jonathan, it’s already march and i am just getting your february update up on the blog. in just a weeks time, it’ll be time to update you again. its been a big month for you and for us and i think i’ve been procrastinating on figuring out how to tell your story. i think i’ll still leave it for another post and just tell you about some other things i want to remember from this month.
you’ve really enjoyed getting more quality time with your cousins and friends. we’ve been fortunate enough to have seen them more often lately and i love seeing you interact with them. we’ve also enrolled you back in soccer classes, in an effort to get you around more children your age more often. you’re a completely different kid than you were a year ago. you are definitely a super soccer star!
this winter has been a doozy. but while i complain about the ice on the streets and begrudge the bitter cold temperatures, you are loving every single day. stomping on ice, leaving footprints on the soft snow and jumping in the freezing water melted snow puddles left behind has brought you joy and excitement during the short trips we take outside the home.
you’re bumping into everything and everyone. we lose our patience over it ’round these parts, but try to keep our cool because we know you’re imagination is working overtime during these moments. but still, stop hurting yourself and others!
you’re learning and obsessed with finding patterns everywhere and you amaze us with your smarts. you’re also accurately finding letters and letting us know which letter it is. it seems your short school day is really doing wonders on your little brain.
we’ve also somehow managed to control your game time without the tumultuous episodes. being able to handle hot button issues with you without one of us having to raise our voices has become an important skill i want to master and i’m happy to say we’re headed in the right direction.
you’re getting so tall, brandon. your legs keep on growing and as they fall way past longer than they used too they’re also losing the last bits of baby rolls you have left.
you’ve also found your megawatt smile and flash those teeth of yours every time our eyes meet. especially when you get caught doing something you’re not supposed to. your whole face lights up and my heart skips a beat. so basically i melt when i should be correcting you.
you’re eating a bit better…but you’re getting a bit messier. while you’re eating you’re fine but then when you’re full, or would rather eat the food out of our plates rather than yours, you start transferring food from one plate to another….or swatting the entire plate off of the table altogether and then there’s food everywhere. that’s when we put an end to your dinner….until you come asking for “mas” food off of our plates.
you started coming into our bed again in the middle of the night, except you would bring your comforter with you. it’s about the cutest thing there is to wake up to in the middle of the night and we would just grab you and plop you in between us, until one day your pulled you dad out of bed and handed the comforter to him and crawled back into your bed. you’ve just been wanting us to tuck you in again. once we figured that out, you’ve been sleeping the whole night through in your bed again.
you’re talking keeps on expanding and you’re still repeating everything, but you’re also singing along to just about everything now. nursery rhymes, top 40, cartoon theme songs, you just love to sing along and we always end up stopping in our tracks and smiling cause it brings us pure joy. it does not get old.
you’re current favorite sayings are “c’mon”, “let’s go”, “i gotcha”, “jump-jump” and “again!”
you’re love for puzzles has you puzzling over and over again and you’re pretty good at it. you’re also getting really good at imaginative play and while you’re not taking your diapers off all the time, you do let me know when you want a diaper change (if i let the easy up get too heavy).
you’ve really fallen in love with both sheriff callie’s wild west and paw patrol. you also love cooking on your bbq grill and playing with your playskool super heroes action figures.
we got a much needed playdate with our favorite little girl. it’s been too long since these kiddies got together, but after an incredibly [cute] nervous first few minutes, magic happened, as it usually does when they get together. i think it helped that brandon was napping for the first half of this playdate, so these two best friends could get some quality giggles in. she happens to thinks brandon is “soooo cuuuute” but we all know who her favorite is.
oh, and just so you know, gaby is the funniest story teller in all the land.
a portrait of my husband, once a week, every week, in 2014
getting ready. i’m so not a morning a person, but i don’t complain about the sight i see when he’s done getting ready for work.
happy valentine’s day everyone!
i love these valentine’s day pics above. i picked up a $5 pack of photo booth props and $1 washi tape from target, put my littlest loves in their red pajamas and let them have some fun with it.
these basically all look like outtakes, but they’re the best shots i got! they’re so special to me, though. they tell the story of the season we’re in right now. jonathan’s appeasing me because i bribed him with lollipops and brandon thinks the decorated side should face him instead of me. they’re perfect to me. i sure do love my funny valentine’s.
may today and every day after today be filled with all the love your heart can handle. besos.
a portrait of my husband, once a week, every week, in 2014
post bath time check up. brandon insists he has an ouchie but nelson assures him they’re just wrinkles from his soak.
brandon’s never been snow’s biggest fan but its been growing on him lately, and while we have had plenty of snow fall this year, it’s always been accompanied with single digits or below zero temperatures. but this monday we awoke to the thickest, whitest, softest snow with normal winter temperatures and i just knew i had to throw on all of brandon’s snow gear to let him at it once we dropped jonathan off at school. [for the record, jonathan has not let the freezing temperatures stop him from frolicking in the snow]
brandon, stomped, dug and threw himself all over that gorgeous fluffy stuff and it was pure joy watching him enjoy it and getting to thoroughly focus on him. jonathan’s always loved the snow and he had plenty of fun snow days before brandon was born where he got all of our attention, so i was really happy to get this one-on-one experience for brandon’s first real snow playing day.
i’ve never seen snow this beautiful. there was no wind, the snow fell gently and never have i seen these new york trees so full of white. it was the most beautiful looking day i’ve ever seen. i’m so glad we enjoyed it outdoors.
photos taken with my iphone