Bennett Wesley :: Four Years Old

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Oh, wow.  I’m the mom of an “officially” four year old boy.  Bennett and I have been talking about how he is turning four, for weeks now and yesterday it was official.  He is so pumped to be four… he lets me know that he is “A LOT older than Remy because Remy is only two”.  He and I have been having some really great conversations lately, especially since he has started the “MAMA!!!” chant at bedtime, so basically that means I have to turn around when I’m half way back to bed, to go back to his room and sit (or lay… whichever he is demanding at that moment) with him and talk about powerful life topics like: When will the full moon come back?  How many stars can we count out the window?  Why spaceships countdown like, 5,4,3,2,1 BLASTOFF?  He is in a big time mommy phase where I’m the only one who can help him with any of his wishes and desires.  Daddy will be standing right there with a towel ready for him to get out of the shower because Bennett has of course already announced his willingness to depart from his hour long water escapade, but as soon as he realizes it’s daddy who has the towel… it’s like “how DARE they send this random person to wrap me up in my towel!  I need the peasant woman… MOM!!!!!”

I have been reflecting on the last year with Bennett and how much he has grown.  Not only is he a couple inches taller, he has matured quite a bit!  When he turned three he would barely say a handful of words to communicate, now he communicates SO well with unlimited vocabulary!   He has the best memory, WAY better than mine.  He remembers so many details from trips we have taken, names of people we have spent time with and where we were… some times I have to try to remember if he is correct!  And he always is!  Oh another thing, when he turned three he was still in diapers, now he is a big boy and does his business on the potty (for almost a year now… but still…)!  I’m one proud mama!

Yesterday was different from all the birthdays before.  Instead of having a big, over-the-top party with lots of friends, we decided to be mellow and just have family over for pizza and cake and pool time, which are all things Bennett loves!  He told me he had so much fun that he wants to have “three birthdays this year”!  Cutie!

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My sweet sweet Bennett,

Two nights ago, you went to bed as a three year old and woke up a four year old!  I can’t believe that this time next year we will be thinking about Kindergarten! You are so precious and every little thing about you brings so much sunshine to my life daily.

There are so many sweet moments that you share with your brother these days.  When you guys are playing together and he walks away because his attention span isn’t quite as long as yours is, and you yell for him to come back and play some more… it’s so so sweet!  When I spy on you guys and find you both sitting on the floor in your room reading books, just the sweetest!  When you grab Remy’s feet so that you can play “This Little Piggy” with his toes and you both squeal out with laughter…ugh!!  SO SWEET!

I love that you can spend hours in the pool with Daddy!  I am so fascinated that you guys can hang in the hot tub playing and chatting for so long and never get bored.  You are always down for a new adventure.  When we went to Belize, I wasn’t sure you would enjoy being on a sailboat for 6/7 hours straight, but you completely surprised me and had the best time!  And it’s something you are always bringing up to talk about with me and reminisce on…. that and the seaplane adventure in Alaska… lol

My favorite times with you are when you show a lot of excitement.  Because you are such a chill little dude, it’s few and far between when you really get amped about things.  When you know you are going to be flying on an airplane, when I tell you we are going on an adventure, when you know it’s Tumble Bus day at school, or when you know that we are going to AlliSongs… all those exciting moments for you are so special for this mama.  I love seeing a big smile on your face and will do anything and everything to keep one on your face whenever I can!

I love you so much little man.  I hope you have the best year being FOUR!

xx Mama



Oh, Christmas Tree! 2018

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I didn’t have time to post these before we left for NYC last weekend, but the tree went up last week!  … And seriously, all of the sudden, the house feels so magical with all the Christmas spirit!

The boys were in awe looking at all the lights and ornaments, I immediately pulled out my camera and started snapping photos of them and their sweet gestures.  They each took one ornament off and played with it for a few minutes, but that was about it!   I’m really surprised they didn’t start grabbing everything and pull the tree down on top of them!  I mean, sometimes these boys can be confused for wild animals…  It’s been up for about 10 days now and everything is still in tact.  This mama (two thumbs pointing at myself) is amazed!

Tree pics from the past can be found here, here, and here.

Has your family put their tree up yet?!? Do you use a real or fake tree?  I always get a real tree.  I’m sure I have written this in the past, but the smell of a live fraser fir is probably one of the best smells of all time.  My whole house is consumed in the scent and I LOVE IT!!!  Sure, the needles are annoying, and the tree will never have the perfect shape… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope the Christmas spirit has hit your homes too!  Happy December, everyone!  It’s going to be a crazy, fun, exciting month!


Independence Day, 2018

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I think my night time photography skills have slightly improved!  Or is that just my opinion?  Ha ha ha!  None of the pictures above have any filter on them, just slight adjustment for sharper image and straightening.  (Insert pat on my back here)

Our 4th of July holiday was filled with a lot of fun in Naples, Florida.  We had some friends who joined us with their baby daughter, and we were enjoying ourselves so much I barely picked up my camera.  But since this was the first time Bennett showed any interest in holding a sparkler, I had to document.  He obviously loved it!  Remy had fun as well just following along and observing everything Bennett was getting in to.  These boys… they keep me busy!

Hope everyone had a great time celebrating America’s birthday!  I know we did!

xx

 


Old McMicky’s Farm

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A happy belated birthday party for my sweet boy, Bennett.  We had to reschedule his original party due to Bennett being sick and contagious, but we just postponed everything and it turned out great!  We had lots of family and friends there to help celebrate our THREE YEAR OLD!  He got to brush some goats, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet & milk a pregnant cow, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to ride a pony, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet a baby turkey, DID take a hay ride by tractor, and DID enjoy lots of cake!

It rained a bit but it actually worked out in our favor because being June in Florida, temps can be brutal.  The rain really cooled us off and brought a much appreciated breeze.  I think all the kiddos had a great time being farmers for the day!

Thank you, Old McMicky’s Farm for such a great venue for Bennett’s third birthday party, and for being so easy to work with to postpone last minute!  We can’t wait to visit again soon!

** Cake & cakepops were made by Sweet Tooth Cakery**


Bennett Wesley :: Three Years Old

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Today, at 10:15 AM, my oldest boy turned three.  He was greeted with balloons galore, a yard sign (which he could see from his bedroom window), and homemade blueberry muffins!!  Just kidding, the muffins were store bought, ain’t no one got time for that… Regardless, he had a pretty magical morning to start off his third year alive with a bang!

This little dude… he’s seriously the light of my life.  He has such a unique personality that is always changing and evolving.  Lately his speech has been growing rapidly with Husband & I, yet he will not say a peep to strangers and he is still very shy even with close friends.  His favorite activity continues to be swimming, but riding on mama’s bike is a close second.  I love spending every Thursday picking him up from school early to enjoy lunch together (with Remy), grab a cupcake from Sprinkles, then go to music class where he can dance and play instruments for about an hour.  He has become so in tune with this routine, I feel bad if there’s ever a Thursday we can’t make it.

He is awesome with all his numbers, colors, animals, and ABC’s.  ‘B’ is his favorite of course because “‘B’ is for BENNETT!”.  He also knows that ‘R’ is for Remy, but it’s not said in the excited voice that ‘B’ gets.  We still spend our evenings on the front porch drinking apple juice and reading books.  Right now his favorite book is Pout Pout Fish, we seriously read it about twelve times a day.  His teacher actually got him that book for Christmas and he has loved it every day since he got it.  Speaking of his teacher, he is still loving school.  I’m amazed at how much he has learned since he started a year ago…

He gets his haircut pretty regularly now, along with little bro. He is such a handsome little boy, I can’t get over how precious he is!  We go in tomorrow for his three year physical and I cannot wait to hear how tall he is and how much he weighs.  I think he recently has gone through a growth spurt because he was eating a lot more than usual.  He is SO tall!  Much taller than the kids in his class and the kids in his play group!  As much as I love that he is tall, it’s a little frustrating when parents who don’t know him and his age, think that he is older than he is.  So he will have a meltdown at times and they look at me like, get your five year old under control… and I make sure to point out the fact that he is barely three and that’s just the way three year olds roll!  Thank you very much (read in a sassy tone)!  But this is a very rare occurrence, most often than not, he is a very sweet boy and doesn’t cause big scenes.  He mostly does that at home… just for me ;)

Next Saturday (the 12th), after all the grandparents are back from their European excursion, we will be celebrating Bennett BIG TIME at Old McMicky’s Farm.  So, I will post about his party later this month, but until then, just a few words from this mama…

My first son, Bennett,

What a special human you are!  Everything about you brings joy to my life.  How smart you are, your precious little voice, your competitiveness (which I’m already starting to see), how good of a swimmer you are, your fabulous dance moves, when you share with your brother… these are all things I am so proud of!  You melt my heart with those big hugs you sometimes freely give, and the public smooches, though very rare… well… I could bottle that up and store them forever!!  Seriously the BEST!  When you hold my hand walking to church… or when you say my name about fifty bajillion times because you have something very important to say or ask… or when I catch you playing the piano or ukulele… or when you are playing nicely with brother and you both start cracking up out of the blue!!  Oh, this mama is just so happy to have you as her own!

I don’t know what my life would be like without your precious face in it every day.  I want you to know that you are so loved!  Every.single.day my love for you is deep and never ending!  You and your brother are my greatest accomplishments and I couldn’t have imagined a better life than this one with you guys!  You, Bennett, are absolute perfection in my eyes, I adore you so!  Please continue to stay curious for anything in life, continue to learn with a never ending pit in your head for knowledge, continue to try to be patient and to love your brother (he’s the only one who will have your back in life when your parents aren’t there to help), and continue to enjoy the simple things in life like you do!

I love you, my baby.

Mama