Nov 172014

3 years old

Silly faced Charlie

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna- 3 years old
Charlie Tuna,
As per usual, I am having a hard time grasping that one of my babies is turning another year older! I think that is is something that Mommy will have a hard time with regardless of the kiddo and regardless of the age. Sorry buddy, you’ll just have to get used to the ridiculously long birthday hugs followed by me asking “are your sure you’re THREE (or whatever age you currently are) years old, I don’t believe it?!?!!”

If we are starting with true honestly here I will tell you that three is by far not my favorite age… Newborns are cute and cuddly, one year olds adorable, funny and still cuddly, two is when you start to talk and your personality shines and well three, while it has some major perks, it is tough!!! You know how to use your words but you choose not to a lot of the time. Opting for either full-out banshee screaming or mutters, grunts and foot stamping when you don’t get what you want or even sometimes when you do. Really there is no predicting it sweet boy. Some nights for supper I give you options, you’ll choose exactly what you want to eat and then refuse to have even one bite when the exact thing you requested is placed in front of you. This happens when you aren’t given the choice as well, just in case you are curious. I guess the most predictable thing about three (and by the way you are advanced and started your decent in to full on threes a few months early- I am hoping this means you will find your way out of them sooner as well) is that nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is predictable about you dear boy. It’s true; one day you want a nap and hop right up in bed and crash nearly immediately, the next day you spend 20 minutes screaming at the door (in full banshee mode, as referred to earlier) until you pass out on the floor waking for another round within 15/20 minutes after you crashed. Sometimes you want to play with your brothers/share and act ridiculously silly with them. Other times, the mere sight of them throws you over the edge! Sometimes you hop into the car eager to take whatever car ride we currently are taking, other times you wail because your buckles are TOO tight!! By the way, they aren’t ever changed and are never too tight. Its unpredictability at its definition sweet boy and man is it challenging. You’re fiercely determined and stubborn but you are also charismatic and genuine. What you see is what you get with you Charlie and because of it you have people wrapped around your little finger minutes after meeting them; being rewarded with smiles, extra cookies and even 10% off our bill at a restaurant (yes this really happened). You love people and the stories they have to tell. When you play, you are always talking about people we know or making up grand stories about the duplo guys and the lives that they live. You love looking at pictures of people that we know and asking what they are doing or where they are now. You want to know about strangers, their names, where they are from, you want to know their stories. You talk to everyone, this makes public outings time-consuming but entertaining to say the least. Really there is not one person that you won’t talk to; most often referring to them as “Sir” or “Lady” and occasionally “Man” if we are forgetting our manners. You feel and love with every ounce of your being (this is not a bad thing sweet boy) but it does mean that your feelings get hurt from time to time and that a more gentle approach can work wonders with you.

Simply put, little boy, you are wonderfully and beautifully created and I am so proud to be your Mommy. Nightly I pray that I can meet the challenge of being your Mommy with grace and an understanding heart because I know three is hard for you too. I pray that I enjoy those glimpses of the truly astounding person you are and are continuing to become. I can’t wait to see what is ahead for you sweet boy, it’s greatness I am sure of it, but even more so I am really looking forward to watching the journey.

Happiest of Birthdays, Charlie Tuna!!! I love you!!

Love,
Momma

    Nov 012014

    my three sons outtakes

    And because the outtakes are almost as great, if not more so, than the “nice” ones… here you are. Enjoy!!!

    outtakes

    outtakes

    outtakes

    outtakes

    outtakes

    outtakes

      Oct 312014

      Halloween 2014

      Hope everyone had a SUPER Halloween!!!

      The Flash

      my heros

      Robin

      Robin

      Robin

      Batman!!

      Robin

      Super Heroes

      The Flash

      Batman

      Batman

      Batman

      Super Heroes

      The Flash

      Batman and Robin

      Buds ;)

      Robin

      Robin

      The whole crew

      Tony Stark aka my geek

      my hero

        Oct 162014

        my three sons

        Almost the same place in the yard, almost exactly 6 months apart and completely unplanned just like this set of photos... So much fun to compare the two ;)

        Charlie, Luc and Jay

        Luc, Charlie, Jay

        Luc, Charlie, Jay

        **I know that they are all very similar photos but I couldn’t pick just one to share.**

          Oct 112014

          preschool happenings

          So this post is ridiculously late. For posterity’s sake let’s just pretend that I have my act together and that this was posted in August when it should have been ;)

          Both Jay and Charlie started preschool last week. Jay on Monday, going 4 days (9-12pm) a week and Charlie on Tuesday going 2 days (9-12pm) a week. We met their teachers the week before and they have been so excited about going since!! Both of the boys had fabulous first days and we couldn’t ask for better teachers or a better school!! I am continually grateful that we chose to send our boys to MSEE; there isn’t a better place for them to be!!

          Photos from meet the teacher

          Jay’s Teachers- Mrs. Hosler and Mrs. Pastore (Charlie joined in for the photo) Jay’s face in this photo pretty much sums up how he feels about school. He loves it SO much! He can’t wait to get out of the house in the morning to go and he talks about it all afternoon when we get home.

          Jay's meet the teacher

          Charlie’s Teachers- Mrs. Coutant and Mrs. Stimmel

          Charlie's meet the teacher

          First Day Photos-

          Jay- first day of PK4

          Charlie- first day 2 day 2's

          Charlie's first day

          Charlie asked me on the way in to school today if I was going to stay with him and when I told him I wasn’t he looked at me and said “Oh Gosh!”. However, when I was dropping him off in his classroom he looked at Mrs. Stimmel after hugging me goodbye and said “I didn’t want Mommy to walk me in”. Needless to say, Charlie had no “first day jitters” to overcome! And in case you were curious, neither did Jay. He walked right in and had to be reminded to say goodbye to me! I love that they love school!

          The boys asked me to take this one when we got to school on Charlie’s first day. Sweet brothers ;)

          brothers at school

            Oct 092014

            gadget kid

            Seriously, melt me sweet boy, melt me…

            Charlie and his watch

              Oct 082014

              a little helping hand

              A big brother sure is a wonderful thing to have ;)

              teeth brushing

              helping hand

              helping hand

              Jay and Luc