Friday, May 31, 2019

Life with Bennett {week 40}

Oh goodness. Time for another weekly update again?!

So, for the first part of this week, we were at the beach...which I still need to recap for you, hopefully soon!


Once we got back from the beach, we grilled out for Memorial Day and of course that meant the kids got to make s'mores. I really only let them do this so that I can make some for myself, ha!


Lucas had his first private swimming lesson!

Ella's former preschool teacher (from her 2 year old class) lives in our neighborhood and teaches swim lessons out of her backyard pool. She is WONDERFUL and if you are in South Charlotte, I highly recommend her, but I'm pretty sure her waitlist has a waitlist at this point! Ella has taken lessons from her the past 2 summers, and now its Lucas's turn! 

He did NOT want to get in the pool whatsoever, and he certainly didn't want to wear his cool new Paw Patrol googles I had bought Bennett tried them on instead ;)

Because Ms. Jocelyn is a true miracle worker, she got Lucas in the pool in no time flat and within 3 minutes, he was blowing bubbles, kicking his feet and moving his arms like he had been swimming his whole life!

She. is. amazing!
Lucas was already asking to go back later that day!


We met our friends at the splash pad because it has just been too darn hot to do anything else this week!

Bennett napped in the shade of his car seat!

Of course Lucas found some other kid's toy trucks there and played with them the whole time (I checked with his mom to make sure it was ok!). 


More swim lessons with Ms. Jocelyn!

I mean, it might be too early to tell, but maybe we have the next Michael Phelps on our hands?! LOL. Ya never know, right?!

This sweet peach just continues to make me laugh, first with Lucas's baby doll...

Like, is this paci for me?!

And then rolling around Lucas's room in Ella's hat!

Gahh, I could just eat him up!

And that's all I have for you today! Short and sweet! 
But more posts coming soon! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Life with Bennett {week 39}

Hi! Hi! Hi! I'm alive!!
I'm crazy behind on this little space of mine due to our beach trip we took this past weekend! I will slowly but surely get caught up (even if it takes me a month!) here's a look at our week of May 17 until we left for the beach May 23!


I figured our strawberry picking days were limited, so we decided to go one last time for this season!

{Ella's dress is super cheap from Amazon!}

And miracle of miracles...Lucas actually SMILED for a picture!!!!


We had Lucas's party....which I still need to type up and post for you! Coming soon, promise :)


Lucas's birthday!

He had a blast opening up his presents! A favorite was this soccer goal!

Ella had to sing at her preschool church that morning. They sang the sweetest little song for the benediction and it made me BAWL MY EYES OUT right there in the middle of church. Thanks for that, preschool teachers.

Once I recovered from that, our family went to the Knights baseball game for Lucas's birthday!

It was Princess Day! Ella got pictures will all of the princesses there; Lucas had ZERO interest in them, ha! He was just there for the baseball!

When it's your birthday (and let's face it, even if its not), Daddy buys you ice cream!

We had a great time celebrating our big 3 year old!


More birthday toy testing...

...followed by a trip to the library...

...and finally, playing on Ella's preschool playground after we picked her up!


Ella's preschool graduation!

I was expecting to cry hard the entire ceremony. I even asked friends (and Instagram!) for tips on how to make me not cry! But, I am happy to report, I only got a little teary when she walked in. The rest of the time, I was fine!

They had a sweet little ceremony. Her class sang some cute songs (thankfully none as sad as that crap they sang on Sunday!), and then the teacher called each child up. She announced where they would attend kindergarten, and what they wanted to be when they grow up. And do you know what our Ella wants to be? THE TOOTH FAIRY, of course!

We are so proud of our little graduate!


Beach packing in full force!

We also met our friends at a new-to-us library!

The boys loved these fun chairs!


Ella's last day of preschool EVER!

Thank goodness Lucas will be going there next year, or I'd be seriously so sad about leaving that preschool! I'll be a mess when Bennett is done with preschool (but that's never happening...)!

While she was at school, Lucas had his 3 year old well visit at the pediatrician!
This picture tells you how his visit went....

Yep. He screamed the entire time. He almost wouldn't even stand on the scale. He HATED it. I had to keep bribing "If you do this, we can go to the beach!" Haha. We survived, but good grief I am thankful for a healthy boy so I don't have to do that again for (hopefully) another year!

We picked up our preschool graduate, and headed to the beach!!

I'll post about our beach trip soon! And Bennett's 9 month update...and Lucas's party...and another weekly update for this week. Eiyiyiyi. SO many things. Stay tuned! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Lucas William {3 Years}

Dear Lucas,

I almost couldn't believe it when I typed the number 3 in the blog post title! How are you so big?!?!? Time is such a thief. I truly feel like I was just pregnant with you (although that's partially because I was just pregnant with your brother, and you both acted very similarly in the womb!). You are so freaking cute and funny right now, I just want to bottle you up and keep you at this age forever!

We have your 3 year old check up this Thursday (which you are NOT excited about!), so I'll try to remember to update your stats then. I have absolutely no clue how big you are, except that you are BIG! You are getting harder and harder to pick up, but it also might be because I'm used to picking up Bennett and he weighs like 5 pounds, ha! You are solidly in size 3T clothes and size 6 diapers. You can still wear some 2T shorts. I am starting to buy 4T clothes for you, which is crazy because your sister still wears size 4T! You wear size 8 shoes, but can squeeze in 7s if you have to. 

Remember when I was worried about you talking?! Ha! You never stop talking now! And your little voice is so funny. You are absolutely hilarious, and countless times your sister and I will just look at each other and laugh at with the things you say! I'm attaching the answers to your toddler interview that I gave you at the end of this post!

As if you couldn't tell by these pictures and your birthday party theme, you are totally, completely, 100% obsessed with construction vehicles! You know all of the names of all of the things. Funny story: Nay Nay and Cook are building a new house and we went to their new neighborhood to look at houses. It's new construction, so of course there were all sorts of constructions trucks everywhere. Nay Nay said, "Look at that bulldozer, Lucas!" and you quickly corrected her, "NO! That's a skid steer!" Haha! You point out any and every construction vehicle that you see when we are driving around. I probably know where 90% of the construction sights in South Charlotte are because of your observations!

In the same vein, not only do you love construction vehicles, but you love any kind of vehicle. If it moves, you are interested. This includes, but is not limited to: planes, trains, racing cars, monster trucks, subways, taxis, tractors, boats, helicopters (you call them "happy-copters"!) and of course golf carts. You have somewhat recently discovered Blippi because he has all sorts of videos on your tablet about these various forms of transportation....and now you are entirely captivated with all of his songs and videos. I guess there are worse things, but I am already looking forward to the day when I do NOT have the "Excavator Song" stuck in my head. I keep telling myself it's educational and it is helping your vocabulary (because how else would you know to say "I'm a dirt investigator! I'm an excavator.").

I would be remiss to say that of course you still love sports (I mean, you are Trav's child!). You say your favorite sport is basketball, but you loved the golf tournament (when you weren't climbing trees and running away from us). You can also spot a Panthers, Hornets or UNC logo from a mile away. You love any athlete named "LUUUUUKE!" (Luke Kuechly, Luke Maye) and "Tiga Wooooos" (Tiger Woods). Every time you watch golf with Daddy, you think Tiger is the golfer on TV. You have played soccer with Soccer Shots just about every Saturday since September, and you have gotten so good! It was a rough start and you enjoyed touching the ball and knocking down the goal at first, but now you actually listen to your coaches and kick the ball with your feet! Every Saturday when we watch you, Daddy and I tell each other how good of a soccer player you are! You want to play baseball next, but you have to be 4 for that! 

You are such a quintessential middle child, but goodness gracious you love your baby brother and big sister so much! At first, I was very apprehensive with you around Bennett, but you honestly don't maul him half as much as Ella does! You give him kisses and hugs, but leave him alone for the most part. You can't wait for him to play with your toys. You are always handing him your stuff, but then you get mad when he just chews on it! As for Ella, guys fight hard but love hard. I will leave you in a room with Bennett for a few minutes, no questions asked, but Ella? Oh no, y'all cannot be left alone together for more than 30 seconds, ha! But you also love each other so so much, and you affectionately call her "Goo." We have no idea where this came from, but its kind of adorable. 

You have magically morphed into a phenomenal sleeper! You go down around 7:30 every night and sleep until 7:30ish the next morning! You also take a solid 2+ hour nap every afternoon! I know we probably should move you to a big boy bed soon, but you are sleeping so well now...if it's not broke, don't fix it, right?! 
As far as eating, you have gotten a little pickier. For example, the only fruits you will eat are strawberries and oranges (and occasionally bananas). You LOVE Chick Fil-A nuggets, but won't eat other kinds of chicken (like if Daddy grills chicken or something). You like yogurt and eggs, but you will absolutely never ever touch a vegetable with a 10 foot pole. We will keep trying!

Oh, Lulu! You put so much joy (and entertainment!) in our lives. You are that perfect middle piece of our family that goes with the flow, but also makes your presence known at all times! You have blessed us with so many gifts...laughter, patience (HA!), knowledge about antibodies/hemolytic disease of the newborn/isoimmunization. I'm so happy God chose me to be your Mommy and made me a boy are the best at showing me what boys are like! We love, love, LOVE you so so much sweet boy! 

Toddler Interview:

What's your name? Lucas!

How old are you? I 2 (I asked him these questions before his birthday, so he was technically still 2)

What's your favorite color? Blue

What's your favorite food? Strawberries

Who is your best friend? I don't know...Cook! (my dad)

What is your favorite song? Blippi...Garbage truck!

What's your favorite TV show? Fire trucks

What's your favorite animal? Cow!

What are you afraid of? Umm...Ahhh! Cook?!

What makes you happy? Umm...Cook (so apparently my dad scares him and makes him happy!)

Where is your favorite place to go? Park!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Dinosaur (good luck with that, buddy!)

What is something Mommy always says to you? Whoooaaaahhhh! (I don't say this?)

What makes you sad? Wahhhh-hahhhh

What makes you laugh? Hahahaha!

How old is Mommy? 2!

How old is Daddy? 6!

What is your favorite thing to do? I don't know. 

What does Mommy do for work? Mommy working downtown (I don't!)

What does Daddy do for work? Daddy working downtown...the Hornets one!

Where do you live? In Charlotte!