Dance A Jig

We introduced the boys to Riverdance over the weekend and it is a hit. After we were finished watching a few videos, the boys busted out their Celtic moves and started dancing all over. It was hilariously cute. So tonight, for part of our Family Night, we had them perform again to catch it on video. Though, unfortunately, Gavin was unable to participate due to nerves. He was nervous he wouldn't know what to do (without trying first) and therefore had a bit of a breakdown. James and Jack on the other hand went for it and it was awesome. 

James has now decided he wants to be a dancer when he grows up for his job. The boys were disappointed while watching that they couldn't do what the dancers were doing and we had to explain to them that those people had to practice dancing all day to be able to be on that stage and perform, and that it was their job to do that. So dancing is in our future? We'll see how long that lasts...

And here are some awesome stills of Jack-Jack dancing. Pure joy on his face, I tell you. Now I know what to do at night when I need their energy gone!


A Visit With the Dentist

I wouldn't normally post something so mundane as going to the dentist. But it actually was a pretty good experience and my kids were rock stars. Plus, they're stinkin' adorable.
 Gavin trying to watch Jack's movie choice. It was hilarious watching him trying to get a good angle
All three of them have "perfect" teeth and no cavities! Woot! Gavin technically has the most perfect teeth, which is actually a problem. His baby teeth are so perfect now that when his adult teeth come in (which are about double the size), his mouth will be crowded. I'll be scheduling an appointment with the orthodontist soon because apparently he can get a retainer to start spacing his baby teeth so it isn't as bad when the adult teeth come in. How cool is that?! Like, I am amazed at what they can do with teeth! He'll still need braces down the road, but this will help it not be for as long. Having personally (and gratefully) been down the braces road myself, that is definitely a good thing. 
On a different note, apparently one of James's molars hasn't popped up all the way. Straaaange... so the dentist said they'll be watching it for the next year or two and if it doesn't fully emerge, we'll have to talk to an oral surgeon about it. Let's hope it doesn't come down to that... eesh. I also asked about his baby teeth. James lost his two front bottom teeth in July and October (i think...) and nothing since. Not even a little wiggle from any of the others. Apparently that's super normal, especially for boys. Bring on the waiting game!  


More Family Photos

The first Saturday of our Christmas break, we were able to have our second photo session. Wahoo! I loved our first session... but I might love this one more. I'll try to limit my favorites, but there are lots...
Ummm... someone needs to tell my boys to stop growing up and being so handsome. Pronto
 The Mr and Mrs ♥
I absolutely ADORE this photo
Gavinator loves having his picture taken
This. Is. James. Personality captured perfectly right here
I am excited to get these pictures up in our home, where we can see them all the time. It is a special thing when photos truly capture your family and I think these did just that :)


A New Year

New Year's Eve was lots of fun here. We had the missionaries serving in our ward over for dinner. We love having them over. After they left, we busted out a few games. We played Guess Who till we literally couldn't anymore. Then The Game of Life-Pirates. The boys really enjoyed this game (though some tears were definitely shed when things didn't work out the way they wanted). While we were playing, I remembered I had gotten some NYE items from Hobby Lobby. Horn blowers and confetti poppers. The horn blowers were a huge hit... almost too much :) We ended up designating the kitchen/toy area as the room to use those in. Our poor Sirius didn't care for them too much. Once Pirates Life was finally over, we headed out into the COLD night and popped our poppers. Wahoo! Then off to bed for our boys while we obligingly stayed awake to ring in the new year officially.
New Year's Day we headed out to the snow! Brad found a place where they have a designated sledding hill. Such a blast! Though... we didn't have any snow pants and after an hour and a half, the boys were feeeeeling the cold. Brrr! We quickly changed them in the back of our car and headed home. We grabbed some Hawaiian food on the way home since it was getting late. Yum! We all love our Hawaiian food! It was a great and fun way to spend our last vacation day with Brad. The boys had Monday off, but Brad would be heading back to work. We absolutely loved having Brad home with  us for so long.
Oh Jamers. He was in adventure heaven, traipsing through the snow and 'discovering' different parts of the area
Hanging with my Jack, who was content to go down once and then play in the snow. He did end up going again at the end and even went by himself twice 
 Gavin took to sledding and couldn't get enough. I think the other two will be more apt to go down more once I get some snow clothes :)
 Family snow picture. Such a beautiful day
 A goal for the year- start taking pictures manually on our Nikon. I made Brad stop the car so I could jump out of the car to take these. Though beautiful, could have been so much better if I knew how to change settings. 
2015 was a great year for us. Hard, and a little odd, but great all the same. I don't know why, but I feel wonderful things are in store for us in 2016. I look forward to seeing how the year pans out and to see us all grow. Gavin wants to start learning piano and playing soccer. James is off and on about piano and really wants to play baseball again. Jack will be starting preschool in the fall and is starting to really grow into being a big kid. I've been trying to find balance in life and hope to get closer to being better at that this year. Happy New Year! 2016, I am excited to see what you bring us!


A Seventh Birthday

Things certainly don't slow down in December for us. After Christmas comes our Jimmer's birthday! And he turned SEVEN!! Feels so weird and awesome to say that. James is such an amazing young boy. Some things about James-

- he loves to read. loves it. he wasn't terribly interested in it last year, but then it clicked and he's been blowing it out of the water ever since. he wants to start reading "the hobbit" soon. by himself. we'll see how that goes :)
- he is such a tender heart. when his brothers are crying and having a hard time, he is there in a second patting their back, giving side hugs, and trying to make them better.
- he doesn't care for school work. BUT once he gets over it being boring, he gets it done super fast.
- is really loving having friends at school. he's never been one to be very attached to other kids, but this year he has made some real friends and i've loved seeing others see how awesome, albeit quirky, this boy is.
- he is just plain silly
- has lost TWO teeth. and it looks like it's going to be a while before he loses any more
- Legos is his life. his birthday was basically LEGOS. and he was pretty happy with that!
- when he grows up he wants to be... lots of things. recently it was a forensic scientist. it switches between that and a zoologist (like the kratt brothers). soldier and restaurant owner has also been on the list. oh, and police officer and scientist. that's where the forensic scientist came from because i told him he could be BOTH. hello, the Flash. win.
Bad picture quality, but don't care. Jimmer and I!
Onto the birthday day! The day started out perfect with donuts and chocolate milk. Brad and my dad took James and Jack to go help get the donuts and milk. Gavin was going to go... but he didn't want to be away from me (poor kid and his anxiety).
Before lunch we had James open his gifts. Knowing he had several Legos sets coming his way, we figured it'd be best to let him have the day to put those together instead of right before bed and making him wait. He loved everything :)
Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and he got a Mickey nutcracker. James adores nutcrackers, so this was very special to him
I had wanted to have a snow trip that day but my parents just drove up to Portland and I figured another long-ish trip wasn't what they really wanted the day before they drove back to California. I thought we could go to the local Cascades Raptor Center, but they're closed on Mondays. Grrr. I then asked how bowling sounded to everyone- yes from all! But when we got there, it was league night (or something) and we'd have to wait a while to get a lane. Being the impatient person that I am, I told James we should do the putt-putt golf next door. I showed it to him and he was on board. Ok. I will say this- in the end, the boys loved it. Which surprised me. Because us adults didn't have too much of a good time, but oh well! They did and that's all that mattered! You certainly won't find us at putt-putt golf for a loooong time!

Next up was birthday cupcakes and ice cream! A few weeks before, I was at JoAnn's with all the boys and they had a bunch of Star Wars things (surprise, surprise). They had cupcake holders and candy toppers. James thought they were so cool and I asked if he wanted them for his birthday. He did and I was so happy! Easy for me! My mom had also brought some sparkler/trick candles to put on top. Only one re-lit itself, but it was still funny to watch.
 He rarely smiles normally for pictures. Our goofy kid :)
We are so grateful for James in our family. He adds such love and kindness to the spirit in our home. I love that he still needs special time with me and wants to hug and kiss me (though not on the lips anymore, because ick). It's so amazing to see him take shape and see even more of a glimmer of who he'll become later in life. Keep being awesome, James. You are going to go far.