Cute Moments

Becky set up a restaurant in the swingset playhouse the other day.  Her customers were very happy to polish off all the food she had carried outside!

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Danny may not be very interested learning how to read (yet!  I have hope!), but he loves getting to be the big brother!

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Five-Year-Old Danny

Danny, you’re not such a little boy anymore!  You’re five years old and a Kindergartener and it makes me sad and excited at the same time!  I’m sad that I don’t get to spend all day every day with you, playing board games (you especially love Uno and checkers and Master Mind), watching you ride bikes, and having you help with my baking projects…but I’m excited for you to meet new friends and learn to read.  You are such an amazing, sweet kid.  You still love to sit in my lap and cuddle, and you prefer home over anywhere else.  You love being with your siblings, especially little Tazie, the one you run to when you’re hurt and need a hug.  Your prowess on a dirt bike is jaw-dropping, and you’re now swimming in the pool without floaties and without fear (although we haven’t gotten you to do any water sports behind the boat yet – hopefully next summer!).  You love to sit quietly and zoom cars around or fiddle with Legos, and don’t mind playing by yourself as long as there’s someone nearby.  Your speech has improved remarkably over the last year, thanks to your hard work at speech therapy, although I’m a bit sad to have lost your adorable baby “accent.”  After a rough first few days at school, you now get on the bus without blinking, and come home after a full day still energized and excited about showing me all your school papers.  I’m so proud of what a big kid you’re becoming, Danny.  I love you!!

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Nine-Year-Old Susie

Susie, you are now nine going on nineteen!  You continue to be such a delight to be around.  You love life and everyone in it, and you inspire others to do the same!  You are a dreamer and come up with amazing inventions and plans, and you love to figure out how to make those dreams a reality (for example, in the past few weeks, you helped all the kids set up “businesses” around the guest room, complete with name tags, hours of operations, fee schedules and everything! And you also dreamed up a tree house and set Jimmy to work with hammers and nails, and even though you two didn’t get very far, you had a blast trying!).  You are an amazing optimist, always seeing the silver lining, and helping me to as well.   You are a reader extraordinare, devouring books in record time and happily staying in your room or a cozy chair for hours as you read any and every book you can get your hands on.  You are very excited to grow up and do grown-up things, and are always adjusting your preferred career choices based on your interests of the moment.  I always love to hear what you want to be next!  Right now, it’s an entrepreneur, and I believe you’d make a great one!  You want to participate in every aspect of the school community, in every possible sport and club, and I love your enthusiasm, as well as your mature handling of the disappointments when we have to limit you to only a few select opportunities.  I know you’ll make the most of every chance you’re given.  I love you, Susie!!

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Nine-Year-Old Becky

OK, so I’m a little (a lot!) behind on my “birthday” posts for my three kiddos with summer birthdays.  But better late than never!  Here goes!  First up, Becky!

Becky, I have seen such growth in you this last year.  Not only physical (you’re so tall!), but emotionally as well – you continue to display more and more wisdom and kindness and service to others.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that you are an indispensable help with Tazie.  You are my best cleaner when I ask you to take care of a room, and you even volunteer to organize drawers for me (for a modest fee!) or write up a schedule for the afternoon, which I love!  Your artistic abilities still blow me away, especially because you always make your creations from your mind’s eye, never needing to rely on a visual image.  And because your imagination is so fantastic, your drawings are equally inventive.  You still love to read (which makes me so happy), especially fantasy books, and my favorite part of the day is sitting at night reading stories to you and your siblings while you color quietly or create free-hand Lego structures.  And even though you say you don’t love school, you plow through diligently, and I think you’re finding more joy in your days.  Your fourth grade teacher seems really enthusiastic and creative, so she should be a perfect match for you, just like your third grade teacher was AMAZING and really helped you to have a great day every day (even if you said the day was only “okay”, lol!).  I love how you are meeting every challenge head-on like an adult, but you still maintain your childlike innocence and eagerness.  I love you, Becky!!

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New Friends and Old Places

Our dear friends recently adopted their son, and so the kids and I eagerly came over to say hello to their darling boy and hang out for a bit!

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After letting the kids run around for a while, we took them over to the Nathan Hale House to get a dose of learning in before school started the next week.  Jimmy had received an awesome graphic novel about Nathan Hale for his birthday in the Spring, and so he was quite the Nathan Hale expert!  He answered every question the tour guide threw our way!  It was a VERY informative and enjoyable tour, and the kids did a great job.  I’m so glad we got to see such a great place with such great friends!

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The gift shop was amazing, and Susie and Jimmy bought quill pens and ink bottles, and have LOVED getting to practice writing like the olden days.  It’s so cute!IMG_8862 IMG_8865

More Awesome Activities

More summer pictures!

We threw an end-of-summer/belated birthday party for the girls, and it was a blast!  They invited five friends over to swim and play, and it was just a WONDERFUL time for all of us!

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We went to the bike trail a few days later and soaked up the last of the summer sun:

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And speaking of sun, we saw the eclipse!  So cool!

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We spent lots of time outside on bikes:

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And skateboards – look who has really good balance!

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The girls got to do a visit to Jim’s work, much to their delight.  They loved getting to finally see where daddy goes every day!

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Of course, we did lots of swimming (and water-shooting)!IMG_8784

And more mask making:

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We have a house full of superheroes!IMG_8791 IMG_8793

Even Tazie got in on the fun (she was Lego Superman)!

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Awesome Activities

The last few weeks before school were jam-packed with awesome activities.

Like cuddling cute friends:

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Making disguises:

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Checking out the coveted skate park that Jimmy has been bugging me all summer to try out:

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Taking a few rides in a Polaris Slingshot (not ours):

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Just being silly and hanging out:

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And putting on puppet shows!

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Gotta Love a New Trick

Me: “Danny, you look so old with your new haircut.”

Danny: “Yeah, and with my winking!”

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More Summer Fun

As we tried to cram as much fun as we could into the last few weeks of August, we made sure to frequently hit the park:

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And the merry-go-round:

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And the lake:

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And we even found some time to read quietly, as well!

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Best Dad Ever

We celebrated Jim’s birthday early in August with a day on the lake – Jimmy even started surfing on his dad’s birthday.  What a great gift for the best dad in the world!!

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