Thursday, October 1, 2015

September shenanigans

Here are a few of the things we do in autumn.
First of all, we spend a lot of time looking awesome.  
 Sammy plays with his toys, or, more correctly, hollers at them.  He did start chewing desperately on his toys looking for some relief when he had a head cold, but as the congestion has cleared, he has gone back to his old ways.  He continues to shout down his toys until they submit, only eating toys when he is tired or hungry.
 See description of first photo.
 I had to include this picture because Sammy doesn't really nap like this anymore.  He sleeps much better in a quiet room, so his living room naps have come to an end.  This was a rare moment when B was also asleep, so quiet in the living room could be guaranteed.
 Sammy is really into toys.  His favorite is, of course, his own face.
 We continue our tradition of daily walks around the neighborhood, visiting familiar landmarks and lawn ornaments.
 I ordered Sammy a banana suit, and it has finally cooled off enough for him to use it sometimes.  Cutest. Banana. Ever.
 Eloise likes to practice soccer, but she does not like to share the ball with her brothers.
 Everyone wants to push Sammy in the swing.
 You do, too, right?
 A rare moment of sibling peace on the trampoline.

 Again, see the description of the first photo.
 B lives in a world of make believe.  He does not differentiate between reality and imagination.  When I talk to him, I am always intruding in some imaginary world, an intrusion frequently resented.  While playing Super Mario Brothers, I overheard B asking Todd, "Is that one B?  Where is B going?  Is that B in Texas?"
 Once again, refer to photo number one.
 Sammy loves to play rough and wild.  He likes to be tossed in the air, dropped, tickled, surprised, and swung.  His legs pump in the air to show his excitement.  He could swing all day.  He can't always remember how to roll both directions, but in his heart he is already a little monkey.  We have some fun ahead of us with this boy.

Selfies and school pictures

Todd had a short business trip to California, so I took the kids out to DQ for dinner on our way home from the airport.  We took some selfies, because we all love looking at ourselves.

 While Todd was gone, Eloise and B had their first day at a cooperative preschool which I take turns teaching with a couple of other moms in our ward.  Here are their first day of school portraits:

That same afternoon, we went to a back to school party for our homeschool friends, and one of the parents offered to take school pictures for the school aged children (and any younger siblings old enough to cooperate for pictures).  I think they turned out lovely.  I like the results of Brittany telling Jared to "smile softly."
 Eloise CANNOT produce an authentic smile on demand, but she is still lovely.
And just because Sammy didn't get a school portrait, here is a picture of us taken by Eloise.
I'm already feeling nostalgic for Jared's first day of preschool.   I'm the worst parent in the world at letting my kids grow up.  I keep telling them to stop, already, but they keep growing and learning in spite of me.  

Fall Sports

Eloise started soccer on September 12.  She was wildly excited.  Her team is called the Bumblebees.  

 Her excitement was contagious, so Jared begged to be allowed to sign up to play soccer.  Given his level of interest in the last couple of seasons of soccer, we decided to forbear.  Instead, Jared read the City of Kirkland Parks and Recreation guide, and decided to prepare for the Kirkland kids' triathlon on September 12.  He practiced running and biking long distances without stopping.  He practiced swimming all summer, although the kids triathlon has a "splash" rather than a swim.  During the week before the triathlon, we got word that water pollution in Juanita Bay was too bad, and the beach was closed to swimmers, so the triathlon got turned into a duathlon: run-bike-run instead of swim-bike-run.

Jared's event started at the same time as Eloise's first soccer practice, so Todd dropped me, Sammy, and Jared off on his way to take Eloise to soccer.  Here is our little athlete setting up for the race.
 Here he is just after the race started.  I was irrationally nervous.  I knew that Jared understood the route, but I remembered how anxious I was before my first few races.  The wind was blowing over the water, and the smell coming off the water was raw sewage.  It was the only very unpleasant thing about this lovely warm day.
 The kids ran to the parking lot, did two bike laps around the big parking lot, and then ran around the perimeter to the park back to the beach and the finish line.
 Here he is at the end getting his ribbon.  He didn't get lost, and he ran all of the way.  He hasn't been a huge fan of running, especially sustained running, so I was proud of him.
 He was proud, too.
 The whole race took less than half an hour, so we went to get a doughnut while we waited for soccer to be over.
It is fun to see what our kids can achieve when they find something they are interested in. I love to see them trying new things.