Friday, February 3, 2017

Addie Mae - 5 1/2

WHERE ON EARTH DOES THE TIME GO???? This girl has absolutely rocked her first semester of Kites at Warm World. She's mastering sight words, is doing some reading, can spell all kinds of words and excels at writing upper and lower case letters. Her teacher just adores her, as do all her classmates. She loves Art and Home Living centers best of all, though really she enjoys pretty much every aspect of school. She loves her music teacher and is so thrilled to be practicing for their big Spring Sing performance this spring (which of course she has signed up to sing with the group, in an ensemble and a solo). I cannot believe the school year is halfway over.

Addie just learned to tie her shoes and she lost her first tooth with about four more that may fall out anytime. I cannot even. She had her first ever dance recital, in which she was darling, and then decided that was enough dance for her. She just started piano, or pre-piano really, lessons, which she is crazy about. She's learning how to read and draw notes, some beginning keyboarding skills, how to sing, etc. 

Addie had a tough time with soccer this fall as they were playing 5 and 6 year olds ... she was usually one of the smallest on the field, and they also transitioned to much bigger fields, bigger goals and 5 kids on the field. She's tenacious though and still managed to get in the mix and excel at defense. She'll be playing in a girls-only league this spring, and we hope that will help her gain back some of her confidence. She's also loved playing basketball this winter. She's dismayed that she never "scores any goals" but her defense skills are stellar. She's gotten lots of rebounds and even stolen the ball several times. She's so fun to watch. 

She loves Barbies and Shopkins and American Girl dolls and accessories. She always loves bossing her brothers. She loves to craft and paint and bake and play outside. She's doing awesome on her bike ... perhaps this spring we'll remove the training wheels. She's totally a perfectionist and occasionally gets some extreme anxiety (the apple doesn't fall far, y'all). She loves to veg in front of the TV when we let her. She and Hutch love to have "sleepovers" together where he sleeps on her trundle bed. She loves to wrestle with her Daddy when he gets home from work. She's convinced she will star on either The Voice or Chopped Junior someday. 

She almost always wants to follow the rules and wants everyone else to do the same. She doesn't love when the routine changes and I know her teacher has to give lots of warning and explanation if things are going to change at school. She is so empathetic and on more than one occasion has told me about playing with or sitting with or helping a friend who's been left out or just feeling sad. While I know her choices in this realm aren't always great, she does strive to be a good friend and look out for others, which makes my mama heart sing. 

In a nutshell, she reminds me exactly of myself. Good, bad and in-between. 

Weight: 44 pounds
Length: 42 inches

 New things:
  • Mastering 7 sight words lists
  • Making up "recipes", usually with the items on her plate
  • First dance recital, which was super cute. 
  • Piano lessons
  • Tying her shoes
  • Losing a tooth
  • Getting a cavity filled. Not fun for anyone.
  • We've been reading chapter books before bed, which she loves. Ramona, Boxcar Children, Bill Wallace, and a few from this generation, too ;)
  • Allergy testing, which wasn't as awful as expected because she wasn't allergic to anything. That was a surprise. In a quest to find out why she's still having so many ear infections and whether we're going to need to place another set of tubes. 
  • Helping with chores around the house, including feeding the dog and helping with dishes, to earn an allowance ($1/week is a big deal)
  • Riding her bike
  • Playing in the snow. Thank goodness it finally snowed. She could have stayed out in it all day. Her brothers were less impressed
  • Playing Barbie, baby dolls or Shopkins (I still have no idea what the point of Shopkins is)
  • Going to the doctor. She knows the doctor almost never means shots, and although she's scared or flu and strep tests, she also knows she'll get stickers to add to her collection
  • Spending her own money at Target
  • Snacks and sweets
  • Eating at restaurants
  • All arts and crafts projects
  • Reading and being read to
  • Playing outside
  • Helping out with baby brother
  • Sleeping alone, or not having a sleeping partner as she puts it
  • Being denied TV time
  • Missing school
  • Messing up schoolwork 

Hutch Marshall - 3 years!!

Hutch is definitely the most introverted of my little ones, but he also might be the most hilarious. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. He's also a serious smarty pants and a little less interested in following rules than his sister. He stays pretty close to me in new situations, when he's upset or extra tired, or intimidated. 

He likes going to school and occasionally tells us things he's learning, like letter sounds or singing songs. He does love music time and Gymboree. But mostly he loves playing with all the toys. He's more reserved at school, but he loves his two teachers and is not afraid to do some bossing of his friends, or them.

He asks one million times what we're doing today, or the following day, and then a million more if it's time to go ... and then when we get wherever we're going, he's asking when it's time to leave. 

He loved our trip to Missouri this fall, especially riding the train at Silver Dollar City. The first day we were there, a tree had fallen across the tracks so we couldn't ride it ... he has talked constantly about that train, the tree and the men who had to fix it since. He and Addie both got carsick (mostly thanks to a winding road), and now pretty much anytime Jordan drives he asks if the road will be especially bumpy or windy. 

He loved everything Christmas, too, and was the most magical one to watch this year. He really understood Santa for the first time, and loved looking for our elf each morning. He delighted in both of our Santa encounters, not timid at all. After reading the Polar Express, he kept telling me we needed a new house, needed to move and that he was going to ask Santa for a new house ... finally he explained that because I'd said I didn't think the Polar Express came here that he needed a new house where it would come. He was beside himself when we packed the kids in the car and halfway to Stillwater announced that we were going to ride on the real Polar Express. Of course nearly as soon as we got on the train, he was ready to move on to the next activity. 

We celebrated this boy's third birthday several weeks early at the fire station, where he did not scream about the lights this time, thankfully. He loved his party and having his friends there. On his actual birthday, we had a Hideaway pizza lunch with grandparents and lots of presents.

Weight:  33 pounds

New things:
  • This boy is potty trained. Still pull ups for nap and bedtime, but we are SO proud of how well he's done
  • An obsession with Thomas the Train
  • Buckling the top buckle on his carseat by himself
  • Wearing nearly the same size shoe as sister
  • Sitting up like a big boy at the doctor when having his eyes, ears, mouth looked at ... sometimes with a little tremble of the chin (although this was NOT the case when he had a raging double ear infection last week and had to be bodily held down by two people ... )
  • Continuing to gain more independence from sister and occasionally making his own decisions without asking her what she's going to do first
  • Standing up for friends and his teachers. Toward the beginning of the school year, he commandingly told a friend to stop yelling at the teacher, which made me laugh and made me super proud
  • Worrying about sister if she reports that someone hasn't been nice to her
  • Reporting to us constantly when sister, a friend or one of us has been rude to him
  • Diminishing fear of his battery-powered ride-on toys, though he still prefers other things when outside
  • Longer attention span for games, puzzles and movies
  • Losing the rail on the side of his bed ... and not falling out once, so far!
  • Playing more with Weston and teaching him about his toys. Also taking toys away from him and being fairly bossy ... which surprises no one

  • His sister is No. 1 in his life. He wants to play with her, sit next to her, do what she's doing constantly ... also bug her constantly
  • Going to see and feed the ducks at Grammie and Pawpaw's ... and snack on the frozen bread
  • Playing outside, usually riding in the Cozy Coupe, which is becoming a problem since little brother now likes it too
  • Going to music class with Weston
  • Encouraging Weston to talk and walk ... and go up the stairs
  • Playing in the snow ... for up to 3 minutes
  • Smarshmallows and muffums
  • And all other things sweet or baked 
  • Asking constantly when we can go to the beach house
  • Going to the grocery store, especially when the sweet ladies give him a cookie. Or he demands one.
  • His BFFS Brooks and Micah
  • Getting to go to Sunday School with Addie now
  • Making pancakes on Saturdays
    • Not wearing pants
    • Not being able to put on or tie his own shoes
    • The days when Daddy is not home to make pancakes

    Weston James - 13 months

    He's turning into a big boy before my very eyes. More steps pieced together, more words and more of a personality (aka attitude). He likes to do things himself and is not afraid to make his opinions known. I can't decide if this is more his personality or because in this household with three small children you have to yell to get your voice heard. He delights in everything and everyone, definitely the most social of the three. He still loves his mama best.

    Weight: 22 lbs
    Length: 28.75 inches

    New things:

    • So many words! "This" is a favorite and used to mean just about any and everything that he doesn't have a specific word for. About 3/4 of my day is spent frantically trying to figure out what the heck "this" means in every instance. He says ball constantly (reminds me of his sister). He's also said sock, uh-uh, car-car and something that sounds like Hutch (though he prefers to call him Bubba).
    • Asking for books to be read to him. Usually by declaring "THIS" and shoving his book of choice in my face
    • Still tentative at walking. He's started to put quite a few steps together, especially if he's holding a giant ball in his hands, but still not super confident about it. 
    • Weaning. Sigh. He's still nursing just a bit, but I know won't be for very much longer.
    • 3 of his 1-year molars and perhaps the canines on top getting ready to poke through 
    • Hitting. Ugh.

    • Playing outside. Mostly he wants to sit in the Cozy Coupe (or be pushed around in it), hold a soccer or basketball, or get in the little playset and try to fling himself down the slide or off the side. 
    • Muffins. He is a carb man for sure
    • Grapes. He cries and screams for them if he sees me get them out of the fridge.
    • He feels the same about eggs.
    • Playing with the basketball toy he got for Christmas
    • Any and all riding toys
    • Standing in his or his siblings' anywhere chairs
    • Climbing in general
    • Balls
    • The church nursery, although he does have to cry for up to 30 seconds every time I drop him off
    • Eating. When he gets up in the morning, and up from his nap, he immediately starts pointing at his high chair
    • Daddy. He gets so excited when he hears daddy come in the back door in the evenings. He feels the same when he hears Grammie and Pawpaw.
    • Removing everything from drawers and cabinets
    • Music class. He was so excited to go back in Jan. Sister just started piano there and Weston is always highly dismayed that he can't go in to her class
    • Magnets. He loves putting magnets on the kids' magnetic easel
    • Bedtime. He will seek me out and start rubbing his head on me, holding on for dear life and whining when he's ready for bed (or more likely when he's ready to nurse)


    • His one year photo shoot, which included a cake. He was pissed about it. Did not want to eat or even touch it. He did LOVE that our photographer had the brilliant idea to stick goldfish in the cake so it would actually appear that he was touching and eating it. Also, he loves goldfish now
    • Cheese. He can finally have dairy and mostly he hates it.
    • Being told no
    • Getting in his carseat