Sunday, January 31, 2016

silly dinner

She's multi-tasking

and he's busy being silly.

Yep.  Just another regular dinner!

Collin's 5th birthday party

We had a fun police party to celebrate Collin's 5th birthday.

a few decorations

a couple awesome police cakes

gifts for friends

and legos for Collin

The party was a success!

Friday, January 29, 2016


This handsome boy may be 5, but he still rocks footie pajamas!

"Hey Lauren, check this out.  There's a hole on my knee."
"Hole, Bubba?  Oh no!"

Cutie kids!

Collin & Gabe

Collin and his sweet friend Gabe got silly with the scotch tape.

They were cracking each other up!!

Silly + hilarious.

balloon baby

birthday celebrations = balloons

balloons = happy girl!

Collin the reader

At the beginning of November, we started calling Collin a reader.  He was paying attention to the sounds of letters and putting a few together to read simple 3-letter words.

By mid-December he was reading compound words with simple vowel patterns, and by early January he was reading pretty much anything!

By the time his 5th birthday rolled around, he even read most of this card that was written in cursive!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

5th birthday: morning phone call

Abbie Rae called Collin on the morning of his 5th birthday, and he loved talking on the phone with her!

Big guy!

giggly Lauren

Our girl is silly and loves to laugh!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Collin is 5!

When we became parents, we were buried in the fog of newborn-hood.  We didn't spend much time looking beyond infancy, but even if we did, would we really have imagined just how amazing our Collin Cooper would be as a 5-year-old?

The changes seem less drastic because we watch him day-by-day, but seriously.  Look at his little just-turned-4 baby face!

This year has been a blast!  Kiddo is hilarious and always up to something fun.  Here are some favorite pictures from the year...

He's busy and brave.

He reads and he writes.

He works hard every single day.

He's hilarious and silly and creative.

For real.  Party animal.

We love you so much, our precious 5-year-old!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

4 for just one more night...

Last night as a 4-year-old...

Such a sweet, handsome boy.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BH game

The kiddos joined Papa and Grandma for a fun basketball night while Ryan and I were at a (belated) Christmas party.

Luckily they're all geared up!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Collin the mailman

Collin has been desperately wanting to play mailman, and he finally came up with the perfect plan.  He made a sweet little card decorated with flowers for our next door neighbor, Miss Janet, put it in his "mail bag," and then walked next door all by himself to deliver it.

The next day, we were surprised to see a snowman in our backyard.  The snowman was holding a stick with a sign attached:  "Dear Collin, Thank you for the flowers!  Your friend, Snowman"

Neighbors are fun!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

what's so funny?!

C:  "Mama, I'm jealous that you and Daddy have someone to snuggle with."
Mom:  "Well, bud, you better get married someday so you can have a snuggle buddy too."
C:  "But I want a snuggle person now!"

"Yes!  Green lights are my favorite!  After God, of course.  God's my favorite favorite."

"Ok, Lauren.  So we have three cousins:  Abbie, baby Lyla, and baby Whoever.  Right, Mom?  That's the baby Bailee's having!"

"Now, this is a concert, so I'm gonna have to talk a little bit loud.  This much loud (while his fingers show "a pinch").  Like, as big as my eyelashes loud.

"Pretend I'm not turning the light off with my body, ok?  Pretend it's just turning off automatically."

(dinnertime prayer)
"Dear God, thank you for this wonderful meal.  And thank you for Papa and how he makes the most delicious mashed potatoes.  Amen."

"I know a lot about baking.  My grandma taught me everything."

"No, I'm terrified of it.  Last time I used it, it was just moving completely."

(after I wouldn't let him have chocolate milk)
"You make my life the worst!"

(He makes her laugh too!)

I woke up like this

Waking up from naps with crazy hair feels like the sign of a good sleep.