Thursday, December 17, 2015

Photo Dump

I've been too busy to post, almost too busy to take pictures.  But I have a few.

Thanksgiving at the Fire house

Ryan took us on a ride in the engine blaring sirens and lights and all.  Jacob wants to be a fireman when he grows up, just like daddy.  He does looks super cute in that seat!

We also celebrated Thanksgiving with both sides of the family the days following Thanksgiving, I of course didn't take pictures.

Vincent and Landen's school had a Thanksgiving Fall Fest.  Almost talked Landen into something different, but of course, him and Vincent want to match.  (They are pretending to be puppies, so they have their hands up like paws) Jacob is a snake.  And that's Mike Tyson on the left.

We had a spur of the moment day at the Zoo when Ryan and I happened to have a weekday off at the same time!

This guy is 19 months old...

I hosted a cookie decorating party for some friends and their kiddos.  My camera was on a funky setting because most of the pictures didn't turn out.  But the kids had a blast!! And hosting a party pushed me to finish my decorating on time!

Jacob's class was participating in the towns Christmas parade.  So he and I rode on the float.  He was so excited "I'm going to a parade with all my friends"  but the parade took too long and the float didn't move fast enough so he lost interest pretty fast.  He was still pretty proud he got to be in the Candy Cane Lane parade.

Jacob's teacher is the one on the far left (tan coat)

My nephew had a school event where the boys got to take a picture with Santa. 

And of course we've had our share of the sickies.  Pink eye, coughs, and runny noses.  This guy crashed on the couch one night so his coughing wouldn't keep Cruz awake.

Our tree is filling up with presents.  Our home feels cozy and Christmas-y.  And we are getting ready to spend time with extended family this weekend for Christmas celebrations.  We are so looking forward to everything this week has in store.  I NEED to be better at taking pictures!  Hope everyone has a beautiful week full of family and tradition.  I'm sure I will be doing a Christmas photo dump on the next post.  Until then, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Blue Eagles

This was Vincent and Landen's first year playing soccer.  Overall I'd say it was successful and frustrating (for Ryan and I). 

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They loved going to practice.  Their first game was off to a slow start with Landen crying every time he got knocked over.  But then Vincent caught onto the idea and scored his first goal!

Vincent's actual first goal
He scored 2 in that first game and Landen scored 1.  I thought, alright this is going to be fun.  (Their first game was the best game they played....things kind of petered out after that)

As the season progressed the boys were less and less intense during the game.  However, Landen was proud of the fact that he wouldn't cry anymore when he got knocked down, but he also wasn't going after the ball anymore.

Landen....ALWAYS chewing on his nails and fingers.

 I think he scored a total of 2 goals the entire season.  And Vincent scored 5 total. 

They both did much better at practice and warm ups than they did during the actual game.  They would chase their shadows and hang on the goal post.  Every once in awhile they would participate in a throw in.  They weren't the worst players on the team but they definitely weren't the stars either.  They were the ones that needed A LOT of encouragement.  We yelled "RUN! PAY ATTENTION TO THE BALL" quite a few times. "WATCH THE BALL! PAY ATTENTION!" "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!"

Throw In
Intense game face
Warming up....

Warming up together
Cutie on the sidelines

We took them to a few of our nephew Ethan's soccer games so they could see what the "big boys" look like when they play

Overall it was a good learning year.  Jacob can't wait to play.  Not sure the age brackets for the team but maybe all 3 will be on the same team next year.

What they REALLY loved was the pizza party at the end of the season. And they got trophies!!

We loved coach Richardson and appreciated all the time he put into the team.

They love their trophies!

Maybe we will attempt t-ball again in the spring.  Jacob will be old enough to play!

I love seeing my kids play sports.

Monday, November 9, 2015


I have done a blog post each time my kids are 18 months.  Something about the year and a half mark makes me want to take note of what they are doing.

Cruz is an EXPERT at smiling for the camera! All the picture I have of him are cheesy to perfection.

He has 7 teeth. (still missing the botton right to complete the front 8 teeth)  and just this past week I felt one of his back molars poking through so #8 is on its way.

I have nick named him "Mr. Tornado" and the other boys think it's HILARIOUS if I go into the room Cruz is in and say "aye aye aye, Mr. Tornado!"  He seriously gets into everything and can make a mess in two seconds.


 He's a very independent eater.  He has to be the one feeding himself.  It's a good thing and a bad thing depending on the situation.

Jacob and Cruz are two peas in a pod.  Jacob loves him so much.  They play so well together.  Often times I pick Cruz and Jacob up from their "school" and then run a couple errands before getting Vincent and Landen from preschool.  So having just the two of them for an hour or two here and there is so fun.  They are so sweet to each other (most of the time)

Cruz is a screamer! He screams when he's mad.  But he also screams and squeals when he's excited! or frustrated! or playing with his brothers.  Always. screaming.  I hope it's a short lived phase.

He loves to wrestle, fly on my feet in the air, and play chase with Ryan and I around the house.  He is an active toddler!

He LOVES food!  He out eats his brothers for most meals.  And he loves sweets....but what kid doesn't.  After we had our parent teacher conference for Vincent and Landen we treated them to ice cream for having excellent scores and behavior in school.  Cruz loved that he got to benefit from that too.

He is the baby of the family and gets shuffled around to various places. Even through the busy schedules he is pretty consistent with a 2 to 3 hour afternoon nap. Bed at 8. Usually up between 6:30 and 7.  He is an excellent sleeper.  He just wants his linen blanket and his pacifier (still haven't commited to breaking him of that yet)

He is most happy outside.  He goes straight to the slider after breakfast.  "out! out!"  Another thing him and Jacob have in common.

The doctor is a little bit concerned with his lack of words.  He can say less than 10 words right now.  And they really are only words that Ryan and I know what he is saying.  A stranger would have no clue.  If the quantity of his words don't improve by the end of the year, we might need to have his speech assessed.  I'm not too worried about it.  He has time.

He weighs in at 29 pounds and is rapidly catching up to his older brothers.  He is off the charts for height estimated to be 6'3" as an adult (we shall see about that.)  He mostly wears 2T now, still fitting into a few 18-24 month.  So now I have a kid in size 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T.  Just buy ALL the SIZES! hah!

I can't believe how fast time is going.  We couldn't imagine our family without him.  We love our Cruzie Boy.