Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chicken Butt

I remember a friend of mine who has 3 boys telling me that the youngest isn't always favored by other first time parents.  She realized after months of him starting school that he was the only kid who hadn't been invited to birthday parties and quickly realized why.  He learned things from his older brothers that other parents weren't too fond of.  She laughed telling me that she doesn't have time anyway to take him to parties with the other two's schedules.  When B was born, I couldn't help but laugh at this story and think the same would probably be true for us.  Luckily I have several friends who have kids B's age that have older siblings, so he's not alone.  He will have at least 2 or 3 friends, which is plenty.  However, until recently, the boys have been pretty good role models (and still for the most part are really good) and I didn't see anything that might make B stand out.  Then last week, this happened.  I went into the liquor store to buy wine for book club I was hosting that evening.  I left LT and B in the car (never would I have done that with LT when he was little!).  I could see them out of the window in the store, and it was just so much easier to not drag two kids into a store filled with expensive glass bottles.  I bought the wine and came out to the car and LT said, "Guess what B?"  To which B replied, "CHICKEN BUTT!"  And I realized this was the beginning of the end of what was going to be taught to little B.  It's pretty funny for us, but I am sure first time parents wouldn't find this funny.  Like my friend said, I don't have time to take him to birthday parties anyway, and he gets lots of other positive things from having two amazing older brothers.  After weeks of trying to get it on video, I finally got this one last week. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018


 We took B for his first Hibachi experience and he loved it!  Except the big flame in the beginning.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Big Cousin

We met my brother at the park this morning and B wanted to pull his baby cousin in a bucket.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Playing Store with LT

 B got this cute little cash register for Christmas and he and LT love playing store together with it.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Decked out at Baba's house

Adler LOVES playing.  He gets fully into character and a few weeks ago was no exception.  He very seriously got all dressed as a construction worker.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Annual NYE Party

 We had two other families over for our annual NYE chocolate fountain/fondue party.  This year Nicholas was still in town, but my brother had plans and so my parents brought him over before heading to their NYE party.  As usual, things were chaotic, so the pictures are pretty terrible, but they give you an idea of the fun the kids had!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Archiving some notes

 I've slowly been going through all my drawers and cabinets in an attempt to not have too much stuff.  I found all these cute notes from the boys over the years that were getting ruined, but I wanted to make sure to remember them so I thought this was a good place to keep them.  Above is Landon's thoughts about me.
 This I found just 2 weeks ago as a surprise left by Adler on my nightstand.  
 From Landon.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

indoor swimming

Many year round swimming programs have a reputation for being pretty intense and requiring a major time commitment. But we (okay Kari) found a program that is a little more laid back, which the older boys have been doing this fall and winter. They go to one or maybe two practices a week and do an occasional meet. LT recently swam in a meet in Jeffco that was a little smaller than some of the others. So there was less competition but there were still some very good swimmers. He swam well dropping some time and finishing in the top six in all his events (50 back and breast and 100 free).

Sunday, December 31, 2017

multifunction gift

This ski rack attachment for the bike rack that attaches to our car was one of the Christmas gifts this year. B "helped" me assemble it and at various times he proclaimed it to be a house, a carwash and a firetruck. But the best part about the thing is now that it's fully assembled it is (for the time being) a miniature jungle gym in our living room.  

Holiday Talent Show

The boys and their cousins put on a talent show during a holiday family gathering.  They put a lot of time into preparing (complete with a 'security guard' at the entrance before the show) and they managed to include all the kids of various ages and make the whole thing pretty entertaining.  There were magic acts, coloring by B, some comedy, and musical performances that their oldest cousin announced while LT played interlude music on the piano. The video is of LT and his cousin playing Canon in D together on the xylophone and piano and you can hear B at the beginning trying to get in on the action by singing part of "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep".

bottle cap collection

The boys (mostly A) collected bottle caps during our Croatia adventure last summer. Admittedly this isn't exactly the most interesting picture but it does serve as a nice memory of the trip.  

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Program

Last year after the annul school holiday program LT said he was going to take the elective choir class this year so he could be in more performances during the program. I was supportive of the idea but sort of assumed it was just a passing thing that he'd forget about or move on from by the time, many months later, he actually had to make his choice for arts elective. But I underestimated how serious he was about it. He took the choir class the first half of the school year and performed in several extra songs during the program. He even had a short solo in one of the songs the choir performed - Holly Jolly Christmas! A was in the program too, of course, with his class and their 6-7-8 buddy class singing Seasons of Love.   

Friday, December 22, 2017


B is at that stage where he's wanting to do some things (getting out of the car or into his chair at dinner) independently and he'll proudly declare "myself" when he does.  We had our little box of gloves and hats out yesterday getting the big guys ready for school on a snowy morning and B rummaged through it and picked out this hat to put on. He happily told me, "myself" when I found him wearing it.