Some one commented on my last post about how big the boys were getting, so I thought I'd post a little update on their personalities.
Sam is 8 now and is starting the big boy phase (as I call it) where he has outgrown many childhood things. He has a great sense of humor and uses it often-as a coping mechanism when he's in large groups, to get attention, to be cool. He is still quite shy in new environments. He is very smart and does well in school. He struggles with focus and attention to detail, but is doing much better. For example, if given something to do with several steps, he starts as soon as the first step has been explained and then misses the rest of the directions. His desire to succeed is great, but is at times overwhelming to him. If at first he "fails" at something, he tends to get down on himself and give up out of fear. He has started to develop that moody, dramatic attitude that we all get. He loves to read (devours 3-5 books a week), play baseball, and build legos.
Jake is 6, but will be 7 in 2 weeks. He is outgoing and friendly, sweet and caring. He is at a tough stage now where he fights a LOT with Alex and is mean to him. They are almost always at each other's throats. He is very smart too and pays much more attention to detail than Sam. He is confident and strong, willing to try anything. He is not overcome with the thought of failure as Sam is, but just tries his best at everything. He gives 110% at just about everything he does. He is into legos and is playing flag football now.
Alex is 4 now and will be 5 in November. He is quite rambunctious and hyper, never sitting still, constantly talking. He is so far from shy it's not even funny-he will talk to anybody. At Sam's baseball games he just walks up to other parents and sits in their laps, talking to them the whole time. He is fearless and tries to do everything his brothers do. He is tough as nails and angers quickly. We call him the Hulk cause he shakes his fists and screams when he gets mad. He is quite the manipulator. When he's in trouble, he'll look at you and say "I love you Mommy" then give you a kiss trying to get out of it. He is very sweet and loves to snuggle with us. He is playing soccer now and pretty much loves anything his brothers are doing.
They are all busy, dirty, rambunctious and noisy. I am so proud of the men they are becoming-great manners, smart, sweet, caring boys. Raising boys isn't easy(heck, any child) and some days, I think "are we doing this all wrong," but most of the time I look at them and think "we must have done something right." God has certainly blessed us with them.