32 years young

It’s been the best day! I have been loved on, cuddled with and cherished by all four of my guys. I laughed until I cried and spent a wonderful day surrounded by those I love the most. 32 is going to be the best year yet!

Underwater family selfies are the best!
all four of my guys

underwater family photos

pool selfies

Also, this is my 700th post. How can that be?!?

watermelon

Summer isn’t summer without watermelon!

Luc loves watermelon, will fuss at you if you try to take his slice away (even if there is only a rind left) and can demolish a slice of watermelon with only 4 teeth!

watermelon

watermelon monster

watermelon

watermelon baby

watermelon

watermelon

summer is here

It has been pretty warm here in sunny Florida so we broke out the kiddie pool and have been having some good ol’ fashioned fun in the sun. Luc splashed with his big brothers for the first time and absolutely loved it. I am pretty sure we will spend the majority of our summer right here!
Luc's first time in the pool

getting a feel for it

brothers

splish splash

loving the pool

the fish- Charlie Tuna

so many smiles and giggles from all little boys

brothers

not sure how long they will all fit in there

splish splash

one ,two, three, GO!

so much fun

JUMP

Bathing Beauty

smiles

serious about his splashing

more splashes

and more splashing

happy new year

2013 year in review…

January
We played outside (in diapers and underwear since it was SO warm), Jay learned how to ride his first bike and we celebrated his 3rd Birthday!
Charlie playing outside

Jay's third birthday

Jay learning to ride his push bike

February
We made some updates around the house, I painted some new bedroom furniture, Jay was potty trained and Charlie really started running around.
furniture update

potty training

Charlie running- 02/2013

March
We enjoyed a little bit of a cold front, found out that we would be welcoming another baby boy to the family, built our super cool backyard fort and hosted the shrimp boil.
it's a boy

fort building

building a fort

April
We battled some a nasty cold where Charlie had to do breathing treatments, I finished Jay’s quilt, we played with cars, played outside and enjoyed our new slip and slide.
Charlie completing a breathing treatment

Jay's quilt

playing with cars

slip and slide

May
We celebrated Charlie’s half birthday, we grew butterflies, we played out front in our kiddie pool, started swimming again and played outside in the rain.
Charlie's half birthday

butterflies

kiddie pool fun

pool fun!

playing in the rain

mud covered Charlie

June
Charlie got his first haircut, we took a trip to Starbucks Springs, we swam a whole lot, I painted the boys joint big boy room and we vacationed in Anna Maria Island with family.
before

during

canoeing with Daddy

the big boys shared room

swimming!

Anna Maria Island

July
We welcomed our third beautiful baby boy, Luc, into the world, Jamie and I celebrated 7 years of marriage and I turned 31 years old.
LUC!

Luc and Mommy

three boys

August
We spent a lot of time in the pool, the boys finished their swimming lessons and Jay started preschool 3 days a week.
swimming

swimming stud

jump!

Jay starts school

September
We visited with extended family while they were in town, attended Jay’s first school parade and swam some more!
Memere and Luc

Jay's school parade

ga-ga's

ring diving

jumping

pool tricks

October
Jamie celebrated his 33rd birthday, worked out the kinks of our new shared sleeping arrangements and therefore battled with some very tired boys; we built a whole lot of duplo towers, made some pretty adorable Halloween costumes and battled off some terrible preschool germs.
built towers

more tower building

hanging out

sleepy Charlie

sleepy boys

sleepy Jay

November
Jay attended his first Florida State football game with Jamie, Charlie celebrated his 2nd birthday and we enjoyed visiting with family when they were in town visiting.
birthday boy

uncle scott and auntie frannie

perreault family

December
We decorated our house for the holidays, enjoyed Jay’s preschool Christmas program, took a trip to Terra Ceia and enjoyed holidays with our boys and extended families.
decorating

christmas tree

Terra Ceia
merry Christmas!

Every January as I look back at our year I can’t help but feel so incredibly blessed. We have had a wonderful 2013 and I can’t wait to see what 2014 is going to bring!

blue waters- water skiing and tubing

This year during the beach trip we were able to take advantage of a pretty amazing boat. Jamie’s dad, Pepere, belongs to a boat club which he generally uses to have fishing boats while he is in Terra Ceia; however, while we were at the beach he rented a deck boat and the family was able to do some skiing and tubing along with other boating activities.

While I would have loved to have gone skiing or tubing I decided that I didn’t actually want to have our son while were on vacation and I played the part of photographer from the boat. I kicked myself for not having our big camera (dslr) with us but I do love the photos that we did get of everyone having fun. We even were able to give the boys a turn, riding with Daddy of course, and although their faces don’t really show it they really enjoyed themselves.

The first couple of photos are Uncle Bob’s, he took some amazing photos (with his DSLR) of Josh and Jamie skiing before I grabbed our camera. Josh has been skiing for quite awhile and this was Jamie’s second shot at it.

Josh Skiing

Josh Skiing

Jay on the boat

Kristen, Jay and Charlie on the boat

Jamie Skiing

Jamie Skiing

Uncle Bob Skiing

Maggie Skiing
maggie skiing

Aunt Holly the Great
aunt holly the great

relaxed boat riders

sean and mary beth

hanging on tight

Jamie and Charlie
Jamie and Charlie in the tube

still Charlie and Jamie

Nicole and Jeremiah
Nicole and Jeremiah

Holly and Mimi
Holly and Mary Sue

Holly and Mimi

Jamie and Jay
Jamie and Jay

Jamie and Jay in the tube

Jamie and Jay

giving the thumbs up

Jamie and Jay

Uncle Mark and Maggie

blue waters- beach time

Here’s the second installment of photos- the beach. We spent almost every morning on the beach playing in the beautiful water and sand. It was glorious and these photos don’t really do it any justice.

water baby

daddy and his boys

Maggie

Charlie LOVED standing in the crashing waves and almost getting knocked over.
thrilled charlie

on a few of the days Charlie took it upon himself to nap while in the ocean
sleeping Charlie

birthday sharers

Josh and Charlie

Mommy and Charlie

happy couple

uncle bob doing what he does best

uncle mark and his guys

november boys

all 5 of the coopers

aunt holly the great and her kiddos

maggie and kenny

shade from the BAT

mimi and jay making drip castles

cuddly boy, who's almost asleep again

maggie

the square hole

kite flying

even at the beach there are cars

sand play

jay waist deep in sand

fort building

more car playing

two boys in a hole

blue waters- pool time

Because of the sand and salt water I don’t take my super large camera (DSLR) with us frequently when we spend time at the beach; there is just too much that could go wrong. That being said I tote around our waterproof camera with us almost everywhere we go which results in tons of water photos. Here’s the first set of those photos from our many, many dips in the pool.

By the way, I am pretty sure that my children are half fish and I know that my husband is. I am constantly having to drag them all out of the pool…

underwater mommy and charlie

my boys

the Jay Bird fish

my fish

charlie tuna fish

submarine rides

jamie- aquaman

self portrait

being silly with Uncle Jeremiah

Mommy and Charlie

stiff stiff

Aunt Nicole and Charlie

Mimi and Jay

aquaman

family photo

blue waters

A week ago we returned from a wonderful week at the beach, Anna Maria Island specifically, and while laundry and a sick kiddo have kept me from being able to post these as soon as we returned here they are for you to enjoy. While we were there I was 34 weeks pregnant, and on my last week of allowed travel per Doctor’s orders, so while I was moving a little more slowly we made the best of it and cherished our time as a family of four.

I am pretty short on words these days, I blame the tiny person inside of me along with the other two that are running around outside of me, so instead of a whole lot of commentary I will just let the photos speak for themselves and say a great time was had by all. As usual, we have a ton of photos from the week so I will break them up into a few posts so I don’t overwhelm you.

sunset and my boys

silly batgirl maggie

maggie and josh

a nice one of the happy couple

Daddy and his boys

aunt Nicole and uncle Jeremiah

before the storm rolled in

my favorite photo from the trip

Jamie with his Mom and sisters

sitting on the dock of the bay

march babies

all 9, almost 10 Perreault's

2013 Cousin Photo

Charlie Tuna

If you would like to see some of the photos from our last trip, it’s a semi-annual trip made by Jamie’s family, check out this, this, this or this post.

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

springtime in florida

We have been in the big pool once already; swim lessons (in the big outdoor pool) start at the end of the week; we have taken out the slip n slide, water table and now the kiddie pool. As far as I’m concerned springtime in Florida is in full swing! Living here does have it’s perks although come July/August I am pretty sure I will be joining the boys in the kiddie pool because it is going to be HOT! Most days we need to burn off a ton of energy just so the boys don’t end up killing each other before Daddy gets home… I call this next activity: pre-nap time survival, that and cheap entertainment.

Oh and if you want to see how much the kiddos have grown in the last year check out these and these kiddie pool pics from last year.

JUMP!

splash

so much fun!

two very happy boys

JUMP

what could be more fun than splashing up a storm?