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DOUBLE DIGITS in July…. Davey is TEN

DOUBLE DIGITS.

ONE DECADE.

TEN YEARS.

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How in the world did we get to this point?!

How is my sweet, baby boy…

my first born…

how is he TEN YEARS OLD ALREADY?!

This oldest boy of mine…

he’s pretty amazing.

He’s ridiculously smart.

(Principal’s list x4 last year?!)

And he’s funny.

And a little bit crazy.

He loves to read,

play board games,

play video games,

watch movies,

watch tv,

and spend time at home.

He’s more of an introvert than an extrovert.

He prefers to be at home.

He hates running errands.

Even if it’s to pick out legos for himself.

He prefers smaller groups of friends to large crowds.

He’s fun-loving and energetic.

He loves basketball.

But he chose soccer camp over basketball camp this summer.

He still loves to swim and dive for toys.

And he’s light enough that Daddy can still throw him pretty well.

He’s still on the smaller side of average.

He weighs in at 52.8 pounds (2.68%).

He’s 49.75 inches tall (2.87%).

His growth spurt will come.

Eventually.

He’s grown into a size 1 or 2 shoe.

He’s in a size 7 bottom and a 7/8 top.

This amazing kid of mine is about to be a FIFTH GRADER.

Gulp.

He’s going to play the clarinet in band.

(We’ll see how that goes – he seems to have my musical ability.)

This silly,

goofy,

loving,

kind,

caring,

considerate,

crazy,

sweet,

friendly,

intorverted,

oldest Munchkin of mine LOVES being a big brother to a little brother.

Sometimes he loves being a big brother to his sisters.

He loves being part of our family.

This kid of mine,
he’s a thinker.
He doesn’t make decisions or choices easily.
He weighs all sides of every choice.
He takes his time.

He thinks things through.

And then he second guesses himself.
And he finally makes a choice.

But sometimes he changes his mind.

This kid of mine wears flip flops or lace-up sneakers.
There’s no in between.

He prefers to wear “Saturday clothes” (sports shorts)

but I’m the mom and won’t let him wear them to school daily.

He thinks all shirts that don’t have something on them are church shirts.
He won’t wear collared button-downs anymore.
I can’t reallly get him into a polo shirt anymore, either.

Just “nicer” t-shirts.

He wears shorts year-round.
There’s usually about a week of cold weather in January or February that requires pants,

but otherwise, it’s shorts ALL. THE. TIME.

This great kid loves to think.

He drive me crazy with his attention to detail.

And his memory.

He’d be an amazing lawyer –

he’d never forget a detail of a case and he’d catch the opposing witnesses in any lie.

He started doing some programming/coding this summer.

Not much, but a little.

This kid loves sugar.

Soda (favorites: Pepsi and Dr. Pepper).

Candy (favorites: Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat).

Treats and sweets (like: cookies, RK treats, ice cream).

But he’s a pretty good eater.

I think we fought the food battles when he was younger and it’s paid off….

he doesn’t complain about meals (unless he’s sick)

and he knows he needs to eat all of his dinner to get a treat.

He likes Thai food and Vietnamese food and Asian cuisine….

plus burgers and mac-n-cheese and PB&J.

This kid,

he made me a mom.

And I couldn’t be more thankful for him.

He came into this world a month earlier than expected

and he’s been a joy and a delight to our family ever since!

Happy 10th birthday,

my first-born son!

I am so thankful for you!

Love you bunches, Davey!

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Only a little late…. Alex is SEVEN….

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She’s SEVEN.

For real.

This baby girl of mine -

almost eight years ago, they told us that this baby girl

MIGHT not be born alive…

or might be born alive but wasn’t likely to live long,

or who might live awhile but have serious issues….

this PERFECT little girl of mine is SEVEN YEARS OLD.

Take THAT, science!

Sorry.

Every year I can’t resist the digs at science.

And I wish I could go back to that doctor in seattle and show them this sweet and loving girl.
This precious LIFE that they offered me the opportunity to end.

Stupid doctor.

But really,

this girl is amazing.

Every year she grows by leaps and bounds.

She still knows NO strangers.

Everyone is her friend.

Her best friend.

She LOVES people.

She fully embraces them.

Every age.

Every sex.

Every color.

Every personality.

She loves them all.

Seriously.

ALL OF THEM.

She still loves to cuddle and snuggle.

She wants to sit on EVERYONE’s lap.

And if that person chooses to read a book to her?

Or multiple books?

Seriously.

You’ll be BFFs forever.

FOR. EV. ER!

She’s reading like a mad fiend.

She’s comprehending math and is getting the answers right.

She’s adding and subtracting.

Despite this, she’ll be repeating 1st grade this school year.

She just needs the extra time.

And it’ll be good for her to be “ahead” of the other kids in some areas.

Especially since she’s so far behind in her writing ability.

She loves to laugh.

Especially at the sound of burps and toots.

Seriously.

She’s like a junior high boy sometimes.

She still likes to tell jokes.

Jokes that she makes up.

Jokes that she makes up that don’t make any sense.

She loves to play games.

Especially go fish,

hide-n-seek,

tag,

“family” (in my day we called it “house”),

and anything with sand or rocks.

Or anything with her big brother and sister.

Or anything with her baby brother.

Basically, she just likes to play.

And always with friends.

She tried soccer camp this summer and did pretty well.

She’s still petite.

Very, very petite.

She’s wearing a size 5 bottom

(and many of those are way too big on her waist)

and a size 6 top.

She weighed in at 34 pounds (0.14%).

She stands 40.25” tall (0.28%).

Her shoe size is 9.5 (again, sooooo tiny)!

This amazing little girl brings so much joy, sunshine, and laughter into our home.

She learned how to swim this summer and she’s doing AMAZING.

She still loves to practice riding her skateboard.

But she still can’t balance well enough to actually ride it.

She loves to ride her balance bikes (she has BOTH hand-me-downs from D&S).

This girl is also frustrating on so many levels.

She doesn’t listen well.

She doesn’t obey right away.

She doesn’t grasp the concept of “personal bubble.”

She asks “what?” ALL. THE. TIME.

But then she gives you a hug.

Or a huge smile.

Or she laughs….

And she gets away with it all again.

She has an enthusiasm for life that I wish could be bottled.

She can frequently be found running and cheering (“woohoo!”).

She loves to encourage people.

She loves parties and celebrations.

She still loves to watch Daniel Tiger,

Super Why,

Minions,

Frozen,

Frozen Fever,

Moana, and

Monster Math Squad.

She LOVES Thursdays when we go to Summer Movie Fun.

But she MIGHT be into the movie theater movies for the popcorn.

And the candy (we buy it at Dollar Tree).

She’s a little obsessed with Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems right now.

But Pete the Cat will forever be her first favorite(s).

And Biscuit. Never forget the Biscuit books.

Her favorite toys remain her dolls and stuffed animals.

She’ll play with them for minutes.

Sometimes for hours.

She’ll try to carry them ALL around the house.

ALL. OF. THEM.

Her favorite seems to still be her original Beanie Boos.

This 7-year old girl of mine is a medical marvel.

She’s sweet and cuddly and adorable and fun.

She’s loving and kind and gracious and caring.

She has a sensitive heart (especially when others are hurting).

She’s empathetic and sympathetic.

I’m so grateful for her life.

Happy 7th Birthday, my dear Alex.

Always know that you are LOVED beyond measure!

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Ten Months Overdue…. Sam is EIGHT

TEN MONTHS LATE…

So 10 months ago, this girlie girl of mine turned EIGHT.

EIGHT.

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This amazing girl,

who is ridiculously smart,

wants so much to be even MORE grown up.

I still remember when she was born.

My labor was horrid.
(Can you say “back labor?”
Can you say “epidural that only worked on one half of my body?”

Can you say “came out sunny side UP instead of DOWN?”)

But despite all that pain….

and despite giving up SO. MANY. FOODS. while I was nursing her,

and despite the MONTHS she spent screaming,

I still remember her as a beautiful
(and bald)

baby girl.
A girl quick with a smile.
And a laugh.

A girl who LOVED life.

Correction, LOVES life.

This girl started Kindergarten almost three months before she turned 5.

(She’s the youngest kid in her entire grade).
This girl qualified for the academically gifted program by the end of Kindergarten.
This girl is loved by her teachers.
At school AND church.

This girl is loved by her friends.

This girl is loved by other adults.

This girl is VERY WELL LOVED by her parents.

And siblings.

And extended family.

When she turned 8,
she was EXCITEDLY anticipating being a big sister (again).

She’s not perfect.

She’s got the attitude of a teenager (and has since she was 5).

She hates being told to do things.

She loves helping – but on her own terms.

She wants so badly to be older. MUCH older.

She gets frustrated easily.

She gives up easily.

She doesn’t like to work hard for things.

She doesn’t think about the consequences of her actions.

She won’t brush her hair.

She always “forgets” to brush her teeth.

But despite those things, she’s amazing.

(Heck, none of us are perfect).

This girl loves school.

She loves her teachers.

She loves her friends.

All of her friends are her BEST friends.

This girl wants to be a teacher herself.

And an author.

She’s planning to write during the summer and teach during the school year.

This girl fiercely loves her family.

She loves family movie night.

She loves eating out at restaurants.

She usually asks for burgers or sub sandwiches.

(We never have the latter).

This girl wants to wear high heels all the time.

She wants to wear make-up (“for real” – um, no. you’re 8. barely.).

She desperately wants her ears pierced.

She wants “in” on all adult conversations.

She has ears that hear EVERYTHING.

This girl does cartwheels EVERYWHERE.

ALL. THE. TIME.

She loves gymnastics and dance but doesn’t want to take classes for either.

She’s not the sport-y type.

But she claims she loves to run.

And she enjoyed soccer and volleyball camps this summer.

And she’s playing volleyball (with her friends) this season.

She loves clothes.

LOVES clothes.

And shoes.

Oh, the shoes…..!

And shopping.

It’s seriously her favorite pastime. (i’ve taught her well).

She loves to make crafts.

And to write stories.

She wants to help in the kitchen more.

She wishes she were an amazing cook.

But she’s proud of the few dishes she can make
(grilled cheese, mac-n-cheese, scrambled eggs, toast…).

She’s still afraid of heights.

She wants to wear (real) glasses.

She’s adventurous.

She learned to ride a longboard this year.

She’s a great “little mommy” to her sister.

She loves to read. Even out loud.

She loves roller coasters and theme park rides….

as long as they don’t go up too high.

This girlie girl of mine…

Her smile lights up my days.

Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Her attention to detail is uncanny.

Her fashion sense is pretty on-pointe.

Her helpfulness is a gift to this tired mommy.

Her friendliness is a treasure to many.

Her life is a blessing to those who know her.

This girlie girl of mine… I can hardly believe she’s EIGHT.

I love you,

dear Samantha,

and pray that this is a fantastic year for you!

(photo dump):

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