Lilypie - Fifth Birthday

Lilypie - Second Birthday

Thursday, June 18, 2015

a quick photo shoot

The light was nice, so I put the kiddos on a chair to take a couple quick photos.

One of my models wanted to smile.

One of my models was too busy being silly!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

what we've been up to

Lauren Kate has started wearing headbands again

and has learned to cross her arms.

Collin Cooper is into being a tough guy

but he can't fool me.

Most days there's a fire to fight

and laundry to be folded

or unfolded...

Life is about lots of silly and lots of sweet.

let's ride our bikes!

The kiddos are all geared up and ready for bike riding season!

We had a fun family night practicing with bikes at the park,

but mostly we've just been practicing in the garage.

Collin loves riding but still has to be reminded to wear his helmet.

Lauren loves wearing her "hat" but can't reach the trike pedals yet.

Bike riding is definitely on the list of fun things we're doing this summer!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

yard work

We found some great new yard tools, and the kiddos are staying busy putting them to work!

Collin's been moving a lot of mud.

Less sure of her task, Lauren's mostly been doing a lot of wandering... :-)

Monday, June 8, 2015

that's what he said

Oh, this kid is funny!

(while helping take care of his sister)
"Did you ask her if she touched a button?  Lauren, sweetie, which button did you push?"
"She hit me in the face, and so I told her, 'Oh, we don't hit.  No, ma'am!  Can you touch me gently right here?' And she did!  And I stayed so calm!"

(creating his own jingle)
"Menards is the best.  Menards is the best.  We have everything you might need to build a garage!  Or a house!  Or a separate garage!  Save big money at Menards."

"Yeah, sometimes Tyler does things he isn't suppose to, but I don't really mind."

"Mom, isn't it neat that Grandma and I share a birthstone?"

"Can we measure me, since I slept for such a long time last night?"

(after waking from a nap)
"Whew, Mom, I feel so refreshened!"

(while helping make dinner)
"Luckily I had an eye on that, since it was popping."

"It's like a million inches!  Or probably more like twelve."

"God, thank you for all the precious people that I love and care about."

"Mama, I'm running low on undies!  You best better do laundry tomorrow!"

"I heard the mower and I wondered, 'Who is mowing now, since it was just mow season yesterday?!'"

"See, slick as a dog sliding on ice!"

"I pray for all my friends - that you would be in them and working in them."

"I love the merry go round!  But I love God and Jesus more than the merry go round."

funny words and phrases that Collin uses:
by the way
hardly (as in, "She pinched me very hardly.")

Keep 'em coming, cute boy!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

sibling shenanigans

Collin and Lauren were laying side-by-side on the couch, and I thought it was a great opportunity for a nice sibling picture.

The kids weren't interested in smiling for me, but they did make each other smile...


Saturday, June 6, 2015

mama turns 31

Another year - older and wiser...

Buckaroo was busy playing with his cousin, but the little lady wasn't going to miss out on cake

or candle blowing.

lots of family over for dinner = a perfect celebration!