First Year of Cubbies Completed!

Story told by: Lainey

I finished my first year in Cubbies with AWANA tonight!

Tonight my family got to come to award night. We started by leading everyone in a few worship songs.

Then it was time for awards. As I received my award, the audience was told that I said 42 Bible verses this year. Pretty cool!

After everyone received their awards, I proudly showed Mommy my award and goody bag.

I completed the “A” on my Cubbies vest this year, and next year I’ll complete the “C.”

Taking a picture with my wonderful leader, Ms. Deb. She told Mommy that my verses are spot-on every week.

When we got home, I got to eat a popsicle that I picked out earlier this week as my reward for finishing my Cubbies book. It was delicious! (Henry didn’t get to eat one because every time Mommy and Daddy turned around after award night, Henry was shoving cookies/brownies from the dessert table into his mouth.)

I’ll leave you with a couple of videos Daddy took of the Cubbies leading worship last week (although we were missing quite a few kids). The first song, “Making Melodies,” is my absolute favorite!!

Home Group Olympics, 2016

Story told by: Lainey

It’s been three years since our last Home Group Olympics! Despite having to shuffle our plans around due to rain on Saturday, we had a successful Olympics yesterday!

Daddy set out our hula hoops to welcome the athletes.

Once the teams arrived, they got together to decide on their assigned events.

Olympic parade down to the park. Derrick is holding his team’s baton…they were The Cat Teasers. We also had Professional Power Plungers (with a plunger for a baton) and The Long-Necked Giraffes (with a giraffe noisemaker for a baton).

Procession into the park (with the Olympic music playing, of course).

Daddy started by meeting with the team captains to discuss the rules.

Answering final questions, and…Let the games begin!

The teams had to first blow up a balloon, and then…

…pop it between their backs.

Sharpshooter. You must throw five cheeto balls and get it to stick on your partner’s face (which is covered in shaving cream).

Running.

Iron Stomach. Eat a can of spam and drink prune juice from a baby bottle.

Crab walk.

Ready, Aim, Fire. Javelin throw with a pool noodle.

Picture Perfect. Put together a puzzle without the picture.

Andy came to cheer on Angela/yell at her to go faster.

Leap frog (often with help from the adults).

Jumping over Lana.

tebahpla Style. Dress up and say the alphabet backwards.

Henry spent lots of time on Daddy’s shoulders (mostly out of necessity to keep him from dismantling every activity).

Watch your step. The ground is lava. Move to and from the cone using only these two boards.

The toddlers went to work on the puzzles after this event was completed.

Jack and Jill. Use the water guns to fill up your team’s bucket.

Tripod. Three-legged race.

Tongue-Tied. Eat a fruit roll-up without using your hands.

Account Balance. Balance a penny on a spoon while racing around the cone.

Locomotion. This involved five members of each team, and each team member had to travel to and from the cone in a different way.

I ran as quick as lightning.

Allison chose to use her skills as a gymnast to travel down the field.

Two heads are better than one. With a balloon between your heads, travel to and from the cone with a partner.

Take a Deep Breath. Travel to and from the cone with a balloon between your legs (without using your hands).

Winter Games. Unwrap a frozen t-shirt and put it on. (Mommy and Daddy may have frozen these a little too much yet again. Oops.)

King Tut. Make a mummy out of toilet paper.

Wheelbarrow race.

Squeeze Me. Empty an entire tube of toothpaste into a cup.

Back-breaking work. Final event was to build a pyramid! The Professional Power Plungers were the winners!

Second place goes to The Cat Teasers!

And third place goes to our home group, The Long-Necked Giraffes!

After cleaning up and walking back to our house, we presented our team captains with their trophies. (A bronze cup, a silver bowling trophy, and a golden candle stick.)

The winning team also received gold medals.

No Home Group Olympics would be complete without a yummy BBQ!

We all spread out in our backyard to eat yummy food, play on our playground, and play yard games.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with our crazy games with a smile on your face. We had a blast!

Petroglyphs!

Story told by: Lainey

We went on an adventure this afternoon to check out the Buffalo Eddy, Nez Perce National Historic Park on the Snake River. (We were supposed to take our naps in the car. Being the show-off perfect child that he is, Brody complied. I’m not big on taking naps these days, and Henry naturally fell asleep five minutes before we arrived.)

While Mommy put on our sunscreen we checked out our surroundings.

Okay, we’re ready to hit the trail!

But first, a family selfie. (Brody seems to really enjoy his position on Daddy’s back.)

We stopped to check out the signs along the way.

I loved running down the trail.

Henry loved attempting to throw himself (and some rocks) off the edge into the water.

We found our first petroglyph!

Learning about how the petroglyphs are thousands of years old. (Time doesn’t mean much to me, so I spent most of our hike trying to find the “really old people who drew those drawings.”)

Yet another great Robinson family photo.

It was really neat to see these drawings.

We climbed down the trail and the rocks to get near the water.

I decided to leave my mark on the area by writing my name in the sand.

I was a very strong climber!

Henry did a little bit of rock climbing…

…but he was most interested in playing in the sand/spreading sand in his hair/flinging sand into Mommy’s eyes.

He also wiped it all over his face. (Mommy’s favorite part was hearing him crunch the sand in between his teeth. Yum.)

Daddy, Brody, and I climbed way out to what we deemed the summit of the rocks. Go us!

After playing for quite awhile, we hiked back up to the top, and took the trail back to the car. On our way back I mentioned to Mommy that this was, “really boring because I didn’t get to meet the picture drawers.” Mommy said she was happy that she could set up such a fun afternoon for me.

Before starting our drive, we had some quick snacks.

Brody was happy to break free from the ergo!

Before we went home, Mommy and Daddy surprised us with one last stop — ice cream!

The ice cream shop made a mistake, and accidentally brought Daddy the biggest hot fudge sundae EVER!!

What?! There seems to be a bit of a size difference.

Brody happily ate Mommy’s water cup.

Henry really enjoyed his ice cream (and also seemed to enjoy covering himself, the tables, and the walls in ice cream as well).

Daddy did it! (We never had any doubt.) What a perfect end to a partially boring and partially fun day!

Painting, Parks, and Pretty Cute Kids!

Story told by: Lainey

We had a wonderful week with this wonderful weather!

Brody and his buddy, Axel, are as cute as can be together!

Watching the big kids on the playground.

Some cute laughs out of this kid after bath time one night. (Now that we’ve had lots of nice weather, we also get baths EVERY night because we are covered in dirt!)

We did a fun craft to make cherry blossom trees. It was easy as could be with just q-tips and paint!

The finished product!

One of our favorite things to do is to walk to the skate park, and then run, climb, and jump all over the place. It’s great because there aren’t as many tall drop-offs like on some park play structures (which Henry has taken running leaps off of), and there isn’t as much bark or rocks for Brody to eat. We took  Cleopatra and her sister there last week!

On our walk back to our car we collected treasures.

We found a ladybug!

Since we’re always on the go, Brody rarely gets a morning nap at home. Thank goodness this kid is so mellow, and takes a nap whenever and wherever!

We typically take it easy for a couple of hours in the afternoon so the boys can sleep. One afternoon I helped Mommy make some cookies.

I have a favorite ingredient!

After dinner that evening, this was Henry’s reaction to learning that he wouldn’t be getting a second cookie.

While grocery shopping one day, we picked up some new Batman sunglasses for Henry.

He LOVES them!

Here’s to hoping we don’t have to hear him scream anymore about the sun in his eyes.

This week is Spring Break, which means no preschool. Since Ivy is in Monday, Wednesday, Friday preschool and I’m on Tuesday, Thursday, we can finally spend some time together this week!

We played inside for a bit, but we couldn’t resist heading outside to play!

Here’s why we need baths every night.

When hanging out at home in the afternoons, we love bike rides (Henry gives up on his bike halfway around the block, and just starts running).

Climbing up high!

I was brave enough to go down the pole all by myself!

Hanging out on the monkey bars.

Mommy tried to convince Henry to race, but he just wasn’t feelin’ it.

It’s been 75 degrees, so we broke out the sandals!

This kid needs to learn to walk! Mommy doesn’t want to have a crawler this summer, so she’s been trying to encourage him to walk.

Even though he isn’t walking, Brody is sure doing some other cute things!

Spring Weather!

Story told by: Henry

Over the last few days, some beautiful weather has finally arrived! We love it!

This is a block from our house! We love walking down the street to find the horse, and then play at the school playground across the street.

We love meeting friends at the park. Lainey was a good swing pusher for Brody.

While Lainey and Brody have fun with the swings, I’m over by the merry-go-round rolling in mud and jumping in puddles. Mommy learned that I will ALWAYS need a change of clothes when we go to the park.

I eventually came over to join in the swing fun, but I only lasted for about one minute. You can’t restrain me for long!!

After swinging and playing on the playground, we went with our friends to feed the ducks. I was handed a piece of bread, and I immediately ate it. Oh, that was for the ducks? You should have told me that.

While we play at our house, Brody crawls around and finds things to eat off the ground.

Mommy and Daddy bought a new balance bike for me, so now I can join Lainey on a bike ride! This was my first time on the bike. It’s really common for kids to walk with the bike at first, but I’m sure I’ll be sitting on the seat and riding in no time.

I wanted to try Lainey’s bike for a little bit, so she tried to help me.

I didn’t want her help.

Can you find me on the ground?

Nothing like eating some delicious chalk.

Mommy didn’t want to cook dinner a couple of days ago. Since the weather was beautiful, we took pizza to the park. Perfect!

In each of these pictures, I’m focused on my true love —- food.

Brody can only eat so many leaves before Daddy just decides to carry him around for a bit.

Lainey had another fun morning of soccer.

Daddy spent most of the weekend working in the yard. He’s a champ!

Brody’s favorite thing recently has been waving.

So while Lainey and I ran around the yard, Brody sat in one spot waving at Mommy. What a goofy kid!