Sunday, March 31, 2013

~*~ easter sunday ~*~

my children had zero interest in posing for a picture in their easter sunday clothes
so this is the best i could do

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secret pics while beck finished his ice cream

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kennedy's first encounter with cadbury

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it was love at first bite

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chocolate
chocolate
chocolate
 ...
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and peeps

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then is was an easter egg hunt in the backyard

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kennedy caught on quickly

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the loot

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eating while she goes

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.ta.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ward Easter Party

brave enough to hug the rabbit this year

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three legged race
atticus + anthony
beckett + keldon
besties

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

on the farm for brink's birthday

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since brink's loves horses we met up at a local farm to hang out for the day
beck braved the big horse

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atticus started on the pony

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then upgraded
 
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it was also fun for the kids to feed the horses

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beck felt right at home

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although he left all the horse feeding to atticus

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ken just toddled all around
climbing on anything that stood still long enough

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she also got her first little ponytail at the farm
since she was too small to actually ride a pony

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making the rounds

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tippy toes peaking through the fence

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 .ta.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

the bunk bed situation in the mccoy household

so when i left on my unexpected and unannounced blogging hiatus three months ago
it was cruely done just on the heals of a major cliffhanger:
the bunkbed situation

the boys have moved into the same room
and are in fact sleeping in bunkbeds
and here's the situation

the short story goes like this:
it's totally great and they totally love it

and long story goes like this
1) it took a few weeks for them to adjust. mostly bedtime was just party time and as soon as we turned off the lights and left the room we heard all manor of running and jumping around. loud thumps of things and children launching off the bunk beds and mayhem and bedlam in general

in fact 2) we'd hear loud thumps all night long! not sure if they'd wake up and play some more or just keep on playing all night long. a few times we'd hear a particular bang that we thought for sure was beck falling out of bed but when we'd go check he'd be sleeping soundly on the lower bunk. ??? so what was the bang? does he fall out of bed and just climb back in all in his sleep? mystery.

3) i've always known that beck was kind a nighttime chatterer since sometimes at 3 in the AM i'd happen past his closed door and hear him chatty chatty or singing or humming or what-have-you. however, atticus did not know this. oh but he knows it now. for weeks i'd have a seriously sleepy eyed atticus telling me all day long about how beck kept waking him up all night long - just chatty chatty and singy singy all night long. oh beck.

4) but all is fair in bunk bed war for atticus has nightmares. like blood curdling, screaming nightmares. it's the saddest thing ever. it's almost night-terror-ish since he often doesn't seem awake or aware that i'm there, even though he's screaming out for me. sometimes it takes up to 30 minutes to calm him down. sometimes he talks to me, sometimes he just goes back to sleep. sometimes he's looking around and screaming at whatever he's seeing in his dream. it breaks my mommy heart. what it also does is it wakes up beck. atticus will go a few months between nightmares, but then he'll have 2-3 within a few days of each other. at this point though beck hardly even notices!! he either sleeps through it or just thinks, "oh that silly atticus - having nightmares again!" a couple nights ago darek took a crying, nightmaring atticus out of their room while i leaned down to check on beck. it was just a little whimper and back to sleep for that guy. however a few months ago i went in to rescue a nightmaring atticus and found beck also out of bed and crying. when i asked him if he was ok he cried and said that he was scared of the zombies coming. oh great. sharing nightmares now...

5) beckett needs decidedly less sleep than atticus and is always the first one up. at first he was so excited to wake up in atticus' room that he'd wake up atticus too. we had to work on that. now he's an expert and getting up and slipping out, nary making a sound. i kind of love it when they do wake up at the same time though, because they usually just start playing together instead of waking me up. i like. 

6) i have yet to buy cute bedding...

7) beck prefers to have a very large blanket stuffed under atticus' mattress and hanging like a curtain all around the bottom bunk so he can sleep in a fort. that's sort of magical.

8) on days atticus doesn't nap beck usually chooses to go to sleep in the top bunk
but oftentimes if i have to go in to wake him he's sleeping soundly on the bottom bunk
apparently bunk swapping happens

9) once i went in to investigate the thumping of just-went-to-bed-time and found both boys out of bed leaping and twirling and jumping around, whisper-laughing together
so apparently that's what the thumping is all about

and finally, the moment of victory 10) they are really great sleepers - even when we're traveling!!!
woo hoo!!! in hotels, at cousins' houses, etc. - when we all sleep in the same room, they actually sleep!
last week in CA they shared a room with kennedy and they all sleep, all night, every night.
finally - my parenting career has made a major turn for the better
and behold, there is a light at the end of this everlasting tunnel


Monday, March 18, 2013

atticus' room

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this may sound strange but i spent some time today taking a few pictures of atticus' room. despite my best efforts at delaying this day - the time has nevertheless arrived to move beck from the nursery into atticus' room and make it the big boy room so poor baby sister can move out of our closet and into the nursery. i've been delaying this move for the obvious reason of avoiding the weeks of sleepless adjustment the boys will need to go through until they get used to sharing a room. but i've also been holding off because something in my heart breaks a little bit - this kind of feels like a big change, like my boys are growing up. but mostly i'm sad that atticus is losing his little sancutary. i know the boys will love sharing room, but i have always loved watching atticus make his room his very own. i love when he gets lost in his imagination playing in there. i love finding all his little treasures in his secret hiding spots. and i love that he has added to the decor over time and made it his own.
so it felt like some of that needed to be recorded before it changes - good changes - but still changes.

kennedy wanted to be part of the action while i took a couple shots
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and atticus built masterpieces out of his lego drawer
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atticus' room has always had a little bit of a norman rockwell theme
i found an old vintage car at goodwill when we first moved here (on the left end of the dresser)
that become the inspirational piece of the room. after that i bought a used book of norman rockwell
paintings and tore out pages (gasp!) to hang as artwork. i love the way norman rockwell captures childhood
and i've always wanted my kids' childhood experiences to have that touch of magic

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norm

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more norm

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i love watching the display on the "ATTICUS" knobs change
as atticus' favorites change

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this mother goose book belonged to my grandfather
it feels appropriate to give this book to atticus as they share a middle name - wesley

and this vintage copy of To Kill a Mockingbird was a gift from Likely
when atticus was just the wee lad in the picture frame

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i'm not much of a seamstress but i made this bedding for atticus when we first moved it
not a great photo of the details - but vintage ABC's

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and i had to take a couple pictures of how it looked before i removed all his artwork
which i just moved to the closet doors because the bunk beds (that darek built!!) will go on the checkered wall
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this is what i love - seeing what he thinks is great and grand enough to adorn his walls

drawings and colorings covered in stickers
a birthday card from my parents that he colored and hung up (upper right)
and the funniest - pages from junk mail brochures that had pictures he liked: the motorcycle,
silver dollars, and not pictured is a custom checks order form - because he saw checks with batman, spongebob and scooby doo
little boy magic
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atticus' room was one of our first painting ventures in our house so i dug up this old picture
to comemorate all the tediousness of painting a checkered wall
measuring, taping, sealing, painting...same old story

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and this is the lego masterpiece atticus constructed while i photoed
totally worth recording
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two heads
on one body
on two sets of legs
on the one head
of the guy driving the very loooong car
that has a refrigerator full of lego food

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it's all so very atticus

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

little sister
big brother

these two have the sweetest relationship
it is so much fun to watch them play together

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it was so funny to see kennedy just walk on over to atticus on the firetruck planning to push him
i didn't think she would be able to do it, but i was wrong


that-a-girl

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

this son of mine
just tried to convince me that he was wearing invisible underwear

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mmm-hmmm