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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lauren Kate :: 32 months

Sweetie girl is 32 months old today!  Lauren Kate is just. so. fun.

Communication continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Lauren regularly uses 5- and 6-word sentences, tells stories, picks up on details of conversations she hears around here, and speaks new words every single day.

Favorite phrases right now include "oh, dear" and "oh, bummah!"  When she wants to do something later (not now), Lauren says "night" to say that she'll do it tonight.  Maybe she can have a cookie "night."  She'll brush her teeth "night."  Is it ok if she watches a movie "night?"  Lauren's articulation is really good, so she says things like "quesadilla" and "purple jacket" really clearly.

Being a mama continues to occupy much of Lauren's day.  She sings to her babies (mostly Amazing Grace), feeds them, changes them, rocks them, walks them, etc.  She still doesn't have a favorite baby that she plays with all the time, but at the same time, she knows which one she wants to play with at any given moment.

Another of Lauren's favorite things is fixing.  She'll carry the toolbox around the house, fixing anything she can find - the wall, the bench, my knee...  Mostly she likes hammering, but she'll also bust out the chainsaw from time to time.  Being Daddy's helper on projects is fun for Lauren!

Lauren is still very much a daredevil.  She likes to swing "high sky," she wants me to watch while she climbs "up up up," and she loves jumping.  She runs almost as fast as Collin, is great on a scooter, and does quite well on the strider bike too.  She's getting good at recovering from falls too - she'll wail for a couple seconds, sit on my lap for just a moment, and then get back in the saddle.

Lauren Kate loves being a little sister and has so much fun with her "Bubba."  She enjoys following Collin around and joining with whatever he's doing, and she also takes the lead sometimes to show Collin what to do.  They get along really well at least 80% of the time, which is pretty impressive.  She doesn't hesitate to let him know when she's irritated, and they're getting good at working through disagreements and frustrations.

Our sweet girl continues to be shy in public, but she's a bright and sweet center-of-attention at home.  We love her spunk and are so grateful for the joy and laughter she brings to our life.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lauren in the morning

Lauren in the morning = crazy hair

+ a sweet smile + a granola bar if she's really lucky (she asks for one every. single. morning.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

roller skating

It was Skate Night again, and we had a blast again!

Lauren Kate skated with Daddy for a while,

then was happy to take off her skates to avoid the "tippy" (slippery) floor.

Jared, Andrea, and Abbie joined us this time, which added an extra layer of fun.


There's a new Fremont cousin!!  Meet {the ever-so-handsome} Porter.

Lauren Kate's video to Porter on the day he arrived:

Collin loved meeting his first boy cousin.

"I was hoping he'd be a girl, since I only have girl cousins.  But it's ok, because he and I can play legos together when he gets a little older."

Abbie wasn't super excited to hold him, but she was a natural.

How beautiful are these sweet Fremont cousins?!

Friday, April 22, 2016

CBS spring program

Collin and Lauren had their spring CBS program.

Collin and his best buddy Gabby were cracking each other up the entire time.

Despite looking like the year may have been all fun and no work, they actually memorized 6 verses!  We were so impressed!

Lauren Kate was Senora Serious the entire time (as she typically is around everyone but family), so she didn't even crack a smile.

She didn't sing the verses at the program, but Lauren actually knows quite a few of the words and will sing them at home.  The words are being buried in her heart, for sure.  Collin knows every singly word and every story he was told this year and, based on what he says, it seems God has hold of Collin's heart.  Hallelujah!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

checking for roots

Collin has this new project that he calls "checking for roots."  It involves hammering screwdrivers down into the grass all over our yard, with the goal of finding roots.

(a conversation with Mr. Duane, our neighbor)
D:  "What's he doing over there?"
me:  "Oh, he's checking for roots."
D:  "At first I thought they were rain gauges, and I was surprised at how particular you were.  I looked closer and realized they're screwdrivers, and then I knew Collin must be up to something."

(a conversation between Collin and Lauren)
C:  "See, Lauren?  These are root checkers."
LK:  "Woot tetters, Bubba?  Oh my!"

When she got bored of checking for roots, Lauren moved onto her own never-ending project: vacuuming outside.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

corn starch + shaving cream = snow

Collin's been wanting to make pretend snow, and we finally got around to it.

Turns out it's pretty messy...

The next morning our Tuesday group came over, and we decided to be brave enough to pull out the snow for fun with our friends.




For good measure, Collin put it on his forehead too.

Fake snow isn't the tidiest, but it sure is fun!