Of course I’m a little late on this, but we celebrated Leyton during NINE last month! 9?! Thats crazy. I keep catching myself when people ask how old he is, I can’t quite bring myself to say I have a 9 year old. I reminded him this morning when he whined about putting away his clean, folded laundry. I said, “in 9 short years, you will be doing your own laundry start to finish buddy!” Halfway there already? I can’t think about it too long or I’ll just cry. What a ride it’s been so far with our oldest. Oh I could say so much about him, I don’t know where to start! The layers just keep building with this kid. He was our cranky newborn, our stubborn toddler, our wild child, and now our constantly curious, always busy, non stop talkative nine year old! I’m constantly amazed by him and I tell him all the time that God has something big in store for him. We are so blessed to have him as our firstborn!
Since Leyton and I are birthday buddies, we go on a special date very year. This year we went rock climbing together and it was SO fun. It was so great to not be that naggy mom for a little bit and just do something fun. He is a crazy man and loved this new challenge. We were sweating and having so much fun together. After, we went to the Dairy Queen drive through and ate our blizzards in the parking lot listening to music. He felt so old! Later that week, for his birthday party, we had a bunch of his crazy friends to Grand Slam for 3 hours of wonderful chaos. I’d say it was all a success!
Our little girl is 3! We had such a fun day celebrating miss Ivy. She was really excited about her birthday party and about all of her friends that came over. She has friends! It was so fun to have our big family family, tons of cousins and her other little friends for her party! She had a ballerina party this year, which really meant just lots of pink and lots of tulle. My mom and sister helped make tutus for the girls, and we gave them hair bows and bracelets. It was so fun. On her actual birthday last week, we started the day singing happy birthday to her when she woke up, eating pink donuts in the morning and cupcakes for lunch! (And we started potty training!) We went swimming that night with our little fam. It was perfect.
We LOVE our Ivy girl and can’t imagine life without her. She has such a big personality and definitely wants to be heard. She is sweet and joyful, determined and stubborn.. we love every bit of her!
The night before Valentines, Leyton told me he wasn’t feeling like Valentines felt like that big of a deal. Even though he had his school party, we weren’t doing much at home, he said. But then he thought and responded, “well, I guess you will make pink heart pancakes, a pink smoothie and write us a card telling one thing you love about us.” Haha I guess so! I wasn’t sure if I was going to the cards again this year, but after hearing that I had to! And for the record, Leyton’s word was creative. Finn’s was talented. Everett’s was fearless. And for Ivy, silly! We had a great Valentines Day, and Luke and I ended the day with a delicious cheese and meat platter when the kids went to bed. I know, we’re crazy It was a fun holiday! I love our little traditions!
I didn’t manage to sneak this post in in 2018, but we were too busy of course! We had such a great, very full Christmas break, it was wonderful! The week before Christmas, we managed to squeeze in all the little traditions so we wouldn’t miss anything. One of my favorites is when we surprise the kids after dinner some random night, tell them to run upstairs and get their Christmas pajamas on that are laying out, and head out to go look at Christmas lights together! We brings hot chocolate and candy canes and it’s really fun! We also saw the movie The Star, which was really sweet and took the boys to see the Grinch in the movie theater. Then the 23rd and 24th, we spent Prosser Christmas at Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Minneapolis. It’s so fun to watch all these little cousins together, they played and played and had so much fun! It was a great little getaway and a fun way to spend Christmas with that crew. Then Christmas morning and most of the day, we spent just at home which I LOVE. We opened presents (we surprised them with a bunny!), had a big breakfast and just stayed in our PJs most of the day. Around 4, we headed to my parents where we joined up with the whole family that came in from out of town. Then for the next week, we did tons of fun things with the out of towners.. mall of America, sky zone, boot hockey and ice hockey, pizza ranch, dinners together, it was so great! It’s safe to say our kids were totally spoiled with endless fun. Although at times it felt like a blur, it was honestly another sweet, sweet Christmas.. with a mix of relaxing, tons of family time and just enjoying the meaning of Christmas. It was perfect!
This week was Everett’s preschool Christmas program! I seriously love these little concerts. They’re so fun to watch and it seriously brings out their individual personalities. Everett was no exception. I couldn’t capture all of it adequately on my camera, but it was one of those moments I don’t think I’ll forget. Everett was SO excited the morning he woke up and it was concert day! He had to wait all day, and when we get there in the evening, everyone is supposed to sit with their families in the pews of the church. He gets there, sees all of his little friends and just started doing rounds. Giving everyone high 5′s, dancing in the aisles with his buddies, sneaking towards the front with the teachers. It was sooo funny! Right in his element. Of course for the songs, he was animated and singing right along! This kid is so hilarious. It was just one of those moments where you sit back and watch your crazy big boy and can’t help by smile!
My Finn man is SEVEN! Why the heck do they keep getting older?! It’s crazy to have an 8 and 7 year old. That’s just old! It’s so fun to spoil Finn on his birthday. He’s our easy going, go with flow guy.. never cares to draw attention or make things about himself. But he was very excited to turn 7! His birthday was so special. He woke up in the morning to streamers, balloons, and birthday pancakes. He opened a couple presents in the morning, scored a bunch of goals at hockey in the afternoon (he was pretty proud of that) then we had a birthday party for him in the afternoon. We had it at Jam Hops, a gymnastics place that had a ninja course and a nerf war for the party. He invited boys from his class, neighbors boys, his brothers, cousins, and one little girl was allowed We all had a lot of fun, and our 7 year old was all smiles, all day long!
It’s so fun to watch Finn grow into such a unique and wonderful boy! He has the sweetest, most caring personality. He’s our little peacemaker and the most even keeled one of the bunch. He’s an absolute joy to be around and gets along well with everyone. He’s outgoing and loves all the action around here, but can easily settle in to a slower pace. He’s a wild man on the ice and is such a crazy stick handler, but when he gets home, he’ll grab his stuffed animals or some other little toy and jump in playing with Ivy. He loves to be around all his friends but also isn’t afraid to say no to playing and keep it quiet inside. I love that.. maybe because it sounds like my style haha. His favorites right now are anything hockey, Diary of a Wimpy kid books, Duck Tales, his squirrel and frog He loves playing hockey and he recently started guitar lessons. We are so proud of our big boy!! Now please quit growing.
Just a little update about how my three school boys are doing.. figured this is a good place to record it all! We had conferences a couple weeks ago and it’s always fun to hear the update from their teachers!
Let’s start with Leyton. Our big 3rd grader is doing so well! Everything Mrs. Schwartz said didn’t surprise me. Leyton is naturally smart in math and even though he says it’s his least favorite subject, math comes really natural to him! But she says he doesn’t work above and beyond what’s expected. He does the assignment, as quick as he can, and turns it in. No double checking work for this kid. She reported that our wild man does need to reminded to not blurt out and not talk over everyone. I said to her, “you think kids would have that figured out by 3rd grade!” To which she laughed and said, “well, if it hasn’t been figured out by now, that’s probably just his personality and he probably won’t change.” I guess that’s Leyton! She said he gets along well with everyone and is generally always happy and positive! He’s doing a great job with reading and always has a stack of books by his bed to read before bed and when he wakes up early in the morning. It’s usually sports books or Diary of a Wimpy kid books, but at least it’s reading! He did read a biography of Wayne Gretsky last week and loved knowing the history of a hockey great like Gretzky Overall, Leyton’s an easy kid when it comes to school. He enjoys school and works hard! We’re so proud!
Next, Finn! Finn’s teacher had such a good report for him at conferences, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. He’s doing so well! He’s really excelling at reading and loves working ahead on the long list of sight words. On their latest standarized testing, they graded his words per minute and he was way above average. That almost brought me to tears! For the boy who is still in speech therapy for his stutter, when he reads, his words come out so smooth! I love listening to him read. He loves reading out loud and also by himself at night. I’m so proud! His speech teacher came to the conference as well and it was great to from both of them. They both smiled when talking about him, saying how well liked he is, that he’s one of “the cool kids” haha! They said he’s confident, well behaved and just a great kid. As far as his speech, he hasn’t made giant progress but honestly, he’s so comfortable with himself and his speaking, and that’s wonderful! He’s flying through 1st grade and doing so well!
Then there’s Everett! Haha, oh my wild man. We love the preschool he is at! His two teachers are so sweet and seem to really invest in each child and her notes from the conference were so specific to him, it was really great. They said he gets along well with everyone, which isn’t a shocker. By week two of preschool, he could list everyone’s name in his class! He has a good group of little boys that he loves to play with. Now educationally, she said he would definitely benefit from another year of preschool before heading to Kindergarten. Haha I’ve been slacking on teaching the third kids his letters! We were planning on him doing another year anyways, so he’s got time to learn that alphabet! She did say he gets frustrated easily when doing his work and will quickly say “I can’t do it” and just gives up. They have to remind him to keep trying! Sounds like him! They also mentioned he is a very honest boy and can be relied on to always tell the truth if there’s a misunderstanding. See what I mean, she was detailed! And she said he has really good rhythm. Ha!
It seems really crazy that I have three boys in school. Three boys that are doing a lot of things without me knowing about them! But it’s amazing to watch them each grow, to see their strength and weaknesses and watch where God is going to use them! I’m so so proud of each of them!
I seriously love looking back at past holidays, and seeing how our kids grow so much year to year! And Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I try not to sneak much Christmas in before Thanksgiving.. it’s really nice to have a relaxed holiday where there’s no hype, no presents.. it’s really just about being together with our families and eating a lot of good food! Erin and Nathan hosted the Kirkpatricks this year, they’re house is the cutest! When we left there, Luke and I both said it was hard to leave because we were SO relaxed But we headed to the Prosser house after that, and honestly I don’t have many pictures because it’s just way to busy to pull out my camera! I did snap some pictures of the cousin crew. They’re all looking so much bigger! But they’re still so little Those kids are so lucky to grow up with cousins close by!
After recovering from Thanksgiving, the rest of the weekend was filled with hockey (Leyton had a tournament in Stillwater), and just being together as a family! We took the boys to Wreck in Ralph 2 which was so fun. I love our yearly tradition of going to a local tree farm to pick up and chop down our Christmas tree. We went into it with a plan to move quickly, as last year we spent waaay too much time picking it out. So it was quick but so fun! Then we went to Caribou after for hot chocolate. I love that about Christmas.. such great traditions for us all to look forward to!
(I’m trying to resist the urge to make excuses for how it’s been since I’ve blogged. But I won’t go there.) Let’s talk about Halloween! The pictures in this post can pretty must tell the story of how the night went, but it’s always worth writing about it for memories sake. Let me start by saying how proud of myself I was for being relaxed this year about Halloween. The Pinterest lover in me has always loved putting thought into the costumes and the kids have usually matched or coordinated somehow. This year I decided to let it go. We went to a consignment store, Finn and Everett found ones they liked and for a $6 price tag, it seemed great. Leyton wanted to be a football player, which also killed me a little because I know all boys eventually do it, it just seems a bit lazy. (don’t worry, I didn’t use that word with Leyton) And for Ivy, I borrowed some from the neighbors. Easy!
All was well the day of Halloween. Finn wore his costume, a Halo guy, to school. Everett was ready to wear his hilarious lego guy. Great. But then, FIVE minutes before leaving for trick or treating, Finn decides he can’t be a Halo guy and wants to be a hockey player. I said no, we’re going to get all your hockey gear out, the gear that you wear three times a week, instead of your original costume. He starts crying and will not cave. Everett joins in and insists on being a hockey player. So now, they’re both freaking out wanting to put on their hockey gear. I’ll spare you the details of how it all went down, but I wanted to win this won. Hence the pictures of our kids falling apart. Haha I know I did feel like a terrible mom but come on! So, we took the picture, Everett was distracted enough to run with his neighbors to start the candy hoarding, but Finn wouldn’t budge. When we said he wouldn’t get candy, he just said, “Nope, I’m staying home, we just share it all anyways.” That kid! So, we let him wear his hockey equipment, and off he went, happily joining the group. These kids are dramatic! But the rest of the night went great, we got loads and loads of candy and Ivy’s favorite part of the night was running to the front door when the doorbell rang! I guess it’ll be good for the memories but I was fine when this holiday was over!
The day before the big boys started school, we were talking about the new schedule and the new changes. I told Everett that he still had another week before he started school and he just looked at me with such a defeated look and said ,”nooo!” He has been waiting and waiting for his turn! Everett’s day is finally here. He will be doing three days a week in the mornings. The first day went so well! No fear, no worries for this one. A big “goodbye mom!” at the door and he was on his way. On the first day, he got to play with a big pool of minnows, slime, paint, play with legos and play outside. He’s in heaven!
Oh and here is Leyton’s first day of preschool and Finn’s! How cute are they?!