happy new year

2015 hasn’t been an easy year for our family. However, regardless of the difficulties there has always been joy. Our three boys bring smiles to our faces and laughter to our house on a daily basis and for that we are always grateful. Regardless of what 2016 brings I hope that we can always focus on what really matters, our family. Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a wonderful 2016.

2015 a year in review…

January
We celebrated Luc’s 1/2 birthday, Jay’s 5th Birthday, he requested a “Blue Heart cake with Flames on it”.
Lucas half birthday
Jay- 5 years old
his cake

February
We read books, we built a ridiculous amount of things with duplo, enjoyed the cooler weather outside and it even got cold enough one night to freeze water outside. The boys set up an “experiment” and were thrilled that some of the water froze.
duplo building
concentration tongue
our experiment

March
We played outside in the pool and also in the rain, we raced cars and Kristen finished her first queen sized quilt.
playing in the pool
playing in the rain
queen sized quilt

April
April was a crazy month. We hosted the annual Shrimp Boil which also served as George’s retirement party, Jamie got a new standing desk, we rearranged most of the office after getting the desk and created a lego area for Jamie and a sewing area for Kristen, we celebrated Easter and decorated a bunch of eggs, did a heck of a lot of lego building and Kristen finished another quilt.
George's Shrimp Boil Retirement Party
testing out Daddy's desk
Jamie's new desk
the lego area
Charlie building away
Easter Eggs
Luc decorating too
Charlie's

May
We built a bunch more lego, we swam in the pool for the first time in 2015, finished up a the school year at MSEE, Charlie got a new bike, Jay started riding a bike without training wheels and Luc got his first haircut.
playing lego
all of the boys in the pool
more swimming
Jay Bird flying fish
Charlie's new bike
Luc's first haircut

June
We spent a lot of time in the pool and we spent the week on Anna Maria Island with Jamie’s family.
all four boys on the beach
our boys on the beach
the whole family

July
We spent the week at the beach with my Mom, celebrated Luc’s 2nd Birthday, Jay’s half birthday and our 9th Wedding Anniversary.
boogie boarding with Dad
boogie boarding
enjoying a evening walk on the beach
Luc enjoying the waterI am 2!
he's 2!!

August
We enjoyed some time with cousins visiting from Canada, swam in the pool a WHOLE lot, Charlie started a 3 day 3’s program at MSEE and Jay started Kindergarten at Brookshire Elementary School.
pool fun with cousins
a family walk before school started
pool fun
pool fun!!
Charlie's meet the teacher
first day of school
walking to school with Dad

September
We adjusted to our new school schedule, took a trip to Terra Ceia and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
hanging out
three boys in a tree

October
We played outside a whole lot, dressed up in both Halloween costumes and a ton of dress up clothes and we took Jay and Charlie to Disney for the first time.
playing outside
playing outside
3 Peter Pans
Peter Pan!!
frist trip to Disney
Halloween 2015

November
We had to say goodbye to our sweet kitty, Bella, and we celebrated Charlie’s 4th Birthday for which he requested a “mouth cake”.
saying goodbye
Charlie is 4!!
Charlie is 4!

December
We prepared and decorated with the Holidays, Charlie learned to ride a bike without training wheels, we took a trip to Jacksonville to celebrate Memere’s birthday and got to see a lot of family and we celebrated Christmas.
boys in PJ's
listening to Daddy play
celebrating Memere's birthday

building brothers

There are times that they fight, scream and hit each other; however, there are also times that they play so well together…

And excuse the underwear, pants are optional most days around here.

building

building

so proud of his tall tower

brothers and building

this last one is out of focus but I still love Charlie’s face in it :)
cute Charlie

me making

Lately Charlie has been a duplo building fool. He is constantly building tower after tower and adding “guys” to them or balancing trucks on top of the towers. His towers are pretty intricate and impressive for his age, I think he might have gotten his Daddy’s lego loving jean after all. It’s adorable to watch his little mind at work; however, I could live without the tantrums that occur when you ask him to stop “making” and come for supper or clean up and head to bed. We have had to compromise quite a bit lately and either let the tower come to the dinner table or let him take one of the guys to bed. You’ve got to pick your battles right ;)

Charlie making

Charlie making

Charlie making

bedtime compromises

happy napper with his

tired boys

Until very recently, it has been so disgustingly warm here that it has been a challenge to get outside without completely melting. However we have been going out even though it is hot (two tiny energetic people cooped up in a house all day long is a bad situation) and this is how the boys usually end up looking after any outdoor adventure- hot, sweaty and just plain tired.

tired Charlie

tired Jay

Even thought they aren’t smiling I still really like these photos.

cars

It’s going on almost two years that my little one has been obsessed with cars and now Charlie is starting to take interest. I am not sure we have enough to entertain them both ;)

Please excuse the underwear; pants are optional around here lately.

tada!

silly smiling and showing off his cars

slip sliding away

We have our moments these days with a constantly teething toddler (Charlie) and an independent/stubborn 3 year old and needless to say not all days are filled with rainbows and unicorns. However, last week on an especially difficult day we pulled out the slip n slide and Jamie tossed the boys down it over and over again until they were turning purple and we had to come in. It was hilarious to watch, the boys LOVED it and it was such a nice end to our day. It was definitely $5 well spent, yes you read that correctly it was only $5- thank you target ;)

ready for launch

I love Jay's face in this one

two at a time

sideways!

slip n slide

slip n slide

Charlie loved when Jay would crash into him
bowling for brothers

having a blast!

having a blast

Jay having so much fun

more fun

Charlie’s diaper got really big so we eventually just took it off.
naked slip n slide

summer time fun

crazy normal part 2

a few more from the phone

a GREAT mail day- now to get started on some projects ;)

he’s giving kisses now

prepping to wash the alphabet mat

what, you don’t wash foam letters in your dishwasher?

he is not a huge fan of the gate

he couldn’t quite get his hat off when he was riding in the car and this is how he looked when I opened the door

how many pears can I fit in my mouth all at once

paper, scissors, glue

impressive coloring skills for a 2.5 year old if you ask me