Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fighting sleep

Cheese Puff has been having issues with sleeping. He's pretty much off naps, and by late afternoon he's a cranky boy. With all of the late nights with the play, it's been worse. He had a major meltdown over his beloved pajamas last night. But now that the play is over, I'm hoping to get us back to a regular sleep schedule.
Last week, he broke out of his room after Baby Plum fell asleep. He wanted to snuggle with Daddy.
But NOT have his picture taken.
He usually ends up joining us at some point during the night, and he was able to sleep in the other morning. Wally loved getting some extra snuggle time in.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My little kittens!

It's (finally!) almost play time! Our production of "Disney's The Aristocats Kids!" is this weekend. We do a free performance for 6th graders tomorrow. I'm excited, and think it will go well. The kids have worked very hard, as have LOTS of the parents. This is my first ever attempt at any sort of directing, and I'm really glad that I was able to share the duties with a co-director. There's so much that goes into plays! And wow, the things I didn't think we would encounter.

Anyway, we did an official dress rehearsal last night, complete with make-up. I took pictures of my two kittens.
Here's a close-up of Toulouse. Little Elvis is one of the Aristokittens. He even gets to sing a solo in this play. He looked sleepy in every picture we took. I will try better before our performance tomorrow.
Here's my cute little orange kitty.
Doesn't he look sweet? He's already got make-up all over his costume. We figured that alley cats would be dirty. Seriously, is he not the cutest kitten? You should see him dancing on the stage. He is so, so cute.
Here's a look at my Aristocat's costume. He will be wearing white gloves during the production. One of my aunts and my grandmother came to see the dress rehearsal last night. They said that Little Elvis was the best. Of course, I knew that. He does a good job with his character.
This little kitty wants to be in the play, and hates missing practices. My parents have been keeping him a lot. When he does come to play practice, he likes to get on stage, or hide in the seats. Cheese Puff knows every song, and we're pretty sure he will be singing them during the performances. He wants to sit with Daddy and my Aunt Laura. He calls her "Aunt WaWa." This was taken while we waiting in the carpool line this morning. It's so nice to have my camera with me!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Getting back into the swing of things

We are getting back into the swing of things after our "extended" Spring Break. Thanks to snow and ice, the boys didn't have to go to school the Thursday before Spring Break, and didn't have to start school until 10 the Friday before Spring Break.

We didn't do much over Spring Break. It rained most of every day. Not just rain on every day. Rain most of every day. It was gray, but not really cold.

The main accomplishment was painting Little Elvis' room. He's now in Cheese Puff's room, and Cheese Puff and Baby Plum are rooming together. We have been surprised at how the new rooming situation was welcomed, and at how well it seems to be going. I hope that by typing this, I'm not jinxing us.

Anyway, these pictures are from last month.
My sweet Baby Plum was sick. Look how sweet he is napping in his chair covered in Mommy's Snugli and facing a heater? I love the hand placement. He may not want to admit it, but this child is so much like his mommy. They mainly have their Daddy's ability to not mind cold, but every once in a while, Baby Plum likes to get snuggly like his Mommy.
I'm not sure if I posted this, but Little Elvis had to deliver a 3-part report on an important American of his choosing. He chose Thomas Edison, because they share a birthday. He wrote a 1 minute long speech, memorized it, and delivered it. He then did a big board about Edison, and dressed in a "tux" for that portion. He was supposed to answer questions.

We mainly found pictures to print off from the web, but he did draw a couple of things. He wanted to use a phonograph picture for the "o" in Thomas and a lightbulb for the "I" in Edison. And the tri-pod of the first video camera as the "a" in Alva.

He didn't want to, but he worked hard on this. This child likes to fuss about homework, even though this assignment was right up his alley -- history, speech, drawing, etc.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It snowed again! And I waited a week to put pictures up!

Ok, this was actually sleet and ice, but it looks pretty. The sledding went much faster on the ice, and we didn't venture out to visit Gram and Coachpa this time.
Some brave soul did drive on the ice, but we just sledded.
They enjoyed it a little, but I think they liked the snow better. It was colder this time, and I thought it was scarier to walk.
Bob had to ride down with each boy this time. I wouldn't let them go by themselves.
Baby Plum making the trek back up the hill.
Little Elvis and Cheese Puff liked the sleet and ice better than Baby Plum.
They both went back out with their Daddy later in the day, while Baby Plum and Mommy stayed inside by the heater.
I made him hot chocolate, and decided that that was his favorite part of the snow. That, and getting a day home from school.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The mysteries of Baby Plum

Of our three boys, Baby Plum is the quietest. The poor thing is bookended by two chatterboxes. He doesn't seem to mind, though. He's a man of few words. But when he does speak, it's usually pretty funny.

The other day we had a picnic. Little Elvis wanted to run and throw his football. Baby Plum likes to eat. He told Little Elvis he couldn't play yet, because his coach was hungry. Little Elvis asked who his coach was, and Baby Plum said, "Me."

He won't talk to his teacher, but he's decided that one of the older boys in the play is cool, and he will talk with him. This boy is nice, and doesn't patronize or make fun of Baby Plum. Which is good.

Speaking of the play, we were working on choreography tonight, and he was so cute doing the dance steps! He's worn a hat the past two nights to practice, and he keeps his hat on for the most part.
This was his hat of choice last night. Notice the shoes? He still prefers to wear them on the wrong feet. And he likes to wear his shirts backwards for at least some of the day.
 

He's so quiet, but he does focus on things. The other day, we were watching "Despicable Me" (we were sick and Mommy was exhausted from the sickness) and he was standing in front of the screen patting his bottom. I had no clue what was up until I realized that he was trying to dance like one of the characters. He had been standing in front of the TV for several minutes in preparation for that dance.

He did it again at my parents later in the week, and they caught it on camera. It's after the video of him making a funny noise.

He's so funny.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snowman!

We built a snowman!

They had fun. The snowman didn't last very long. He fell within an hour or two.

Our snow is mostly gone now. It didn't take long at all, which is my type of snow.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow!

We got more than 7 inches of snow today! Seven! Where we live! Once we had about 4 inches of snow out, we met some neighbors and their kids for a little sledding down the hill.
This little guy was the only one of us with proper snow gear, thanks to us buying this for Little Elvis when we lived in Virginia. He hated the snow gear. It was so hard getting him into it! And it was also hard getting him into the fun.
He did enjoy the taste of the snow, though. Once we finally got him to sled, he didn't want to stop.
Baby Plum had fun sledding. He had to be talked into it. And he's usually my most adventurous boy.
Little Elvis had a blast. He's usually my least adventurous, but he took off sledding as soon as we were ready.
Bob finally took Cheese Puff sledding to show him how fun it was.

It was a lot of fun! We plan on building a snowman tomorrow.

Happy birthday sweet Cheese Puff

Our baby is now 3! He's pretty proud of being three. He had a small birthday party. We invited 4 friends from his preschool class, and none of them came. They didn't even RSVP! But luckily, we have some friends back in the neighborhood now, and one of them brought her daughter. With his brothers, he had three friends. He was fine with that.
It was a pajama party. I dressed in my pajamas, too. When my grandmother got here, she offered to snuggle with him while I got dressed!
My mom got him a stuffed Mike toy. He loves stuffed animals.
We made little Mickey Mouse cakes, because it worked last year. He didn't care.
He needed a little help blowing out his candle.
Little Elvis was happy to step in.
He loved his presents! My aunt got him a little game that he adores. We play it in the morning... in the afternoon... at night. He also LOVES matching games. Any type of memory game is good with him. He likes to sit with me and Baby Plum in the afternoon and watch us play Old Maid and Uno before Daddy and Little Elvis get home.
My grandmother got him a sweet little book. He likes it at night, when he's delaying bedtime. Look at that wild hair. We condition it like crazy, but it just frizzes up when he sleeps on it. My hair is straight as a board, and his brothers' hair didn't do this. I'm at a loss. We keep trying. He does not like me touching it when it's all frizzy.
Our neighborhood friends got him a ninja turtle that he loves.

Notice something missing from the pictures? Now that he's three, we're only letting him have his pacifier at night. He pitched a huge fit for a few minutes on Monday morning, and then cried a few times throughout the day. Yesterday he only asked for it a few times. Today, he didn't ask for it, except at night. Wish Baby Plum's thumb was so easy to take away.

This baby is sweet, and extremely snuggly. He still likes to snuggle, and I love that. He's extremely chatty, and can be outgoing, although not really with adults. He loves music and shakes his booty all of the time. He's funny. Tonight, Bob pulled Baby Plum's thumb out of his mouth. Cheese Puff scolded Daddy, and told him that he was being "ug-oo-ee." It was very cute.

He still likes for me to sing to him at night. His brothers were both out of that by this point. His current favorite is "Close to You" by the Carpenters. He calls it "Why do birds?" He loves this song, and wants it every night. It's sweet.

I'm not sure about his other favorites. He loves macaroni and cheese, corn, peas, most types of fruit, Cheerios, oatmeal, chips and pizza. He used to eat supreme pizza, but now he only eats cheese.

We all love this sweet little snuggle boy.