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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lucas William {4 Years}

Dear Lucas,

Today you are FOUR! What?! Four seems so old to me!! How are you such a big boy?!? Four is one of my favorite ages, and even though we are stuck at home during this weird time, I know it is going to be an awesome year for you! 


I have absolutely no clue how tall you are or how much you weigh. We go to the doctor next week (should be a good time, between wearing masks and you getting a bunch of shots!), so I'll try to remember to update your stats after that. You are wearing 4T clothes, with some 5T mixed in. You can still wear a few 3T things, especially shorts. You wear size 9 shoes which are starting to get a little snug. You have size 10s for Natives and Nikes :)


You are still the funniest person ever! Every time you talk just makes me smile. You currently are in the stage of mixing up sounds and words and it's my favorite. You say "pix it!" instead of "fix it," and when you and Ella both have the same thing, you say "Hey Ella, we both have!" I posted another Toddler Interview at the end of this because you always give such comical answers :) Oh, and you hate taking pictures (like father, like son)! After I take 1/2 a picture of you, you say "Dat's enuf pictures, Mommy! Don't take a picture uh me!" Hahah. So that's been fun. 


You are still extremely obsessed with construction vehicles, but you also love police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, race cars and monster trucks! Your birthday party this year was supposed to be a fire truck theme, but you were cool with having your fire truck party next year when you turn 5! Thanks for being flexible!! Daddy took you to Monster Jam back in January and since then, you have not stopped playing with your monster trucks! You also love Lightning McQueen and the Cars movie! Cars, trucks, and more cars...all day long over here!! 


You still love Blippi!!! You requested "Blippi colors" (orange and blue) for all of your birthday balloons/signs/streamers today! You are dying to go to the museum in South Carolina where Blippi went in one of his videos. Hopefully soon, buddy! You also still tolerate Paw Patrol and even Mickey Mouse, because you know Bennett loves both of these! You are such a great big and little brother to both of your siblings. For some reason, they always want to play with your toys (not theirs!), but we are working on sharing and most of the time you are pretty good with it! 


Of course, you enjoy sports and are missing watching them on TV! You got SOOO excited to watch golf and Nascar the other day! You really like to play basketball in the driveway, as well as golf and baseball. You are pretty good at all 3! You are also playing soccer again this year...although your in-person practices got cancelled due to Covid-19, every week you get a little video to do and you always enjoy that! 


How could I forget to mention that this was your first year of preschool?! I was incredibly nervous about how you would do, but oh my goodness, you flourished in school! Your teachers loved you and had nothing but good things to say about you! You always had a smile on your face while you were there and made lots of great friends! You are missing them so much! Since you've been home, we've been doing a little homeschool where we learn a new letter each day! Some days you aren't into it, but most of the time you get really excited to see what new letter you are learning that day! You know basically all of the letters now, so we are moving on to letter sounds. You can count to about 15 and write most of your numbers. We are also still working on writing your name, but you can do it 9 times out of 10. 


You are still a great sleeper at night, but recently you've decided that you're over taking naps. I still make you have quiet time, but you rarely fall asleep anymore (maybe like 1-2 days a week)! 
As far as eating, some days you eat everything and other days you eat nothing. Most of the time, you really like pizza, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and mac & cheese. Sometimes you don't like any of these though. You also really like cheese (only cheese cubes though, not cheese sticks), granola bars and fruit snacks. The only fruits you will eat are raspberries, strawberries and oranges. I am trying to get you to eat blueberries, but you refuse! You also randomly love carrots! I have no idea why carrots, and no other vegetables, but I guess I'll take what I can get! And, you'd probably drink a gallon milk a day if we let you. 


Lulu, my best buddy!!! We are so grateful that God chose us to be your parents 4 years ago! You have kept us on our toes every day since then but we wouldn't have it any other way! Never stop making us laugh, being silly and smiling! We just can't get enough of you and love you so so much!!



Toddler Interview:

What's your name? Lucas!

How old are you? Four!

What's your favorite color? Blue! And orange!

What's your favorite food? Strawberries and raspberries

Who is your best friend? Harry

What is your favorite song? The Garbage Truck Song, like this...(proceeds to sing it, haha)

What's your favorite TV show? Blippi

What's your favorite animal? A octopus

What are you afraid of? A witch

What makes you happy? Monster trucks

Where is your favorite place to go? Jumpin Jax!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Pirate

What is something Mommy always says to you? Go to your room (oh bless)

What makes you sad? From taking a nap 

What makes you laugh? Harry!

How old is Mommy? I don't know...

How old is Daddy? 6!

What is your favorite thing to do? Do days of the week (the song we sing every morning for "school")

What does Mommy do for work? Help me

What does Daddy do for work? He works all night (he doesn't work at night at all!)

Where do you live? Charlotte!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Bennett Michael {18 Months}

Dear Bennett,

Last week, you turned 18 months old! You have had quite a busy 6 months since we last did an update, so let's take a look at what you've been up to! 

{PS. You got a haircut the day after I took these pictures! Sorry you look so shaggy here, lol.}

We go to the doctor tomorrow for your 18 month old well visit, so I'll try to update your stats then. You have been growing like a weed and I am constantly discovering clothes in your closet that you seem to have outgrown overnight. You wear mostly 18 month size clothes, but can also pretty comfortably fill out 24m stuff, too. Sometimes I try to squeeze you into 12m stuff if it runs big, but for the most part, you're out of that size almost completely! You are still in size 3 diapers, but as soon as we finish this box, I think I'm going to move you up to 4s. You wear size 3/4 shoe. You have tiny feet! :) 


Your biggest milestone since we last updated on here is that you are FINALLY walking!!!!!! Praise the Good Lord because I wasn't sure if it was ever going to happen! You got pretty comfortable with standing independently soon after you turned 1 (like last October/November), but you would not take any steps to save your life. Daddy and I tried to have a little "bootcamp" where we would try to get you to walk in between us (standing a few feet apart), but as soon as one of us would let you, you'd just plop down so gracefully. This continued for a few months...we'd get so excited because you'd look like you were about to take a step, and then nope! You'd just plop yourself down. Ugh! But then, about 6 weeks ago, everything just clicked and you decided to just...walk! And I don't mean a few steps; you were cruising all over your room on the first day of this walking thing. You now RUN after your big brother and sister constantly! I am just so glad we never paid money for physical therapy or rushed you into walking! You do things on your own time, that is for sure! 


You are quite a little talker/babbler! I just love your sweet voice. Some of your favorite words are "Dada, Mama, wahhh (water), cheese (when you see my phone, to take a picture of you!), teeth, uh-oh, Elmo, ball, shoes"...and your absolute favorite thing to say is ELLA!!! You say her name all of the time, even when she's at school! You just love Big Sister so, so much. 


Your favorite thing right now is probably books! You are so studious! You love to sneak into Ella's and Lucas's rooms and read all of their books. Your current favorites are Tow Truck Joe (you try to steal this out of Lucas's room daily), any Peppa Pig book and the Elmo Balls book! Sometimes you get frustrated when we read to you and you'd rather just look at the books yourself! But I'm so thankful that you have a love for reading, even if it's on your own terms! 


Another thing that you really enjoy is MUSIC! You love to sing, clap and make music with any sort of "instrument" you can find! We go to a story-time/music class at our church every week and you love to shake the maracas and beat on the drums there! Your favorite song is "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II and anytime you hear it, you will start singing "in-ee uh-ownnn!" Your face lights up when you hear it. You also point to Alexa and ask her to play it ALL. OF. THE. TIME. 


You've recently become obsessed with dogs and will "woof" at anything and everything with 4 legs (including the reindeer Sven in Frozen II). You are never scared of the doggies we see walking in our neighborhood; you are always willing and ready to pet them! Along with that, you just wouldn't be part of our family if you didn't LOVE the freakin' Paw Patrol. Ella and Lucas both went through this phase (actually, Lucas is still in it) where they just couldn't get enough of those pups and Ryder! Haha. So, thanks for being SUPER into that ridiculous show so I don't have to get rid of the 385739 Paw Patrol toys we own just yet. 


In addition to Paw Patrol, you also love Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, Curious George and Elmo! Lucas's love for trucks has also rubbed off on you and you two boys are always playing with the 8394 monster trucks and other vehicles we have! You LOVE Blippi (help me) and can sing his Police Car Song! You also love to make siren noises when you see any sort of rescue vehicle! Your favorite toy is the rollercoaster you got for Christmas! You love to not only ride down it like you're supposed to, but also push that little car all over the house! We need to get you more ride-on toys because you are pretty obsessed with them! 


Everyone always comments on how happy you are, and I very often get asked, "Does he ever cry?!" Well, yes, Bennett. Yes, you do cry. Top times are: if you're hungry, if you're thirsty, when I wipe your nose (you see the Nose Frida and immediately start squirming hysterically), and being constrained (you loathe the stroller). Now that you're walking, you are on the go ALWAYS. You love to sneak away and think it's so funny when we find you! 


You are still a pretty awesome sleeper! You take one big afternoon nap each day and will sometimes sleep for 3+ hours! You go to bed at night between 7 and 7:30 PM and usually sleep until 7:30 AM! Sometimes you wake up at like 5, but can usually get yourself back to sleep for another hour or two. As far as eating, well, I think you might be my pickiest eater at this age! You stopped breastfeeding for good a few months ago and it took you a while to get the hang of drinking milk from a sippy cup. You really like to eat granola bars, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, waffles, yogurt, applesauce pouches and fruit snacks...but other than that, it can be hard to get you to eat stuff! Your favorite pastime is throwing food on the floor. It is fun. Ha! Your siblings are also ridiculously picky (and let's not lie, Mommy is picky, too) so I guess it just runs in the family. My cross to bear if you will. 


Sweet Baby Bennett, you will forever be our "baby," but goodness gracious you've had a BIG past 6 months! You are becoming such a big kid and it makes me sad yet happy at the same time! You are so much fun; clapping, waving and blowing kisses to everyone! You get so many compliments on your adorableness and your sunny disposition! :) We couldn't love you more if we tried!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Ella Grace {Six Years}



Dear Ella,

Today you are SIX! 6 whole years ago, you made me a mom. It has flown by, but I also feel like we've known each other for much longer than 6 years! ;) The fact that your birthday is on a Monday this year (you were born on a Monday) makes today even more special for some reason. You got so tried of me telling you yesterday "Ok, at this time 6 years ago, Daddy and I..."! You now have to hold up TWO hands to show your age, and you are becoming such a little lady!




We go to the doctor in 2 weeks for your 6 year old check up. (PS, Scheduling around school is hard!) If I had to guess, I'd say you're about 44 pounds and 46 inches tall. You wear size 6 clothes, but can still fit in some size 5 (and even some size 4) dresses and leggings. Your favorite thing is to wear a smaller sized dress "as a tunic," and just wear it with leggings. Gotta love girls' clothes!  You are size 11/12 shoes. You don't really like clip-in bows anymore (TEAR!) but you do love your headbands!


You continue to be a rockstar sleeper, as you always have been! You go to sleep around 7:30 PM and on the weekends have no problem sleeping till 7:30 AM. On school days, I wake you up at 6:30 AM and half the time you are already awake, ready to go! I still make you have quiet time on weekends, where you read or play quietly in your room while the boys are napping. On some very rare days, you will still fall asleep during this time! It's pretty great.


The biggest change this year has been starting kindergarten and you are flourishing. You absolutely LOVE school! You actually cry/get very sad on Friday nights when you don't have school the next day. You were very upset at the start of Christmas break because you already missed your teacher so much!! Your best friend Alevia is in the same class as you, and you have made many other new friends. You love riding the bus and have met lots of neighborhood kids doing that! You love all of the special area classes, but it cracked me up that you got a PE Award last quarter! PE?! MY child?! LOL! Clearly, you take after your dad! ;) You are reading on a level G which is equivalent to a first grade reading level! We are so proud of the wonderful reader you are becoming! You love to read and your favorite books are Piggie and ElephantFancy Nancy, and Pinkalicious books.



Even more than loving to read, you LOVE LOVE LOVE to write! You are constantly making books. When I say constantly, I am talking every free second of the day when you're home, you're probably up in the bonus room making another book! I love that you are such an author and your invented spelling gets me every time. The illustrations are pretty amazing too. You make books for all of us...and we're not just talking about basic 4 page books. Oh no, you make pop-up books, lift-the-flap books, cut out books and your latest obsession: chapter books! I am trying to figure out a good way to organize all of these books because they are all so precious and I want to save them! You have always wanted to be the tooth fairy when you grow up, but now you tell me that you want to be an author, too!



Your brothers both look up to you so much and absolutely adore you. Lucas sometimes gets on your nerves (and also sits on you...) but he gets sad when you are at school! When you two aren't fighting over the same toy, you actually play pretty nicely together and are SO hilarious! Bennett lights up with a smile every time you walk in the room and of course knew how to say "Ella" months ago! Both boys love your books that you make for them, and also when you read to them.



You are still doing dance class every Monday and our church program on Wednesdays! You've also started taking Chinese lessons online and you LOVE Teacher Elaine! At this point you know more Chinese than I do, which isn't saying too much but I'm still pretty impressed! It is a HARD language to learn! But the thing I will continue to be the most proud of is that you are SO kind to everyone. That was the first thing I asked your teacher at Parent/Teacher Conferences, if you were kind. And she said "oh my goodness, yes!" There are two ESL girls in your class that you have taken under your wing and you are always concerned if someone is sick or hurt. You love to pray for all of your friends. We recently "adopted" a sponsored child from Tanzania...she has the same birthday as you! And if we don't mention her in our nightly prayers, oh man do you let me hear it!



Sweetest girl, you continue to shine and make us proud every single day! I can't wait to see what this next year brings...6 is such an amazing age and I know you're going to have the best year! We love you so much!