Summer is Winding Down

Story told by: Lainey

We’re down to just a couple weeks left of summer! Unfortunately we’ve had a very bad wildfire season, so the smoke in our area is quite bad. This has somewhat limited our outdoor activity, but we’re finding ways to entertain ourselves.

I love painting! I could do this all day.

Henry doesn’t exactly feel the same way.

Poor kid. It was pretty mean of Mommy to make him do a craft. She’s the worst.

Henry has reached a difficult age that requires timeout. A lot of timeouts. And since he won’t stay there on his own, Mommy spends a lot of her day like this.

We had a short break from the smoke, and it was perfectly timed with Lentil Festival! I tried the Lentil Chili, and I loved it so much that I decided to save some for later.

The firefighters gave us some neat hats!

I tested out a fun gymnastics course.

Henry even gave it a try, but he insisted on walking down the ramp. Whatever floats your boat, Henry.

I’m still trying to get the hang of these Otter Pops. There was so much deliciousness, but I couldn’t quite get to it!

Giddy up!

I found Mya at the Lentil Festival, and she let me push her in the swing.

We woke up the next morning to go to the Lentil Festival Parade, but were very disappointed to find that the smoke had returned. Since young kids aren’t supposed to be in the smoke, we decided to go to the mall. Although I was disappointed at first about missing the parade, I quickly realized that it was okay because I LOVE shopping!

You won’t believe the cute dresses that I bought!

Since we were very well behaved through the mall, we got a cookie treat.

Sometimes you just have to use two hands to eat a cookie.

“Is there something on my face?”

Later that day we had a girls’ trip to the grocery store! I got to pick out a few gummy worms to eat on the way home.

Two treats in one day?! Mommy must be losing her mind (but that’s okay with me).

Our neighbor, Tony, has been fighting wildfires, which is an exhausting and dangerous job. He came home recently, so I wanted to bring him cookies to thank him for all of his hard work.

Brody is getting so big! What a cute guy!

We’ve been having friends over for play dates to prevent us from going too stir crazy inside! My friend, Aesy, and I built some amazing towers out of blocks.

I’ll leave you with a cute video of Brody. He loves pat-a-cake right now. When Mommy attempts this while we’re awake, though, it’s nearly impossible with all of us fighting to do pat-a-cake for him at the same time. This video was taken while Henry and I were sound asleep!

My 18-Month Appointment

Story told by: Henry

I had a great 18-month appointment today!

When I arrived, I had my measurements taken. While we waited for the nurse to bring in my stats, I got right to work with climbing and exploring.

After two minutes of climbing and exploring, I entertained Brody by giving him a hug. (Yep, this is how I hug him. I lay my head on him. Everyone does that, right?)

The nurse brought in my measurements…

Height: 34 1/4 inches (95th percentile) – (Lainey was 34 inches)

Weight: 30 pounds, 12 ounces (100th percentile) – (Lainey was 25 pounds, 11 ounces)

Head Circumference: 20 1/2 inches (100th percentile) – (Lainey was 20 inches)

After the nurse brought in my measurements, we had to wait a very long time because Dr. Mike was running behind. No worries, though! I kept myself busy.

While Mommy was feeding Brody, I took apart the diaper bag.

What granola bar? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Oops. I dropped the granola bar in the drawer.

Maybe I can scale this cabinet to get to the granola bar.

Nope, that didn’t work. Mom, please help.

Next up was climbing in the stroller.

That was fun until I got stuck. Mom, please help.

Meanwhile, Brody happily hung out. Like always.

Back up on the chairs. I was trying to jump back and forth between the chairs, but I fell in between the chairs and got stuck. (Mommy didn’t get any pictures of this because I was screaming and she needed to help me.)

And I FINALLY wore Mommy down enough that she let me play with this germ-infested toy. She seemed happy that I actually sat down for more than two minutes.

After patiently waiting like the sweet, angelic boy that I am, Dr. Mike arrived! I was very nervous when he came into the room. (Dr. Mike says this nervousness is very normal for the 18-month appointment because we’re very smart and remember that this office is associated with shots.) After checking me out, Dr. Mike says that I’m a big, but healthy boy! I got one quick shot, but was quickly appeased by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker. See you for my two-year appointment!

Robinson Campout, 2015

Story told by: Lainey

For the past few summers, we’ve met Daddy’s side of the family to go camping. There are four new babies in the family this year, so we decided to camp out in Grandma Jackie’s backyard in Renton to make things a little easier for everyone! Daddy’s cousin, Carrie, gave up her rooms in the house so we could stay there for the weekend. Thank you!

When we got there on Friday (after a long drive), Olive and Brody got to know each other.

What a cute girl!

Ba Ba and Na Na arrived shortly after us. I couldn’t wait to climb into Ba Ba’s lap!

Aunt Tina made all of the kids some amazing camping pillows!

She even put each child’s name on the back of the pillows. Thank you so much Aunt Tina!

Henry’s pillow.

Brody’s pillow.

We had group meals, and different families were in charge of the various meals. We had some great food!

On Friday night, Grandma Jackie read a book to me. It was nice to get some quiet time with her away from the large group!

On Saturday morning we got out the airplane to fly down the hill.

Henry just wanted to touch it, and I threw it straight into the ground, but Lucy and Stevie were getting pretty good at getting the plane to fly.

Henry had fun chasing Jackson around.

And throwing the balls for Ladder Ball.

And hanging out with Daddy.

Carrie got all of the new babies coordinating outfits to wear! We attempted a group picture. Lyle started by sucking on Brody’s hand. Brody didn’t seem amused.

From left to right we have: Sadie (3 weeks), Lyle (6 months), Brody (3 months), and Olive (7 months). Lots of new additions to the family!

Not everyone was thrilled at every moment.

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Later that morning, a group of us went to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium! (Other groups went biking to get milkshakes or rafting on the river.)

I couldn’t wait to explore the zoo with Na Na! All week I’ve been talking about what I would like to see/do at the zoo…1) See a unicorn, 2) Ride a unicorn, 3) See a mermaid, and 4) Become a mermaid in order to swim with the penguins. I don’t think that’s asking for a lot.

Henry was excited as well!

We first had to stop to have lunch. Henry gobbled up his cookie for dessert!

We started with the walruses! Those guys were big.

Brody hung out with Daddy.

We could go underground to see the otters, seals, and walruses swimming. Henry wasn’t too sure what he thought of all of this.

He was happy to stay in Mommy’s arms.

I was so glad that Molly came to the zoo (and brought her mommy, Kara, and baby sister, Sadie).

Henry was also happy to check things out with Ba Ba.

Jackson is just a few months older than Henry, so they had fun entertaining one another.

Daddy’s cousin, Annika, came to the zoo with us, and was amazing at helping! She was always there to hold a hand, chase down a child, or keep someone happy. We couldn’t have done this trip without her!

We were also so glad to have Na Na and Ba Ba to help us explore the zoo. Na Na was great about getting Henry out of the stroller to explore!

Zoo selfie with most of the zoo crew!

I found the penguins, but there weren’t any mermaids nearby. Oh well, I was still pretty thrilled to see penguins.

Henry was most excited by the water features in each animal’s habitat. He kept screaming, “Wa wa” as loud as he could.

When we came across the elephants, I was shocked by their size. I said, “Mommy, that’s a HUGE elephant.”

The babies of the group were very well behaved, and timed their feedings together. Well done, guys!

The last stop at the zoo was the carousel! It wasn’t a unicorn, but it was pretty darn close. I was so excited!

Henry wasn’t as excited, though. As soon as the ride started, he started screaming.

Henry screamed for several rotations, but once Daddy took him off the horse, he was fine. I don’t understand why he didn’t like it because I had a blast!

We had seven kids at the zoo, and I was the oldest! All of the parents seemed very grateful to have the extra adult helpers!

When we got back to Grandma Jackie’s house, we had time to play. Brody was all smiles with Ba Ba.

They set up the bouncy house, and Lucy and I had a blast with the slide.

Annika and Mommy competed against Daddy and Ba Ba in Ladder Ball. The girls gave it a valiant effort, but they lost by ten points. Good try!

There was lots of trampoline time, but we had to wait until the big kids got off because it got a little crazy with them.

Right after I went to bed, they started a campfire and roasted s’mores. Not fair.

On Sunday morning, we had a worship service in the backyard.

We had a kids vs. adults song. The kids CLEARLY won.

Since we had to leave right after the worship service, Mommy woke Brody up so he could eat during the service. He didn’t seem thrilled with this.

Cuddling outside with Na Na for church? Yes, please!

Ba Ba gave a little devotional.

Before we left, we took a picture of all of the great grandkids with Grandma Jackie. There are 14 great grandkids, and half of us are three years old or younger. We sure keep all of the adults busy!

Robinson Great Grandkids

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The Robinsons (with the star of the show up front of course).

Extended Robinson Family

The entire group. We’ve got to stop adding babies because this group is growing at an alarming rate.

Molly and I loved our matching dresses! When Mommy asked me what my favorite thing was about the weekend, I said, “Molly.” I sure wish we lived closer to her because we had a blast together!

On our drive home, we stopped for a picnic in Ellensburg. Daddy demonstrated the proper way to eat a Fruit by the Foot. I have so much to learn from him.

We also learned that Henry loves plums. What a goof!

Brody cried/screamed for the last 90 minutes of the drive, and Henry chimed in frequently as well, but we made it home safe and sound. I’m already looking forward to our Robinson weekend next summer!

Soaking Up Every Moment of Summer!

Story told by: Brody

Just like always, summer is keeping us busy, busy, busy!

I’m starting to sit up in my Bumbo (or my “Dumbo” as Lainey likes to call it).

Mommy has to shove my thighs down in the Bumbo to get them to fit. When she pulls me out of my seat, the whole thing comes with me.

I never get a moment’s rest in this house.

I could really use some eyes in the back of my head because there is always someone waiting for me. Always.

I think Henry might actually be insane. He gets at least one bloody nose a week from climbing/running/falling. The remnants of this bloody nose remain after he ran at full speed into our front door. On purpose. (He has no clothes in this picture because his clothes were covered in blood.)

This bloody nose came about ten minutes after he cut his chin open while climbing on a toy.

I don’t believe in lining up my naps with my brother and sister. Mommy wants me to sleep, but I insist on being awake because it’s the ONLY time my house is quiet.

I don’t mean to brag, but I am seriously the most chill and relaxed baby. It is very rare that I cry.

Whenever I’m bored, I love starting at light fixtures and ceiling fans. I’ll often have a conversation with them.

Lainey and Henry love getting outside whenever possible. (I love it, too, because it wears them out. Thank goodness.)

Running bases, but Henry seems to be a little lost.

While Lainey and Henry ran around with Daddy, I chilled in the stroller and talked to Mommy.

Can’t wait until I can join this line!

Lainey is getting pretty good at climbing the caterpillar (but Daddy stayed near just in case).

Lainey has been loving having her hair french braided.

And the garden is starting to grow like crazy. All of this basil made lots of pesto!

Mommy and Daddy’s friends, Jessica and Jason, came down from Spokane to visit. They brought their daughter, Myla, with them, and had dinner with us. Things were so busy, though, that this is the only picture we got. At least I look adorable in it!

We recently had a family movie night watching “Frozen.” Lainey has seen it a million times, but it was Henry’s first time. He’s danced to the soundtrack with Lainey so many times, though, that he was in awe of the music being put to animation!

Lainey loves coloring, and has been improving on staying in the lines!

We love meeting friends for walks. One day we met Brooke, Lucy, and Nora for a walk to the park. Brooke got in some snuggle time with me before we started our walk!

Cheese!

These girls have been friends since they were only a few months old.

Here they are last summer. Look at how much they grew in one year!

On to the park (while I happily slept in the stroller)!

I was happily sitting in the stroller, minding my own business until everyone realized I was awake. Oh, joy.

Henry was a crazy man on the playground. He was all over the place!

Henry was so dirty after this park trip that Mommy had to give him a bath when we got home (while I patiently waited like a perfect angel for my bottle).

Our power went out for eight hours today because of a power pole that caught on fire. It was also 100 degrees today, so with no fans or window AC units, our house got HOT. By dinner time we just had to get out of there, so we met Daddy for dinner at Southfork, and then we went to explore the stadium.

Lainey recognized the letter “A” as a letter in her name.

Running 100 yards. Daddy hopes that both Henry and I will be playing football on this field in college. It would be amazing!!!

No one really cooperated for this picture. (I need to point out, though, that I was happily sleeping in the ergo and behaving perfectly.)

Beautiful end to a fun evening. And by the time we got home, the power was back on. Thank goodness!

634 Miles of Fun!

Story told by: Henry

We got to go to Na Na and Ba Ba’s house in Tacoma last weekend!

We left after work on Friday. We drove, and drove, and drove, and drove.

Lainey happily took to the drive by taking a nap.

And so did Brody.

I, on the other hand, wasn’t going to accept it, so in order to express my feelings, I screamed for the first two hours of the trip. That’ll show ’em.

Since we have a preschooler who needs frequent bathroom stops, a baby who needs to eat frequently, and a toddler (that’s me) who felt the need to express his feelings quite strongly, we made LOTS of stops along the way. At one stop Mommy had to feed Brody, so Lainey and I got out to run around a bit.

My pajama pants were a little long on me, so in order to keep them from getting dirty, I got to run around in just my diaper. It was a freeing experience!

Lots of farm equipment along our drive!

After some more screaming, several more stops, and many more miles, we made it to Na Na and Ba Ba’s house at 1:30 a.m. It was a late night for us, but we fell asleep a few hours before we arrived, so we were fairly rested, and ready to start the day nice and early the next day. I just know that Mommy and Daddy were thrilled to see us as the sun was rising!

Na Na got in lots of cuddle time with Brody.

Lainey helped pick green beans out of the garden. (Lainey was thrilled with this new dress that Na Na got for her. This girl is obsessed with dresses.)

I tried one of the green beans. Not too bad!

On Saturday afternoon, Mommy and Brody drove up north for Courtney’s bridal shower. She is getting married in February, and Mommy is so, so, so excited for her!

Since Courtney lives in Colorado, this was her first time getting to meet Brody. She loved on him a lot (as did all of the other lucky ladies at the party). He was the party entertainment!

Mommy saw some college friends who she hadn’t seen in years. She laughed so much, and absolutely loved seeing these ladies! (Out of the six friends in this picture, four of them lived on the same dorm floor with Mommy their freshman year.)

Mommy can’t wait for Courtney’s wedding in CANCUN!!! in February.

While Mommy and Brody were at the bridal shower, we played in the brand new pool that Na Na bought for us to use while we’re there! Look at how big this thing is!

We sure had fun! (Look at that crazy Lainey!)

We love reading books with Na Na, so we made sure to spend time doing that before bed.

On Sunday morning we woke up to go to Michelle’s house for breakfast (and Claire and Mya joined us there). Michelle doesn’t have any kids, so we made sure to show her how fun and relaxing Sunday mornings are with kids!

Everyone found it quite humorous that Claire (six-months old) and Brody (two-months old) are a very similar size.

This girl is ADORABLE!

Michelle had a wonderful spread for breakfast, but we added to it with some amazing (and huge) doughnuts. I ate at least one of these by myself.

After breakfast, Lainey chased the doggy around. A lot. This dog might not find Sunday mornings with kids as relaxing either.

The beautiful ladies of the group (who also happen to be more college friends). What a fun weekend for mommy! Thank you, Michelle, for opening your home up for a crazy crew of kids!

After breakfast, we had to make a much-needed stop by Target. (We don’t have a Target where we live, so this trip was worthy of documenting with this photo.)

Before we drove home that afternoon, we went back to Na Na and Ba Ba’s house for lunch and naps. Lainey helped Ba Ba set up the speaker to his computer. I’m sure she was invaluable help.

While I napped, so did Ba Ba.

And so did Daddy. Like father, like son, like grandson.

Before we got on the road, Lainey wanted some time with Brody. He looks okay with this arrangement at first…

…until he realizes who is holding him. I don’t blame him for being scared. He should be.

Thank you to Na Na and Ba Ba for letting us come for a great weekend! On the trip home there was a lot less crying, and fewer stops! We made it home by 11, and Mommy and Daddy were asleep by midnight. Here’s to doing this trip again in two weeks!