Lucas’ Birthday Interview

I ask him these same questions every year. Love this chance to talk with Lucas about his favorites and to show him how much we value his thoughts, his dreams and HIM!

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The photo above is from Carter Mountain Orchard here in Charlottesville. We took the first photo just before his 4th birthday and once every year after!

▪ STATS: Lucas is 47.5 inches tall (40th percentile), 50 lbs (40th percentile), and he wears size 6-7 tops, 6-Slim pants and kids’ size 13 shoes.

▪ Favorite colors: “shiny orange, bright yellow, highlighter pink, blank white, light green”

▪ Favorite activities: “swimming, rock scrambling, singing, eating”

▪ Favorite toys: “Legos and iPad”
▪ Favorite friends: “Lily, Mira, Luca, Josh, Leo”
▪ Favorite foods:  “soy glazed salmon, peaches, pineapples”
▪ Favorite book: “Jack and Annie’s Magic Tree House series”
▪ What makes you happiest? “Mommy, Daddy, and snuggling while watching a video together”
▪ What do you want to be when you grow up? “a scientist, an inventor, and a city pool snack bar attendant”
▪ What new thing would you like to try this year? “singing lessons”
▪ Where in the world would you like to go on vacation some day? “China, Japan, and Vietnam”
▪ What do you love to learn about? “math, reading and writing”
▪ What are you really good at? “being a cat”
▪ Which three words describe you? “I’m kind, smart, active, and I’m a weirdo!”
▪ What will you be doing in 10 years?  “Driving!”
▪ Please give me a recipe: “Mix walnuts and oats and nutella and put it in an ice-cream cone. Put strawberries on top. It’s called a Super Dump.”
▪ Give some advice/words of wisdom to Mommy: and to Daddy: “You should go in the woods with me and watch Pokemon with me.”
▪ Describe a perfect day: “I would have lots of screen time and play Minecraft with Daddy, and I would paint our back woods with silver spray paint and we would all spend time together with Mosby and Gigi too and I wouldn’t fall out of a tree.”
▪ How would you spend a million dollars? “I would buy lots of shiny spray paint, and have an awesome house and fun backyard with lots of trails and give some to poor people and save some too.”
▪ What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition? “I like lots of things! Easter egg hunting and when the kitchen is decorated for my birthday and when I come downstairs Christmas morning and the presents are out!”

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Lucas’ 5th installment of the “yearly interview”

123456smABC_0415smYearly Interview with Lucas: 20 Questions…

  • Favorite colors: “orange, yellow and light green”
  • Favorite activities: “go to Bounce N Play and then eat at Cici’s”
  • Favorite toys: “legos and couch cushions”
  • Favorite friends: “Ellee, Aurora, Lily, and Skyler”
  • Favorite foods:  “soy glazed salmon and Annie’s Mac N Cheese and steamed salted broccoli”
  • Favorite book: “Jack and Annie’s Magic Tree House series”
  • What makes you happiest? “when I can play legos in my room”
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? “a chemist”
  • What new thing would you like to try this year? “make a book”
  • Where in the world would you like to go on vacation some day? “to LegoLand”
  • What do you love to learn about? “sea creatures”
  • What are you really good at? “riding my bike”
  • Which three words describe you? “I’m fun and smart and nice”
  • What will you be doing in 10 years?  “Going to college”
  • Please give me a recipe: “Mix chocolate and peanuts and then put whipped cream and strawberries on top.”
  • What kind of little girl was Mommy? “nice and fun and she liked CareBears”. What kind of little boy was Daddy? “he and Aunt Janeen got in trouble together! And he was nice and fun and he liked cars”
  • Give some advice/words of wisdom to Mommy: and to Daddy: “You should let me play outside all by myself”
  • Describe a perfect day: “I would ride down the hill on my bike and then go to Lily’s house and then make something out of wood in the garage and then eat at Eppies”
  • How would you spend a million dollars? “I’d buy a bunch of Bounce N Play Castles and a really cool house with lots of property and I’d go to a rock and gem museum and I’d give some to Mommy and Daddy.”
  • What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition? “When I come downstairs on the morning of my birthday and it’s all decorated!”
  • STATS: Lucas is 45 inches tall (40th percentile), we don’t know his weight, and he wears size 6 tops (for his long arms), 5t pants and size 12 shoes.

Apples and Pumpkins

Our favorite orchard: Carter Mountain. The view is worth the trip alone. And the cider slushies are so amazing that we buy them even when it’s cold out. 
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This was the cutest place to take pumpkin pics! But even a photographer mom couldn’t get it right this year. Not worth it. Sophie wouldn’t keep her hat on or hold her head up. I asked Lucas to help her. Not happening. No big deal- this is supposed to be family fun… ABC_0354smnot a dramatic torture 🙂 ABC_0350smWe did get some awesome pumpkins here and had fun painting and carving and eating the roasted seeds!

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Kitty got some pumpkins too 🙂ABC_0385sm

Lucas Turns FIVE!

The day couldn’t have been more perfect! Beautiful weather, beautiful views, and lots of delicious apples! Lucas wanted this year’s party to be at the orchard  and we had a great time surrounded by neighbors, friends, and family.

Yearly Interview with Lucas: 20 Questions…

  • Favorite colors: “orange, yellow and light green”
  • Favorite activities: “go to Bounce and Play, “
  • Favorite toys: legos and our furniture (he rearranges our entire downstairs into elaborate play areas and romper rooms)
  • Favorite friends: “Ellee and Aurora”
  • Favorite foods:  “soy glazed salmon and apples”
  • Favorite book: “the ones that Meemom and Glamma recorded and I can listen to them”.
  • What makes you happiest? (no answer)
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? “a stunt man”
  • What new thing would you like to try this year? “I’d like to make an underground tunnel”
  • Where in the world would you like to go on vacation some day? “to the house in Texas where I watched sponge bob”
  • What do you love to learn about? “dinosaur bones”
  • What are you really good at? “balancing and climbing”
  • Which three words describe you? “I love kitties and i love mommy and daddy “
  • What will you be doing in 10 years?  “I’ll be rock climbing”
  • Please give me a recipe: “Put dirt in a bottle and fill it up with water and shake it up and it makes diet coke.”
  • What kind of little girl was Mommy? What kind of little boy was Daddy?
  • Give some advice/words of wisdom to Mommy: and to Daddy: “You should plant all the kinds of fruit in our back yard”
  • Describe a perfect day: “We would go to the beach and then watch a movie with Sophie and eat popcorn”
  • How would you spend a million dollars? “I’d buy a monster truck that you can jump on top of houses with. And it has back seats. And a giant giant giant rooftop pool”
  • What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition? “When we make my own birthday cake”STATS: Lucas is 41 1/2 inches tall (30th percentile), we don’t know his weight, and he wears size 5 tops (for his long arms) and 4t pants and size 12 shoes.

22 months


2 more months and our baby will be 2 years old! No longer a baby at all! Though he was certainly quite cute, I’m really not missing the baby years because the older Lucas gets, the more fun and expressive and wonderful he is! We really enjoy seeing him grow up into such a loving, silly, thoughtful, active, intelligent and adorable kid! When Lucas was 18 months old I stopped doing the monthly “state-of-the-baby” blog updates and instead moved on to bimonthly- wrongly thinking that he wouldn’t be changing as quickly as he got older.
Here’s the latest in LucasLand:

For one, he’s singing- and mostly in tune! His repertoire includes the ABC song (his very first song), Old McDonald, Row Row Row Your Boat, Twinkle Twinkle (he sings it “tickle tickle little star”), and Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles :). And, not only does he sing the ABCs, he can sing it in the voice a horse would use (the singing kind of horse), the way a duck sings it, and, of course, the way a tiger would sing it (assuming the tiger knew the whole alphabet; I’m pretty sure they only know the letter Arrrrrrr!).

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He also has become quite agile and at 20 months climbed the ladder to our loft. At 21 months he began climbing on jungle gyms and wobbly playground ladders. There’s very little that can be safely put out of reach of his little hands these days. Luckily, he’s been good about rules like not climbing on tables. :).

He has mastered a very accurate Cookie Monster impression, using the blue monster’s voice and crazy mouth-cramming style whenever he gets little bite-size crackers and cookies (called Cook-ohs in LucasLanguage). Afterwards he smiles at us as his audience- quite the showman!

Lucas’ vocabulary is growing so quickly that I wonder where he learns some of his new words. He’s also talking about his morning experiences with Dada when he comes home from work- his speech is no longer limited to labeling objects. It’s so cool! He’s not yet articulate enough for strangers to understand him, but that is quickly improving. Another cool language/cognitive thing: Lucas loves applejuice and thinks that everyone should have their own personal bottle of it- even inanimate things apparently… when we were admiring our lawnmower out back one day, Lucas noticed the gas can, pointed at it, and asked, “Lawnmower applejuice?”. Yes, Lucas, that’s exactly right! :). Not only that, he’ll drink anything, including vegetable juice, if we call it apple juice. We are going to keep up with that for as long as it takes for him to catch on!

As far as growth, we think Lucas is about to catch up a little bit with his peers since his eating has increased to quantities so huge that we get raised eyebrows at restaurants when we tell waitstaff that the loaded plate they’re holding belongs in front of the baby. He’s outgrown his 9-12 month size clothing and is now solidly in the 12-18 month category.

Favorites:
FOOD: mac n cheese, breakfast tacos, bacon, apples, cinnamon yogurt, pizza, fancy cheeses like aged raw milk cheddar and those with french names (!), nectarines, and pesto pasta.

TOYS: anything that has a motor in real life, water toys, ride-on toys, puzzles, Elmo things, play-dough, sidewalk chalk, and anything that has opening doors.

ACTIVITIES: being outdoors, dancing and singing, walking with Annie (while he’s in the wagon), visiting with Sufyan, looking at and talking to wildlife or neighborhood cats, playing chase, and hide and seek.