Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Fun 2015

Summer didn't really start until we got back from Branson a couple weeks ago. It had been cold and rainy but the day we got back from vacation the sun was out and has been out nonstop! We have been taking full advantage of the warm weather and we've had some very full days.

Since our apartment is quite small, we have been spending time on the front lawn during Boston's naps so I don't have to shush the girls every two seconds. (It's basically our backyard and we have a video monitor) Here are my pretty girls in between practicing cartwheels and chalk drawing:

I love my girls!

They are so crazy! 

Or, as Wendy has hilariously started saying, "cray-cray":

And when my little dude wakes up... he joins us!

The girls love going to Costco. It's got samples (or "ee-zamples" as Jane calls them) but most importantly, it's got BOXES! Jane likes to spend a few minutes picking out the perfect tea party table EVERY time we go. Here are the girls having a tea party (water and blueberries) that they set up all by themselves (oh, and Wendy is wearing a 24 month top and skirt I randomly found in a bin and my 5T wearing 3.5-year-old claimed the outfit and wears it at least twice a week). They invited Brandt to join them and they had a "delightful" time discussing princesses and how to make blueberries.

 Boston wasn't invited to the tea party but he has his own crowd he hangs with. Here's Boss at a park with his buddies Gwen and Alana. His first besties.

Poor Boss. Surrounded by girls. While I was making lunch, Jane was in her room aka hair salon. She carried him out to show me his new hair style. It's nice, right?

She was very proud of it and he LOVED it.

He got the headband off but we kept the bow on for a few minutes cause he looked like a little present :)

You may start feeling bad for Boss but trust me, he earned this one. Stinker wouldn't stop climbing into a hole I was digging at the beach so... this happened. Consequences buddy...

We've been spending lots of time downtown too. On Wednesdays, Wendy has gymnastics near Brandt's work so we met up for lunch this week at his favorite fish taco place. I love these two together!

After naps that same day we met up with our frinds who are moving to Utah next week so they could go to the Skokie Exploritorium one more time. I love these two together too! I'm going to miss them SOOOO much!

Today we went to the beach with our same friends for the last time and Nicole made the girls into sand mermaids and then sand butterflies! She' is amazing!

The girls LOVED it! Nicole is way more fun than me...

And afterward we went for slurpies because it was hot outside AND we just HAD to try the new Sour Patch watermelon flavor.

 For the record... it's sour.

Now for some more summer fun!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Kindergarten Complete

Kindergarten FLEW by! It seems like just a few months ago I dropped off my baby at full day kindergarten and was so nervous I waited by the phone all day because I just knew something would happen. Nothing DID happen, she had a marvelous year. She had a wonderful teacher, the perfect teacher for Kindergarten.

She excelled in every subject. Reading is her best and she's well above the year end goal. She made lots of friends and it was always so cute hearing all the kids say "bye" to her after school each day. I loved hearing her sing me the songs she learned each week and she still sings them all for us. That kid has a great memory.

We are definitely glad she's home for the summer because 7 hours is way too long to be away from our cute girl.

We were rushing out the door for her graduation so we could hardly snap any pictures of her that morning but we did get a few to remember the day...

Sisters! They wanted to match for graduation.

If only they got along this much (or even a fraction of this much) each day after school.

My happy girl all ready to receive her hard-earned diploma:

I wish I could freeze her and make her stay this young forever.
 
I made her stop like 57 times on the walk to school for pictures.

June 19th and yes, we wore jackets.

The best picture I could get of her getting her diploma. Go Jane!

 Someone's ready for first grade!

Here's 5 year old Jane on the first day with her awesome teacher:

And 6 year old Jane on the last day! What happened to her baby face!? 

Our friends came to watch her graduate and then joined us for lunch at Steak n Shake afterward (Jane's choice). It's always a mad house when the two of us bring all 6 kids but always fun.

Who knows what 1st grade has in store for us but Jane's ready. Well, after we buy her a new set of uniforms cause that girl has grown!

Here are her stats from her recent 6 year well child visit:

Jane:

Height: 46 1/4 inches (75th %) She grew three inches this year!
Weight: 49 3/4 pounds (75th %)

Boston's 1 year well child the same day:

Height: 31 inches (75th %)
Weight: 22 pounds (30th %)

Friday, July 03, 2015

Photo Fail

The kids decided they all wanted to match so I decided pictures needed to be taken. Things started off rocky with Boston having just woken up from a nap. He usually likes to be held for at least 20 minutes after waking to adjust back to life but we didn't have time for that since we were rushing out the door for the groundbreaking.

Jane tried to help by holding him close. Oh, look at Wendy's adorable smile!

This was the best picture.

Boston doesn't like being restrained by his sisters so after many screams I told Jane to let go.

Trying to stand him up didn't work either. Ha! Jane tried to help by holding his arm under her chin.

And JUST as Boston was about to cooperate, I went and bonked Wendy in the head with the camera. That was the end of picture taking. She tried to be obedient and brave for pictures but her cheeriness just wasn't there.

Oh, well. Kind of a funny experience. Sometimes you take a hundred pictures and don't get the money shot but you do get a slice of reality with 3 kids...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Party for the Boss

Bossy Boy accomplished one whole year of life so naturally we had to celebrate! We invited his little friends over for some pizza, cupcakes and playing and had a fun time. Here are some pictures:

I made the mistake of hanging those twists a week before the party. I obviously wasn't thinking about my little crawling boy who likes to touch everything, especially new colored things hanging at his level. Luckily, after a week of stressing about where he was at all times, I only had to replace two.

The birthday boy! I just love this little turkey so much!

His sisters were both standing by to blow out the candle for him.

After making his wish he tasted the second sweet of his life (the first being a cookie Wendy snuck him at the store) and he wasn't the biggest fan at first.

But, after a while he warmed up to it and ate over half of it.

Time to wash up! Surprisingly, he didn't get that messy!

That's better, nice and clean!

Time for presents!

He really had zero interest in even touching the gifts so his sisters stepped up again to help. They really are such selfless girls.

Sporting one of his gifts, this cute little hat. I'm in love.

Happy birthday my little baby boy!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bring on Summer!

The first warmish day of the year meant a beach day! This also meant Boston's first sand experience! Earlier this month we picked Jane up from school and walked straight there. She was surprised and excited to see us all in our beachwear. I put her swim suit in her backpack and told her to change in the school bathroom so she sneakishly told her teacher she needed to use the bathroom. She was so giddy. Out she came with a big grin and her swim suit poking out under her uniform.

We've lived here coming up on 9 years and we are still surprised at the temperature drop when we walk the block to the beach. The "warmish day" was actually quite chilly but we didn't let that stop us and played for about an hour. I couldn't believe the girls played in the water as much as they did. You wouldn't know they were freezing if it weren't for their chattering teeth. Eek! They still denied they were cold and wanted to stay.

Boss and I stayed nice and dry on a towel up on the sand. Here's my cutie little 1 year old in his adorable little swim suit:

He didn't venture off the towel but enjoyed his time at the beach.

Here is a non-exciting video of the kids at the beach and Boston attempting to touch the sand:

The beginning of the beach season means we are a little low on sand toys (having lost or broken them all by the end of last beach season) but this girly was happy as a peach to play with a plastic cup! Oh, I just love her smile. Drastic difference from the previous summers. No more fear of sand!

This girl could have spent the whole evening at the beach. Ok, she could spend EVERY day at the beach. Pretty girl.

While they played, Boston and I tried our hand at some mom/son selfies:

The wind and this silly kid trying to grab my phone every 2 seconds made for some funny but perfect pictures.

 He's so goofy. He only ate sand twice! Once as a test and the second time just to make sure his findings were correct. Smart little guy.

My favorite:

These next 3 are from the following week when we surprised Jane with another after school beach day. Siblings!



Here's to many more warm days!