{milestones} golden eight

Lola celebrated her golden 8th birthday on the 8th.

This girl burst into our world on her own schedule eight years ago and she has been a shining light since that day.

She continues to be one of the most positive people I have ever known.

She manages to find the good in almost everything.

She is a loyal friend.

She is a loving sister.

She is a helpful and caring daughter.

She loves gymnastics, drawing, writing, notebooks, pencils, people, puppies, and pigs.

She makes my heart happy.

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I asked her some questions to get a feel for how SHE feels at eight.

  • favorite color: teal and shrimp
  • favorite toy: ipod
  • favorite t.v. show: jessie and raven’s home
  • favorite game: minecraft and hide & seek
  • favorite snack: extra cheddar goldfish
  • favorite animal: pig
  • favorite holiday: thanksgiving and christmas
  • favorite book: junie b. jones and ivy and bean
  • favorite song: no place like you and take the world by storm
  • what do you take to bed: puppy and sleep mask
  • favorite food: steak
  • favorite thing to do outside: climb on ninja line/slack line
  • what do you want to be when you grow up: wildlife photographer or teacher
  • what are you most grateful for: my family and friends
  • favorite part of the day: being on my ipod
  • what makes you happy: hanging out with family and piggies
  • what are you scared of: the dark and spiders
  • what makes you special: my positive attitude
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{milestones} the little guy is ten

ten.

TEN.

10!

the little guy is not so little anymore.

don’t let his tough exterior fool you, he is incredibly caring and tenderhearted. he might like to play lacrosse, ride BMX bikes, and do all kinds of other crazy stuff, but he is sensitive to others needs and very loyal to his family and friends.

it’s really hard for me to put into words what an incredibly amazing person he is. i really enjoy spending time with him. he is one of my very favorite people. i love him to pieces.

i took a walk down memory lane of the last ten years with him in our lives. it has been filled to the brim, and many times is overflowing, with love, fun, challenges, and success. i cannot wait to see what the next 10 years brings.

as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so these photos should say many thousands…you can click on the photos below to scroll through them individually.

also, scroll all the way to the bottom to see the answers to the questions i try to ask him every year around his birthday.

i asked him some questions this morning to give us an idea of what he likes at ten…

  • favorite color:  purple and chrome
  • favorite toy:  fidget spinner
  • favorite t.v. show:  battle bots
  • favorite game:  destiny (ps4)
  • favorite snack:  flavor blasted goldfish
  • favorite animal:  turtle
  • favorite holiday:  my birthday
  • favorite book:  big nate
  • favorite song:  where are you now by justin bieber and jack ü
  • what do you take to bed:  stormy, his black puppy
  • favorite food:  bailey’s burgers
  • favorite thing to do outside:  go to the skate park
  • what do you want to be when you grow up:  law enforcement, preferably SWAT team
  • what are you most grateful for:  my family
  • favorite part of the day:  night time
  • what makes you happy:  food
  • what are you scared of:  spiders
  • what makes me special:  good with technology

home is…double digits!

{milestones} baby girl is six

I asked her some questions this morning to get a feel for how SHE feels at six.

  • favorite color: hot pink
  • favorite toy: elsa doll
  • favorite t.v. show: the thunderman’s
  • favorite game: minecraft
  • favorite snack:  chips and guacamole
  • favorite animal: turtle
  • favorite holiday: christmas
  • favorite book: i believe i can fly
  • favorite song: sugar by maroon 5
  • what do you take to bed: puppy
  • favorite food: meatballs
  • favorite thing to do outside: ride my new bike
  • what do you want to be when you grow up: ice skating teacher
  • what are you most grateful for: ice cream
  • favorite part of the day: school
  • what makes you happy: mom
  • what are you scared of: bugs
  • what makes you special: i’m silly

{milestones} the little guy is eight

eight years old.

do you know what that means?

it means that i have been a mom for more than half of our married life.

we waited seven years to have kids.

let me tell you, this eight year old made it all worth it.

he is an amazing human being.

he’s loving…he loves his family and friends like crazy.

he’s funny…especially when he’s not trying too hard to be funny.

he’s strong…headstrong, heart strong, and physically strong.

he’s brave…he’s willing to try anything…sports, food, new activities.

he’s smart…he doesn’t love our summer learning packets, but he does love to learn. he excelled in first grade, and i think second grade is going to be an awesome year for him!

he has his own opinions, ideas, and thoughts.

i love him so very much.

i asked him some questions this morning to get a feel for how he feels at eight…

  • favorite color: green, gold, and purple
  • favorite toy:  ipad
  • favorite t.v. show:  mountain men
  • favorite game:  rayman legends and planes vs zombies garden warfare
  • favorite snack:  apples
  • favorite animal:  dog, cat, panda, and wolf
  • favorite holiday:  my birthday
  • favorite book:  arctic tale
  • favorite song:  don’t really have one
  • what do you take to bed:  black puppy
  • favorite food:  pizza and ice cream cake
  • favorite thing to do outside:  play
  • what do you want to be when you grow up:  youtuber
  • what are you most grateful for:  everything
  • favorite part of the day:  lunchtime
  • what makes you happy:  when i get lots of rest and don’t have to play
  • what are you scared of:  spiders
  • what makes me special:  everything about me

{milestones} baby girl is five

We celebrated baby girl’s fifth birthday recently.

Five.

My BABY is FIVE.

She is full of life.

One of the most positive people I know.

For instance, at a recent family vacation to the oregon coast she said, “Good thing it was a great day for flying kites at the beach!”

She can be moody, but she always finds the good in things.

I hope she never loses that.

She loves to play games that she makes up. Recently, its been “family” with dolls, but she makes up all kinds of games to play on her own, with friends, with one of us, and especially her brother.

She adores her brother and loves to play the games that he plays. He’s not always interested in playing with her dolls, but she is always up for playing Minecraft, Mario Brothers, or any of the games that her brother loves. 

She is strong and sensitive.

She’s silly and loving.

She is social when she feels comfortable, which means she talks my arm off all day long.

She has become a lot more independent this year and doesn’t cling to my leg everywhere we go, but can still be very timid with the unknown.

She’s always been my girl and tells me all day long how much she loves me.

She humors me and poses for all the photos I ask to take of her. Goodness is she is photogenic.

She loves to draw pictures and do all sorts of crafts.

Recently, on one of the games she plays on the computer, she has figured out how to use the shapes to create cards for us…she created a Minecraft card for her brother and many cards for me that, in her words, “tell you I love you”.

She swims, scooters, climbs, runs, digs in the dirt, skis, plays sports with her brother, twirls, dances, and sleeps ALWAYS in a skirt.

Everyday she wears a skirt. This year has been the year of the long dresses and skirts.

She is all girl, but in her own very special way.

She will ALWAYS be my baby.

I love you baby girl.

baby girl is five

I asked her the same questions that I asked her brother this year on his seventh birthday to get a feel for how SHE feels at five:

  • favorite color: all the rainbow colors
  • favorite toy: puppy and peppa pig
  • favorite t.v. show: peppa pig and tom & jerry
  • favorite game: mario brothers and candy land
  • favorite snack: fried cheese sticks
  • favorite animal: puppy
  • favorite holiday: christmas and easter
  • favorite book: little house in the big woods, my bible, and goodnight moon
  • favorite song: let it go
  • what do you take to bed: puppy
  • favorite food: fried cheese sticks
  • favorite thing to do outside: swim at the pool
  • what do you want to be when you grow up: a kid that has real wings that can fit through the door
  • what are you most grateful for: mommy and puppy
  • favorite part of the day: when reece comes home and playing with all my toys
  • what makes you happy: my family
  • what are you scared of: the dark
  • what makes me special: because i’m thoughtful

To be part of her life EVERYDAY and watch her become her own person is one of the biggest joys of my life.

home is…five of the most rewarding years of my life. 

{milestones} the little guy is seven

We celebrated the little guys seventh birthday recently.

Seven.

That’s big.

He’s awesome.

Physically, he can do anything he sets his mind to.

Rock climbing, bike riding, baseball, skiing, snowboarding, swimming…pretty much anything he tries, he is good at.

When I asked him what he wanted to do on our upcoming trip to the lake he replied, “I’ll try anything.”

And, he will.

He’s reading. Not voraciously into books quite yet, but I imagine it will only be a matter of time.

He’s brave. It’s hard to remember what it was like to go to a new, big school and have to make ALL NEW friends. He did a great job this year.

His favorite class (and teacher) in school this year was music. Music. What an awesome thing.

He loves his sister. Sometimes, it’s not cool to show his love, but most times he does. He reads to her, lets her play minecraft with him, shares his legos with her, and indulges in the play that she leads. He is the best big brother she could ask for.

As tough as he is, he has a real sensitive nature. He loves fiercely. His feelings can be easily hurt.

One on one time with him is amazing. He has awesome thoughts and ideas that he doesn’t always get to share unless we get time alone with him.

He loves science, nature, and exploring the outdoors.

He knows a lot about technology and is not afraid of it…he knows more about iPads and iPhones than I do!

He is creative and thoughtful.

He has boundless energy that can sometimes get him into trouble, but most times is just hard to keep up with.

He keeps us on our toes.

He tests boundaries.

He loves his family.

And, we love him. Like crazy.

the little guy is seven

I asked him some questions this morning to get a feel for how HE feels at seven.

  • favorite color:  green, yellow, gold…well, actually, the whole rainbow
  • favorite toy:  bike
  • favorite t.v. show: wild kratts
  • favorite game: minecraft
  • favorite snack:  chewy chcolate chip granola bars and poppa’s popcorn
  • favorite animal:  pronghorn
  • favorite holiday:  christmas
  • favorite book:  anything about minecraft
  • favorite song: welcome boys and girls (sung by his music teacher as they enter the classroom)
  • what do you take to bed: sweetie (his big yellow dog)
  • favorite food: pizza
  • favorite thing to do outside: ride his bike
  • what do you want to be when you grow up:  zoologist or wildlife biologist
  • what are you most grateful for: ben and pop-pop
  • favorite part of the day: afternoon
  • what makes you happy: sweetie at bedtime
  • what are you scared of: spiders
  • what makes me special: my family

To be part of his life EVERYDAY and watch him grow is one of the biggest joys of my life.

home is…seven of the most rewarding years of my life.