Tuesday, June 30, 2015

summer is for swimming

(Lauren Kate after a couple hours of swimming!)

Monday, June 29, 2015

a great day for a hike

We've enjoyed a few great family hikes this summer!

(Lauren was mad about being in the pack and wanted to walk instead...)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

dancing Collin

Collin was so excited to go to Downtown Friday Nights - yummy snacks plus a band to dance with!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lauren Kate: 22 months

This little ray of sunshine is already 22 months old!  As she becomes a big girl, it's so fun to watch Lauren's personality emerge.  She's energetic and silly, but also focused and determined.

Lauren loves to smile and laugh and be goofy.  She enjoys entertaining and she's always up for fun and shenanigans.  She laughs along when others are laughing, and she'll definitely repeat a stunt if it garnered laughs from her audience.

Lauren is super physical - running, climbing, jumping, wrestling, hanging, diving, and twirling like a crazy girl.  She copies everything her brother does, even though she doesn't necessarily have the coordination or correct proportions for many of his tricks.  If Collin steps onto the curb to walk it like a balance beam, you better believe Lauren will too.  She loves showing off by diving onto the floor and pretending to get hurt ("Ugh!  Owie." with a big smile), and one of her favorite things is having two hands to hold so she can swing between people as she walks.

She's still pretty quiet, but Lauren is talking a lot more lately.  New words include apple, water, bike, bug, bite, dirty, snack, potty, beep-beep (excuse me + the sound a truck makes), and hello.  Lauren isn't especially patient when it comes to communication, so a lot of times it's just "OMMY!!!" when she wants my attention or needs something from me.

Lauren loves to sing, and actually knows the tune for the ABCs!

Lauren is particular about ownership - "mine" is a common word, but she also easily points out what belongs to the rest of us.  She knows which chair Papa sits in, she recognizes my wallet in someone else's hand, and she likes to go through the shoe stack to explain who owns each pair of shoes.  She's learning to share and take turns, but she prefers to have toys all to herself.

Baby girl loves her brother, babies (she likes to hold hands and pat heads), her cousin Abbie, running and laughing, reading, dancing (she LOVES to dance!), singing, and playing with her baby dolls.  Eating is near the top of the list of her favorite things to do, but sleeping is at the tip-top.  Girlfriend needs her beauty sleep!

Lauren is independent and incredibly observant.  She remembers where she leaves things, and she listens to everything that's being said.  One day Collin and I were playing with "chips" - various colors of poker chips I used to use in my classroom.  Collin asked Lauren if she wanted to play with some chips.  She nodded and climbed up onto a chair, and then proceeded to get angry when the "chips" turned out to be poker chips instead of potato chips.  When Collin thanked God for strawberries and cheese during his bedtime prayer, Lauren had an emergency need for a snack and had to run to the kitchen begging for some cheese.  She's paying attention!

Adventurous and happy.  Wild yet gentle.  We are so grateful for our precious Lauren Kate and can't wait to see what the next month brings.  We love you, cupcake!

Friday, June 26, 2015


Collin and Lauren love spraying water from the hose!

Inevitably it turns into drinking from the hose and spraying each other and getting completely drenched.

Another day, another spraying event.

Yeah, they're happy!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lauren the monkey

This little lady loves to climb and hang.

So proud!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


When a daddy works in construction, the kiddos get used to being part of the action...

sitting in the excavator to supervise the work

Collin using his own (hose-less/nail-less) gun to help

Lauren riding in the pack to supervise while I help

riding in the excavator with Daddy while he digs

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"We're going to the moon!"

At the tip top of the rocket, there's a control tower.  Meet your two rocketship experts...

Monday, June 22, 2015

bathtub sillies

If you can believe it, having water poured onto his face was actually Collin's idea.

They both got a kick out of it.

Friday, June 19, 2015

the great outdoors: a picnic and some bug hunting

We love being outside, and on this particular day we decided to take our lunch out.

 After filling bellies, we got to fill curiosity with some bug hunting.

Lauren says "bug!"  Collin doesn't hesitate to put his hand in and let the bugs climb on.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

a quick photo shoot

The light was nice, so I put the kiddos on a chair to take a couple quick photos.

One of my models wanted to smile.

One of my models was too busy being silly!

silly Lauren

Sweet Lauren is a clown and loves to make people laugh.

Her sense of style certainly draws some attention... :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

what we've been up to

Lauren Kate has started wearing headbands again

and has learned to cross her arms.

Collin Cooper is into being a tough guy

but he can't fool me.

Most days there's a fire to fight

and laundry to be folded

or unfolded...

Life is about lots of silly and lots of sweet.