the fifth edition

 
When your big brother fills in as your first base coach. Sam’s baseball team was down a coach.  Jack happened to have a free night.  Being the problem solver that he is, he volunteered his services, because “someone has to teach these kids about the sport of baseball, otherwise they will just sit there are make sand castles in the infield and watch airplanes go over in the outfield.”    All Sam wanted was a base hit. He didn’t want a double or a triple.  He wanted to stop at first base.  He wanted to be there with his big brother and get advice. He wanted the fist bump and to hear his big brother say, “nice hit.” Jack enjoyed being the guy who told the kids when to hold up and when “to run to second base like the boogey man was chasing you.” Luckily, the short stop on the other team was busy making sand castles and watching airplanes go by, and Sam got his base hit. He would have stayed on first base all night.  

When your big brother fills in as your first base coach.

Sam’s baseball team was down a coach.  Jack happened to have a free night.  Being the problem solver that he is, he volunteered his services, because “someone has to teach these kids about the sport of baseball, otherwise they will just sit there are make sand castles in the infield and watch airplanes go over in the outfield.”   

All Sam wanted was a base hit. He didn’t want a double or a triple.  He wanted to stop at first base.  He wanted to be there with his big brother and get advice. He wanted the fist bump and to hear his big brother say, “nice hit.” Jack enjoyed being the guy who told the kids when to hold up and when “to run to second base like the boogey man was chasing you.” Luckily, the short stop on the other team was busy making sand castles and watching airplanes go by, and Sam got his base hit.

He would have stayed on first base all night.  

"Mommy, come push us so we can all swing together."

"Mommy, come push us so we can all swing together."

I realized that I had been constantly laying you down, Grant, so you wouldn't topple over while I tended to the rest of the household.  I felt a bit guilty, but it only took you about a week of practice to become a very solid sitter.  Now, just a few weeks later, you're reaching far over one knee and rocking while trying to get at your big brother's toys.  He holds things just outside your grasp to tease and encourage you while he giggles uncontrollably.  I don't think he realizes you're so incredibly close to crawling, and that it will soon be you who has the last laugh. I've been waiting for these skills, knowing they would bring your friendship to a new level.  Now I wish it would all just slow down a bit.

I realized that I had been constantly laying you down, Grant, so you wouldn't topple over while I tended to the rest of the household.  I felt a bit guilty, but it only took you about a week of practice to become a very solid sitter.  Now, just a few weeks later, you're reaching far over one knee and rocking while trying to get at your big brother's toys.  He holds things just outside your grasp to tease and encourage you while he giggles uncontrollably.  I don't think he realizes you're so incredibly close to crawling, and that it will soon be you who has the last laugh.

I've been waiting for these skills, knowing they would bring your friendship to a new level.  Now I wish it would all just slow down a bit.

Summer is here!!!! This year has been a rough one with our move. You both have not done too well with the dramatic change of seasons and dare I say…. snow. Going from beach to mountains has been a big change of pace for us all but we survived. It's been so hot here this week and there is nothing better than the classic running through the sprinkler. Atlys, you would sit on it and Tyton, you would run and jump over him.  The sounds of your laughs still remain and the smell of the fresh cut grass on your feet still lingers. 

Summer is here!!!! This year has been a rough one with our move. You both have not done too well with the dramatic change of seasons and dare I say…. snow. Going from beach to mountains has been a big change of pace for us all but we survived. It's been so hot here this week and there is nothing better than the classic running through the sprinkler. Atlys, you would sit on it and Tyton, you would run and jump over him.  The sounds of your laughs still remain and the smell of the fresh cut grass on your feet still lingers. 

My wonderful adventure. Sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Our routines get mundane. You three boys try my patience. I have so little energy these days. But these days, however mundane and long, are laced with beautiful moments. Small but wonderful adventures. Some of the best being able to watch your creativity, your joys, and your relationship with each other. 

My wonderful adventure. Sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Our routines get mundane. You three boys try my patience. I have so little energy these days. But these days, however mundane and long, are laced with beautiful moments. Small but wonderful adventures. Some of the best being able to watch your creativity, your joys, and your relationship with each other. 

Cam can't stop kissing you. I don't know if it's because you're his big brother or because you are the coolest person he knows. Maybe both. But he simply can't get enough. He gets nice and close and then quickly leans in before you are able to jump away. You don't love it. In fact, you have mentioned several times that his kisses are drooly and you very rarely allow it willingly. But through the back door is safe. The two of you ran back and forth between the double doors kissing and laughing. When you decided you were done his sweet little heart broke and an epic meltdown ensued. You came inside and hugged him to provide your big brother comfort. But wisely regained your distance just in time because through his tears, that little kiss monster boldly approached again.

Cam can't stop kissing you. I don't know if it's because you're his big brother or because you are the coolest person he knows. Maybe both. But he simply can't get enough. He gets nice and close and then quickly leans in before you are able to jump away. You don't love it. In fact, you have mentioned several times that his kisses are drooly and you very rarely allow it willingly. But through the back door is safe. The two of you ran back and forth between the double doors kissing and laughing. When you decided you were done his sweet little heart broke and an epic meltdown ensued. You came inside and hugged him to provide your big brother comfort. But wisely regained your distance just in time because through his tears, that little kiss monster boldly approached again.

These past five months have been such a blast to watch your budding relationship grow through this project. There has been one significant consistency, the little brother is never more than two steps behind his bigger brother. We had a lot of adventures this past May in San Diego! Exploring this awesome city was so much fun for the two of you! We sat in old war helicopters, rode trains, played in big waves, we rode the biggest roller coasters we could ride and watched killer whales jump out of the water! My favorite memory was watching you both walk down the jetty at Mission Beach. I loved how you helped each other up and down the slippery rocks. You two are a great team. As much trouble as you both get each other into, you always know when the other is in need of a helping hand. This relationship I am witnessing may be lost on you now, but trust me, it will be one of the most important in your future! 

These past five months have been such a blast to watch your budding relationship grow through this project. There has been one significant consistency, the little brother is never more than two steps behind his bigger brother. We had a lot of adventures this past May in San Diego! Exploring this awesome city was so much fun for the two of you! We sat in old war helicopters, rode trains, played in big waves, we rode the biggest roller coasters we could ride and watched killer whales jump out of the water! My favorite memory was watching you both walk down the jetty at Mission Beach. I loved how you helped each other up and down the slippery rocks. You two are a great team. As much trouble as you both get each other into, you always know when the other is in need of a helping hand. This relationship I am witnessing may be lost on you now, but trust me, it will be one of the most important in your future! 

Both of you are now able to move around freely and you're starting to play together more often. You no longer have to be so careful around one another. Colton, Xander loves climbing into your crib and jumping up and down. At first, I thought it would make you nervous but boy was I wrong. I can see already that you two are going to be a lot of fun and maybe a lot of trouble together. Let the mischief begin!

Both of you are now able to move around freely and you're starting to play together more often. You no longer have to be so careful around one another. Colton, Xander loves climbing into your crib and jumping up and down. At first, I thought it would make you nervous but boy was I wrong. I can see already that you two are going to be a lot of fun and maybe a lot of trouble together. Let the mischief begin!

Sand and sticks- two of your greatest treasures and currently two of my greatest foes. The bigger of you doesn’t seem to be able to touch a stick without waving it or hitting it in someone’s face, and the littler of you is quickly learning to follow suit. Right now is the age of pushing boundaries and exploration, and it almost always ends with one (or both) of you crying. Colter, you can’t resist dumping at least one bucket of sand over your little brother’s head, or throwing it in his face. He’s learning to do this too! The new sandbox is adored by you both, and sand covers the floor of the house at all times to prove it. I love watching the two of you teach and learn, and find your own selves. The newest, best game involves laughing hysterically at each other just because you can, and you add bonus points if it drives your sister crazy. The emotions couldn’t run much higher in this house, the chaos couldn’t be much bigger, and life couldn’t be much sweeter.

Sand and sticks- two of your greatest treasures and currently two of my greatest foes. The bigger of you doesn’t seem to be able to touch a stick without waving it or hitting it in someone’s face, and the littler of you is quickly learning to follow suit. Right now is the age of pushing boundaries and exploration, and it almost always ends with one (or both) of you crying. Colter, you can’t resist dumping at least one bucket of sand over your little brother’s head, or throwing it in his face. He’s learning to do this too! The new sandbox is adored by you both, and sand covers the floor of the house at all times to prove it. I love watching the two of you teach and learn, and find your own selves. The newest, best game involves laughing hysterically at each other just because you can, and you add bonus points if it drives your sister crazy. The emotions couldn’t run much higher in this house, the chaos couldn’t be much bigger, and life couldn’t be much sweeter.

I hope there will always be times in your lives where you can simply sit and talk. I hope you keep showing each other new things and learning from one another. I hope you always feel comfortable together and look out for one another. I hope you continue to challenge each other, and stay strong together despite your differences. 

I hope there will always be times in your lives where you can simply sit and talk. I hope you keep showing each other new things and learning from one another. I hope you always feel comfortable together and look out for one another. I hope you continue to challenge each other, and stay strong together despite your differences. 

Summer is in full swing! Our summer consists of sleeping in slightly, going to work/daycare, eating supper, you two swimming, tending to the goats, bath, bed… and repeat!  Well for the most part anyway, the weekends and filled with craziness. I enjoy watching the two of you swim and kick the soccer ball around the pasture. I am thinking of putting black trash bags on top of the pool to warm it up, so that I can actually get in it!  I love the longer days of summer and being able to spend more time outdoors. I forgot to tell you that I spent 10 minutes chasing a baby bunny in and out of my flower bed. If it isn’t the rabbits eating my flowers, it is the dog and the armadillos digging them up! 

Summer is in full swing! Our summer consists of sleeping in slightly, going to work/daycare, eating supper, you two swimming, tending to the goats, bath, bed… and repeat!  Well for the most part anyway, the weekends and filled with craziness. I enjoy watching the two of you swim and kick the soccer ball around the pasture. I am thinking of putting black trash bags on top of the pool to warm it up, so that I can actually get in it!  I love the longer days of summer and being able to spend more time outdoors. I forgot to tell you that I spent 10 minutes chasing a baby bunny in and out of my flower bed. If it isn’t the rabbits eating my flowers, it is the dog and the armadillos digging them up! 

You are brothers but yet so different.  You both balance each other perfectly and you use your personal strengths to help one another.  Numerous times a day I just sit back and watch you play together and think thank goodness you have each other and a best friend for life.

You are brothers but yet so different.  You both balance each other perfectly and you use your personal strengths to help one another.  Numerous times a day I just sit back and watch you play together and think thank goodness you have each other and a best friend for life.

Watching your father mow the lawn is always one of your favorite activities. But this time you all took it one step further and followed him (like little ducklings) up and down the yard with your own toy lawn mowers. I loved watching you all in a single file line as you followed each other step by step until all the grass was cut.

Watching your father mow the lawn is always one of your favorite activities. But this time you all took it one step further and followed him (like little ducklings) up and down the yard with your own toy lawn mowers. I loved watching you all in a single file line as you followed each other step by step until all the grass was cut.