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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

tent nap

Collin talked me into a tent nap the other day.


How cute is he?!

Collin's music ventures

Collin worked alone in the office for 15-20 minutes and came out with two masterpieces:  the lyrics for two of his most frequently-played songs - In the Jungle and Jesus Loves the Little Children.


After he hangs the songs on the fridge, he plays his little heart out.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lauren Kate :: 28 months

This bright ray of sunshine is 28 months old!


We've moved into mostly 3t clothes and she wears size 6 shoes.


She isn't big, but she is brave!  She climbs stairs upright without using the hand railing, she jumps off everything, and she thinks it's hilarious to be wrestled and thrown around.  She likes us to watch when she's doing tricks, and she'll wait until she has our attention.


It's been a huge month for vocabulary development!  Lauren has picked up tons of new words and often uses 2-3 together.  She's always been so quiet, so it's fun to hear her voice and have her participate in conversations!  One of my favorite new words is "backpack," and we've noticed an improvement in pronunciation of many words so she's getting much easier to understand.


Lauren is very observant and attentive to details.  Once she has noticed something out of place, she cannot relax until it's taken care of.  She remembers where everything belongs, and she won't walk away until she has finished the task she's working on.  She knows what she likes and she's persistent to make it happen!


Lauren loves playing pretend.  Her favorite pretend scenarios are a three-way tie:  being a mama, being a puppy, and being a baby.  She's thorough in the way she pretends!  When she goes "buh-bye," she'll pretend step into boots, get her baby buckled and covered, put on her purse, kiss me, and then say "buh-bye" as she walks away with the stroller.


She loves baby dolls, and Lauren loves real-life babies too.  "Baby" refers to anyone who is Lauren's size or smaller, and it's funny to watch her shepherd little people around like a little mother hen.

Lauren also loves to sing and dance.  She sings "roll over" (there were 3 in the bed and the little one said...), she "sings" her ABCs by always being on tune but nearly never saying the correct letters, and she often hums Amazing Grace.  Her dancing style varies depending on her mood, but she likes us to watch her dance, or even better - join in!


We love you, precious girl, and we're so grateful for the light you bring to our lives!

snoooooow

December was pretty snowy around here.  The kiddos love to bundle up and get out there!


Collin stayed busy clearing snow.




Lauren joined the shoveling fun for about two seconds




before moving on to a more exciting adventure:  sliding down a little pile of snow beside our driveway.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

For the first time since 2009, we headed to Grandma Helen's in Huron for Christmas!




We kept the kiddos busy and had the most beautiful drive across the state.




 We got to town just in time for the candlelight Christmas Eve service.  The kids thought the candles were awesome.



We had a sweet family evening - so fun to spend time with cousins, aunts, uncles, and more.

Lauren Kate had a rough night at the hotel and slept in on Christmas morning.


Christmas Day was super fun.  Collin and Spencer were two peas in a pod and had a blast playing together!



Lauren loved the piano.


And just like that, it was time to head back home.  (We left early trying to beat a snowstorm.)

Lauren Kate was wiped out from partying hard and fell asleep about two seconds after we left Grandma's.



Sweet, silly Collin kept me entertained the entire drive home.


Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

cousin love


Christmas cookies

Christmas cookie decorating with the Fremonts:


1:  load cookies with frosting and sprinkles



2:  eat and enjoy the silly results

pre-Christmas fun

We had a really fun December!

a lovely night at the Wildlife Sanctuary for the Living Nativity


cookie making



an ugly sweater party



enjoying the cars on display



and even a precious, hand-wrapped-by-Collin gift:  my bible and study notebook :-)


Sweet memories!