My Boys

My Boys

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

Making gingerbread houses as a family.

Caleb's house

Carter's finished product

Christmas Morning opening stockings

Carter's presents this year
He's quite fast on that new scooter!

Caleb's presents

Bryson's new piggy bank toy

Playing with the new family toy: magna tiles
They're so fun!
(Bryson also got some new books, bath toys, and the car ramp in the background)

Despite all the busyness of Primary, this is what Caleb and I did a lot of over Christmas break--games!
He got a few new games this year including Connect 4, The Allowance Game, and Qwirkle.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

One of my favorite days of the was so fun to have all my siblings here for Christmas!

The kids playing some Christmas songs with handbells

Carter holding cousin Capri

Holding cousin Lili--there's an obsession with the babies

Acting out the nativity story--Bryson was a shepherd

Caleb as a wiseman

Carter was also a shepherd

 Chimes--a favorite part of the evening

Grandma's village is pretty fun to look at


The kids each get to open one present from Grandma and Grandpa

We ended the night with the adult white elephant exchange, which is always a blast!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Personal Record

I have to record that I ran 10 miles at a 7:59 pace. I've never broken an 8 minute pace before!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Visit

Bryson refused to go anywhere near Santa so he didn't make it into the picture. Caleb, an unbeliever, DID NOT want to be in the picture. Like usual, he was a good sport when I asked him to be there near Bryson, hoping that would be enough security for Bryson. It didn't work.

Caleb stopped believing in Santa last year when he was 6. I can't quite pinpoint why--maybe a kid said something at school. Whenever he asked us if Santa was real last year, we would just respond along the lines, "Well, what do you think?" This year, while we've neither vocally confirmed or denied anything, the fact that he's had to remind us on a few different occasions to move our Elf on the Shelf (Elfie) when he sees it's still in the same place the next morning has kind of sealed the deal!

Running Update

I am running personal best times right now, and it feels awesome! I ran 6 miles at an 8:04 pace the other day, and a week before that ran 10 miles at an 8:10 pace. I'm tentatively planning on running a half marathon in February, which I would be thrilled to do because I know I could get a PR beating my previous half marathon pace of 8:15 miles.

Here's how we look going to school with Caleb every morning. Caleb rides his bike, and I try to keep up pushing the younger boys in the double stroller.

(Caleb took this picture this morning. Gotta love a Texas winter right now. It's a balmy 70 degrees today.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Caleb's Christmas Piano Recital


Fum, Fum, Fum and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nerves got the better of him, and he played too fast which resulted in more mistakes than normal. Still a very talented 7 year old!

A Trip to the Dentist

All the boys went to the dentist last week for a check-up. We were hoping to get some answers to concerns about Carter's and Bryson's teeth, but we still have to wait. Carter had one baby tooth (a lateral incisor) that took forever to come in so we are concerned that there isn't a parent tooth there and that's why it took so long to make an appearance. We just want to be prepared if we're going to have to look into a false tooth in the future. However, it still wasn't possible to see in the x-ray. 

Bryson has an extra tooth, and we were hoping to see if he has any more extra teeth from the x-ray, but the whole x-ray experience kind of freaked him out. And they wouldn't let me hold him on my lap during the x-ray because I had mentioned that we were trying to get pregnant even though I could guarantee them I was not pregnant at that moment.

Caleb's 6-year-old molars are finally coming in, even though he's 7, and he has 4 teeth that are loose. He's only lost a total of two teeth, so his teeth loss/growth is behind the average kid.

Bryson's teeth are growing in out of order. He already has a two-year-old molar yet his canine's are just barely coming in, which is way behind all the other toddlers his age.

All the boys did great while their teeth were examined including Bryson, and we had another cavity-free visit!