Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hubey is SIX!!!


Well, he is actually six and a half now...again, better late than never. And now another birthday post...that should have happened back in October when Hugh actually turned six. Hugh is kind, compassionate, smart, sensitive, an incredible brother, and always wants to help. He has completely embraced the French language and is considered bilingual now. He has made lots of friends so far this year, but he is still a loner at heart. He tells us that he loves God and Jesus, and we pray faithfully that God's word would continue to impact this little boy. Love this sweet boy! And now, the interview with a six year-old...

What is your name? Hugh
How old are you? Five, no six
What is your favorite thing to do? Go places - parks, Disneyland, Legoland (way to go big my son)
What is your favorite color? Blue and green
What is your favorite food? Pork chops and gravy (more like gravy with pork chops)
What do you like to do with your family? Go places and do stuff
What is your favorite toy? This is going to be a hard one...a really, really hard one...Legos (not sure why that was so hard)
What do you want to be when you grow up? A king and my brothers will be my servants (spoken like a true first born)
What makes you happy? When Mama and Daddy hug me and kiss me (sweet boy)
What makes you sad? When people call me stupid (there was a little girl who called him stupid like three years ago...this kid doesn't forget a thing)
What is your favorite show to watch? Three movies - Sleeping Beauty, Nut Job (hasn't seen it...but he knows it will be funny) Tom and Jerry Dragon movie (hasn't seen that one either...he is quite the optimist)
What is your favorite book? Berenstain Bears books
What do you love to learn about? Cool places
What was the best part of your birthday? Watching a Veggie Tales movie
Where do you like to go? Back to the USA
Who is your teacher? Ms. Patricia and Ms. Rossana
What is your favorite treat? Hot Tamales (that's my boy)
What do you dream about? Mama
If you could meet someone famous who would it be? Micky Mouse with Gramma
What was your favorite birthday present? New movies

It is so fun to raise this boy!

Happy 4th Birthday, Judah Bear!!!

Really?!? I blogged over two months ago?!? Crazy! Hard to keep up with life...always in catch-up mode.



Time for a belated birthday post...that should have happened back in August when Judah actually turned four...better late than never...that is what I always tell myself. Judah is passionate, impulsive, a friend to all, silly, smart, and gives the best hugs. Judah just does...that is the way this kid rolls...he is extreme in everything...everything is the "best ever". He can almost make anyone laugh just by being himself and people are naturally attracted to Judah because he is so friendly. He has zero desire to learn French, but we pray that next year will be the year for him. He loves to pray and does it boldly...we pray God uses this little boy in mighty ways! Love this sweet boy! And now, the interview with a four year-old...

What is your name? Judah Birthday Boy
How old are you? Four
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with trains (here we go again)
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite food? Pizza (no delay with that one)
What do you like to do with your family? Play...trains
What is your favorite toy? Trains
What do you want to be when you grow up? A soldier
What makes you happy? Toys
What makes you sad? When someone takes something from me (for sure)
What is your favorite show to watch? Wreckit Ralph
What is your favorite book? Terrific Trains and Snip Snap
What do you love to learn about? Trains
What was the best part of your birthday? Trains
Where do like to go? Disneyland (the memories on these boys!)
Who is your teacher? I don't know (I don't either)
What is your favorite treat? Hmmm...fruit snacks
What do you dream about? Mama (he must always be having sweet dreams...truth)
If you could meet someone famous who would it be? Sebastian (it is a friend from church...he has no idea what the word famous means)
What was your favorite birthday present? Black train from Flagstaff

We love this boy so much!!! I cannot believe he will be five in less than three months!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sammy!

Yes, Sam does turn three in a week, but that is ok...better late than never is what I am telling myself!

 

I so wish I would have written this post last year...sure would have helped my aging brain. But, let's get back to our little Sammy.

 

Sammy is our little blond haired, blue eyed boy. He is the only one of our boys who looks like his Mama (I guess one out of four ain't bad).  And, he may look like his Mama, but Daddy is his world. We wondered if being apart from Jake over the summer for almost two months would cause the cord to break between the two of them...but I guess distance makes the heart grow fonder. We joke that Jake imprinted on Sam (yes, we love our Twilight books over here). In remembering Sam's second year of life, three words spring to mind...rest, tough, and sick. It took Sam his entire first year of life to learn how to sleep...some days, I thought true rest would never come to us...BUT, Sam started sleeping through the night right when he turned a year old and boy, oh boy, did this little guy sleep.  He would sleep like eighteen hours a day through his second year of life...no joke.  Sometimes, he still does.  This little boy is tough as nails. He takes serious falls, but always brushes himself off and gets right back up. He is the little boy with no fear - climbing stairs, ladders, trees with not a care in the world.  And, when he falls down those stairs, off those ladders, and from those trees...he shakes it off and gets right back to it.  Sadly, the move to Switzerland was not kind to Sammy - he started to get sick in October and stayed sick up until his second birthday...poor buddy. He even had his first hospital stay in January. But, he recovered and I guess the many bouts with sickness will only make him have a killer immune system.

So, I decided to do the interview for Sam.


What is your name? Sammy
How old are you? Two
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with Daddy
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Hot dogs and candy
What do you like to do with your family? Play
What is your favorite toy? Trains
What makes you happy? Daddy
What makes you sad? When Daddy goes to work.
What is your favorite show to watch? Nothing (TV isn't his thing)
What is your favorite book? Moo, Baa, La La La
What do you love to learn about? Daddy
What was the best part of your birthday? Toys
Where do like to go? To the park
What is your favorite treat? Gummies
What do you dream about? Daddy
 
We love this little boy so much!  He adds lots of spice to our life and life is better because of him!  Love you, Sammy Lammy!!!
 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ok, Back to Blogging...


So, I've taken a few months off, but I am getting back to it. I really do enjoy blogging (and having a space to remember things that I will forget...and I love looking back...but sometimes I just have zero desire to do anything...just being honest...but I don't want to forget things like when Judah was two he would always talk like Cookie Monster...sang his ABCs like that...and now he doesn't do it). But, here I am...back to it with a short update on the boys. And then, it will be time to play catch-up (like Sam's 2nd year birthday post because he'll be three in a month...yikes!)!



Hugh (Hubey)
Hugh is midway thru his second year of school and is doing great. We would say he is bilingual now (as much as his vocab allows him to be). We are thankful he has really embraced French and loves school. He has many friends at school - Liam (another English speaking boy) and Emma Rose (a little girl who says she is going to marry him...see, these are the things I want to remember) are his most favorite friends. Hugh loves his brothers and likes to treat me like a queen (so he says)...he really is so sweet to me and is always wanting to help. He has a sensitive heart and I pray that I am so careful with my words so I don't crush his spirit. Hugh loves anything artistic and would like to color with every free minute he has. He asks to have friends over every single day, but sometimes doesn't play with them when they do come over (let me tell something that drives me crazy). We pray that his heart continues to be softened by the truth of the gospel - it is our greatest prayer to see him saved.
 


Judah (Judah Bear)
Judah is midway thru his preschool year and he loves it, which is a huge answer to prayer. He has picked up a little French (and by little, I mean a very tiny, little bit). He has two friends (Teo and Hugo) at school that both speak English, so he likes to play with them the most. However, he did come home last week and said he has a new friend who only speaks French - we are proud of him. Judah is my snuggle boy and is always good for a cuddle. He loves all things boy - swords, guns, super heroes, and has started to build a love for Legos (as long as someone builds them for him). He talks all the time and is always making us laugh.  He has a deep passion for sharks and talks about them all the time.  He adds so much fun and spice to our lives and brings a smile to everyone we know.



Sam (Sammy Lammy)
Sam will be three in a month!  Yikes, so hard to believe.  We say this little guy has nine lives - he is the clumsiest child I know and also one of the bravest.  Sam attempts things most five year-old children are not willing to do.  I use to be shocked when I would see him climb trees at two, but that is who he is...no fear.  He is tiny guy with the biggest mouth we have ever seen!  And, a very big personality.  We use to call him the sour patch kid because he could be so sour, and then so sweet.  He likes to play with Max, but also teases him quite a bit (he treats Max like the runt dog at times).  He looks nothing like his brothers (this one is all Johnson), but still wants to act just like them (he idolizes Judah big time).  Sam is sweet and funny.  He is very chatty, but is also very shy.  He begs to go to school with Judah and will get his time next year.  We have started working on his ABCs...we got some work to do.  He has changed so much in the eighteen months we have lived here.  We love this little boy so much and so are thankful God has blessed us to be his parents.


Max (Maxie)
Max is almost fifteen months!  He started crawling a little before he turned a year old and is now quite a speed crawler.  He also likes to pound his hands and knees when he crawls, like he means business.  He has completely mastered the stairs like a boss and never once had a tumble (which we think is quite impressive).  He has started standing on his own and is quite the cruiser now as well, I see him walking in the next couple of months.  At around thirteen months he actually started feeding himself!  That was huge for us...makes my life much easier.  He will still eat almost anything, but he definitely gets burned out on things.  He lives in his jammies...must have a lazy Mama.  He officially switched to Team Jake (it was bound to happen) and cries (cries, cries) whenever Daddy leaves him.  We definitely have seen a feistier side to Max in the last few months.  He is still fairly chill, but he has added some screaming and high maintenance tendencies...the screaming in the high chair is painful.  He is very chatty...but just babbles and only has a few words (Mama, Dada, up, and hi...and sometimes I hear him say Judah).  He loves his brothers like crazy and always wants to be doing whatever they are doing. Max is sweet and cuddles, he melts our heart with his lovable personality.

Jake and I are back into the swing of the new year.  Jake is busy with work, but his brother, Dan, is visiting so he gets to do some fun skiing in the Alps, which is great.  I am busy with kids as always.  We just finished our first Whole30 and I see us doing one again - we felt great and lost some weight.  It was a lot of work, but for the most part I enjoyed it and I know that I should eat healthy.  I have also started weekly French lessons this year...I am trying, but it is so hard!  We have booked our holiday over the Easter break and will be headed to the beach in Turkey for a week, which will be fantastic (no cooking or cleaning for a week...now that is a vacation...I might never want to come back!).  So, life is full, but so good.