Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kindergarten- an expected journey!

It's the end of an era.  Daniel is headed to kindergarten tomorrow and I'm already crying my eyes out. I'm going to miss him so much it.

I can't believe his time at home with me is as at an end. Once he leaves he'll never really be back. Sure there is summer, and holiday breaks but already a small portion of his childhood is slipping through my fingers. 

He's going to an amazing school and I actually heard wonderful things about his teacher just today. He has a few friends in his class. I am grateful to the Lord for the small tender mercies he's shown me and Danny as I release him into the world. I wish we could spend everyday flying kites and playing mouse trap. But Alas, he's on to the next chapter in his life. 

The past year I have dedicated the time when Sammy and Charlie are both napping to Danny. We've played board games, eaten popsicles, laughed and built legos together for the last year. We started off our "quiet time" around this time last year playing games like Mouse Trap, Candy land, and my personal favorite Candy Land 3000 (a creation of Danny's own).  On Friday we played Blokus and he was really good at it! I hired a babysitter a few times this last week so that Danny and I could go out together and get ice cream while Sammy and Charlie were napping. Danny was so excited to go with just me. I don't think anyones ever been as excited to hang out me as much as Danny has. My friend, my companion for the last 5.5 years. 

We have had so many adventures together and we had so much time to ourselves before little brothers came on the scene. I am excited for him because Kindergarten is so fun.  It is definitely a biter sweet moment.  

I made a small video for Danny capturing some of the highlights of his "stay-at-home" phase in life. We've done so much together! I'd like to leave a few words for Danny before you watch this. 

Danny,

I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for being you. You are caring, bright, patient and I'm so lucky to be your mom. Everybody at school is going to love you because you are so kind, thoughtful and generous. I'm so grateful that Wyatt made it possible for me to stay home with you, what a privilege! I know I wasn't always a perfect mom but I was always grateful to be home with you. You're future is bright and we love you very much. To end I'll leave you with these parting words...

You are braver than you believe
Stronger than you seem
and
Smarter than you think 

xo,

Mom




picked out his clothes for kindergarten today!

Went to find his "perfect" backpack let them play in the splash pad and bought them candy

Danny's "yes-yes" day! I told him we could do whatever he wanted on Friday (to mark the end of him being a stay at home-r)



Peter Piper Pizza for the win! Great choice Danny, it was fun.

Meet the teacher night

Meet the teacher night

Our Costco Ice Cream/Churro date!

Our Coldstone Date! Danny got cotton candy flavored ice cream :)



Thursday, June 28, 2018










In other news Sammy has started clucking, a lot.  It's equal parts hilarious and adorable! Some highlights include

- Nana Picock!
-Thank you mama Picock!
-No JaJee Picock!

Wyatt and I aren't sure why he started doing it but I'm here for it!

Picock!

PS Also Danny and Sammy have started playing "pretend" and It's so fun. Usually they are at the airport on their way to see Nanny but recently it's been them going to school. It's all really cute.

ALSO- All last week I was walking on air! I wish I would have blogged about it at the moment! I blame being on my period for having lost the moment! Last week was a dream! I was happy all week long! I have so much to be happy for. I love my kids, I get to stay home MY MINIVAN my freaking amazing stroller the list goes on and on. I am so grateful for my kids and our cute little routines. Ah the library! Danny's karate class Mcdonalds on fridays I love it all! I am spoiled and I am LOVING EVERY MINUTE!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018












11 Months already! How? When? It's all a blur, but a cute, happy blur! Sweet Charlie!

*He's got crawling down! He crawls EVERYWHERE!
*loves the water, he loves swimming and just yesterday I took him to the splash pad and he loved it! It was his first time actually interacting with a splash pad and he crawled around all over with Sammy and would bust into laughing fits when the water would shoot out of the ground.
*loves his mama! This boy is a mama's boy for sure!
*loves his family. He loves everyone in the family really, he just radiates love!
*Is standing up! He will crawl up to a baby gate (which if you've been to my house you'll know we have them all over the place) and hold onto the bars and lift himself up. Afterwhich he will stand there and bend his knees and kind of dance in place.
*no steps taken yet... but it's close! Not cruising along furniture either. He crawls super fast though, it's kind of freaky!
* finds every tiny piece of trash in the house and tries to eat it.

Oh Charlie! We love you.

Charlie 10 Months








Awe Charlie! He makes my heart burst! 10 months flew by, 10 months of love and happiness! My heart is full thinking about how he giggles at the funny things his brothers do and intently watches them throughout the day. A few things of note around the 10 month mark...

*perfected the army crawl- this took a while, towards the beginning of the month he decided he wanted to give it a shot but mostly laid on his stomach in frustration while trying to move himself forward. Somewhere around the middle of the month it clicked and he could slowly make his way across the room, backwards. Then finally at the end of the month he picked up speed and was successfully making his way through the house forwards.
*So so so happy- I cannot tell you how many people have stopped me while I'm out and about to say "I have never seen a happier baby". Charlie gives everyone his best smile and being around him is a total mood lifter!
*Loves his brothers, he really really loves his brothers (every once in a while Sammy will sit on him while he's trying to crawl, he does not love this)
* waving- He has waved goodbye! Every night when we put Sammy and Danny down for bed. I hold Charlie over their head (while they are laying in bed) and in my best baby voice say "Good night! Good night! Good night!" and proceed to have him pretend to steal their blankets and pass gas (I know it sounds so weird, but Danny and Sammy live for it!). As I walk out of the room backwards I have Charlie wave "bye!" and say "we love you!" as of late, he has been waving by himself. I think I started doing this back in September when Wyatt was gone for a week at a PA conference. It was a way to put the kids to bed and leave them smiling rather than crying as I left the room. We've been doing it ever since. Charlie was a lot smaller then and less involved as newborns are... awe!
*We all love Charlie! He is the apple of our eye. Sammy calls him Ja-Ji and it's kind of stuck.

WE LOVE YOU CHARLIE!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Our trip to the Zoo!
















There was something magical in the air on April 18 2018. It was one of those days where life just seemed too good to be true. The weather outside was gorgeous and I had a good nights sleep. I was determined to do something fun with the kids but didn't exactly know what I wanted to do. While researching parks in Gilbert I found the blog of some random dude who's family lived here in Phoenix for a few months back in 2012 before moving back to Japan. It was basically a travel lodge of all the different parks/ attractions he and his family went to. I read all of his posts and one about his family going to the Phoenix Zoo got me thinking "Hey why don't we go to the zoo?!". 
This is a big deal for me because of lots of reasons. First and foremost it's far. I have anxiety about driving far alone with my kids. What if I get a migraine? What if I crash? so many what ifs.
Second going to the pheonix zoo with three kids on my own seemed like a disaster waiting to happen.
Third, it would be expensive. 
All these things aside I made I decided spur of the moment to go! I told Danny to go pee because we were leaving and he asked where we were going and I told him "the zoo!" he flipped! Sammy did too, but I think he did because Danny did! lol. I almost didn't want to tell Danny where we were going in case I didn't make it for some reason (anxiety). 
I called my mom and told her we were zoo bound and that I hadn't planned ahead but just wanted her to be aware incase I go MIA or something. I didn't plan on going with anyone I didn't even tell Wyatt! I didn't want to jinx it.
After stopping at target for some snacks and extra supplies we made our way there!
It was one of the most beautiful fun "mothers" day I had. As in, this will always be a special day with me and my kids. Sort of like on the movie About Time where the dad is dying of cancer and he and his son decide to go back in time and revisit a memory they have of playing on the beach. This would be my About Time moment with my kids!
It was wonderful! The kids were good. Charlie was a dream and just happily sat in his stroller the whole time! He even took a nap in there! I did take him out for the splash pad which he loved. AFterwards he fell asleep in the stroller and the kids and I kept going. We visited everywhere! We did all attractions because we probably wouldn't be back for another year. It really was a magical. the type of day where you think "Being a mother is absolute magic!" 
Thanks boys, this is a beautiful memory I'll always hold dear to my heart! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Navidad 2017



Well here it is! Several months after Christmas I have finally finished our 2017 video. I love making these. I consider these videos love letters to my kids. They love watching them, I hope they continue loving the videos into adulthood. 

I had I hard time picking and choosing pictures/video clips for this video . There were so many smiling faces and loved ones. Happy times. So I thought I'd attach a few pictures that didn't make the video. Also, the "Baby's First Christmas" stocking is mine from my very fist Christmas (1990)!



Danny loves this toy. He looks for it every time we visit. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it's a sweet reminder of my kids sweet spirits. 

Haleigh and Evaleigh! We love these cute girls and the adorable babies they're holding too. 

This is the first picture I snapped of them on this trip. I swear they haven't aged in the last ten years. They are so fun and we love them! 

Married nearly the same amount of time, both have three kids. Brothers! 

The thing I said most on this trip was "come down Sammy" because he spent the whole time getting into places he wasn't supposed to ;) 


Happy Mama and her beautiful baby girl! This was Charlottes first Christmas too! 2017 was a good year! 

See that baby monitor? I carried that thing around like a beeper. I'm so grateful for modern technology that not only lets me hear my baby when I'm not in my room but SEE him too! Amazing. 


Eric's favorite burning fire Christmas show! It's on netflix! lol


A first for these newlyweds too! I guess 2017 was a year of firsts!


Oh Haleigh! You are the sweetest! 

I didn't realize that Evaleighs arm is place perfectly so that it looks like maddison's arm! Funny. I had to snap this picture because of the way Mads is looking at a sleeping Charlotte! 






Our fellow Arizonites -They will be migrating north in a few weeks. Alex is graduating! We are sad to see them go but excited for where their adventures take them next! 


Awkard family pictures. (fart transplant not picture) 







Will we ever have decent family pictures? 

just two boys and their nanny