Thursday, April 20, 2017

Random acts of Kateness

 she pulls the blanket up to her face when she sleeps.
 sometimes I go in and move it down, but she pulls it right back up

kinda scary, right

 I was watching a show on my phone and fell asleep and dropped the phone, but my hand was still kinda up. Mike took a picture cuz looks like Kate was doing the same thing

 Out for Indian food-first time in a high chair

helping me cook dinner.

Nine and Five

Ivan, Ivan, Ivan are you really 9? 
This is a good year for you. You seem to have really grown into yourself and seem more comfortable in your skin. I don't mean literally, because you still seem to have issues with how clothes feel and fit. I can probably count on one hand the times you've worn regular "hard" pants in the past 9 years. It's only soft shorts for you my friend. That's ok, I have really grown too and have come to terms with it. If you didn't play so hard and get so sweaty and stinky I would let you wear the same thing everyday like you want to.
You are doing awesome in school and you love your teacher (Mr Mortenson).  Last year we had an "off to school you go" ritual. When I dropped you off you leaned over for a kiss, hug and then knuckles. When you got out you would walk a few steps and then turn around and blow me a kiss. EVERYTIME. Without fail. We don't do that this year. Kind of a bummer. However in exchange for that we are having better mornings. Seems like maybe that ritual was because I sent you off crying more last year, after arguing over the fact that it's not my fault you have to go to school. We've had very few arguments this year so we must not need the ritual.
You love a bowl of cereal before bed. You still ask every night if you can sleep in our bed.You are awesome with baby Kate. You are constantly saying how cute she is. She'll be so smart after listening to her big brother read to her.

 You are still pretty much all sports, play and no business! Anything that interferes with "play" is greeted with resistance. A common question you ask is, "how much time will I have left to play." Unfortunately you're life is filling up with other things, but trust me, you still have plenty of play time. You are lucky to have sooo many friends in your neighborhood, but your bestest friends are still  Micah and Charlie. Also Sawyer and Will (from school). We are in scouts together and I enjoy that. You finished up basketball this winter now soccer and baseball are going on.

You got a ski day this winter and did AWESOME. Hope you can get one more in. We'll see. 

face swap

I'm so sorry, but you take after your mom in a lot of ways.

Happy birthday to you and Emery this month

Emery girl- you are growing up too, too fast. Kindergarten next year? What, what? 
You are a pretty articulate little gal, better than yo mamma. Your creative side has really come out this year with play dough creations, painting, drawing, baking and other wild concoctions.  You're good at trying new foods. You're the only child who knows how to clean your room. You are always filling purses to the brim and making piles of things or "organizing" things.  

 Everytime we go someplace you have to collect of bunch of random things that drive me nuts, clutter the van and make for extra clean up from wherever we are headed.

 Dad's good to play house with you and you're play name is usually Ballerina Princess Pink Rose. You started tumbling and have great cartwheels and back bends. You are still loving dance class.

You can't keep your hands off Kate and in order to keep things positive, I won't tell you what it does to my blood pressure. 

No, it's cute most the time. For the first while after baby came you would tell her, "you know those nursies used to be mine." or when you would hold her you would say, "are you looking for nursies?" You would also pat her and say, "there's no worries to cry."
 You go through spells where you like to sleep all over the place, in the crib, in the boys room on the floor, on the couch, under your bed. You are a lot better than the boys at going to bed on your own. You like to get the skin under my arm and pinch it. I don't know if I've documented that in a previous post but it is still going on and I HATE IT and you say, "I just love your pinchy arms."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Battle of the Books

At Ivan's school they do "Battle of the Books." The 3rd and 4th graders split into groups of about 4 kids and they have a list of about 20 books to read between them all and then they go against each other answering questions about the books. I wasn't going to sign Ivan up, assuming from all the complaining he does about all activities other than play, he wouldn't want to. Luckily his teacher was good at persuading the kids to do it so he came home one day and told me to sign him up. 

I wasn't sure how it would go. I was 1/2 helicopter parent during the occasion, because instead of switching out his own books during recess like all the other responsible kids, I would do it for him on the days I volunteered. Then when March came and they started holding battle practices during lunch he didn't show up to the first couple, cuz he didn't want to miss recess,  but then I was at the school for one and was surprised when his hand would shoot up to answer questions. They had to know the title and the author and he knew them all. The ball kept rolling from there and the day of the final battle his group took first.

Way to go Ivan!

They had the first and second highest teams battle each other to see who could go on to district. Unfortunately they missed a question and the other team won.   It was so fun to watch. Ivan did great. I was really impressed with how much he knew.

Kate LaVer Balle ~1 week

LucyBloom Photography- Lindsey Jensen

Friday, January 20, 2017


Jack Thomas Balle turned 7 this year. 
You're so fun loving. Here's a bit about you at 7-

Your favorite friend is Logan Despain and that is what you call him, "Logan Despain." You guys play awesome together.

You are my silly boy. Seems like you always have something silly to say or do.
 You just started complaining about homework. Up until now you've always done home work no problem. You also like to make cards for people or draw pictures and color and all that good stuff.  One day we had had a rough spell I went into my room and there on the night stand was a cup with dirt, a little flower and a sweet card from you.

Your definitely an electronic lover. Your favorite thing to do is watch a show or play the computer. Your favorite food is potato chips, pediasure and ice cream. Famous jack words... " can I have chips and watch a show"

You're my only stuffed animal kid. You like to have a few with you when you go to bed

You love power rangers and ninja turtles. You are awesome at playing by yourself with your toys. You're favorite sport to play is soccer. You are a floppy little guy and still love to flop around, drop kick things, make loud screeching noises, jump and flip over things. When you say the prayer you say, "and I'm ask thee...." or "and I'm thank thee..." You say some pretty sweet things. When Emery was being a little stinker to you once you turned to me and said, "well, she's still my little princess." One night at dinner I flipped into my over anxious mode and when I flopped down at the table on the bench next to you, you slowly slid over to me, put your hand on my back and started to rub my back and pat me. After the baby was born, I was holding her on my bed and you sat next to me, laid your little head on my shoulder, touched the baby and said, can you believe you brought this little joy into our lives"

Happy Birthday

(celebration with just us)

 combined bday party with cousin Jared

celebration with mikes family