Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween


Halloween was a very warm day...I think upper 70's! 
We had three little chipmunks: Alvin (Jonah), Simon (Noah), and Theodore (Christian)

We usually go to the Villa first...it is entertaining and enjoyable for everyone (them and us!). 
The boys got more than enough goodies from the residents. 
Jonah was so pleased with his sucker he got!


After the Villa, we came back to a few of our neighbors houses. They are always so kind--and give way more than necessary. And lastly, we ended at Grandpa and Grandma's house, where everyone is spoiled with treats! 

Then it was back home to tuck these little chipmunks into bed!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October Moments

October is a full month for our family...
with three birthdays of our own, and several others between both our families. It also has been filled with various other things that have been memorable!

Our home construction is well underway. Someday there will be a post on all that...but for now, both upstairs bathrooms are under construction (as in one completely gutted, the other very much so being renovated) and all bedroom are getting new carpet, 2 are getting new paint.
This picture is of our living room...as the carpet was going to be installed. NOTHING is in its place.


Jonah loves to be read to..and Christian loves to read. Its a wonderful combo!

This guy...he's becoming quite the big 2 year old, complete with personality and sass!

Grandpa came to one of Christian's soccer games, with DONUTS! 
Two things these boys love...their Grandpa, and donuts! 

More reading for Jonah. 
It really is the only thing that will allow him to sit for a bit...
granted 99% of the time, he REALLY wants someone to read to him.

Christian really enjoyed playing soccer (equal parts social/enjoyment of the game). Their team ended up undefeated! (Not all members stuck around for the group photo)

The main road to our house into town is closed. They are completely redoing the bridge, which means we get to go three miles out of the way on dirt roads just to go into town. Its not maybe the most handy (at all)...but it has provided some entertainment to these three boys on the weekends when they aren't working, but the equipment just sits there. They really like to go throw rocks into the water, and just look at all the big cranes.

 They both enjoy a good color session/craft time.
Noah in particular is always down for "what project do we get to do today?" and little Mr. Copycat is not about to be left out.

We've had VERY warm temperatures this fall. I have tried to pack up summer things once, but that was quickly reversed. So hopefully fall decides to join us one of these days.

 We didn't carve pumpkins...but these two did paint some! Pay no attention to the torn apart deck (that was a summer project, that maybe got started but not touched since the demo.)

Happy Birthday Noah! #4

The day arrived!! This particular birthday has been talked about for MONTHS!
We started with special birthday pancakes for breakfast.

It was a nice day...
and a great day to write your name all by yourself for the first time!


Just for fun, we went to the Exploration Place. There were only a couple people there...so we had lots of playing area to ourselves! Definitely an added bonus for Noah.


For dessert on your actual birthday, we had brownies...and Noah's was cut out in the shape of a whale!! He opened a couple presents..and life as a four-year old looked PRETTY good!!


We had a joint birthday celebration (for Daddy, Jonah, and Noah) with the Hershberger side on 10/23.
The Sweigart side came over on the 10/30 for Noah's 4th Birthday party. To say he was looking forward to this would be putting it VERY mild...he was SOO excited. We had spaghetti (a fan favorite), applesauce, jello salad, lettuce salad, and garlic/cheese bread. And that wetness you see in his hair...is sweat..he ran around like crazy person when his party guests arrived!!!


There had been an ongoing discussion over the past couple months regarding what he wanted for his "birthday cake" and oh my mercy sakes, it changed too many times to count. He doesn't even really like cake...frosting, yes...cake, not really. But he DOES love cookies. So we settled on a cookie fort.



The next day, Halloween, Christian didn't have school...and all three boys had a blast playing with all the goodies from Noah's birthday!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Noah [4 years]



Noah...four years old.
You are kind of a pipsqueak of a four year old (31.4 pounds [16%] and 38.5 in tall [21%]). You and Jonah can share many of the same clothes (especially if Daddy is dressing you!). But your size plays no factor in how advanced your mind works. My goodness, you blow us away with how you process through problems, scenerios, how to build something, or even how you verbalize your reasoning for your emotions.


You are shy as a rule. This is definitely true in new environments, play areas that have other children playing at them, or in most public settings. You are well aware of this, and if you are excited about going to a new place, but can't help but feel a little uneasy, you will say outloud to us, "I'm not gonna be shy!? I'm not gooonnnna be shyyy?!" (Its said more in a question like way rather than a statement). You would much rather play off by yourself than be put in a position with new people/things.
This is not to be confused with being QUIET while at home. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have to say, "NOAH! Turn your volume down!!" But at the same time, I honestly think you have a hard time known how to speak is a very soft voice or whisper. You will tell me, "I just don't know how to DO that!"


You love to do projects; coloring, painting, crafting of many forms...you love it. You will say, "What can we do new today?" or "What can I do that I've never done before?" Cue: let's do a project! Your latest interests are scissor activities and various activity books. But you also love puzzles (you do these often!), reading books/magazines, and playing with magnets/legos. You are a good 'player'...you can play for a long time if you are left uninterrupted..and you enjoy that. If you're really in the zone, and a certain 2 year old brother comes along to intentionally get a rise out of you by wrecking something...you are NOT happy! It usually results in lots of noise, some pushing, some growling, maybe some tackling, and definitely a "NO NO BUDDY!" 99% of the time, you refer to Jonah as "Buddy". You love your brothers dearly...dearly! And this newest growing brother, you are already showing your love to by hugs, kisses, and many sweet conversations.


You are a lovable, snuggly kind of boy. I still hold you often (both because of your size and personality..you like it!). You are especially snuggly in the morning when you wake up. Out of the three boys, you are the one who likes to sleep in..and not wake up going 100 mph. You'll bring your blanket out with you, and just curl into a ball. You don't even mind that Jonah is truly the opposite in the morning, and he shares a room with you. 
On the flip side of this..you are tough. I can know if you are crying because of being hurt, it is legit. You can tumble and take some doozy of falls...but usually get right back up. You will make your nervous giggle to help get yourself back to normal.


The most frustrating thing you do involves meal time and/or things that you have a very strong opinion in. This is hardly worth writing down for memory sake, but I have a really high hope that this is a phase that will end...and we can look back and say, "ahhh, yes that did happen.".
You are incredibly picky when it comes to meals. And seeings that you far from having alot of reserves, it makes it difficult to really "make" you eat things. Oh we try, and we try hard to be creative. But when it comes down to it, if you are not interested at all...you are incredibly stubborn and will refuse to eat anything. The whole concept of "going to bed hungry" would really happen, and I just can't do it. 
Some of your favorite foods are..that you will give a hearty "OH I LOVE THAT!!" :
my meatballs (currently #1), spaghetti, pizza, macaroni and cheese, meat sandwiches, lasagna (as long as there is no chunks of tomatoes or the like), haystacks (consisting of rice, hamburger, shredded cheese and applesauce), cereal (Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted MiniWheats, or Life), apples, cuties, cheese, my baked oatmeal, and cookies....most any cookie!
The strong opinion part of this equation, not only can be referenced to food...but to whether we leave a house that you find to be quite fun ie...Gma/Gpa's house or Camila's house (the woman that has a 9 month old that watches you when I work sometimes). You can throw some nasty fussy fits.


You have a charming little way about you. The way you talk first of all, can just be hilarious and sweet all wrapped in one. I can't even begin to write down the conversations..because they are long, and I would be so busy trying to write it down I wouldn't be enjoying them! 90% of the funny part is in how you say what your saying.
 If you are wanting something that is considered a treat ie; a cookie/sweets, iPad, a show...you have been known to VERY sweetly ask me, and if that doesn't quite get you the response, you ask REALLY close to my face in the sweetest little voice, SO close to my face you are actually kissing me as you talk. It may or may not work some of the time, but nearly every time it gets me to laugh!
You are also ornery. You know when you're being a stinker, and you'll start mouthing words...and then say outloud, "I'm not gonna tell you what I just said." But if you are under the impression that you are going to be "gotten" (aka..tickled or chased), you go into a very giggly mood and it very hard not to laugh at. Your Uncle Brent can possibly get you to laugh the HARDEST of all! 



Noah:   "I just don't want to talk. I want to just look bossy."
      me: "Oh really? How does that look?"
Noah:   "Like this." ...lips put together trying not to smile, head lowered, eyes straight ahead.
             "I'm all done now."
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You have a GREAT appreciation for sea animals. As in, every night at supper your prayer includes a LENGTHY gratitude for a variety of sea animals. "Dear God, thank you for this food. And thank you for the dolphins. And thank you for the whales. And thank you for the octopuses. And thank you for the squids. And thank you for the whales. And thank you for the eels. (and you may throw in other specific kinds of whales!)"

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Words/Phrases:
"Hampotrine" = trampoline
"Hetchup" = ketchup
"Hersh-ga-berger"= Hershberger
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Favorites:
Color: Red
Drink: Chocolate Milk
Bible story: Jonah and the Whale
TV show: Paw Patrol or Shaun the Sheep
Blanket: your "scratchy" one (its the very well worn in white one, that has been washed so many times, it is no longer fluffy and super soft as it once was...but it is far from actually being "scratchy")
Toy: Brutus (your crane)



Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Family Photos

I had planned on getting there pictures done at JCP, as I have done in the past...but that was a miserable fail, from the photographer to the boys not cooperating. I was not satisfied with that..especially since they were all looking so nice. That evening when Ben came home (Christian had the day off school), we took some of our own in our backyard. I think I max out Ben's ability to be completely ridiculous (for Jonah and Christian's sake mainly) when I ask him for his help with taking pictures. It works 99% of the time. 






Christian was riding the struggle bus...mercy he was a challenge.

Their reward...tackle Daddy on the trampoline. 

 A week or so later, I wanted to get our family pictures taken so I would have something for a Christmas card. It's always questionable as to how great they are..but I think everyone can at least make out who we are even if they aren't the clearest pictures.













 This is us. The Hershberger 5....and a half. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Celebrate Jonah

Jonah was dedicated at church two days before turning 2. 
I wouldn't say he behaved like a 'model' child during the dedication...but he acted like a 2 year old for sure! He had zero interest in being on that stage, and made it very difficult to hold him still. Ironically, he sat SUPER still on Uncle Brent's lap during the church service for about 20 minutes. Stinker. 
We did not linger long after church, but the few people that I did see on my way out definitely made mention to the fact that "we have our hands full" which I'm never quite sure how to take :)

After church, we went to Mom and Dad's house. Mom made a very nice meal for all of us, Brent & Alyssa's family, Ben's parents & his grandparents. 

In the evening, we celebrated Jonah's 2nd birthday at our house with the Sweigart family. 
He likes a variety of animals, so we had haystacks for supper and a cow cake for dessert!



A new tractor from Grandpa and Grandma

 On his second birthday!! Happy Birthday JoJo!!

 We ate at D'Angelos for lunch with Grandma. In the evening, Christian had soccer practice, so we had supper at the park and played. It was a beautiful evening.

Happy Birthday Jonah! You bring so much joy and energy to our lives!!