Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Last Thursday was the boys preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch and since it's always so much fun Phil took the morning off so we could go as a family. It was a beautiful day that started off chilly but quickly warmed up to just over 70 degrees and it was super sunny so most of our pictures are filled with grimaces rather than smiles : (
CTE
Thomas getting papi kisses
TCE
Classic Thomas face where he looks like he's in pain but is really just deep in thought
Since Caleb's head is round like a pumpkin I bet you can't find him in this picture!
(In case you are wondering, yes it's always this beautiful in Portland : )
Caleb
Little Eli!
Family pic atop of the haystack pyramid!
With the pumpkins they picked out. At home we took out the seeds and seasoned and toasted them. The boys did most of the work and they came out super yummy!
Caleb rolling the giant pumpkin
Phil took this picture and posted it to instagram with the caption "getting corny at their pumpkin patch field trip"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Comparison

I found a picture of myself making a similar expression as Thomas did in a certain picture so I thought it'd be fun to compare them. At first I thought we were the same age but now I think I was 5 yrs old in this picture (I should ask my mom to make sure, maybe later). I definitely see lots of resemblance but there are also a few differences as well. Thomas' hair and skin complexion is lighter. My hair line is farther down my forehead (to put it nicely, heehee, they have Phil's forehead). My nose is a bit more defined and my eyes are a bit bigger. Anyways what do you think?

I got the opportunity to be a parent volunteer one day at the boy's preschool. It was fun seeing what their life is like when I'm usually not around : )
They did lots of playing first thing
After morning playtime and arts & crafts it was snack time!
A different parent brings a snack each day. 
Off to play in the gym.
The boys got to be the leaders of the "train" since their mom was the volunteer and the kid who's parents provided the snack get to be the caboose : )
Eli in the firetruck he always hogs : )
This is the same gym that hosts toddler open play. I've been bringing the boys here since they were 18mo old and this year they got all new toys for the gym. This motorcycle is the only original. I still remember how badly the boys wanted to ride this but just couldn't reach the floor with their feet cause they were so little, aww miss my babies!
Thomas in the police car he always hogs : )
After school fun!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One More Week Of Summer

A couple weeks back the weather turned cooler and wetter. I decided it was time to put away all our summer clothes and bring up all our cooler weather clothes especially since it was almost October. Then just like that we were graced with another week of summer like weather (and perhaps even more because the forecast is still looking good into the next week). After ALL that work! Oh well, I can't complain since it's been beautiful!
TEC at the zoo!
The blur!
The boys are really into drawing right now.
It always comes and goes in phases, they get really into it and
 then later they could care less for it!
The boys were playing "garbage man," so they tore up half a dozen paper bags and spread them all over our bedroom. What the ketchup is for I don't know, but I'm really glad Phil caught them before they used it!
Gallivanting towards preschool!
Post preschool fun at the park : )
Thomas
How he likes to swing : )

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Papa Ed Jackets

I pulled out these wind/rain jackets for the boy to wear and immediately Eli called them "papa Ed jackets!" and then I remembered that papa Ed does have a very similar jacket : )
Caleb is giving his brothers a ride in his "ATV"
Last week after preschool
Thomas has moved on from trains and is now drawing firetrucks!
Funny Stuff Said

-As we were heading out to the car these two ladies jogged past us and Caleb out of the blue says "esas senoras van a matar ardillas" ...translation: those ladies are going to kill squirrels 

-Eli, asks "Mami, papi tiene chichis chiquitas?" ...translation: mami does papi have small boobs?
Me, "yes he does" (because men technically do have breasts).
Eli, "quiero venga mama Elda, mi dice papi tiene chichis chiquitas" ...translation: I want mama Elda to come so I can tell her that papi has small boobs.
Me, "oh ok."

-A classmate of the boys told his mom that there are three Thomas' in his class, ha!

-It was a rainy day and I had just put some new sweat pants on Eli. I was mentioning to him how comfy and nice it is to wear sweatpants at home when it's cold and rainy outside. Eli seemed very grateful for them and said they felt very very nice ("muy rico" were his exact words). Then he asks, "mami tiene sweatpants?" (mami has sweatpants?). Me, "no, but I need to get some." "Mami tiene rainjacket?" (mami has a rainjacket?) Me, "nope."

Then Eli says, "Eli crece alto fuerte mi va tienda, mi compra rainjacket pa mami, mi compra sweatpants pa mami!" ...translation: When Eli grows big and strong (their way of saying when they become an adult) I will buy mami a rainjacket, I will buy mami sweatpants!
Me, "thank you, that's so nice of you!"

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FOUR!!!!

CET are 4 years old!!!!

I've said this before but 4 feels sooooo old! Three seems really little, still baby/toddler like but four is a big boy! The boys are doing great and becoming so independent, they can zip up easy zippers themselves, Eli is wiping his own butt (and doing a really good job) and the other two aren't far away. They can ride a bicycle without training wheels. Their sense of humor is growing and surprise me all the time at the jokes that they get and laugh at.

Unofficially the boys are 37 inches tall and weigh almost 30lbs (I will get official stats at our 4yr check up a month from now). Still very petite, this summer they wore a mix of 2T (shorts/pants and a few tops) and 3T (tops). They wear a size 8 toddler shoe but I think their feet are actually 7.5. As fall and winter approach I've graduated the boys to 3T pants (yay!) but I have a feeling we'll be in 3T clothing for a loooong time! Seeing as how they only grew 2 inches from 3-4 so from 4-5 they should grow less than that right? Anyways, we are finally tall enough for the ikea play area, woohoo! Can't wait for the next rainy day!

I don't feel that the boys behavior has miraculously changed as we are leaving the terrible threes (which was far worse than two btw) and turning four. But over the last several months there has been significantly less tantrums but still too much crying for my taste (maybe this is a multiples thing, I don't know). After never giving in to a tantrum maybe they think if they just cry loud enough they will get what they want. Sorry ain't gonna happen! I will say one miraculous thing as started to occur, the boys are developing shame (just a smidge but it's there and increasing). Not the type of shame where they are embarrassed to be naked but the kind of shame where they are embarrassed at what people think of them. For example if we are in a public space and someone starts acting bratty I just say, "(gasp)! you stop that! look at all the people looking at you and thinking what a badly behaved boy you are!" It has stopped them in their tracks several times now, ha!

We are also still napping!!! I mean how many kids do you know that still nap at 4?! I can count them on one hand so the fact that they still do makes me very very grateful. Can we go till 5? I really doubt it but for now we are going strong, albeit it's not ideal because the boys wake up at 7 am (or a little earlier) and nap from 2-5:30 pm and then bedtime at 9 pm (or a little later). We occasionally try to see if they can go without it but they always seem to really need it. They can miss one day ok but certainly not the next day or they can skip a long nap if they can at least sleep for 30 min in the car or something. I really should have them take shorter naps and just wake them up early but it's hard to beat the peace and quite especially when I can finally sit down and read or watch some Guiliana & Bill, ha!  I've decided it's just too hard. Anyways, for now I'm milking nap time it for all it's worth : )

Wait how old are we?
They really didn't get the whole get excited cause you're 4 thing, ha!
Three or four, what?
Caleb (it worked better individually)
Eli
Thomas

Monday, September 22, 2014

Honeycrisp Season!

Regretfully we missed blueberry picking this summer (we were in Cali) and then time got away from me and we also missed peach picking season. But I am so glad we didn't miss picking honeycrisp apples, they are soooo delicious!!! I'm also glad I didn't go over board like last time and buy 20 lbs, just 7 lbs to keep us munching all week long : )

Thomas didn't waste time and found himself a little treat
Phil was away on a backpacking trip so a friend and her daughter came with us
Love Eli's expression here (far right)
Another cute one from Eli (middle)
Caleb
This is what happens when I yell "everybody hug!"
"This land is great!"
Eli and I
This would have been great if I had taken off my glasses, doh!
Close but no cigar!
The boys with our little friend following behind : )

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ready For School!

The boys are ready for school!
We've been riding our bikes a lot lately!
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Our first ever family bike ride!
It feels a little unreal that we are at this point in the boys life, I mean it was not that long ago that we were fumbling baby carriers and strollers. But yet here we are, everybody pulling their own weight rolling down the sidewalk and headed to the park. I can get used to this!
We took the boys out to pizza
(the boys would live in these shirts if I let them)
After pizza we stopped to get desert.
We love Tonallis on Alberta, they have great ice cream and donuts for cheap!
Phil and I like to say that Caleb sure knows how to relax, I mean just look at the way this boy sleeps, ha!