Thursday, February 14, 2013

All About the Kids

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Life has been insanely busy the last couple of months. Not only are we still adjusting to being a family of 6, but we've also become a lot busier not only serving but participating in more church activities. We have different commitments (including BIble Studies, church, Piano, and Dance) on 5 out of 7 nights of the week. I tell you all this, mostly as an excuse of why I haven't been blogging more. I of course, love blogging, but my priority is and always will be my "real" life, and if that means I don't get to blog as much as I want to, so be it. 
Okay… so moving on to why I was really posting…. I haven't updated on the kiddos lately and it's time.
 IMG 6325Let's start with our newest addition:
TItus is now almost 5 months old. I seriously cannot believe how fast it's going, it gets faster with every baby! He is 10lbs and 5oz (but who's counting?) He's been gaining about a pound a month, which is what we were told to expect and hope for, so this is a good thing.
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He is an energetic, happy little boy that loves to be talked to. Anytime anyone takes the time to talk to him he "rewards them" with the biggest baby smile you can imagine.
Yesterday, he learned how to blow bubbles with his drool, so that's been pretty cute to watch. :) (Words only a mother would say, right?)
He finally enjoys his baths.
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He LOVES his brother and sisters. Particularly Alexa, but I'm pretty sure that's mostly because she is constantly talking and/or singing to anyone who will listen, and let's face it, Titus is a captive audience. The relationship is a perfect match.
We recently attempted to put him in his Johnny Jumper, which he seemed to like, but he's still a little small for it. In time I think he'll love it.
He no longer likes to be swaddled, so he's sleeping on his tummy. Which also reminds me, he can roll from his tummy to his back and from his back to his side, though not all the way to his tummy yet. It's just insane how fast he's growing.

Audrey is…. complex. She is a handful, that's for sure, but she's also sweet and lovable and precious. 
We have recently tried, AGAIN to get her to stop sucking her thumb, but we've given up… AGAIN. We actually succeeded for a couple of days, but she seemed to go through an array of emotions we didn't really expect (anger, sadness, sullenness), so we've given it back to her, clearly she isn't ready to live without it. 
Audrey is learning a lot of new things - she has begun matching her colors, counting (to 3 understandably, though I think she can go higher, I'm just not positive because of her speech), bead sorting, number puzzles, do-a-dots and cutting (which is probably her favorite school activity). 
Her speech is slowly continuing to improve, meaning Tim and I can understand her, but not necessarily other people. She can say: Hi, bye bye, mama, Daddy, Tre-te = Treyton, Duc-duc = Alexa, Ti-te = Titus, Baby, Uk= yes, no, wotty = water, potty, pee, poop, yuck, two, three, purple, puppy, owie, mine, moon, momm-ee = mommer, papa, Aun Oni, Ta-tu = Thank You, Please, Nana, I = Skye, Bible, book, pa-pe = paper, nack = snack, dove = love, air = hair, ot = hot, nose, eye, mouth, teeth, cheese, ite = light, elp = help. 
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I'm sure there are a few more, but that's what I got off the top of my head. She likes to tell stories, which are almost completely non-understandable. Sometimes she won't even "try" she just goes ugh-uh-ugh and points and "acts it out" (which can obviously be hilarious). 
Audrey is very goofy - she is funny and loves to make people laugh. She loves music and to sing and dance. Her favorite song to sing is "Christmas Bells" (to the tune of Jingle Bells) which she sang for the Christmas performance at church. She sings this song AT LEAST once a day. IMG 6339Audrey loves shoes and dressing herself. She is a layer freak (like her mama). One day I caught her wearing 5 pair of underwear OVER her pants. She also loves bags and purses and it is not uncommon to find her walking around with a bag full of little toys and gadgets (always our little hoarder).
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She has recently started to climb on everything. I don't know where she's getting this from, but it's something I plan on squashing as quickly as I can.

Alexa continues to grow into a beautiful young woman. She has a very nurturing spirt and loves people. She thrives in relationship. Her best friend is Treyton, but she loves all of her friends. She talks about them all the time, and gets a little "excited" the minute she sees them. I often see her at church walking around with her friends just talking up a storm, like she's 16!!
She loves school, particularly reading, she wants to read to me all the time. 
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Alexa talks ---- ALOT, and I mean ALOT, sometimes she's just talking to herself, just because there isn't anyone around to listen doesn't seem to be reason enough to not talk, so she continues on. She also loves to sing and dance - we recently put a CD player in her room so she's able to listen to music more without blaring the rest of the family out. :)  IMG 6430
She is a great worshipper and pray-er - she is often singing praises to God and can pray like no bodies business. She simply shares her heart and feelings to God and it's a beautiful thing to witness. 
She is dramatic and theatrical, easily making a big deal out of nothing, but also feeling strongly for others as well.
Alexa is a very easy-going gal. She can make a good time out of anything.
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Her new favorite colors is purple, then pink, then blue (or so she tells me).
She is a compulsive nail biter, and I have no idea how to get her to stop. But then again, who am I to talk?
She has decided to take T-ball this summer instead of soccer and has already asked when swimming was going to start again.

Treyton is growing into an incredible young man, that I am proud to call my son. He is a deep-thinker, often thinking of the smallest details and asking questions well beyond his years. IMG 6298
A home-body at heart, he is slowly adjusting to being out and about more, and actually seems to enjoy it (some) :)
An incredible big brother, he's one of the most helpful seven-years olds I have ever met. The other day, I found him in the pantry organizing the cans because he had heard me tell Tim I had wanted to clean it out soon. He is a great cleaner, and likes to keep things organized and in there "right places". He has or will have a system for everything, and once he finds something that works, it's not easily changed for him.
As he is getting older, he wants more and more to be a part of the "adult" conversation, and is often asking "What? What does that mean? Is that good or bad??" in an attempt to understand the bigger picture of the world around him. IMG 6310
He loves to be outside - even when it's freezing cold. He goes out nearly every day, and plays some type of sport or newly made-up game. If he can't be outside, he likes to go to our basement playing basketball. He usually creates some type of game scenario - he'll be some team (like the Wisconsin Badgers) playing against his opponent (like Ohio State) and it's almost always "the biggest game ever".
He has recently started greeting on Wednesday nights at church, his fellow greeters even got him a name tag, to make it official. He's so proud to be serving and really enjoys welcoming people to church.His dream job is to be any kind of professional sports player, or at the very least he would settle as a sports announcer (which he tells me, he practices while he plays the sports) - did I mention what an incredible multi-tasker he was ;) (LOL!) 
Everything is a competition with him. I don't know many people who are as competitive as he is (except maybe his Dad or Aunt Autumn).
He loves the Lord and is beginning to study (with mom and dad) apologetics, which I believe will be one of his greatest interests as he grows in the Lord and his faith.

So hopefully this is a good recap of all that's going on right now, I'm sure I forgot something I'll want to add later, but better to get this post actually published, rather than perfect. :)

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