My little boy is getting so big!

Today I took my first-born, my Easton, to kindergarten orientation! I can’t believe it! I’m so excited for him to take his next step.

He’s been pretty apprehensive about going, and I didn’t know what to expect when we went this morning. The kids were going to the classrooms, while the parents went to the multi-purpose room. Some kids were crying, and there were some lengthy goodbyes. 

Not my kid though! My big boy heard his classroom called, gave me a hug, said, “bye mom!” And off he went down the hall by himself!  Rather than being upset at the lack of tears, I was so proud of my boy at that moment! I know he will be fine, and we’ve done our job of raising him to be secure and confident enough to part from us.

After an hour and a half we meet back up again and got to take a ride around town in a school bus! 

He was so excited!!!

He may be growing up, but he’ll always be my baby!

Five Times…


With tomorrow being Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about being a mom. We had a bit of a journey creating our family, so I never want to take it for granted. But as much as I try, during the day to day chaos of this life, it’s hard to focus on the positive. 
Every day is a never-ending barrage of “mama!”, “I want” and the ever-popular “why?” I get it all. TIMES FIVE. That’s five times the “is it snack time?”, five times the tears and five times the sheer volume.  I spend a lot of days counting down to bedtime.

Then May rolls around, and the wonderful teachers at preschool help my children shower me with amazing art projects celebrating mommy.  

Then it hits me: I get FIVE TIMES the cards, FIVE TIMES the flowers, but more importantly, FIVE TIMES the love. Five times the hugs and kisses. Five times the cuddles. I listen to five times the giggles, and five times the best belly laughs ever.

And that makes me feel like the luckiest mom ever.

A Big City Adventure

I’m so happy to share Laurie Berkner’s newest music video, “Umbrella”. The reason I’m so excited about it is because my kids are in it!! Enjoy!!!

We had a fun and interesting trip to NYC to participate in this video! From greatly underestimating the commute into the city, to a screw-up with the parking garage, to navigating Chelsea Market with 5 kids, to being unprepared with the proper clothing colors…it was certainly a learning experience for these non-stage parents.




Overall, the kids had fun and we enjoyed our adventure! I think we’d do it again! Big thanks to Michelle Puskas and Take Flight Dance Center for including us in this fun, thanks to the crew at the YouTube Studios in NYC, and thanks to Laurie Berkner for letting us be a part of this and being so sweet to my children. We are all now fans for life!

Also, check out the rest of her videos on YouTube, and go buy her new album, Superhero!!

How To Play

“Mommy, will you play cars with me?”

The dreaded words. It’s not that I don’t like playing with my son. It’s just that it’s hard!! There’s RULES. It’s taken me a number of years to figure it out. So I’m passing on the wisdom:

1.  Don’t sit on the couch or a comfy chair. You must be on the hard floor, even if you lose feeling in parts of your body.


2.  Sit and wait to be handed a toy. Don’t dare try to pick up a car without being handed one!


3.  Wait for them to explain the story that you will act out. And never, I repeat, never try to freestyle and create your own plot.

4. When your part is over, wait patiently for your next direction. Do not try to leave.

5. Make sure other participants follow these rules. Law breaking will not be tolerated by anyone.

If you follow these simple rules, you can have a successful play session, and you might even earn the right to choose your own car next time, or the voice you use to talk.

Good luck!

When Your Baby Turns Five

I don’t know how it happened, but yes, Easton is FIVE YEARS OLD!!!  My sweet baby, whose infant photos pop up on my Facebook all the time, is five.  When he turned four, he was still a little child.  Granted he was a huge little child, but he still was my baby.  Now, he’s five.  It’s like a game-changer.  Five is a grown-up boy.  Well, in some ways.  Thank goodness he still loves his mommy and loves to cuddle with me and is quite attached.  Thank goodness for that!

 

He was eligible for kindergarten, but would have just made the cutoff by a matter of weeks.  After discussing the issue with his preschool teachers and many other parents, we decided to give him another year of preschool.  Academically I think he’s ready, but emotionally and maturity-wise, I think it will be good for him to grow a bit more.  So he will now be attending the preschool at our high school that the hs students teach.  It’s a wonderful place and I’m excited for them to start!  Unfortunately it starts later while the students are learning to be teachers, but it will be well worth the wait.

So Easton…what can I say?  He’s the leader of the pack around here.  He teaches his brothers and sisters all the ways to break the rules and drive mommy insane.  At other times, he is the most amazing big brother, and will patiently help them with a toy or read a magazine with them.  It’s all about the highs and lows.

He visited the pediatrician for his five-year-old well visit, and is once again off the charts for height, at 3’11”.  Although right now he measures 4 feet on our giant ruler!!  He also weighs in pounds what his height is in inches (if you followed that!) so he’s 47″ and weighs 47lbs, which is around the 75th percentile.  The doctor says he’s perfect, and I agree!

Easton still loves Star Wars, but Lego tops everything.  At night we watch Lego videos, including Lego Pokémon, Lego Jurassic World and just LEGO.  LEGO LEGO LEGO!!  His second favorite obsession is dinosaurs, so we also watch a lot of Dino Dan on YouTube and NickJr.  Easton likes to run around with Daddy and play “Wampa” and look for slugs outside, but he also loves to sit at the table and color or draw pictures.  He’s turning into a  good artist, and loves hanging up his pictures in the kitchen!  His favorite thing to draw are “Werewalkers” (AT-AT Walkers for all you Star Wars fans).  He’s also a big fan of rainbows and the color pink lately, which I’m ok with.  You gotta be comfortable in your masculinity to love pink and rainbows lol!!  Easton also loves to borrow my phone!  He’s a silly goofball and he makes me laugh every day.

Easton had requested “decorations and balloons” for his birthday, so we hung up some Happy Birthday signs and blew up a bunch of balloons for the living room.  They love balloons!

The next thing he wanted to do was go out to breakfast.  So our whole gang went out to Perkin’s with Grammy & Pappy for a yummy meal.  Then we had a chill morning playing and at naptime Easton and I went out to Toys R Us for birthday shopping!

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Easton got his crown and balloon, and picked out five presents (plus one for good luck – I have a hard time saying no to him!) for his birthday, which included Lego Star Wars, Lego Ultra Agents, Lego Halloween stickers, Lego Star Wars watch, a Hot Wheels fire truck and Shopkins.

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Then we hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for milkshakes.  Of course, Easton only wanted a few sips, so I guess I HAD to finish his also!

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Last, we went to Shoprite to pick out a birthday cake.  E surprisingly chose a fruit tart!  Later on, we had a dinner of chicken, noodles and carrots that E (also surprisingly) chose.  Then Aunt Holly, Madison and Jackson came over for cake and presents.

And, of course we measured and marked him on the giant ruler!!

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Daddy also brought home one more present later on…

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I’d say our amazing boy had an amazing day!!

 

 

How To Turn Three

We had a fun day planned to celebrate the quads birthday!  I started with blowing up a bunch of balloons for when they came down in the morning.  Surprise #1!

Next up was a special breakfast made by Daddy – birthday pancakes!!!

After that, Aunt Holly stopped by to show them a frog that she had found!  So we had some excitement there and then put him in a nice home in the backyard.

Next the kids opened their special birthday cards from Grandma and Grandpa.

After that we ventured out to Walmart to surprise the kids with bikes, but they didn’t have the four that we wanted, so the kids got new helmets and were none the wiser lol!

 

Then we went to ToysRUs to continue our birthday celebration.  The kids got balloons, crowns, and each got to use their $3 coupon to pick out a toy.  What do they pick out?  “Shooter guns!”  All four of them…and of course, the big boys aren’t to be left out, so Easton and Brian got nerf guns also.

Then at home it was an all-out war!!  Good thing we bought the helmets!

After the war (which Brian claims he won), it was quiet time with the stickers that Grammy & Pappy bought them.

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Next, it was exciting to measure them and mark their 3-year-old height on our giant ruler!

For dinner with was special “3” pizza!

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Our marathon day concluded with some birthday ice cream from Polar Cub!

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And that’s how you do it, folks!!  Thank you for bearing with my picture-heavy post!!