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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.

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Colin’s Mad Scientist Birthday: It’s Party Time!

Colin’s Mad Scientist party was So. Much. Fun.  The night before the party (yes, we literally do 90% of everything the night before each party) Clint found this really cool hand scanning app on his iPad.  So when the kids knocked on the door, they first had to have their hand scanned to see if they could be grated clearance to come into the science lab.  There were a few close calls, but everyone made it in. As soon as each kid came in they were promptly outfitted with a lab coat and an ID badge with their name on it.  We operate a professional operation here.

Their first task was to put together molecules using Jujubes and toothpicks.  They each came up with some pretty cool creations.  Then we took a break for lunch with included Proton Pizza, Wavelength Chips, Petri Dish Jello, Test Tube Cookies, Fruit Molecules, and a few other wacky creations.  We let the kids stay outside while they wrote secret message with lemon juice. The messages were supposed to appear when the paper got warm, but it didn’t turn out so hot.  But the next trick was pretty cool!  We brought out this heat sensing bubbling flask.  The kids took turns making the flask bubble up by just holding it in their hands.  Then we brought out a super cool electricity conducting device.  We held hands and made the device light up and make noise just by using our own human electricity.  The kids loved it!!

Then we went outside for some Mento’s explosive fun!!  Yep, Diet Coke definitely shoots the highest!  While the kids were outside, we then made snow using polymers and water!  The kids loved it!!  Last, but not least, was the pinata!  In my opinion, the pinata is the biggest waste of $35 because there is never enough candy and someone always cries, but for some reason the kids love and insist on it anyway!!  At the very end, we had cake and cupcakes!  It was Sydney’s turn to cry and pout over the pinata, so she didn’t make it to the picture and neither did Keaton because he was asleep, but we got most of the gang.  Happy birthday Colin!  We love you!!

Colin

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Colin’s Mad Scientist Birthday Party: The Set-Up

I know I say this a lot, but this one of my favorite parties to put together!!  What’s not to love about dry ice, test tubes, and explosions?!  I probably should have hung more “slime” from the ceiling, but everything else was pretty perfect!  I absolutely loved the cake!!  I usually micromanage the design of the cake because I have a vision of what I want the cake to look like.  This time I told our cake lady to surprise me!  I gave her a bit of guidance, but then let her run with it!  And WOW, I loved how it turned it!

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Colin

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Colin’s Baptism Photo Shoot

Wow!  Look at Colin!!  He’s eight years old already!  I seriously could not be more proud of him!  Colin is such a cool little dude and is just so crazy smart and fun to be around!  He literally blows me away sometimes by his intellect. I still have not beat the kid at Chess.  Yes, it’s pretty pathetic. And it’s not just me. He’s even beaten Clint and Chessmaster Don.  Only one time for each, but still, that’s impressive.

I look at Colin and see him excelling in so many different areas, that it almost scares me by what he’s accomplishing at such a young age.  I try so hard not to put undue pressure on him, but at the same time, Colin loves the feeling of achievement and accomplishment, and he’s doing that alright!

Colin gets straight As in all his classes and is in the GT (Gifted & Talented) program at school.  He’s doing great and loves it!   Colin is also in the Chess Club at school (a year early) and beats most everyone he plays.

Outside of school, Colin is in gymnastics and is excelling at such a rapid rate.  He started gymnastics at Level 1 last May and moved up to Level 4 in October (normally the rate is one level per year).  Now Colin can do a back handspring (and a bunch of other cool tricks) is close to making the Level 5 team.  He LOVES gymnastics and picking up so quickly!!

In church, Colin is working on reading the Book of Mormon and memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith.  Colin is also SO excited about starting Scouts and working to collect various merit badges.

Colin also loves to read and will often read a chapter book cover to cover in one night.  His favorite books are super funny laugh-out-loud books (like Diary of a Wimpy kid and Sideways Stories from Wayside School) and National Geographic educational books for kids (Why is the sky blue? How do planets rotate? Etc.).

Colin is also your typical goofy boy and loves to play video games (Minecraft is probably his favorite).  But, in true Colin fashion, he’s taken it to the next level and (with his Dad’s help) created his own You Tube channel “Colinator Gaming.”  Colin is officially now a “You Tuber” and posts weekly updates on Saturdays.  I think he has about 10-15 followers, but to him that’s huge!

Aside from all of Colin’s accomplishments, I’m most proud of the person he is inside.  Colin’s teacher told me last year that Colin has a “servant’s heart.”  I have never thought of that before, but it perfectly describes Colin’s character of wanting to help others and being an example of Christ.

Colin’s teachers this year reiterated the same thing when Colin was chosen to receive the Red Lantern Award.  The Red Lantern Award is the most coveted award given at Bonnie Holland Elementary.  Only one child per class per year receives the award, and it’s given to the student who the teachers feel exemplify good character, who are always doing their best and setting a good example to others, and are hardworking, kind, and trustworthy.  It melted my heart that Colin received this award.  He is one incredible kid and I am so lucky to be his mom!  But, the most amazing thing about Colin is that he just doesn’t know how amazing he truly is!!

Colin

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Keaton Age 2 1/4: Oh the Sweetness!

Can I seriously please just bottle this kid up?!  He is the most scrumptious little thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  He is absolutely adorable!  We call him our Peter Pan boy.  He’s so little and needy, and just doesn’t seem to want to grow up.  I think he likes being the littlest.  Keaton is naturally pretty shy and doesn’t say a whole lot.  His favorite thing is to be hugged and cuddled and carried around all day long.  Keaton is SO incredibly sweet and SO affectionate.  He reminds me of a little puppy.  He is so kind and gentle, but also can get pretty rambunctious and playful too!!

When Keaton is not cuddling up to his mommy or daddy, he’s playing with his siblings!  He just loves to follow them around and be a part of whatever they are doing.  He likes to feel big and important around them and little and needy around his mommy and daddy.  Yep, he’s probably totally playing us.  I am so convinced that Keaton didn’t walk for the longest time because he thought that he started walking like everyone else, that we would stop carrying him around.  Well, rest assured, we still carry Keaton around practically everywhere he wants to go.  He’s little, light weight, and pretty portable.  He was 2 1/4 when this picture was taken and only weighed 22.5 lbs. He’s below the 5% but at least he’s on the charts and is gaining weight little by little.  Yep, everything about him is little except for his heart.  Keaton indeed has a big heart and is always initiating hugs.

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Keaton Mickey Mouse PJs Jan 2017

And oh boy do Keaton’s siblings LOVE him to pieces!!  As much as Clint and I needed Keaton, his siblings made have needed him even more.  Colin loves his “bra-ba” to no end.  Colin will sometimes wake Keaton up early in the morning because he can’t wait any longer to hug Keaton and love on him.  Keaton loves riding shotgun in Colin’s Dodge Viper.  I can only imagine the fun the two of them are going to have once Colin can drive for real.  But for now they play and play and play.  Keaton loves to be outside and absolutely loves jumping on the trampoline with his siblings.  I love that Colin acts like a little father to Keaton and gives him gentle instruction, “No, Keaton. You need to wait until I open this for you.  Keaton, come here. Let me show how this works.”

For Hayley, Keaton is her calming force.  Keaton adds a sense of peace that Hayley sometimes so desperately needs. When Hayley is angry Keaton is the only thing that can calm her down.  They love taking walks together up and down our street.  She is such a good older sister and loves her little brother so much.

Sydney cracks me up.  Whenever Sydney turns into “Sydney Stormcloud” she will literally despise every member of the family for absolutely no reason . . . except for Keaton.  Sydney will scream out in tears, “I don’t like Mommy and Daddy!! I don’t like Hayley!  I don’t like Colin! I only like Keaton!”  “Why do you only like Keaton?” We’ll ask. “Because he’s cute.”  Keaton always gets a free pass with Sydney.  She’s not jealous or resentful of him; she just loves him!

I think I have a special attachment to Keaton because he almost didn’t make it to our family.  We originally just wanted three kids and for the longest time were blissfully happy with three kids. I had my two girls and Clint had his boy. We changed our minds for a split second, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  I look at Keaton every day and think, what would I do if you had not made it to our family?  I had no idea what I was missing.  And when I think of the decision we almost made to not bring Keaton here, it rips me apart and I pull Keaton in tighter and hold him closer.  That little boy gets SO much love and affection.  We have morning cuddles, mid-morning cuddles, afternoon cuddles, nighttime cuddles, and sometimes middle of the night cuddles.  Keaton will occasionally wake up in the middle of the night and just want to cuddle.  I’m always up for a cuddle.

Keaton Hugs Jan 2017

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My “30th” Birthday Dinner at Maggianos

We celebrated the tenth anniversary of my 30th birthday at Maggianos!  I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have all these incredible friends and family members in my life!  While there were at least 2o people that really wanted to come, but just couldn’t make it (sports, marathons, out of town, other commitments, etc.), I was so glad that these friends were there to help me celebrate: Clint and his mom; Jeff & Kelly; Nicole (and date); Don, Haider, and Bridget (Whitney had to work); Emma and Jon; Jamie and Travis; Amy; Andrea and Brandon; Matthew and Kristin; Mark and Melissa; and Stacy and York.  I look up to each of these people and have learned so much from them.  The food was amazing that night, but the friendships I’ve developed over the past several years are ever better!!  Here’s to another 40 years and another 40 years on top of that!!

My birthday dinner at Maggianos Jan 2017

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