This is a bit of a test post as I just got the app to post updates from my phone! Probably won't do it often but we will see! So to test it out.... Tired little Riley who fell asleep with the lights on while waiting for her turn to get tucked in. Sometimes it's tough being the oldest and most patient of the bunch!
So we finished up with the sickness, FINALLY, and Jack was finally healthy enough to go back to school, right in time for his birthday celebration! Well, turns out, that would actually be his last day of school. I ended up pulling him out of preschool for the foreseeable future, mainly because his preschool was pretty terrible with his allergies and I could no longer trust that they were going to be able to take care of him properly. So, home preschool it is from here on out for a while! More on that later...
This baby and this hat. I die.
And this guy turned FOUR. He got all his favorite things all day, including pancakes with powdered sugar.
Didn't make a mess at all. Not one bit.
A certain someone took a spoonful of yogurt and plopped riiiiight on top of his head.
Moves like Jagger, I tell ya.
The baby loves to read. Also loves to make a mess.
Toothless wonder with those big huge eyes (and very attractive expressions to boot).
So much fun to be had while Riley is in school! Park trips, riding scooters, playing outside, etc etc etc
And then, I did it. I finally just sat down and chopped off the baby mullet. He instantly looked way older, and Mark mourned the loss of the mullet for days.
Worker Jack and Cole sneaking fingerfuls of spilled sugar.
We started redoing our backyard, which means a lot of digging in the dirt, which means LOTS of worms, bugs and salamanders, so Jackson is pretty much in heaven.
Not to worry, not a rash, just Cole expressing himself artistically.
Look mom a salamander!!!!
Mom confession: sometimes, when both Riley and Cole get up way earlier than I would like, I send her in to read to him and that buys me a solid 30 minutes of sleep. He gets read to, she gets to read, I get to sleep. Win-win-win!
More to come soon-ish!
Getting caught up! Sooooo many pictures!
Jacky's favorite spot, waiting for daddy to come home from work.
Love this age (mostly). He is one FUNNY baby.
Jack is starting to like playing with Cole more and more these days. Sometimes it's nice things like peek-a-boo and playing with cars and building towers for him. Other times it's squeezing his head super hard or poking him repeatedly.
Outside is Cole's happy place. Even if his mama can't find matching shoes for him.
Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Or something like that. The Motley Crew.
This girl, my little bookworm. She reads at like a 4th or 5th grade level these days. Reads and reads and reads some more.
It seems a little bit silly, but I was shocked how proud I felt when she rode her new big girl bike without training wheels for the first time. She was a little bit nervous, but with the help of her daddy, as soon as she realized she could do it pretty much right away, there was no turning back. She was super proud of herself, full of smiles. She kept looking at me with the biggest smile on her face, me smiling back at her, but on the inside all EYES ON THE ROAD, CHILD! :)
Then a bunch of iphone photos- raining walks to school , check ups with nakey babies taking pictures of big sister.
Someone decided they wanted to be held quite frequently, so we tested out the ergo in the house. :)
Riley got her very first pet- freddy the frog (tadpole)... we'll leave that as a to be continued tale....
And then, things started to take a turn for the worse. It started with Jackson- he gets sick a lot in the winter months, and with his asthma, he usually gets it pretty bad. Well, this winter was no exception.
My littlest buddy!!
Riley would make them all wear these matching pajamas every single night if she could.
Fridays and Saturdays Riley is allowed to stay up late and read until she gets tired. I came in to find her like this.
Doooooo we think someone needs a haircut??
And then, another one bites the dust. The sickness REALLY hit this poor little family, with Cole going down hard. Sickest he's ever been :(
Jack ended up with pneumonia, Cole was miserable for about a week, and yup, you guessed it, Riley was up next. Sorry for all the selfies, Cole wouldn't let me put him down at all so, I get to be in all the photos. Hi!!
Riley was so sick, she would just sit down anywhere and just pass out. Shoes on and all.
This photo pretty much sums it up. ipads for everyone, sitting on a couch missing a cushion that had been vomited on the previous day. Thank goodness we all survived this month!!
Pretty much my favorite month of the year! Christmas crafts, lights, decorations, music, the works!
Our first Christmas in our new home, and we got a BIG tall tree! It took a few tries to get the star right ;)
Coley LOVES the lights and the ornaments. LOVES.
Now most importantly, NANA CAME TO VISIT!! All the way from New Zealand!
We went to see the lights in Alameda, and had lots of fun while Nana was here!
Christmas Eve at grandma's house
"Santa Grandpa" came to visit, as per tradition!
Then Christmas morning came, and Santa stopped by our house!!
We made this awesome sweater for daddy! Definitely saving it for next year (and the year after that)!
Jacky got his first real bike, and Riley got her first two wheel bike! She took it out for one spin with the training wheels on, and after that it was all two wheel riding for her!! So impressed with how quickly she learned!
New Year's Eve! Not quite the late night party that it used to be, but I think the kids made it until 9 or 10?
Cole loves making daddy a coffee. His "drink of choice" before driving us back to our house. :)
Oh yeah and December would not be complete without going to see Santa!!
And yet another holiday card that I designed, ordered, and never sent out. Next year. Promise.
Getting ready for Christmas!! Putting ornaments on at Grandma's house, Cole thought this was pretty much the most fun EVER.
And some video gaming with these two.
Lawrence Hall of Science. Our favorite.
Way back to October of last year, since I'm so far behind!! We have a favorite little hiking spot, which also happens to be great for some pictures!
This is a pretty standard result of any attempt to get any shots of the three kids together. Cole says NOPE.
When I still did preschool/kindergarten pictures of these crazies.
This little dude loves to destroy towers!!
Also thoroughly enjoys eating sand.
Farm day at preschool!!
I got Jack's hair cut, trying to be all cute and hip- I actually did really like it, but it required way to much effort to keep it out of his face, so we abandoned the look by the next haircut... but it was cute while it lasted!
The baby's current fave face.
Mad baby brother!! I think big brother took his truck, or something like that.
Halloween adventures! We went to a new pumpkin patch this year, closer to where we live now. It had pony rides and go carts and a huuuuuge area of corn. And pumpkins, of course.
Riley had her very first school Halloween parade! She was Grandma this year!
Riley has been sweet with Jackson, she loves to read to him, but he can only be convinced to sit with her with a very specific kind of book- namely trucks. :)
This guy! Walking machine (or just starting to walk, with those wobbly legs).
Carving pumpkins and being silly with a spoon.
Halloween 2015: A grandma, a minion, and a grandpa. The sweetest.
On to November!
Okay really quickly, September update. If I keep this up I will be caught up soon (ish)!
Cole is a PRO at busting any and all towers.
Ri and Jack have been loving catching and playing with Roley Polies these days.
The freckles. My FAVORITE.
Jacky had his first day of preschool, which was much different than his first day last year. No tears!!
Coley baby is about to turn one!! (Remember, we are back in September here) He loves playing with the shutters, dumping his food all over the floor, and trying to steal things off the table with his sneaky little hands.
At one he was crawling everywhere and cruising along the furniture, but not walking yet.
And eating his cupcake like a champ.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays we take Riley to school, and then it's just me and the boys for the whole morning. Cole typically naps, so really it's just me and Jackson.
He loves it. Love love loves it.
And every single day I have to walk in and wake this little guy up from his nap in order to pick Riley up on time. Luckily he's so easygoing he just rolls with it. But I always feel bad having to wake him!
(Above: Jennie came to town. Shared her Izzy with Cole at his b-day party)
Below: Cole says "ummmmmm hello? I want to come outside too!!"
Grandma's backyard is way bigger than ours, and super fun. :)
A little every day life.
Riley had her first club soccer experience, and it was fun! Not the best team (there were a few games where Riley was the only kid to show up!) but she had fun and that's all that matters!
And she perfected her mean "I'm gonna getchu" face.
Kids love exploring trails and going on hikes.
Especially hikes that end at a secret playground.
AND that have TRUCKS. Big big trucks!!
My busy fall is winding down, which means I have some more time to catch up on the rest of my life! I always get so sad when I realize how long it has been since I updated here! So many photos and events to share!
This post is a little bit Cole-heavy, but he isssss pretty darn cute!
Let's start with- the bruises! He bonks his head/face so much, he always has a bruise somewhere!
This month Mark took the big kids to Canada for a wedding, so it was just me and the little guy for about 4 days! He LOVED it. He got to play with ANY truck he wanted, and nobody snatched it out of his hands! Imagine that!
I took him to my studio for a few pictures, and by a few, I do literally mean only a few. He does not sit still EVER, so after I got a couple I just called it a day!
He got to have a solo bath, which happens NEVER, and he didn't even know what to do with himself! Also, sidenote- do you like our pink tub??
Eventually these crazies made it back to me, and our regular adventures resumed. Soaking up the last few days of summer before school starts! Went for a little hike/bike ride to the "secret playground."
This guy. So wild and crazy and fun all the time.
Mark likes to take the kids down to the high school to play soccer. Jackson is hilarious, he likes to do "big run ups" where he literally runs all the way across the field to kick the ball. Can you see the ball he is running to go kick??
Cole loves trucks and sand. And eating sand. And eating more sand.
Jacky likes sand too. :)
And then, it happened. My big girl had her first day of kindergarten. No, I did not cry (and neither did she, not even close). But man. I'm not ready!
More sand eating with red eyes from playing in the splash pad.
This guy LOVES to bust towers. So much.
Fishy face and eatin' stuff. Typical.
And THEN. We went down to Southern CA for my sister's wedding! Which meant BEACHES first!
Cole uses his abs to say HELL NO I'm not touching that.
And then Allison got married!!!
These two were perfect at performing their duties! Cole was less than impressed by the heat, however.
And this kid, man she is something incredibly special. She did a reading at the wedding. A full blown, grown up reading, into a microphone, in front of everybody. And she was awesome. Keep in mind, she is FIVE. Five.
This picture. Her freckles, her serious face, me holding the microphone for her... I love this kid more than words can ever describe!
And then there was Cole, the less than happy baby at this point lol. Oh welllllll!
Our family!!! Now if we could only get some cousins added in there (I want some nieces/nephews!!...hint hint?) :)
I have a tiny bit more to share from August, we got out family photos taken!! Somewhat of a disaster, but we did get some amazing ones in there! We'll save that post for another day...
There's really no hope of me being caught up anytime soon. But I'm working on it. So for now- JULY photo dump.
Jackson's hair is SO long now compared to these pictures! I'm afraid to get it cut because they always give him these crazy straight across bangs and I have to spike it up to not make it look ridiculous.
4th of July fun! Bike parade! red white and blue! Hooray!
Riley's favorite picture of Cole to date....
This looks so nice and peaceful. In reality Jackson was about to lose it since Cole was stealing the truck from him. But we can pretend they were sharing!
This "built-in" backyard sandpit was SO awesome. Until some random cat peed and pooped in it and it smelled so disgusting and was full of worms and overall disgusting-ness. Ugh what a massive hassle that was to get rid of. It's still a work in progress, actually.
Cole loves: cabinets, refrigerators, and the vacuum robot. Piano is nice too.
Sometimes, SOMETIMES these two are so sweet together.
The end! Happy July, a few months late.