Growing Out On A Limb


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Oliver Turns 7

My dear crazy Oliver,

You turned seven this week!  You were so excited that you came home every day this week saying, “Only three days until I’m 7!” and “Only two days until I’m 7!”.

Last night while getting out of the bath, I was feeling nostalgic and said, “Oliver, just think:  Seven years ago you were just a tiny baby laying right here on my chest”.  You said, “Well let’s see” and jumped up to lean on my chest (you’re so long you ended up sitting on my shoulder).  That’s just the type of zany humor you have!

You are a good friend to your friends.  You are fast.  You are clever.  You are rambunctious and still lots of energy at times, energy that sometimes gets displaced.

Here are a few things about you as you turn seven:

  • Minecraft, minecraft, minecraft – You love playing minecraft, reading about minecraft, talking about minecraft.  Your creativity is really impressive but you also like following directions from books to building things.
  • This year you are curling.  You love it and are good at it (but I am slightly afraid the hockey monster is calling to you for next year).
  • You are so smart.  You excel at school and enjoy it.  Your reading is stellar, though you need to slow down and be neater with your writing.
  • Sometimes I think I have a teenager in the house.  You often argue because you think you know better and I have to remind you I have 30 years of experience on you!  You don’t like being wrong.
  • You love to read.  Anything and everything.
  • You are really musical.  We have started piano lessons and I can tell you’ll be a natural.  (It doesn’t hurt to have long fingers like your mommy!).
  • Star Wars is still near the top of your list.  We are planning a star wars reno of your bedroom, which you are keen to help with.

You get bigger and bigger, smarter and more mature… and I love watching every minute of it.  Even the tough ones (though, admittedly, I might not agree with that in the moment).

Here’s to year 8…

Love,

Mommy

Here are some pics from your birthday day and the party….

On your actual birthday day, we had mac and cheese with hotdogs for supper (birthday boy’s choice) and cupcakes.  You were over the moon about your minecraft lego set.

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Minecraft was the theme (your choice again).

The bigger boys spent quite a lot of time outside upon arrival (no snow means lots of running and soccer).  From the minute everyone arrived it was a high-energy, high-volume pile of fun!  We had seven of our best friends over.

Cake time!
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This little pretty played with the smaller kids.  IMG_6734

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I made creeper shirts for all the kids instead of treat bags.  This was us attempting to get a picture of everyone in their shirts.  This was the best of several…
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… because it quickly turned into this.  IMG_6814After that madness, they all ran downstairs and quickly became quiet.  This explains it:  IMG_6817

You had such fun at your party!  And that makes me the happiest of all!


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Our First Snowshoe!

The boys were lucky enough to score two (TWO!) snow days earlier this week.  After a fresh foot or so of snow, it was high time we got the boys out to try the snowshoes that Nana and papa had bought them for Christmas.

We drove to a golf course down the road and just wandered around for almost two hours.  Honestly, I was expecting a lot of whining and arguing about keeping them on, but they loved it!  The snowshoes stayed on, they were easy for them to walk in, it was a nice mild day… it was fun for all of us.

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I told Oliver that I wanted the snowshoes in the picture so nana and papa could see them and this is what I got.  Silly kid.  IMG_20160209_141926
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Now that they know how they work, I hope to get out with them several more times while we have snow!


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Minecraft (without the controller)

This past weekend we went to the local library for a minecraft-themed program where the kids could play a bunch of games, build their own pick axes, etc.

Minecraft is a constant theme in our house (and I do mean constant).  But after the morning at the library it was even more rampant.

That afternoon the kids came upstairs with their headlamps and minecraft tools in  hand.  They were “mining” – going into dark rooms, looking for diamond, gold, and emerald.  Real life minecraft!
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We picked up this awesome Steve head at the library.  IMG_20160207_124849

(Mommy won the lottery that day – the lady that made all of the homemade minecraft games for the library session learned that we were throwing a minecraft party soon and gave us most of it!  Party planned.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time.)


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Another winter wonderland-ish kind of day

A couple of Saturdays ago, we woke up to the aftermath of another winter storm.  It was pretty warm and the kind of snow that sticks to everything.  It was a beauty.  IMG_6680

We played outside for most of the morning.  The kids played while we cleaned up snow.  Even Eleanor has a little more stamina outside lately.

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We are pretty lucky to live at the end of a court – the snow plow always dumps a big snow bank right in front of our property.  The kids play minecraft games, transformer games, build tunnels and slides.
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The elusive nice photo of Emery (he’s usually the one turning away from the camera).  IMG_6688

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This snow was so sticky that it made for the best snowball fight.  IMG_6700
It stayed warm for several days and melted this snow to the point where most of our lawn was visible.  But don’t worry… we got more.