Monday, June 30, 2014

sleeping babies

Yep, I'm still obsessed with pictures of our sweet sleeping babies.

(See Lauren's toe peeking out up at the top?  She enjoys being buried in her blankets...)

happy kids say "woohoo!

Lauren's a happy girl.

Collin's a happy boy.

They're two happy kiddos!



Thank you, Lord, for these precious babies!

our new swingset

A few weeks back, Papa brought home a swingset from Grandma's friend Deb's house.  It's been big fun already this summer!

This little cutie likes to walk around the ladder & slide

and play peek-a-boo!

This big cutie likes to climb

and ride the teeter-totter like a wild man.

It has swings too, I just haven't captured pictures on them yet... :-)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lauren Kate: 10 months

Sweet Lauren Kate is 10 months old today!

Girlfriend is spunky.  She's so fun!  Full of facial expressions, Lauren is a great mimic of sounds and actions.  She is attentive to details, opinionated, and persistent in letting us know what she wants.  She loves to wave and smile, but she's also solidly into the stranger-danger phase.

Crawling is a skill that still evades our little girl, but she isn't upset about it.  She'd much prefer to walk everywhere, and she's getting very close to making that her reality.  Lauren regularly lets go of whatever she's holding onto, and her balance is good.  She gets excited when she's standing alone, and she loves to cheer herself on when she takes several steps in a row!

Another thing evading our baby girl is teeth.  10 months old, and still no sign of them!  A lack of teeth isn't holding her back, and Lauren is an impressive eater.  She loves to eat, and isn't too particular about what she enjoys.  She'll even eat stranger foods, like black olives and mushrooms.  Some of her current favorites are cheese, blueberries, bananas, and meat of all kinds.  We're pretty laid-back about letting her try everything we have, and we don't often find something she won't eat.

Lauren does a really good job hanging out with her big brother and is very tolerant.  We say it's a good thing she has a sick sense of humor, because she thinks it's funny to roll around and be squeezed by Collin.  They love each other and it's exciting to watch their relationship develop.

Sweet Lauren, you add so much fun and love to our family.  We love you, precious girl!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

the kids these days

We're staying very busy around here!  We rarely do anything elaborate, yet every single thing we do is awesomely interesting.  Two kids means the fun and action is heightened.  As we navigate summer with Collin and Lauren, we're having a blast and finding joy in the small things.


Spunky Lauren Kate hangs on tight while I push her around on the trike.

It's most fun when we chase Collin as he drives the motorcycle.

Collin's been working on his golf swing.

Lauren likes her independence and prefers to stand.

Collin is still a hard-working man and always has a project to take care of.

Lauren loved driving this car at a friends' house.

It's so fun to watch the evolution of interactions between Collin and Lauren.  We were at a playdate one morning, hanging out in some friends' backyard.  Collin was holding a snack, so Lauren quickly worked her way over to him so she could be fed too.  He was sweet enough to share.

These kiddos are great!

Friday, June 20, 2014

firefighter Collin

Collin and Daddy built a fire truck bed for Collin's room!  Collin loves to drive it.

And of course he sings while he's behind the wheel. :-)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

road trip!

We finally took our first road trip since Lauren was born:  to the center of our lovely state.

Here's the sights we love to see while we're on the road:  sleeping Lauren + busy or sleeping Collin.

We went to Pierre for our friend Kristi's wedding.  She's a friend from college, was the maid of honor at our wedding, and it was a treat to be a part of her and Steve's special weekend.

The whole family attended the rehearsal dinner, held at Steve's uncle's house on the river.

While I was busy on Saturday attending to my duties as a bridesmaid,

Ryan and the kiddos were even more busy!!

They swam,

visited the children's museum

and hung out at the park.

We all had a really fun weekend and are hoping to schedule more travel in our near(er) future.