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  As your relationship grows and you begin to interact more and more, I can often see how your personalities complement each other, and also how they may clash. Gryffin, you do not like being left behind or underestimated, making you the frequent source of Archer’s frustration. Archer, you are still enjoying the fact that you can move quicker and outsmart your baby brother, giving you the upper hand (not for long, I’m sure!). More often than not you are making each other giggle, but the frustrated huffs from both of you are frequent too - it is just too bad that you don’t yet see the humour in each other’s irritation. 

As your relationship grows and you begin to interact more and more, I can often see how your personalities complement each other, and also how they may clash. Gryffin, you do not like being left behind or underestimated, making you the frequent source of Archer’s frustration. Archer, you are still enjoying the fact that you can move quicker and outsmart your baby brother, giving you the upper hand (not for long, I’m sure!). More often than not you are making each other giggle, but the frustrated huffs from both of you are frequent too - it is just too bad that you don’t yet see the humour in each other’s irritation. 

 Cameron, you are the classic little brother. Trying desperately to be a part of his world every moment of every day. You spend a lot of time here on your tippie toes, hoping for a glimpse of the action. Sometimes you blindly reach your hand up and wave around hoping to catch something. And the squeal of delight that happens when you snag a treasure off the table brings an automatic smile to my face. Ayden, you use this as a space to play with things that you don't want Cam to touch or things that you deem "chokeful" to protect him (and your things). It's your safe place. Where the destructive little brothers of the world can't reach your carefully placed items. But this season is a short one, my sweet boy. And soon Cam will be climbing the chairs (and table) just like you. There will for sure be a learning curve and a battle of wills. And it will rock your world to no longer have that safe zone. But don't worry, we'll find you a new special spot for delicate things and the two of you will work it through. I have no doubt that soon I will find the two of you perched on the table building grand creations. And just like everything else in life with you two, I can't wait for your relationship to continue evolving and at the same time find myself frantically grasping onto this very moment before it all changes again. 

Cameron, you are the classic little brother. Trying desperately to be a part of his world every moment of every day. You spend a lot of time here on your tippie toes, hoping for a glimpse of the action. Sometimes you blindly reach your hand up and wave around hoping to catch something. And the squeal of delight that happens when you snag a treasure off the table brings an automatic smile to my face. Ayden, you use this as a space to play with things that you don't want Cam to touch or things that you deem "chokeful" to protect him (and your things). It's your safe place. Where the destructive little brothers of the world can't reach your carefully placed items. But this season is a short one, my sweet boy. And soon Cam will be climbing the chairs (and table) just like you. There will for sure be a learning curve and a battle of wills. And it will rock your world to no longer have that safe zone. But don't worry, we'll find you a new special spot for delicate things and the two of you will work it through. I have no doubt that soon I will find the two of you perched on the table building grand creations. And just like everything else in life with you two, I can't wait for your relationship to continue evolving and at the same time find myself frantically grasping onto this very moment before it all changes again. 

 He loves the water except when it gets in his face. You happened to splash water in his face, which predictably made him cry. BUT, you also were the first one there to comfort him. You apologized and helped him wipe the water off his face. You gave him a hug until his fussing quieted down. I had been on my way to provide that comfort, but you simply were there first. So I hung back and let you continue to see if it was enough or if I would be needed. I watched and I documented. In that moment, he only needed you.

He loves the water except when it gets in his face. You happened to splash water in his face, which predictably made him cry. BUT, you also were the first one there to comfort him. You apologized and helped him wipe the water off his face. You gave him a hug until his fussing quieted down. I had been on my way to provide that comfort, but you simply were there first. So I hung back and let you continue to see if it was enough or if I would be needed. I watched and I documented. In that moment, he only needed you.

 My sweet Xander, you are so protective of your little brother, and Colton is so enamored by you. I watch you both in moments like this and my heart just swells because you literally don't have to do anything, and your little brother will smile at you. It makes me so proud as a mom, and yet at the same time I feel a tiny twinge of jealousy, because some days I have to work so hard to get a smile or a laugh, yet for you he gives them so freely. But I hope that never changes, and I hope you always continue to make each other smile.

My sweet Xander, you are so protective of your little brother, and Colton is so enamored by you. I watch you both in moments like this and my heart just swells because you literally don't have to do anything, and your little brother will smile at you. It makes me so proud as a mom, and yet at the same time I feel a tiny twinge of jealousy, because some days I have to work so hard to get a smile or a laugh, yet for you he gives them so freely. But I hope that never changes, and I hope you always continue to make each other smile.

   
  
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  I always wanted to have a girl, you know, to have that bond that is so very different than boys. God had other plans, and blessed us with boys. Now that I have a house of boys I couldn't imagine having girls. Their daily booty shakes on me, their laughter after they fart, and their bigger than life personalities make me smile daily.  I seriously think I gave birth to the 2 funniest human beings alive. The things we joke and laugh about are like no other. Put them together and their personalities double. Double trouble, and double the amount of laughter. In this photo, they were getting ready for school and I came out to them with their hats, flannel shirts, and their “thug” life hand gestures. I of course, died. Thank you Tyton and Atlys for the daily does of smiles that you give me. 

I always wanted to have a girl, you know, to have that bond that is so very different than boys. God had other plans, and blessed us with boys. Now that I have a house of boys I couldn't imagine having girls. Their daily booty shakes on me, their laughter after they fart, and their bigger than life personalities make me smile daily.  I seriously think I gave birth to the 2 funniest human beings alive. The things we joke and laugh about are like no other. Put them together and their personalities double. Double trouble, and double the amount of laughter. In this photo, they were getting ready for school and I came out to them with their hats, flannel shirts, and their “thug” life hand gestures. I of course, died. Thank you Tyton and Atlys for the daily does of smiles that you give me. 

 I love puffy clouds, mud puddles, rain boots full of water, laughs, soaked clothes, grass covered boys, muddy feet and giggles.. I will be sad when the two of you no longer want to play in the huge puddle in the front yard every spring. You fill your mud boots full of water and dump them over your heads and laugh so much!  These moments are so precious and time is flying way to fast!!  I love you both to the moon and back.

I love puffy clouds, mud puddles, rain boots full of water, laughs, soaked clothes, grass covered boys, muddy feet and giggles.. I will be sad when the two of you no longer want to play in the huge puddle in the front yard every spring. You fill your mud boots full of water and dump them over your heads and laugh so much!  These moments are so precious and time is flying way to fast!!  I love you both to the moon and back.

 There was a time when all three of you boys would take a bath together. Your oldest brother grew out of that and we are down to two in the tub. But even that is few and far between. These days you each prefer to take a bath, or even a shower, on your own. There are the rare occasions, like glow stick baths, when you will still jump in together. With only two years between the two of you, it’s always been easy to group you both together; what one does the other does too. But more and more you are each carving your own paths in all the big and little ways. Your interests, the way you dress, having a bath to yourself. There was a time when getting everyone in the tub was about saving time, now it’s different. It’s symbolic of a different time in our lives and a bond you two share.

There was a time when all three of you boys would take a bath together. Your oldest brother grew out of that and we are down to two in the tub. But even that is few and far between. These days you each prefer to take a bath, or even a shower, on your own. There are the rare occasions, like glow stick baths, when you will still jump in together. With only two years between the two of you, it’s always been easy to group you both together; what one does the other does too. But more and more you are each carving your own paths in all the big and little ways. Your interests, the way you dress, having a bath to yourself. There was a time when getting everyone in the tub was about saving time, now it’s different. It’s symbolic of a different time in our lives and a bond you two share.

   
  
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  This past month we took a road trip to the mountains, we hiked, we ate good food, we visited old town museums, and we played in every form of water we could find! It made me miss the hot summers when all you kiddos want to do is swim, swim, swim. On this day, a moment between you two brothers happened that I will always remember with great pride. You, my big sweet boy, jumped right in the hot spring pool, just like you do with everything in life. Your little brother on the other hand was a bit more timid.   I remember vividly that you used to be the same way around water, and now your diving off of diving boards. I get a little misty eyed reminiscing about how I “blinked” and another year has flown by. I was heading over to catch your brother with my big ole underwater housing in both hands. You reached up to him and said “just jump, I’ll catch you buddy”. I watched your little brothers face light up as he stepped closer to the edge, I beamed with pride. There was so much love and trust between the two of you, something I could have only dreamed of instilling in my children. We are a unit, the five of us. We trust, we forgive, we love hard, but most of all, we catch each other when we fall or when we jump, we hold on tight, and we lift each other right back up.

This past month we took a road trip to the mountains, we hiked, we ate good food, we visited old town museums, and we played in every form of water we could find! It made me miss the hot summers when all you kiddos want to do is swim, swim, swim. On this day, a moment between you two brothers happened that I will always remember with great pride. You, my big sweet boy, jumped right in the hot spring pool, just like you do with everything in life. Your little brother on the other hand was a bit more timid. 

I remember vividly that you used to be the same way around water, and now your diving off of diving boards. I get a little misty eyed reminiscing about how I “blinked” and another year has flown by. I was heading over to catch your brother with my big ole underwater housing in both hands. You reached up to him and said “just jump, I’ll catch you buddy”. I watched your little brothers face light up as he stepped closer to the edge, I beamed with pride. There was so much love and trust between the two of you, something I could have only dreamed of instilling in my children. We are a unit, the five of us. We trust, we forgive, we love hard, but most of all, we catch each other when we fall or when we jump, we hold on tight, and we lift each other right back up.

 I asked you for this photo, John, because I knew it might be one of the last times this happened.  You like to tell me you're going to get stronger so you can continue holding Grant in your arms, but he's already 16 pounds, and only going to get bigger.

I asked you for this photo, John, because I knew it might be one of the last times this happened.  You like to tell me you're going to get stronger so you can continue holding Grant in your arms, but he's already 16 pounds, and only going to get bigger.

 My oldest boy and my youngest boy. How I’ve loved watching your relationship unfold. My sweet older boy, you have always been the kindest, most selfless person I know. You have always been the one to care for others and to make sure their needs are met, sometimes even before your own. And at six, that’s a very big thing. I love seeing how you’ve embraced a nurturing role with your newest brother. You were the first child to meet him, right as he was born. You helped your father care for me and him until the midwife arrived to care for us. You have been enamored with him ever since that first moment, and judging by the way he looks at you, I’d say the feeling is mutual.

My oldest boy and my youngest boy. How I’ve loved watching your relationship unfold. My sweet older boy, you have always been the kindest, most selfless person I know. You have always been the one to care for others and to make sure their needs are met, sometimes even before your own. And at six, that’s a very big thing. I love seeing how you’ve embraced a nurturing role with your newest brother. You were the first child to meet him, right as he was born. You helped your father care for me and him until the midwife arrived to care for us. You have been enamored with him ever since that first moment, and judging by the way he looks at you, I’d say the feeling is mutual.

 Game on. Sports are your love language and method of bonding with each other.  Whether it be chasing each other down a ski run, having a battle royale in ping pong, or a playing catch in the front yard, you’re happy when you are doing something physical.  There is a healthy sense of competition in this house. Sometimes, it’s too healthy.  Somehow we have adopted the “don’t let him win because he is younger” mentality in this house.  Jack says it builds character.  Sam, you lose a lot.  Many of your sports encounters with Jack end in tears on your part.  It can be exhausting for me to listen to the tantrum after your brother has kicked your butt in something. Having said that, Sam you are one of the scrappiest little dudes I’ve ever seen.  You find ways around your size and relative lack of strength.  You can outrun your brother, which is good because he is 4 years older and a lot bigger than you.  If he catches you, you’re toast.  

Game on.
Sports are your love language and method of bonding with each other.  Whether it be chasing each other down a ski run, having a battle royale in ping pong, or a playing catch in the front yard, you’re happy when you are doing something physical.  There is a healthy sense of competition in this house. Sometimes, it’s too healthy.  Somehow we have adopted the “don’t let him win because he is younger” mentality in this house.  Jack says it builds character.  Sam, you lose a lot.  Many of your sports encounters with Jack end in tears on your part.  It can be exhausting for me to listen to the tantrum after your brother has kicked your butt in something. Having said that, Sam you are one of the scrappiest little dudes I’ve ever seen.  You find ways around your size and relative lack of strength.  You can outrun your brother, which is good because he is 4 years older and a lot bigger than you.  If he catches you, you’re toast.  

 You two are only 14 months apart and even though technically he is your “little” brother there is nothing little about him. He is big in size and in personality. I love how you always want to help him out and we also help you understand that somethings he wants to figure out on his own. It’s not that you are not a good big brother it’s just that he wants to be independent just like you, sweetie. He looks up to you and loves being just like you!

You two are only 14 months apart and even though technically he is your “little” brother there is nothing little about him. He is big in size and in personality. I love how you always want to help him out and we also help you understand that somethings he wants to figure out on his own. It’s not that you are not a good big brother it’s just that he wants to be independent just like you, sweetie. He looks up to you and loves being just like you!

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: KIMBERLI FREDERICKS

 Ohhhh, my boys….. I love you in a way I never thought possible. I didn’t think I could be a boy mom, but you’ve proved me so wrong. The two of you are so different in so many ways, but the similarities are there too. I love watching your relationship develop as the playing ground evens bit by bit. Colter, you are wild, rough, and larger than life right now, but you love your Mama something fierce. Cannon, your size is the exact opposite of your brother, and that doesn’t quite make things fair. You are sweet, cuddly, and you just plain love life. You sure are learning to squeal at your brother if he does something you don’t like though. Three and eighteen months, and thick as thieves when it comes down to getting into things. Colter, you take the lead. You open doors when your brother can’t, and together you sneak into our room a few times a day to jump on the bed and play with the lamps, and every other thing you can get into. It drives me crazy, but I can’t help but love every second of watching you become lifelong friends.   Find more of Kimberli's work and leave her some love!   FACEBOOK  |  INSTAGRAM

Ohhhh, my boys….. I love you in a way I never thought possible. I didn’t think I could be a boy mom, but you’ve proved me so wrong. The two of you are so different in so many ways, but the similarities are there too. I love watching your relationship develop as the playing ground evens bit by bit. Colter, you are wild, rough, and larger than life right now, but you love your Mama something fierce. Cannon, your size is the exact opposite of your brother, and that doesn’t quite make things fair. You are sweet, cuddly, and you just plain love life. You sure are learning to squeal at your brother if he does something you don’t like though. Three and eighteen months, and thick as thieves when it comes down to getting into things. Colter, you take the lead. You open doors when your brother can’t, and together you sneak into our room a few times a day to jump on the bed and play with the lamps, and every other thing you can get into. It drives me crazy, but I can’t help but love every second of watching you become lifelong friends. 

Find more of Kimberli's work and leave her some love!  FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM