Lilypie - Fifth Birthday

Lilypie - Second Birthday

Friday, July 24, 2015


We often talk about how Collin is 0-60.  Emotions are that way, and development of skills seems to be that way too.  He can't do it, and then all of a sudden he can.

Swimming this week has been 0-60!  Naturally cautious, Collin has always loved to play at the pool but hasn't ever loved getting his face wet and certainly hasn't ever gone underwater "by purpose."  Until this week.

Wednesday he experimented with plugging his nose and putting his face into the water.

(Lauren's super busy trying to keep up!)

Thursday he decided to try plugging his nose and putting his whole body under water.

Today, Friday, he said, "If I wasn't plugging my nose, I could use my arms to swim."

And so, just like that, he swims!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

sibling resemblance

It's hard to see a resemblance between Collin and Lauren because they're such unique individuals, but I think this pair of pictures shows that our kiddos look alike...

Collin at 5 months

Lauren at 8 months

Thursday, July 16, 2015

dead gator

When you're out in the middle of the yard and the gator dies, there's really only one option...

Get out and push!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

regular days

We do a lot of special things and enjoy going places, but we also spend many days at home just doing our regular thing.

playing outside

eating and eating and eating

going for walks

baking deliciousness

playing in the yard

playing in the water

tree climbing

helping Papa


actually mowing

being silly

playing pretend

and even saving the world

It's a wonderful life!

Monday, July 13, 2015

bath time

This kiddo has always loved bath time.  

Like everywhere else, the bathtub is a place for him to be creative

and silly

and so, so sweet.

While Collin is busy in the bath, Lauren Kate typically prefers a quick wash up followed by plenty of time running around the house naked...  Whatever floats their boats, right?

sleepy sister

Lauren's motto:  play hard/sleep hard!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Collin LOVES riding his bike!!  He's out there every single day.

Lauren does lots of things to stay busy while Collin rides.  On this particular day, she decided to push her motorcycle around.