Thursday, March 31, 2016

Connection Church Sturgis

Jared & Andrea have launched Connection Church in Sturgis!  We headed over one Wednesday for a practice-run of the setup process, and the kids had a blast.

We were laughing at their shadows (Collin, Abbie, and Hayden)

and then Little Miss Pigtails came along

and had the best shadow of all!

Here's the sweet leadership team...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

fun at the library

We always have fun when we stop by the library.  Of course we're there for books, but the kids always have to climb up into the fort too.

Collin's preferred method of determining whether a book is a good choice to take home:

Lauren Kate, the puzzle queen, always has to spend a little time at the puzzle table.

Have a lot of fun + come home with a huge stack of books to enjoy?  Sweet!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Collin and Lauren love their new scooters!

Collin walks up the hill as far as he's allowed (just before the neighbor's driveway), gets lined up, and then zooms down the sidewalk.

Serious business.

Lauren Kate prefers to keep both feet on the ground while she pushes her scooter...

At least she's having fun!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter 2016

Happy Easter!  Jesus is alive!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lauren Kate :: 31 months

This bright-eyed beauty is 31 months old!

Lauren Kate is 3 feet tall and weighs about 32 pounds.  She wears 3t clothes and is still in size 6 shoes.

This month has been really fun, as Lauren's personality really shines these days.  She is spunky and creative; smart and silly; empathetic and attentive to details; and when it comes to physical feats, she's a very brave girl!

Lauren is talking a lot - telling stories, asking questions, and regularly saying 5-word sentences.  She has some really cute speech habits...  After something funny happens, she'll ask, "Tunny, Mama?" to see if I agree that it was funny.  She learned this month about me/mine, so now she says, "Daddy yay me?" when she wants Daddy to lay by her at bedtime.  She has also become quite serious about being called Lauren - if I call her Squirt when she's not in the mood, she'll point to herself and say "Yorni" to remind me of her name.

Besides family, the people that are most regular in Lauren's life are her teachers at CBS.  We're there for 5 hours every Thursday morning (and have been since before Lauren was born), so it's fun to hear those lovely ladies' perspective on Lauren as she grows.  Everyone has mentioned in the last couple weeks how much Lauren has grown and changed, especially with her willingness to speak while she's with her friends and teachers.

Lauren loves being a little sister.  Playing with Collin is definitely one of her favorite things, and she's also really attentive when he's teaching her something new.  She loves having Collin read to her, help her, and answer her questions.  She's quite tolerant of him being the leader, but she definitely lets him know when she has her own opinions.  Laughing with her "Bubba" is one of the best parts of Lauren's day.

A natural mama, Lauren spends a large portion of her day taking care of her babies.  She loves to cook for them and then feed them lunch, and they especially enjoy going for walks in the stroller.  She sings to them, dances with them, and reads them stories.  When there aren't any baby dolls around, Lauren also takes care of "Baby Bubba" and is a sweet caretaker to Shelby and Kacy too.

Lauren's really spunky and funny, so excited Lauren is hilarious.  She loves to run around and show off, waving her arms in the air as she laughs or says "Yay!"  She doesn't love strangers, yet she rather enjoys being the center of attention when she's extra happy or excited about something.

Laid-back girl goes with the flow really well.  As long as there are snacks available, she's good.  This month she started saying, "I hunny" to let us know that she's hungry.  She loves to eat granola bars, cheese, strawberries, ham, and raspberries.  She likes dipping her food, and she's very independent about clearing her plate and taking it to the sink.  Super messy (like, soooo messy...), Lauren insists on cleaning up her own messes with napkins at every meal.

Ever true about our girl - girlfriend loves her sleep!  She still does 12+ hours per night and naps for 2-3 hours every afternoon.  She has no desire to move out of her crib, and we're happy to let her stay safely confined for as long as she wants.  It doesn't leave her crib very often these days, but baby girl still loooooves her blankie.

It's so fun to think back through the details of this past month.  Our sweet girl is growing up!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

dyeing Easter eggs

He barely survived waiting an entire week to dye eggs, but finally the big day arrived. 

Collin dyed and added some stickers.

Lauren was strictly in charge of stickers.

Happy girl.

Happy boy.

Sweet family time!

family pool date

We got to spend Friday night at the pool, and it was such a blast!

The crazy kids loved crashing their boats together.

Cutie girl loved being driven around by her sweet daddy.

Mr. Big Stuff was a stud at driving himself around.

What a fun night!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

snow day!

It's been weeks since we had much snow, but today we got a few inches.  Collin was thrilled to bundle up and get out there!

Lauren was pretty content to watch from inside while the boys shoveled.

Shelby wished she was out.

After a bit, Lauren decided she better bundle up and get out there too.

Happy kids!


Collin made a big snowball and threw it right at Lauren's face.

Luckily she was inside and he was out! :-)

They both though it was so hilarious.

After getting good and cold in the snow, it was time to warm up by hiding somewhere cozy.

chatty Lauren

Lauren Kate talks a lot these days, and she's picked up tons of cute words and phrases.

I especially like this one.  I was calling downstairs for Ryan, and then she decided to copy me.  Ha!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mr. Handsome

Oh, this sweeeeeeeeet boy.

How lucky are we to have this precious guy?!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

park date!

70* by 10am?!  Yes please!

Collin loves rolling down the hill into this park...

Lauren had fun swinging with her baby.

Collin led a pretend journey, steering his ship through shark-infested waters,

and brave Lauren climbed all the way to the tip-top!

'Twas a beautiful day.