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  The past few weeks have been an adjustment for all of us. With Archer starting school we are all finding a new routine, and you two are having to find new ways to cope with not being together all day, every day. Because our week days are now full of pick-ups and drop-offs, and it seems we are all always going in opposite directions, our slow weekend mornings are becoming sacred. The sun is starting to rise later, and that early morning glow lingers on you two a little longer. The sounds of you both giggling and arguing while you play in the mornings makes my pajamas feel cozier and my coffee feel warmer. 

The past few weeks have been an adjustment for all of us. With Archer starting school we are all finding a new routine, and you two are having to find new ways to cope with not being together all day, every day. Because our week days are now full of pick-ups and drop-offs, and it seems we are all always going in opposite directions, our slow weekend mornings are becoming sacred. The sun is starting to rise later, and that early morning glow lingers on you two a little longer. The sounds of you both giggling and arguing while you play in the mornings makes my pajamas feel cozier and my coffee feel warmer. 

 Cameron, you feel all the feels, my love. Some of this is obviously due to your age but I'm quite certain we're soon to see that it's mostly just who you are as a person. A feeler. And man, nothing quite brings it out of you like your brother. Excitement, anger, comfort, and frustration. Your mood is often dictated by his willingness (or lack there of) to involve you in whatever he is doing.  Today you snuggled up next to him on the couch. Inching closer and closer until you rested your head on his shoulder. He asked you for space but when it became clear that space was not a part of your plan, he scooted himself into the corner. So here you are, with your sweet little heart being broken for all of 30 seconds until it's on to the next emotion.

Cameron, you feel all the feels, my love. Some of this is obviously due to your age but I'm quite certain we're soon to see that it's mostly just who you are as a person. A feeler. And man, nothing quite brings it out of you like your brother. Excitement, anger, comfort, and frustration. Your mood is often dictated by his willingness (or lack there of) to involve you in whatever he is doing.

Today you snuggled up next to him on the couch. Inching closer and closer until you rested your head on his shoulder. He asked you for space but when it became clear that space was not a part of your plan, he scooted himself into the corner. So here you are, with your sweet little heart being broken for all of 30 seconds until it's on to the next emotion.

 Biggest brother chatting with friends. Littlest brother waiting because big brother said he'd play with you 'in just a little bit'. Some days I really think he'd wait all day for you. (Not that it would be patiently waiting, or quietly waiting by any means, but he'd wait.) I hope you see it; how much they adore you, how much they watch you and are learning from you.

Biggest brother chatting with friends. Littlest brother waiting because big brother said he'd play with you 'in just a little bit'. Some days I really think he'd wait all day for you. (Not that it would be patiently waiting, or quietly waiting by any means, but he'd wait.) I hope you see it; how much they adore you, how much they watch you and are learning from you.

 This was an adjustment month for the Walkup family. Our baby started his journey into Kindergarten. I wasn’t handling life well, it almost seemed I was an empty nester. If only I could hold onto the little one and not let him grow, I would always still have my baby.  The problem with this thought was…he was more than ready to be independent from me. The first day of Kindergarten arrived quickly. We set his alarm, packed his lunch, complete with a love note from mommy, got dressed and headed for the bus stop. You heard me right…bus stop? They would have nothing to do with me driving them to school, although I offered more than a million times! I thought I was going to be sick parking the car at the school and waiting for my kids to be delivered by the bus. I wanted to make sure my little kindergartener was happy and could find his classes ok (and snap a few pics-lets not kid ourselves).  They shuffled off the bus with crazy grins on their faces, and my world was a little better. My big boy took his little brother's hand, looked at me sternly and said “Mom, I got this”. I watched on as he showed him the way through the school and out to the playground of which he will play on for the next couple of years. They didn’t look back once to see if I was still there, in fact the opposite. It was full steam ahead, exactly the way I hope they always approach life, together, and always looking ahead!

This was an adjustment month for the Walkup family. Our baby started his journey into Kindergarten. I wasn’t handling life well, it almost seemed I was an empty nester. If only I could hold onto the little one and not let him grow, I would always still have my baby.

The problem with this thought was…he was more than ready to be independent from me. The first day of Kindergarten arrived quickly. We set his alarm, packed his lunch, complete with a love note from mommy, got dressed and headed for the bus stop. You heard me right…bus stop? They would have nothing to do with me driving them to school, although I offered more than a million times! I thought I was going to be sick parking the car at the school and waiting for my kids to be delivered by the bus. I wanted to make sure my little kindergartener was happy and could find his classes ok (and snap a few pics-lets not kid ourselves).

They shuffled off the bus with crazy grins on their faces, and my world was a little better. My big boy took his little brother's hand, looked at me sternly and said “Mom, I got this”. I watched on as he showed him the way through the school and out to the playground of which he will play on for the next couple of years. They didn’t look back once to see if I was still there, in fact the opposite. It was full steam ahead, exactly the way I hope they always approach life, together, and always looking ahead!

 You laid down for a moment. He sat beside you as you fell asleep. As soon as you were out, he began a few light test bounces on the bed, You didn't move, It immediately escalated to him jumping back and forth between the beds. The words to stop him were on the tip of my tongue, but then I thought that if you can sleep through it, I'm not going to worry about it. This chaos feels like home. 

You laid down for a moment. He sat beside you as you fell asleep. As soon as you were out, he began a few light test bounces on the bed, You didn't move, It immediately escalated to him jumping back and forth between the beds. The words to stop him were on the tip of my tongue, but then I thought that if you can sleep through it, I'm not going to worry about it. This chaos feels like home. 

   
  
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    August is always a crazy month for us. We do a 2 week camping trip every year and sports and school are starting up.  It's so nice to take a break and just disconnect. We stayed for a week in the Tetons and bunked in a little cabin. We spent our days hiking and kayaking and our evenings were filled with smores, the goonies, and, uno tournaments. When I was growing up, these trips I took with my family were some of my best and most favorite memories. My hope for my boys is that they will look back and cherish these moments and experiences that we share together on these trips.  

August is always a crazy month for us. We do a 2 week camping trip every year and sports and school are starting up.  It's so nice to take a break and just disconnect. We stayed for a week in the Tetons and bunked in a little cabin. We spent our days hiking and kayaking and our evenings were filled with smores, the goonies, and, uno tournaments. When I was growing up, these trips I took with my family were some of my best and most favorite memories. My hope for my boys is that they will look back and cherish these moments and experiences that we share together on these trips.  

 Same Genes. Different Personalities.

Same Genes. Different Personalities.

   
  
 
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  Jack got a new tent for his birthday.  Sam:  “Can I come in your tent?”  Jack:  “Nope.”  Sam:  “Please?”  Jack: “Nope.”  Sam wants to come in.  Jack wants him to come in too, but says no, just to say no.  Such a big brother thing to do.   Sam wisely ran into the house and got a box of Hostess cupcakes.    Sam got into the tent afterall.

Jack got a new tent for his birthday.

Sam:  “Can I come in your tent?”

Jack:  “Nope.”

Sam:  “Please?”

Jack: “Nope.”

Sam wants to come in.  Jack wants him to come in too, but says no, just to say no.  Such a big brother thing to do. 

Sam wisely ran into the house and got a box of Hostess cupcakes.  

Sam got into the tent afterall.