Carving Pumpkins, 2015

Story told by: Lainey

We got to carve pumpkins last night!

Daddy started out by opening up the pumpkins.

We took turns looking inside the pumpkins, and this was the face Henry made when he saw the pumpkin guts.

I got right to working on helping to get the seeds out of the pumpkin.

And Henry got right to work on eating the guts of the pumpkin. So gross, Henry.

Intently working on cleaning my pumpkin. It has to be perfect.

Sometimes I make the greatest faces.

Henry spent time taking the seeds out of the bowl and putting them back into the pumpkins. Real helpful.

Then he explored the guts with his cars.

Daddy was almost finished cleaning out this pumpkin, so we thought climbing on him would help speed up the process.

I had a very clear vision of exactly what I wanted to do with my pumpkin. I found the pacifier, and I drew the eyes and the nose (and Daddy did the carving for me).

My pumpkin was finished first, so while Mommy and Daddy finished the other pumpkins, I took care of my baby pumpkin by walking it all over the house and wrapping it in a blanket.

After we were finished, we got to take our completed creations outside.

Henry requested an Elmo pumpkin, so Mommy did her best to make it work. Unfortunately the nose fell apart, but Mommy was able to do some repair with toothpicks.

My baby pumpkin.

Mommy’s and Daddy’s pumpkins (Daddy put the Switchfoot symbol on his pumpkin).

Brody couldn’t articulate exactly what he wanted on his pumpkin, so Daddy put the letter “B” on Brody’s pumpkin.

Only a few more days until Halloween. We can’t wait!

Hodge Podge

Story told by: Lainey

Just a hodge podge of pictures I wanted to share…

While I was in preschool one morning last week, Mommy, Henry, and Brody went for a walk. Henry ran around like the crazy kid that he is.

And Mommy strolled behind with coffee and Brody. Everyone was happy.

Mommy and I wore matching scarves that same day. We are awfully cute!

While Mommy made dinner one evening, Henry and I colored the empty diaper box.

Henry left after only a few minutes of coloring, but I finish what I start.

All done!

Home Depot trip while in Tacoma this past weekend!

We love cuddling with Daddy after naps.

And Brody and Ba Ba cuddled after their naps (while also watching football).

I excitedly pointed out to Na Na that we had matching boots to wear to church. I just couldn’t believe it!

Na Na has a Mr. Potato Head with which we love playing. I insisted Mommy put on the mustache and take a picture. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Our trips to Tacoma sure seem to wear Mommy and Daddy out, so they claim that they need lots of  coffee. (I think my non-stop talking is energizing, but they seem to disagree.)

Brody’s Baptism

Story told by: Brody

We went to Tacoma this past weekend so I could get baptized at Na Na and Ba Ba’s church! What a special morning! (Lainey and Henry were baptized at a much younger age, but better late than never, right?)

Mommy bought a special outfit for my baptism.

I felt pretty darn cute!

Lainey and Henry were there to support me (and wrinkle my clothes with lots of hugs).


Ba Ba took pictures of us when it was time to go up to the front of church. Pastor Rich gave a little speech before my baptism.


The lighting wasn’t great, so most of the pictures are blurry, but here is Pastor Rich attempting to hold my giant self with one hand while baptizing me with the other hand. It was a challenge, but he made it happen. I’m so grateful for this symbol of membership in God’s family!