Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunny Days

Just some pictures from the last couple weeks...

ECT after story time at the library
The stump sprouted new branches!
We discovered a new park and it's amazing!
If you are local you must check out Westmoreland park, we could spend all day here. I didn't take pictures of it but they also have this huge sand/water area that's super cool : )
Thomas
Can you find the hidden Eli?
We had some friends over and there were a couple guitars out so Thomas went and got our decorative (but functional) ukulele and joined in the fun!
The sandlot boys, they just need their baseball hats : )
We had a picnic at our local park today and Eli said "picnics are my favorite!"
Thomas thought it was so funny to ride with his handlebars backward : )
Caleb had been arguing with us about how you make applesauce and I found it so funny I started recording...the boys responses crack me up!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Noah & His 3 Sons

A week from last Friday was our Commemoration of Jesus' death so we dressed in our best!
I let the boys pass the bread this year, which they did great but I told them they'll have to be much older before they can pass the wine : )
The morning of the commemoration we talked about the significance of the bread and the wine, then I gave them a little quiz, here are their answers (well mostly just Thomas and Eli answer)...


The next day we had a congregation drama party and the boys and Phil did one of the skits.
Phil played Noah and the boys played his sons Shem, Ham & Japheth. 
The boys did so well, even better then when we practiced it!
Noah and his sons.
Hey maybe his sons were actually triplets : )
They probably didn't have neon yellow sandals back then but that was the closest thing we had, ha!
Back stage getting ready
With some friends 
These robe/dresses have become the boys favorite pajamas, they wear them all the time now. I may never have to buy them pj's again, haha!
Here is the video of the skit the boys and Phil did. If you watch any of it at all I suggest just the last 30 seconds of it when you can hear the boys prerecorded voices. They sound so cute saying "I will help you father" and "yes father! (only they say it in Spanish).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Personalities 4.5

I started working on these updates back in November, shameful! I finally got around to finishing them and posting. The first picture that accompanies the personality update is a picture I took at home before picture day at school last month (I was too cheap to pay for prints, other than one class picture)...

CALEB

Caleb is our "cool dude," he's laid back and doesn't sweat the small stuff. Caleb loves to say gross stuff too because he knows it'll get a rise out of those around him. He'll say stuff like "poop is yummy," or "eat stinky feet." Whenever he's being cheeky or "smart" or pretending to be upset he does this duck lipped face that is so darn cute I just want to snuggle him immediately. The boy can eat too, he's always the first to the dinner table and last one to leave. And he really savors what he's eating, it kind of makes you want to eat what he's eating. Caleb knows how to relax too, even when he's sleeping he's got his feet crossed and his hands behind his head. He's the type that's gonna be smart without trying and I can already see it. He doesn't always like to pay attention when I'm trying to teach them something new. Caleb loves being a nay-sayer, he's the first one to say no to something without really meaning it. But with just a bit of insistence he gives right in quite easily though. Lately Caleb has become a "flopper." He flops just like in basketball! It's pretty funny to see at times because he'll be arguing or fighting over something then his brother will lightly brush up against him or bump into him and he'll throw him self to the ground. Sometimes several seconds will go by before he falls over, ha! I guess he's not very good at it : )
Caleb has a deep love for cats, real or stuffed.
Here he is with his "Honey Race Juice."

ELIAS


Eli is one smart little dude! You tell him once and you can bet he'll remember it. Eli is a rule follower and always wants to please. He is such a good boy and knows his limits so he doesn't get punished nearly as much as his brothers. Eli is full of opinions and he isn't shy about sharing them or expressing how he feels about something. He's a bit of a motor mouth too, he can talk and talk and talk. He'll tell you anything you want to know from what he did at school today to how to build a tree house. He's very confident and he'll convince you that he knows what he's talking about. When I ask the boys something collectively Eli is always the first to speak up, he's kind of the spokesperson of the three. Eli takes our homeschooling activities very seriously and a lot of the times he finishes first and gets the least wrong. He's always been a very affectionate and tender boy. The best way to calm him down when he's upset is to offer him a hug and he'll just melt in your arms. Eli gets scared really easy and likes to say he doesn't want to try something because he's too scared. Like when we'd talk about our trip to the east coast he'd say he didn't want to ride on the airplane because it was too scary. Well when the day actually came he was more than excited to jump on the plane. He even proclaimed after take off that "this is not scary mami!"
Silly Eli!

THOMAS

Mr. T is our dorky triplet with impeccable bad timing and he's a bit clumsy too. Because of this he's also the most underrated of the three because there are so many good qualities about him. Thomas is very creative and figures out how to draw stuff and in turn teaches his brothers to draw the same things because they see how he did it. He also loves to write letters and numbers. He's also very independent and always wants to do things for himself. He also can go long periods of time playing by himself. Thomas seems to build the most elaborate and complicated vehicles with his lego's. The other day we got him a little lego set and he didn't want our help building it. He just looked at the picture on the box and built something that looked pretty darn close to the real thing! The boy just cannot sit still, he's always moving or kicking his legs even in his sleep. Which stinks because he almost always ends up in bed with us, but on the bright side I get to snuggle him first thing every morning! When Thomas wants his brother's attention he call them by saying "hey kids" and it's really funny to hear since I think he came up with it all on his own. He also always agree's with me when I compliment him about something, he'll say "si mami" and then go on to explain what he did or what he made.
Look at this dorky boy!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Party Time!

So finally getting around to posting about the last couple days of our east coast trip...the reason we came, the wedding!
All gussied up!
CET
Phil's sister, nephew and cousin lookin' good!
With all their nephews and nieces from both sides of their families
Thomas and uncle C
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Silly boys
At the reception the boys got a little wild like usual
Caleb and Thomas danced pretty much the entire time (Eli was not much of a dancer)
For a bit Caleb danced with this little girl and she even gave him a kiss on the cheek : )
(His first kiss!)
With the bride and groom (Phil's brother)
I gave Caleb some water in a wine glass and he thought it was the coolest thing ever, haha!
On our way home!
Eli checking out the cock pit : )
Waiting impatiently at JFK airport!

Monday, March 30, 2015

4 years and 6 months!

Year four didn't exactly start off like the magical year I thought it would be. But it did work it's way there! Four has been great these last few months. The boys are so fun and they still don't need anything fancy or expensive to have a great time. Just give them some sand and they have a blast! They are generally well behaved and there is much less fighting than ever before. They are never bored (never have been for that matter), all they need is each other and they keep busy all day long. We can take them to restaurants even ones that don't have kids play areas and people admire how well behaved they are. It is so funny to hear them talk both because they say just the random-est things and because they have full on toddler accents. They are still so cute, not in a baby way but because they do and say cute things all the time. I really wouldn't say this about any other stage of their lives but I wouldn't mind keeping them four forever : )

CET exactly 4.5 years old!
Jumping zoo animals
CET
Caleb looking very sweet
Eli
CTE

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Niagara Falls USA!

After we left Toronto we drove to Niagara Falls U.S.A. (not to be confused with the other city of Niagara Falls in Canada, which we also visited later on). We rented a humongous house there with all of Phil's family (all his brothers and sisters including their families, his parents, an aunt, and a cousin). It was a beautiful historic house with like 8+ bedrooms and bathrooms, its was such a nice place for us to stay in.
The house we had so much fun in!
Just a little peek of the inside : )
Here is a view of Niagara Falls from the US side, there was so much snow!
The boys with their cousin Sam
Family picture
Down stream
Boys, Sam and aunt Candy
Caleb
Thomas