Thursday, April 24, 2014

Picture of the Week - 4/24/2014

So there's only a month left of school this year.  WHAT???  How did that happen?  Crazy how fast this year has gone.
Last weekend was Easter and we had a great day!  My parents got tickets for the whole family to see the Lion King as part of our Christmas gifts.  The show was an Easter Sunday matinee.  It was really really cool!  I know Lion King has been a stage show for like, forever, but this was our first time to see it.  (Remember that we get to approximately 2.3 MOVIES a year...  a stage show is a big deal!)  The boys did really well.  I think it helped a ton that they were familiar with the story line and mesmerized by the costumes.  The candy Berber had stashed in her purse didn't hurt either!
After the show we went back to my sister's for our egg hunt and dinner outside.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  It was just a really lovely day!  I hope you all had a great Easter weekend too! 
Have a great week everyone!  Enjoy the beautiful spring weather!  (And an updated picture of my BOYS!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Picture of the Week - 4/17/2014

I thought I'd share a couple of funny Beckett stories today.  Our youngest is a TRIP and a half!  Love him to pieces - even if he is causing me grey hairs!
From the time Beck could laugh he's had what we refer to as a maniacal laugh.  He would make a perfect villain baby!  If you heard it, you would agree that it sounds, at the very least, mischievous! 
There was a time (a million moons ago) when Spencer was a baby and we caught him quietly pulling wallpaper off the wall from his crib while he was supposed to be napping.  When I caught him doing that, he was so stunned/hurt/shocked/guilty that he sobbed uncontrollably for a LONG time.  We recently had a similar situation with Beck.
Bob heard strange noises from Beckett's room during a nap and went to investigate.  When he opened the door he saw Beck messing with the giant cardboard "B" we have on his wall (it's a decoration).  Bob said "Beckett! Stop!" 
Instead of breaking down into tears, Beck looked his dad in the eye and knocked the "B" right off the wall with a flamboyant flick of his pudgy little wrist.  And then he laughed his maniacal laugh, "Ha ha ha!"
We typically bathe the little boys in the big garden tub in our master bath.  We have toys in there and a big bottle of bubble bath and another bottle of shampoo.  The boys know that they aren't allowed to touch 1) the hot water handle and 2) the bottles. 
Beck was in the bathtub one day and Bob got called away to deal with something for Zane.  When he returned, our naked little 2 year old had a hold of one of the forbidden bottles.  He knew he was busted! 
So he quickly put down the bottle and put his hands behind his back.  Without Bob saying anything at all, Beck turned from side to side, a searching look on his face and said "Hmmmm... ... ... where's that...  ... ... thiiinnnngggg?" 
He's the picture of innocence I tell ya!  LOL
Background...  I drive a black car.  Bob drives the 11 year old, stinky, falling a part, stinky, grey, stinky, minivan - which he affectionately calls the "Man Van".  Beckett sometimes gets confused about who drives what car and why, so we talk about it a good bit.
One day on the way to school, Beckett asks Bob, "Daddy, dis your back car?"  Bob responds that "No.  This is the Man Van.
Beckett responds, "Oh.  Ok.  Daddy, dis your back Man Van?"  Zane helps out here and says, "No.  The Man Van is Grey".
And a moment later, Beck again, "Daddy, dis your gay Man Van?"  Bob, over a somewhat successfully stifled giggle, "Yes.  Yes it is!"
Beckett is 2 going on 6.  He's kind of a riot!  He's definitely not for the weak of heart!  Once again, I am comforted by the knowledge that God really does know what he's doing because that crazy child is the perfect exclamation point for our little family!  (Now, if only we could get him to poop in the potty...)
PS - The paper Beckett is working on in the pictures is Spencer's homework.  NOTHING is safe!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Picture of the Week - 4/10/2014

Pollen!  I saw a cartoon this morning that said that pollen is the snow of the south.  So true!  I don't even suffer from allergies, but this time of year you can practically taste the pollen.  Bright side...  it's definitely spring down here and we may see our first 80 degree days this weekend.  Woot Woot!
Quinn got home on Sunday from his trip with my parents.  I know I talked at length about these 10 year old trips when Spencer took his last summer.  You guys, I just can't tell you how cool it is that Berber and Pappy are willing to do this.  I don't want anyone to think that because I'm not going to write paragraphs about Quinn's experience that I don't think it was every bit as fabulous as Spencer's.  The trips were as different as the boys are, but the experiences were equally as impactful.  Short story - a great time was had by all 3 of them and my mom and dad are pretty darn awesome.
I really loved looking at pictures of the cruise and hearing about the ship and how much Q loved the kids clubs.  I think part of my interest is that we will be taking a very similar itinerary next May.  This cruise made me even more excited for our trip next year.
But first thing's first!  We are ramping back up in lacrosse and have games/tournaments scheduled every weekend until Memorial Day.  Fun!  Then we are taking off to celebrate my cousin's wedding (Hi Amy) which happens to be on our 17th anniversary.  I'm excited for the mini-family reunion and some family time away from home.  Right on the heels of that trip north, we'll be heading south for our beach trip.  Phew!  Time's flying - and good stuff is coming!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Picture of the Week - 4/3/2014

What's new with you?  (Really - write back and tell me!!!  I love hearing from you all!)
There's lots of stuff going on with us, which is a bit odd since it's spring break and life has taken a momentary slow down.  The big guys don't have school this week (so no homework - yeah!).  We also don't have any lacrosse practice this week since the coach is at the beach.  So evenings are remarkably open.  No practice plus the fact that we are (finally) adjusted to time change means we have time and energy to DO STUFF in the evenings.  Nothing wild and crazy...  but we play in the back yard and watch shows with Spencer and *talk* and go out to eat.  It's lovely.
You know what's not lovely...  sitting at work and seeing everyone's spring break pictures.  I'm green with envy!  I wish we were someplace fabulous.  But, alas, spring break trips have never really been our "thing" and so we are home and working hard to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and the chance to relax a bit.  The only problem - we are missing QUINN! 
Quinn is on his "10 year old trip" with my parents this week.  They are on an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas.  If you know cruise ships at all, you probably know that the Allure is the biggest ship out there.  I can't wait to hear about all the fun stuff they get to see.  I was so excited yesterday when they landed in St. Thomas and were able to call!  It was good to hear from them!  I am missing them all - a bunch!  The picture of Quinn is from my mom - and I love it!
The other big happening this week is that Spencer just started his Phase 2 orthodontics experience.  We knew he would have to go through another round of braces when his adult teeth were fully in place.  So we spent an entire morning of his spring break at the orthodontist.  To add to Spencer's pleasure, we are also trying to fix a tongue thrust issue he's got going on, so in addition to the braces, he was fitted with tongue spurs.  If you want to feel bad for him, do a Google search.  The first 24 hours was really bad...  he's doing MUCH better now, but still learning how to eat and talk and stuff.  Good times. 
This weekend we are planning a trip to the zoo, just for fun, and then will be anxiously awaiting Quinn's return (and my parents too!) on Sunday.