My Last Day of Preschool

Story told by: Lainey

I can’t believe that today was my last day of preschool (until I return for my final year in the fall). I absolutely loved my teacher, Mrs. Wilson, and I couldn’t have asked for better friends in my class.

My class! Miss Stahlecker (our great helper) is on the left, and Mrs. Wilson is on the right. Mommy got to join us for our fun end-of-the-year party this morning. The theme was BUGS!!

We got to decorate bug catchers.

(Mommy may have bruised her hands punching so many holes in these Starbucks cups, but it’s all worth it for a cute preschool craft!)

We also got to decorate bug masks. I spent a lot of time on this project.

We had some delicious mud, twigs, worms, and butterflies for our snack.

Next we lined up to go on a bug hunt with our bug catchers.

Ready, set, go!

Check out my bugs!

Trying out a crown in the photo booth.

I love Mrs. Wilson! I know she likes gardening, so I picked out wind chimes to give her as an end-of-the-year present. This way she can think of me whenever she’s gardening and hears the chimes. Thanks for a great year!

Me and some of my close friends (Hazel, Nikki, and CeCe).

Henry was playing at a friend’s house during the party, so I made sure to bring a bug mask home for him. He colored it and put it on right away.

Tonight the boys stayed with a babysitter, while Mommy and Daddy came to my preschool end-of-the-year ceremony.

I couldn’t wait to show Mommy and Daddy the song my class has been working on. (I’m in the back row, second from the right.) You’ll notice that my friend, Nora, was quite proud of how loud she could sing. Great set of lungs, Nora!

After the preschool graduates were announced, we went downstairs for some yummy treats. I’m going to miss preschool, but I’m also excited for summer!

I got to go on a special date with Mommy and Daddy after our preschool ceremony for some yummy ice cream!

Summer, here I come!!

Just Mommy and Me

Story told by: Lainey

One bummer about living on the Palouse is that it’s a very transitional place, and we have close friends move away quite frequently. The positive about that, though, is that these friends give us some fun places to visit!

Mommy and I got to go on a girls-only trip to Montana to visit the Strickler family this weekend! Road trip!

It was a 5 1/2-hour drive, but we made it fun with stops for yummy food and stretch breaks.

We got there very late on Friday night, but we were up bright and early on Saturday because we don’t want to waste time sleeping. (Well, I didn’t anyways. Mommy seemed to think extra sleep might be nice, but too bad!) We got right to work on making Darcee’s famous chocolate chip cookies!

Licking the beaters with Oliver!

We had some fun time outside. We LOVED meeting Oliver’s little brother, Otis, for the first time (he’s five months old). He was sooo cute. I kept saying how much I loved his little fingers and short hair.

Oliver has some pretty cool bikes!

After naps we went to the lake near their house, and threw in about 6,000 rocks.

I also got some pretty big scratches and bruises scaling the hills by the lake, but no big deal, I’m tough (except it actually was kind of a big deal and I may have whined about my cuts for at least 24 hours).

We went to church with the Stricklers on Sunday morning, and then stayed for a yummy potluck afterwards. I didn’t want to leave Oliver and Otis, but I was also excited to see Daddy, Henry, and Brody. Mommy and I made the long drive back, and got home close to bed time. Mommy and I had so much fun getting to talk and play together. What a special weekend! Thank you to Sam, Darcee, Oliver, and Otis for hosting us. We love you guys!

My One-Year Checkup

Story told by: Brody

I had my one-year checkup today!

After I had my measurements taken by the nurse, Mommy and I hung out and waited for Dr. Mike.

Waving at that handsome dude in the mirror.

The nurse came in with my measurements.

Height: 31 1/2 inches (98th percentile) (Lainey was the same, and Henry was 31 inches)

Weight: 29 pounds, 8 ounces (100th percentile) (Henry was 26 pounds, 11 ounces, and Lainey was 21 pounds, 11 ounces)

Head Circumference: 19.8 inches (100th percentile) (Lainey and Henry were both at 19 1/4 inches)

BIG, BIG, BIG. I’m not the biggest one-year-old to ever exist (Mommy looked it up on the internet to be sure), but I’m definitely the biggest one-year-old my house has ever seen.

So big.

Dr. Mike came in and gave me lots of tickles and snuggles.

I’m a healthy boy, but Dr. Mike said that I could think about walking any time now! See you for my 15-month appointment!

Mother’s Day, 2016

Story told by: Mommy

I love the three munchkins who make me a mom! They fill my day with laughter, happiness, frustration, the desire to pull my hair out, messiness, dance parties, tickling matches, crying (mostly on their part), and the innocence thoughts of sweet children. I wouldn’t trade them for anything! After a chance to sleep in, breakfast in bed, and some nice presents, we stopped on our way to church to take a few pictures of me with these three munchkins.

We love the beautiful hills of the Palouse!

This is the only way I could get Henry to stay still for a picture.

Most of the pictures actually looked like this one. Taking pictures with three kids is no joke.

After church and naps, we spent the afternoon at a baseball game cheering on the Cougs.

But it really meant chasing the kids around.

I still wouldn’t trade these sweet kids for anything (but I sure look forward to being able to sit through a baseball game). Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers in our lives!

I’m One!

Story told by: Brody

I’m one today! Lainey told me I would wake up as a much bigger boy, but I still feel pretty much the same. Maybe I’ll grow while I sleep tonight.

We started the day by heading out to breakfast for some delicious food for the birthday boy (that’s me!).

Since I’m the easiest kid there is, I just sat with Daddy and waited patiently for my food to come.

The food finally arrived! Lainey chose pancakes.

Henry chose french toast.

And I got a waffle. Wow! It was big!

Okay, okay, I couldn’t eat all of it, so Mommy cut it into pieces for me.

Daddy’s waffle had ice cream on it! (I’m the birthday boy. Shouldn’t I have had that waffle?)

I cleaned my plate (partly by dumping it on the floor, but hey, at least it’s clean).

After breakfast, we came home so I could take a morning nap. Then it was time for presents! I “walked” on over to the presents.

After afternoon naps (which I didn’t take because I’m starting a tradition of not taking afternoon naps on my birthday), we went to Ivy and Mac’s house because their family was having their second annual summer kick-off BBQ (and how perfect that it was on my birthday?!).

Henry immediately dunked in his head in the water table.

Then he started pouring water on himself, and invited his friends to pour water on him as well. Mommy had brought his bathing suit, but this started happening before she could get the bathing suit on him.

Oh, well. At least he was happy and entertained!

Lainey put on her bathing suit and played in the sprinkler with the big kids.

Loving my birthday evening!

Chloe and I share a birthday! She is nine today!

Mommy got us a cake!

Everyone sang us “Happy Birthday.”

Then Chloe and I blew out our candles. (We actually had to pretend to blow out the candles because the wind blew the candles out for us.)

Time to eat! I didn’t really want too much cake, though. I’m clearly trying to watch my figure.

Mommy and Daddy played Cornhole, and they were the winners!

When we got home, Mommy brought me upstairs to put me to bed. One of my favorite things is giving her kisses, and she managed to capture a picture.

And then it was time for bed!

I love being one! What a great day!

My First Birthday Party

Story told by: Brody

I turn one next week, but we celebrated my birthday today at the farm with friends!

I was dressed up as the cutest farmer in Colton!

I didn’t want to leave the hat on for very long, though.

I did enjoy playing peek-a-boo with Mommy, though.

Mommy transformed our backyard into a farm (a very yummy farm)!

The yummiest cows, horses, and pigs I’ve ever seen!

Mommy put my newborn to 11-month pictures on a white picket fence.

Lainey wore her cutest cowgirl outfit for the party!

We had some cute pigs in the pig pen.

When my guests arrived, the pigs started escaping, so we needed everyone’s help to get them back in the pen.

I even managed to wrestle a pig to the ground (and I bit him to make sure he knew that I meant business).

Shortly after we had the pigs back in the pen, we learned that the chickens had escaped last night and laid eggs everywhere. We had to go help pick up all of the eggs!

Some chickens even laid eggs on the leaves of the tree. Weird.

I decided to give an egg a taste test to determine its quality.

After collecting the eggs, it was time to eat! Everyone spread out their blankets and enjoyed the yummy food.

Kids could go on hay rides when finished with their dinner.

Shortly after this picture was taken, it started raining. A lot. So, everyone pitched in and either brought food/tables/blankets/chairs/presents into the garage or into the house. It was a team effort to take down the birthday party very quickly! Fortunately the rain stopped after being inside the house for less than ten minutes, so we brought cupcakes and presents back outside.

Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me.

Lainey and Mya helped me to blow out the candle.

Then I dug right in to my cupcake.

After I demolished my cupcake, Mommy found that a lot of cupcake crumbs had fallen down my overalls, so she simply turned me upside down and let everything fall out. Perfect.

Then it was time to open presents!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so Henry showed me the ropes of opening presents.

Lainey also got in on the action.

Perfect shirt!

While I loved all of my presents, my favorite presents was the Thomas toothbrush because of the chewability of its package.

Before our guests left, Mommy had a book for them to sign.

We also had yummy “thank you” treats from Brody’s Farm.

After all of our guests had left, I went on a hay ride with my siblings around the neighborhood.

I had such a great day, and I look forward to my official birthday next weekend!!