Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The things that go on around here...

Parenting Tip #9862

If you have nagged your kid repeatedly all evening to hang up her backpack and it is still on the kitchen floor, walk into the kitchen, absorbed in the argument you are having with your kids, trip over the backpack and swan dive into the nearest wall. No faking, you have to be for real. Once you are done swearing and throwing the backpack across the room, she will quietly hang it up without being asked.

The best part of this technique is that you will have a wicked black eye (and a brutal headache) to guilt her into cleaning her crap up for the rest of the week without you begging.

Friday, November 2, 2012

6 years...

I can't believe I am writing this post. When did I get old enough to have a 6 year old? And how did I get so lucky to have OUR  six year old?

Alyvia is 6. She is 41 lbs, love sparkles and glitter, and has an amazing imagination.
Liv is a thinker. I think she is a great leader, but she is often the one to sit back and watch what the others are doing before she moves in and begins planning.

She has lots of friends, for her birthday party this year we really asked her to shave back her list, and we still ended up with 9 screaming little girls. Luckily, after some pizza and pearler beads, they all settled in and it was actually one of our most successful birthday parties yet, with the least amount of work. Well, if you don't count the messy house the next day, and the beads I am still finding in every corner of the living room!

Alyvia is learning to read, in english and some french, thanks to FI kindergarten. She works so hard to perfect her printing, and is always working on a new book, journal or art project. She worked hard last spring, and is riding her pedal bike with no training wheels now!

Her favorite things to play are imagination games, or role playing. She is always teaching a class, or instructing her brother in yoga, reading, shopping or whatever else she can come up with at the time.

She is a hoarder, and a paper collector. She gets rid of nothing, unless I can sneak it out of the house. If I need an hour or two uninterrupted by her, I send her to "clean" her room. Usually she gets absolutely NO cleaning done, but she will quietly organize her belongings in some sort of display, or find some toy she forgot she had and start playing with that.

She loves her brothers, and she is fantastic with Nixon. She will lose her patience with Pierce, but if he is in a cooperative mood, she will include him in whatever game she has created.

Liv is ADORABLE. She still has huge brown eyes, she is smallish in comparison to some of the kids in her class, and her hair is finally long and thick enough for us to do some pretty fancy braids in.

She works so hard at everything she does, and this season she is working hard in her Sunfish Swimming lessons, and Bronze Gymnastics. She is trying hard to achieve her badges for swimming so that she can start swim club next year. She is jealous of her brother's skating ability, and I am hoping that will push her to take some more lessons this winter, even if it is just to try and outshine him!

Liv is a cuddler, a thinker, a leader, a helper, a rule follewer, and a shining star. She adds so much to our family, and is often the first to suffer when we are handing out our attention. She will usually tolerate it, but if she is feeling like she needs some special attention, she will usually let us know with tears and shouting!

Our Beautiful little LivBug is 6. I can hardly believe it, and I still wish everyday that I could come up with a way to stop time and spend every second I can soaking up my little kids.

Happy Birthday Big Girl. We love you, every second of every day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Moment In Time...Back to School 2012

And just like that...6 months old.

My Beautiful Baby Boy is 6 months old.

It's a perfect example of the age old, "Treasure these moments, you have no idea how quickly they go". In so many ways, Nixon seems like he has been part of our family forever, he just fit right in, from the very beginnning-knowing his role as "Child #3", and being perfectly happy waiting for me to finish dealing with his much less patient brother and sister.

  So, since I can't seem to get my act together and blog on a regular basis, and some days, I'm just not quite witty enough to come up with anything worth sharing, this is the post I have to make. Being the third, I know that Nixon's baby book it going to be lacking...
Who am I kidding, it seems that is something I suck at, so ALL of my kids will likely be disappointed with my lack of documentation of their early years.

  But, regardless, this counts as effort, so at six months old, my Happy Go Lucky little man has reached many milestones, and is still waiting for a few, just so Mama can enjoy what might be my very last experience with a baby!

Nixon Daniel Spencer
6 Months Old
14 lbs 10 oz
Sitting up on his own, babbling non stop,usually waking up once in the night to eat.
 Had his first taste of food (Home made brown rice cereal) on October 12, 2012, and his very first bottle (of breastmilk) on October 10, when I left all 3 kids at home with Daddy for the first time!

Nixon has the most laid back personality, he smiles so much, makes amazing eye contact, and loves to watch his siblings run wild. He is flipping himself from front to back, and uses that to move himself around a room, or to reach toys he wants.

He loves to be held by almost anyone, but he is a Mama's Boy, which may or may not be something I enjoy just a little too much :)

No teeth yet!

I have had such an amazing 6 months with this adorable little man, and I wish time would slow down so that I could enjoy these baby days that much longer. Although, who knows, with a personality like his, maybe he can help me convince Cody that one more would be a good thing.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Just when I think I'm getting the hang of this gig...

Sometimes the slow cooker works better if you plug it in. Pouring coffee isn't something you should multi task, and a 3 year old should never be left alone with a 2 year old and an orange marker. Today is just full of lessons learned, and it's only 11 am.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Fat Pants...

Can I brag about being back in my pre-pregnancy jeans if they are actually the jeans I wore 2 pregnancies ago, when I hadn't lost the weight from my first pregnancy?

Yes? Ok, good.

How about if my muffin top spilling out over the top of these jeans is semi-covered by a nice jacket? Still good to go?

Alright,what if I have to undo the top button to sit, walk, breathe or talk on the phone, and the second I close the front door, I peel them off and put pajamas on?

You know what? I'm gonna count it. So, yay for me, I'm back in my too tight, fat squeezing pre-pregancy jeans. Yippee!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

My 3 Year Old

I know I am supposed to say time has flown, but for anyone who has spent much time with Pierce, you know, some days can drag on and on...

He's our handful, our busy body and our charmer. He may exhaust me day after day, but this little boy can make me smile more than any other kid. He has an unreal sense of humor for a toddler, and he works it in any way he can.

The list of amazing things about Pierce could go on and on, but some of the definite highlights for him right now are almost all related to his exceptional Gross Motor Skills. This kid is a Superstar!

Pierce Kenneth
3 years old
41 lbs (Bigger than his sister is at 5 years old!)
Size 10 feet, also bigger than Alyvia

Pierce is a true athlete, with an interest in almost every sport. He loves hockey, baseball, soccer, and anything else that means he is moving. He has been riding a balance bike for almost a year, and 2 days before his third Birthday, he is riding a pedal bike with NO training wheels! He is a daredevil on his bike, scooter and skateboard. Sometimes, it's better if I just don't watch!

Pierce had a great time on our summer holidays to Portland this year, but one of the best parts of it was how comfortable he became in the water and how much his swimming has improved. We were lucky to convince him to get into the pool before that trip, and now we can often even get him to put his face in!

Our Little Dude loves Mac and Cheese, and would eat it for every meal, he wears his hockey or dirtbike gear almost every day, and some nights, we have to go and peel it off of his sweaty body once he falls asleep. Everything is all about hockey, every book, every game and almost every conversation!

He is loud. Like, SO loud. He is talking more, after some hard work in speech therapy, and has some really great questions and thoughts that we are finally getting to hear about!

Pierce is so attached to Cody, he is his little sidekick. In some ways, I truly worry that we may have done some damage to him by having Cody work away for so long. The poor guy doesn't let Cody use the bathroom alone some days, and cries when he has to go to work. His Dad is truly his very best friend.

P is a "Go hard or go home" kinda guy, and he throws himself 100% into everything he does. He plays hard, tantrums hard, and sleeps hard. He is the busiest guy I know, but has the smile that makes me want to chase after him!

Happy Birthday to my Handsome, Energetic, Amazing Little Dude.