Happy Birthday…

He’s just turned 10, but he acts like he’s 15!

Here’s a snapshot of Hunter right now:

He lives to play with friends. He does book club once a week with friends, then has soccer practice two times a week and then he’s begging to play Wednesday because it’s always early release and then they’re always planning a late night on the weekend. He’s the bridge between his guy friends (who live outside the neighborhood) and his girl friends (who live in the neighborhood). His friends area always wanting to play at our house because the neighborhood shows up to play.

He loves sports just as much as he loves friends. He always has a ball with him. It doesn’t matter if he’s playing an organized club soccer game, retention basin football or watching sports on TV – he lives for sports.

He’s curious. He likes to tinker and create. He’s still a fan of Legos and asks for new sets every chance he’s receiving a gift.

He’s a jokester and he often has unwilling victims. He’s also a teaser – once again – unwilling victims. He’s happy – until he’s not (which is rare) and then he stomps off and sulks. Gives us a glimpse of his teenage years.

His birthday lunch of choice: Taco Bell
Birthday treat of choice: Doughnuts
Favorite Band: Imagine Dragons
Favorite subject in school: PE and Art
Favorite outfit: Freedom Board Shop shirt, shorts, tall nike socks and adidas low tops
Hairstyle of choice: Longer locks
Favorite weekend activity: ASU Football games

Happy birthday buddy!


Happy Birthday…

We celebrated Steve this weekend as he grew older and wiser. Family in the morning – his favorite sushi restaurant for lunch with his brothers – a little overnight staycation in Scottsdale with good food and great entertainment (improv comedy club).

A couple things we love about him:

He sings songs and makes the kids guess if they’re real or fake.

He’s got a sweet tooth…as long as it’s chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! I think he partially likes his sweets so rich because he knows he won’t have to share it with me!

He works alongside the kids. He knows its the only way to really teach them how to work.

One of his very favorite shirts was a gift from our friends and it has several cat puns on it (from when he worked at Petsmart). He wears it with pride and it makes me laugh every time he puts it on.

He is the best partner when it’s comes to parenting. He plays a large role in the “mundane of parenthood”. He’s on diaper duty, bed time routines and he’s far better when it comes to sick kids. I don’t mind cleaning up the messes but his compassion shines in those moments.

He’s simple (which is why we’re a good balance) and his needs are minimal.

He loves children’s movies and he’s always up for a family movie night. The kids know he has his favorites and often times will protest movie night even before the movie is announced because they know he always leans towards Mega Mind, Kung Fu Panda (the original) and Lego Batman Movie. He’s predictable.

Is he not the cutest!

Happy Birthday Steve-O!

Happy Birthday, 7 years old…

This kid is turning 7 years old and he couldn’t be more happy about it.



A couple things we love about Bennett:

His facial expressions are fantastic and on point. He goes through all the emotions and they are spelled out on his face. This leads him to be a little over dramatic across the board.

He keeps getting funnier. The older he gets, the better his timing is and he usually has us all laughing.

He loves to play with friends and is a friend to everyone. When he gets home from school he wants to know what friend he can play with.

He is not a procrastinator. If he comes home with an assignment he wants to do it right then. If he has an invite to a party – he wants the gift in his hand a week ahead of time. He does all his math homework the first day so it’s done. Once something is on his mind – he must complete it. Or he bugs us until it is completed.

He stands to do his school work and walks around while he does his reading fluency homework. Luckily the teachers don’t seem to mind that he is an active participant each and every day!

He is easily teased and Hunter knows it – we’re working on his reaction as well as the teasing.

He makes his bed every single morning. For a while I found him sleeping on top of his bedspread – that way he wouldn’t have to make his bed. We nipped that habit and he still makes his bed every morning.

He’s grown up so much this school year – he’s losing the little kid look and is growing up on us. He is excited to be considered one of the big kids and all the perks that come along with it.

Happy Birthday buddy!


The Birthday Boy…

Two year olds don’t expect a whole lot on their birthdays. In fact you have to talk up the fact that it is their birthday. We kept explaining to Briggs he was the birthday boy and he would get birthday cake and birthday presents. Even then it was still a little lost on him until he entered the kitchen each time and saw the balloons on the table – he’d then repeat over and over again, “Birthday”.

Birthday Boy

I’m pretty sure he preferred the frosting beaters over his cake – I figured that would be the case. Isn’t the frosting always the best part?!

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

His second favorite thing was blowing out the candles. Hunter had fun lighting the candles over and over again and Briggs just kept blowing them out – giggling after each time. (Side note: When we go visit my brother and his family, they always have a candle burning on their kitchen island. Their kids are older now and seem to leave the candle alone. Not my kids. Whenever we go visit – they simply must blow out the candle. If they see it burning, one of the kids blows it out. It’s like a secondary birthday candle.)

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Paw patrol puppies, an airplane and a scooter? What more could a kid ask for? Besides lighting the candle just one more time!

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday buddy!




Happy Birthday…

Our “baby” is a toddler!

He’s the caboose in our family and demands attention. He was a fussy and irritable baby but I think we’re passed most of that just in time for him to enter the terrible twos!

He loves his voice and is quite fond of screaming. If he’s excited – he screams. If he wants a bath – he screams. If his brother takes his toy he screams. Its a mode of communication I’m okay with growing out of.

He’s starting to talk more and when he wakes up from a nap he always asks for Cannon.

He loves bath time. He’ll be a fish in the pool in no time.

He loves the movie Trolls thanks to our road trip last summer and can’t help but dance when he hears the music.

He has a couple good friends in the neighborhood and the minute he hears their names he runs for the door.

He demands to get dressed first thing every morning. (Definitely not my kid!) He will grab clothes from his drawer or even the dirty clothes hamper and bring them to me. And shoes are a must. He has to have shoes on.

He follows his siblings everywhere. If they’re upstairs, he wants to be with them. If they’re out on the driveway, he’ll be there too. And he adores Hallie – probably because she is just so good to him and lets him play in her room and shares candy with him.

He’s a little sass and a little sweet and a little loud. And after holding my nieces baby, he doesn’t seem so little!

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