Ruby is 3.

May 17, 2017
Three. 3?!



Favorites:

Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Color: Pink
Best Friends: Roman and Izella
Favorite Toys: Baby dolls, dr. Kit, princess figures
Favorite Princess: Belle
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk
Favorite Food: Cereal (but she's not picky yet, she eats almost anything)
Books: How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, Baby lit fairy books, Alice the Fairy


Ruby loves all things girly, but is not girly at all.  it's pretty funny.  She loves all things pink and princesses, but has no idea how to be soft with anything.  Almost every toy she owns is broken or dented.  her baby dolls are about as dirty as she gets by the end of each day.  



Her favorite pastime is to beat up on Crew.  She has a very hard time sharing her toys and is not afraid to get down and dirty to get it back, which is why she beats Crew up a lot.  

This is what I got when I told her to smile

She loves to go to the park and play outside with Izella and Roman.  She is always watching for her friends outside and wants to go out as soon as she spots ANYONE (neighborhood dogs included).  



She still sucks her two fingers and rubs her belly button when she's tired.  


She does not like to get her hair done.  To be contained.  Or told what to do.  Thus, she still has a lock on her door.   


But, she does like to do what the big kids are doing.  So, that is at least helpful at after dinner chore time.  Not so helpful when the other 3 are climbing rocks, jumping into the pool, or climbing on the tops of very tall slides.  

She was very spoiled on her birthday and she loved every moment of it. 


Minnie Mouse pancakes, as requested. 

Lots of pink princess presents.  


And hugs all around.  


I think the favorite part of her day was that all the kids wanted to play with her and her new toys.  




She still refers to Crew as "Crew-Crew", makes my heart happy.  


In typical Ruby fashion most of her toys have already had to be repaired (stroller, minnie couch, and princess tent). 



There are so many things I want to remember about her at this stage and then so many things I hope to forget too. :)  


She's spicy, sassy, loud, cuddly, friendly, opinionated, strong, playful and very loveable.  


This girl runs the house and no one seems to mind too much.  She was meant to to be the baby of this family and we all love our Wild Ruby.  


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Schools out for summer

Jun 6, 2016
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!  



He of course had his moments.  You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming.  But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.  
 


I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee.  She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.  

first day of kindergarten vs last day


She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him.  I might of shed a tear.  This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade.  :)


Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.  


first day of 3rd grade vs last day


Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher.  One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?"  :)  



Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.  



And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)


We did our normal end of school stuff.


And met our friends at the park, like we always do.  


And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!


We have a lot of kids!

It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!! 

We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying.  :)  



Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.  

Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!  




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Yes, he is really 35 now.

Apr 14, 2016
Paul was a bit sad about getting older, so we made sure to celebrate in style.  


Paul is not a fan of sharing his birthday with St. Patrick's Day, so we made sure to get the leprechaun business out of the way first thing.  


Then it was onto breakfast meats and presents.  


The real excitement came though that weekend where we celebrated where every 35 year old dreams...Nickel City


Pizza, video games, friendly competition, laughter, good friends, and laser tag.  




It doesn't get much better.  And I realized I am much too out of shape to play a 15 min. laser tag game. :)  


This getting old thing really isn't that bad after all.  




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angie
I love the autographed photographs of Paul on the guests' plates! That's hilarious.

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Back to School

Sep 8, 2015
These 2 have been back in school for a few weeks now and I am finally starting to adjust.  


We did our annual back to school brown lunch bag dinner.  Miles loved being one of the special kids. :)




Macey was all excitement for the start of 3rd grade.  


She DID NOT want me to drive her to school, she wanted to ride the bus.  But I won, and got to drive her.  Although I was instructed no pictures.  :)


I was proud of myself for not crying after drop off, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated to loose my mini BFF.  


This girl is growing up and is rocking 3rd grade already.  


love her.  


Now onto Miles.  


He had his kindergarten assessment during Macey's first week of school.  It was anything but smooth.  There was crying, hiding, screaming, throwing of objects and a refusal to follow directions.  Pretty much it was horrible.  


The good thing is, after that circus act, they at least gave me the teacher I wanted him to have. :)  And things have been mostly on the up from there.    

Miles had lots of nervousness and excitement about the first day.  


I was preparing myself for an all out wrestling match to get him to stay.  But he did awesome and surprised me with how brave he was.     


Not only did he get the best teacher, he also got some good friends in his class, which has made it so much easier on both of us.  


I didn't shed any tears until the drive back home, which was a vast improvement from Macey's first day of kindergarten!



While he's had a few episodes in class, he has a great teacher who is willing to work with him and knows how capable he actually is.  


Macey picks him up everyday after school and Mrs. Lee said she's never seen a brother love his sister like Miles loves Macey. :)


I am thankful for wonderful teachers who love, teach, and take care of my kids when I can't be with them.  



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nana
How did they get so big? Miles smile for his school picture is so him, love it. Macey loving all holidays except your favorite Halloween. =) Macey looks so grown up. Mrs. Lee is right Miles love his sister. Love these kids!!
andrea
This is so sweet, Kelsey. You are such a good record keeper. I wish I would have asked my kids those questions every year!! I love how much Miles loves Macey. Too sweet! Macey looks so tall too :)
angie
You just exude good mothering to me. The way you talk about, love and worry about your kids, the pride you show in them... it's inspiring, Kelsey.

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crew is 3!!

Jul 1, 2015
Crew is finally 3!!

Even though he's been the size of a 3 year old for over a year now.  And the entire time he was 2 he was mistaken for a 3 year old, and lately a 4 year old :)




Favorite Color: orange
Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper
Favorite Show: Super Hero Squad
Favorite Movie: Monster Inc. University
Favorite Song: The Final Countdown
What do you want to be when you grow up: Super Hero
Best Friend: Jakey
Favorite thing to do: Drive in the car and go to the dinosaur museum
Favorite Toy: any sort of weapon
Favorite Food: Pizza



This kid is always on the look out for Dr. Pepper cans left unattended.  



3 words I would use to describe Crew: sensitive, adorable, friendly 




Crew thinks he's one of the big kids and tries to do whatever Macey and Miles are doing.  



Luckily, him and Ruby are looking like they will be bff's, just like M&M.  He adores her and always calls her "my baby".  Anytime he meets someone new while we are out, the first thing he does is tell them about "his baby".

  

I still hold out hope for him and Miles being friends though.  Since they share a room, they spend a lot of time playing when they should be sleeping and get into lots of trouble during the bedtime hour.  Multiple times a week I hear "Miles!! Wake up!" or "Crew, wake up!", when the other one still wants to play.  Then during the day, they go back to pretending to dislike each other. But, I know the truth.    



Like Macey at 3, he is a constant talker and tantrum thrower.   Like Miles at 3, he loves to kiss, cuddle, and get into trouble. Lucky for him, we find him adorable and he just wins you over with his eye lashes and kisses. 



Crew loves super hero's, especially "punch guy" aka the hulk.  He loves any sort of weapon and we have acquired a wide variety in the past year. 



I can tell the 3's are going to be trouble with this kid, but he's so cute, I'm just going to have a try to laugh through it instead of cry. :)


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nana
Love the 1st picture of him. He is a little Kelsey likes orange & DP. He is so cute with Ruby!
nana
Love the 1st picture of him. He is a little Kelsey likes orange & DP. He is so cute with Ruby!

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