Lilypie - Fourth Birthday

Lilypie - Second Birthday

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

snow day

We got about 8" of snow yesterday, the first substantial snow of the season.

Collin went out first thing in the morning while the snow was still really flying.  He played in the snow with some tractors and even his eyelashes were covered with snow by the time I convinced him to come inside to warm up.

After the snow slowed down, we bundled up again and went outside to sled with Papa.

Lauren enjoyed a couple minutes of sledding before she was ready to go in for a warm nap.

Collin was super brave

and even picked up a little speed sledding down the driveway.

He loved every minute of it.

Collin has quite a few activities on his to-do list since there's snow on the ground, but I explained there's no rush since the snow will stay for a few days with the extremely cold temperatures.  We're all geared up and ready for winter!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Collin writes a thank you note

Collin and I were playing outside the other day when our neighbor, Jan, came over to chat.  She cleaned out her storage space and had a couple toys she wondered if Collin and Lauren might like.

Jan:  "Collin, do you like tools?"
Collin:  "I love tools!  I have lots of tools.  I even have a workbench in my bedroom!"
Jan:  "Oh.  So you don't need any more tools."
Collin:  "I need more tools!  That's what I was meaning about!"

We came home with about 10 new tools, plus this little city toy.  It was a gorgeous day, so we played out on the deck for quite awhile.

The following day, I suggested Collin make something for Denny and Jan to thank them for the new toys.  He drew these pictures and labeled each person:  Denny and Collin, Jan and Lauren, Daddy Ryan and Carrie Mommy, plus Kacy and Shelby.

He then proceeded to write them a sweet thank you note.  He told me what he wanted to write, and I told him how to spell each word.

(Thank you for the cool toy and all the tools!)

His memory is stunning, as is his attention to detail and his willingness to finish tasks like this.  Smart boy.

Lauren says "whee"

Lauren learned to say "whee!" while she's playing with this toy swing, and you can also hear her preferred form of communication:  "eh! eh!"

Lauren loves to eat

Lauren loves eating.  Mostly she feeds herself, but sometimes her big brother helps her out.

Plenty of practice eating means Lauren's a professional with a fork.

Yep.  She loves to eat!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Lauren's cheesy smile vs. real smile


Collin's cheesy smile vs. real smile

Friday, October 31, 2014

bedtime prayer

Collin has mastered his bedtime prayer!

Dear God,
Thank you for all you give:
for food, for love, and a place to live.
I thank you for my family too,
and I want you to know that I love you.
Please give us peaceful rest tonight
and keep us safe until the morning light.

Lauren's new tricks

Lauren loves giving kisses!

She also knows how to growl.  When I walked into the nursery after CBS last week, Lauren was playing with the teacher by chasing her with a "growling" toy.

She's really smart and playful.  It's fun to watch her figure things out and put things together.