Sunday, November 25, 2012

Benjamin–Age 1

IMG_0741Doesn’t it seem like it was just a few months ago when I was really pregnant and then he arrived? Well, it’s been a year and he turned one this past week (and yes, I’m just now getting around to it!) :)

Here are some things about him (as this is my official journaling entry) that I’d like to remember:

  • He has a great smile and smiles a lot but it is super hard to get him to laugh or giggle. He’ll hold his breath and stifle it and you might get a giggle or two out if you’re lucky!
  • He loves to eat. His favorite foods are bananas, pears, spaghetti and he still loves the baby food pureed veggies and oatmeal!
  • He is quite stubborn and will throw a fit when he doesn’t get his way or if you take something away from him (that he shouldn’t have!) :(
  • He is quite tall (off the charts like his brothers) and is almost tall enough to go on some of the rides with height requirements with Disneyland! He is long-waisted though (like his mom) so the shirts are too short and the pants are too long! :)
  • He is the “favorite” brother right now and can bring a smile to a grumpy, tired Danny, a hurt Nathan or a pouty Sammy in an instant!
  • Sammy says, “I think it’s cute when he walks!” He’s walking all over the place and doesn’t want to be held or stopped now that he has found freedom! He can turn around and get up and start walking without holding on to anything too.
  • If he likes you he’ll try to slap at your face (ouch!) because he’s so excited!
  • He’s a mama’s boy but if mom’s not around he’s happy with Daddy…
  • …but he ADORES his grandmas and will leap out of mom’s arms into either of his grandmas but comes back when he’s hungry (he definitely knows the source of food!)
  • He loves to sit on the ground next to Mom/Grandma and crawl on, around, by and then leap forward into my/her arms just for fun. He also loves to toss balls back and forth.
  • We affectionately call him Benny, Ben, Ben-Ben, Benjamin and sometimes the kids will call him Benji. We love nicknames!
  • We’re glad that you’re in our family Benjamin!
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p.s. He loved eating cake but we knew that he would!  


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sammy the “Scout”

Scouts_PointMagu_Nov16-17_2012_ 001The church doesn’t officially start their scouting program until age 8 when they enter cub scouts as wolves (they skip being Tigers) and we’ve wondered if we should put Sam into cub scouts in an outside troop. We haven’t done so but this last weekend Thad decided to bring him along on his scout outing to Point Magu in Malibu. Sam was ecstatic and jumped at the chance to go with Daddy.

Eight scouts went on the trip plus Sam and three leaders. On the way up they ate at Tommy’s and Sam enjoyed his first chili burger and chili fries! That night they set up camp and played with the fire. I found out from Thad that a few of the scouts got soaked because they forgot to put on their tent fly leaving them totally exposed during the night—ahh!  Oh, and another forgot to zip the front after going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and yes, another soaked tent!

Scouts_PointMagu_Nov16-17_2012_ 033In the morning Sam got up at 6:30 am (despite going to bed at 10:30pm), threw on his shoes and immediately started playing. Before breakfast he walked to the beach with Thaddeus and Kevin (a leader) and played in the water by himself. After that they went back and had yummy breakfast burritos, in Sam’s words “we had yummy tortillas with eggs and bacon inside of them!” About 10:30am they hiked two miles in the rain. Later the scouts played football in the sand at the beach while Sam played in the sand and caught sand crabs with Steven; he even tried to feed sand crabs to the seagulls.

Overall Sammy said that he had a great time! He can’t wait for Daddy to drag him along again! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nathan: Transitional Kindergarten :)

TheBoys_November2012_ 070I had a picture or two of Nathan and I wanted to share (and document it for myself here since this is the only journal I am currently using!)

He’s doing well and loving school! He has told me that he loves school, he loves homework, and that he loves Mrs. MacInnis (his teacher!)

He seems to be doing well (still a bit wiggly in class but trying hard) but making leaps and bounds in letter writing, drawing and math!

This is one of my favorite pictures:

TheBoys_November2012_ 002It shows what he is currently doing when he writes/draws. He isn’t sure what hand is best to use so he goes back and forth. Some letters with one hand, some with the other. Coloring some things with the left and then others with the right. Sometimes it is the proximity to the crayon or place that he wants to write/color and sometimes it is because the other hand is busy. Sammy is jealous that he can write with either hand (for now). His teacher assures me that he’ll pick a hand when it is time!

All in all I think that it was good placement for him! I’m glad that the school offers this class and that it will be a great starting place for his education! :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Samism: All mushy inside…

TheBoys_November2012_ 056We had just left Disney’s CA Adventure and were heading over to Disneyland for the last hour to see all of the Christmas lights. We were walking down Main Street and it was so beautiful. We had just passed a huge Douglas Fir with tons of ornaments and Sam and I were holding hands and walking and looking up at the lights, bells and beautiful decorations above us. Me, being the crying type, started to get teary eyed and Sammy quickly noticed.

Sam: Mom?
Me: I’m okay, I just love all of this; the sights and sounds of Christmas make me happy.
Sam: Oh, you mean you like the decorations and the horse poop?
Me: <Trying not to die of laughter> Yes Sam, the decorations and the horse poop make me so happy!

Oh to be a little boy.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

TheBoys_October2012_ 423Here is a little about our day:

At school the teachers in my building dressed up as cowgirls and a few of us gathered to take a picture!

Halloween-DayoftheDead_CHS_2012_ 016After school we carved pumpkins…which was fun, well, besides the part where I was too lazy to get up to wash my hands after cleaning out two pumpkins and tried to cut the third with a big knife since the boys had stolen the “little safe pumpkin carving ‘knife’” and sliced my thumb open, it was a good great day. (The blood was a nice touch to the pumpkin since Danny chose Vampire Mickey! LOL!) Oh, and in true little brother fashion, Nathan picked the SAME Jack Skellington template that big brother Sammy did and wouldn’t budge, hence, the two Jack pumpkins!

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We started the evening off by going to visit my mom (Dad was working as a Volunteer On Patrol at the City Halloween Festival) and we trick or treated around her block! I always like visiting there since so many people know me and the kids—it makes it fun! 

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I forgot to mention that Danny was having a hard day and didn’t want to put a costume on (and why he’s not in the picture at the top of the page; he didn’t want to be in it!)  :(

Later we headed to the other side of town to visit G&G Marcroft and then over to Great Grandma Marcroft’s house. The kids might eventually want to do something other than just visit grandparents but it seemed to make each of their nights so it made me happy and the boys love seeing them too!

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Oh, and here is a picture from the church Halloween trunk or treat that was last week…I never posted pictures, I know, terrible!

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And just some good pics of each of the boys!

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Oops..I never got a really good picture of him! Maybe I’ll have to stick him in it again and take one… :)

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