Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Video Fun!

I have two Baby J videos floating around my phone!  The first is John as he tests out his new consonants.  As many of you know, we had a major sleep hiccup last week, probably due to his new verbal and physical skills.   To add insult to injury with these sleepless nights, James and I have been on opposite shifts with nights out and bedtime for the past two weeks.  The day John learned to say "da..da...da..da.." was a day James was out late.  The big kids spent the entire evening trying to convince me of how much John wanted Daddy and were convinced he wouldn't stop being fussy until he got his dad!  It wasn't really a confidence boost, but I do love how much they all love their dad : )
And a "quick" timelapse of John doing his thing and moving and grooving around the floor!  Such a funny kid!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Everyday Inbetweens

After Easter, we were back to nice weather and Catherine’s fiercely independent fashion choices!

Matthew normally does his email supervised, but in the chaos of 3 kids I let him write emails himself and he “spammed” his entire contact list. Email etiquette lessons are definitely starting early. He wrote a follow-up email but is also learning the more email he sends, the more he receives and the more the cycle continues :-) He thought he was being pretty funny sending math problems to Papa. I tried to capture his devilish grin but he was on to me:

I did accidentally get this silly shot which was not quite what I was going for!

Poor sleepy baby, it seems we’re always waking him up to drag him somewhere with us.

This day Matthew had a 4 day weekend at school so we took advantage of Thursday and Friday to visit friends he doesn’t see much because they are not in his school. First up was storytime at a little country school out of town. We got caught up with some surprise visitors and ended up with a leaky diaper. John had to borrow his buddy’s PJs. I think purple could be his color!

The next day we met one of Matthew’s friends (and his week old baby sister so I could steal newborn snuggles) at the Dino Park.

Matthew was mostly excited about having a peer to join him on the climbing rock. Catherine just isn’t quite there yet.

Friday we decided to have friends over for dinner and make your own pizzas. Catherine and Matthew were quite the sous chefs and even color coordinated cutting boards and tomatoes. Normally Matthew dislikes tomatoes, but if I buy the yellow ones for “taste tests” he eats even more of them.

Someone started to sit up! It’s amazing how quickly he’s advanced from this unsturdy tripod to full-blown sitting.

Matthew was pretty proud that he figured out how to turn his tunnel into a hanging basketball hoop. Basketball has been his newest obsession and he’s been practicing a lot to get better. I truly have no idea how much skill a kindergartener can/should have in basketball, but I get the feeling he has peers with far more experience.

And things that make my heart melt, Catherine reading to John:

With John’s prowess for sitting, we brought out the booster seats so he could sit up at the table with us for a while. Of course he never gets to be in a picture by himself:

Unless Catherine’s off at school of course, then we can sneak a few in!

I’m finishing up the last of my science lessons for Matthew’s class. We were scheduled to launch rockets but due to a crazy snow storm, I came in and did a 4th little pig engineering lesson. I even brought the big bad wolf with me to help blow down the houses:

Matthew hard at work with his buddy:

Eyeing the competition and finishing up their house.

Matthew and his partner built a very sturdy house with an intricate escape route for mice (?!?!) but it was not the tallest.

That afternoon the kids and I ran errands and took a snack break at one of my favorite spots to enjoy the Bridgers in their snowy glory!

That Friday we headed out to Three Forks for a playdate and to bring milkshakes to a friend who had just had surgery. It was a great visit but we had to hurry back because it was movie night at Matthew’s school. We made Big Hero 6 cupcakes for the occasion.

Next my phone reminded me of Matthew’s first spring where we spent a lot of time hanging out in Virginia and wedding hopping. I’m excited because John will be about the same age when we head out this summer. I’m less excited because I get the sinking suspicion John will be far more mobile this summer than Matthew was 5 years ago.

Oh Catherine! On our days at home, this is what she does much of the time. She LOVES puzzles:

That Saturday we ended up running errands all morning to procure the necessary things to get all the Watsons on bikes or bike accessories at the same time. We finished up just in time to sneak over to the MSU Spring Game and check out Bobcat Football. Matthew asks about going to a game every time we pass the stadium and everytime we look at ticket prices I just can’t see paying all that money to watch a team we only mildly care about play teams we don’t really care about, only to have 2-3 whining children throughout the game, or pay a sitter even more to keep the kids at home.

Though there wasn’t the full gametime atmosphere, the spring game allowed us to sit front row almost on the 50 yard line for free to learn that it only held our kids’ attention for 20 minutes tops. John was thoroughly unimpressed.

We stopped in to grab pizza and a beer at the new-ish brewery that James goes to often with work but I’d never been to. We gave John a breadstick to hold and he went to work chomping away.

We capped off the evening testing out our bike gear for an inaugural ride to Ace Hardware for a bolt! Catherine snapped this picture of James and Matthew for me:

Thanks to some gear loans from friends, we are now bike trail ready! Next blog I’ll cover our super exciting trip into Yellowstone and John’s foray into solid foods!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Easter Celebrations!

The weekend before Easter we kicked off our celebrations by dyeing eggs. James was headed off to Vegas that Monday for work so we squeezed it in Sunday night. Before that we had a much needed restful day around town and around the house. The kids hid Easter eggs. When they broke this one they wanted to keep it to make it a chick puppet:

They spent much of the weekend playing really well together, which is not necessarily a regular occurrence. They’d often start singing various songs about teamwork. About half the time they were doing something productive like working to move the basketball hoop or create a puppet from an egg. The other half of the time the song was a convenient warning for James and I to check in on the trouble the might be creating.

Catherine’s first egg of the year. She did great! No spills this year!

Matthew wanted to make stripes on his so we experimented with rubber bands:

Matthew was pretty proud of this one and wanted to make sure Uncle Matt and Papa saw it! He thinks he found a perfect technique. In the ongoing contest of who makes the best eggs I think the Pozuns are ahead BUT next year it’s going to be tough competition!

We sacraficed one egg to dye in the cleanup bucket. It didn’t turn out too pretty but the kids enjoyed swirling it around!

Unfortunately by the time we got around to egg dyeing, John was tuckered out for the evening. The kids made sure we saved supplies and som eggs for him to dye the next morning.

That Monday I was hosting a photography presentation and as always, Catherine was my little helper as always and helped us set up the photo background, using her little smirk!

John hanging out with Catherine and her buddies who kept delivering cars:

Both kiddos afterward. In the mess of it all I didn’t take my actually camera so fuzzy, smeary cell phone pics was all I had!

That night we headed to drop James off at the airport. The kids sure do love their daddy.

It was another gorgeous spring-like day so since we were in Belgrade we hit up Dairy Queen and our favorite park over there. We had an ice cream toast to celebrate.

The kids played and made new friends while John enjoyed the swings for the first time:

The next morning we walked Matthew to school. We let Matthew practice walking to school by himself past the road crossings.

John seemed pretty pleased with it all:

We even took the fun outside for a while. John is really starting to enjoy his play structure from Mas and Pas and we can’t wait to take it traveling with us!

James missed out on April Fool’s day. While we didn’t really do anything at home, Matthew was thrilled to pull one over on us after school. When we went to pick up Matthew, there was a buzz among the Kindergarteners about having brownies for us. Sure enough, they gave us Brown-Es!

By Thursday I was done with the treadmill and John expressed extreme displeasure with the gym daycare during his nap times, so he joined me for a run. It was apparently what he needed!

While I’m sure James missed us, he had a great time in Vegas and I’m sure work got done at some point! Besides some Vegas snacks for the kids, James brought home these handsome headshots as souvenirs:

Both Matthew and Catherine are big helps with John. Their designated tasks are often going in to “chat” with him when he wakes up and reading to him in the evenings. They also LOVE to hold him, but we still very much need to be around to supervise. So cute!

For whatever reason Matthew still finds it awesome that he held John like he was nursing.

We hit up the area’s summer camp fair at the mall. While I didn’t exactly find any summer camps I feel the kids must do, we ran into lots of friends and there were plenty of kids activities, including face painting!

By Friday we were all ready for James to be home, especially this guy!

Matthew’s teacher had been talking to his class about the MSU Pow Wow and Pow Wow etiquette, so the first thing we did with daddy was take him to the Pow Wow. It was just as impressive as last year.

Pow Wow drums put someone to sleep!

The next day we prepared for the Easter bunny’s visit. The kids came up with some fancy Easter brownies for dessert. John “helped” by shaking the coconut while the big kids helped by licking the bowl and spoons!

Our favorite egg hunt at the Museum was cancelled this year because last year there were apparently some parents who were major jerks. I’m disappointed all around but kind of proud of the museum for not coddling that type of nonsense. We decided a bookstore was the next appropriate place to find eggs and James took the kids to Barnes and Noble’s egg hunt while John napped. Catherine apparently found what she needed in the self-help section!

The loot!

And for whatever reason we’ve been to the mall 2-3 times since the Easter bunny arrived in Bozeman. I can’t for the life of me figure out why I would take the kids to see the Easter bunny other than overpriced pictures (they don’t ask for things right?) and Matthew’s been disappointed every time we didn’t stop. Luckily Barnes and Noble provided this guy for free! Creepy Easter bunny or creepiest Easter bunny?

Easter morning the kids were ecstatic of course! The Easter bunny brought them some Legos and some swim gear!

But mostly they were excited to find eggs!

Matthew was a little befuddled by the location of this one!

A darth vader egg on the entry way light!

When John woke up he joined in on the fun!

His dinosaur basket to match his siblings got lost in the postal system for about a week so he just put out a storage bin. The Easter Bunny was still pretty good to him and brought him a water bottle to match his siblings, new shoes to hold his socks on and a floatie for the pool.

The shoe packaging was delicious!

Since the theme of the Easter baskets was swim gear, we decided to hit up the hot springs and test it all out!

John pretty much just chilled out the whole time:

With a few breaks for cuddles and zherberts from daddy:

He also discovered how awesome his toes are again!

I was also super excited and proud of Catherine who joined me in the outdoor pool while it was SNOWING! It was just above freezing outside and fat, fluffy flakes fell down as we enjoyed the warm waters. We decided not to let happy, chill babies lie and didn’t take John out and Matthew refused to join :(

And what kind of Easter would it be without peeps! Catherine likes them just as much as three years ago and Matthew likes them even more than 5 years ago!

We decided after our all holiday excitement this past year, it was a year to go out for Easter dinner! I had been testing DIY bowties and Matthew was excited to try his on:

While Catherine was just excited to put on her fancy party dress!

Matthew was sending and returning emails (which he is woefully behind on, sorry family!) and went out to take a picture of the snow to eventually send to family. He came back with this hilarious picture:

And this one!

Oh, and of course John had to try on the bowtie too - even if he still needs to grow into his suit a little!

The kiddos all dressed up:

They sure do love their brother!

And a quick family shot before we headed out the door!

We skipped dessert at the restaurant as the kids had been scheming up these brownies for a few days. Chicks sitting on a grass nest with eggs and ice cream to make the grass “stick”. Shockingly, this was after a lot of negotiation as their original plans were even more decadent and nonsensical as they modeled it off a dessert a friend had brought over!

It’s a D- for food photography but Matthew was super excited about it and it was a delicious way to end the holiday!

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