Monday, October 25, 2010

Character Award: Caring - Sammy

IMGP8028_landscapeWe were so excited last week to find out that Sammy was getting an award from his preppie-k teacher Mrs. MacInnis! We weren't sure what it was for but we loaded up the kids (and I got someone to cover my last class) and we headed over to Burbank. After a choir Halloween concert we got to the awards ceremony.

IMGP8012Sammy was the first one announced! He got the caring award for his  class! They also gave out an art award. The funniest thing was that he was the tallest kid who received an award out of all of the kids (it was an assembly for 3rd grade and below), oh, that and he didn’t want to smile so he was making a silly “I’m trying not to smile face!” Either way we were proud of our little guy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Sammy!

IMG_5638 Better late than never right? At least I got him a birthday cake made in between school and soccer practice! :) I had planned on posting something on Friday but I passed out right after I got the boys in bed!

Sammy boy likes….Legos, especially “big boy” Legos, Star Wars, Special Agent Oso, Backyardigans, Veggie Tales and anything else that he can watch on Netflix, trains, tying things up with rope or anything that resembles rope (including important cords ugh!), school, riding his bike, throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get his way, eating cheese roll ups and ham and cheese sandwiches, anything camouflage, his brothers, bugs, telling me what he’ll do/allow his kids to do when he’s a parent, train chasing, oh and his new “crossing guard chasing” where we search for crossing guards on the way home from school—he told me that Norwalk must not have any schools because he only has seen crossing guards in Cerritos—ha!)

He dislikes timeouts (especially now that he is five he tells me, “I don’t like being five!), having to hurry in the morning (or any other time), eating pasta, not being able to play outside every minute of every day, having to go to the grocery store with me instead of play and taking pictures when I ask (unless he thinks of it!)

Other little facts about Sam…he’s literally growing like a weed and I’m having trouble keeping clothes and shoes in the house that fit him. He’s four feet tall and still has that strawberry blonde hair that glistens in the light. He loves to smile, giggle, be tickled and wrestle. He loves to wear his suit on Sundays (and throws a fit if he has misplaced his suit coat) and loves Primary. He is a joy to have around (well, most of the time—as long as he has eaten and is well rested and isn’t throwing a fit about something!) He’s growing up so quickly before I know it he’ll be in high school and then on a mission, in college and eventually married. And I know that we’ll enjoy it while it lasts…

One other fun or silly thing…I still remember the cute little hats that they give you on your birthday! I remember this one especially from Mrs. Harvey when I turned 6! I took a picture of Sammy with his on…he didn’t take it off all day long and now he is sleeping with it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Nate Nate!

Can you believe that he’s already three?
He likes the number three! Today he announced that it is his favorite number now, and here are some of the reasons I thought of.

  • He is now three years old and was born about three hours after I went to the hospital.
  • (At least) Three trips to the ER.
  • Three days in the PICU after surgery to fix craniosynostosis)
    One of three brothers.

Life is crazy. I’m glad for insurance with this kid. He’s a sweetheart and has the cutest dimples (thanks Grandpa Driggs) and blue eyes (thanks Grandma and Daddy).

IMGP7869-croppedWe love you Nathan! Happy Birthday. Enjoy your new Lego Duplo garbage truck!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kid updates…

Life is crazy. School is crazy (and I’m already behind). But the boys are crazier.

Quick updates…since I really should be grading!

Sammy_CubbieSammy – Loves school, or in his words, “it’s awesome!” Gets green cards (good behavior) and has brought home a few purple cards for extra special good listening and following directions. Is already trying to be a missionary and is always asking people if they’re “members of the church” or today, “if they saw General Conference and Thomas S. Monson”. He is growing like a weed literally and I’m having trouble keeping shoes and clothes on him. He is very tired and still trying to adjust to being in preppie k all day long and often throws tantrums when he finally gets home; today’s fit was about everyone saying he’s five or six when he’s only four. <sigh> He eats a ton. He loves tostadas, cheese rollups, broccoli, celery, carrots, Jell-o, pudding, cookies, ice cream and anything with chocolate in it. This past weekend he had the chance to bring home “Cubbie” from school and we took a picture in my classroom together.

IMGP4342Nathan – will be three tomorrow…is enjoying more time with Daddy while Sammy’s at school. Sometimes he wants to eat his food cold and sometimes will eat it hot, but not too hot. Is quite a story teller and likes “to be silly”. He has huge dimples and a great smile and is very sensitive if I scold him. Has mostly grown out of the turning blue and crying thing but if he’s really upset I do make sure that he sits/lays down still.  He loves to eat the same things that Sammy does for the most part (but doesn’t want butter on anything that Sammy does) and always wants to play with whatever Sammy is playing with. He loves playing with Danny and is now trying to pick him up (ahhh!) He is kind of a night owl and likes to come out to see what is going on :(

IMG_5630Danny – Is 13 months and started walking about a month ago. Within the last two weeks he’s gotten pretty good and can walk anywhere he wants to but he is still pretty wobbly too. He is enjoying chasing the boys down the sidewalk and climbing up the stairs at Grandma and Grandpa Driggs’ house. He even tries to walk and kick the ball at soccer practice! He loves to eat veggie straws, ice cream, peaches and mandarin oranges, pasta and to drink real milk. He is a happy little guy who charms almost everyone he meets with his contagious and warm smile. He does not enjoy being told “no” and seems to be quite sensitive like Nathan.

We love our three boys. Today at the market they were giving me a run for my money (rainy day with too much energy) and a lot of people were just staring at us (their faces said “what was that lady thinking bringing all three to the store?!” but we survived. Didn’t break anything at the store. Didn’t lose anyone. Saved $18 with coupons and finally restocked the fridge and cupboards (thank goodness October finally arrived!) They love each other and although they each have more energy than Thad and I combined we wouldn’t give any of them back!

p.s. Here is a video of the baby “walking” a little at Auntie Sarah’s  house (even though these are from a little while back when he was just starting out and he would fall as soon as I had the camera out.)

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