Monday, March 17, 2014
- (HERE IT IS NOV. 23rd, 2010 - realizing I never posted this...)
- Then we moved to St. George in JULY of 2010!
- Or we could skip all the way to 2014???? Oh My.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
How do I start. Basically, he is his own. He is Hillarious.
Chris and I both have people tell us all the time, "he is so cute!"
There is a phenomenal pull about this kid.
He sucks you in and you end up doing whatever he wants you to... play ball, read books, tickle, wrap his blanket around him over and over, tell him where we are going again for the 20th time... and you never tire of it.
It is a pleasure.
Some days I think, is it possible to love some little being this much? Seriously, it is all- consuming. I look at him and want to munch him to death. He tells me where to go though when he's had enough.
We call him KING Matthew because since he could walk, he would bring his blanket of the day to you, turn around, back up to you, hands behind him, and wait... Like a Japanese sight-see-er waiting for the next tour.
Your job is to wrap that blanket around him and then pick him up, place him on his pillow, and get him a bottle. He does this everytime he gets tired. Still.
Please don't ever call him Matt - yuk. That is not this kid. He is Matthew, and Matthew-bug, and King Matthew. Ok thanks. (obviously I have an issue with this - if any Twilight fans are reading this -- it is like the whole "Nessie" controversy in Bella's brain. It just bugs!)
This one is a complete natural when it comes to sporty stuff. He was never taught to swing a bat, he just started one day and had the perfect stance. He was trying to play volleyball with me for about 2 weeks -- I had no clue what he was putting his hands together and swinging them up for, instead of just catching the ball like normal, frustrating me to death. I finally got it. He was about 18 months.
He runs up and kicks soccer balls left or right footed. He hits base balls off the bounce (cuz mom's pitching isn't always accurate). He drop kicks balls to himself. He throws quite accurately and hard! Amazingly, he can take off speed when you explain to throw softer, and yet it is still accurate.
CASE IN POINT: Last night was the school Halloween Carnival/(MAD HOUSE)... There was a cut out with three holes for a bean bag toss. Chris took him to it-- 3 for 3. All different holes. I didn't see too many kids that actually attend school get all 3 in the same hole.
He is stinking loveable... thats my best description at this point. Every day is something totally new, and our hearts warms up over and over again.
Basically-- we are in over our heads with WONDERFUL, TALENTED, AWESOME CHILDREN. I am at a loss many times a day. Inadequate. Short-sighted, and in great need of ADvice all the time. It is a given that I don't handle things the way they deserve... hope we don't stunt their growth from being so crazy!!
WE ARE TOTALLY GRATEFUL for the many lessons we have learned from them...
They are Spiritual Giants in these small little bodies. : )
He is very very smart. He is also in the weird-noisy-jumping-pounding-pouting-finding-his-way 7 year old boy stages. I miss my quiet, pondering, loving little guy from Pre-school. But he's still in there, just more independent. He is actually pretty dang funny, and cracks himself up as much as the rest of us. He's a pretty good dancer too... got a few awesome moves.
I was watching him today as he walked with his class outside for an assembly on the grass. (I happened to be helping at school today at the same time). He yelled, "MOM!" and waved, and looked back at me and smiled about 3 more times. All I could think is "man, I love that kid."
Brennen came home from school the other day having won the monthly "Fun & Excitement" student award. His teacher nominated him saying: "Brennen comes to school ready to learn and loves to do it. He is always excited about what he is learning and has fun coming up with new ways to learn." They gave him a certificate, pin, and took his picture. He was so excited he told his Dad about it 2 or 3 days in a row, like it was all brand new again.
Both his school teacher and church teacher have told me recently that they really enjoy having him in class. His church teacher said, "I just love him, he is such a great kid."
Brennen reads very well - and loves doing Math. I am grateful he is not bored in 1st grade, and totally digs into whatever they are learning. He is very particular about doing his best in his handwriting, and coding words, etc.
Brennen played T-ball and Soccer this year. He is one of the tallest on both of his teams. He has great coordination, and totally enjoys being part of a team, hangin out with all his Buds.
His 7th Birthday was last week... he asked for a skateboard. Thanks to cousin Rob, Brennen has the coolest, Bruce Lee / Kung Fu throw back skateboard in the whole town.
He is growing up SOOO fast.
It is bittersweet...
All I have to say is I hope my Heavenly Father gives me this big theatre room when I die - one that has eternal/virtual reality options- so I can go back in time and watch, see, hear, feel and remember what my children were like in each stage of their lives. : )
Monday, October 27, 2008
Cierra is 10! She is in the 5th grade. This is insane to me. WOW. I remember chasing her around and calling her "punkin" and reminding her not to eat watermelon so fast, let me be the Mom, or stop teasing Brennen - ( I am still saying these things). Cierra is a natural at writing stories and literary assignments. She loves to read, play sports- listen, dance, & sing to music. She is a great PERSUADER, and sees things certain ways, trying to convince you her way works best. She is very compassionate and kind. She is fiercely loyal. She loves to be prepared and on time (definitely from her FATHER). She came home today with a "perfect attendance" award from her school, which made her Daddy very proud.
Prime example: Cierra was given an assignment -about the middle of Oct.- to read a book and write about it in newspaper form. It is due Nov. 22nd. She turned it in completely finished 3 days ago. (it is now Oct. 29th). She definitely did not get that from her Mom.
She seriously is my superior in so many ways. I am always getting a dose of Humble Pie when it comes to this business of life and Cierra's mastery of it. I seriously wonder if I am the Mom in this relationship!?
She enjoys her friends and being a part of sports teams and class activities. Cierra played softball and soccer this year. She can definitely "hang" with the boys when it comes to soccer. Aggressive and competitive. She loves to play. Cierra's softball team won the city tournament this year. They made the ultimate come back. Cierra was the catcher on the team, full gear and everything! Her soccer team took second in the league this year, and she scored a goal. Cierra is a big help at home and we are so grateful for the blessing she is to our lives. Always teaching us and keeping us on our toes!! She is a great big sister, and takes good care of Bren, Matthew, and our Dog: Chubbers.
She is FULL of life, and LOVES life so innocently, and hugely.
You have to see it to understand it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We have 3 wonderful munchkins, who you will see plenty of shortly after...
Cierra is 10, Brennen is 7, and Matthew is 2 1/2.
Here are some pics of Chris and I from our 10 year anniversary trip to Hawaii.
And we are totally okay with that.