Saturday, November 24, 2012

five years old

this sweet boy was born five years ago today
he is such a happy, hyper little person and has brought so much joy into our family

oh my sweet atticus, what would i do without you? you love to giggle and wrestle and joke around all the time. you are so hyper and happy as long as i'm not telling you to get dressed or go to bed. in fact, you would simply never go to bed again if we didn't make you. you're happy to stay up and play forever. putting you to bed takes all evening since you always want one more book, one more story, one more song, one more drink of water, one more trip to the park, one more playdate, one more anything. you would also eat treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as raw spinach and apples by the handful if i didn't remind you to eat a better balanced diet. you love to search for treasures and collect them where ever we go. the park, the gym, the grocery store. if you spy a treasure, you grab it and stash it in your pocket, my pocket, kennedy's stroller or the diaper bag for safe keeping. treasures are generally rocks and bottle caps and your carseat cup holders are full of them. you are naturally kind and often share without being asked. you forgive and love so freely and are an especially fantastic big brother. you've changed my life and my heart and i will forever be a better person because of you.

happy birthday sweet boy

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because his birthday is the same weekend as thanksgiving
we had a little family party for him a week early

just your basic cupcakes and superhero gifts
every five year old boy's dream

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oh the anticipation
please note the "hat" on K's head

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wish making

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and candle blowing


and let the present opening begin

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wrapping paper removal action shot

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lego batman
the one he's been requesting for months
and the one that keep getting listed higher than any other family member on his thanksgiving gratitude lists
and also the one that he has already lost the mask for

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another lego batman
because a five year old boy can never have too many

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moving on to spiderman
he loooooves this guy
sleeps with him
snuggles with him
hits beck over the head with him
.true love.

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and just when he thought things couldn't get any better
he got a hooded batman blankie

needless to say he is seen more often wearing his batman blankie then not

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and thanks to our generous friends, beck got one too!
so now we have two hooded superheros flying through our home at all times
which is especially effective in keeping the bad guys at bay

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i can't believe atticus is five years old. we have now been parents for as long as we were married before becoming parents. i feel like i barely even remember what it's like to be married without kids. our whole world changed as soon as atticus entered it. i loved him the very second i knew he was coming and he has been my partner in crime these five years and a most forgiving and loving teacher in helping me figure out this whole parenting business.

i love you sweet bug
happy birthday!

note: i printed the happy birthday banner for free from HERE
giving thanks

sadly, i didn't take very many pictures on thanksgiving this year
probably due to the cooking, cooking, cooking all day long
as well as the germs running rampant in our house
so here we rely upon the pics of the iphone to record our holiday

nevertheless, we have much for which we are grateful

the boys told me everything they feel grateful for so i could write them on leaves to hang on our thanksgiving tree. naturally all the superheros were listed. as well as robots, cereal and cookies. i had to remind them that we're also grateful for family, friends, the gospel and jesus.
luckily they agreed with me.

and don't worry, atticus would never dream of getting dressed for the ocassion

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our little tree, before and after being grateful

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perhaps the largest spectacle of the day was the pre-cooked turkey
the boys were real grossed out
and i kind of was too

we got our turkey for free after spending $100 are the grocery store, so of course i got the biggest sucker i could find. twenty lbs! that's a lot of leftovers. plus he was too huge for my roasting oven so i had to smash him down with the lid and ignore the fact that his breast wasn't all toasty brown like it's supposed to be since it was smashed against the lid. but hey, i've never claimed to be any kind of betty crocker so it worked for me.

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this little turkey ran around all day wearing his turkey headdress

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it wasn't until later that i realized his preschool teacher
had written on the feathers the things atticus felt grateful for

1. my lego batman
2. my mom
3. my dad
4. my brother and sister

lego batman trumped us all
but i came in second, so that's pretty good

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we had a guest for dinner, a friend from church whose family is too far to come for a short holiday
i started pulling out my matching plates and then got real bored
so i pulled out all my mismatching plates instead
and it was a lot more fun

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hmm, apparently that's all the iphone got of thanksgiving day
but i am indeed grateful for my precious little family, they bring me more joy then i could ever have imagined
all of our extended families also - parents, grandparents, sibling, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins
we are so blessed to be part of these incredible families and live our lives alongside these people
laughing and crying with them

i'm so deeply grateful for the love of our savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father
they carry me through the emptiest moments of my life and make those moments meaningful

and so grateful for our home and darek's job - i do not take these things for granted
as well as our healthy bodies and minds and the freedoms of our great country

we're especially appreciative of health this week since we've all been sick
but luckily the sickies make this little lady so cuddly it makes it worth it

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she's had a big week
first she got all sick and feverish and sad
and then a teeny tiny tooth popped thru!
her FIRST one

then she got all sick and feverish and sad again
and then the teeny tiny tooth DISAPPEARED!!!
what?! all that work for nothing?

and then on thanksgiving day she went down for her nap toothless
and woke up toothful!!! the teeny tiny tooth broke through again, all the way this time!
and now she'll turn one next week, with one single tiny tooth in her mini head

good girl!

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she skipped eating for three days will dealing with fever and teeth coming and going at random
but then i finally thought to make popsicles from green smoothies and we were in business
nutrition and teething relief in one

happy girl!

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and to be honest, even when she's trying to pop teeth out of her gums she is generally and happy little soul
how did we get so lucky?

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she's also been starting to stand more and more by herself without holding onto anything
and even inching her little feeties forward a couple inches once or twice
which may even count as her first steps!

it's been a big week in her little life

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so here we have beck wearing last year's halloween costume
as he greatly prefers it to the many superhero costumes in our playroom that would better fit his little two and half year old self
so then he wiped out in the a huge mud puddle at the park
which resulted in a very sad attempt to clean up in the tiny sink of the park restrooms
which ultimately resulted in beck playing at the park in nothing but his skivvies
therefore we are grateful for the beautiful vegas weather
that allows scantily clad superheros to run freely about

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cute little muddy face

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we went to town square yesterday, not so much to participate in black friday shopping as to people watch other people participating in black friday shopping. it was chaos. i lucked out and played the "my baby has to eat and i can't wait in this two hour long line" card and got atticus' birthday clothes put on hold at old navy then went back last night with zero lines! it was the most successful black friday moment of my mothering career.

in the meantime the boys checked out the enormous tree

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and tried to steal the enormous ornaments

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beck was quite dismayed to discover that what he believed to be delicious, edible strawberries, free for the picking
were actually just plastic, inedible christmas tree lights

alrighty, hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving
thank you all for being a blessing in our lives!!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

eleven months old


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this sweet little miss was 11 months old last week and before i fall prey to the anti-bloggies again i best be getting her 11 month old self blogged and recorded before she officially graduates from babyhood to toddlerhood. i can't believe it. her happy little life has been recorded via iPhone and instagram, much more than the blog, but not because she doesn't deserve some serious bloggy love. on the contrary. every single moment of her baby life touches my heart every single day. clearly Heavenly Father knew i'd be tempted to pull the plug on this multiply and replenish the earth business if my third babe was a toughie, so He sent me a tender mercy straight from heaven. i know, i know. so annoying to hear parents all blabbity about how perfect their kids are and let's be honest, motherhood is never perfect. but don't roll your eyes and black list my blog for this baby love because i know babies are hard work and trust me, her big brothers have given me a run for my mommy money, (and sanity) this past year. it ain't been easy folks. motherhood. life. etc. it's all designed to give us both heartache and growth. in fact, i do believe this year has been the hardest, or perhaps the second hardest, of my 34 years.
but thank heavens (literally) for kennedy who saves me on a daily basis.

so i realize i'll be getting my fair share of girlie drama before this miss is off our payroll in 18 years, but for now i'm just going to enjoy the good stuff and take it one day at a time. she's naturally a good eater and a good sleeper and a mellow-babe-in-the-carseat/stroller-er so that in and of itself helps lighten the motherhood load. but she additionally takes a pacifier (amen!) and has yet to grow any teeth, which also clearly contributes to a happy and easy first year of life.

she's an old soul. she looks at me with knowing eyes when i just want to shut down and turn off my life for a while. she smiles and loves me even during my i'm-sucking-as-a-mother days and follows me around like a puppy, crawling and panting and begging for snacks all day long. she often snuggles into  my face and tries to eat it, specifically my chin, and this slobbery love helps me through the tiring days. she's cruising along furniture and has started to stand for a few seconds at a time without holding onto anything. i see her considering taking a step then thinking to herself, "nah" and instead she plops on down on her buns and crawls on her merry way. she's also started wobble walking with her baby walker. one of my favorite milestones. it's all so cute my heart might explode out of my body. she's definitely found her voice recently though and let's me know when she wants something (ie, food off my plate) - just a little preview of future drama, i'm sure, but i can appreciate an opinionated girl that stands up for herself so it's fine. and she loves to feed herself, so over this being spoon fed purees nonesense.

her enthusiasm for food, sippy cups and most anything she sees you're about to hand to her can be witnessed in the twirling, twirling, twirling of her wrists and ankles. she get so excited to grab onto whatever she sees coming her way that her hands and feet start spinning like a wind up toy in overdrive. or she'll flex her legs straight out in front of her and snuggle down into her belly out of sheer excitement, too much to be contained in her mini body. and if she's standing up she'll lift onto her tippy toes and stick her belly forward as if that will speed the delivery of whatever goodness she's awaiting.

she's also a clapper and a high-fiver and just barely making efforts at being a waver. one night about a month ago she was third wheeling a date with darek and i at dinner and she reached across the table and turned darek's hand over so she could put her little toy right into his palm. he wasn't even looking at her when she did it. he just suddenly felt this tiny hand grab onto his. so sweet and tender. no doubt she's learned the great art of sharing from her big brothers (this, my friends, is a joke). actually she loves her big brothers more than all the num nums in the world. and they love her. despite the daily sensation of repeatedly smashing my head against the wall, this is the most true and pure joy in my life. my sweet babes and especially the love they have for each other. these moments make the motherhood headaches so very worth it. i was ranting and raving recently to a friend in all my dramatic flair and she handed me the valuable bit of adivce: you need to stop having kids! (she was just joking, but in that kids-can-make-you-bonkers kind of way which i'm sure we can all appreciate) and just as quick as that my heart changed and i told her that my kids are the happiest things in my life. and especially kennedy's first year. despite the sleep deprivation and circles the size of china under my eyes i'm so grateful these little souls agreed to put up with my sometimes sub-par mothering and travel the ups and downs of life by my side.

thank you sweet kids
i'm so exhausted and blessed to have you

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

the littlest monkey
 
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i made an effort to redeem myself today from the lack of halloween photo taking
i figured this little lady deserved some proper "my first halloween" pictures

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which of course, were only possible because she had a banana to suck on

no smile
just banana

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this is a new favorite
looks like she's out for a little grocery shopping trip

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walking with her little walker is actually this week's new trick

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phew, all caught up
thanks for visiting
.ta.
halloween

this little monkey at trunk-or-treat
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i daresay i severely shirked my duties this halloween in the taking-pictures-of-my-kids department
alas, iphone pics are all i really have to show for myself

the boys got some stellar mohawks for halloween this year
no real reason, other than their way too shaggy heads of hair

spiderman beck with a hawk and a pouty lip at trunk-or-treat

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mohawk atticus as the transformer bumblebee
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the minis in the shopping cart picking up trunk-or-treating candy

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this perhaps my only successful moment of photo-taking this year
my sister sent me these little pumpkin sweats for atticus' first halloween
and now it has become a "my first halloween" tradition in the mccoy household

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i made a 30 second effort with my normal camera to get a picture of KG in the pumpkies
but she just kept a-crawlin away

so i gave up

nevertheless, for comparison's sake
HERE is atticus in the pumpkies and HERE's beck

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a little candy-eating cuddle time

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so when push came to shove, beck abandoned his spidy costume altogether
and trick-or-treated in his beloved batman shirt and skinny jeans

this also kind of tickled my fancy tho,
since that batman shirt was part of atticus' second halloween costume

history
repeating
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beck checking out his loot

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and the post trick-or-treating negotiations

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alas, the head shaving

fluffy mop
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the buzzing giggles

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sleek hawk

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spikey hawk

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curly in the back

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beck opted to do it himself when it came time to do away with the shaggy hawks

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until dad had to step in

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trying, unsuccessfully, to get atticus to take out his sucker for the post-shave picture
not happening

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and the baldies
on the table
eating candy
not sharing with poor baby sister

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i hope you all had a happy halloween!