Almost Broken

 Somehow he can’t walk.  He fell from less than 2 feet up (which happens regularly) but this time he must have landed wrong because he can’t walk.  It’s not broken (thankfully) so we’re just waiting for things to heal but I had to post this pic of Andrew’s homemade cast.


5.5 Years Old | Reese

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This sweet little girl is 5 1/2 and so proud of it.  Recently a dear friend of mine called Reese a Unicorn describing her incredibly mature and curious self.  I used to try and take credit (at least partial) for my daughter and her personality but the older she gets the more I realize she is… a unicorn.  Not perfect of course but unique, mature, so so gorgeous inside and out, well behaved, smart, and on-and-on-and-on I could go.  I could gush all day about how this little girl is turning into such a beauty.  Reese still shows us her creativity daily with her love for coloring, crafts, and recently – lego design.  She has a very long attention span and can sit and create for hours.

One of her biggest accomplishments over the past 3 months is learning to read.  We are working through a book that teaches her to read and she is crushing it!  She can read!  It’s super cute and recently she’s been taking her knowledge and applying it everywhere.  She is reading signs and book and my text messages!  The first time she took her book smarts and applied it to real life’s when she read a text message from my mom.  She read it aloud and then LIT UP when she mastered the sentence.  She jumped up and down at the accomplishment – it was adorable.  Then she would voice text Grammy and Grammy would text her back.  This when on for hours and she still talks about it.

These past few months I’ve been watching her evolve socially.  She has more and more interest and pride in her friends.  Reese really enjoys kids her age and meeting up with her friends.  Her preschool peers mean a lot to her and she often refers to them in conversation and must enjoy spending time with them.  She is a great little playmate because she it pretty intuitive and usually lets her friend choose the game they play.

One of the sweetest things about Reese recently is her intense desire to hear stories from our childhoods or anyone she’s conversing with.  She will ask us all the time to “tell me a story about when you were a little girl.”

She is in the final months of pre-school at the rec center.  Her teachers (Ms. Toby and Ms. Hannah) have only good things to say about her engagement at school and her social life.  She has done well and seems very ready for kindergarten.  We have her signed up to start school at our church, that is opening a school in the fall.

The saddest part of Reese’s recent life is the gushing gape in her forehead.  We were on our way to run errands and she decided she needed to run inside to grab a coloring book for the car ride.  She came running back out to the car in tears with blood running down her face.  She had fallen at full speed into a brick fireplace edge and consequently busted her head open.  Our errands turned into an ER trip and 3 stitched later she was all patched up.  She has been really diligent in her wound care.  I must have put the fear of God in her about sun exposure to the wound because if she accidentally leaves the house for even 2 min without a hat or sunscreen she runs inside with apologetic tears begging for sunscreen or a hat.  I love that!

This girl makes my heart gush with pride and love.  I am in awe of what God is doing in this little girl’s life and so honored to be part of it.  I love you Reese’s Pieces.

3 Years Old | Nixon

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My sweet, stubborn, hilarious, outgoing, one-of-a-kind son is THREE.  Life with Nixon is full of joy, laughter, surprise, and exhaustion.  This kid is, as my mom says, is “like no-one else.”  And that is so true, there is no one like him. Nixon Lee has the ability to drive you to extreme frustration and then cause you to fall-off-your-chair in laughter within the same 3 minute period.  He requires so much energy and attention but the pay-off is so sweet.  This kid is so great with people.  He really has a nach for getting people’s attention and keeping it.  He has no fear about walking up to someone and starting a conversation. He is quick to give out hugs (and kisses) and engage in conversation with anyone.  Recently, he started showing everyone he meets his ‘trick’ which is some crazy interruptive dance style transformation he undergoes which turns him into a super hero of his choice.  He loves showing it off and performs by request, it’s awesome!

Recently, he has been very into super heros and flying.  At least once a day he will run up to you, ask you to push the button on his neck (which makes him fly, duh) and then proceeds to fly around the house at lightening speeds with all sorts of flying sounds.  He still loves pirates and pretending to be a pirate and fighting the evil Captain Hook.  We just finished up his 3rd birthday party which all the more encouraged his pirate obsession.  He can play for hours in pretend land lugging his treasure chest around, flying from island to island and fighting evil.   He has an unmatched imagination that his sister has encouraged and he continues to perfect.  When we play with him, he can fully emerge in his character and his world so much so that when you pretend something that isn’t so in his world, he will call you out and correct you “No!  Izzy!  (not mom) we can’t fly until we get the Pixie Dust!!!!”  It’s so cool.

The dude has a style of his own.  He is learning to dress himself and put on his own shoes.  He usually chooses some of Reese’s pink boots, princess house shoes or his snowboots.  This caused me to purchase several BOY pairs of easy-to-pull-on shoes.  The dude now has lots of black and blue colored shoes but still chooses pink boots over the new shoes he owns.  So funny.

Nixon’s relationship with food is another aspect of this now-3-year-old’s life that I must discuss.  The kids LOVES sweets and carbs…and I mean LOVES.  Perhaps its because he hardly ever gets these delicacies that he craves and obsesses so hard over but from sun-up to sun-down treats, gun, sugars, carbs are requested and requested and requested.  Even when they are granted, they are continually requested and requested and requested.  It’s exhausting and a challenge to keep him away from these because they truly make him SO HAPPY.  Since food and eating continues to be a point of conention in our home, we are still searching for the best way to fill this kid up and satisfy him so he will slow down asking for junk all day.  We experimented with NO SNACKS for a few weeks to ensure he would eat his healthy dinners instead of filling up on snacks during the day (kids could eat his weight in nuts) – it seemed to help with the meals but those days were long and emotional with all the desperate begging for food.   On the days we just let him eat whatever he wanted (to see what happened)  he definitely threw everything up about 4am.  His personality also changes when he consumes junk food – it’s fascinating.  He becomes so hyper and unable to exercise any logic and calmness – it’s night and day.  So we detox him on only clean lean foods for a few days and he’s back to himself (which is still crazy but at least manageable). The cute thing about this part of Nix is his concern about your enjoyment level as you are eating.  He always inquires about how your food is and if you like what you are eating, very genuinely.

We’ve seen glimpses of his memorization ability these past few months.  We’ve almost missed it because we are always moving a million miles an hour managing 3 kids and a full schedule.  The other day I started letting him finished pages of a book we read often, Katy.  It’s a long story with a few layers but he recited it back to me with about 80% word-for-word accuracy.  Then the other day he asked me if I wanted to hear about Jesus.  He then proceeded to tell me the whole resurrection story in the most adorable and precise detail.  He is pretty smart (of course) and he’s finally had a few ways to show us.

He is no longer in diapers at night which makes mommy and daddy SO HAPPY!  He kind of did it himself and now he feels so big for making it through the night.  He has had a great few months overall and this son of ours is such a fun gift from God to us.  He’s lots of life and energy and just…. fun for our whole family.  He is now such a defining part of our little clan and I don’t know what life would even look like without him – it definitely wouldn’t be as much fun.  Nixon Lee, we love you so so so much and thank the good Lord for choosing us to be your parents.  Let the adventures continue as you enter the big 3! Love you Nixon Lee as cute as can be!


11 Months | Ty

How 11 months is our current age marker for Ty, I haven’t a clue.  What I do know is how incredibly cute this baby is getting.  He is faster, strong, and bigger this month 🙂  We’ve had a month of good health and I am so so thankful.  Ty did pop 4 teeth all at the same time this month and then his third tooth on the bottom so that was a little tough but we’re doing just fine!  He is crawling and pulling up everywhere and on everything.  He started balancing on his own for about 10 seconds the day he turned 11 months.  Now that he is so aggressively mobile, he is getting into cabinets and toy bins and electrical outlets and oh-the-stairs! Dude loves stairs!  We have a step into our playroom that he loves to barrel down head first (of course) and the main stars up and down in our house seem to becon him all day long. He has also found significant enjoyment from pushing anything that will budge around and around and around.  He will holler with pride and excitement from behind the chair, stool, box, he has found to push.

Ty has found his voice even more this month and he isn’t quiet.  This baby can holler and yell and jabber and even scream his bloody head off at very loud decibels.  I am guessing he is already working on competing for attention from Reese and Nix.

One sweet thing that we discovered this month is his acknowledgement of our names.  He is into open mouth kissing recently and he will kiss the person you instruct him to on command like, “go kiss Reese!” and he does- it melts us.

Ty is still nursing several times a day and shoving anything solid we put in front of him in his mouth.  His favorites are chicken and blueberries.

Good new everyone:  Ty is still a HUGE mammas-boy.  I keep waiting for him to realize how much cooler his dad is but thankfully it wasn’t this month.  One thing that can light that kids up with a smile or calm him down in the middle of a fit is…me.  And I am unashamedly proud of that.  I am soaking it all up and accepting those slobbery open mouth kisses everyday.

I can’t get over how cute you are Ty.  I love waking up everyday to you and feel so thankful for your sweet love.  Keep it up baby and remember – I really am so cool.

Vegas Baby

It’s been WAY TO LONG since Mom and I have taken a girls trip.  We love these little getaways but with all this child baring – it’s been awhile.  We did however get to sneak away for a few days in Vegas and it was delightful.  The weather was perfect and the company even better.  We saw 2 shows – LOVE and Terry Fator.  LOVE was no very impressive but Terry Fator was fantastic!  We lost a little cash on the slot machines, ate lots of yummy food and lounged by the pool for a whole day (heavenly).  It was so nice to get some relaxation time with mama in.  Love you mom!  Let’s do it again sooner than later!

Toddler Talk

Nixon was peeing outside in the grass with purpose….

S:  Nixon, whatcha doing?

N:  Making the letting N!

S:  Really?  Where did you learn that?

N:  Daddy taught me!

I miss your dad Reese!  I’m ready for him to come home!

R:  Well look on the bright side mon!

S:  ok!  What’s that?

R:  he’s a always with you…

S:  what do you mean?

R:  patting her heart he’s always with you in your heart

R:  My shoes are wet!

C (our nanny):  That’s strange, well dump out the water – they’ll be fine.

R:  Ummm.. they smell like pee

C:  What??  Nixon!  Did you pee in Reese’s shoes????

N:  Yup!

Later that day with Andrew….

A:  Nixon!  …I know peeing in shoes is fun…. but you just can’t do it buddy.

S:  Ugh

I was making pancakes one morning…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

S:  Good job buddy!

1 minute later…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

1 minute later…

N:  Mom!  I’m being super patient!

1 min late…..