Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Grandpa 'Far Away's' Birthday Party

At the end of May, we went to visit Grandma 'Chili' and Grandpa 'Far Away' for Grandpa's birthday up at their new home in WI.

The drive itself was an adventure since we left on a Friday and we both had to work that day so we couldn't even leave until around 5pm.  Travelling over dinner time and bed time can get interesting.  Kids can get squirrely...and now we aren't just dealing with one or two squirrely kids...we are dealing with THREE.  So, it definitely makes for interesting car trips.  It was good practice though, and by the time we took our second car trip in July I think we had worked out most of the kinks.

It was a great trip overall.  The boys enjoyed seeing their grandparents...even though we aren't that far apart, life makes it difficult to schedule visits so when we do get together it is the biggest treat in the world for the boys.  They really do love their grandparents and love spending one-on-one time with them.  Grandma and Grandpa were also amazed at how much Ben had grown and how much personality he had gotten since December!

Benjamin - 7, 8 and 9 months old

Wow, time has just flown by and I guess blogging has taken a back burner to all the summer fun we've been having!  Time to update!  :)

I love this kid.  Seriously.  He's the best!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Benjamin - 6 months

Can you believe this little peanut is 6 MONTHS OLD?? (for two more days at least...come on slacker mom...hit post already!!)

Me neither...

And he is, quite literally, a peanut.  A long and skinny peanut.  He weighed in at 14 lbs 10 oz and 27.25 inches long at his last dr appt (which puts him at 80% for height and only 10% for weight).  

This one is always giving out smiles...but sometimes he makes you work for it. He has a very serious and observational nature.  I feel like he's studying everything around him all the time trying to figure out the best approach to do something.  Either that or, with two older LOUDER brothers, he doesn't feel the need to be very talkative.  

He's still got these gorgeous baby blues...definitely here to stay and oh SO pretty.  I love it when he sits and stares at me with those pretty baby blues.  SWOON.

He's almost got his sit mastered.  He's still a little wobbly.  I'll attribute it to his little tiny heiny...not much to balance on down there!  He's graduated to size 2 diapers and is wearing his 6-12 month clothing -- not because he needs it girthwise, but because everything else is way too short on him.  So, sometimes he looks like he's swimming in his clothes, but at least his ankles aren't getting too chilly.

Man, I love this baby.  I could seriously sit and stare at him ALL DAY LONG.  And I WILL!  I know I'm biased, but we seriously make the most adorable boy babies in the world!

Here are a few more photos of his sixth month of life:

These boys sure adore each other!

Sam (left), Max (middle), Ben (right)

All decked out in their matching spiderman t-shirts for Sam's 4th birthday.

Nope...he can't get any cuter...

With the weather warming up we've been able to spend more time outside.  Ben loves laying on his blanket in the yard and little Max makes a great babysitter!

He smiles a ton too!

Especially for his 'da-da'!

And, don't worry, he gets LOTS of kisses!

He enjoys exploring new things...

Trips to the park with his brothers...

Eating mum-mums....

Splashing in the bubble bath...

And chevron, of course (well...maybe that's mom that loves the chevron).

Stay tuned for 7 months in a few days! (Ha!  If I don't procrastinate and post it in a timely manner, that is...)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Benjamin - 5 months

Better late than never!  :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Benjamin: 4 months old!

True to form, I'm a little late posting this...But I'm sure after one look at this cute baby, you'll forgive me!  :)

Ben is truly an amazing baby.  He is SO GOOD.  I don't remember babies being this easy!  We went through an entire day on Saturday with him barely crying!  He started to cry and I actually said "Oh, that's what he sounds like when he cries!"  LOL

We are so truly blessed with this little man.  He has stolen all of our hearts.

Little Max calls him "Spongey".  I have no idea where it came from, but it is pretty adorable.

Happy 4 Months, Spongey!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Florida Vacation 2014 - Part 1

Our annual FL trip this year couldn't have come at a better time!  Temperatures in WI were dipping into double digits BELOW ZERO (and that wasn't even including the windchill)!!  Waking up at 3:30am was never more welcome than when you know in a few short hours you are going to escape the cold!

The boys were AWESOME travelers.  I know I always say that, but it is true!  No complaining when we had to wake up so early, just excited chatter from the backseat of the van on the way to the airport.  The older boys both navigated their own suitcases inside so I was able to check in 5 bags and a carseat all while pushing Ben in the stroller while Max was parking the car :).  The lady in line behind me asked me if I was very brave.  LOL  I told her that my husband was travelling with us too -- I can't imagine doing all that by myself!

We flew SouthWest this time, and although the airline is fine, I am not a fan of their boarding procedures.  Basically, they give you a number when you check in -- that number is directly correlated to when you check-in in relation to the other passengers.  A1 is the first number and C60 is the last.  Basically, they start boarding with A1 and you get on the plane and pick your seat.  If you are C60, you are pretty much SOL and have to find the last seat on the plane.  I checked in EXACTLY 24 hrs before our flight and got A60, B1, B2 and B3.  Seriously?  But even if we hadn't gotten such 'high' numbers, they do allow 'Family Boarding' at B1.  I just laughed and said if there weren't any seats together by the time we got on the plane someone else was going to have a very 'magical' flight.  But, there was no problem, and we got a row with 3 seats across (Mom with lap Ben, Sam and Max) and then big Max sat by himself.  The arrangement worked out perfectly in the end.  I'm sure big Max (who got some nice alone time on the flight) would agree. 

As you can see from the photo above, the olders behaved great on the flight.  I'm surprised no one actually fell asleep, but they didn't start to get restless until the last 30 mins, at which point the anticipation of landing was getting everyone on the flight restless anyways, so we fit right in.

Ben, on the other hand, took the opportunity to catch up on his zzzzs.  So I enjoyed a little snuggle time/

When we arrived, there was a NINETY-FOUR degree temperature difference!  Holy!

The boys took advantage of the warmth to enjoy a dip in the pool.  They sure love the water!

Grumpy took them down to the dock and cast his net and pulled it up chock full of mullets!

Apparently they didn't smell too good :)

And apparently Sam likes to imitate fish...

Then they checked the crab trap, but nothing was in there.

The next day, the temperatures took a little dip.  I hesitate to say it was cold, because it was still warm for us, but all the FL natives were bundled up in winter coats and hats and gloves, LOL.  We took the opportunity to go to the Fort Myers Imaginarium.  We went there 2 years ago, and not much had changed, but with the boys being older this time they enjoyed it much more.

We played around in the touch tank for awhile...they had starfish and hermit crabs that you could touch.

Then we got to touch the stingrays when they opened the stingray touch tank for a short while.

Granna and Grumps took the boys up to the hurricane simulator.  

And then we checked out the aquarium and reptile room.  Isn't this baby alligator cute?

So is this baby alligator :)

The rest of the museum was pretty fun also.  They had different stations where you could experiment with different things like magnets (as above), puzzles, gravity, etc.  It was a lot of fun for the boys and even for us adults!  Overall it was a great day and a great way to spend a 'chilly' day.  :)