Tuesday, November 18, 2014

School Pictures

We haven't historically done pictures when school offers.  Partly because we are there part-time & days always work out oddly.  And partly because I figured they'd not cooperate & pictures would be nerdy.  But I decided I wanted an actual Preschool picture... so we did them this year.  As it worked out, the kids were there on Logan & Livi's picture days, but not Hayden's.  But they worked with us & just did all our kids on the same day.  Which was great because they offer sibling pictures too.  I let them within reason pick their own clothes, so they aren't coordinated, or matchy... its just them in their own true form (except for the fact that I made the boys wear jeans which they would never do by choice.)
 I wasn't going to do the sibling pictures, because I figured I'd get one nerdy shot of the 3 of them half torn up from school sitting aimlessly in a row.  But decided, heck, its free... why not just do it.  So glad I did!  Did I mention I got a sample pack of an 8x10, some 4x6s & wallets... for free!?
 First school picture day.... check!

Monday, November 17, 2014

World Prematurity Day

October 17 is World Prematurity Day.  I have been blessed through my career to work with so many amazing preemies & preemie families.  But I also have 3 pretty amazing preemies of my own.  

Giving thanks today for my preemies.  For their awesome doctors & nurses.  For their strength.  For their health.  For everything.

Looking back to their earliest days...

My how they have grown!!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

At 5...

Hayden:

-Spends most of his waking hours playing Transformers Rescue Bots or Ninja Turtles.
-Prefers to draw his own art than color in the lines, both literally & metaphorically. 
-Is a good eater.  And he now usually eats frosting & chocolate, but sometimes chocolate still makes him pause.
-His favorite comfort item is his blanket, or 2 blankets we can thankfully use interchangeably.
-He says his favorite food is BBQ weenies.
-He says his favorite color is blue.
-His smile lights up the world.
-I still foresee him growing up to be the class clown.  
-He wears his emotions on his sleeve.  Which some days is so hard to handle, and other days is melt your heart sweetness.  He is sugar & spice.
-He wants to work at Dairy Chef, drive the tractor at the pumpkin patch, work at the fire station, be a daddy & live with me forever when he grows up.  

Olivia:

-Loves to play teacher & mommy.
-Has a very, very perfectionist personality.
-Is still our most adventurous eater.  She likes steak, egg rolls, BBQ wings & all sorts of football foods.  Maybe because she loves Husker football.
-Her favorite comfort item is her monkey lovie & its "cold power."  She may infact still sleep with it into adulthood.  
-She says her favorite food is BBQ weenies.
-She says her favorite colors are pink & purple.
-I just love to listen to her laugh, its so infectious!
-She is finally realizing that just because she has 2 brothers, its still pretty cool to be a girl.
-She prays every day for a baby sister.
-She wants to be a nurse & a teacher when she grows up.  She was distraught as to how she would pick & was shocked when I told her she could in fact do both!
{I don't have this one in color yet... but I'm supposed to be getting it!}

Logan:

-Can be found playing Transformers Rescue Bots or Ninja Turtles on most days.
-Remains a TERRIBLE eater.  He continues to eat no meat (outside of chicken nuggets).  He has learned to eat jelly, almonds, green beans & carrots this year... big accomplishments.
-He has a crew of comfort items he rotates.  His blanket, lovie, puppy, "Stuftie" the elephant, the list goes on. 
-He doesn't like kisses.
-His favorite food is pancakes.
-He says his favorite colors are green & yellow.
-He continues to have an undying need to be FIRST at everything.  Getting dressed, undressed, teeth brushed, plate handed, anything & everything.  
-I still foresee him growing up to do all Hayden's homework. 
-He is very particular about his clothes & socks & shoes & how they fit.  He changes them several times a day.
-He wants to work at dad's work when he grows up.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Halloween

This year for Halloween, the kids had minds of their own.  I didn't get to choose a cute group theme costume.  They each picked their own.  We had some initial debate.  Hayden originally wanted to be a fairy.  And had he insisted long term, I would have made him some boy-ish fairy costume.  His other choice was a hot dog.  I didn't want to pay $30 for a hot dog costume to wear once & couldn't get my hands on a used one.  But one day during a trip to Walmart, we got to looking at some Ninja Turtle weapons.... and the boys decided if we got them, they would wear the shirts & hats they already had & be Ninja Turtles for Halloween.  Score!  I don't think a day has gone by since then that they haven't played Turtles... and I find myself referring to them as Leo & Raf.

 Livi liked the fairy idea, so we picked up a $6 pair of wings & wand along with the Ninja Turtle sets & we were a go for Halloween.
 Bat Girl (AKA Analeigh) came with us in our search for loot!
 Ready to go!!
 They really got it down this year.
 Enjoying their goods :)
 Molly had just had her tonsils out, so she held down the fort.  She's the only person I know who doesn't need a wig for Halloween.  Ha!  Love you sister!
 Halloween 2014 was great!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It happened!!

Well it happened.  5 happened.

Despite me begging & pleading... they went ahead & turned 5 today.

The kids& I had a late breakfast at our local doughnut shop.  Watched Frosty the Snowman & Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (at their request).  Hit Target to pick up some new snow pants & a few Ninja Turtle cupcakes.  We had a family dinner at Pizza Hut (their choice).  Ate our cupcakes, sang three last rounds of "Happy Birthday" & tucked our 1-year-older-than-yesterday kids in bed.

I just can't grasp how fast 5 years has gone.  Slow down time!



 Liv got all 5 out in 1 blow!!



I can't believe it!!

0-5!

How did we get here so fast?  How did we get to five??  FIVE!  

I look at these pictures & remember taking the 3 year ones like it was yesterday.  Then we managed to slip in 4 & now 5, in the quickest blink of an eye.  How can my heart be so happy & so sad all at the same time.

Amazing.

Newborn
One
Two
Three
Four
Five

At 1:22, 1:23 & 1:25 pm 5 years ago today, we embarked on the parenting journey of a lifetime.  We didn't know what we were in for!  These 3 have taught us things & enriched our lives in ways we never imagined possible.  They have pushed us to our limits, and then dropped us to our knees, overfilled with joy.  They are a fierce & unwavering crew, with endlessly loving hearts & full of laughter that can brighten any room.  They are our miracles.  

Happy 5th Birthday Hayden, Olivia & Logan.

We love you to the moon & back!

Good thing!

Good thing we had an early birthday party!!

And good thing we've gotten in plenty of trampoline jumping, a deep garage cleaning & a last bike ride around the block in on Sunday....

...because today looked like this:

Oh to be the age, where he magic of the season's first snow overshadowed the reality that its 22 degrees outside.  They insisted on playing in the snow.  And I cut them off after 20 mins, the boys especially would have played for days.