I know I'm a tad late on that, but Happy New Year! It's been a long time away from the blog. We've grown so much since the last post. The boys are loving their new schools and have many new pals. After school we play with our buddies and when we can, we meet up on the weekends. These days we're bowling, doing karate, going to parties and having play dates. It's been jam packed so we're always on the run.
The boys are best friends and keep us laughing. I love listening to them play and hearing their funny interactions. Just now I could hear them in bed talking about who is taller. Jasper was trying to reason that he was taller too. They weren't even fighting, just discussing it.
Playing with our friend Marie. Look how big she's getting! And lets not forget my cute buddy "Jappers." My silly boy.
My little Knight. Handsome Halloween dude.
Colin and his buddies at his class party. He had the best time. The kids loves a good party.
I can't handle it, he was so cute!
Bowling for the first time. Love at first bowl.
Sharing Thanksgiving with friends.
Jasper started wearing these "shin guards," (wrist bands) in October. He wears them daily. Don't worry, I wash them at least once a week.
We fit in some crafts.
Colin's new school hosts many after school events. This one was at a very cool pizza place. The boys loved the old games and toys in the back room. This is Callie. As you can see Colin likes her, A LOT.
Jeepers turned 4 in December, can you believe that? This kid is so funny, he keeps us laughing often. Even Colin thinks he's funny. I love that he still sits in my lap and lets me carry him around. And what a cuddle bug. We love our big boy.
Colin was so excited to see Santa and went right into his list. They had a nice chat. No more tears from my big boy!
Colin is still very shy at school, at least during class time, but boy does he love a school party. His teacher was the first to comment on how much he blooms during them. At this party the assistant teacher told me she loves Colin because no matter what, he's always smiling. Me too.
The boy loves a conga line and a dance off.
We meet up with friends to bowl and get pizza whenever we have a day off. This time we got to see some of our old pals. So much fun.
Colin now runs then throws the ball. He only uses the bumpers occasionally. Not too bad for a guy that started bowling in November.
At the start of the holiday break we had a Polar Express cookie and pizza party. Our favorite girls from the neighborhood were here. Max was here too and he wore the cutest little robe. He's such a funny and amiable little guy. We had a great visit.
Dapper Dudes on Christmas Eve! Colin ran into the party, straight to Cameron, and asked what he wanted to do. Cameron promptly told him he intended on eating dinner. Colin is so used to running in and playing that he forgot we were there for Christmas Eve dinner with our family and Helaine's.
How's this for a birthday cake? Colin loved it.
This birthday was emotional for me. All I could think of was 6 years ago and how scared we were. During that time I tried to picture Colin at this age and what he would be like. It's hard to believe he started out 3 months early and 2.5 lbs. Now he could probably eat all these if we let him.
This Christmas break was easier since we didn't have record low temps and tons of snow. We got out to bowl, went to our neighborhood museum and to many parks. It was a relief to be able to get outside. We had serious cabin fever last Christmas break.
And before we went back to school, Colin had a fun birthday party to attend. It was nice for him to see his friends before going back the next day.
And POW, it was time for the boys to celebrate their birthdays with friends. This year it was a Lego Superhero theme. Grandma Barb and Grandpa Jim made these awesome capes for all the kids. It was a blast! I still have people coming up to me saying their kids had so much fun and loved the party. The location was really great and I'm so glad everyone had a good time.
Even though the cake was the exact opposite of what I asked for, it was still cute. All the kids tried to take the lego characters from the top. I had to hide them since they were from the sets we got at Christmas. The boys haven't even built them yet. So that was challenging. Alas, the cake was really good. So glad I used this bakery.
We loved seeing cousin Nick! The boys were sad to see him leave and so was I. He's the nicest little guy, and a great friend to the boys too.
How excellent are these capes!
Singing Happy Birthday ringside was a very cool moment. I love how the boys look in this picture. Best friends for life these two.
The boys think it's funny for Pippi to wear a cape. She's a good sport.
Colin started Karate a few weeks ago. His first class was 1.5 hrs long and he hung in there. He's a brave little guy, went in cold and stuck with it. Jasper started last week and loved it too. Colin will be in 2 days a week and Jasper is in 1 day.
And my mom and sister were tickled to watch the boys using their chopsticks. They love this soup and it's fun to watch them eat it.
So I'm going to try to keep up with this blog. I feel bad I let it go, but with homework and all the extra stuff we do at night, I'm not great about getting to my office. I'll try to post the funny things they say and some videos.
Have a great night and if you are in Boston, stay warm and stay inside.
Mia, Ryan, Colin, Jasper and Pippi