Monday, November 7, 2016

Five.

Well, here we are again. Another year, another birthday. This is a big one, FIVE! A whole hand's worth of fingers. Harry is very excited about that.


As I made the decision to stop his monthly pictures, I'm pretty sure this was the last birthday photo shoot for our little boy. So I thought bringing it full circle and recreating our first one would be fun. It's not exact (no idea where the original cake stand is, and I couldn't find stripped party hats for the life of me), but close enough I think. Also, I finally got actual studio lights! No more relying on natural light and the camera flash. They worked really well.


Anyways, back to the birthday boy. I've said it before, but gosh, he is so sweet. Of course he has his moments, but the last few months specifically he's been such a joy. I will miss the days when he no longer comes up to me and says things like, "mom, you're the best!"


As far as his interests, he'd much rather watch the iPad than the TV. He's obsessed with the YouTube channel Ryan's Toy Review. He talks about Ryan allllll the tiiiiime. He also found Paw Patrol through YouTube, which is probably his current favorite show. It's also his birthday cake theme.


Harry also loves going to the park and playing with basketballs. He can color and draw for hours on end. He's actually very good and puts a lot of details into his drawings. We love reading books together and he knows the sounds that most of the letters make. The other day he actually sounded out the words "ball" and "sun" all on his own. I was so impressed! He'll be reading in no time.


Happy birthday, Harry! This last year saw a lot of changes in our family and you handled them so well. The upcoming year will be full of even bigger changes and challenges, and I'm excited to see how everything falls in to place. We love you!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.11

Time once again for my once-quarterly blog post! SO much has changed for us in the last couple months, I hope to do a real update soon, but check my Instagram if you're curious about what's been going on with us. 

Here are the last 4 monthly pictures of Harry. I can't believe he will be 5, tomorrow! I also can't believe I was able to keep up the monthly pictures for so long, never missing one. But, I think it's finally time to retire them. After I take one on his birthday, of course. Most people only do these for a year, so I consider 5 quite the accomplishment. 

7/7/16 
8/7/16


9/7/16

10/7/16
Here are a couple more recent pictures. First day of school and our visit to the pumpkin patch.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7

Hello bloggy people! I swear, I didn't mean to abandon my blog for so long. I've been busy with other things and haven't had a moment to sit down to type up a post. But, I have still been taking Harry's monthly pictures!

If you want to keep up with us, I post on Instagram all the time and have been devoting a lot of my time and efforts into my YouTube channel again!

3/7/16

4/7/16
5/7/16

6/7/16

Harry is at such a great age. He's so curious about the world and his brain works in the funniest way. The other day he wrote out a shopping list and decided we didn't actually need milk, so instead of just crossing it off the list, he cut the entire line out of the paper. So funny! He does adorable stuff like that all the time.

Here's a video of him unboxing some Shopkins from  May.


And then here is a video of him singing his Mother's Day song he learned at school.


As far as some of the stuff he's now doing:

  • He can write pretty much the entire alphabet. Some letters give him trouble, but he's pretty much got them down. He loves practicing and writing words, so he's constantly asking me how to spell things.
  • He also loves coloring. He'd do it all day long if he could! Sometimes he colors a picture, and other times he'll take a blank piece of paper and draw his own. He loves drawing our town, with grass, train tracks and cars.
  • He amazes me with how good he is with math and numbers! A few weeks ago I asked him to count backwards from 20, and he surprised us by starting at 100 and counting all the way down to 0. I think I've mentioned it before, but he's very good at basic addition and subtraction. Especially when it comes to time. Say it's 11:08 and I'll say I'll start making his lunch in 15 minutes, he'll correct me and tell me it's only 12 minutes (we usually start lunch at 11:20). 
  • One funny thing he recently said... I got him some American flag jammies and told him he could wear the shirt for the fireworks on America's birthday. So he asked, "Does America eat cake?" LOL :)
  • The last couple weeks he's started taking naps again. He hasn't regularly taken naps since last year. I thought it might be a growth spurt at first, but it's been going on for a while, so I don't know. And he's so cute about it, he'll just be in his room playing and then decide he's tired so he'll curl up on his chair and fall alseep. All on his own, I've not asked him to nap. I'm glad he has been though, let's me get some stuff done during the day!
  • Speaking of naps, he took one yesterday, and I moved him from his chair to his bed. When I did it he talked to me a bit before falling right back to sleep. Later I asked if he remembered that I moved him, and he said, "No, my remembers are not perfect." Ha, the way he said it gave me a good chuckle!
At the end of May I asked him a few questions. I tried to write down exactly what he said for each one. 

What's your name? Harry
How old are you?  4 1/2
When's your birthday?  November 7, when I'm 5.
How old is dad?  He's 31 1/2.
How old is mom? 31.
What's your favorite color? Yellow green, yellow pink, yellow blue, yellow yellow.
What's your favorite food? Tuna
Who's your best friend? Anthony, because he stays inside the lines (when coloring).
What's your favorite show? Angry Birds
What's your favorite movie? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
What's your favorite song? ABCD, it sings it on my piano.
What's your favorite animal? Daddy Lion (his stuffed animal he always sleeps with)
What are you scared of? The dark.
What makes you happy? Silly faces.
What's your favorite thing to do? I like to go to Pie Five.
What is mom's favorite thing to do You're favorite thing is best to work on your computer and play with me. 
What is dad's favorite thing to do? He's best at taking me out to places to go shopping. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Of course I'm going to go to work, and a rock star!

Oh, and back in May he finished up his second year of preschool! Hard to believe this time next year we'll have a kindergartner on our hands! This summer we're staying busy with summer camp, swim lessons and library story times. It's been lots of fun!
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