Monday, February 29, 2016

mama Lauren

Lauren has many babies and doesn't really seem to have a favorite, but she pretty much takes a baby with her everywhere she goes.  Usually she has to bring a bag too, in case baby needs anything while they're out.

On this particular day, she and her baby were watching Collin play soccer.

laughing is good

Silly girl.

Silly siblings!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

a sweet, brother-sister day

Collin and Lauren, sweet little buddies, had a wonderful day together.

Kacy was crawling under the deck, which the kids thought was hilarious.

They had a fun picnic lunch.

And then we spent a good amount of time playing soccer.

Next it was tree climbing time!

"Reeeeeeach?  No!  Small."

"Be careful, Bubba!"

After trying and trying, he conquered the tree!!!

Sweet, proud boy.

Next it was time for some snuggling...

Sweet kiddos.  Sweet day.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lauren Kate :: 30 months

Our little Kit Kat is officially a 2.5-year-old!  It has been a really fun month with our precious Lauren Kate.

Vocabulary and conversation has really blown up for Lauren this month.  She has tons of new words and is regularly putting them into 3- and 4-word sentences, like, "Mama!  Window open please."  Her articulation is pretty good and we're glad to hear beginning and ending sounds on all her words.  Ts are the most common sound replacement (tut = truck, timmy toot = swimming suit, mitt = miss, teep = sleep, toot = scoot...) and she's pretty easy to understand.

Lauren has started telling stories this month, and that's super fun to listen to.  Her stories often revolve around babies, and especially her cousin "Baby Lyla."  As we were talking about Lyla the other day and wondering what she was up to, Lauren told us, "Baby Lyla night night?  Jammies on.  Light off.  Cry.  Blankie.  Paci?  Baby Lyla sleep."

My favorite thing that Lauren say is "oh bummer" when something goes wrong.  She knows her name is Lauren (she says "Yorni") but refers to herself as "mine."  She doesn't say "I" or "me" - just "mine."  For example, she says "Daddy yay mine" when she wants Daddy to lay by her.  She calls us Daddy and Mama, and she still calls Collin "Bubba" even though she knows his name is "Tonny."

Lauren is a really great listener and really picks up on details of conversations.  I asked Collin if he wanted to have lunch with Papa and Grandma, and Lauren said, "Mine?  Yunch.  Papa?  Yeah bee!"  Of course there are particular buzz words that she's always listening for:  ice cream, movie, treat, blankie, Daddy, outside...

All this talk about Lauren the conversationalist would surprise many people, as she's very quiet when we're around people she doesn't know well.  Her comfort zone is pretty small, but I remember the same thing being true with Collin and this age.  Now he doesn't know a stranger, so I'm quite sure the same will be true of Lauren as she gets older.

Lauren's motor skills are getting really good - she easily lands a jump off the bottom step, and she is getting to be a very fast runner.  She hops, climbs, walks backwards, and does pretty much anything she can to imitate her brother.

Singing is a favorite pastime of Lauren's, and she knows the words to "Roll Over" and "Happy Birthday."  She's also working on "Twinkle Twinkle," "Amazing Grace, and the ABCs, but she actually prefers to sing her own original songs.  Babies must hear a Lauren lullaby before they can go to sleep, and Lauren always sings to the dogs after she puts them into their crates.

Babies and books occupy much of Lauren's day - often together, as her baby dolls really love being read to.  Lauren's babies eat, poop, and change clothes as often as the tiniest of newborns, and she's a very busy mama.  She loves to pack her bag, buckle a baby doll into the carseat or stroller, and say "Buh-bye Mama!" as she walks away.  She also often says, "I yuh you, baby," which is about the sweetest thing you've ever heard.  None of her babies have names at this point, but I'm sure that will come with time.

Gosh, we are so grateful for this spunky little girl and the fun she brings to our family!

Friday, February 26, 2016

soccer skills

The springtime weather has been so fun!  One of our new activities is playing soccer.  Collin thinks it's awesome to run around the yard with me, racing me to the ball.

Lauren is learning about turn-taking as she says, "My turn please!" when she wants a turn.

Fun stuff!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lauren and her shopping cart

It doesn't work so well as a stool,

but it's perfect for pushing around the block!


Our friends Brooke and Charlie are spending the spring in Washington, so we got together for a good-bye lunch.

We thought we better mark the occasion with a group photo.  Ha!

springlike morning

some wandering

some running

and a little bit of "don't interrupt me, I'm talking into my astronaut microphone"

It's a great way to start the day!