Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Genes

I didn't get the sleeping in gene. Actually, neither of my parents have that gene either. My sister just defeated the odds.
That's why I am posting this at 5am on a Saturday that I'm not even getting to run run until 6am. 
Gene pool. 
It's so funny what your babies get from each parent.
Ty is my old soul kiddo. His heart = enormous. His compassion is not something you can teach. He's just got it.
He loves to take are of others and he is a gentle giant. 
Some samples of recent school work...

So proud of him.  Kindergarten work.  Love my hard worker.  He wants to be first and be the best in school.  He's well ahead of grade level and he's shocking us daily with the books he's able to read.  Yes, it's his second year of Kindergarten.  Yes, he should be ahead of grade level.  But, this is one decision that I can confidently say that we are completely happy with our decision to do 2 years of Kinder and we will be doing the same with Ace.
 
Ace Man...
Up until recently, Ace was only at school for the party.  He loves the social life, hates nap time, and wanted to hang out in the gym all day.
Tuesday afternoon he "FINALLY" got his word lists to read.  He's been doing short vowels, long vowels, beginning and ending sounds and some color words and short sight words (I, the, am, at, no, yes, etc.).  But now he's "officially not a baby anymore because he can read...".  Yes, he was dead serious.
He got his first word list Tuesday and he already knows all the words (like..40 or so). 
School is all the sudden cool for him.  All because he is "reading like my Bro does". 
He also loves Jesus and will praise the Lord with the best of 'em but my boys likes the stage.  He loves to sing.  He loves to dance.  He loves attention.  He loves to make people laugh and usually he can do that naturally.

We say all the time that Ty looks like Todd and Ace looks like me. 
Ty is built like my Dad and Ace is built like Todd. 
Their personalities...oh my.  So alike, yet so different.
Both blondies...Ace is a complete cotton top.  Ace's eyes are bluer than blue and Ty's fluctuate with the color he has on.  The are obsessed with Legos.  They love all sports.  Not just one. All.
They hate jeans.  They want Under Armour or Nike clothes on at all times.  If it's that, it's church clothes and they are only doing that on Sunday.  They do like to wear cologne and have fancy hair each day (just some gel makes it fancy, fyi).
Ace is my lovey dovey one now with me.  Ty's my sweet, boy MOST of the time. Ace is my little pistol that knows when to turn on the Mama loves. 
And, Ace thinks he's going to be touring with One Direction soon...

Our house is like a Glee episode all.day.long.
I know this will all change throughout the years and that's the beauty of being a Mom, but these boys are at such a fun and innocent age right now.  Life is good...
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Mid-October Update

October means...
2 boys wearing fall-ish clothes to church. Monogrammed. My days are limited, I know...
It means...
He wants a red rider BB gun for Christmas.
No really, how cute are these back to school pics we did to commemorate his first "real" Kinderg arten year. We did a full session. In love!
The boys are in the middle of a swimming  session and bowling league now. Fall ball wrapped up for both of them and we moved right along. We have a short break of golf for Ty until it goes back to indoor but that's not stopping putt-putt sessions at Golfland. 
Ty and I had a date night there with his school...
We had a blast. 
Between the boys classes, church, and sitter field trips the boys have rocked out their social calendar: pumpkin patches, the museum, the parks, ice skating, BP and bball with Daddy, and the library. We spent fall break in town (boo...this time last year we were sailing on the Disney Dream) because of work schedules but never fear, we have some surprises up our sleeves very soon. 2 of them actually.
The boys are going to be Mario and Luigi for Halloween and they're pumped. Our preacher calls them these names because of their (and his) love of Fazoli's.
And, because Ace always keeps us doubled over in laughter...
video
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

End of Summer 2014

Summer is almost over.  And by that I mean summer temps because this girl doesn't get a summer.  And by that I mean Mama still works during said summer temps.
However, we have lived it up.  And laughed.  Because...
This kid.  There has not been one day of my life I haven't laughed at an "Aceism".  It may have been laughing through tears...but I have laughed.  
We're planning a November Disneyworld trip with my sisters family and my parents.  We had to measure the boys with shoes on to prepare for our Fast Passes and it's official.

Ty's tall.  This kid is wearing size 10 pants, size 4 shoe, and he's probably going to be on top of the baseball bat growth chart before the 1st grade.  
I kind of like it.  I was always the tallest kid in class until the boys "finally" caught up to me. He looks so much older than a Kindergarten kiddo.  He's my "old soul" kid.  Sure he has his "6yo" moments when he's tired or hangry (angry/hungry) but he is seriously so sweet and kind and his heart is just...good as gold.
See?

And then Acey.  Oh, what a pistol.  I'm cracking up at his picture because it's just so him.  His shoes are on the wrong feet.  He doesn't care.  He put them on so he is perfect (in Ace's world).  He's such a big personality.  I wonder where he gets that from?  
He recently began quoting movies.  And reading site words.  And inviting friends over to our house without asking anyone.  
PreK has been an adjustment for him but that convo is for another day.  Ace is Ace and I love him more than words.  He knows the way to my everyones' heart.
Arm candy and my terrible addition.  Coke.
Fitbit?  Obsessed.  15k steps per day.  I run every morning and it's still hard to get 15k steps in each day.
Poptarts for the win.
Can they not sell these things in bulk on Amazon?  This particular picture was on game day.  Reds game day.
Dude was pumped.
Now if I could only find them at the store again....
This is what happens when friends spend the night after the first 3 days of school, Mom comes home and says "lets go eat breakfast at the park" and then the kids play outside for 4 hours.  I tried to wake him up for lunch before his baseball game and he was out.  
He's cute.  Yes, he's my kid but he's cute.  He knows it.
This poster was supposed to be a homework assignment for him.  I wish I could have seen him present the poster to his friends and teacher.  It's sums him up nicely.  And, it also shows his personality because...it's big.
Here comes Labor Day.  Here comes our official "end of summer".  Here comes slumber parties, a date night, swimming, the zoo, birthday celebrating, breakfasts with friends and an agenda that keeps getting more full.
I kind of love it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Patti's Place Perfection

Last Sunday night we celebrated Todd's parents Birthdays and anniversaries at Patti's Place.  
I mean, delicious doesn't come close to describing how good the food was. 
Checkout the meringue on GG's pie...
But the pictures...these are some of my favorites...
The end!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dear Mrs. H

I may or may not actually give this letter to you. I don't want to be THAT Mom.
Except I am.
My baby. My Ty Man. Well, he wears his heart on his sleeve. He may be bigger than the other kids and even look years older, but he just turned 6.
I love him.
I know you will too. Promise. He's happy. He's a friend to everyone and he makes sure others are taken care of. 
He likes to talk. He gets it honest. He also likes to be first in everything. He gets that honest too. 
Competitive? Yep, it's in the genes. 
He likes sports...golf and baseball are his favorites but during basketball season he'll probably tell you basketball is. 
He needs his sleep and if he's bored, he just may rest his eyes accidentally.  I blame it on his allergy meds. Or, just blame it on the genes too.
Our family? We're pretty close. We laugh. We love to travel together as often as we can and we're going to Disneyworld this fall. Ty will be talking about it I'm sure.
Ty loves Jesus and he may talk about church and even pray for his lunch. I pray that he does.
Ty's best friend is in the class across the hall. They've been buddies since their Mama and I were pregnant at the same time. You'll know what I mean when they're high 5'ing in the hallway.
If I'm really honest with you, I'd pay big bucks if you'd install a webcam to your classroom. I know you can't but...
A part of my heart will be in your classroom everyday this school year.. While I'm working, I'm constantly wondering what my boys are doing. Without me. 
And while you're teaching my child, someone is doing the same for your child.
So thank you. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your willingness to teach kids every day that really aren't yours.
We stopped by school last night and we prayed. We prayed for the school year and the safety of everyone in the building. 
We prayed for the teachers and students
We prayed for school lunches and Ace, Ty's 4 year old brother, prayed for cool pencils and the slides (the playground was in front of us.). You'll probably learn quickly about "Ace-ism's". 
We thanked God for him having a hand in placing our baby with you.
We're excited and I've shed a few "happy" tears today.

But, we're grateful. 
Hugs to you. And, pass one on to my boy for me. He likes 'em.
Audrey