Friday, January 22, 2016

Everett is three weeks into his preschool sojourn. It has been a trying three weeks for this boy. Once he turned 3 he exited the Early Intervention program and transitioned into Child Find with the school district.  We had multiple rounds of testing and meetings to decide what to do with this angel.  All the professionals (i use that term lightly) involved recommended that Ev be placed in the all day preschool program to get him caught up before he enters Kindergarten.  I will save my internal debate over this for a different dialogue. However, I overcame my apprehensions and sent this boy to school. It is too early to tell how this will pan out. All I can report is at this point upon getting home everyday Ev strips down every article of clothing and jumps on the trampoline for long periods of time. A kid has to vent. I get it. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

a day with Deac

We had a Deacon-mom day complete with getting him a phone with a 702 number, Bellagio flower garden, fish tank at Caesar's, and lunch. He expressed that it "was the best day ever." He took 100 pictures of the fish on his new phone and told me over lunch why each picture was valid. That night we went to the drive in to see Star Wars, but we took the babies. So...all I really saw was the parking lot of the drive in that Ezra insisted on traversing.  My car had popcorn in places I did not know popcorn could get. This drive in has a airport right behind it, which would normally be a disturbance, but in our case it kept Everett entertained way more then the movie.
I am semi-forcing Deac to grow his hair out again by not taking him to get it cut. This kid has the greatest hair and the greatest one-liners. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

first son

So this kid...he officially is taller then me; weighs about 25 more pounds then me; and he is smarter in math then me. 
ice skating at Rockefeller 
He needed shoes for volleyball intramurals since his feet have grown a full size since July. His coach told him to get Asics or Mizuno, but he was having none of that. He had to get Nike. Deep down I was pleased he chose the brand momma has raised him on (Charly can't wear Nike. they are too narrow for her.) I was looking at him try on shoes and wanted to capture the moment. "Mom. What are you doing? Why are you taking pictures?" Then he promptly snatched my phone out of my hands and put it in his pocket. He loves that he can now physically dominate me. So I let him keep my phone.

There is this dinner scene in Only God Forgives in which the mother Crystal, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, is meeting her son and his "girlfriend" for the first time. Crystal performs so well when she orders dinner for everyone:
"I'll get the crab. He'll get the spicy chicken. And Mei here will have a salad; with dressing on the side."
At times I feel as if I need to protect my sons more then my one fiercely independent daughter. Those strong female types can wreck havoc on trusting boys. I got you dev. They have to get through me to get to you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dolphin Habitat

 this is our crew. we make total sense marching 7 kids through the slot machines.
but actually we do make sense because who else is going to enjoy a fake waterfall except 4 year olds?
Everett loved the dolphins at the habitat
all the kids at the underwater viewing area
Ev at the end of seeing the black panther decided he was done 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


this city. it is a character. all these places we grew up in are gone. the people that were in them are gone. what a paradigm for life you've given us Vegas! more in tune with nature then you seem on the surface. you are in a state of constant rebirth.

i got a million ways to get it. choose one.
on to the next one.

on to 2016. we celebrated Noon Years Eve with some friends and all our kids at Container Park.  The kids got to participate in a drum circle countdown to noon, drink their juice boxes and run around in the sun. bekah and i sat as the kids played, she randomly commented "everett defines you so much." then we moved on to karate, her husband, etc.  i really enjoy and appreciate bekah.
 the girls
 the countdown to the fire praying mantis (which made Ezra cry)
the baby boys (the older two passed on this festivity to go get Chinese food with my brother)
Ezra was ridiculous most of the day and is making quite a reputation for himself with the other kids.
Deacon and Ev loved it and were fantastic. They all were asleep by 10, so Deven and I had a toast alone that night for new years of ginger-ale and Airhead candy. We heard the fireworks but could not see them from where we live this year due to all the trees.  Which was fine.