Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 21

Dear Kids,

Last week was fun!  The weather during the week was great, but it got cold quickly by the weekend.  Despite the cold weather, we still managed to have fun.  Here are some pictures of our week last week!

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Carlee didn’t want to turn towards the camera for me so I took it at this angle. We had just walked home from school in the afternoon.

 

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Chad and Cooper enjoying some outdoor time. All the boys love kicking the football off of the tee. They love it so much they’ve started fighting over who goes next.

 

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Chad gives it a good kick and Cooper cheers him on!

 

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A little library time while their sister is at dance and baby brother is sleeping.

 

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Chad couldn’t wait to get home and play his Disney Universe game on the XBox!

 

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Can you tell Chad’s a little excited about his game??

 

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Picking out the best Goosebumps book!

 

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Loving library time!

 

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So many books. So little time!

 

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Stopping the search for a quick smile!

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Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 20

Dear Kids,

We had a super cool weekend!  I had been away for work from Tuesday through Thursday. Being away from you guys for that long is so hard!  I always look forward to play time after I get off of work, and when I can’t do that, I get depressed!  Here are some pictures of our fun weekend playing outside.  I love you all!

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Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 19

Dear Kids,

We just wrapped up another summer break, and school starts back in 3 days!  I can’t believe how much time has flown by this summer.  We’ve had sports galore, vacations, parties, sleepovers, pool time, cookouts, dance, and so much more to keep us occupied. I’m very proud of how each of you are growing up and I enjoyed spending time with each of you over the summer.  I know that the end of summer is always a bummer (Ha!  That rhymes!), but it’s important to get back to school and keep learning new things.  Aside from the homework, you’ll get to spend more time with your friends and get to know new friends!

There were times this summer when you guys acted a little spoiled, but that only means you expect the best from your mommy and daddy.  I want each of you to practice being kind to one another.  Even if someone is mean to you at school, be nice to them and show them you love them.  This doesn’t mean to let someone continue to be mean to you.  Go to your teachers and tell us so that we can help.  But, nothing will be gained by being mean in return to someone else.

Even though mommy and daddy appear to be tough on you when it comes to doing chores and helping out around the house, the things we teach you will help you later in life.  Look at every opportunity as honoring your father and mother.  Did you know that is something God commands us to do?  Mommy and I honor our parents, and we want you all to honor us.   Both of us were taught from an early age to treat others with respect and love. Don’t ever forget this.  The impressions you leave on others today will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  Make the impressions the best they possibly can and be a positive light for someone else.

We love you and wish you all a fantastic 4th, 3rd, and 1st grade year!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 18

Dear Kids,

We had a wonderful weekend!  It was Father’s Day weekend so on Saturday, the four of us went to Welcome Stadium for the All-Pro Day.  Unfortunately, the three of you really didn’t want to hang around long, and didn’t see anything fun to do, so we were only there for about 20 minutes.  I managed to snap some good shots in the short time that we were there!  After the All Pro Day, Cason had a baseball game.  Later on in the weekend, we went to the pet store.  Mommy really wants a cat, but they didn’t have any in the store on Sunday.  Thank you all for the wonderful Father’s Day gift.  I can’t wait for you to paint your hand prints so that I can hang them in the office.  It’s a gift I will treasure forever!  I love you all very much!

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The three of you posing for daddy in the endzone.  Touchdown!

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Cason watching as Chad and Carlee run the length of the football field (twice!)

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No one in your way Chad, take it in for 6!

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Carlee posing for a half-smile/half-exhausted from running 200 yards photo op.

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Chad very satisfied after running 200 yards. Barry Sanders would be proud!

Of course no weekend in the summer is complete without a kid-pitch baseball game.  You pitched very well, Cason!

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The next Johnny Cueto?

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Cason in the on-deck circle. Took 4 pitches and walked!

After the games we made a pit stop at the pet store.  I think Cooper wants a pet fish!  He was shouting, “Bishy!  Bishy!”

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Cooper glued to the fish tanks.  I wonder if he’d make a good fish dad, or if he’d try to grab it out of the bowl?  Ah….toddlers!

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Chad sporting his baseball uniform.  He racked up a pair of hits!  Chad loves fish!  He has a pet fish named “Mikey!”

All four of you watching cartoons together on Sunday morning.  It was fund spending Father’s Day curled up with you all for a little while.

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Hello?  McFly? Anyone home?  The TV has your attention, but I was still snapping shots!

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 17

Dear Kids,

I just love our weekends together!  We have so much fun!  This weekend was Cason’s last basketball game of the season!  He scored 10 points and his team remained undefeated!  I am so proud of you, Cason!  You are really blossoming into a wonderful basketball player! Carlee, you had a wonderful softball game last night!  I’m so glad that the weather was perfect for the game.  You had 2 hits and were so good playing catcher, 2nd base and center field.

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This weekend was your 2nd birthday, Cooper!  We started off going to Chuck E. Cheese’s, but was so crowded that we left and went to Magic Castle.  You love running around playing with the games!

Guys, this is the last week of school.  I can’t believe how fast time has flown by this year. You all have done such a great job and have learned so much!  It’s hard to believe it’s already summer time!  I look forward to all of the fun summer activities we have in store.

Have a great 3 days of school then it’s summer break!  I love you guys!

Love,

Dad

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 16

Dear Kids,

We had an extremely busy weekend and are posed for another busy week.  All of you had practices or games going on at the same time.  Your mommy and I love that you all are so involved with sports. Carlee, you and I attended your 1st Communion Retreat Saturday morning.  I am so proud of you and can’t hardly wait to see you take your First Communion on Saturday afternoon!  Cason, you scored 4 points in your basketball game on Saturday and had a lot of good rebounds.  I’m really seeing a lot of improvement in your game!  Chad, mommy got to go watch you at your practice!  You got to field the ball as well as take batting practice.  I can’t wait for your first game!

Chad and Cooper, both of you had to go to a daycare center all week last week.  It was so hard to leave you there!  Cooper, you cried for me every time I dropped you off.  You were usually happy again 5 minutes after I left.  I’m sure that when you have kids you will feel the same way.

I hope you all have a great week this week!  Unfortunately it looks like a lot of your games/practices may be canceled due to the weather.  Oh well, no worries!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 15

Dear Kids,

This weekend was Easter so we had lots of fun things to do! Our fun weekend started out on Saturday morning. Chad, you had your first coach pitch baseball practice at 11:30. Cason, you had a basketball scrimmage at 12:30 and then your first baseball practice at 2:00. Sunday, we all went to Mass at 11:00. Cooper, you put on a real show. Halfway through Mass you got so fussy mommy had to take you outside. As soon as you left the pew, you screamed, “Byeeeee!” People were smiling and laughing. After church, we went to Mimi and Pops’ house for lunch. The weather was very warm and perfect for an Easter Egg hunt. We attempted a family picture 11 times but not one picture had us all standing still together – but, that’s what makes us a fun family! Carlee and Chad, you two were covering your eyes from the sun and Cooper you were just being a toddler and running off to get the basketball. After lunch, Pops and I took all of you to the ball field to practice hitting and fielding ground balls. I am very excited about baseball season!


  
  
This week, you all get out of school after Thursday and we are making the long drive down to Georgia to see Grandma and Pawpaw. It’s going to be fun!

Have a great week at school. I love each of you very much.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 14

Dear Kids

This weekend came and went by so fast! We had such a wonderful weekend! On Friday night, we rented The Peanuts Movie together and watched it as a family! It was a very cute movie! So cute that you guys watched it again on Saturday. Saturday night, mommy and I went out to dinner with Mimi and Pops while Autumn watched you guys. Cason, Carlee and Chad, you all had Religious Education classes on Sunday morning while mommy, Cooper and I went to Mass. Cooper lasted about 20 minutes before mommy had to leave church with him. We had our usual donut in the cafeteria after Mass.

Cason and Chad, both of you had play dates on Sunday and were so excited! Carlee, you and I went with Autumn to watch The Little Mermaid ballet. Autumn was very excited to see her friend in her Sebastian costume.

Cooper, unfortunately you had to go to the doctor at the end of last week. You have yet another ear infection and bronchiolitis. The pharmacist didn’t flavor the medicine so you have fought tooth and nail not to take it. Mommy and daddy hate to see you not feeling well so we have to give it to you anyway.

This week will be fun! St. Patrick’s day is this Thursday so we will all be dressed in green! I also bought Lucky Charms for cereal this week without realizing it’s the perfect cereal to have the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Until next week, my babies!

Love,

Daddy

 

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Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 13

Dear Kids,

What a great weekend we had! There was so much going on over the weekend that it seemed to go by so fast! Carlee, you and mommy got to go to fancy dinner and to see The Newsies on Saturday night. You loved it! Cason, Chad and Cooper – we went to Toys R Us on Saturday so that each of you could pick out a toy and have daddy time. Carlee, you did not go to church on Sunday because you had a terrible cough! Cason and Chad, I was so proud of what you learned in RE and am happy that you shared it with us! Cason, you had your last game of the season on Sunday and as usual did very well! I got to coach your team! I’m happy that you are going to be playing in another league soon! You are progressing very well and are so talented!

We traded in the van for another van which took a lot of time on Wednesday, but you all were very excited to be able to ride in it!

Cooper, you’ve had a pretty bad cough for the last few days and you’ve been so fussy. I hate it when you guys don’t feel well! Yesterday, when I was changing you, you stuck you feet up in the air and said “stinky piggies!” You are so silly!

We have another busy week ahead but I enjoy being able to spend time with all of you at night. Have a great week at school.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 12

Dear Kids,

We are at the end of another fantastic weekend and the start of another week!  The weather was so nice (it’s normally NOT in Feburary) and we took advantage of it! Saturday, Cason, you had basketball practice and then we went to the school playground for some fun play time later in the afternoon. I could not believe it was 72 in February. Sunday was a great day!  We went to church and then went to CarMax to test drive a car!  Cason had his basketball game and then we went to dinner. Cooper, you got a little fussy at dinner so you and I went home early. Chad, you were very proud of your new LEGO car and you took it everywhere we went this weekend.

I hope you all have a great week! I can’t wait for another fun weekend!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 11

Dear Kids,

This week was a tough week for daddy.  I had to be apart from you guys for 3 days while I traveled to Chicago for work.  Nothing is harder for me than not being able to hold you and play with you for days!  It’s always a great feeling to come back from a trip and hear good things about how you behaved and see your smiling faces.  I am glad you all got Tuesday off as a snow day.  I always love this time of year because you get to bring home your self-created Valentine’s Day cards for mommy and daddy.  Cards that you make us are so much more valuable than anything bought in a store!   We have a long weekend ahead of us because Monday is a holiday!  We’re going to the hockey game again and I’m sure we will have loads of fun!  Cason, you have basketball practice on Saturday and a game on Sunday. Chad, you read a book to me last night.  You are doing such a great job reading in kindergarten!  Carlee, you spent time playing with your diary this week and making your Valentine’s Day box for school.  Cooper, I told you that I love you and you said, “I love Elbo (Elmo).”  How can that not make me smile?

I’m looking forward to a fun-filled 3-day weekend with all of you!  Even though the snow and cold make it hard to play outside, we’ll still have fun indoors!

I love you all very much!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 10

Dear Kids,

We made it through another week and had a great weekend!  Saturday was kind of interesting, Cason.  We went to your basketball practice only for it to be canceled and then you didn’t have a game on Sunday.  Chad, you had a great time at your friend’s birthday party.  Carlee, you went to Lowe’s with me to buy fencing to keep the dog in the back yard.  You were very helpful to daddy!  Cooper, you watched a lot of Elmo this weekend. I think you may be getting a little too spoiled!  You also got a new pair of fancy shoes and enjoyed running around in them.  You also refused to go into the nursery during Mass yesterday so you ended up going into church with us.  You kept looking at Jesus and saying, “Bye, Jee sees!”  So cute!  You are so smart!

I hope all 3 of you have a great week!  One less week until summer break and fun in the sun! Until then we have to put up with the cold and snow!

I love you all!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 9

Dear Kids,

What an awesome weekend we had!  We got to go to fancy dinner and then to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game and had a great time!

Cason,

You scored 12 points in your basketball game on Sunday and had at least 15 rebounds. We are so proud of how well you are playing! It was a very good game with a tough team. All of you had to play most of the game because of a shortage of players.  Don’t let losing a game interfere with having fun and learning the fundamentals.  As I told you last night, you have to learn how to lose games too because we can’t win them all.  We have to be as good of a sport losing games as we are when we win games.

Carlee,

You went with mommy and friends to West Alexandria for tea time.  You looked so pretty in your dress!  You also read your book to me for your recommendation assignment. You are reading so well and the picture you drew for the recommendation was beautiful!

Chad,

You were so excited to get new LEGOs this weekend!   You played with them so much and love building new things with them. You also helped me with Cooper this weekend. He is so lucky to have a loving older brother who plays with him so well.  All of you played in the Cars tent together for hours. It was so sweet!

Cooper,

You had a great weekend but you were a little stinker!   You hid the TV remote inside the air vent which almost gobbled it up for good!  Good thing we found it!  You are saying a lot of new words now!  Basketball, Mickey, Elmo, Juice – are all words you are saying right now.

I am excited for our week and look forward to all of the fun activities next weekend may bring.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 8

Dear Kids,

Here we are again at the end of another long week!  Carlee, you worked so hard on your book recommendation last night and took it to school today.  I am so proud at the way you are reading and writing!  Cason, you are doing such a great job with your math.  I know it’s tough.  I had a hard time with math when I was in school, but I use it every day at work so keep working very hard.  Chad, you are doing so well in your kindergarten class.  I’m so blessed to be able to have a little time with you every day to put you on the bus.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but it’s time that I look forward to every day and really enjoy.  I hope you remember this picture forever!

You also had special time with mommy yesterday.  For being so sweet during the week, you got to go to Toys R’Us and pick out some LEGOs.  You were so excited about them and have been playing with them ever since!

Cooper, you’ve had a fun week.  You are getting into EVERYTHING and it is so cute!  You have figured out light switches and are about to figure out door knobs – time for safety knobs!  You got into Mimi’s potty yesterday and made a big mess all over the floor – haha!

This weekend will be fun!  Carlee,  you are going to tea on Saturday with mommy while Cason has his basketball practice.  Cason, you have your 2nd game of the season on Sunday!  Go blue team!  I know you will do well!

I’m looking forward to our weekend together!

Love,

Daddy

 

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Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 7

Dear Kids,

It’s the end of another wonderful weekend!  We had so much to do that kept us busy, but we found time to have some fun too!  Cason, Carlee and Chad, we all went to Scene75 to have some fun and play some games.  Later in the evening, we all watched the first Harry Potter movie together.  Cooper, you found joy in going into daddy’s office, pulled out all of the papers in the desk and threw them all in the playroom.

All of you had a good RE class today at church and brought home more cute work.  I’m really proud of your attentiveness in RE and when you go to Mass with us.  It’s very important to listen to your teacher both at church and in school.  Mommy and daddy are very proud of each of you and love you very much.

Let’s have a fantastic new week!

Love,

Daddy

 

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