Just a story or two

I was talking the other day to Nate, Kimberly and Nicki about this blog. Nate was surprised I still had it going, Nicki is happy I update it so she can see things as she’s not on Facebook and Kimberly noticed that it’s mostly just pictures anymore and less of a blog. I told her it was because the boys are no longer little and there just aren’t those cute stories to share anymore.

Then I remembered I had jotted down a couple of things I overheard the boys saying and thought, I’ll share them now!

So without further ado…

Overheard from the back of the van:
Patrick: “I feel good with coke and a milk shake.”
Mac: “Of course you do. You’re the sugar master.”

Watching Mac play on his tablet:
Me: “I love how serious you are.”
Mac: “Well, I don’t want to die (in Minecraft).
Me: “But you do that in your school work, reading, baseball. You work your hardest and give it your best. I love that about you.
Mac: “Well, I don’t want to fail! And I don’t give up!”

Let me explain why I felt these were worth sharing and remembering. The first one is just funny because even Mac knows our Patrick. Patrick loves junk food. He always has and always will. It is a fight to get him to eat dinner. He say he’s not hungry. But a half hour after dinner, every.single.time. he’s starving and ‘needs a snack’. He would rather skip the healthy and just eat the junk and sugar. Mac is not that way. He rarely snacks. He’d rather have a huge meal and not have to eat anything in between. He also doesn’t prefer sugary snacks and foods the way Patrick does. So different.

The second story is shared as a testament of Mac’s school year. This kid is rocking it. Fourth grade was rough on him. He struggled with keeping track of his assignments, staying organized and just the growing demands of the upper grades of grade school. I had to stay on him all year long and he still had missing assignments and was constantly losing homework, etc. I was a nervous wreck for this year! I happen to know a thing or two about fifth grade and I know that it’s a lot of self management and more responsibility for the student. I just knew that it was going to be a really long year. Yet, he has proven me wrong from week one. He is working his butt off. He has 0 late assignments this year! He always brings home his homework and currently has straight A’s. He stays current on his assignments and even works on projects ahead of schedule! I am beyond proud of his work ethic. It make me think that maybe something is sinking in! 🙂

So there you have it. Not so much the funny stories from when they were babies. But more thought provoking and indicative of them growing up on me.

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Steve has returned

Patrick LOVES finding Steve each morning. He so wants to believe in Santa. The other day he found him and said “I need to talk to Steve.”  I asked him why and he said “To tell him what I want for Christmas…so he can tell Santa!” Then he paused and realized what he said. It was cute. But I’m glad we waited till they were older to introduce the Elf! I would have had to convince him Santa isn’t real for a long time! Anyway, here was the situation this morning:

Patrick: "Aaahhh. Mac is going to be so mad. He stole Mac's iPod!

Patrick: “Aaahhh. Mac is going to be so mad. He stole Mac’s iPod!

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Real Snow!

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Those are some big snow flakes!!

Those are some big snow flakes!!

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One of the best days ever

At Thanksgiving Nicki, Nate, Kimberly and I decided to meet up this past weekend and head down to Wrigley for our pic in front of the marquis announcing the Cubs as World Series Champions. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. We headed downtown and enjoyed a day of walking around Wrigley, shopping and eating at the Cubby Bear. Perfect.

A hole in Wrigley!

A hole in Wrigley!

At least they're flying the W!

At least they’re flying the W!

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Can you tell I was a little excited?

Can you tell I was a little excited?

Lunch across the street at the Cubby Bear!

Lunch across the street at the Cubby Bear!

Trying to get the Cubby Bear logo in our shot as proof!

Trying to get the Cubby Bear logo in our shot as proof!

We look slightly happy, don't we???

We look slightly happy, don’t we???

Once we finished our day at Wrigley, we stole Nate for more shopping in the burbs.

Perfect way to end the day.

Perfect way to end the day.

I can’t thank Shannon, Kimberly, Nicki and Nate enough for making the day possible! 🙂

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My Kind of Snow

Patrick and I enjoyed the snow at the mall tonight. Our favorite kind. Melts before it hits the ground. 🙂

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