April 2014 Edition of Letters to our Children

Dear Nicky, Will and Matthew,

This month we took our annual Spring Break trip to Moab for a few days.  The first night we camped at an amazingly beautiful camp site near Fisher Tower.  Nicky and Will, you always love camping, but this was the first time for Matthew.  Matthew, you loved running around, playing in the dirt with sticks and stones and exploring with your big brother and sister.  You even loved my camping tradition of making tacos and s’mores which is always requested by Nicky and Will.  Truth be told, I know you loved the s’mores best as you kept running away and hiding while eating yours so that no one could steal it from you.

Camping was great fun for all of us until night time came.  Matthew, you didn’t want to go to bed.  The thought of going into the tent without the rest of us was not something you were going to do so we let you stay up past your bedtime and we all attempted to go to bed at the same time.  First, you screamed because you didn’t want to get changed for bed, then you screamed because you didn’t want to get into the sleeping bag.  It was COLD and not using a sleeping bad was not an option.  Then you were so overtired and hopped up on sugar that you were just plain and simple CRAZY.  You were bouncing around the tent.  Nicky and Will were so patient with you, but even our patience was wearing thin.  Ha!  We finally got you to sleep, but people kept arriving at the camp site…headlights, car doors, talking, walking, etc.  UGH.  Well those folks got their payback at 4:30 AM when you woke up and the whole camp site heard you announce “I want to wake up!”.  Let’s just say that camping again soon is not something you’re going to do.  😉

Nicky, you and I had a great time in the last week going to the Hunter Hayes & Danielle Bradbery Concert in Colorado Springs.  They were both great live and it was fun spending time with you.  In that same week you started your Water Safety Instructor classes and were getting ready for Jr. Prom this weekend.  What a busy week!  Prom was a blast as you and a few friends got ready at our house and then went to take pictures with your dates.  You did all of the girls’ hair, including your own, and you have a natural talent – I was so impressed!  You and your date, Matt, both looked very adorable.

Will, you’ve been busy too.  This past week you had your Chess Club tournament which you enjoyed a lot.  You’re also still enjoying playing lacrosse, but are anxious for the weather to get better.  As I write this, near the end of April, it is still snowing and we are all so ready for warm weather and sun.  In fact, the mornings that have been nice, you and Matthew have been playing outside before your school bus comes and when its nice after school you can’t finish your homework fast enough to get back outside and practice your skateboarding or play with your sling shots.

Matthew, while camping we went on a hike and you loved being in the hiking backpack, which was a relief since you don’t normally like being “contained”.  You were so funny. You talked the entire time telling us about the things you saw in the rocks and about hunting for dinosaurs.  You have a great imagination!  Aside from your new camping experience this month you have been continuing to grow your vocabulary by leaps and bounds every day and you have a running commentary about the things you’re thinking and what you see.  The other day you used the word “actually” in the correct context and made us all laugh.  You are a funny little boy and make all of us smile and laugh on a daily basis.

Lots of love!  Big hugs and kisses.  Mom

Head on over to Kim’s blog to enjoy her Letters to our Children.

March 2014 Edition of Letters to our Children

Dear Nicky, Will and Matthew,

We’ve had quite the winter this year with snow, more snow and even more snow.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so much in our yard!  It’s been fun and has allowed all three of you to ski lots and enjoy great terrain.

This month has been a month of successes for you big kids.  Nicky, you competed in a regional competition at Vail and didn’t do as well as you would have liked, but you were able to turn it around at Breckenridge and place 3rd in your age group.  We were all there cheering you on (me, dad, Will, Grandma, Grandpa, Ali and Jeff).  You skied a very difficult venue so well and I’m so proud of you.  It was also really fun to see you “glow” with a sense happiness and accomplishment.

Next month brings many things for you to look forward to: Junior Prom, training to be a swim lesson instructor, spring break in Moab and the Hunter Hayes & Danielle Bradbery contcert!

Will, you have been competing in mostly alpine racing events this year and doing very well, however this month you also participated in your first Big Mountain Competition at Breckenridge the weekend before Nicky’s regional comp.  You don’t train much with the Big Mountain kids, but you went out there and crushed it!  Out of a field of about 20 boys in your age group, you placed 3rd!  Dad overheard kids asking around “Who is this Will Wagner kid?”  I’m so proud of you.

Now that spring is in the air, you are definitely ready to move on to playing outside with your friends, learning Lacrosse and skateboarding.

Matthew, almost every weekend we go to Copper Mountain to take you skiing for a short time.  Sometimes you last 5 minutes and others you ski for a half hour or more.  You love skiing and have a blast on the Magic Carpet.  I think you love it so much partly because you see all of us with our gear and you know that Nicky and Will love it, so you naturally want to do it too!  The best part of skiing at Copper for you is riding the bus from the parking lot to the mountain…that’s the highlight of your day.

When you’re not thinking about skiing, riding the bus or wearing your ski boots around the house, you’re talking.  You talk a lot and tell us about all kinds of things.  Currently you love all things “diggers”.  You look for them when we are in the car, you play with them at home and at school and you watch shows with diggers such as “Bob the Builder” and “Mighty Machines”.

Recently you did something just hilarious and disgusting…you put a mini chocolate chip up your nose.  You told us you did it and we didn’t believe you, but Dad looked just in case and didn’t see anything.  Grandma was over and commented “well, if he did put one up there, it’ll melt.”  We laughed and moved on.  About 15 minutes later there was chocolate dripping from your nose!  Yuck!  You keep me on my toes!

It is super fun being your mom and I’m so lucky to have the 3 of you in my life.  I can’t wait to see the fun we have in Moab next month!

Lots of love!  Big hugs and kisses.  Mom

Head on over to Kim’s blog to enjoy her Letters to our Children.