Monday, February 19, 2018

Owen is 6 and Grayson turns 4

This post is a little late, over 4 months late to be exact but I didn't want to forget to post this.  Owen turned 6 on October 6, 2017.  He has grown so much this year with the start of kindergarten and is becoming a sweet and smart little man.  

Every year I ask a set of the same questions to the boys so I can record their answers and see how they differ each year.  Here are Owen's questions....

1.  What is your favorite color?  - golden 
2.  What is your favorite toy?  - legos
3.  What is your favorite movie?  - The Lego Batman movie 
4.  What is your favorite thing to wear?  - shorts
5.  What is your favorite animal?  - tiger because of the Carmel Tigers
6.  What is your favorite book?  - The Gemstone
7.  Who are your best friends?  - Carter, Nolan, Lily and Stella
8.  What is your favorite snack?  - soft pretzel
9.  What is your favorite fruit?  - grapefruit
10.  What is your favorite lunch?  - definitely not a ham sandwich, pizza is my favorite
11.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  - that's a hard decision, a dad
12.  What do you sleep with at night? - knuffle bunny and other baby
13.  What scares you?  - headless horseman
14.  What makes you proud? -  when I do something dangerous
15.  What do you like to do with mommy and daddy?  - buy a toy
16.  What do you do really well?  - writing words
17.  What makes you sad? -  When Grayson gets a toy and I don't
18.  What did you dream about last night?  - going on a hayride and I fell off
19.  What makes you happy?  - when I get to see my friends

Grayson turned 4 on October 28, 2017 and has really started to come into his own this year.  He is becoming more independent from Owen since he doesn't spend as much time during the day with him.  Grayson has been sweet and snuggly since the day he was born and that continues to be true.  He is extremely loyal to those he loves and always puts his loved ones needs before his, however we are definitely going through the terrible 4's right now.  

Here are Grayson's questions, answered...
1.  What is your favorite color?  - pink, purple and blue
2.  What is your favorite toy?  - nerf gun
3.  What is your favorite movie?  - The Lego Batman movie 
4.  What is your favorite thing to wear?  - spiderman costume
5.  What is your favorite animal?  - dogs
6.  What is your favorite book?  - Batman
7.  Who are your best friends?  - JD and Rory
8.  What is your favorite snack?  - graham crackers
9.  What is your favorite fruit?  - strawberries
10.  What is your favorite lunch?  - chicken
11.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  - scientist and a master builder
12.  What do you sleep with at night? - baby, hushy 
13.  What scares you?  - skeletons
14.  What makes you proud? -  making pumpkins
15.  What do you like to do with mommy and daddy?  - picking out a pumpkin
16.  What do you do really well?  - hugging and kissing mommy
17.  What makes you sad? -  going to time out
18.  What did you dream about last night?  - going to the lake
19.  What makes you happy?  - going to children's museum and Target

We had a combined birthday party for Owen and Grayson this year.  We had it at the neighborhood playground and really just invited the neighbors.  It turned out to be a perfect day and the kids had so much fun playing with all of their neighborhood buddies.  

 These two love each other so much!  They love to fight, but they have a blast when they are together.

During their birthday month we rented a cabin in Tennessee with some of our college friends and their kiddos.  It was so much fun to spend the weekend with some of our dearest friends and see our kids get to know one another.  Here are some highlights from the trip...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Leo's baptism

Leo was baptized on Saturday January 27, 2018 at our home church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Aunt Nicole and Aunt Lauren are Leo's godmothers.  How special, to have two exceptional ladies look after him and help us guide him spiritually.  This day meant a lot to me as we have prayed for Leo for years before he came into our lives.  I am so grateful for this child who has completed our family.  I felt overcome with joy and love on this special day.
Leo was a few days over 9 months old on the day of his baptism.

Leo's Godmothers are a very special part of our lives and we are thankful they could be here to share in this amazing day with us.

We had a great time with extended family too...

After the night was over and the kids were in bed, my sisters and mom and I went out to the Cake Bake Shop to celebrate...
What a wonderful weekend full of love and joy!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Owen goes to kindergarten and Grayson is a Zebra...

It is hard to believe that my oldest baby is now going to kindergarten.  It was a bittersweet day for me.  On the one hand I know that he is ready but it was a weird feeling sending him on the bus knowing that I wouldn't see him again for 7 hours.  That is a long day, especially for a child who has been home with mom everyday of his life.
I have to say that having a new baby helped me get over the initial punch in the gut.  We were all craving a little routine and to be honest I needed some time to get things done around the house and spend more time focusing on Leo.  It was an extremely difficult summer having three boys at home and a baby who wasn't sleeping much at all so the start of school was a little bit of a relief.
Here is Owen enjoying the last few summer days at the pool...

Grayson is going to be completely lost without his best buddy...

The night before Kindergarten...

And he is off...

(of course my sweet baby needed his picture taken with snuffle bunny and other baby)

Walking home from the bus stop...

Much to our surprise Owen loved his first day.  His favorite part of the day was riding the school bus.  It was helpful knowing that two of his best neighborhood friends would be riding the bus with him and although they are not in the same class they have lunch and recess together each day.  Although Owen was completely exhausted the first few weeks, he didn't let it show one bit...

Owen's teacher is Miss Fernkas and the teacher's aide in his classroom is Mrs. Hink.  He goes to Carmel Elementary which is next to the library in downtown Carmel.  So far it seems like a great fit for him!  This is my favorite first homework assignment ever...

One month after Owen started school Grayson began his first year of 4 year old preschool in the Zebra classroom.  He is with his buddies that he has been with for the last 2 years.  He loves going to school there and was ready to have some freedom from his mommy days...

 Don't look too closely at this picture.  I had Grayson get dressed and he put his shorts and underwear on backwards and his shoes on the wrong feet.  At least he still needs mommy a little bit...

Leo even gets to go to school this year too, only one morning a week.  It is a nice four hours of time to get some work done and get the house cleaned up...