Friday, May 22, 2015

Under the Lights

Ezra and Asher had the opportunity this past spring to play on the same soccer team. It was really special for both of them to be teammates. This spring season had a lot of rain! A LOT! They had quite a few games rained out, countless practices cancelled, and even a few make-up games rained out. This particular evening was the boys' last game of the season and it was a make-up game. It was special because since it was a make-up game, the league had to sort of squeeze games in where they could. This game ended up being played at 8:00 at night, but it was on turf and under lights. The boys felt like professionals! They had a great game and won their last season game 5-1. 

Asher got to take the corner kick for this particular penalty, and he ended up with an assist!

Monday, May 11, 2015


Ezra turned 11 today. How quickly the days pass as this boy of ours grows into a young man. Ezra came up early this morning and asked if we could look at his baby book together. It was fun flipping through the pages of his childhood, remembering so many firsts. It also brings to mind once again how quickly these days pass. I so wish we could slow down time and enjoy these moments for longer. But it doesn't work that way.

Ezra's brothers are always excited for birthdays and today was no different.
The birthday boy and his faithful furry friend, who seemed to think the picture was of him.
Ezra got a Kindle, as well as some cleats, soccer tickets and a few other trinkets.
He wanted sticky buns for breakfast (which he made himself) and then peanut butter pie for dessert. It was a fun day celebrating our oldest. What a gift you are, Ezra! We love you and are so proud of you! Happy birthday.

Friday, May 8, 2015

This Kid

Uzziah is a character and we love this kid! He makes us laugh a lot without even trying. He's happy to be himself and loads of fun.

He is very independent and likes to do things on his own. He really likes to choose his wardrobe (often multiple outfits a day). This particular day, he must have determined it was "backwards" day because every piece of clothing was inside out and/or backwards. From his undies on backwards, to his pants on backwards, to his sweater both inside out and backwards, to his shoes on the wrong feet. When I asked him if he wanted me to help him turn things around, he promptly replied, "nope."
Solomon and Uzziah are becoming fast friends and playmates, much to my delight! Today they were playing Star Wars. Solomon was Luke Skywalker and Uzziah was "Garth Vader." And please do note, Garth Vader is saying "cheeeeeeese!!" very loudly in this picture, because of course, Garth Vader would say that.
And again today, Uzziah wanted to go inside to grab his "sun gwasses" because it was bright outside. He came outside and proclaimed, "Here I am!" Not only had he found his sun glasses, but he also found a clip on tie and was pretty proud of himself. We love this kid so much!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Solomon Wrote His Name

I have been working recently with Solomon on writing his name, but he has never seemed to quite grasp it (or so I thought). Then one day at speech therapy, his therapist was giving him a series of tests. One particular test gave him a series of three instructions to follow: stand up, touch your head, jump. His therapist told Solomon to get a piece of paper, get a pen, and write his name. So Solomon did just that. Vince immediately texted me and said, "did you know he could do this?" 

Solomon continues to grow and mature and meet new milestones that leave us excited and thankful. Nice work, Solomon! You're doing great.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kevin Learns to Slide

The boys are truly enjoying having Kevin as their dog. I'm grateful because Warnie, while a fine dog, was not dearly loved by our boys. Warnie dearly loved mom, and really couldn't care less about anyone else in the family. But Kevin is a family dog and the boys adore him! The boys have taught him a few tricks like shake. They are working on roll over. And just recently, they taught him how to go down a slide.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool's Day

Every year, around April 2, the boys say they wish they would have been able to play an April Fool's Day joke. They then talk about all the things they'd like to do next year and we commit to one another that we will remember to plan a practical joke the next year. Then the next April 1st rolls around and we realize too late that we've forgotten, yet again. But this year, this year, we remembered!

Vince was working away from home on April 1st this year, and he so happened to drive his car. So after he left for work, the boys and I worked on blowing up balloons.

Uzziah worked really hard to blow up a balloon. He had no success.  But he had fun, so really, that's all that matters.
 Then we carried all the balloons out to the van.
And the boys filled dad's car with balloons. It was a fun practical joke and finally, we remembered April Fool's Day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Visit to Grandma's and Grandpa's

A few short videos from our most recent visit to Grandma's and Grandpa's house.