Monday, April 21, 2014

Closer to kindergarten

Last week, the Museum School had a pizza night for all of next year's new students and their families.  I didn't see much of Jude throughout the evening, but when he ran up to me at the end of the night, he said (out of breath),

"Mom!  Do I get to start kindergarten TOMORROW!?!?!"

While he did not like my answer to that question, I am grateful for a few more months with Jude at home.  I thought sending my first to kindergarten would be the hardest.  Or maybe my last.  Turns out is going to be just as hard to send a middle child.  Almost daily I think about how much I am going to miss that little boy while he is at school.  But, my good-hearted, upbeat, positive, outgoing Jude is ready to take on kindergarten, and as sad as I will be to see him go, I am excited to see what he is going to do there.

Easter 2014

After days of rain and weeks of unpredictable cold weather, spring truly came on Easter sunday.  We had a great day.  We enjoyed Easter baskets, wrangled the three boys at the overflow mass at the church gym, ate chocolate, ran around outside, and hosted a potluck/egg hunt with the Helmses and Roberts.  We missed being with family, but with the boys' school schedule, new Easter traditions will have to be made here at home.  And I hope they always revolve around sunshine, friends, and Shelly's excellent ham :)

We dyed eggs on Friday night.  Good fun for a rainy night.  Jude chose a paint roller kit.  At the last minute we decided to create some food coloring vinegar cups also, to prolong the fun.  This was Rory's first year decorating eggs.  Like all things these days, he wanted to do it himself.  

Honey got the boys matching shirts and bow ties for Easter mass.  They all looked pretty handsome.  We were running late to mass so unfortunately did not get a better picture!

It was very special to share Easter dinner with the Helmses and Roberts.  We all met when we moved in to the neighborhood about 10 years ago.  Our dinners are little different these days, but it is so much fun to see our children grow up as family.  All of the kids are close, but it has been especially fun to see Rory and Avie grow up together.  They are only 3 months apart and are the best of friends.  For 2 years old, they are so incredibly interactive and caring with each other.  Hearing them giggle together is just priceless.  The sad news is that the Helms family is moving to North Carolina in two weeks, so we won't be able to hear their chorus of giggles so often anymore.  We are excited for them though as it is a great move for their family.  Here are some pictures of our crew of egg hunters.

I just had to get an up close of these two little ones.  You know, just in case, one day...  (Just an example of Rory's fondness for her...Avie was slow to get in line for the picture and the adults were encouraging Avie to stand next to her sister.  But Rory scooted over saying, "Make room for Avie.  Avie, right here.")

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What is that picture?

A couple of weeks ago, I showed the boys a picture.  They knew right away what it was.  "A baby in a belly!"  It was an early ultrasound picture.  A perfect little gummy bear.  But whose baby was it?  They had a lot of guesses, "Mrs. D!  Aunt Cae Cae! Aunt Kat! Ms. Jesse!"  Finally, we had to give them a clue.  Look at the name at the top of the picture.  Finnan started sounding it out "Ali.... Ali.... Ali...." Then Jude jumped in, "Alison!"  "Wait!  Alison!  Mommy is this your baby???"  When I told them it was, they both shrieked with joy.  They were both in shock and very excited.  It was just the reaction I needed after weeks of all day long nausea and exhaustion.  When we told Rory that there is a baby in Mommy's belly, he screamed, "No me!"  I am not sure if he meant, no, the baby was in his belly, or no, he is the baby.  But, since then he has showed me the baby in his belly several times and checks up on the baby in my belly.  Mostly, after lifting my shirt and looking, he concludes that the baby is all gone.

I am 13 weeks and my due date is October 17th.  So far, my pregnancy has been very different from the others.  However, I am still convinced I am having a boy.  Finnan thinks the baby is a boy as well and Atticus and Jude are saying girl.  Really, we have no preference, but we will find out the sex at my 20 week ultrasound.  We are just so excited to have a little more joy in our house.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A ball on the roof

Mama!  Me get it!  No me!  Mama!  Stay here!  Me get it!

You have got to love the confidence of a two year old.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fourth is the one with all the lego sets

First is the worst.
Second is the best.
Third is the one with the treasure chest.
Fourth is the one with all the lego sets.

Finnan was singing this little song this morning, immediately piping in "I'm fourth! I'm fourth!" at the end.  These past couple of months there has been a lot of building going on at our house, inside and out.  Legos have reached the status of obsession and new forts are erected almost daily in the backyard. "Fairy houses" (and villages) pop up all over the yard as well.  Fairy houses are tiny houses which can only be made of items from nature.

Working on a fairy house.  (It's a little tent made out sticks.)