Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Making the News

As a follow up to the "Dear Santa . . " blog I would like to announce that the boys made the news! No pictures of our sweater matching brothers, but a nice little blurb on them. This is what it said about them in the NWA Living section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Sunday, December 14, 2008:

"Some come prepared. Brothers Jayden, 6, Kyler, 4, and Evan Pitts, 2, arrive in matching red argyle sweaters. Jayden and Kyler have brought lists with them, although Kyler's is so scribbled and doodled on with crayons that it's hard to make out exactly what he wants.

Jayden, however, has made his choices clear. He'd like an attack helicopter toy, a LEGO set, maybe even a microscope. Santa files them away with others just like it in a box in fromt of him.

As the older two boys tell Santa what they want, Santa pulls Evan's hand away from the boy's face so it doesn't look like he's picking his nose in the photo.

The photo done, Santa is onto another group, another request."

How cute is that?! Jayden took a copy of the paper to his teacher and she read the article to his class. He loves being "famous"! I would also like to say that Kyler did not scribble and doodle on his list - that guy doesn't know true art when he sees it -- he neatly colored the background green for effect! And of course our Evan was NOT trying to pick his nose!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dear Santa. . .

What little angels we have. . . how wonderful they have been all day, as they prepare to see Santa tonight. They finalized their lists and colored them just right, they even wore their "stupid sweaters" as Jayden calls them. I got them to each pose in front of the tree with their lists, they stood perfectly in line, and even left the mall without any meltdowns. (Just for the record I would like to say: 3 kids, no stroller, in a mall ---- yes I am brave!) However, note to self and all other parents: wait and take your little angels to see santa on CHRISTMAS EVE, because they became devil children once we got home! I guess they figured that since they had seen Santa and given their list, they were in the clear. I told them several times tonight that they still have to be good and Kyler said, "we weren't good last year and he still brought us stuff". I told them they just got lucky - or as Kyler said last year "I think Santa got mixed up".

While seeing Santa, the boys were interviewed by the newspaper and they took pictures and asked us for names and ages - so we might be in the paper Sunday! Good thing they were being little angels!

Cookies for Santa: Practice Run

The boys and I practiced making cookies for Santa the other night. Kyler was a little disappointed because he wanted to make spiderman cookies. Considering that I have trouble decorating a star, I think creating spiderman out of dough and icing would be out of the question! Our stars turned out just great and I think Santa will be impressed! Evan just wanted to eat the icing.

Oh Christmas Tree!

We searched high and low for a true Christmas tree farm, but believe it or not there are none to be found in Northwest Arkansas! Where is a Hunter's Tree Farm when you need it? We settled for "Wisconsin Trees" by Gator Golf! The boys found the perfect tree and we hauled it home for decorating. It was a multiple day event, but now it is complete. I wonder when the day will come that I can actually place nicely wrapped gifts under my tree? Not this year - I attempted to place gifts to others (not for the boys) last year, however they mysteriously were unwrapped! So, for now our tree is completely bare at the bottom and will be for the next few years, until I can trust my little rug rats not to open them!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Fire Station Fieldtrip

Kyler and I met up with Jayden's class for their fieldtrip to the firestation in Fayetteville. Since this was a work day for me, Kellye ( babysitter) was home with Kyler and Evan. We didn't want Evan to get upset (he wants to "go" anytime somebody leaves the house!) so, Kyler had to sneak out his bedroom window and run to the car when I came to pick him up - he thought that was pretty cool! Jayden is always so proud of his brother when we come to classroom functions. It always cracks me up and shocks me because he will hug Kyler and introduce him to all his friends and "teach" him how to do like the other students in the class. Kyler was really good, I did, however catch him sticking his finger in another kids ear once - but had him put his hands in his pockets! They got to get in the fire truck, see where they sleep and watch them slide down the pole.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Tour de Arkansas

The short version: Fayetteville to Arkadelphia to Sheridan to Carlisle to Arkadelphia to Fayetteville!

The long version: The boys and I left Fayetteville on Monday after I got off work. We looked like we were moving! On Tuesday we had planned on meeting up with Kara and boys for some hiking and fun, but Jayden was running a fever and saying his throat hurt. We thought he might have strep (or as Jayden calls it "strek"). We didn't want to chance passing it on to the Oosterhous boys, so we reluctantly cancelled. On Wednsday Jayden was feeling better, so the boys played in Arkadelphia until time to leave for Sheridan. We spent Wednesday afternoon meeting bulls, goats and cows! Oh - and "Fluff" and "Girlfriend"- the boys new pups that they took over during their stay. I realized how much the boys needed a little farm time when I told Evan to feed the goat and he kept feeding the dog! (guess we need to teach him the difference!) By Thursday morning Kerry had joined us and Jayden was ready to go hunting! By now the little virus had spread to Kyler - so he spent much of the day laying on the couch with fever and sore throat. Kerry and Jayden left on their (short) hunting expidetion and as Jayden says, "I got nothin!" But he did enjoy exploring the woods. After a Thanksgiving lunch we headed to Carlisle. The boys got see Morgan and Madison which they were very excited about. Back to the virus -- it has now hit Evan, but Kyler is feeling better. On Friday the boys rode their bikes and went to the park and we all ate some Nick's. That evening the boys and I packed up again and headed back to Arkadelphia. Mim and Uncle Mike were there when we got there. On Saturday the boys "helped" Pop build a tree house and got to see Molly and Matthew. All the boys waded through the creek (yes, it was cold!). Auntie M and James-Alan joined the crew that night and we had a Thanksgiving feast for Dinner. Kyler slept through it (again - not feeling good). By that night, with our bellys full, the boys had a job for James-Alan - to put together a rollercoaster. Well, it took most of the night and the boys stayed up til almost 11 o'clock (except for Evan.) The boys finished up the roller coaster on Sunday morning. We headed back to Fayetteville on Sunday around 11. And Guess what -- Once we hit Fort Smith it was SNOWING! What a great way to start the Christmas season!
(I will post more pictures later)

Enjoying Fall

Here are some pictures of the boys just enjoying the fall weather one day after school.

Batman and More!

The older boys spent the night at the Lakehouse (w/CiCi, Pop and Mim) and then Evan and I met up with them and Auntie M/ Uncle James-Alan in Bentonville for the Walmart employee Toy thing (dont' know what the official name is, but it's cool!). The boys did this last year and have been asking about it ever since. Kyler got his picture taken with Batman - Jayden's "not into superheroes". However, he did end up getting his picture taken with a power ranger. Kyler wanted to spend the entire time in the transformer room; we will try to forget his meltdown of the century- complete with crying, bucking and being strapped in the car! All in all in was great fun and the boys got lots of ideas for Santa!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Challenged by a 6 year old

First, I would like to say that tensions were running high yesterday - we have all been suffering from the never ending stomach bug, Jayden has missed 3 days of school and we were all a little grouchy! Jayden had gotten in trouble several times for just picking on his brother, being bossy, and plain not thinking! After his bath when he was ordered out, we had our little confrontation: Jayden was crying and upset and saying that he just can't help it, that something inside him, that he has no control over, makes him do things. I tried to explain to him that he was "impulsive", and he had to learn to control his impulses. I told him that Daddy was impulsive and he had learned to control his (well, kind-of, except that he can't sit through church without bitting his nails off, rocking the pew, and "checking on the kids"- anyway) Then Jayden told me that Daddy and him were "Impulsive" and Kyler and I were "sensitive". (I guess I'll go with that). He kept saying that he couldn't control it and I told him that I help kids all day - that's what my work is and that I would help him. That's when the challenge came, he said "Well, you can help ALL these other kids, but you can't help ME". hummm, I now have Jayden penciled in for a "therapy" session on Sunday. I am thinking I can skip the rapport building part, seeing as he's my son, and skip right to the good stuff. All this said - Jayden is doing sooo good in school this year, and we have had a surprising lack of phone calls/emails from the school. He is still impulsive, so I guess I have a challenge!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Take a Hike!

After a few bouts with a little stomach bug that hit our household, we decided some fresh air would do us all good - so we headed to Devils Den. The boys were ready to get out and do something. Well, the big dilema for the entire hike was. . . who gets to be the leader? We ended up having Jayden and Kyler take turns. Jayden hiked down in some of the caves, Kyler still wasn't feeling his best. We meant to take the backpack for Evan, but somehow forgot it. (actually, we were searching for a transformer for Kyler before we left and got side tracked!) So, Evan walked some and was lugged some and by the end- Kerry was carrying Evan and I was carrying Kyler! We had a fun time and it was nice to get out. Next time we will take some flashlights and do a little more exploring!

Monday, November 3, 2008

The end of 2008 basketball season

Jayden had his last game of the season. Pop, CiCi, Aunti M and Uncle James-Alan were all there to cheer him on (along with the usual Pitts crew). Jayden was also very excited because his teacher, Mrs. Key, came to see him play as well. Later that week the team had an end of the year pizza party and they all got trophies. Kyler and Evan got to play basketball (thank goodness - I have been having to keep them off the court during practices ALL season, it was nice to just let them go!). For the first time Evan was not a handful during the practice - he had pizza, cupcake and a basketball! The first thing Jayden wanted to do was take it by and show Kerry. Jayden is very proud of his trophy. That night he took a shower with it, and slept with and I overheard him talking to his trophy saying he was going to take real good care of it. I also had Kyler asking about "real gold". Apparantly, Jayden has been telling him how much his "pure gold" trophy is worth!

Christmas Came Early!

A few weeks ago CiCi and Pop decided to surprise the boys with their christmas present (a little early), but a welcome surprise! I must say that I am as excited about the trampoline as the boys-- seeing as they were "too dangerous" when I was little. The boys haved bounced to exhaustion! It has been a great way to let out their energy. It is also a great place for the wrestling matches with Kerry to take place - no vases to knock over, or furniture to get in the way. Jayden is the official "leaf remover", however as you can see from the pictures he is falling down on his job! We are all enjoying the new trampoline!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Transformers, Commandos and Spiders -- Oh My!

On Halloween the boys were all up and ready to go early. Jayden was super excited about pumpkin carving day. Kerry and Jayden headed off to school, for the carving fun. The boys and I carved a pumpkin that afternoon, however Evan wanted nothing to do with it, So Kyler was my helper. That evening, Pop, CiCi and Aunti M, came up to join in on the trick or treat excitment. We all met Kerry's at Breaux's, he closed up and we headed to the Bunches. With 7 kids and all the adults we went house to house loading up on candy. Even Evan got into it - He would follow the crew up to the door and say "trick or treat" and "Thank you". Kyler was "Optimus Prime" and even had on transformer underwear (which he insisted on), Jayden was "Rector Commando" (don't ask - because we don't know who he is either - but Jayden liked the costume!), and Evan was a Spider - however he was called everything from a tick to a chigger!
We were up late, but the boys had to take inventory! The new rule is that all trading - has to go through me or Kerry. Otherwise, Jayden will work some unfair deals when trading Kyler for "Kyler safe candy".