Friday, February 3, 2017

Leo is five!!

Leo turned five on the first!! He had a great birthday filled with junk! Krispy Kreme donuts for his birthday snack at school, Chick-fil-a for lunch bunch with sister, and orange chicken take-out for dinner. (He just had a donut on Sunday after we had read "If You Give A Dog A Donut" several times, and he was smitten and decided to have donuts instead of cookies or cupcakes!)

Waking up to his present from us!


Lunch bunch with sister:

Leo didn't want his picture taken!

Which turned into Leo running around the nature trail at school. It was a beautiful day!

In the afternoon we played outside a lot, Nicholas brought Chinese food, and he opened so many presents! Thank you, family, for spoiling him! He loved the Evil Mobile, his new backpack for Kindergarten, his Nexo Knight activity book, and his MineCraft ax and sword!

And after dinner and presents, cake!

Quick facts about Leo!
1. Leo doesn't like crowds of people. He prefers playing with one or two friends to a whole block's worth.
2. Leo loves Olivia. They play Legos together and often sleep in the same room in his bunk beds. (This just changed this week to them sleeping in separate rooms, but they were in the same room for about the past six months.)
3. Leo loves Jason. They play so sweetly together in the mornings after Nicholas and Olivia go to work and school. They dance, they play hide-and-seek, and lots of other games.
4. Leo has a mind of his own and really wants to do things for himself. For example, when he hurts Olivia's feelings, he wants to figure out how to fix it himself.
5. Leo loves acting out stories with his Legos and other toys. He loves it when Nicholas or I do that with him. 
6. Leo loves hearing stories from Nicholas, who makes up silly stories at night. Leo thinks these are HILARIOUS and talks about them the next day.
7. Leo can read...a bit. He has about 7 sight words and is sounding out three letter words.

And now for the annual birthday quiz! I ❤️ his answers!

1. How old are you? Five
2. What makes you happy? IPad
3. What is your favorite animal? Lion
4. What is your favorite thing to eat? Orange chicken 
5. What is your least favorite thing to eat? Tomatoes
6. What is your favorite thing to do? Legos
7. What is your favorite TV show? Lion Guard
8. What are you really good at? Legos 
9. What is your favorite movie? Ice Age
10. What is your favorite color? Blue
11. What is your favorite song? Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
12. Who is your best friend? Nick (from his preschool )
13. What do you and your Mom do together? Build
14. What do you and your Dad do together? Video games
15. What is your favorite sport? Biking
16. Where is your favorite place to go? Disney World
17. What is your favorite book? Max Counts His Chickens
18. What do you want to be when you grow up? Link (from the Legend of Zelda)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jason is two!!

I can't believe Jason is two!! The years have FLOWN by! 

He had a good birthday on Friday starting with one present before Olivia was off to school!

We had a laid back morning and an afternoon playing outside with friends.

Not surprisingly, Jason loves cake!


He'll always be our baby even if he is two!!

And for a few stats: he had his we'll visit today


35.25 inches - 75%
29 lbs 9 oz - 75 %
Head - 20 inches - 95%

Jason has about 100 words and some of his short sentences include "Here it is." "What doing?" And "Mama, one more please." He has the best laugh ever and we are so happy to have this joyful boy!!

On a side note, we are slowly heading into potty training thanks to the birthday underwear he wants to wear! This is Jason doing his happy dance in celebration of his Cars underwear.

He wore them all day Saturday and much of the day Sunday. I think if I really cared to put him on the potty every 30-45 minutes, he could keep them dry, but I am just not willing. So, he goes before his bath and any other time he asks to or I think about it, and I keep him in a diaper.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Olivia's first sleepover!!

Olivia had her first sleepover the day before it snowed! Our neighbor Mallory is in first grade, too, and had invited Olivia over several times for a sleepover. Each time we had other things going on, so she wasn't able to. So, we finally had her over here, and it went great!

Starting at three o'clock, they played, got their "room" ready for bed and pretended to sleep:


Decorated cookies:

Watched movies and read:

Went to bed late, slept until eight, and had waffles and whipped cream for breakfast! Success!

Then out to play in the snow!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow!! And snow days!

We got about a half inch of sleet and a half inch of sno Friday night to Saturday morning, so we had a morning of sledding on our driveway and a three days off school! Whoa! Some parts of the county got more snow, and the temp went above freezing for the first time today, so I guess I see that...

Here was the fun part!




By Saturday afternoon, the ice on our driveway was melted, so we went to the hill by our pool that remains in the shade, so it stayed frozen through Monday.

Jason wasn't sure about the snow at first.

By the end of the day, Jason jumped on the sled and went himself if we weren't fast enough!

Walking home at sunset in 22 degree weather.
Snocones from concentrated Kool Aid:

And more fun each day! Sunday:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grandma and Grandpa's New Years visit

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for New Year's and we had so much fun visiting with them! They got in on Friday, the 30th and we visited and played. They stayed with us on the third floor since we have an extra king mattress up there now. It was SO nice having them stay with us...we had a much better visit since we got to see them more. The kids really took to Grandpa like never before...probably because they got to see so much of him since he wasn't working on the farm and they weren't distracted by cousins.

Saturday we went to Yates Mill park and walked through the woods and near the mill. We hung out at the visitors' center before going back to watch football on New Year's Eve!


After a holiday meal of turkey and veggies, Mom and Dad hit the road! We had fun!

Christmas Day, 2016

We had such a relaxing Christmas this year! Honestly, it was the best one we've had in a while! Nicholas and I didn't stay up too late the night before, we accepted the fact that we would get nothing done the next day except play, we weren't packing to leave, and we just enjoyed each other.

This was the Christmas Eve scene at bedtime...

The kids slept until 6:45!! Then...the excitement was evident!!




I made grandma's carmel rolls, we played, Facetimed, napped, and played some more. By the end of the day, there were still toys on the floor and we had only left the house for about an hour for Olivia to roller blade in the street! What a fun day!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Family photos, fall 2016

Ha! We took these ourselves in the neighbors backyard when our photographer canceled!