Last day of school 2014

What a great year. We decided to let them do one more year of preschool instead of sending them to kindergarden early. They really loved this year, made lots of great friends and learned a ton while having fun, both at school and in the afternoons at home.

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First Day of school back in September

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First Day of school back in September

 

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New Garden

Matt’s been busy building me a new (hopefully chicken proof) garden. The boys and I planted it today. We planted cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, basil, peppers, melons, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, and red onion.

 

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They also used their fire nozzle to clean off the solar panel.

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Rope Climb

This happened all the way back on December 2! Noah made it to the top of the rope at gymnastics on only his second try. He was determined to get a prize, a gatorade, but he kept calling it a gator. We are so proud of him.

Noah Climbing

Funny Quotes XIII

“My muscles aren’t bigger than yours, they are just more potent than yours.” Ezra to Noah

Ezra shouting, “mom, what’s that thing making the noise?”
Me, “the blender.”
Ezra shouting, “the blender is losing the quiet game.”

More crashes means more scratches. Ezra’s words of wisdom.

“Noah, did you know dirt is allergic to me?” – Ezra

Mommy, the more music I make, the more Jackson drinks.” – Ezra

Sometimes I just get ignored by your books. – Ezra (Took me a few days and him using ignored wrong a few more times to figure out he was trying to say inspired)

Me: what does mommy want for Christmas?
Noah: well she seems to like laundry. So maybe more laundry?

Ezra, oh what happened?
Me, one of the chargers got hurt.
Ezra, did his arm get chopped off? (Football is apparently a very violent game)

Noah was having a party at the swing set. Ezra parks his jeep and all the chickens run up, “uh-oh looks like a chick party.”

I don’t want to go to school. I already know my abc’s. I have nothing left to learn! – Noah

When I sit down it’s boring. – Ezra

The boys got some conversation hearts today at school. I was requested to read them and when I read Ezra one that said “first kiss” he gave me a kiss.

I’m sorry, mommy. I just got distracted with books. – Ezra

Ezra, “you have a nice butt.”
Me, “who are you talking to?”
Ezra, “that strawberry right there.”

Me, “Eat your breakfast, we have gymnastics this morning.”
Noah, “Aaaah but it’s Valentine’s Day.”

I’m readier than banana! – Ezra

We were getting in the car and Noah had forgotten something.
Me “where did you leave it?”
Him “just look everywhere.”

Ezra, “I have the funniest joke ever. Knock knock.”
Us, “Who’s there?”
Ezra, “Knock”
Us, “Knock who?”
Ezra, “Aren’t you glad I have ears?” Followed by hysterical laughter.

Ezra, “it just gets me into trouble.”
Me, “your mustache?” (He was sporting one made of ticky tac)
Ezra, “no, my mind! I just think and think.”

Ezra found the classical station on the radio. “Hey guys listen, you’re missing a princess song.”

Ezra excitedly, “Noah, you know where chocolate chips come from!”
Noah answering even though it was not a question, “Chocolate and chips!”
Ezra, “No, they come from oreos.”

The boys brought home art from Presidents’ Day and we were discussing.
Me, “and who was George Washington?”
Noah, “ummm, a pirate.”

Matt: see boys daddy is super strong. I tore that apart with my bare hands.
Ezra: you don’t have bear hands, you have daddy hands.

Trash talk while playing basketball with lacrosse sticks, (thats normal right?).
Ezra to Noah: Hey Bro, did you bring your A-Game, because it’s all I’ve got!

Ezra the heart breaker: “mommy how do I write letters of love on katlyns birthday card?”

Noah: Daddy how long do I have to stay in my room?
Matt: until you can be calm.
Noah: awwww that will take so long!

While arguing over the nativity scene arrangement: Noah: it goes this way, trust me I was in the bible.

Noah: daddy can we get a pet giraffe?
Matt: sorry but they need to stay in their homes in africa
Noah: aww but I wanted to teach mine to play basketball.
Matt: well in that case. Go ask your mom.

N, “Where was Abby born?”
Me, “Gilbert, in a hospital.”
N, “You don’t get born in a hospital!!!!”
Me (trying not to laugh), “Where do you get born?”
E, “Africa!” Then contains to go on and on about all the animals Abby likes (think giraffes and lions). “There are lions in Africa, she should have just come and seen us there.”

Matt: did some one set the alarm to go off?
Ezra: some one played with it. It was definitely me.

“Make way for THE EZRA!” – Ezra.

Ezra and Noah’s 5th Birthday

The boys turned 5 last month. I still can’t believe they are 5. Where did my babies go? On their actual birthday they had their special donut breakfast and mommy went to school with them. We also opened presents in the morning.

Then on Saturday they had a little party. Noah wanted a firetruck cake and Ezra wanted an ambulance cake. They are also super into legos now, so we decided on the easy route and topped their cakes with legos. There was also a firetruck piñata and games.

Waiting to open presents.

Waiting to open presents.

A real phone! (okay just walkie talkies)

A real phone! (okay just walkie talkies)

Noah's Cake

Noah’s Cake

Ezra's Cake

Ezra’s Cake

Playing with Abby

Playing with Abby

Demonstrating the fire pole, look mom one hand!

Demonstrating the fire pole, look mom one hand!

Singing to Noah

Singing to Noah

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Singing to Ezra

Singing to Ezra

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Cheese!

Cheese!

Christmas Angels

The boys had their school Christmas play today. They were angels. Each child had to say their own line. The boys were the loudest (without screaming) and clearest. They did great!

Silly Angels

Smiling boys

Happy Noah (he was the fix-it angel)

Ez speaking (he was so excited about the microphone)

Ezra the strong angel

Noah speaking

Ezra at 5

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Color: blue and black
Sport: Soccer and football
Animal: dogs and cats
Food: Carrots and water and cereal
Book: Dinosaurs
Season: Winter
Restaurant: Ethiopian
Holiday: Halloween
Weather: Snowy
Cereal: Mommy’s Granola
TV Shows: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Movie: Incredibles
Candy: Chocolate crackers
Subject: Alphabet
Toy: Firetrucks and police cars
Thing to do: Play firetrucks
Place have been: Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia
Place to be: Parks
Place I want to go: Gamma and Papa’s
Person: Gamma and Papa
Hero: Daddy
Time of Day: Morning
Song: Abc’s
Drink: Apple Juice
Treat: Popcorn
Vacation: The Beach

Noah at 5

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Color: red
Sport: Riding bikes
Animal: Cheetah
Food: Carrots
Book: Firefighter Rhino
Season: Winter
Restaurant: Cafe Lalibela (because it has injera)
Holiday: Christmas
Weather: Cold and Sunny
Cereal: Squares (Cinnamon Toast)
TV Shows: Lego Ninjago
Movie: Incredibles
Candy: Candy Cane
Subject: Learning to write
Toy: Firetruck Lego
Thing to do: Go to Gamma and Papa’s house
Place have been: Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia
Place to be: Gamma and Papa’s house
Place I want to go: Oklahoma
Person: Gamma, Papa, Mommy, and Daddy
Hero: Batman
Time of Day: Evening
Song: The ninja song on the beginning of ninjago
Drink: Hot Cocoa
Treat: Candy Canes
Vacation: Colorado, Nana and Papa’s House

Random Memories

“I was looking for taffi and she came out of your bedroom and went outside, I went outside with her and I saw the moon but I couldn’t go up to the moon.”
The late night adventures of Ezra continue.

“Take your boat elsewhere, that’s the dance floor.” – Me

Noah, “I wish I could have a dragon.”
Ezra, “yea, but we can’t bring one here. Hey Mom, why can’t we bring a dragon here?”
Me, “ummm.”
Noah, “Come on mom, some are baby dragons and don’t breath fire, PLEASE!”

So Ezra asked for some words that started with x. Me, X-ray, xerox, zebra.

Noah and I were laying in bed relaxing. Ezra crawls up with blankie and a pillow. Next thing I know he is standing over Noah, whacking him in the face with the pillow, saying “does this feel like a dream?” Then they both erupted in giggles.

Must be greeting close to beach time. The boys decided to help “pack” sunscreen by smearing it all over themselves.

The boys are in the living room.
Ezra runs in to tell me, “Mommy, someone is staring at me!”
Me, “What? Like a person?”
Ezra, “Yes he is looking right at me!”
Me, “Where? Show me?”
Ezra points to the person, it was Jackson the cat.
Cats are people too.

Ezra never says ‘I love you’ to me. This evening he ran into the kitchen, gave me a huge hug, and said “you know I love you mommy!” (July 16, 2013)

Does anyone else immediately wonder “was it my kids?” when they get an email from vbs stating that the fire alarm inadvertently went off today? (it wasn’t!)

Ezra, “mommy watch this!”
Me, “you just asked for a sandwich. Do you want me to watch you or make your food?”
Ezra, “I want you to do both.”

Things that snuck into my cart while I wasn’t looking, cabbage and lettuce. My kids are weird.

Me: asleep
Ezra: mommy, I’m going to read a book in bed so you can sleep!

Ezra’s latest middle of the night hijinks- He go on my computer and texted daddy’s phone.

Woke up at 3 am to find a blanket on the floor next to my bed but no kid. Went to check their room and the door was locked, unlocked it and both kids were sleeping soundly. Asked them this morning and Ezra said he just wanted to put the blanket there and that he locked to door so the blanket didn’t come back. Kids do weird things in the middle of the night. I wonder what else goes on around here.

Last day of school. Noah was named the class mathematician and Ezra the class scientist. So proud of them. (preschool 3′s class)

When two little boys are jumping up and down shouting, “someone is here! Someone is here!” next to the little window by your door, you can’t just ignore the solicitor who rang the doorbell.

I’m going to be sad when the boys stop calling goggles gargoyles.

The boys just locked me in the chicken coop. How long until Matt notices? (thankfully it wasn’t too long)

Laying in bed listening to the boys play over the monitor and I just heard, “this is going to be even more dangerous!”

“That boy can hold a conversation!” – the tree trimmer’s thoughts on Ezra

I love waking up to giggling boys, but … 3:30 am was a little ridiculous.

Funny Quotes XII

E, “Mommy, said we can go to the park!”
N, “What’s that?”
E – describes the playground.
N, “Oh the park, I thought you said Ark – the thing I built.”

“If you don’t share I won’t come to your birthday party!” Said one twin to the other. (thinking it was Noah to Ezra)

Abby wasn’t born with us. Abby was born in Asia, we were born in Africa. – Ezra

“Pumpkin is not food, ewww.” – Noah
“Yes it is! You can make pumpkin pie.” – Ezra

The boys get one sheet of homework a week. They have to draw or cut out three things that start with the letter of the week. This week is D.
Ezra holding up a blank piece of paper, “mommy, I drew a Dalmatian dog, but he is wearing a costume so he is invisible!”

Are you thinking what I’m thinking, Bro? – Noah

We have to put away our weapons now. – Noah
Okay sensei. – Ezra

It will create an avalanche. No it will create a veggie salad. – Ezra in the tub.

But I want it and I get it because I’m sick. – Ezra telling Noah how it is.

The boys’ library books were for some reason in the middle of the hall.
Matt, “Why are there books here?”
Ezra, “Mommy was reading them.”
Not a complete lie, I did read him a book earlier that he brought me.

Noah, “I don’t want the ninjaneers to get it.” (Cardinals vs. Buccaneers)

Daddy, I’m going to name my mouth ‘candy land’ so everyone knows that’s where to put their candy. – Noah.

Ezra is very upset Noah is taller than him. “Mom, can you give him coffee to make him shorter, please?”

Noah to Ezra, “Wow, Ezra, you look cool!”
Ezra scowled.
Me, “Ezra that was a compliment, we say thank you when people give us compliments.”
Then Ezra angrily says to nobody in particular, “Fine if your going to say that I’m going to say you look cute!”

Ezra was asking for more food yet again.
Me, “geez boy how hungry are you?”
Ezra, “60 feet hungry.”

Some guy stopped the boys at the store to tell them how well behaved they were.
Ezra, “Mommy, why did he say that?”

“Reading makes my arms tired.” – Noah

Matt: what did you learn about in church today?
Ezra: orphans and that god wants us to love them.
Matt. Yeah?
Ezra: yeah. We should adopt them. But They are really big and live in the sea.
Matt: huh?

Ezra, “What did he say?”
Me, “You know you would hear more of what other people say, if you would just stop talking every once in a while.”
Ezra, “Nuh-uh, I’m never going to stop talking.”

Ezra, “I keep sneezing because of Paul.”
Me, “what did you say is making you sneeze?”
Ezra, “all that Paul, like the little boy.”
Me, “there’s a little boy outside?”
Ezra, “no the Paul in the air!”
Me, “you mean pollen.”

I was chopping in the kitchen and we were working on letter sounds by naming foods.
Boys, “tomato stars with T.”
Me, “yep. What other fruits and vegetables start with T?”
Noah, “TV!”

Matt was NOT wearing a shirt with a bike on it this morning.
“Daddy, you forgot to put on your bike shirt.” – Noah

Want to see my Amazing Store? – Noah
That’s not an Amazing Store, it’s an Awesome Store. – Ezra

Mommy come check out this enchilada! – Ezra referring to a tarantula.

We get to swim lessons and I remind the boys to take their shoes off. I look over at Ezra and he is taking his swimsuit off. “Oh I thought I heard swimsuit.”

Abby to Noah (referring to Ezra), “yea, I know, your boyfriend already told me.”

“You’re the bestest mommy in the whole house!” – Ezra

Ezra was ‘reading’ the requirements to level up in swim. After listing several he said, “and the most important is get out and show your mom what you can do.”

This tree smells like dr pepper! – Ezra

Does anyone need to go potty before we leave?
AHH! But I only go once a year! – Ezra

Last night the boys were discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Noah still wants to be a firefighter. Ezra said, “I want to be what Noah tells me.”

Me “boys clean up the living room.”
Ezra “WHY?”
Me “excuse me?”
Ezra “I said yes!”

“I think he (Ezra) needs some new listening ears from target.” – Noah

About 10 minutes into the flight, Ezra, “are we flying over Africa yet?” (Flight was from Arizona to Oklahoma)

I saw a doggy in her purse. That’s funny. That doesn’t make any sense. – Ezra.

Me: Why is there popcorn all over the floor?
Ezra: Because I was eating like an elephant.

“Mommy, why do you have to talk to other adults?” – Noah

A package arrived.
“What’s that?” – Ezra
“Something for mommy.”- Matt
Ezra smelling the box, “It’s not coffee.”

And there’s glitter on it!” – Noah describing his potato (I promise it was salt, not glitter)

If you step on a butterfly, it will kill you. – Ezra
Almost got it right.

If you see a dinosaur like a trex, you probably need to step away a little bit. – Ezra

Noah, “hey Ezra watch this.”
No response from Ezra in the other room.
Noah, “okay you can miss it!”

While eating dinner Noah pointed out that he was almost done and that Ezra had hardly eaten.
Ezra, “but I’m pasting myself!”

Can we keep the house clean? – Ezra (the answer is clearly no)

If you had a bad day just imagine Ezra walking around saying “oh no she didn’t” all day.

“We can play hockey after we’re done playing cocaine.” – Ezra (it was lacrosse and I think he was trying to say croquet)

“firefighters stop, drop, and roll onto the fire to put it out.” – Noah

“Babies take a lot of work and sometimes you can’t handle it.” – Ezra