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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lauren Kate: 15 months

This beautiful bundle of fun is 15 months old today!

Lauren Kate is funny and spunky and precious.  She brings so much light to our family and we're having a blast getting to know her sweet personality.

Baby girl is a really good listener and she follows directions well.  Several key words (hungry/snack/breakfast/lunch/dinner/eat) make her hustle to the kitchen for food.  She'll follow directions to go find her shoes, sit down to put socks on, and deliver items to a specific person ("Take it to Daddy!").

Lauren knows and thrives on our routines.  When she's hungry, she'll grab a bib and ask us to put it on.  After her bath, she gets excited because she knows that next she gets to run around naked.  When it's naptime, she walks to the sound machine to turn it on before we grab her blanket.  After we read a book at bedtime, she grabs hands for our bedtime prayer.

Favorite activities for Lauren right now include dancing, reading, spinning, climbing, looking out the window, wrestling, and copying everything her brother does.  She loves giving high-five, rough-housing, pulling rags out of the drawer to help clean her high chair, jumping on Collin's bed, and drinking from water bottles.  She's pretty predictable in her wildness!

Lauren Kate is possessive of her mama, squeezing in when another person (or dog) has my attention.  On the flip side, she does really well in the nursery at church and bible study.  She mimics facial expressions really well and loves copying a scowl.  Favorite above all is Lauren's blankie.

Words are few, but Lauren has great communication skills.  She makes clear gestures and is persistent to get whatever she needs.  Requiring words makes her frustrated, but we have no doubt she'll get there soon.

Sweet Lauren Kate is just fun, fun, fun!  She's learning and growing and changing so quickly, and we are proud of the precious girl she's becoming.  Can't wait to see what the next month brings!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lauren's belly

"Lauren Kate, where's your belly?"

"Who's asking?"

"Just kidding.  Here it is!!"

late-night sillies with Lauren

baby in the bath

Lauren Kate loves bath time!

Recently she learned she can lay on her belly in the tub.  She's proud to show off her new trick, and especially enjoys when we compliment her bravery.

Sweet baby girl. 

snow fun

Wowza, it's been a long cold snap!  We enjoy bundling up and getting outside to play.

Lauren likes to swing even more when it's cold and windy outside

while Collin prefers being adventurous in the snow.

all about the play

Collin and Lauren are two of the sweetest, most playful kiddos.  They love to be silly and they both enjoy working to make others laugh.  Happy.  Full of laughs.

Sometimes we do crazy things like toss the kids while they're wrapped up in the bean bag.

Sometimes we do regular things like play with toys.

Sometimes Lauren's a party animal who makes crazy faces.

Lots of times she tries to imitate every single thing her big brother does.

Sometimes Collin does crazy things to make his sister laugh.

 Sometimes he's too busy laughing hysterically at himself.

We are thankful for our two little people!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

pajama parties

They always wake up happy.  Happy babies in cute pajamas?  Yes, please.

Sometimes Collin wants to stay in his jammies all day, and Lauren is happy to join that party.

(She loves her big brother!!)