We only got new shoes for Noah before the school year started since Joel was staying home. This was not okay with the twins. Every day was a battle to get the shoes on Noah only and to convince Joel to wear a different pair. Finally I decided it wasn’t worth it and ordered a second, identical, pair of shoes for Joel. Now the twins are very happy they have matching feet.
Noah and Joel love to color together. Right after I took this picture Noah asked Joel for a “yalellow” marker and Joel happily handed Noah the yellow marker from the pencil box.
The other morning Joel went and found the one matching outfit the twins have in the drawer and insisted I put it on them. He was ever so pleased to be dressed alike.
The other day I decided it was time to go through the kids’ clothes. Mayci and the twins had a lot of clothes they’d outgrown that have no little siblings to pass them down to. I found quite a few 3T things in Anthony’s drawers which is weird since he moved up to size 5 a couple months ago. Those are now in the twins’ drawers. Zeke’s now got stuff that used to be Adrian’s, Zeke’s outgrown clothes are either passed down to Mayci (shorts… girl shorts are WAY too short) or waiting for Anthony to grow into, Anthony’s now got a bunch of Zeke’s and Mayci’s old clothes as well as some stuff passed down to us from a friend, Nicky has Anthony’s old clothes, and the twins have Nicky’s old clothes. Mayci’s got clothes passed down to us from a couple friends.
I was sure we’d need to buy a ton of clothes, but it turns out we just needed dress clothes for all the boys and shorts for the twins. Getting clothes from just one sibling when there are two of you in the same size means more are always needed. It is a little weird to see Nicholas wearing clothes from when Zeke first came to us (Zeke was 5 and Nicholas is only almost 4, but Zeke was very small two years ago which is crazy to think about since he’s so big now). Even weirder is the clothes we bought for Anthony when he first arrived that no longer fit anyone at all. We ended up with 3 2/3 kitchen trash bags to donate, mostly Mayci’s and the twins’ outgrown stuff (my little kids clearly have a lot of clothes).
The other morning the twins went downstairs two minutes before I did. As soon as I heard a dining room chair being moved I knew I had better follow.
In that two minutes the got sharpies out of a drawer. The drawer they had broken the baby lock off of just a couple days before.
They scribbled on the end of the center island and each other. By the time I got downstairs they knew their fun was up and easily surrendered their sharpies when I asked them to.
Baby-proofing is neverending here. We’re constantly having to up our game (notice the duct tape belt around the top of their diapers). A new baby lock is now on that drawer. And thank goodness for The Pink Stuff.
This has been a busy year for us. I simultaneously can’t figure out how the time has gone by so fast and how we fit so much into just twelve months. Tomorrow will be 2022 and the start of twelve more months of adventures.
In January Fritz and Adrian got their first semester report cards for 7th and 9th grades and both did amazing for their first time in public school since kindergarten and second grade. We also continued trying to figure out just how much food to make to feed our small army (spoiler alert: it’s always too much or too little).
In February we put up a baby urinal in our bathroom and it’s been the best thing we could have done. There was more figuring out how to feed our small army (we’ve pretty much got it down now). We got a playground put up in our backyard. We ended up with COVID in the house and had to quarantine at the same time pretty much the entire state of Texas shut down due to a freak snowstorm and crazy cold (we got lucky and never lost power).
In March I started getting more creative with Mayci’s hair. All the adults in the house got vaccinated for COVID. Zeke turned six on Pi Day. The next day Noah had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids and have tubes put in his ears. We got brave and took all six kids to HEB for the first time.
In June the kids were bored of their 11-week summer vacation within about 30 seconds so we started our summer schedule which continued the entire summer and worked great. We got Fritz’s end of course results (all three passed). We entered Birthday Season when Adrian turned 13 on Juneteenth. The end of the month the twins turned two.
In July we got Adrian’s STAAR test results (he did great especially because it was his first time taking that sort of test). On the 6th Nicholas turned 3. And then on the 11th Fritz turned 15. Adrian saved all year and enlisted the help of a few other people in order to give Fritz an Oculus Quest 2 for his birthday. On the 18th Anthony turned 4 ending our intense streak of five birthdays in less than three weeks. Fritz got all registered for the virtual school for 10th grade.
In August we finished birthday season on the 2nd when Mayci turned 5. Zeke and Mayci both took off in their reading (best decision ever to work on teaching them how to read over the summer). We found out who the three elementary schoolers’ teachers would be (they’ve all been the perfect teacher for each kid, especially Zeke’s). In the middle of the month it was time for four of the kids to be off to pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, and 8th grades (and Nicky moved to a new room at preschool). A week later Fritz started 10th grade. Just before the end of the month my beautiful mother turned three-quarters of a century old.
In September we started getting monthly boxes of Young Adult books from Literati for Adrian (love those books). Dance classes started up for Zeke and Mayci. I did the most complicated and beautiful hairstyle on Mayci that I’ve done so far (53 twists). The twins moved out of their cribs and into their big boy beds. We took four of the kids to the movies for the first time. Mayci went to dance camp at the high school and got to perform at halftime at a football game.
In November Jamie and I went to see The Beach Boys again. Lola moved in with Cameron and Tami and it’s helped Nicky’s eczema so much (he’s allergic to dogs). We celebrated Jamie’s 46th birthday and one year since we adopted the kids by playing at a trampoline park. We got our family pictures taken. I started having more time to read again thanks to Haley playing with the twinplets six hours a week and the kids getting a little older and more independent.
In December Nicky suddenly started looking much older and bigger than his little brothers. Anthony’s dreams came true when we put a Christmas tree in our living room. My Daddy turned 77 on Christmas Eve.
And now here we are on New Year’s Eve looking forward to what 2022 will bring us. We know a few things like Trek for the big boys, Fritz being ordained to the office of Priest, Birthday Season ending with us having 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14 and 16-year-olds, Ani turning 22 in February, Zeke turning 7 in March, me turning 44 in April, Cameron turning 21 in October, and Jamie turning 47 in November the same day we hit two years since the kids were adopted, and having kids starting pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 11th grades in August. Whatever else 2022 has in store for us, I know it will be awesome!
I took this picture yesterday. I knew Nicholas had grown recently. He’s moved up to 3T clothes (thank goodness since Noah and Joel needed his old 2T ones… even though they strip… sometimes before they even have breakfast… we DO dress them every day). But until looking at this picture I didn’t realize how much he had grown. He’s looking less like the twins’ triplet and more like the big brother that he is.