Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noah is 11 Months

This crazy boy is 11 months old! He brings so much fun and spunk to our family. Noah is a busy boy, but he likes to go with the flow. This past month he learned how to stand up all on his own (without the help of using any objects for support.) So he will just stand there, flapping his arms, swinging around Christian's wooden sword, until he eventually falls on his bottom. It is pretty cute. No steps yet, but I am certain they will come soon- gotta keep up with big brothers! Noah cut his 7th tooth (bottom right) and is eager to eat everything that Christian and Lucas are eating. I hate to admit it, but he can snarf down hot dogs and chips like no other (they're healthy for 11 month olds right?!) It's amazing the things that you let your third child do that you wouldn't even think of with the first. Of course, he loves black beans, and I am still feeding him pureed foods to make sure that he is filling his belly with something healthy. He is developing some chunky thighs though. ;o) Noah is fitting into 12 month clothes and still wears size 3 diapers. His favorite toys include Nerf gun darts (he loves to put them in his mouth and chew,) tossing around wooden blocks, cuddling with stuffed animals and his swaddle blankets, and basically anything he can get into- plastic bags in the pantry, "helping" unload the dishwasher, unrolling toilet paper, getting into trashcans, etc. It is hard to believe that he will be a ONE year old in only three short weeks. *Tear*

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mowing Mowing Mowing

And the mowing adventures continue. So funny seeing these 3 cuties mowing the lawn together. :) I can only imagine how hilarious it will be when all FOUR of my boys are mowing the lawn. Guess we will need to get another play mower by then.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Noah is 10 Months

Seriously, how is it that Noah is another month old? I think it was just yesterday that he was born...but instead he is crawling everywhere, up the stairs, pulling himself to standing and holding on with only one hand (he's pretty stable,) getting into items in the pantry, sprawling toys everywhere, and learning how to use his voice! He kind of shouts when he wants attention, not that he never receives any with two big brothers who love playing with him and holding him. For whatever reason, Christian calls Noah his "little dire boy" ? Noah is a pretty good eater overall- still not keen on all veggies and prefers fruit. But he loves black beans and wants whatever big brothers are having. I didn't even realize it until it was already there, but Noah cut his 6th tooth on the top left within the past week. So now he has 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom- kinda funny lookin'. ;) Noah loves to cuddle with his little Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. I haven't really noticed him gravitating to any particular toy, but he does try to put every. little. thing. in his mouth...it's amazing what he finds, and what he can fit in there! It can be kind of a challenge since Christian and Lucas love Legos and rubber bouncy balls, and all sorts of little toys. Noah is definitely enjoying exploring and learning and playing.

Update: This Monday, 8/18 Noah had a well checkup and weighed 18 lbs 11 oz, putting him in the 9th percentile for weight and was 29 inches tall, putting him in the 49th percentile for height for boys his age.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Christian's First Camping Trip

Christian and I (Steve) took a camping trip to the KOA lakeside just north of Fort Collins in early July. Despite the potential for rain we loaded up the Jeep with treats, firewood, and camping gear and headed to the site. As I frantically tried to put up an 8 person tent before the rain started Christian happily fished in the lake just next to the tent site. What a perfect spot!

The tent was set up just as the rain started, so Christian and I hid inside to wait out the storm, where we proceeded to snack, tell stories, and play sleeping bag monster until the rain stopped. Once the storm passed we headed out to explore the rest of the campground. First stop was the paddle boats on the lake, which were closed until the storms were out of sight (we had to put this on our list for next time). Instead we hopped on some pedal bikes and rode around the whole campground. After working up an appetite we ordered pizza for dinner (easy mode camping). With the day drawing to a close we started a roaring fire and made S'mores for the rest of the evening. 

Early the next morning we set out to enjoy more of the campgrounds. After biking around some more we played a round of mini golf before heading back to clean up our tent site. The trip was short but it was an absolute blast. Did I mention that Christian fished in the lake every opportunity he had (any spare moment.) We will definitely be camping soon, perhaps with Lucas as well. Never too early to start getting those camping legs :)

When we returned home Christian was so excited about the adventure that we immediately went to the backyard to recreate his experience using the kiddie pool and some grass and weeds as "algae" (which is all we ever catch). 

We will be camping again soon! -SDR

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lucas is 2 1/2

Oh sweet Lucas, already 2 1/2 as of June 26 (Yes, I am behind again.) Here is what Lucas is up to these days:
  • Lucas has an excellent vocabulary and puts sentences together. We are impressed by how much he knows and verbalizes.
  • Lucas loves books, trucks, pushing his toy lawn mower or firetruck, exploring, and is often in his own little world. ;o)
  • He still very much attached to his dear doggie and blankets.
  • He generally loves playing with Christian, but has become a little rough with Noah especially as Noah is becoming much more mobile. Lucas really loves Noah, and often wants to get him in the morning by opening his bedroom door. ("Wanna get No-mah."
  • Lucas LOVES to go to "Pawnga and Pawnga's" (Grandpa and Grandma's) house and "Ne-na and Papa's" - so blessed to live close to both of our families and all of the cousins!
  • Lucas likes to "go" and often doesn't want to go back home after our outings. ("Wanna go home" - actually means [Don't] want to go home. - Gotta love the world of contradictions for a 2 year old.)
  • Lucas is definitely displaying some "strong opinions" and becomes easily frustrated these days. For someone that has an easy disposition, I am ready for this phase to pass....
  • Potty-training has been a bit of "challenge" this time around, but we are truly hoping that something with click sooner rather than later.
  • Oh yes, and candy- Lucas has always been a pretty good eater, but he has definitely developed a sugar tooth. (I have no idea who he got that from!)
Love, love this sweet boy on easy days and hard days alike. He has the sweetest smile and brightest eyes, an adventurous spirit, and spunky personality. We love you Lucas Jude!

Compare: Christian at 2 1/2

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Please stay small. That is all. ;)