August 7, 2016

Fun in the Sun

We got out the sprinkler earlier this summer, and the kids have spent many a happy hour playing in the water.

I love that all-the-sudden-looking-and-acting-like-a-big-kid kid.

 Andrew is such an amazing big brother.  This picture makes me cry.

 My little guys.  <3

How Andrew jumps over the sprinkler.

How Charlie jumps over the sprinkler.

How Emily jumps over the sprinkler.

I love having kids. The entertainment factor is so high.

 And so is the sweet factor.

The bottom line is: sprinklers=pure summery joy

Birthdays Happened

All the kids have had their birthdays this year, and have had fun for all of them.
Including Woof Woof

On Emily's birthday, I tried to get a good picture of all the kids together.

I gave up. :)

Emily is FIVE.

My silly little SEVEN year old.

The best "I'm THREE" picture ever.

August 1, 2016

You Can't Stop the Co-op

We joined a really fun co-op where the kids were taught art, music, and P.E.  Andrew and Emily loved the art best, although they liked it all.  Charlie wasn't old enough yet so he was basically in the nursery.  He's REALLY looking forward to being in the big kid classes this fall.
We had a little showcase at the end of the semester, and the kids loved showing Daddy what they had learned.

 They also looked like this or a variation thereof for most of the time they were up singing.
Emily got an award from her art teacher (my awesome friend Grit).  She was super proud.  Grit really helped Emily feel like she could be the best little artist ever.  :)

We're excited to start back up this fall.  I'll be "teaching" the babies-3 year olds.  Any ideas on keeping them occupied for 3 hours?

Mothers and Fathers

Mother's Day 2016
 Father's Day 2016

There are days when we feel like pulling our hair out, and days when we aren't sure we can stand to hear that joke anymore.  Some days are full of frustration and guilt over not being as good as we wish we could be.  Some days, while sweeping up pounds of animal crackers, bread crusts, cucumber slices, and rice from under the table, we wonder how we're going to survive this time of four little kids.

But even during those trying times, we wouldn't give up one second.  We are enjoying tiny voices, hearing baby laughter and the ABC song for the 100th time that day.  We get to teach, to help, and to learn.  Being parents is a privilege, and we are so grateful.

Art and Ice Cream

Still catching up.  I guess I could just skip these things and start with current stuff, but I kind of want to document this, too.

In May, we went to our city's Art Festival.  It was awesome!  There were TONS of projects for little kids, and it wasn't all coloring.  They got to paint and make puzzles and draw self-portraits, and make giant bubbles and Charlie got someone to draw him.  It was very fun for everyone, although Henry was less impressed.  He slept the whole time.

Afterwards, we went to the new Braum's down the road for lunch.  Everyone was very excited.

Henry got to eat the largest French fry known to man.

Hooray for Family Saturdays!

July 24, 2016

Things the Jacobs Kids Say Volume Insert Number Here

As usual, the kids crack us up on a daily basis.
Reading together

Mike has been on the "duty phone" for work for the last few days.  They take turns getting warrants on the weekends/nights.  Every time the duty phone rings, Emily says excitedly, "Dad, is that the police?!" But in her excitement she sounds a little panicked.  It makes me laugh a lot.

Charlie says he has an orange house with 100 rooms and a bed with blue pillows for him and Em, and a big door with a "wittle doorbell for Woof Woof to ding dong."  And Aunt Jeanette will come see my house. 

We made a robot together.  they were extremely excited.

Mike's invention to feed the baby quickly and easily - have him suck it out through a straw.  Dads are funny.
 Henry has definitely devoloped a funny little personality.  If he gets bumped or something, he doesn't just cry.  He yells at the person or thing that has wronged him.  When he gets excited to see someone, he laughs hysterically and hurries over to hug/whack/attack them.  This happens anytime he sees anyone in his family.

Andrew is a unique dude.  And we wouldn't have him any other way.
 There are times when I hear myself in Andrew.  A lot.  Like the other day when Emily and Charlie were fighting and Andrew said, "Ok guys.  I guess I need to take this toy away now.  Maybe if you would have made better choices, I wouldn't have had to make this consequence."  I almost went in to intervene, but he handled it so well, I just finished my dishes in peace.  :)

Climbing.  Oh the climbing!  He says Danger is his middle name.

Andrew walked up to the last piece of pizza and said, "Ah, a last companion." 

Emily went to give Charlie a hug the other day, and he said he only liked kisses.  She went to kiss him, and he said, "I want it on my eye.  Eyes are my favorite."
Emily thinks muscles are called appetites.  "Use your appetite, Charlie!  You can pick it up!"

These two play together all the time.  Here, they were making a feast... 

 And here are the guests.

Henry saw a picture of a cat and said, "Meow."  He doesn't say my name, but we won't talk about that too much.

He was being the teacher here.  He loves it.  The kids love it.  And it's super sweet.
 Andrew always wipes off our kisses.  I asked him if he liked kisses and he said yes, but that he doesn't like slobber.  ...  He always wipes the kisses off our faces when he kisses us, too, so I guess I can't be too offended.  :)

Emily likes to ask if we like her "hairdude."  I like that better than hairdo.  I also like "nightengale" better than nightgown.

Charlie and I were walking along and he said, "I'm a very good boy."  I agreed with him, and then he said, "And I totally love you."  My heart melted a little.
Charlie loves games, and constantly wants to play Trouble, or Old Maid, or whatever.  He'll wake us up in the morning with "Mom, Dad, I think you forgot that it's time to play games!"
When we tell him no to something, he'll say, "Don't say bad things to me or you'll make me cry."  Punk.

Henry has started folding his little hands during prayers and the end saying, "Amem."  It's adorable.