Thursday, June 30, 2016

the park with my girl

Collin was there too.  As usual, he was running with the big kids...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

pretty Lauren

"Mama, come here!  You have to see how pretty Lauren is!"

(His idea and handiwork, of course!)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lauren reads

Lauren Kate can read!  She has memorized her first book!

a fun night out

Daddy is playing soccer with some guys on Monday nights this summer, and we decided to join him on this lovely evening.

Lauren loves swinging, of course.  Notice Crow Peak burning in the background... :(

This is how Collin stays busy during a soccer game.

When we got hot, we headed to the shade of a tree to be silly together.

How adorable are these sweet babies?!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lauren Kate :: 34 months

Just about ready to put her toe into the world of 3-year-olds...  Lauren Kate is 34 months old!

Baby girl (she'll always be our "baby girl") spends the majority of her day on pretend play, primarily with babies.  Either she's the mama of her baby dolls, or she's the mama of her "baby" brother, or she's the baby and Collin is the daddy.  Babies are her main focus!  New this month is that Lauren will say "Baby in tummy.  Oh!  Baby come out!"  Lauren's babies are mostly potty-trained, and it seems they're very well-behaved.

Lauren also loves to sing and read.  Her favorite songs are "2 Monkeys Jump[ing on the] Bed," "Roll Over," the ABCs, Amazing Grace, and This Little Light of Mine.  She hums very frequently, and loves singing pretend songs.  Her favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear and it's the first book she has memorized!

Lauren is very detail-oriented.  She always notices if something is broken or somehow not in its just-right place.  She notices and compliments details about people - "Boy wear big hat!" or "Pretty necklace, Mama!"  She can't stand when a closet door is left open, and she's great at "fixing" things.

Lauren loves to be a helper and wants to copy everything her brother does.  She's not very trustworthy with a hose, and she's a crazy messy eater.  "I spilled" is said nearly every time she has a cup.  She doesn't love being cleaned up by her parents, but she loves washing her hands by herself!

This month has been huge for language growth, and Lauren's conversation skills have blown up!  My favorite thing she says right now is "maybe next time," which she uses to explain and excuse anything and everything.

Need to go potty Lauren?
No.  Maybe next time.

Can't find your babydoll?
Maybe next time.

Don't like the song we're listening to?
Maybe next time.

I also think it's sweet how Lauren says "toe tunny" (so funny) and "tunny, Mama?" (funny, Mama) when she wants to know if I thought it was funny too.  Lauren has mostly figured out her pronouns, so now correctly uses you/I/me/my.  She always says "girl" or "boy" rather than "he" or "she."  She says "yuh you" very often and is getting really great at asking and answering questions.

Lauren is a super listener, noticing every detail of conversations.  She's paying careful attention, as evidenced by her laughter during something that struck her as funny during a sermon a couple weeks ago.  We're making good progress at having rational conversations when Lauren is frustrated, and she responds well to the opportunity to "do-over" when she needs to say something in a calmer/more polite way.

A cute thing Lauren's been doing the last couple months is planting her feet whenever she yells "WAIT ME!" as she's being left behind.  I keep telling her she needs to hustle to try catching up to Collin as she yells "Wait me!" and she has finally taken my advice.

Lauren loves attention and often says "Watch me!" and "Look at me!"  She enjoys having an audience.

Our cute Lauren Kate is bouncing back and forth from being a "bid durl" to being a "tiny baby," and it's so fun to watch as she finds her way.  We are grateful beyond words for the privilege to be your parents, precious girl!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lauren's new boots

Cutie pie got some new boots from Grandpa Jeff, and she loves them!!

When anyone compliments her boots, she makes sure to tell that Grandpa gave them to her.

the Fremonts visit

Grandpa Jeff, Grandma Susan, and Uncle Jadon came for a visit!  We had some sweet downtime at the house together,

and then the gang gathered for a picnic at the park.

Here are the dudes:

And here are Grandma and Grandpa with their 4 grandbabies!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

happy morning; sweet brother

We had a slow morning, and the kids had so much fun just playing cars in their jammies.

Seriously, how precious is this boy?!

big girl / baby girl

Sometimes she's so big...

selling food at the produce stand- 
"Mama, what want?"

getting her own water!

and being a hilarious conversationalist

Yet sometimes she's still my snuggly baby girl...

summertime is for pool time

I like to take these cuties to the pool every chance we get!

Most of my pictures are from break time,

but occasionally I'll figure out how to snap a shot of the kids in action.

In the middle of the pool, under the left side of the red umbrella - that's Collin out there all my himself.

Mostly they avoid the splash stations, but not this day...

Sometimes we swim alone,

and sometimes we meet friends.

We typically only go on really hot days, but sometimes Collin and Lauren need to bundle up and lay in the sun to get warm.

All our time at the pool is turning Cautious Collin into Mr. Brave!

Any way it works out, we always, always have fun.