Grandma and Grandpa’s Visit!

Story told by: Lainey

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for the last ten days! We love it when they come to visit!

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As soon as they walked in the door, Grandma surprised me with “Lion King.” I love this movie. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

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One of our first trips was to Ferdinand’s to get some delicious ice cream and cheese.

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Over the course of their visit, we took many walks to the local vet to see the animals. We got to know this kitty very well. We named her “Blackie” (although we later found out her name is actually Zena).

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They also had a week-old calf at the vet. That was really neat!

Grandpa even got to feed her a bottle (there was no way I was going to let that hungry calf get near me).

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On one of our walks we headed over to see the Colton high school football game. Go Wildcats!

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I also played kickball with Grandpa.

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Mommy, Daddy, and Grandpa went to see the WSU vs. University of Oregon football game (while Grandma, Henry, and I went out to dinner and picked out some special toys at the dollar store).

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Mommy got in some great quality time with Grandpa.

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The Ducks were ranked number two in the nation, but the Cougs made it into a GREAT game! They only lost by seven points. Pretty darn good!

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We had some relaxing mornings around the house. (Notice Henry standing. This is when he’s happiest. He’s starting to move around a little while standing as well.)

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I took a unique approach to styling hair. I stayed busy with my clients each morning.

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On one morning, Grandpa helped Daddy put up the Christmas light hooks. (Way to be on top of things, Daddy!)

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We had many fun excursions! They came with me to story time at the library. In between baby story time and toddler story time, I entertained them with my puppeteering .

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They also got to watch me and Henry in our swimming lessons. Every time when I head into the aquatic center, I see this statue.

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And every time I have to stop and mimic it.

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We got some yummy cupcakes!

And Grandma and Grandpa got to come to my dance class.

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Henry loves being outside, so Grandma made sure to spend lots of time in the great outdoors with him.

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Grandma thinks that Henry looks so much like Daddy!

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I got dressed up for our last day with Grandma and Grandpa. I was pretty bummed to have to drop them off at the airport, but we’ll get to see them in December. Thanks for such a fun visit Grandma and Grandpa!

My First Cougar Football Game

Story told by: Lainey

After several years of Mommy and Daddy going to football games and having ALL of the fun on their own, they finally decided to bring me.

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And it was extra special because it was just me (while Henry stayed with Kamryn). I got to wear my best Cougar gear, and Mommy even let me pick out a new barrette for my hair.

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I helped Daddy hang the Cougar flag that morning, so I insisted on getting a picture with it.

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Family picture before we head to the game. Let’s go!

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Once we got to town, we waited 45 minutes for the bus to arrive.

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I’ve been talking about riding on the bus all day long. I could barely wait for it!

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It was everything I had ever hoped for.

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When I got to the stadium, I took it all in. Butch! “Cheederleaders!” Football players! The marching band! So much fun!

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Once the game started, I hung out with Mommy for awhile.

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Then I moved down with Daddy and ate lots of popcorn. If I get to eat snacks for the entire game, then sign me up for more football games!

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It was nice to have Jeff and Jenny come to the game with us.

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Jenny helped me to stay nice and warm. I did such a great job at this game. I made it until there were only four minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Cougs won 59-21. I must be a lucky charm for them. Thanks for taking me to a great game Mom and Dad! I can’t wait for more games in the future!

It’s My Turn to Swim!

Story told by: Henry

After six months of watching my sister take swim lessons, it was finally my turn tonight! Daddy did Lainey’s swim lessons first, and then I got to hop in the pool with him.

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Daddy is a pro at swim lessons, so I knew I was in good hands.

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We started by practicing floating on our stomachs.

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I’m LOVING this!

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Then we worked on our back floats.

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Just livin’ the life.

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We practiced jumping off the wall.

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And then we sang songs with the rest of the class.

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Mommy and Lainey were cheering me on from the side of the pool. I couldn’t resist sending lots of smiles their way. I can’t wait to do this again next week!

Labor Day Weekend, 2014

Story told by: Henry

We headed to the west side of the state this weekend to see our friends, Victoria, Karl, and Addie.

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Lainey is always well-equipped with her books.

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At a pit stop in Ellensburg. Gotta look good for the ladies.

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And I suppose that Lainey looks good as well.

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We stopped for lunch at Taco Time in North Bend. These two goofballs sure keep me entertained.

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Mommy did some clothes shopping for me and Lainey in the outlet mall. We had lots of time to keep ourselves entertained. Lainey started with a sucker while I ate a delicious bottle.

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Lainey got to ride in the firetruck. I’m not sure why no one gave me the same opportunity. Second child, I guess.

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I did get my shirt stuck on my rather large head, and I found it hilarious.

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We finally made it to their house, and got right to work with playing.

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Isn’t Addie adorable?!

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On Friday night, I went to bed and slept like a champ! Rumor has it, my sister did not. This picture was taken at 1 a.m.

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After a restful night of sleep, we went to the Seattle Aquarium. We got to talk to Kevin the scuba diver.

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My sister wouldn’t cooperate for the picture (shocking), so they got a nice tuft of her hair in the frame.

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Courtney met us at the aquarium! Last time I saw her, I wasn’t feeling so great from my reflux, so I made sure to show her how happy I can be.

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Touching the starfish. (Don’t worry…it’s allowed.)

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Addie insisted on eating the eel. I don’t blame her. I wanted to do the same thing.

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Smile!

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The jellyfish were mesmerizing.

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I especially loved the octopus. I had a lot to say to him, but he kept quiet. He’s obviously not very polite.

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Lainey got an octopus on her hand. (Don’t worry Mom and Dad, I didn’t want one anyways.)

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We got to see lots of cool fish and exhibits!

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Climbing on the whale lasted for about two minutes before a time-out was needed for my sister. The crying that followed was a little ridiculous. Doesn’t she know we’re in public?

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That’s definitely the cutest shark I’ve ever seen.

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After the aquarium, we went to Red Robin. You can tell that Lainey had a blast (and that I am SO over this girl’s temper tantrums).

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After a full morning, we were asleep in the car within minutes.

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Once we got home, Lainey, Addie, and I took naps while Mommy and Victoria went to get pedicures. They also got coffee on the way home. This made them quite happy.

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After a delicious dinner of ribs (prepared expertly by Karl), we went to bed while the adults played Mexican Train. Daddy continued his streak of losing, while Karl continued his streak of winning.

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We were up early on Sunday morning, so we went out for a bike ride.

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And then it was time for pictures. Come closer, Addie.

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Does she look concerned to you?

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The only way we could get Lainey to cooperate was to bribe her with the chance to sit on the car during the pictures.

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After we took pictures, we had lunch and then we had to leave. We LOVED our time with the Campbell family. Thank you for hosting us for the weekend!

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Before we drove back across the state, we met Na Na and Ba Ba for ice cream.

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Lainey sure enjoyed her treat!

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We found some fun statues nearby.

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Ba Ba walked us back to the car. By this point, we were exhausted and slept for the first hour and a half of the trip! We behaved almost perfectly after that, and everyone made it home with smiles on their face.