Five Years Old

Crosby is five years old!

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He started VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) in August which is his last stop before moving to elementary school. We had his parent-teacher conference last month and got a very good report. He’s doing well in his class and is a sweet boy when he wants to be.

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He also started tee ball last month! This is his first sport since we tried soccer a couple years ago. I’m happy to report it has gone much better than his soccer days, though he’s had his moments. At times, it’s a struggle for him to concentrate on anything except playing in the dirt. He also doesn’t like it when his teammate takes a ball that is remotely close to him. Overall, I think he’s had a good time and I’m hopeful he’ll play again in the spring.

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Crosby’s first love is still Legos. He is obsessed with anything and everything related to Legos, including building, taking apart, and rebuilding. He talks about them, reads about them, and probably dreams about them.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Five
What is your favorite thing to do? Ride Star Tours (at Hollywood Studios)
What do you want to be when you grow up? A policeman, I mean, a Power Ranger?
What is your favorite food? Pineapples
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy
What do you do really well? Listen
What makes you laugh? Telling jokes
What is the best time of day? When we go on trips
What are you afraid of? Bears
Who is your best friend? Elliot
What do you like to do with your family? Go to Disney
What do you love to learn about? Um, I like to learn about trees
Where do you like to go? On field trips
What is your favorite book? Hark! A shark!
If you had one wish, what would it be? I can’t tell you.
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite TV show? Ben 10
What is your favorite animal? A woodpecker
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars and Jack Skellington
What is your favorite drink? Hot cocoa
What is your favorite holiday? Winter
What is your favorite restaurant? Tijuana
What is your favorite place to go? Tijuana
What is your favorite song? Jack Skellington
What is the best part about school? Going on field trips
What is your favorite cereal? Those chocolate cereal
What is your favorite snack? Cheese dip and breadsticks
What do you like to take to bed? I don’t know
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play
What is your favorite fruit? Pineapples
What is your favorite ice cream? All the kinds
What is your favorite outfit? The one that I’m wearing right now
Where do you live? At home
What is your favorite sport? Baseball

Happy birthday to our sweet boy!

7 Years Old!

Kenley is 7 years old today!

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The tradition continues with our birthday questionnaire!

What is your name? Kenley
How old are you? 7
What is your favorite thing to do? Playing with my friends
What do you want to be when you grow up? A tooth fairy
What is your favorite food? Tacos
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy
What do you do really well? Put away my clothes
What makes you laugh? When Daddy tickles me
What is the best time of the day? Centers…in my school
What are you afraid of? Rattlesnakes
Who is your best friend? Ashlyn
What do you like to do with your family? Go on roller coasters
What do you like to learn about? Math
Where do you like to go? Legoland
What is your favorite book? Fancy Nancy
If you had one wish what would it be? That I could fly
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite TV show? Fancy Nancy
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe, I mean panda, or elephant
What is your favorite movie? That’s a hard question… Incredibles 2
What is your favorite drink? Grape juice
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Chic-fil-a… I mean, Wendy’s
What is your favorite place to go? School
What is your favorite song? Taylor Swift
What is the best part about school? Centers
What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite snack? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
What do you like to take to bed? Minnie
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on the playground
What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
What is your favorite ice cream? Strawberry
What is your favorite outfit? A dress
Where do you live? (says neighborhood), Orlando
What is your favorite sport? Soccer

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Kenley just finished her fall soccer season. She played awesome with this team (when she focused) and scored a goal! She shows a lot of potential and is very athletic. She is also competitive, I’m not sure where she gets that, ha! She was usually racing the boys on her team to see who would win during drills, even though that was not the point of the drills. We are considering keeping her in soccer through the winter until the spring season starts. She is also going to do tumbling during extended day. She is certainly not going to be a gymnast, but it is something she is interested in and can do with her friends right at the school. She wants to be able to do a handstand and a cartwheel so badly.

First grade is going very well! It has been a big adjustment from kindergarten and she also transitioned from one classroom to another after the start of the school year. We’re anxious to have her first parent-teacher conference next week. It felt like it took us a while to get into the swing of things this school year and I can’t believe that the first nine weeks just ended!

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Happy birthday to our sweet, funny, and spunky girl!

4.5 Years Old

Crosby’s half birthday snuck up on me a little less considering Kenley’s was last week. I made a point to go back and read Kenley’s 4.5 year old post because I love seeing how similar they are to each other. I made a comment about how great age four is and I fully believe that to be the case. I think it continues to get better, but there is such a big difference between the ages three and four. Crosby has been no different. He is truly a little boy now and is still as sweet as ever (most days). He continues to be such a cuddler, lover, and a hugger. He’s always up for a snuggle or wants to hold a hand.

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On the other hand, he’s a wild man. He’s constantly active and when he gets excited, he talks a mile a minute. If he doesn’t have your undivided attention when he wants to say something, he’ll be sure to get it. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard “mommy” more times in a minute than I do with him. He’s fearless in the sense that he will run, climb, jump, or flip on anything. He’s also scrapped up a lot too. His poor knees always have Band-aids on them. He skipped training wheels altogether and started riding his two-wheel bike just after his 4th birthday. After much debate, we opted to skip soccer season for him this spring, but we’re going to try out gymnastics this summer to see how he likes it.

We are still loving Crosby’s new school. He is learning so much and I am really impressed with his writing. He filled in a couple of lines on Kenley’s spelling homework this week and I had a hard time telling it was his writing instead of hers. His class goes on walking field trips and visits the businesses in our community, which is so stinking cute. He’s officially registered for VPK in the fall and only has one more year until he’s going to be a rising kindergartner.

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One of the biggest differences between he and Kenley are their sleeping habits. They’re pretty much polar opposites. Crosby is much like his mama and Kenley is just like her daddy. C-man is not a morning person and occasionally has to be woken up to get ready for school. Kenley pops out of bed about the same time every single day and is immediately ready to start the day. It takes Crosby a while to wind down and actually fall asleep at night and for naps. Both of the kids nap on one day of the weekend, usually when it’s most convenient for us.

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Crosby has really gotten into Star Wars since we started going to Disney. Hollywood Studios is our favorite park and his absolute favorite ride is Star Tours. He is constantly building with Legos and most of the time he builds his own versions of AT-AT walkers, TIE fighters, or snowspeeders. His book of choice for bed each night is one of two Star Wars books with all of the different stories in them. Somehow, I always end up reading the story where Darth Vader says “Luke, I am your father.” I’m not sure what else happens in any of the other Star Wars stories. We still haven’t watched any of the movies, but they are on the list for family movie nights.

Crosby Martin, you keep us on our toes and keep us laughing every single day.

Happy half birthday!

6.5 Years Old

This half birthday completely snuck up on me! I’m not sure where the time is going. Kenley is officially six and a half years hold and only has about six weeks left of kindergarten. She is doing really well in school and has adjusted well. The days are still pretty long for her so she’ll occasionally nap on the weekends when her attitude warrants a nap. She hasn’t had much homework (thank goodness), but she does have weekly spelling tests and some math tests. All of the grades were required to do a science experiment and their projects were showcased at the science fair last month. Kenley’s project will represent her class at the Orange County STEM Fair next month!

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Soccer has started back up again, so she is excited to be playing again. We never got back into gymnastics because the gym was just too far from school and it was too much for a weeknight. This year, she’s already ran/walked the Lady Track Shack 5k and ran the Smile Mile on behalf of her school! We may start a new sport this summer, but I’m not sure what yet.

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Since we got annual passes to Disney in September, she has become quite the thrill seeker. Her favorite ride is basically any roller coaster at Disney. Everest at Animal Kingdom and Rock n Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios is her favorite. She’s been on Tower of Terror twice and is trying to convince Crosby go to on it next time, but each time, she really doesn’t like it. I am really impressed with her as I can assure you, I was not riding these type of rides as a six and a half year old.

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I am pretty sure Kenley is growing about an inch a week. I can’t believe how long her legs are and how big her feet are. In January, she got glasses which she wears (almost) daily at school and most of the time on weekends. She has also lost two teeth! Her bottom two teeth were the first to go and her top two are starting to get wiggly. She’s getting her first six year molar which she’s complained about a bit. She has also had strep throat twice in the last month!

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Happy half birthday, Kenley Dee!

Four Years Older

Crosby is four years old today! I know it seems like I say this every year, but I’m not sure how this is possible. He is quickly changing from a toddler to a little boy. He’s fun-loving, ornery, wild, and loves to give hugs.

The biggest change from in the last few months is that Crosby has started at a new school! This was an abrupt decision after the school year started, but we couldn’t be happier with the surprising turn of events. We love his new school, new teachers, and new friends. We had our first parent-teacher conference last week and he’s doing so well. The Gilbertson children thrive when they are in a routine and on a schedule. Crosby had been without a solid routine for majority of the summer and into the start of the school year and his behavior wasn’t great. After a few weeks getting into a good routine at his new school, he’s been doing so well.

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I will let Crosby tell you a little bit about himself with our birthday interview.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Four
What is your favorite thing to do? Play outside with Kenley
What do you want to be when you grow up? An officer and fight bad guys
What is your favorite food? Pancakes
Who do you like to spend your time with? Kenley
What do you do really well? Jumper
What makes you laugh? Kenley in the bathroom saying poop
What is the best time of day? Me and Kenley playing inside our house
What are you afraid of? A bear eating my head
Who is your best friend? Kenley
What do you like to do with your family? Play toys
What do you love to learn about? School
Where do you like to go? With Kenley to church
What is your favorite book? Dracula’s Last Birthday
If you had one wish, what would it be? I wish I would be a witch
What is your favorite color?
Red and orange
What is your favorite TV show? Paw Patrol
What is your favorite animal? Uh, I don’t like animals
What is your favorite movie? Cars
What is your favorite drink? Strawberry daiquiri (still reliving vacation over here)
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Chic-fil-a
What is your favorite place to go? I like to go to my school
What is your favorite song? Uh, I don’t know
What is the best part about school? Playing in Lions (his classroom)
What is your favorite cereal? The pink cereal (very berry Cheerios)
What is your favorite snack? Cheese and crackers
What do you like to take to bed? Clean movies
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on the play set
What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
What is your favorite ice cream? Vanilla, I mean chocolate
What is your favorite outfit? The one that I am wearing (pajamas)
Where do you live? Florida
What is your favorite sport? I don’t know

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Crosby is hilarious. Not a day goes by that Greg and I aren’t cracking up about something he does or says. He loves to give hugs and knows no stranger…though we frequently talk about stranger danger. He also loves Legos. He has a very creative mind and will build and re-build creations all day long. He’s also very symmetrical when he’s building with Legos. He will tell you all about the car, spaceship, rocket, boat, or plane that he’s built. He has a long list of things that he is going to do when he’s four years old, like play soccer again and ride his two wheel bike with pedals. I’ll keep you posted on how both of those things go.

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Happy birthday Crosby Martin!

6 Years Old!

Kenley Dee is six years old today! I will let her tell you a little bit about herself with her annual birthday interview.

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What is your name? Kenley
How old are you? 5, I mean 6!
What is your favorite thing to do? Going on roller coasters
What do you want to be when you grow up? A hotel keeper (Can you tell we’ve been traveling?)
What is your favorite food? Donuts
Who do you like to spend your time with? Caelyn and Caleb
What do you do really well? Jumping on the couch
What makes you laugh? When daddy tickles me
What is the best time of the day? I don’t know. Afternoon because you don’t nap in the afternoon
What are you afraid of? Monsters under my bed
Who is your best friend? Kyler
What do you like to do with your family? Go on roller coasters
What do you like to learn about? That you have to listen
Where do you like to go? Amusement park
What is your favorite book? The spooky spooky book
If you had one wish what would it be? To hug Mommy and Daddy 100 times in the night
What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
What is your favorite TV show? Sophia the First
What is your favorite animal? Zebra
What is your favorite movie? Trolls
What is your favorite drink? Strawberry daiquiri (She still thinks we’re on vacation).
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Wendy’s
What is your favorite place to go? Kyler’s house
What is your favorite song? Fight Song (Rachel Platten) 
What is the best part about school? Playing computers
What is your favorite cereal? The square things (Frosted Mini Wheats)
What is your favorite snack? Muffins
What do you like to take to bed? Minnie!
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play hide and go seek
What is your favorite fruit? Grapes with no seeds in it
What is your favorite ice cream? Mint chip
What is your favorite outfit? Dress, a long long dress
Where do you live? (says street name), I mean Florida, United States
What is your favorite sport? Soccer

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Kenley started gymnastics at the beginning of the summer and has really enjoyed it. She’s taking a little break now with the craziness of October, but we’re planning to start it back up again soon. She also just finished her soccer season. This was the first season with goalies, so it was a little more challenging. She had a great time despite missing a couple games due to the hurricane and our trips.

The transition to kindergarten has gone really well. We meet with her teacher next week for our first parent/teacher conference. It’s hard to believe she’ll get her first report card this week! She really likes school, her teacher, and recess. She’s been making new friends but also mentions that she misses her friends from her old school (who all go to different elementary schools now). I sometimes forget that we are “elementary school” parents. It doesn’t quite seem possible! I am excited to get involved with the school this year.

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Happy birthday sweet girl!

3.5 Years Old

Crosby is officially three and a half years old as our month of half birthdays comes to an end.

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He is doing so well in school and receives great academic reports from his teacher. The not so great reports come in the form of “jumping from cot to cot during nap time”, “climbing the bookshelf”, or “standing on the chair”. There was a solid week this spring where we received a call every day due to some sort of incident report that needed to be signed. He also gave us a scare this past weekend at Disney which resulted in a visit from the paramedics (stretcher and all!) at the resort. He got a nice goose egg on the back of his head coming down the water slide and ended up acting very strange around dinner time. Thankfully, we think he was just dehydrated and there was no need for the stretcher. I can’t say enough about how amazing the Disney staff and paramedics were though!

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Crosby started his first season of soccer this spring! I’d be lying if I said it’s been a fun experience. After seeing how interested he was in the fall with Kenley’s team, we thought he would go out, practice, play, and love the sport. Our expectations were way too high. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of tears during both practices and games. He will occasionally play in the game if Greg or I run around with him. He will even run up and kick the ball, but is upset when someone takes it away. We have a few games remaining, so hopefully he turns a corner, but I am not getting my hopes up!

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Below are some of Crosby’s favorite things:

Color: red and orange
Food: apples and pears
Thing to do: go to school
TV show: Paw Patrol
Book: Cars
Part of school: the swings
Dessert: gummies
Sister: Kenley
Construction truck: bulldozer
Song(s): Tooty Ta!
Lunch: sandwich
Animal: tiger
Outfit: bathing suit

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3.5 years notes
Weight – Probably around 35 pounds
Height – Around 38 inches according to the theme park rides
Hair – Light brown/dark blonde
Teeth – A full set of 20
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 3T and some 4T; size 10 shoes
Diapers – Size 2T/3T undies
Likes – Legos, taking apart Legos, doing puzzles, Moana and Maui, sleeping, swimming, ice cream, the Moana soundtrack, school, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, reading books, picking up sticks, brushing his teeth, pancakes, riding his balance bike, playing at the park, doing whatever Kenley does, dinosaurs, cuddling, hugging
Dislikes – soccer, throwing up, getting woken up in the morning, getting into trouble

Happy birthday to our favorite little man!