Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Will!

William turns 6 years old today! This past year has been such a year of growth for him. He was SO excited when he turned five. He kept talking about all the things he was going to do when he was five, and I must say, year five did not disappoint. He learned to ride a two wheeler bike, completely by himself, in just 30 minutes. He lost his first tooth. He played on his first soccer team, and it was amazing to see the change in him from the beginning of the season to the end. Not only in his soccer skills, but socially. He has always been on the shy, quiet side, but since playing soccer he has been much more outgoing. He has even gone up to another kid (a complete stranger) at the playground and asked to play. This was huge for him!

He completed his first year of school (Kindergarten), and although there were plenty of rough patches, he never ceased to astound me with his ability to learn. He continues to work hard as he starts first grade.

Not only has he grown socially, he has grown physically as well! At this rate, this kid is going to be taller than me within a few years. I buy size 7 pants for him thinking "they look long, but we'll just roll'em up so they fit his waist" only to have them fit just fine. I still think of him as a cute, chubby little three year old, but he has grown to be such a handsome young boy.

Here is his About Myself survey for year six!

My best friends name is: Mo (his cousin)

My favorite thing to play: Nintendo DS and iPad

My favorite color: All of them, except pink

My favorite animal: Dogs and Horses

My favorite book: Piggie and Gerald books (by Mo Willems)

My favorite song: Overcomer, by Mandisa, Let it Go, and Happy

My favorite food: Mac and cheese and hot dogs....and cake

My yuckiest food: (Still) green beans

When I grow up I want to be: The Hulk

Something I really like: Playing DS with Aunt Meme and Aunt Kate

Something I really don't like: Sitting at the table all day doing school

My favorite thing about myself: Fast at running and funny sometimes.

What makes you happy: Having a family movie night

Something I want to do this year when I'm 6: Go on a date with mommy

I am so proud of the nice, funny, smart, sweet and handsome BIG boy you are growing to be, William. I love you so much. Happy Birthday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apples. Pumpkins. Sunshine....not so much.

I grew up going apple picking every Fall, and it was always a highlight of the season. Last year I took the boys to the same orchard, and they couldn't wait to go back again! They have rows and rows of apple trees, full of red, crisp apples and are low enough for the boys to easily pick themselves. There is a pumpkin patch that they can run around in, and find a perfect pumpkin to sit on while enjoying a fresh apple snack. They have a tee pee (which was still in the process of construction when we went), and they have tractor rides on the weekends. The highlight though is the hay pit!

We had been having a string of the most perfect Fall weather, but of course the day we chose was overcast, cold and drizzly. Thankfully the drizzle stopped shortly after we got there, so we weren't to miserable. My mom also came with some of my sisters and my little niece, and my sister in law came with her two little kids as well!

First stop were the apple trees! Will was a good helper picking the apples. Sam preferred eating them while running around with his cousin, Ben, and Charlie liked to take already picked apples from other peoples bags, take one bite and then toss it to the side. Repeat.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! So, this is kind of a fake pumpkin patch since the pumpkins are taken from where they grew, and just placed on the ground in this field. But it's still fun, so whatever.  

The hay pit! Hay bales create walls holding in a huge pile of loose hay. Fun for jumping in, yes, but more importantly it's most fun throwing at other people! 

To see our time at the apple orchard last year, click here!