Dancing and jumping (and jumping and jumping)

This started when they asked me to watch the dance show (we also have a lot of dance shows around here) IMG_4589

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And then she just jumps!! 
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I’m so shocked at how she looks in the picture, I show them.
Which started an evening of jumping for pictures!IMG_4595Here’s a pretty typical progression from “normal to Berkley”

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I mean the face, really?!
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These two are our weirdest:

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They were cracking me up! They would jump, then come look at the picture, discuss how they will adjust and jump again!
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But Berkley’s jumping face can’t be beat!IMG_4627
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SP’s face!

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And no bones were broken! It was a good day!

Dress up: Jasmine style

We dress up A LOT at our house.

They came to ask for my help for this one and I couldn’t keep it together and not giggle (the only part they couldn’t do was the hair, that’s where I came in)…

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Here’s the picture they were copying:
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The did a pretty good job! 

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Where there’s a way, there’s a WiffleBall game

For NYE the Little Apple has a ball drop just like the Big Apple!

Here’s our Little Apple:

Aggieville New Years Eve (early)

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We took the kids to see it earlier in the day (cause my bed time is WAY to early to ring in the new year!). That’s when we learned the streets of Aggieville were closed down for the evening’s celebration


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So the only logical conclusion after learning this was to play wiffle ball in Aggieville!! Dec 2015

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Beckham got a book of Star Wars paper airplanes for Christmas so an airplane has been going everywhere with him lately!
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And Berkley rode her go kart
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Here’s her “Berkley face”
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She discovered photo bombing 
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Dec 2015Here’s some info in case you are ever pitching to Brian: he will swing at ANYTHING!
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Home run! (we lost that ball to the roof)

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SP had a turn behind the camera

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At one point a ball went down the gutter and Becks went to see if he could get it. He came back and said it wasn’t very deep and I jokingly said “Let’s send Berkley down there to get it then.” Brian says “No, it’s fine, it was a broken one” …as if I WAS SERIOUS!! 
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This one was a pretty good hit! Even the people in the “stands” watched it fly! 
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And Sadie Piper playing catcher!

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Then the music started playing for a sound check, and we lost our catcher cause now she’s dancingDec 2015

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Three seconds after that picture she breaks out into a huge smile. Faker.
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She may have a better chance if she kept her eyes open

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That’s a homer! Dec 2015

And then it got dark and we were home in time for my bed time. :) Dec 2015

10?!

No birthday cake Mom, I’d like creme brûlée instead.
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At 10 years old Becks:

  • Is still an old soul (he’s like a little old man in some of his likes: like having creme brûlée instead of cake?!)
  • Has the sweetest heart, he’s sensitive to others and loves big. He’s the first to notice and try to help when he sees someone is down, he’s very empathetic
  • Spends his play time: Minecraft and Legos, soccer and baseball
  • His classmates describe him as “funny” (with an occasional “hilarious” thrown in there!)
  • Is still slow. He doesn’t like to be rushed. Brian and I are the exact opposite and try to learn this from him, it’s a trait we’d like to imitate more of
  • Is really embracing being a gentleman (holding doors open for girls, carrying the heavy stuff, etc)
  • Doesn’t love school, but does really well at it
  • He has a very high respect for wisdom

Brian covered his door in newspaper, I made the birthday sign. This about sums us up.

Beckham 10th Birthday

First stop of the big 1-0 birthday? Varsity Donuts!

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Brian and I got to spend time with him and his class to celebrate for lunch!

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Being with 4th graders is hilarious! (And also exhausting. His teacher needs a metal!) You can’t not laugh at milk bubbles tho…!Beckham 10th Birthday
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Again, I wrapped all the gifts, except the one in newspaper, that was Brian (he even made a bow!). And what’s the first thing we hear? Sadie asking “DAD!! Will you wrap my presents when it’s MY birthday?!)Beckham 10th Birthday

 

“Icing is not glue”

To be fair, I tried to tell them “icing is not glue” (cred to Maggie) but they insisted. Jan 2016

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Cookie baking went a little better! While the boys were at Star Wars, we made cut out cookies.
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I can be a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to baking (cause I also love eating!), but I took a deep breath and let them do everything cause even more than eating a good cookie, I want them to love baking too.

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Berkley asked if we could do this every day. It was two of her very favorite things in the world, eating and crafts, IN ONE!

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They made some rock star cookies!

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Brian: The “fun parent” by a landslide

We had an old computer mouse that didn’t work. Me? I would have thrown it away. Brian? He gives it to Berkley to do crafts with:

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She used black crayon!

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I go to Target to get things on our list. Brian goes to Target and saves our kids.

Stumbled upon a holdup at Target. #starwars

I say put your blankets away when we have extras out. Brian wraps them up in them while they get the giggles!

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He makes being the cool parent look so easy. But EVERY time I try to be the cool parent it back fires on me. It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it!

Sad Tree

We got our tree the day after Thanksgiving, decorated it that day, things were going great!

Until 3 weeks later when our tree looked like this. December 2015 Pics

I kept this tree watered (I even used the stuff they sell at the check out that’s supposed to help it live longer!) The only thing I can think is see that vent down there? It’s blowing out hot air and I assume this tree didn’t love that. OOOppppps!

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Once Brian realized you could hit a branch and literally every needle would fall off it was on. He and every kid went to town and it became this:

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Making memories?

 

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Berkley: The hot dogs in my head tell me funny things to say

Laura: Where did you even hear that?

Berkley: The hot dogs told me

We hadn’t had ANY snow this year, so we used the pile from the ice rink cleanings to make a snowman! December 2015 Pics

Boo: Daddy, I have a question for mommy.

Brian: What’s a daddy question?

Boo: About adventures
Brian: What’s a mommy question?
Boo: When you need something.
Becks and SP playing wiffleball and asked Berkley if she wanted to be the stands!

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Berkley: Most of my dreams are about inappropriate stuff.
Laura: Like what?!
Berkley: “I like to dream about squirrels peeing”

This is Brian thinking he was going to blend into the wall. He said it wasn’t as successful as he hoped….

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Boo: Why don’t you put Band-Aids on?
Brian: I do, just not on everything.
Boo: I put Band-Aids on everything mom will let me put them on.

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Berkley: “There’s a little spot in my stomach that real food can never ever get into. It only hold sugar stuff.”
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Boo to Brian: Mom sometimes doesn’t let me be funny, does she sometimes not let you be funny?
Laura: When do I not let you be funny?
Boo: When you’re being a grumpy little fella.

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“How come everyone is getting boobs but me?” -Sadie Piper  referring to bug bites on arm, neck, legs that they had called baby boobs)December 2015 Pics

SP on being the middle child: I live in Manhattan cause it’s middle sized. And I live in Kansas cause it’s in the middle

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Beckham about Harrison Ford’s age in new Star Wars: “How did they make him look so old?”December 2015 Pics

Watching the movie Little Rascals- Boo, “I know who is gonna win the race, not the slow cars, the fast cars.”December 2015 Pics

SP upon learning the New York Yankees have a large fan base: “Wait! People like the Yankees?! NO ONE should like the Yankees”December 2015 Pics

How to steal a Berkley, by Beckham: “Cuddle with her and tell her you love her and get snack she likes.”
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I was heading home one day before dinner and texted Brian asking him to throw the sauce and meatballs in the pan. He sends me this:
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I can’t take him anywhere.

I just needed a frame. And Brian and I were right by Hobby Lobby so I asked if we could run in real quick.

I had to go to the back of the store where they have the odd sizes. Which means we walked through the whole store. Which means Brian found a ton of letters. And when he finds letters on anything he arranges them to say MPC.

(This was what he made at Bed Bath and Beyond one day)

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Oh wait, as we walked away he found the rooster section. So he added a rooster:
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(For the record he puts them all back in the right spots! :) )