Sunday, April 29, 2018

penn liam - 3 years old

Happy Birthday Penn!!

Year 2 has been a big one for Penn! It's hard to believe he is 3! THREE!!!

I think one of the things that stands out to me about Penn's 2nd year is how much he's become obsessed with Keaton. He's always loved his big brother, but seems almost lost without Keaton around.

Penn is the best little brother....he torments, surprise attacks, wrestles, tries to take Keaton's toys, etc 😂

All that said...he also shares very well and wants to be by Keaton's side when he's in time-out or not feeling well. If K is crying he'll follow him around asking "What's wrong Keaton?" Penn always wants to give K a kiss before nap, bed, and getting dropped off at school.
Penn had/has some challenges this past year. We're working so hard to help him progress and each day I see that happening!

He's problem solving more on his own and his patience has grown by miles!
Trying to get a vitamin gummy from the upper cabinet...
He's always been my wild child. I don't think that will change any time soon.
Penn is especially small in size for his age, but does not let that stop him! 
He's not afraid to try new things {except food} and loves making new friends! 

Penn thrives around other kids! If we're at a park and other kids show up, it's like his whole body lights up! He's the one extrovert in our family 😁
Penn loves music, coloring, painting, and anything artistic! He does everything with his entire body and that includes paint...I've never seen a child make such a mess! 😂 He learned all his colors a long time ago and even goes into the more abstract ones...peach, purple, gray.
Penn has a BIG personality! When he's know it! When he's not know it! He does not hold back. I'm not sure I've ever been squeezed and loved on so hard in my entire life. Or yelled at 😆
This little boy loves me big time, but not as much as I love him. He has helped me change in areas of my life I didn't even know needed changing and is constantly s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me, which is making me a better, more empathetic, and loving person. I never knew a 3 year old could have that kind of impact, but Penn does. 

We met him 1 day after he was born and I remember the first time I held him like it was yesterday. Most days I forget that he is adopted - he's just one of us. We were all made for each other. 

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" Matthew 22:37

Fun Facts - 2 years
*Weighs- 24lbs
*Sizes-  24 month shirt, 18-24 month pants, 5 shoe
*Says - everything we say - repeats a lot
*Favorite toys/activity - Bubbles, swinging,   
*Favorite foods - lebanon bologna, pepperoni, applesauce packs, yogurt, PB, veggie straws, teddy grahams, fruit snacks, donuts w/sprinkles, ice cream
*Favorite place to visit - Chocolate World
*Favorite books - Pete the Cat, Thomas, Thank You God
*Favorite TV shows - Paw Patrol, Umizoomi, PJ Mask, YouTube Playdough
*Favorite songs - Jesus Loves Me, Caspar Babypants
*Favorite animals - dogs
*Favorite bath toy - paint
*Favorite character - Paw Patrol
*Favorite brother - Keaton ;0)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

keaton mark - 4 years old

Happy Birthday Keaton!

We give year 3 a big thumbs up! 
{Also this post is dedicated to the color blue, Keaton's favorite} 
The days are long and the years are so so super short. I cannot handle this boy turning FOUR

We have loved the heck out of this past year!!
Keaton's 2-3 word phrases turned into sentences, that turned into paragraphs, that turned into non-stop talking. He is so funny these days and comes up with the best stuff!
He found his voice in year 3 and it thrills me! Keaton used to be so quiet and reserved. Afraid to talk to anyone and always hiding behind me. Now he is outgoing {kind of 😉}, loud, silly, chatty, and just plain 4 year old BOY!

He asks me all the time "Mommy was that silly?!?!" He loves to be the funny guy now.

 For as silly as he is, he's still very practical. I just took him back to his room and told him his nap time wasn't over, but he could read books if he wanted. He said "I'll have to look at the pictures because I can't read those book. They all have words and I don't know them!!"


Keaton watches everything we do. This was right after I got back from pushing he and Penn in the stroller. He started pushing the mower and said he was going for a run. HA
Speaking of which, Keaton ran his first race this year!
Keaton does most things on his own now and even helps me out around the house! He likes to have a job. He can be a little spit fire when he wants to be, but I know he wants to please us.
He gives Penn a lot more attention and even asks him to play. They pick on each other like it's their job, but overall he's still fairly patient with him. Keaton includes him when he talks about going out {Knoebels, HP, chocolate world} and I think that's sweet he thinks of him.
 I know I've said this before and all parents say it about their kids, but Keaton really is a special boy. He has a tender heart, smart mind, and fun disposition. He listens to directions well {when he wants to} and "gets" things. He is patient, kind, and remembers everything.

I know it'll be only a few blinks and he'll be 14....
Four years ago, Keaton made me a Mom and was living proof that miracles really do happen.

We love you more than words can say!

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37

Fun Facts - 4 years
*Length- 42"
*Sizes-  5T in shirt, 4T pants, 9 shoe
*Says - talks all.of.the.time
*Favorite toys/activity - Run , riding his bike, bounce house, going to Knoebels and Hershey Park   
*Favorite foods - ice cream, donuts, grapes, blueberries, apples, sprinkle cheddar cheese, hot dogs, yogurt 
*Favorite place to visit - Knoebles
*Favorite books - he loves all books - it rotates
*Favorite TV shows - Umizoomi, Paw Patrol, PJ Mask, 
*Favorite songs - Jesus Loves Me, Battle of Jericho, Caspar Babypants songs
*Favorite animals - penguin
*Favorite color - blue
*Favorite bath toy - popsicle bath {eats popsicle in the bath!}
*Favorite character - not sure, it seems to change a lot
*Favorite brother - Penn ;0)
*Favorite shirt - anything with his name
*Favorite pants - cozy {sweat} pants
*Favorite shoes - natives or flip flops

Thursday, April 19, 2018

dedicating baby mack

 On Sunday, we were lucky enough to attend True North Church and watch Baby Mack get dedicated!

We're big fans of babies around here, but baby Mack and baby Brooklyn are at the top of our list :)

We drove over to NJ that morning and just stayed for the day before heading home. The service started at noon - a little late for our boys, but they did great! 

LOTS of baby boys during this dedication...something like 8! Phew! Hope there are some girls in the next line up 😉

 We all headed back to Mack's house for lunch. Here's Penn trying to grab a kiss from M. Kissing babies is his specialty 😘
And take a look of these lucky boys! They got birthday gifts from Aunt Shannon & Uncle Ted!

Keaton got this {amazingly} awesome Nerf car launcher...
 It stays on the ground and will only work if grounded. He can do it himself, which is a bonus!
 Penn's gift was equally as awesome. Ahem. Look at his face 😯 We tried it yesterday and he had a blast. I thought it might keep him from being completely covered in paint, but nope! He still needed his post-paint bath.
Busy, fun day! Boys were asleep within 5mins of getting into the van! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

life lately

Our April and May have all the sudden gotten super busy! Things keep popping up and I love it!

Keaton and Penn are at the age where sitting around at home gets old fairly quick, so it's nice to have things on the calendar. 

All that to say, here's a little of our life lately :)

Last weekend, my sister and her family stopped by for pizza and playing.
 We don't see them enough, so it was fun to spend some time together.
 So.much.rain. here recently. Two ducks at chocolate world {this is by far one of their favorite things to do}! Free ride and free chocolate...can you go wrong?!
 Snuggles with this guy are one of MY favorite things!
And can you even handle these 2?? Penn is such a touchy feely guy - he likes to be snuggled up close.
 More rain this week, but it's cleared up for some outside time! Every time I see these 2 redheads together I just shake my head....
 What are the odds our biological son and adopted son would have the same red hair!? Sometimes I think God just giggles up in heaven when I think that {all the time}...His plans are better than our own.

And because a post wouldn't be complete without someone eating a donut...

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

easter 2018

A little Easter throwback...

The days are long, but the years are so stinking short I can hardly handle it.

This Easter was it usually is :)

We started off the weekend with an egg hunt at Ryan's work. All the eggs were filled with quarters {yes! You read that right. Cold hard caaaash!} and then all the kids got goody bags with some candy and toys.
They each made out with about $5 between the 2 of them. I mean, is that awesome or what?!?
 Right after this, we drove through Wendy's to wash down the candy and then headed to Ryan's parents in NJ! It was a beautiful weekend!

We started with Easter baskets from Grandparents for the boys...

And then spent some time outside before time with baby Mack!
Penn LOVES babies! He kept trying to kiss him on the lips.
Keaton loves him too, except when he yelled in his face and M started to cry. His heart was in the right place :)
I thought that since the boys are the ripe old age of 2 & 3 and can be bribed fairly easily, a picture on Easter morning would be a piece of cake. I was....wrong 😂 They're sitting on the same piece of furniture - that's good!
If we had Ryan and Penn it would be an Easter family picture 😀
 We went to church and then back for lunch and another egg hunt.
 Cold hard candy this time!

 Cousins! Penn turned to kiss Mack 😘
 We left right after dessert.
The boys got baths, jammies, and then Easter baskets from us.
We kept it very simple this year and hardly any candy.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
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