Sunday, February 15, 2015


I'm going to be honest and admit that I hated this movie when it first came out in the theaters in 2013.  I hadn't seen it yet but I hated it.  People were posting on Facebook and saying things like "if you have a daughter, you need to take her to this movie".  Not only did those comments leave out all of the "boy moms" out there but it sent me into a sad time of imagining life with Karissa here and then grieving the fact that she indeed wasn't here.  So for a long time I was bitter towards anything Frozen.

A few weeks after Cruz's arrival, my Grandma came to help out for a few days and she insisted on buying Frozen for the boys.  She said it was "such a cute movie" and she wanted to buy it for us while she was here visiting.  I couldn't tell her not to or that I despised the movie, so I smiled and said thank you.  I tried playing it for the boys that day and right after the opening song they lost interest. So I turned if off.  I tried playing it for them again a couple weeks later, this time they lasted a little longer, but maybe 10 minutes into it they were off playing with their toys.  So I put the movie away again.  Months went by, summer was ending and the boys started going to their new preschool.  One day they came home asking to watch Frozen.  They must have heard about it or watched it at school.  Well from that day on, Frozen has been one of the most requested movies in our house, especially by Jacob.  It's the only movie they know the words to.  And they love acting out the moves to the song Let it go.

While some might classify it as a "Girl" movie.  My BOYS love it and I think it's the cutest thing ever.

They start with socks on their hands as "Elsa gloves"

At some point she takes the glove off so they do too.

Vincent runs and gets a cape on when he hears the song starting.  

At one point Elsa takes off her does Vincent.

They are pretending to hold their crowns just like Elsa

Let it Go!

This particular night, when I had my camera out, just Jacob and Vincent were into it but Landen joins in sometimes too.

Landen can't say Sven so he says Kristoff and "Sten"

Jacob loves the movie the most and requests it the most.  He has his own "O-waf" undies.  

 I'm looking forward to his birthday in July because, you guessed it, it will be "Frozen" themed!! Jacob has requested Olaf, Anna and Elsa on his cupcakes.

But first I have to get through Vincent and Landen's Birthday and then Cruz's 1st birthday bash!  I've been spending way too much time on Pinterest.

That's where I got this cute idea for Vincent and Landen's Valentines for school.  Even though they were a little under the weather they were still able to make it to the cookie decorating party in their class.

 And just because I want this documented on my blog and because I finally got a picture of it....Cruz's only two teeth so far....

How is February already half way over?!?!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Cruzin" Through 9 Months

***All of Cruz's 9 month pictures were taken by Becca from Becca and Her Camera. I love her work and appreciate having this time documented in beautiful photography***

This little boy is 9 months old and boy is he active.  He is the baby of 4 boys but he can hold his own amongst the craziness!

He is crawling, and crawling fast!  He was born with an airway that was on the small size.  He used to make a snoring/wheezing sound all the time.  He has grown out of that a little bit but when he's crawling it causes him to breathe faster and harder so he makes a raspy sound when he's crawling around.  I love it because I always hear where he is and when he is on the move.

At 8.5 months old he got is first tooth.  It was very slow coming out and is still just barely showing through the gums.  And now he has his second one coming up right next to it.  Luckily, teething isn't affecting him too much!  He still sleeps solid at night but he tends to be clingy sometimes so I try to stay out of his view so he stays playing nicely with the boys.  As soon as he spots me, I can't escape without him chasing me down.

Cruz is still my little "Happy Junior"  full of smiles.  He is pulling himself up on furniture and his activity table.  He is still a little cautious when going from standing back down to sitting but he's starting to get more comfortable on his feet.  He just started "walking" in the walker outside.  He can move fast!! but totally not controlled, he just leans forward on the walker and plows forward as fast as he can go.

This cutie patootie is 23 and a half pounds and 31 inches.  Hubba hubba.  He is off the charts in height and in the 94th percentile in weight.  He is definitely trying to catch up to his other brothers.  

Cruz isn't too attached to his pacifier.  He rarely has it during the day.  He takes it when he goes to sleep but even then he doesn't need it to fall asleep.  Which is great because he never cries in the middle of the night because his pacifier fell out!!  Vincent and Landen were so attached to theirs, that when we took them away they became attached to their lovies instead.  So my parents had gotten Jacob and Cruz a lovie too.  I have had pictures taken of all my boys with their lovies around this age while they are still new looking.  Cruz's lovie is a raccoon.

All of my boys have been given nicknames over time.  Cruzie's nickname is G.B. Short for "ghetto booty" He just has a cute big booty :)

Our little GB LOVES bath time.  His favorite thing to do is stand outside of the tub and watch the boys play while he reaches over and tries to get foam letters off the side of the tub.

I would say Cruz has been our BEST sleeper yet.  He is SUPER easy to put down.  He just snuggles with his linen blanket and out he goes.  He is in bed at 8:00.  For about a month there in December he was waking up at 5:45 in the morning!! Like ready to start his day.  Ummmm NO THANK YOU!!! That was when he was taking three naps during the day.  So at the beginning of the year we switched him to two naps a day and BAM, that fixed the issue!! Now he wakes up around 6:30.  I know that's still early, but hey, I will take it!! 10.5 hours solid.  He is usually the first awake and then all the other boys follow between 6:30 and 7.

Being the baby of a busy family of 4 can make you grow up faster. He sometimes lays on the boppy and feeds himself his own bottle. 

He loves playing peek-a-boo at the dinner table

Even at only 9 months old he loves cars.  Well, really just chewing on cars.  One of the many perks of having older brothers, there are plenty of cars around to chew on.

He loves his daddy!! But he's still a momma's boy :)  (All of my boys are momma's boys ;) )

One of the best thing to witness with my kids is the relationship between Jacob and Cruz.  Jacob just loves loves loves his baby brother.  So much so, that I am constantly having to tell him to leave Cruz alone, get out of Cruz's face, don't pat his back so hard,...etc.  

Let me help you get in the bouncer Cruzie Boy
Let me lift your bottom up for you
Let me push this pacifier in for you
There you go Cruzie Boy
Just sittin' next to my buddy Cruz
I love my little Valentine. Thank you Becca for the cute pictures. We're Looking forward to celebrating this little guy's first birthday in a few months! Popcorn and cotton candy here we come!