14 February, 2015

Our Little Ones Aren't So Little








Gage: Loves kindergarten, loves to read and write (favorite book is Fly Guy), squeezes Will's head a little to hard sometimes when he's feeling particularly affectionate. Asks kids to be his friend without any fear, is sometimes rejected, but once he's had a good cry with me gets over it (I admire that!). Loves pizza day at school and buys lunch every Friday so that he can get pizza and a popsicle. Dances like you've never seen when I play his jams. Prays constantly. Bears his testimony often to the family, but only once at church and it was a little freaky for him. Can play "Joy to the World" on our old piano. Loves Legos, Batman, Super Gage, Star Wars, Narnia, and eating snacks in his room in the morning before seven. Fears The Dark Hono, showers, and early bed times. Gage is everyone's hero, but more importantly, everyone's friend. He deliberately keeps the lights off upstairs when he has to grab something just to test his own bravery. He takes care of his siblings and takes care of me. Steven is his very best friend.

KJ: Oh, KJ. She is two going on thirteen. Loves her brothers, loves babies and baby animals. Loves books, especially "The Cookie Book". Stays in the bath way too long and naps like a champ (almost) every day. Loves flowers and jewelry and painting her nails. Craves dairy, all day long. Does ballet, paints pictures, sings made-up songs, and gives juicy kisses. Sometimes attacks Gage when she's grumpy. Nurtures and bosses and expects to be obeyed. Loves looking beautiful and being told she's important. Prays long, long, long morning and night prayers and always gives Heavenly Father a vivid account of what she's doing at that moment. Holds Daddy's face in her hands and strokes his stubbly beard, telling him that it's okay. Already has a Mother Heart.

Will: Just turned one! Has been walking since nine months, eats a lot. Nurses like a champ and always has. Says "Mama", "Dada", and "Jjjjgh," which we think is "Gage". Has a sensitive heart and feels rejected easily. Plays quietly by himself at certain times of the day with his little farm house and farm animals. Loves bath time, dancing around the house to Harry Connick Jr. in my arms, and chewing on chapter books. Belly laughs with Gage and coos romantically at Kjel. Gives open-mouth kisses and tight hugs. Struggles with sleep, but makes up for it with sweetness. My little boyfriend.

27 December, 2014

Holiday Baking

Sis and I spent yesterday morning in the kitchen making sugar cookies and chocolate-candy cane crinkle cookies. She loved rolling out the dough with her tiny rolling pin.

Gage, with precision, used the cookie cutters, and then a few hours later (while Kjel was outside with Steven) got to decorate them all by himself. He almost wept with delight, "You meant I get to put frosting and sprinkles on?! By myself?!"

Speaking of weeping, Gage lost it last night when I read "Love You Forever" to him and KJ before bed last night. KJ stroked his forehead for like five minutes while he let the tears roll freely down his little pink cheeks. I kept telling him we could read another book, but he cried harder at the thought of not finishing it.

Gage has the most tender heart on the planet; I hope he never changes.




17 December, 2014

This Autumn

These two, and the first house they hit up for Halloween. These people gave FULL SIZE candy bars. What is the world coming to?! In a good way ;)

I've happily let go of any ambitions for this silly blog of ours to be anything but a lovely memory book for my kids to occasionally glance at when they are feeling nostalgic as grown-ups.

I realized while nursing Will before his naps that I can blog from my phone (imagine that! technology!) and thereby move the over abundance of photos from my phone to their rightful home in our family chronicles. 

I felt the poor photo formatting deserved an explanation ;).

All of these pictures are from this autumn, which came and went far too quickly. It was a season of crisp apples, cool breezes, and long walks through crunchy leaves. I loved every second of it.

















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