Sunday, January 15, 2017

Andelin Family Update

I'm really slacking on our blog! I'm always busy doing something and I guess the blog has just dropped on the priority list lately (New Year's Resolution? ;)). I wanted to do a quick update for journaling purposes! Remember when I used to document every month of Hayes's life?! That seems incredibly impossible now haha. In fact, I've been writing this post for 3 days and keep getting interrupted and having to come back. It's like the boys can sense that I sat down somewhere and all come running. ;) I thought a good way to do an update on the boys was to write 3 things I love about each of them right now.

Hayes- 5 1/2 Years Old

1. First thing that came to mind is what a good big brother Hayes is.  We put a lot of expectations on him to be the leader and example to his little brothers.  He and Cohen go through stages where they like to bother each other, but over all he is really sweet to his little bros.  Hayes is pretty mature and likes to play with older kids, so I especially love when he takes the time to entertain his little brothers and make them feel loved.

2. Hayes is so creative, he always has been. He is constantly coming up with new ideas and new ways to play.  He likes to hang out in the craft closet upstairs and just put things together, often times as a gift for me. You will find random items taped to his bed as "rocket boosters" or string attached from doorknobs to couch legs set as "traps." He has even on occasion made me home decor that I try really hard to leave up until he forgets about them haha. It will be interesting to see what he chooses as a career someday!

3. He has a sensitive soul and loves his family.  He is still a momma's boy, which melts my heart. He has not outgrown giving me hugs and kisses before he leaves anywhere and doesn't mind holding my hand.  He loves going on "dates" with his dad, which usually involves something active. He has a big heart and is easy to love.

Cohen- 3 Years Old

1. Cohen is a happy kid. He wakes up with the biggest smiles and hugs for every one. He is easy to please and just a go with the flow dude. He always hugs me and tells me he loves me the most and "actually we love each other the most," and then he will go on to say he loves each person in the family the most, so as not to leave anyone out. Haha, he is very concerned with everyones feelings. He is a sweetheart.

2. His voice is my very favorite.  Hayes started talking like an adult at like 2 years old so I'm loving the toddler talk that Cohen entertains us with.  Cohen didn't start talking for a long time, and it was so frustrating. But, I feel like he has totally made up for it with his cute voice and sweet words. I can't help but smile at his questions and requests.  He is also very complementary and is quick to tell me how good lunch was or how great I did making the bed.  He can't quite say the 't' or 'g' sound so he would ask something like, "Tan you det me a smoodee, Mom?"(Can you get me a smoothie, Mom?) It's super cute. He just talks and talks now and we love it.

3. Cohen is also a really sweet brother and especially a sweet big brother.  He has loved the heck out of Tayte since the day he was born.  It was exhausting not being able to set Tayte on the floor as a baby because Cohen was ALL over him. But seriously, they are such cute buds now. He hugs him, plays with him and will stick up for him if anyone is being mean to his baby brother. Cohen always makes sure that if he gets something, he gets some for his brothers too. Just a sweetie.

Tayte- 21 Months

1. Tayte is so stinking cute.  Seriously, you cannot say no to that boy. I've often had people tell me he is a "pretty" boy; I agree. He is a good mix of his brothers and is just the most charming little thing.

2. He is so smart.  You would not believe the things that come out of that babe's mouth. Phrases, counting, singing, you name it, he acts way too grown up. His favorite games are "Hide and Seek," and "Duck, Duck, Goose." He likes to count and say "Here I come!" "Make a peep!" Or "Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck..." He keeps going around and around the circle and never says goose. Haha. He has got a sweet little voice and a contagious laugh!

3. He is a momma's boy!!  Which can be hard at times too. He has a hard time being separated and would have me hold him and snuggle him all day if I let him.  I think all of my boys have been this way at his age so I'm used to being so loved ;) He loves his daddy a lot too. It's amazing how much love you can feel from such a little guy.

We feel really blessed to have 3 sweet, smart, happy boys in our home and are humbled at the opportunity to be their parents.  I forget too often that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. Hope everybody's New Year is off to a great start! Here are some more of the family pictures we took with Shauna Hunt in the Fall.

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