Sunday, July 28, 2013

Who My Kids Are

Once upon a time, I was the kind of mom that would post often about my children. Things they were learning, what their personalities were like and new milestones they had hit. 

That was then. 

This is now. 

Now, in order to even get these things recorded it practically takes an act of congress. 

But, I promise not to give up (yet), I will keep trying to record what I can for as long as I can so we can look back one day and remember, with as much detail as we can, what life was like "back then".

So in age order, here are a few things about my kids that I don't want to forget and that make them who they are. 

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Treyton 

Soon to be 8, which is a thought in and of myself that blows me away, but we'll save that post for a different day.

Huge helper.

All-type-of-sports fanatic.

In shape. Energetic.

Logical. Practical. Analytical. Deep thinker.

People pleaser.

Talks a lot. Asks lots of questions, most of which I have no idea the answer to. (Examples: "What is the biggest frog in the world? Does it live in North America? Is it poisonous? Do you think it could eat a bird?") 

Has a hard time remembering words and names.

Overuses the word "technically" ("technically", his mother does the same thing). Is a good baseball player.

Can run a mile in 8 minutes and 25 seconds. Ran his first 1K July 26th. 

Loves his younger siblings. Says he wishes he had a big brother. 

Tries to pretend-sleep (so far, mom's not buying it, though he did get auntie skye once :))

Passed level 2 swim this summer. 

Favorite Color: Blue 

Accident prone. 

LOVES swimming. 

Secretly likes piano. 

Baseball player. His favorite position is first base. 

 

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Alexa 

Just turned 5!! 

Just became a no-training-wheels bike rider!!! 

Loves music, dancing, twirling and singing. Her favorite thing to do is to "listen to her music". She isn't half-bad at singing.

Decent singer. 

Tee-ball player.

Day-dreamer. Story-teller. Dramatic. Empathetic. Silly. 

Smart. Fun. Full of life. 

Loves to swim. 

Enjoys her long hair. 

Beautiful inside and out. 

Reads a lot to herself, has a hard time being read to for too long. Will look at a book much longer than she can listen to a book. 

Loves her baby brother.

Favorite Color: Purple 

Sassy. 

Distracted. 

Stylish. 

Loves to dress up and wear jewelry. 

Her favorite princess is Aurora (sleeping beauty). 

First movie she cried from because it was sad: Brave 

First move she attended in the theatre: Monster's University (June 2013). 

Loves school - especially reading. 

Talks a lot. 

 

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Audrey

3 years old!! 

Spunky.

Funny. 

Loves accessories: shoes, bags, jewelry. 

Likes when I pull her hair back (like Alexa). 

Tries to be like her older brother and sister. Loves being a "big kid". 

Laughs with the group, even when she has no idea what's so funny. 

Likes Minnie Mouse, though she's never seen a show or movie with her. 

Priceless smile. 

Loud. 

Favorite Color: Pink

Beautiful laugh. 

Lovely and precious inside and out. 

Sucks her thumb (still). 

Loves babies - real or dolls, she usually is holding one or playing with one. Her favorite baby is, "Titee" (Titus). 

Likes chewing gum. Has now wrecked two shirts with chewing gum. 

Independent. 

Strong. 

Likes Minnie Mouse. 

Does not handle pain well, unless it's brushing her hair. 

Has a temper. 

Frustrated. (mostly from her lack of communication)

Proud of her sunday school projects. 

 

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Titus 

10 Months. 

Content. 

Tough. 

Mama's-boy. 

Likes food. 

Small. 

Sits up well. 

Starting to kiss mama on command. (It's adorable) he grabs my face and opens his mouth wide!! I love his little, or should I say big, kisses. 

Has two bottom teeth!! 

Has the cutest crawl I've ever seen. I would describe it as a frog crawl. Or and inch worm. Butt up, scoots forward. It's AWESOME! 

Loves being mobile. Pretty sure he's going to be a handful once he's actually cruising around. 

Laughs a lot. 

Enjoying table scraps. 

Still wakes up during the night. (2-3 times). 

Healthy. 

Doesn't like parades. 

Strong. 

Screams a lot when it comes to food. 

Referred to as "The Church Baby" because he's always being held and loved on by someone at church (it's awesome!!). 

 

 

Treyton's First Run - The Packers First 1K Kids Run

Treyton has always been a great runner.

When I found out about the Packer's 1st Annual Kids 1K run held on the first day of training camp, I knew he would love to do it. 

When we brought it up to him the first time he was super excited and committed to training. 

The next day I took him out on my bike to see how far he could go. I wasn't exactly sure how far 1K was so I took him a mile to be sure. It was no problem he ran it in 9 minutes. 

Since then we have been working together to run a mile. He would run about 3 or 4 times a week gearing up for the 1k run. 

This past Friday, July 26th was the actual run. 

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He did GREAT!! 

He worked really hard and we are so proud of him. 

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I made t-shirts for the occasion to show our support (can you tell how proud I was of him…. maybe a little too proud)

Though most people were there for the opportunity just to run and even to be able to say they ran through Lambeau field Treyton was there to win it!! He called it a race the entire time and was committed to going as fast as he could through the race. 

Over 700 kids were in the race. They were divided into 4 waves. Treyton was in the 3rd wave for 6-7 year olds (making him one of the oldest in the wave). 

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His wave was quite large. I would say about 150 kids (?) They let the girls go first by 1 minute, then the boys. 

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It was hard to tell what number boy he was to cross over the finish line (because they were mixed in with the girls) but we think he was the 4th boy to cross out of about 100 boys. 

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His time for the 1K was 4 minutes and 46 seconds (timed by dad) they (the race people) did not keep record of the kids time. 

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For participating in the race he received a back pack, a shirt, a medal and his running bib. 

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I think this really sparked a love of running in Treyton. 

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We are hoping to train together and run the 5K together next year. Though, I'll be honest, he is a much faster runner than I am and I usually end up slowing him down. He can run a mile in 8 minutes 25 seconds, I run a mile in about 12 minutes (and that hurts…. a lot). In fact, until recently I couldn't even run a mile without stopping so I'm very happy with the 12 minutes (and still breathing) record. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Baseball Season: Tee Ball and Machine Pitch

Treyton and Alexa both signed up for baseball this year: Alexa in Tee ball, Treyton in Machine Pitch. 

They both really enjoyed it.

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Treyton wished that his game was more like a "real game" - though they count outs and don't let the kids run the bases if they get out, they do let all the kids bat and there are only 2 - 3 innings (depending on time). And even though it isn't his idea of perfect, I seriously don't think he could have enjoyed it any more.

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He loves the game of baseball. I love seeing his passion and commitment. 

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It's fun to watch him play, he's got serious skill! And I'm not just saying that because I'm his, mom. :) He's very dedicated to practicing, he's out there every day, usually with Tim working on his batting, catching and running. 

 

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Alexa also did really well. She is a great listener and very technical. If the coach said to do step 1 - 2 - 3, she did it EXACTLY how how he said it. She is a true joy to watch! 

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The helmet is a little large for her head - kinda cute to watch her run. 

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Alexa's coach was great, he really took the time to talk to Lexa and actually coach her. She, of course, was very friendly and liked to explain everything she did, and ask lots of question. 

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It was a great time to watch the kids be a part of a team and to meet some more families in our area. Treyton actually ended up being on the same team as two of the kids from across the street!