Happy 5th Birthday, Daphne!

Dear Daphne,

Today you are five years old. That is very big. You surprise us every day with how much you can do and how much you know. 

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You are learning to read and write. You can sound out a lot of words, and you can write all of your letters and numbers. You can count to 100. You can do basic addition and subtraction and you know a lot of words. We love watching your mind work and seeing what a little smarty you are.

ImageYou love arts and crafts. You really enjoying creating and making – you are so creative, we love seeing what you come up with. There are artists on both sides of your family, and we think you will carry on that tradition. You spend a lot of time writing letters, drawing pictures, painting, and constructing. Santa brought you a Lego set this year and now you have a whole new way to create.

ImageYou have a spirit of adventure like no child I’ve ever known. You are NOT afraid and you like to go higher and faster! At Mac’s birthday party, you went on a very tall waterslide that went super fast. A lot of the older boys were afraid to go on it, but not you. You played on it for hours, wanting to go upside-down and backwards (you backed down from that wish when we said it might be too dangerous). To encourage your fearlessness, and maybe direct it in a positive way, we have promised you that you can start back in gymnastics lessons. You are so excited about this, that you wore the leotard you got for Christmas for three whole days. You especially want to learn how to vault. We’ve watched YouTube videos of vaulters and I know you envision yourself flying through the sky like those girls.

ImageWe love you so very much, Daphne Jo. You are a challenge and a joy to parent. You keep us on our toes and keep our hearts full. Enjoy being five, sweet girl!

Love,

Mama

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Christmas Surprise!

The kids thought Christmas presents were over and we were just going to get dressed for the day. Santa sure is sneaky!

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Oh Man, We’re Behind. Cormac: 20 – 24 Months

Hey Little Dude,

We are so behind on your monthly posts. I’m really sorry about that. Things are pretty busy here at Chez Schindler. We just posted a year in pictures of your second year, so here I’ll just post more pictures of your last couple of months.

You’re really not a toddler anymore. You’re much more sure footed than you were just a few months ago. You try very hard to keep up with the big kids and you’re able to for the most part.

 

 

 

We’ve gone on lots of trips since we posted last. We went to Louisiana to visit Uncle Dan, Aunt Dawn, Parker and Bennett. We also flew to Ohio for your Great Grandpa McVicker’s 90th birthday. You met lots of our family that you had never met before. In July you flew with Daddy to Washington for his family golf tournament and then you guys met me in Nevada to see the Kramers and to go on a camping trip with a bunch of my college friends and their families. Phew, we were busy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think the biggest difference between now and our last monthly post is how much you are talking. You speak in complete sentences and you are very funny. Some of your favorite things to say are “I do it by myself!”,  “I need help!” and “I’m hungry”. You are ALWAYS hungry. Unless it’s meal time, and then you usually don’t want to eat. Your favorite food is fruit. You like all fruit, but cantaloupe is probably your favorite. You also love spaghetti and pretty much anything full of carbs and cheese.

 

You are getting to be a pretty big boy. You don’t take bottles anymore, although you still love your “ba” (pacifier). We’ll work on dropping that habit in the next couple of months. You sleep in a big boy bed now and you usually sleep through the night. Most of the time you even lay down awake and go to sleep all by yourself.

 

 

You have lots of likes and dislikes now. You love rocket ships, airplanes, helicopters and pretty much anything that can fly. You love balls, bikes and scooters. You love accessories like hats, shoes, bracelets and necklaces. You are not a fan of toys that make noises and move by themselves. You don’t like dogs other than Pilot. You’re a real little kid now, not a baby at all.

 

 

 

Daddy has to work today, so we’ll be celebrating your birthday with a big rocket ship party on September 7th. We’ll try to make a post with all the pictures of that special day. We love you so much, Macky. You are so much fun and you light up all of our lives. Happy Birthday!

Love,

Mama

 

 

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A Look Back: Cormac’s Second Year in Photos

Happy Second Birthday, Cormac!  As per tradition, here is a visual look at how you’ve grown over the past year (Click here for a link back to your first year of photos). You sure have progressed from a crawling, babbling baby into a running, talking toddler!  Mommy, Daphne and I sure love watching you grow up, Little Mac…

We’ll start with the picture with which we ended the last series, from your first birthday:

Happy Second Birthday, Mac!  We love you!

Love,

Daddy

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Cormac: 18 and 19 Months

Dear Little Mac,

Sorry we missed the post for your year-and-a-half Birthday!  Both Mama’s and my computers decided to act up at the same time, so they were both in the shop getting fixed when your half-birthday rolled around.  And once we got them back, we just never got around to doing the post.  I’m not gonna lie – we have much less free time with two kids at home and with both of us working full time (as opposed to just one kid and just me working when we started blogging about Daphne)… we truly do apologize if you suffer from second-kid syndrome! ;)  And, with less total free time, we’d much rather spend that time with you, in person, than spend it writing about you.  But we will try harder…

On that note, here is a video I made of some of the time you and I spent together this afternoon – it gives a good impression of what life is like with a high-energy, fun-loving, go-go-go toddler in the house (especially for anyone who doesn’t have any kids, you can see how crazy and messy it can be!).  And, to make up for the lack of pictures in this post, this video is actually composed of 900 pictures – still frames of you, taken at two second intervals and then smashed together like a digital flipbook! And the accompanying music (“Flight of the Bumblebee”) seemed very apropos for your level of activity…

You’re language use has just skyrocketed in the past two months.  It’s past the point now where we can keep track of a list of the words you know.  If it’s something around the house, yard, or neighborhood, you probably know it!  You can say all of our names now, more or less (“Daph” for Daphne, “Pi-yut” for Pilot, etc.), and just added “Aunt Jamie” to that list, as she was just visiting us over her Spring Break.  You’re developing quite the little sense of humor, as well.  You enjoy making faces at us to get us to laugh, and to tease us by pretending to give something to us but then taking it away at the last minute – you think that is pretty hilarious.

One of your favorite faces to make to get us to laugh

One of your favorite faces to make to get us to laugh

You’re still in a throwing-food phase (which we hope doesn’t last too much longer!), and you think it’s funny when we tell you “No!” – which in turn makes us laugh and then maybe reinforces the behavior.  We usually just end up taking the food away for a while… seems to work the best.  Although, Pilot really likes this phase, and hopes you don’t grow out of it too soon! ;)

Love you, Cormac Thomas!

Love, Daddy

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Cormac: 17 Months

Macky,

I know this is late. We’re behind on a couple of posts actually. Luckily you won’t read these for a few years yet and its tardiness won’t matter much then. :)

We have been quite busy and you have been learning and growing a lot. It seems like you learn 5 or 6 new words each day – I never know what you’re going to say next. Just today you said “off sock”, “buggy”, “orange”, “show” and “pillow”. Some of your other recent words include “cracker”, “toilet”, “potty”, “jump”, “keys” and “school”. You can also do upwards of 20 signs. You’re a pretty smart little dude.

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We went to a traveling luminarium a couple of weeks ago and you really liked it. You ran around like a crazy person, screeching and slipping on the sides of the tents. Your sister was a little worried that you would get lost, so we couldn’t let you roam totally free, but you sure felt free.

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Lately you’ve become quite the little monkey. You can climb onto the dining room chairs and you like to give me a heart attack by standing in your stocking feet on the dining room table. I have visions of you cracking your head open on the tile floor, but you’re like Daphne and you love the rush of being up high. You’ve been trying to jump and you do this adorable little butt wiggle and knee bend that you think is jumping. It is SO cute. I need to get it on video. Today you were doing it while standing on top of the ottoman – you and your sister will be the death of me!

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I took you and Daphne shopping today to buy you a new pair of Tom’s Shoes. I picked a pair of red ones for you and Daphne chose a pair of hot pink glitter shoes. You desperately love her glitter shoes and you wore them around the house all afternoon. Tomorrow I’m going to exchange your red ones and let you chose your own glitter pair. Don’t hate me for it when you’re 16. :)

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I love you Mickey Macky, you are one sweet boy.

Mama

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A Look Back: Daphne’s Fourth Year in Photos

Happy Fourth Birthday, Daphne Jo!

As per our birthday tradition, here is a look back at photos of you during the past year.  You sure have grown up!  See here for last year’s post (which also has links to the first two years, if interested).  And, as always, we’ll start by using the pic with which we ended last year:

Somebody cut her own hair!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Birthday, to our amazing, funny, intelligent, creative, and fun-loving four-year-old!

We love you, Daphne Jo!!

 

Love,

Daddy, Mommy and Cormac

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