Wednesday, October 17, 2012

3's Company

These kids are at such great ages right now!  Not necessarily always easy, and certainly not always well -behaved, but I really do love our life right now.  The kids play together so well, they all take turns being the good ones and the difficult ones, and they all have their own strengths and quirks and things I really just adore about them. 

It will be fun to see what a fourth thrown into the mix will do (fun, right??? right???).  They are all excited about the new baby.  Sophie likes to remind us of things we all already know, like "Mom, you're a girl!" and "My toothbrush is orange!"  Lately she has added "Mom, there is a baby growing in your tummy and on my birthday it will come out and I will hold it and it will say 'Hi!'"  Calvin and Ryan are constantly thinking up names to suggest to me and saying other random things about the baby.  And whenever I am eating something when they are not, Calvin says "Mom, you're eating that for the baby, right??"  Yeah...for the baby...right...They are all pretty excited.  And Ryan is pretty relieved that I'm feeling better.  It was hard not telling him, because he was really truly worried about me for the 6 weeks that i felt awful.  He would get this really worried tone and say things like "Mom, why aren't you feeling better yet?  Do the doctors know what's wrong with you?  When will you get better?  What did the doctor say?"  It was sweet, but I felt bad not being able to tell him what was going on.  He's a sweet boy.

They have all been good helpers and good snugglers and just really good kids lately for the most part, and I have been loving it!  I feel so blessed and lucky to have such great kids.  Here's a little update on each of them:

-loves her purple dog and her kitty cat from Janny and snuggles them every night.
-loves to play "family" with anything and everything.  Dinosaurs, pieces of paper, cars...
-has a goldfish named Captain Pete who lives in her room.  She LOVES to feed him and watch him nibble his food.
-plays extremely well with Calvin when Ryan is at school.  They are so cute together.
-once while sitting with Michael and Sophie, I had done something that merited an eye-roll from Michael, and I teasingly said to Sophie "Sophie, Mommy complicated Daddy's life."  Sophie now repeats this to me all the time, but her tone is more of a scold, "Mom, you complicated Daddy's life!"
-LOVES nuts
-still laughs the best/longest/loudest for her Daddy.
-is downright rude to pretty much everyone outside of our immediate family when they say hi to her, ask her if she would like something, or basically interact with her in any way.  There are a few exceptions, but not many.  She gives them this glare combined with a pouty lip and usually runs and buries her head into my legs.
-loves the color purple and anything with polka dots.

-loves race cars, talking about race cars, imagining things race cars would do if they were right here, and pointing out any cars that go by with spoilers or dual exhaust pipes. 
-snuggles his doggie and the bear that was given to him by my MBA girls when he was born.  He named him Raspberry. 
-Still has his same old stormy Calvin face when he doesn't get his way, which seems like most of the time (I'm guessing, from the frequency of it).
-Still strikes a pose before he runs and works his elbows like crazy while running, just like he always has.
-has a really good memory.
-quotes movies and talks about movies more than anyone I know.  And he doesn't even watch movies very often!  It kind of worries me.
-is such a giving little boy.  Usually if he has something and Sophie or Ryan (usually Ryan, because he can be such a stinker about certain things) want it, he gives it right up without a second thought.  It is very sweet.  Although I really do think he is just enabling Ryan to throw his little fits...
-loves to snuggle when he wakes up.  He is my best snuggler.

-is getting really really good at Spanish.  The other day he said. "You know Mom, I think I'm getting to the point where I'm just going to start speaking only Spanish to my family."  Then he goes off in Spanish.  I don't speak Spanish, by the way.
-is getting really good at math and adding and figuring things out.
-always has a plan for something he wants to build.  The other day he and Calvin were discussing the specs for a cage they wanted to build for a grasshopper they found in our front yard.  It sounded like it was going to be about 5 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 6 feet tall, so the grasshopper would have enough room to jump around.  Here was going to be a window with no glass near the ceiling so they could feed him and check on him, but high enough so that he couldn't escape.
-always seems to remember about his homework right after I've tucked him into bed.
-takes really really good care of Sophie.  He is a great big brother to her.
-Calvin is his best friend.  They have so much fun playing together.  it makes me really happy.
-loves to race people, especially when he thinks he can win.  Turns out he has a pretty inflated sense of self esteem, because he always thinks he can win, therefore he always wants to race.
-seriously can NOT leave the bathroom after brushing his teeth until he has spit, gargled for a good long while, spit again, and then gotten a nice long drink.  Do not interrupt this process.  You will pay for it.
-has a grand plan for if he ever encounters any bad guys.  He always says, "I'll just tell them 'Hey, I'm on your side!  I'm a bad guy, too!' And then they'll believe me, and then we can all just run away!"
-is so grown up these days I can hardly stand it.

So that's my kid update.  They are awesome, and I wouldn't trade them for the world.  Now here are some fun pictures from my photo shoot with them on Monday:

I think Sophie's serious little face is funny.  And I love that she really wanted to hold Ryan's hand.

They can pretty much all smile on command at the same time.  This may never happen again in my life!

Typical personality shot:

I really liked this one:

Calvin's face in this one totally cracks me up:

Love these little sweethearts:

This one is already hanging on my wall.  I love it!

Little Sophie girl is growing up!

Love those blue, blue eyes:

I love this one!

What's this? A genuine Calvin smile??

This kid is getting too old too fast!

I sure love these guys!


Emily said...

What sweet children! Love reading about their personalities and the picture that is hanging on your wall!!

AnnaMarie said...

I LOVE the updates! Your kids are completely awesome. And pretty impressive, Caroline, to have one on your wall before having it on the blog! :)