Cora, you continue to be such a joy and a delight! You are happy, smily, sweet, and a little sassy too! You have learned so much in kindergarten. You are beginning to read very well, you still love to draw and color and now write, you love school and friends and people. You play very well with all of your brothers, but you still love to be by yourself in your room sometimes (mostly "organizing"). You are into clothes and fashion, and make your own statements in that realm sometimes! You need to work on eating better...hopefully that will come. When I put you to bed at night you usually just want to chat and snuggle instead of sing songs. You ask a lot of questions about the new baby, and even though you were a little disappointed to not be getting a new sister, you will be a great big sister once again for this little guy. Your dad and I enjoy your works of art you create for us and especially all of the "I love mom and dad" pictures we get. But most of all we enjoy you! Love you my sweet girl!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Cora Clare turned 6 years old (finally!) on Monday. She is the last in her class (by 2 days) to turn six and she has had to watch all of her brothers have their birthdays first. It was finally her turn and boy was she excited! On Saturday we had our first girl's day with Grandma Lori and Katie, Ashtyn, and Skyler. We got our nails done, had lunch, and did a little shopping. Very fun! Then on Monday she started the day with some presents. We got her a new bike and helmet, a Moana shirt, and a Moana play set. She also opened a Moana doll and another new shirt from the Hendrixes. Last week she got an Elsa towel and learning to read books from the Herricks and a Frozen hair-do set from the Picks. It was also the first day of VBS in Allen. So she went to bible school and after that opened that pretty yellow dress and some melting beads from grandma and grandpa Ridenour. After lunch we watched Moana (of course!) and then it was about time to scarf down some frozen pizza before heading out the door to Jude's first baseball game. It was a bit of a chilly night for baseball, but he did a great job and all the kids had a good time because grandma and grandpa Koester came, Picks came, and grandma Mary Lou came too! After the game we headed home for a quick bite of cake with everyone before bedtime. It was another full birthday! (Then the next morning she woke up with a tummy ache and spent the morning throwing up...poor girl!)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|Dairy Queen and balloons|
|Easter Family picture|
Judas Maccabeus turned 8 years old yesterday! We started the day as the first day back to school after Easter break...so a little tired! He opened his second present from us, a Batman Movie Lego. He also got a new dirt bike he has been breaking in all weekend:) He brought cupcakes to share at school and when he got home he and Tucker played out in the "spiky woods" for a while. The Pick girls all stopped by to say happy birthday before we had take off for West Point to meet John and Carolyn for supper at Dairy Queen (our van's emergency break was stuck and we had to drive their car home on Sunday so we needed to switch cars back). We had a yummy meal there complete with birthday balloons which were enjoyed by all!!!
I realized the other day that like almost all games and most things you buy say ages 8+. Jude is now in this category! Really growing into big kid territory! This year he has learned to read very well, excelled in school, become a good swimmer, become more interested in sports, remained a lego master builder, grew in his responsibilities at home and what he can help dad with, grew in adult teeth, and so much more! This coming year he will play baseball instead of t-ball, play sports at school (maybe!), start third grade with his first male teacher (Mr. Blohm), become a big brother for the fourth time, and so so much more!
Jude you are funny, feisty, creative, smart, curious, caring, thoughtful, intuitive, and such a great kid all around. Dad and I are so proud of you and love to watch you grow and learn!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Our little Lukey pie turned 2 on Saturday. Unfortunately we were all (minus Luke and I) recovering from influenza A so we were not able to have much of a party or go to Council Bluffs and see the Lego Movie like we had been planning for the past two weeks. Instead we stayed home, rested, ate out at Runza, cleaned up Mikey's puke out of the pick up from the ride home, and had some birthday cake...
Luke will tell you right away that he is two! He really enjoyed his special day and was very proud of his tractor shirt and cow cake, but not until he had pouted about his new present (an avengers tent), his breakfast, and having to wear the new shirt (typical two year old!). Luke is a smiley and easy going little boy. He gets along very well with all of his big brothers and sister. He is a little clingy to mom and dad (we call him our lap dog because he is always wanting on our laps!), but he loves to be around other kids and especially grandmas and papas:) Luke loves to play with cars and trucks and puzzles and balls. And he wants to do whatever the big kids are doing. He decided for himself that he needed out of the crib and onto the table quite a few months ago. And recently has declined the baby spoons and bowls for the big ones. But he still refers to himself as a baby and is not at all offended by the title! Luke is talking more and more each day and it is so fun to listen to him and try to figure it all out. Like his older siblings he is never out of something to say! Luke still takes a great nap and is sleeping well in his crib. He thinks he needs out of that too, but mom and dad are not so sure! He isn't a great eater although he thinks he wants everything on his plate. He prefers to drink his milk and juice/water mixture from his sippy. I simply cannot get enough of his little pitter patter run that he has! And he is always excited for daddy to come home. We love you little buddy! Happy 2nd Birthday. Can't wait to see what this year has in store...ready or not you will be a big brother soon!!!!
|Luke with his present...he liked the hats better!|
|proud birthday boy|
|proud brothers and sister! jude and cora obviously think it is summer, but the snow outside proves that is not the case...|
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mikey turned four a few weeks ago and before I completely forget (and a couple days before his brother's second birthday!), I thought I'd better commemorate it here! Mikey's birthday fell on Super Bowl Sunday this year. The day before Papa John came to visit. He brought a gift and donuts and took us to Godfather's for lunch (grandma was in Miami). On Sunday we went to church and then I got to work for our Super Bowl/Mikey's birthday party. We had the Hansens, Kosslers, Picks, and my parents come for that. We enjoyed meatballs, lots of chips and dip, apples with caramel, veggies and dip, Pizza rolls that Sara made, smokies that Melissa made and then cake with homemade ice cream that my mom made. Lots of great food! Mikey was thrilled to have a party and loved everything about it. He even helped me with the cake...
Right now Mikey seems to be growing up fast. He wants to do everything Jude and Cora get to do, and usually does! He has become tall and skinny and eats like crazy! He has a terrific sense of humor and is always giggling and telling jokes. He has become interested in legos and superheroes and dinosaurs. He is getting along better with friends and siblings, although he still has an ornery streak! He is a little shy I think so that is something new from the first two. He plays very well by himself and can go long stretches on occasion playing with Jude and/or Cora before it escalates into a disaster. Mikey is a good big brother to Luke and looks out for him and doesn't fight with him much. He can be counted on to help set the table and always wants to lend a helping hand while I cook dinner (not always something I am interested in as well...). Mikey goes to Cubbies on Wednesday nights and always has a good time there. He will be off to pre-school in the fall. Hard to believe! We love you Buttercup/Mikey Boy/The Mikester!
|Mikey with his new lego|
|dinosaur cake with toys from gil's childhood|
|cake and candle time|
|with Papa John|
|all the kiddos|
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
|Last day of preschool|
|celebrating with cousin Skyler and uncle Brett|
|Grandma and Grandpa with the quilt Grandma made|
Then on Sunday we had a baptism service for Taylor and Katie. Afterward we went to the Pick's house for lunch and celebrated the baptisms along with Skyler, Brett, and Cora's birthdays.
Another name for Cora could be JOY! She is so full of joy and love and excitement. She loves everything and everyone. If she is ever the slightest bit grumpy you can bet she is exhausted and needs a nap because that is just not her. During her four year old year she has taken swimming lessons, showed a bucket calf (Elsa) at the fair, played t-ball, completed a year of preschool, and learned to write all of her letters and numbers and so much more in school! She also made many new friends in school. Right now she is the queen of saying the cutest things. Sometimes I call her Amelia Bedelia because she just can't seem to get it right. For example, she wanted to have a staring contest, but thought it was a scaring contest. I couldn't figure out why she was scowling at me the whole time! Cora loves to play with her ponies, but is also branching out to barbies and other doll figures (not baby dolls though). She also loves to draw and write and create. She and her friend Kloie played so well together every day after preschool this year. They would read books, play games, and watch lots of Sofia the First episodes! Cora loves to wear dresses and anything sparkly! She is also very good at playing with her brothers. This is what she is telling me right now are her favorite things: I love my birthday, and I like to swim, I love to cuddle and hug mommy, and I love to say goodnight to her, and I love to play ponies and go to grandma's house, and I love getting new things, and I love my whole family, that's all. Isn't she the sweetest?!?!
We love you so much Cora Clare!!! Many prayers and blessings!!!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|Jude and his Avengers cake|
|Super Hero action figures...and Miss Boxhead!|
Jude turned 7 on April 18...I'm a little behind again! Wow, 7 feels kinda like a big kid. Not to mention he now has lost I think 8 teeth (and has his adult front teeth almost in), he knows how to read, and he does nearly everything for himself now. We are moving into big kid territory for sure. I have been a mom of littles, but I'm a little nervous about the world of the big kid.
Jude continues to have a BIG personality and BIG feelings about things. His imagination is outstanding and he is such a thinker about everything.
During this past year Jude has become a really good swimmer and conquered the diving board and slide at the Wakefield pool, shown another bucket calf at the fair and gotten really good at taking care of them (another one will be coming soon), started having more responsibility with chores (scraps, picking up the house, feeding the chickens) and taking care of younger siblings, almost completed the first grade (and does very well at school!), and completed his second year of Sparks at Awana and learned lots of verses and other Bible info including the old and new testaments and Psalm 119. Jude loves legos, superheroes, building houses/forts, helping dad outside, driving around the old mower, playing in the spiky woods, and of course watching TV and playing the iPad. He loves spending time with friends and cousins and grandmas and grandpas. Jude loves life and tries to live it to the fullest! He still has the most adorable dimples and the sweetest smile:) And he will forever be my baby, even if he is technically a big kid!
Sunday, March 6, 2016
|Little Blue Truck party|
|New ride on toy|
|He likes his sweets!|
|Cousins and siblings who were here to share in the celebration of his first year|
Luke Kirby Ridenour turned one year old on February 25. People always say time flies but seriously...time.flies. And I am eating my words yet again as I always said I would not baby the baby...yeah, eating my words!
Luke has been a joy to have around. His siblings absolutely adore him and are usually very eager to help with anything and everything. I need to document that fact before we move too far into his second year of life because I can already see the winds of change around here. Just as Mikey turned three and is starting to move out of that into-everything-always-bugging-someone-never-sit-still phase, Luke is there to fill in the gap! He has begun climbing the stairs, dumping the trash cans, and chewing the lamp cords to name a few. He is also into everything that gets left on the floor. Look out big brothers and sister, there's a new toddler in town! On the bright side he is (finally!) sleeping through the night most nights and getting easier to put down. He is eating lots of table foods and drinking D milk (even if it is from a bottle and has to be warmed up!). He is babbling a ton (often sounds like "Cawa") and I get a "mama" every now and then. I'm his main gig right now...we're pretty tight! He loves the ball popper toy, and LOVES his new musical ride on toy we got him for his birthday. Luckily there is always someone willing to give him a push and he has done countless laps around the kitchen table. He has started waving bye bye (arm straight out going up and down) and still enjoys clapping and making funny noises with his mouth that we imitate back and forth. His new thing is wobbling his head when he is excited. He smiles easily, loves to take a bath, and gives big open mouthed kisses. His big brown eyes always melt my heart:)
We all love you little bubba! We can't wait to see what your next year will hold and all the years after that.