Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Samuel: 7 years old

TheBoys_October2012_ 176Samuel turned seven yesterday so I wanted to document a little about him.

  • He mostly prefers being called Samuel but lets Mommy call him whatever (Sam, Sammy, Sammy boy) but he also really likes his full name, Samuel Clifford Marcroft.
  • He is huge. Like, 4 ft. 7 huge, and towers over almost every other kid, including some 12 year olds that we know. He’s also dense so don’t try to pick him up unless you bend with your knees!
  • He is a happy kid but doesn’t like doing homework. He’d rather be playing.
  • He loves bike riding, riding scooters, playing tag, and playing in the mud!
  • He loves playing on the computer (when I allow it) and loves games like Cut-the-Rope, Angry Birds, Dragon City (on FB)
  • He loves his baby brother Benjamin and is usually really good with him (which is such a blessing to have someone to help). He is usually good with the others too unless, of course, they want the same thing…then it just gets loud!
  • He loves spiders, snakes, bugs, and anything else like that!
  • He loves space, space shuttles, astronauts, planets the works!
  • He love mining (or minding as he calls it!) and makes books of gems and minerals. He has a few real rocks/stones that were mine when I was younger and can’t wait to get more!
  • He loves rock climb, even “rock climbing” means tying a jump rope or anything else that he can find that is long, around his waste and trying to climb the back fence (even though Mom doesn’t like this because it scares me since it’s not proper equipment and could be fatal and has told him NOT to a thousand times!)

For his birthday first he wanted to get a treat; Yogurtland is right by his school so we stopped there! Then we did a little homework (I know, I’m awful eh? I only made him do half, the rest he finished today), packed up the kids and headed to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail where they rode the tire swing, rock climbed, slid down the rock slides, ran like crazy kids, climbed through the maze of bridges and more. I think we played there for 2+ hours before I begged them to leave since I needed to change Ben’s diaper! He also wanted to ride Ariel’s ride and then Toy Story Mania but the Toy Story line was too long so we hit King Triton’s Carousel before heading out. We ran into another crazy family of (almost) four boys and it was like finding kindred spirits! Fun, fun, fun!

I think that we had a great time and a great birthday! We love you Sammy boy! I told him a little about the day he was born and I heard him retell a few people about how he arrived at 3 am on the dot, just like they said that he would…kind of fun!

Where should we go??!

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King Triton’s Carousel

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Rock climbing! On a real wall not on our back wall! Hooray!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Our Adventure: Space Shuttle Endeavour

IMGP6427A few weeks ago the boys and Thad went to Disneyland to see the Space Shuttle fly across the sky as it was strapped to the back of a 747. I was sad that I missed that but was happy to have been a part of today. We tried to figure out when and where it would be best to see it and thought that this morning would be the easiest on the boys so we got dressed and off we went!

There were a lot more people there to see it at the Forum than I expected and luckily there was still parking at the Hollywood Park next door! We got there just in time and even though I would have just preferred being able to see it there were some politicians seizing the moment with some boring speeches but hey, it was there, and then it quieted for a moment and then there was some sentimental space music, and lots of oohs and ahhhs as they began to move it slowly (2 mph) down Manchester to its next spot. That is when I got all sentimental. I put Nate on my shoulders, Thad had Danny on his and Sammy standing up in the stroller and I just started sobbing. I think that it was, a) a mixture of excitement just being so close, b) excitement of seeing the boys’ excitement, and c) sadness since I had always wanted to go to see a space shuttle launch and now I can’t. :(

I’m glad that we went. It was something that I’ll definitely remember and I hope that the boys do too. I can’t wait to see it in the museum when we go the next time, although I’d love it even more if we were able to explore it. Maybe they can make a room that is like it for us to explore!

See more stories and great pictures of its final “journey” here or here at the LA Times.com!

Here are some pictures:
Sam, Dad and Dan


They were so excited to be so close!



Mom and Nathan!


Just happy to be there!


Here is one before it left our view. I remembered that I hadn’t gotten one of us! Bye-bye Endeavour!


Benny boy! All smiles until he got too tired on the way home, fussed, and then passed out (phew!) :)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nathan: 5 years old

Nathan turned five last week but I wanted to document a little about him.

  • TheBoys_October2012_ 065He doesn’t like to be called Nate or Nathanael, and definitely not Nathanael James, and if you do he’ll tell you, “I’m just Nathan”
  • He loves Transitional Kindergarten with Mrs. MacInnis!
  • He loves grapes, mini wheats, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, and macaroni and cheese!
  • He’s a big five year old, 100% height/weight
  • He is very goofy and has a favorite maroon sweater that he finally got to wear today to school since it was raining and he was so excited!
  • He asks the same questions over and over and over and over again maybe trying to get a different answer?
  • He might be left handed but when he does his school work and drawing he still switches back and forth.
  • He loves the colors green and orange (and any other favorite colors that Sammy has).
  • He’s very stubborn and when he doesn’t want to do something he might have to be lifted and moved which is quite difficult since he’s so big/heavy! Sigh.
  • He still suffers from breath-holding spells when he gets really hurt or is really, really, angry.
  • He loves his brothers but he’s so clumsy (like me) that it worries me when he tries to carry Benny around.
  • He has a favorite friend at school named Adrian.
  • He loves bike riding, riding his brother’s scooter and playing in the dirt, mud and water.
  • He’s very sensitive (which Sammy takes advantage of)
  • He loves to help me in the kitchen! (He decorated the cake above and told me what to write)
  • He wants everything to be fair! And exactly fair at that! Minutes. Portions.
  • He loves Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.
  • When he gets scared during a movie he runs and hides around the corner (if we’re at home) or just hides his face until “it’s safe”
  • He has the biggest smile and best hugs.

Here are some pictures to enjoy!

Here is some of his art work from school.

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On Big Thunder Mountain – he loves it, not sure why he covers his ears though…he is very sensitive to loud noises!

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He got to bring Brownie Sunny home from class and they had a blast!

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At school on his birthday with his big brother!

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Dole Pineapple Whip for his birthday treat that he shared with Mommy! It was good (my first time) but I like the ones that I make with our blender even more although they’re worse for you since I use 2 scoops of ice cream!

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We love you Nathan! We’re glad that you are part of our family! We are glad that we got to spend the afternoon with you at Disneyland like you wanted!

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