Thursday, January 5, 2017

{Mason} Five Years

Stats: Mason's FIVE year old well child check up was today (third year in a row on January 5). Mason weighed 42 pounds and 2 ounces. (75th%). And measured 43.25 inches tall. (70th%). Mason gained exactly 5 pounds and grew 2.5 inches.
Sizes: Mason is wearing 5/5T/XS clothing. Size 4T and a few 6T underwear. And size 12 shoes. 
Food: Mason has become a fairly decent eater. Willing to try most anything except vegetables, pasta, and eggs. Breakfast faves are cereal, PB and jelly folded, and french toast sticks. He loves ALL meat. He dislikes ALL dairy (except ice cream and shredded cheese). As for fruit he likes grapes, apples, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Other fave foods include pizza, bread sticks, PB and jelly sandwiches (folded NOT cut), cheeseburgers, fruit snacks, chocolate, and candy. And lastly he mostly drinks chocolate milk (dislikes white milk) or water but does like lemonade and pop.
Routine: I'm not sure what time Mason typically wakes in the morn but he has an alarm clock in his (well he and Molly's) room (as of early December) that lights up green at 7am. He is not allowed (and gets in trouble) if he gets out of bed before 7am. Pretty sure he sits staring at the clock before 7 because by 7:06 he is ALWAYS in our bed. He never naps...unless in the car between 4 and 6pm then he might fall asleep for a few minutes. And he goes to bed at 8:30pm and falls asleep almost instantaneously.
Loves:  Mason loves playing with his (or daddy's) tablets. Loves all things Spiderman and the Avengers!!! Loves playing with his cousins and friends. Loves playing with Legos, Magnaformers, and play doh. Loves writing his letters and coloring. Loves baseball and bowling. Loves riding his bike. And loves to wrestle (especially with daddy).
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You still love playing with your bestest neighborhood pals Adryanna and Blake. You guys have so much fun together and you see a LOT of each other since we live right next door. 
  • You started your second year of Awana this fall. You absolutely LOVE it. And mommy and daddy LOVE seeing you blossom through it.
  • Your school teachers and Kidzone teachers all say what a nice little boy you are. You listen so well. Never get in trouble. And praise Jesus with all your heart!!!
  • You started 4 school in September and can now write your own name!!!
  • You love deer and coyote hunting with dad. You went a ton this fall. Even killed (well daddy did) your first doe and buck!!!
  • Well Mols and Crew nap you do a wonderful job staying entertained on your tablet so mommy can either get stuff done or nap. 
  • You stopped taking Singular this Spring. You take Miralax only on occasion (and only if we don't tell you).
  • You did swim lessons again this year but with Miss Brittany. It wasn't nearly as traumatic as your lessons with Miss Rita.
  • You played Spring ball and Fall ball this year and loved it. Made for a busy spring/fall but worth it for the smile on your face!!!
  • You STILL need help wiping your butt after a poop. Will this ever end?!
  • You dislike playing Wii. However, you LOVE watching others (like daddy and Blake) play.
  • You're super competitive. You ALWAYS want to win. And are a super bad sport if you lose.
  • You're favorite color is RED.
  • You want to be Spiderman when you grow up!!!
  • You finally started riding your bike in June. FINALLY!!! Now to get those training wheels off.
  • You are scared silly of the basement. You will NOT go downstairs unless someone else goes with you. Even if its two in the afternoon. {Sigh}.

{Molly} Three Years

Stats: Molly's THREE year old well-child check up was today. She weighed 29 pounds 2 ounces. (25th%). And measured 37.75 inches tall. (75th%). She gained almost 6lbs and grew 4.25 inches in EXACTLY a year!!! Third year in a row WCE (well child exam) was on January5.
Sizes: Molly has been wearing 3T clothing since the fall, 2T undies, and she wears a size 8 in the shoe department.
Food: Not much has changed from last year {Insert HUGE sigh}. Molly is (I swear) the world's pickiest eater. Her fave foods are candy, chocolate, fruit snacks, and anything snacky. Real health nut. She loves drinkable yogurt smoothies, shredded cheese, mac & cheese, and pizza. She doesn't mind white milk just prefers chocolate milk if given a choice. The only fruits she'll eat are grapes, strawberries, and apples. She dislikes all vegetables. And besides chicken nuggets she doesn't like meat. (She prefers her nuggets from McDonalds or Wendys). She LOVES cereal. Molly is NOT a first thing in the morning eater. Her breakfast often sits on the table most mornings and come afternoon either her or more likely Crew will have finished it. She loves apple juice, lemonade, and pop but mostly drinks water or chocolate milk.
Routine: Molly typically wakes between 7-7:30. I think she would sleep longer but she shares a room with Mase (who is always up at 7am sharp). She goes down for a nap anywhere between 1:30/2:30 and sleeps most often for two hours but on occasion up to 3 hours. Love those three hour nap days!!! Molly goes to bed at 8:30pm. Up until early December I still rocked her and sang "Rock-A-Bye-Baby" and one round of "Old McDonald (along with brushing teeth, potty, and prayers). Then in early December her and Mase moved downstairs into bunk beds and since then its just brush teeth, go potty, and say prayers. And thankfully once down...she is DOWN. She does NOT come back out. She knows if she does she'll be in BIG trouble.
Loves: Molly loves shoes (not quite as obsessed as last year but still a huge fan). Molly loves her B (blankie). Molly loves her bops (pacis). Although she is days away from it being a memory. Molly loves watching kids uTube on iPhones. Molly loves her cousins and her friend Adryanna. Molly loves scary movies. (NO JOKE). And Molly loves swimming in the tub.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Your favorite phrase is...[insert name] you're mean.
  • You are obsessed with doctor equipment. Good thing you got a TON of Doc McStuffins goods for your Christmas and Birthday.
  • You like playing with your princess barbies, princess dress up clothes, and being a mommy to your babies (feeding and changing them).
  • You despise your hair being brushed. You scream and whine through it all.
  • You talk NONSTOP in the van. Favorite saying in the van is "Mom, I want to tell you something. Red means stop. Green means go. And yellow means slow down."
  • You took swim lessons for the first time with Miss Rita. You were NOT a fan. Screamed for pretty much two weeks straight.
  • Your favorite movies are Zootopia, Goosebumps, and Jurassic World.
  • You tried gymnastics for a month in October but to mommy's surprise you didn't really enjoy it. So we stopped after the month.
  • You (and Mason) moved downstairs December 2 to your new bunk beds. You adjusted like a champ. You have no fear of the basement.
  • Your favorite colors are pink and purple.
  • You potty-trained the end of September (the 26th to be exact) at 2 years 9 months. You were a challenge the first couple of weeks, have had a few more accidents than Mase, but overall did a fantastic job adjusting to big girl undies.
  • When you were first potty training you always asked for privates (privacy). Now you say "I want privacy please." You were independent for awhile but are now back to wanting mom to come into the bathroom with you. 50/50 whether you need my help with anything (pulling your pants down, sitting you on the potty, or wiping you) or you simply just want to tell me you want privacy.
  • You are a mommy's girl when it comes to you needing help with anything. That includes: going potty, getting you in your car seat, or putting you to bed.
  • You are {STILL} our Sassy Strong-Willed Spitfire (thankfully toned down a touch from last year) but we still LOVE you to death baby girl!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ten On Friday

1. Two thirds of the gang. Crew was NOT in a picture taking mood this Christmas.
 2. Merry Christmas Day with G&G Helmholdt.
3. Checking out their new tablets...
4. Thought we would try to snap a quick pic before heading home. No cigar.
5. Got new bunk beds (and moved downstairs) a few weeks back. They had been sleeping in sleep bags for the last few weeks. But they got new bedding for Christmas from G&G Helmholdt so Christmas night they were all snuggled in sporting their new bedding.
6. Happy 3rd Birthday to our Molly Elayne!!!
7. Had to give her new bike a spin...in the garage. (Don't mind Mason's teeny tiny bike. His new bike came the next day on HIS birthday).
8. Happy 5th Birthday to our Mason Dale.
9. Birthday party #2 with G&G Helmholdt happened on December 29.
10. Happy Birthday to YOU BOTH. Happy Birthday to YOU BOTH. Happy Birthday dear Mason and Molly. Happy Birthday to YOU BOTH!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ten On Thursday

1. Making cookies from scratch is for the birds. Instead I bought premade precut Christmas cookies and then made the frosting from scratch. Way easier and still kid approved!!!
2. The Sunday before Christmas its been a tradition of ours to let the kids open ONE present. This year they all got a new puzzle.
3. Christmas Eve EVE we celebrated with our lil fam bam. Love these faces!!!
4. All ready for bed in their new pajamas and robes (and sitting on Crew's new blanket).
5. Molly having a blast on Christmas Eve celebrating with the Vugteveen clan.
6. Crew wasn't quite sure. This was his face most of the night. Oh and he wanted NO help in the opening presents department.
7. And finally Mase having a blast on Christmas Eve with the Vugteveen clan.
8. So much fun. Merry Christmas EVE with the Vugteveen family.
The boys {minus Crew}
The cousins {minus Brinley who was home with the flu}
First real bow. He was SO happy!!!
Best friends
Sweet lil family. This was round 2 on the family picture taking. Didn't get a good one on round 1 so they (mostly Molly) were threatened no dessert if I didn't get a smile. Got a smile!!!
She loves her big cousins.
9. Christmas morning stocking opening in their "Christmas" pjs from G&G Vugteveen.
10. All ready for {Christmas morning} church. Looking good Hemys. Looking good!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten On Tuesday

1. Chapped cheeked Molly. What the great outdoors will do to ya in December...
2. This kid loves him some cereal...
3. Mmmmm those {red} Oreo cookies were G-O-O-D!!!
4. Snow day = Snowed in = pj day...all day long.
5. Working on writing his full name...Mason Dale Helmholdt. (I cut off the H in the second pic...oops).
6. Another success hunt for this kid{Brian}. They {Brian} shot a 9 point. Mase was in heaven!!!
7. Celebrated these two Christmas baby cuties this past weekend with the Vugteveen clan. Best party ever per M&M.
8. Happy {almost} Birthday to this {almost} FIVE year old.
9. Happy {almost} Birthday to this {almost} THREE year old.
10. She wanted to open her new diaper bag at G&G's house. Of course Mom and Dad said no. The moment we were home she wanted it open ASAP. Who cares that it was after 9pm. The following morning she was being way quiet so I shouted "where are you Mols?" In here she called back. Followed her voice to her {old} room...wiping her baby's butt ON the changing table.