weekend so the kids can play even longer! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hunter turns 3: A Firefighter Party

Hunter turned 3 last week, but we celebrated his birthday with his best friend Caleb a few weeks before that. It was so fun to have a joint birthday for those sweet little guys! 

 We rented out the party space at Wippersnappers (our local kids indoor gym) and let the kids run wild! Now I understand the amazing qualities of having a party outside your house; no stress and no clean up!

The boys both love fire trucks and firemen, so we put together some fun fire themed goody bags and cupcakes.

Happy Birthday Hunter! We love you!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Claire Graduates!

Our sweet girl graduated from preschool and is off to kindergarten in the fall! I truly cannot believe how fast times flies, and how much she has learned already. It's amazing to see the way her brain works, the subjects that interest her the most, and how naturally curious she is. 

Right now her favorite things to 'study' are math and art. She is constantly asking to do addition problems with us, and she recently started working on her math workbook for the summer. She loves to draw, and is so much more creative than I could ever imagine. I've found her several times pausing a movie to draw or write what she sees on the screen, or taking books to look at the pictures and recreate them in her notebook. I have about 5,000 drawings hanging around the house, and our supply of printer paper seems to always be dwindling, but I love watching her be creative.

This is our "YAY! It's graduation" face ;)

Our little graduate.
We can't wait to see where the world takes you sweet girl!

Monday, June 6, 2016

10 months!

10 months!

As you can tell, someone has developed his attitude, and is become a little less than thrilled with our monthly photo shoots. 

Standing all the time! He's still wobbly, but he wants to be able to stand and play as much as possible.

Tuck is still loving all his solids; the only things we've really found that he's not a fan of is cucumbers. He loves to eat whatever we are eating, and has been known to pitch a fit when he runs out of food, or I don't provide it fast enough.
I have to go away for 4 days for cheer camp with the team I coach in July, so we've started to slowly wean off one nursing session a day, and go to bottles. 

We are so close to having a crawler! He is on his hands and knees rocking back and forth almost constantly. He's moving backwards and can go from a crawling position to sitting, so I know we're in for it any day now.

Dare I say that we're coming to a point of sleeping more than not? We are finally most consistently sleeping through the night than not! Now that school is out, and our schedule is semi regular, I've finally gotten him down to two naps during the day. His typical sleep schedule looks like this:
7:00am Wake up
9:30am 1st nap
1:00pm 2nd nap
6:30-7pm Bedtime 

We've been having amazing weather the past couple weeks, so Tuck has been living it up in the pool, at the splash pad, and overall just enjoying spending time outside. 

Tuck still loves his mommy more than anyone (which can have it's downsides), with Daddy as a close second. He has really started taking an interest in Hunter this month, although I don't think Hunter fully returns to feelings. I'm excited to see what their relationship grows into as they grow older and are able to really play together. 

Happy 10 months little Tuck! I can't believe we are only a couple months away from your 1st birthday!