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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crew is two

Jun 22, 2014
Our Baby Coo is 2!


Here are some fun facts to know about Crew at the age of 2:

Favorite Foods: yogurt, chocolate milk, candy, pirate booty, smoothies...pretty much anything 

If the fridge childlock is left open he constantly brings you the chocolate syrup saying "chocolate milk, please".  And as Macey says, "it's really hard to say no when Crew says please".  She is so right, so he usually gets his chocolate milk.
  

Favorite Toys: Miles' scooter (he now has his own), cars, balls, books, his raffy (blanket)


The start of the race before the tears came. 

Favorite Song: What Does the Fox Say   
Most nights you can hear him and Miles in their room singing it.  And trust me, it's adorable.

Favorite Shows: Elmo's World, Monster Inc.


Favorite Things to do: play the 'pad', steal whatever M&M are playing with, scream at 'Rudy', get chased by people, listen to Monster Inc story on dad's phone, play at the park, play outside with the neighbor kids, and anything to do with water.
While watching M&M's last swim lesson, I finally let him sit in the water and play, since it was his birthday. 



Funny things he has done as of late:

-When we walk by his favorite people ( The entire Everett Family) at church, they come outside, pretty much whenever he sees one of them...he starts screaming,  flapping his arms, and screaming "hahaha".  

- He has been getting in trouble a lot for being too rough with Ruby.  So, now he puts his head just close enough for Ruby's flailing arms to reach him and the moment she touches his face he starts crying and pointing at Ruby to indicate that she has hit him. Such a stinker.



- He is starting to understand rules and knows when he's breaking them, most of the time.  My favorite moment last week was when he got to the T of the sidewalk on his Mickey Car.  To the left is the parking lot with the playground on the other side (where he wants to go) and to the right is the way he is suppose to go to finish the circle.  

He sat there for a few moments.  He looked and pointed left and shook his head no.  Then he looked right and shook his head yes.  He did this a few times and you could tell he was having an internal struggle as to which way he should choose.  In the end he choose the right! We just sat on the porch laughing.  



- He is still obsessed with Ruby.  In the morning he runs right upstairs to where she is sleeping, behind a child locked door, and yells "Rudy, Rudy!" While trying to break in.  





Some of my favorite things about Crew...He still takes a 2-3 hour nap everyday, he loves to give hugs and kisses, the love he has for his 'raffies', how he gets loudly excited over things, his crazy hair, his contagious laughter, and how he always looks banged up, due to his inability to play outside without falling. 



Common Phrases:
Elmo over
Help, Please
Monster Inc.?
got it
Fox say
Ta da
Rudy Rudy
Boppy Boppy (translation- drink)
Rudy in there? (pointing at her covered carseat)

Love this giant 2 year old!
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nana
I love this giant 2 year old 2! He has certainly had a rough time lately getting his face banged up. Macey is right, how can you resist him. So happy he has his own scooter now. Cutest 2 year old!!
nana and opa
He is just too cute! We miss him and Macey, Miles and can't wait to meet Ruby!

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May madness

May 30, 2014
May has passed us in a blur of newborness, end of school activities, sunshine, and just plain craziness.

I feel like my life is full of extreme highs and extreme lows these days.  Luckily, I feel about a million times better than I did 3 1/2 weeks ago, so it is weirdly a welcome change.  

Here's What We've Been Up To:


NEW TICKET SYSTEM: 
My kids have developed some bad habits due to me being sick for 9 months, so I knew something had to be done, that involved very little yelling.  I had run across a ticket reward system awhile ago and decided to try it out.  

First, I came up with what each kid needed to work on and what I was sick of reminding them to do (turned out to be a lot).  For completing each task without being asked or whining they get 1 ticket.


The ticket then goes in their cup.  

The kids and I sat down and talked about what they wanted to earn with their tickets.  Luckily, Pokemon cards have become HUGE in our neighborhood and that is what M&M had their sights set on first.

Miles earned 20 tickets in record time and can I tell you how much more pleasant our house has been?!

I got a little mean though and when they talk back, whine too much, are completely out of control in a public place (miles), or come upstairs when they are suppose to be sleeping...they owe us a ticket. It is amazing the difference it's made, here's hoping we can keep it up for the summer.

Gymnastics Showcase:

Love The Little Gym, especially for Miles.

Miles needs to move a lot in order for him to function and his Little Gym class was an answer to my prayers in the dead of winter.

He kind of got the best teacher ever too.  She was always positive and patient, and never showed her frustration when Miles was being less than cooperative.  

She was just what he needed.  And she earned lots of hugs and kisses from this kid for her effort. :)

Macey loved her Hip Hop/Gymnastics class too.  Macey gets frustrated very easily when it comes to things that are hard.  The positive curriculum of The Little Gym was perfect for her and I loved watching her try new things without crying or getting upset like she normally would.


Warm Weather Finally Arrived:

I think the cold weather is finally behind us and we've been taking advantage of it before it gets too hot. :)

The pond is one of our most favorite places, sadly too many people know about it now though.  As a result I will no longer be giving anyone directions. :)

The kids play happily for hours in the sand and need very little assistance from me...the best kind of place. 


We've also been able to watch movies in our backyard and invited some of our favorite neighbors to join us.

Pokemon cards are the current trend in the neighborhood and my kids spend a large amount of time trading.  I love listening to their negotiating skills. 

We've of course spent some time at Farm Country, pretty sure I have at least 100 pictures just like this and my kids are still in love. 

Macey has figured out the best way to relax after a long day in first grade, 
reading a book in the sunshine while enjoying a popsicle. Can't wait till I'll have a free moment to join her in one of my favorite pastimes. 

In other Macey news, she saw Paul's new magnet on the fridge (he always puts his favorite Domo billboard magnet there).  

and asked me:
"Mom, you don't work at Domo, so why does this say you do?"  
Love first graders. :)


Mauling Ruby: 

The boys, especially Crew, are still obsessed with Ruby or "Rudy" as Crew says.

We've had a few close calls where Ruby has almost been squished, but luckily she has survived these very non-gentle boys thus far.  

Soaking up the Newborness:
One of our favorite pastimes of late is laughing at the funny faces Ruby makes.

 Sometimes the boys get a little jealous though and try to get us to laugh at them instead.  This particular time, Crew dumped out the diapers and put the garbage can on his head and then they ran around like the crazy kids they are.

It was pretty entertaining. 

Unfortunately, Ruby slept through her first meeting with one of her future bff's.  Lottie was obviously more excited about their first meeting, as she managed to be awake for a few moments.  

The moment Ruby cries, Miles makes sure she has her pink "Raff".  I love it. 

This is how tummy time usually ends.



Ruby loves to be out and about in her carseat, so we've walked to Target about a million times.

And seriously, love me a chubby (sleeping) newborn.



End of School Activities:

Macey had her first grade program last week, which was adorable.  She had one of just a few speaking parts and did a great job.  I especially enjoyed her animated dancing during the songs...pants unbuttoned and all. :)  

Dance Festival was this week and Macey once again rocked it.  This girl loves to perform.  

I have video of both, but I am too lazy to figure out how to get it on my blog as Paul is still at work and due to a particular fussy baby I only have one hand. I'm sure everyone is extremely disappointed.   



Just one more day of school and then preschool graduation Saturday, until summer officially arrives!!

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angie
Your ticket idea sounds excellent. I may have to try that here. It sounds like a lot of work keeping up on passing those tickets out for every little thing, but I guess it's the same (but opposite) of nagging/yelling when the bad behavior is coming out, only a lot more fun for everyone. I bet it will work wonders all summer long. Isn't it crazy how much more rough and tumble babies can handle than we thought with our first ones? Siblings do a lot to help us figure that out... ;)
Ejs
She is soooooo cute, the pict of her sleeping on her tummy ahhhh perfect. Glad you got a new ticket system.
Ejs
She is soooooo cute, the pict of her sleeping on her tummy ahhhh perfect. Glad you got a new ticket system.

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18 months

Dec 19, 2013
Our baby is looking and acting less and less like a baby.  


And more and more like a typical crazy toddler.



Some things to know about Crew at 18 months:

-He is obsessed with all idevices and has been known to get into my phone, even with the passcode on.

- He is very social and loves to get out of the house and go places.  I often have people comment to me, as I am unloading the car, that it sounds like I have a dinosaur in there.  Nope. It's just Crew, screaming out of excitement, ready to see what we are doing.  

- His favorite things are balls, books, his blankets, and Miles' dinosaur toys.  He also has developed a love for the Villain figurines in Macey's princess box.  I often walk in on him growling and attacking while playing with Maleficent or Ursula.  



He also likes guns and swords. Yep, he's pretty typical boy.  


- He is better with silverware than the other 2 kids.



- He has also developed a love for the Dinosaur Museum and freaks out the moment we pull into the parking lot.




- Words: ball, bye, up, ap (apple), ba-ba (drink), mom, dad, h-sound (holly), raf (blanket), thank you, peez, eyes
  animal noises: T-Rex, anything else that growls, dog, duck


I am kind of obsessed with this noisy, happy, crazy boy.  Not to mention his curly hair and long eyelashes.  My new favorite thing he does...Run up, grab my legs, make a kissing noise, and then says "thank you" once he receives his kiss. Yep, he knows how to work the system.  Helps to make up for the millions of messes he creates for me during a typical day.  


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nana and opa
He is a happy, sweet and lovable little boy! We love those big blue eyes and curly lashes!
Hhhh
I'm so glad you count the H sound as my name on this official list :)
Angie
What a doll! I cracked up that he likes the villain figurines. Makes me think of of how Jack was already doing a "bad guy laugh" with me before he could talk.
Nana
I love how excited he is about everything. He is so happy & smiley. How can you resist that face & curls. He sounds like someone else I know who would look at me with big blue eyes, curly hair, rosy cheeks that would look up at me and say I love you mom, especially if she might get in trouble.

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School pictures

Oct 25, 2013
Love school pictures.  There's just something about that background and the classic head shot that makes me happy.  




Macey is still loving first grade.  Her favorite subject is math and her favorite thing about school is still recess.  I'm so happy she is loving it and that she has so many sweet friends to spend the day with.  

Miles' preschool class got lucky and had the talented Holly, of hrob photography, come do their class pictures.  Miles was pretty excited for Holly to come to his preschool class and as a result we actually got pictures of him smiling and looking at the camera.



He still gets mad when he finds out it's a preschool morning, but he always excitedly runs from the car to his school when I drop him off.  When I ask what he did he still responds, "nothing.  me just look at the wall." But, he says it with a sneaky grin, so I know he's teasing me. 

He can't even make it to the car before he shows me all the stuff in his backpack and he loves hanging his school work on the fridge the moment we walk in.  There is an obvious theme that stretches across all his work too...T-Rex. 



I'm so glad he's loving preschool and that his teachers have a lot of love and patience for this boy.  

In Crew news, this kid is into everything and has discovered how useful stools can be in order to get things just out of reach.



An example...Tonight Macey made chocolate covered marshmallows for our neighborhood Halloween Carnival.  We covered them in saran wrap and pushed them to the back of the counter, thinking they were safe.  



A little later I see Crew walking around with one of our marshmallows.  Sure enough he had pulled the stool over, pulled the marshmallows to the edge, and sneakily took one and only one marshmallow.  If I hadn't caught him with the evidence I wouldn't even of noticed he'd taken one.  


These kids sure do keep me on my toes and make sure I have very little time for things like napping.  


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Nana
Fun update of all the kids. Love their school photos. Crew is one sneaky little guy.
Nana
Fun update of all the kids. Love their school photos. Crew is one sneaky little guy.

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