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His favorite foods are burgers with mustard only, pizza and hot dogs. He can make his own hot dogs in the microwave, so it’s his go-to food when he’s hungry.

Austin loves that his mom started working at his school. He even gives me hugs at school!

He loves all Cleveland sports, but can’t watch when the score is close, Nervous Nelly!

He still loves to read and we are constantly checking out books at the library. We can never keep enough books at home for him because he reads so fast! He likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Encyclopedia Brown.

 

His favorite cold treat is orange sherbert.

He LOVES to watch WWE and we got him WWE SmackDown tickets for July. He couldn’t believe it! He is going with his boy cousins, daddy and uncle Brandon.

Austin is such a loving, sweet boy. I’m not ready for him to grow up!

Austin and Adrianna are both doing the Erie MetroParks Nature Camps this summer and his favorite activity is archery. He loves it.

He loves to watch YouTube videos on the iPad and do pretend NBA drafts on the computer.

He still likes to play basketball, baseball, football and go fishing. He is excited to go to Kelleys Island over Memorial Day weekend so that he can go fishing next to Grandpa’s cabin.

 

He likes riding the roller coasters at Cedar Point now, but only with his friends. He likes to ride the spinny rides at Cedar Point with Adrianna.

He lost one of his front teeth a while ago, but still has his other front tooth that looks huge compared to his other teeth!

His favorite “old” movie is The Sandlot.

He loves vanilla bean frapps from Starbucks and asked for one on his birthday.

Austin continues to be an amazing big brother. Even though he can pester her at times, he is SO sweet with Adrianna. He was made to be a big brother!:)

He has started to become a bit more independent and he loves that we praise him for helping around the house and with his own things (making his own snack for school, taking showers without being asked, etc…)

Austin is still an early riser, but is starting to sleep in a little more. He may be going through a growth spurt!

He had his birthday party at the Lake Erie Crushers game and he got to throw the First Pitch again. It was just an exhibition game, so he and his friends got to play pretty much every game and win every prize. All the boys stayed the night afterward and we all survived! 🙂

He continues to hate going shopping – even for items that he likes (sports stuff)!

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Austin had his 9 year old wellcare check-up on Friday, May 20th.  He’s healthy and petite!

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Here are his stats:

Height: 51.75 ” (36 percentile)

Weight: 61.6 lbs (44 percentile)

Here are some Adrianna-ism at Age 7:

  • She still loves gymnastics! She got an actual gymnastics mat for her birthday and loves to practice her cartwheels, roundoffs, bridges and walk-overs. She has really improved since last year and still enjoys doing bars the most.
  • She loves to make peanut butter and nutella sandwiches as her after school snack. She is always starving when she gets off the bus about 3:20 pm.
  • Her only request on her actual birthday was to “go to Starbucks in my pajamas and get a hot chocolate.” Here is the proof:
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  • Her favorite color is blue. Like a bright/light blue
  • She absolutely loved her daddy/daughter dance and it pretty much makes her entire year. She loved wearing a fancy dress, getting her hair done by Aunt Sandi, wearing a pretty corsage and dancing with her daddy. She even said “Daddy will always be my only guy!”
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  • Her favorite TV shows are Idiotest and Chain Reaction on the Game Show Network. She also likes Dancing With the Stars.
  • She lost two teeth. One on New Years Eve while in North Carolina visiting Jacki and John with my parents and one when she got back from that trip in early January. They were her bottom two front teeth and now she always smiles showing the space in her teeth!
  • Adrianna’s reading fluency has improved tremendously this year! I really attribute it to having such a great teacher, Deb Kessler, helping foster a love of reading for Adrianna. Adri is now reading chapter books and loves to read independently, just like Austin likes to.
  • Along with her reading, her writing and spelling has just exploded. She cries nearly every Monday because “this week’s spelling words are TOO HARD!” but every week, she gets 100%! Her words have been very tricky: amphibian, challenging, frightening, chameleon, etc…
  • She loves when I am able to come to mass at school with her and sit with her in the pew.  She said that it makes her feel special.
  • She calls her chest “my nibbles”
  • Adrianna does the most hilarious impression of a little old lady and said “I’m so oooooold, I need a cruuuutch!” It keeps us all rolling in laughter!
  • Adrianna is still an awesome, healthy eater, who will try most foods. She oddly doesn’t like rice, though. Her favorite foods are “any fruits and vegetables”.
  • She loves to watch Netflix (Pokemon, etc..)
  • She still loves to match her American Girl doll, Kirsten. She even got a AG jeep to pull her AG camper that she got last year!
  • Adrianna is still very cuddly and we all love it! She especially loves to pinch Austin’s cheeks (sometimes a little too hard!).
  • She loves to help Austin in any way that she can. She is independent and assertive. I can definitely see her being a teacher someday and running her own classroom.
  • Her favorite movies are Pixels and Star Wars. She watched the entire Star Wars series when she visited Jacki and John. She even got a huge Darth Vader blanket for her birthday!
  • She had her birthday party at Pat Catan’s this year and it was a hot chocolate themed party where we decorated coffee mugs. Who would’ve thought that it would be nearly 60 degrees on February 20 in Sandusky?!
  • She still wears a dress or skirt 99% of the time. (almost 2 years strong!)
  • Adrianna is still in Girl Scouts this year, but not loving it as much. She loves the events (Daddy/Daughter dance, Mommy and Me Carnival, etc…) but not the meetings as much. This year, she sold 231 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
  • Adri loves to play basketball and especially defense. She has the best defensive stance in Sandusky!
  • Adrianna is going to play softball this summer for the first time and she can’t wait! We are hoping that she and Brylie are on the same team.
  • Adrianna got a cookie cake for her birthday party and it had a high heel on it! Oh boy!
  • Adrianna learned to ride a bike without training wheels this past summer 2015 and she just loves riding her bike around the neighborhood! She and Austin got electric scooters for Christmas from my parents and loves to ride it around the cul-de-sac!
  • She can finally completely shower on her own without help. It took a while to figure out how to wash (and get all the shampoo out of) all of that long hair!
  • Adrianna is just such a joy in our lives! I don’t know what we would do without her bubbly, silly, awesome self!! 🙂

Here are Adrianna’s Interview Answers from 2/24/16:

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How old are you? 7
What is your favorite color? “My favorite color? blue!”
What is your favorite toy? Beary (her giant stuffed bear)
What is your favorite healthy food? pineapple “I looove pineapple”
What is your favorite junk food? popcorn
What is your favorite TV show? Chain Reaction on GSN
What is your favorite store? Target
What is your favorite outfit?  dress.
What is your favorite game? Candyland
What is your favorite snack? ice cream and cookie cake
What is your favorite animal? a zebra
What is your favorite song? “I don’t have one… ok, Justin Beaver”
What is your favorite book? Junie B. Jones
What is your favorite movie? Pixels, Mulan, Star Wars
Who is your best friend? Ella Brownell
What do you want to be when you grow up? “When I grow up? A teacher!”
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline
What is your favorite drink? Pop
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas because you get to give gifts.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Poptarts
What is your mom’s name? Jillian
What does your mom do during the day? “Work. And give people wheelchairs. Well, sell them. And give people bikes and stuff”
What is your dad’s name? Brittan
What does your dad do during the day? “Go to work. I don’t know”
Where is your favorite place to go? “Bdubs because you get to play on the iPad thingees”
Where is your favorite vacation spot? “Hawaii (does hula dance)” “Australia! What? that was fun!”
What is your favorite thing to do? “Lift weights. I do that a lot”
What do you like about your Mommy? “That you give me hugs and kisses”
What do you like about your daddy? “That he’s funny”
What do you like about your brother? “That he works with me. He helps me with my homework”
What does Austin like to do? Play the iPad! (Madden Mobile)
What does your mom like to do? Work on the computer. And drink wine! Put that on there!
What does your dad like to do? “Play games with us. ”
What is your favorite thing about yourself? “That I’m cool”
What’s your favorite thing about St. Mary’s? “That school is fun”
What is your least favorite thing about St. Mary’s? “That we aren’t allowed to talk during quiet time at lunch”
What’s your least favorite food? Cucumbers

Anything else to add? No!! These questions were cool.

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Austins’ Interview:

How old are you? 8
What is your favorite color? orange
What is your favorite toy? Basketball hoop (from CCG and Rohan) and PS4
What is your favorite healthy food? Slices of cheddar cheese
What is your favorite junk food? Extreme Sour (long rectangular chewy)
What is your favorite tv show? Teen Titans Go!
What is your favorite store? Target – to get Pokemon cards
What is your favorite restaurant? BDubs
What is your favorite outfit? Underwear
What is your favorite game? Clash of Clans
What is your favorite snack? Butter braid pretzels
What is your favorite animal? A kangaroo’s Joey
What is your favorite song? Don’t Stop the Music from the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack
What is your favorite book? Terrible Two and Captain Underpants series
What is your favorite movie? The Sandlot
If you could fly, where would you go? Heaven
If you could be invisible, where would you go? Go to the bank, steal $100 and give it to the poor.
Who is your best friend? Joey, T, Brady, Reid and Brayden
What do you want to be when you grow up? A basketball player
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play baseball with friends
What is your favorite drink? Pepsi
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cinnamon rolls
What is your mom’s name and nicknames? Jill, Jillian
What does your mom do during the day? Hugs me on the weekend. She works really hard to get money.
What is your dad’s name or nicknames? Brittan, Brit.
What does your dad do during the day? He designs refrigerators.
Where is your favorite place to go? Chet and Matt’s.
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Australia.
What is your favorite thing to do? Play baseball with Babe Ruth.
What do you like about your Mommy? She really likes to hug me and kiss me.
What do you like about your daddy? Works hard and makes the best hot dogs ever.
What do you like about your sister? She’s really cute and she likes to play on the trampoline with me.
What does Adrianna like to do? She really likes to watch Dancing With the Stars and 19 Kids and Counting.
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
What’s your favorite thing about St. Mary’s? Gym!
What is your least favorite thing about St. Mary’s? Learning (sometimes I do, but most of the time I don’t)
What does Uncle John do for work? He works as a Marine. He punches people in the face. Okay, he punches computers. That’s what he really does.
What does Aunt Jacki do for work? I have no clue.
What’s your least favorite food? Anything that’s a fruit or vegetable.
Anything else to add? I don’t like healthy food and my mom doesn’t like that.

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About Austin at age 8:

His favorite foods are burgers with mustard only, pizza and fruit smoothies. He refuses to eat almost any kind of fruit, but would eat any fruit/spinach combination for smoothies.

He knows how to tie his shoes, but they are constantly untied.

He still loves to read and asked for books for his birthday because “I already read all of the books that I own!”

Even though he has pajamas, he always sleeps in his underwear.

Austin is such a loving, sweet boy. While at home, he loves to cuddle and hug, but he won’t kiss on the lips (only on the cheek).

He loves to watch YouTube videos to learn how to play video games and Clash of Clans better.

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He still likes to play basketball, baseball, football and go fishing. He is excited to go to Kelleys Island over Memorial Day weekend so that he can go fishing next to Grandpa’s cabin.

He really likes to ride the spinning rides at Cedar Point, but doesn’t want to ride any of the big roller roasters.

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He finally lost his fifth tooth after being loose for nearly 4 months. He lost it by snapping his fingers in his mouth during class!

Austin made his First Communion on Sunday, May 3 and he said “I’m so excited to receive Jesus!”. Be still my heart.

He is really into Pokemon trading cards right now. It is a huge craze for the second graders at St. Mary’s right now. Adrianna is even into it!

His favorite “old” movie is The Sandlot.

He loves vanilla bean frapps from Starbucks.

Austin continues to be an amazing big brother. Even though he can pester her at times, he is SO sweet with Adrianna. He was made to be a big brother! 🙂

He has started to become a bit more independent and he loves that we praise him for helping around the house and with his own things (making his own snack for school, taking showers without being asked, etc…)

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Austin is still an early riser. He doesn’t like when he sleeps in before school because he really likes his alone time on the iPad/TV before everyone else wakes up.

He had his birthday party at the Lake Erie Crushers game and he got to throw the First Pitch. He was so excited to be there with his friends and throw the pitch on the diamond!

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Austin likes to have us “crack an egg” on his head and/or legs with our hands. He also likes his head rubbed and his back scratched before bed.

He continues to hate going shopping – even for items that he likes (sports stuff)!

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Congratulations to Austin on his First Communion on Sunday, May 3, 2015!

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