A few things I’ve learned about boys….

I love being a mom to boys.  I honestly never envisioned having 3 boys, and especially 3 boys in a row like we have!  But I would not change it at all.  These boys are so much fun and they have taught me so much.  Here are just a few things I’ve learned in the almost 4 years of having boys… (or at least these are things true about our boys)

1.  They are loud, and love to make noise of any kind.  This includes banging things at all times.  Bradford is our noisiest, and unless he is asleep, he is making noise constantly by way of singing, banging any object on another object as a drum, talking, laughing, crying, playing guitar, etc… Chaz is talkative and makes a lot of noise too, but he is not quite as loud as our oldest.  Time will tell with Sam.

2.  Messes are a part of their life.  The more dirt, the better and the more messy their environment is, the happy they are.  They love to be covered in dirt, splashing in water, and interacting with their environment in a very physical way.  They have no embarrassment if their faces are covered in food, dirt, paint, or they have play-do coming out of their ears.  They actually would prefer this and get very mad when I try to wipe them off.  The one exception is that they (B & C) both hate it when their clothes are wet.  I may find them screaming loudly about a couple drops of water on their shirt.  It’s a strange phenomenon to me.

3.  They love to be thrown, tossed in the air, tickled, chased, and played with in a pretty physical way.  They do not like to sit still and play very often.

4.  There is actually very little sitting still in our household.  They are pretty much moving at all times.

5.  They, from a very young age, are fascinated with their male parts.  For on example, we were playing with play-doh last week and making snowmen.  B then announces, “look, Mommy.  My snowman has a penis and a bottom.  Isn’t that so funny.”  We talked about it, more than once, and he knows now that this is innapropriate, but I am very aware that this will not be the only incident of this type that needs to be addressed.

6.  They are also fascinated with peeing outdoors.  Having always been a female, this does not make a whole lot of sense to me.  We have had to discuss private and public places with the B a lot after picking him up from the church nursery one day and being told that he peed on the astroturf by the slide…not his best move.

7.  Boys may have a tough side, but they are sweet and loving and melt my heart often.

8.  They love, meaning are obsessed, with their Dad.  Bradford has always been this way, and Chaz is definitely starting to want to be with and like Dad a lot.

9.  They like to take risks.  Which may explain why our 2 year old is in his second cast for another broken arm.  Both injuries have been climbing/jumping incidences that have occurred after taking a risk that he was not yet ready for (climbing out of his crib at 18 months, and jumping off of our bed).  I am quite nervous about what the future holds with these boys and pray for their safety every single day.

10.  They love to have fun and live their little lives with full adventure.  And they teach me to enjoy each day with them and participate in the fun.  Because each day truly feels like an adventure with their little wild spirits under our roof.

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Sam at 9 months

Sam turned 9 months this week, and is seriously so cute.  He is just as active, if not more, than the other 2 boys.  He crawls everywhere and pulls up on everything, and just this past week I look over and he’s standing by himself.  I don’t remember the other boys standing without support this early, so we’ll see if that translates to him being an early walker or not. He loves his brothers and wants to keep up with them!  He is generally a pretty happy guy, who reminds me of a mix of B and C.  He’s our first baby that isn’t in the 90th percentiles in height and weight, and sometimes that feels strange because I was used to having such fat babies.  At his 9 month apt., he weighed in at 19 lbs and I can’t remember his height but I know he was 30% in height and 25% in weight.  He is a good eater, but doesn’t eat quite as quickly or as much as his brothers did.    He definitely prefers to be on the ground moving around, rather than sitting or being held.

His frog move:
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Thankfulness from today…

1.  Our breakfast conversation: This morning, I sit the boys in their chairs with a few cheerios to start munching on until the food is on the table.  Bradford asks, “What’s this, mommy? Is this our breakfast.”

Me: “This is just an appetizer?”

Chazzy: “Oh, appetizer?”

Bradford (with full confidence and absolute certainty): “Yes, Chazzy.  Appetizer means ‘Cheerios’ in Spanish!”

2.  A breezy day with temperatures in the 70’s.

3.  A picnic lunch at the park with our good friends.  Watching the boys find so much delight in feeding a squirrel a pretzel, chasing birds, swinging, laughing, and pulling bark off a tree.

4.  Face time with Papa and Gigi, and the hilariousness during our conversation of boys climbing, jumping, diving off our shoulders, and showing off their couch acrobatics.

5.  Phone call with my friend, Jenny today.  We laughed and shared some funny stories and it was so refreshing.  I love how she called and asked for dinner advice/help with table manners with boys…. haha!  Andy and I laughed thinking about how insane our dinner time was tonight and how ill-equipped we are to counsel anyone about dinner time manners right now!  Sorry Jen.  I think at one point, Chaz had his chicken all balanced precariously on top of his head, B had been reminded way too many times for doing chair acrobatics and needed to be disciplined for failing to stay in his chair, Sam had food covering his face, B was placing all his noodles into his milk cup instead of his mouth, and B and C were demanding to have treats… because “of course, Mom, we need our treats.”  They are hilarious, and we have a lot to learn and work on in the table manner department.

 

6.  The book I just finished, called Seven by Jen Hatmaker.  What an awesome, challenging, and humbling read.

7.  Another Jen Hatmaker book, Interrupted that I’m currently reading.  It’s awesome.  I think I have wanted to underline every word in the entire book.

8.  Bedtime for the boys.  I love when they are awake, and I love when they go to sleep.  The chaos of the day is manageable when we have time to rest and refuel when they are quiet.

9.  Listening to Chaz recite some scripture memory at dinner.  His sweet little voice saying Proverbs 15:1 has got to be the most precious thing ever.

10.  Time to read books with B this afternoon while the little brothers were still napping.  He is so fun and loves to learn.  We have been reading a lot of Curious George, Dora, and Thomas the Train books.  Today, he spent at least 10 minutes doing “monkey moves” in front of the mirror, like George… and announced that he wants to live in the trees, like George, go to the Aquarium, like George…and can we read George goes to the hospital again?  We are big fans of George around here.

 

10 Things to Be Thankful for.

There are so many things to be thankful for, and in honor of today being the 10th of November, here are 10 things currently on my mind…

I’m Thankful for…

1.  My Boys, of course.  I laugh every day, even on days that feel hard.  They are funny, energetic, delightful, and full of life.  They have changed our world in so many good ways.  For them, I am forever thankful.

DSC_03742.  For a Husband who is wonderful, who loves us well, who works hard at his job, and is so much fun to be around.

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3.  For time with our extended families this past month.  We had a wonderful time with grandparents and cousins at St. Simons.  And we loved having Riri, Pop, Aunt L., and Uncle Scott visit us in Florida last weekend.  We miss getting regular time with our families, and are very thankful for it when we get to spend time with them.

4. For time outside at the park and in our back yard.  I love being outside.  I love the fresh air, the beauty in nature and in simply looking up at the clouds.  I love that in having kids I get to spend so much time outside with them, and that they love it too.

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5.  For the day last week when I got to witness the sunrise and the sunset, both colorful and beautiful.  Sam did not get the memo on daylight savings time, and was up at 5:30 am, so we headed out for an early morning walk and I was so glad we did.  The sky was simply beautiful.  I’m thankful for a God who creates so much beauty for us to enjoy.

6.  For the Veggie Tales concert we got to take the boys to.  They were so sweet and excited, and seriously talked about this for months in anticipation.  We were pretty nervous that our oldest boy wouldn’t be able to enjoy it or participate because he has a pretty intense fear of loud noises.  After ear plugs were inserted, headphones were on his head to block out the noise, and a trip to the hall to get water and be comforted, he settled in and we all had so much fun.  It may have been Chaz’s favorite moment of his life.  They were so fun and excited, and their little eyes never left the stage as their favorite characters performed.  We still talk about the concert daily.

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7.  For Boys who want to be just like their Daddy.  Bradford currently sleeps a lot of days wearing one of Andy’s t-shirts, and last week declared that when he grows up he will work with Daddy and the teenagers, and have meetings that are just him and his Dad.  He is kind of obsessed and it is so cute.

IMG_15738.  For the “cold front” that hit last weekend.  Hilarious.  The cold front meant temperatures dropped below 80 for the first time in over half a year.  We were playing outside and there was a breeze, and Bradford states “Mom, it is so cold.  We need jackets.”  Ha!  I checked the temperature and laughed out loud when it read 79 degrees.  It was not really jacket weather, but it did feel really nice.

IMG_1643 IMG_16419.  For ice cream.  It is delicious and it is hot here, so we eat a lot of it.

IMG_1570 IMG_157110.  For Jesus.  He means everything to us and I am so thankful for the life he has given me, for salvation, and for the countless things he has blessed us with.

 

 

 

 

Halloween

Our sweet Pumpkin:
DSC_0247 Joined with James and Thomas, the tank-engines:DSC_0259 So glad to have Riri and Pop here to visit and to join in Halloween festivities:DSC_0275 DSC_0280 Ready and so excited to go get some candy:DSC_0282 Chewing on his favorite teether as a candy alternative, the Corksicle (Thanks Bruners for inventing this wonderful wine chiller that has also functioned as a perfect teether for Sam):DSC_0286 Candy from the neighbors (I think they both had eaten their first piece before it hit the bucket, they were seriously loving the candy experience this year):DSC_0287 Chaos of trick-or-treating with our neighborhood friends and 6 kids 3 and under:DSC_0289 DSC_0301