My (Very Camera-Shy) Four-Year-Old Interview

Story told by: Lainey

I’m at somewhat of a tricky age right now where I don’t always feel like cooperating. Mommy and Daddy tried this interview a few weeks ago, and I was Miss Grumpy Pants, so they stopped the interview and made me take a nap. They tried it again a couple of days ago, and I was very camera shy. So….we’re going with the camera-shy interview. It definitely captures my shy side (which frequently appears).

Klemgard Hike

Story told by: Henry

We were thrilled when we woke up to find Daddy home this morning! After breakfast, we decided that a hike out at Klemgard Park would be a fun morning adventure.

Brody got to ride in the hiking backpack with Mommy.

Ready to go! (If you look far into the distance, you’ll see that Lainey and I don’t wait for anyone.)

The start of the 3/4-mile hike.

While it wasn’t a very long hike, it was fairly steep for the first half, which put my little (but strong) legs to the test.

We took breaks to examine things along the trail. How was I to know that in this moment I was actually examining poop? I’m a scientist at heart…I explore it all!

Brody was as happy as can be freeloading on Mommy’s back.

At the times I got too tired, I could count on Daddy to practically drag me up the hill. (I really wanted Mommy to carry me, but she seemed to feel that the 30 extra Brody pounds on her back were enough. Ridiculous excuse.)

We reached the top, and we’re on our way back down!

The end of our hike! Success!

Then we spent awhile at the playground.

And finally a picnic lunch.

A fun morning with all five of us felt great!

While Daddy’s Away, We Will Play!

Story told by: Lainey

Daddy left for a work trip to North Carolina in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday. We miss him very much, but have managed to have lots of fun (and crazy) while he’s been gone.

Just hours before Daddy was scheduled to leave, Mya’s mommy called to say that she was in labor, and asked if Mommy could come get Mya. Mommy laughed (in a crazy, maniacal sort of way), and went to pick up a fourth child to add to the chaos. This is us up bright and early on Tuesday morning having breakfast together.

Mya and I wanted matching hair styles.

Around here we build castles on the table if we don’t want Brody to knock them down.

While Mommy cleaned up breakfast dishes, I read books to the two-year-olds.

We met up with friends that morning for playtime and a picnic at Sunnyside Park.

Henry got hurt at the playground, so Mya helped to comfort him on the way home.

Henry was sad about his owie, but perked right up as soon as we got home and put on our princess dresses.

After naps for the boys (and quiet time for the girls), we went to Moscow to run an errand. While we were there, we also got coffee for Mommy and muffins for the kids!

And then after Mommy took two sips of her coffee, it was spilled all over the floor of the clothing store we were browsing. Mommy once again laughed maniacally (that’s kind of the theme of the week), and went back to purchase another coffee. (Fortunately the coffee shop worker took pity on my poor, crazed mother, and gave her a new coffee for free.)

Then it was bath time once we got home! The boys had the tub all to themselves. They loved it!

While the boys were bathing, I read books with Mya.

Then it was our turn!

That night I got the special treat of sleeping in Mommy’s bed (which NEVER happens). I loved it!

The next morning we got up and went to story time at the library.

Mya and I wanted matching hair again!

Then after a quick trip to Wal-Mart (and to get cookies, of course), Mya went back to her house to start the adventure of living with a little brother. (Good luck, Mya…you’re going to need it.)

About an hour after Mya went home, Stella and her family arrived from Spokane to stay the night with us! (Stella’s daddy is also gone for a few days, so we thought it would be fun to entertain each other.)

I love the slide!

After dinner, we taught Stella how to play Sneaky Squirrel.

Stella and I wanted to have a sleepover! She got a little nervous around midnight, and went to sleep with her Mommy, but it was fun while it lasted! (Notice my new room that’s ALL MINE! The boys are sleeping together now, and Daddy has been hard at work painting my new room. It’s a work in progress, but Daddy managed to get enough done before he left for his trip so I could sleep in there!)

After we were asleep, Mommy and Crystal had some of their friends over for a movie night. Such a fun time!

The next morning we had Nicci, Cece, and Weston over to play with us and Stella.

Nicci, Stella, and I had a pretend sleepover in my room.

There was lots of giggling in my room.

After we played for awhile, all of us packed up and headed to McDonald’s for lunch and some play time!

Our play time abruptly came to an end when we noticed a young girl had an accident. So, we packed up and headed out, and Stella and her family drove back to Spokane. Thanks for a fun visit!

Later that evening we met Hazel and her family at the park for a picnic dinner. Afterwards, we played!

Hazel’s family brought brownies for dessert. Brody’s face is an even mixture of dirt and brownies. We were FILTHY after the park, so we needed some quick baths when we got home. After that, we immediately passed out!

This morning we met the Dobbins family to go on a walk to Ferdinand’s!

Yum! I chose strawberry, and Henry chose chocolate cookie dough.

That looks like a happy customer. Now we’re just hours away from Daddy arriving home, and we can’t wait! We won’t see him until tomorrow morning, but it will be a perfect way to start our weekend!

I’m Reading!

Story told by: Lainey

A few weeks ago I told Mommy that I really wanted to learn how to “read words.” Since I can recognize most of my letters, and I’m starting to learn what sounds they make, Mommy thought we could give it a try. We bought a set of Bob Books (which introduce a few sounds/letters per book), and we’ve spent ten minutes or less per day working on it. I just finished up the third book, and I’m loving it!

Mommy is also loving it. She may have teared up a little when we started and I sounded out my first word (it’s the teacher in her…she can’t help it). I can’t wait to devour more books!

A Jaunt to Spokane

Story told by: Lainey

We decided to take a trip to Spokane to visit a couple of our friends today! (Sorry to those friends we didn’t see today….we’ll try to visit you on the next trip!)

We started by visiting Mommy’s friend, Jessica, and her kids, Myla and Owen. We spent most of the morning in their backyard.

Myla’s brother, Owen, is almost three months old. Mommy enjoyed getting to meet him for the first time.

Myla and I spent lots of time on what I declared “my castle.”

Queen of the castle!

Myla is almost two, and when you’re almost two and tired, it’s not a good combination. This temper tantrum was the last we saw of Myla. Right before we left she went to bed, and according to her mommy, slept for hours. Thanks for a fun visit!

After leaving Myla’s house, we got to go to Stella’s house. Damien (who also moved to Spokane recently) was also there! We had a yummy lunch as soon as we arrived.

Damien had to leave so his little brother could take a nap, but we stayed to hang out with Stella for a few hours.

We spent quite a bit of time outside, and when it got too hot (hence our red faces), we came inside to play.

Some quick sidewalk chalk art before we left.

The aftermath of our play date.

Mommy and Crystal got a quick picture before we left. As we left, Brody was asleep before we left their street, and Henry and I were out before we hit I-90. Fun, exciting days with lots of friends will wear you out!

The End is in Sight

Story told by: Lainey

The end of summer is near! I have less than four weeks until preschool starts, so we’re packing in as much as we possibly can into those weeks!

We had our church home group over for a BBQ.

We enjoyed the water on the hot day!

Brody enjoyed hanging out with Allison (who was one of Mommy’s third graders years ago).

Henry gobbled up the ice cream for dessert.

Henry is exercising his independence by dressing himself (quite perfectly, might I add).

We had one rainy day recently, so while Brody was taking a nap, Henry and I made some fish with Mommy. (Thanks to Aunt Jaffer for the idea!)

I was building a castle during the boys’ nap time, and then Brody woke up. I’m very patient with him (although I don’t seem to have that same patience for another little boy who lives in this house), so I wasn’t too upset when he knocked over my castle moments after this picture.

We got together with friends for April’s baby shower at the park. (Mya’s going to be a big sister any day now.)

We have lots of play dates at the park with friends. Brody and Anastasia sure have fun swinging together.

We also love having friends over to our house! Hazel and I love eating the apples off our tree (while Henry enjoys taking one bite, hiding them under the couch, and waiting for Mommy to find them days later).

I finished t-ball for the summer! We had the BEST coaches!

Mommy and I put together the team gift for the coaches.

The gift included some fun rice krispie treats (which we also served for the team snack that night).

We haven’t been able to go to the farmer’s market in awhile because we’ve been out of town, so it was fun to go and get some giant cookies!

Henry has a unique way of eating his cookie.

We ran into Mya while we were there! She got a horse for her balloon animal, and Henry got a dog.

I was thrilled to get a pig!

After the farmer’s market, we went to lunch with Micah, Riley, and Elliot.

Then while the adults finished their meals, we played on the playground in the middle of the restaurant’s courtyard. Mommy says it’s genius!!

Later that night we had the Davis family over to watch the Olympics, and Eric made some delicious ice cream sundaes for us to eat!

Every time Brody sees Mommy pull out her phone to take a picture, he stops and says, “Cheese.” Mommy has this kid trained!

We still love going to story time, and make it there almost every week. (Here we are with Ivy.)

Daddy was in Boise for work last week, so we had the privilege of going with Mommy to get the oil changed.

Snacks lasted us approximately one minute, so we had another 37 minutes to destroy the dealership.

Lainey made a sign for Daddy to greet him when he came home a few days ago. “Welcome Home Daddy.”

The next night we had a movie night to watch “Finding Nemo,” and Brody kept stealing Henry’s popcorn.

Henry wasn’t thrilled.

And then Brody stole Henry’s seat. (Henry has abused poor Brody in so many ways, so Mommy let Brody reign for once.)

Henry has had a cold, and his coughing kept him up for hours one night. Around 1 a.m. Mommy gave up and let Henry watch the iPad. He was one happy dude.

Mommy often walks into the room to find me reading to Brody.

I’m really gentle with him.

Mommy and Daddy were going out with some friends, so here we are waiting for our babysitter, Rosie, to arrive. We were VERY excited.

And Mommy and Daddy were very excited to go out with a bunch of Mommy’s teaching friends from her pre-kid life. What a great night!

After church this weekend, we met friends at the pool/splash pad.

And much of our last week has been focused on the Olympics! If we don’t have it on downstairs, we’ll watch it on the iPad! Henry is often heard yelling, “Go ‘Merica! ‘Merica!”

Doctor Appointments (Henry – 2 1/2, & Brody – 15 Months)

Story told by: Brody

I had my 15-month appointment today with Dr. Mike (and I had to drag Henry along for his 2 1/2-year appointment).

I was a little nervous when we got into the room because I remember this place, and this place has painful pokes!

But Mommy got me to smile.

Lainey was also helping to comfort me.

With all three of us in the room, things got a little crowded (especially when we all wanted to play with the same toy).

After getting our measurements taken, we played and waited for Dr. Mike to arrive.

Henry and I took turns opening the door, and laughing as Mommy came over to close it. We did this at least 20 times. (We’ve got to give her something to do, right?)

The nurse came in with our measurements, and we’re the top-of-the-chart winners! Here are my measurements for my 15-month appointment:

Height: 33 1/2 inches (greater than 98th percentile) (Henry was 33 3/4 inches and Lainey was 32 1/2 inches)

Weight: 30.12 pounds (greater than 98th percentile) (Henry was 29 pounces, 1 ounce, and Lainey was 23 pounds, 1 ounce)

Head Circumference: 20 inches (greater than 98th percentile) (Henry was 20 inches and Lainey was 19 1/2 inches)

Here are Henry’s measurement for his 2 1/2-year appointment: (The doctors just recently started having kids do a 2 1/2-year appointment, so we don’t have any of Lainey’s measurements for this age.)

Height: 37.8 inches (90th percentile)

Weight: 38.4 pounds (greater than 95th percentile)

After waiting for a few minutes, Dr. Mike came in, and I got to go first! I was a little hesitant, but I didn’t cry. I just made sure to keep my eyes on him at all times.

Dr. Mike says that I’m looking pretty good, but that it might be best to take me off whole milk and switch to 2% milk. The more I keep moving, the more some of this pudge will come off!

And then it was Henry’s turn, and he had lots of fun laughing with Dr. Mike.

Dr. Mike says Henry is solid, solid, solid! His weight is a little out of proportion with his height, but Dr. Mike says that’s because he is one muscle-filled little boy. I guess I’m going to have to beef up on my muscle if I have any chance of defending myself from my big brother. Henry also appears to have an issue with handling fructose (strawberries, watermelon, and juice are the big culprits so far), so Mommy and Daddy have to work to determine how much he can handle.

I only had to have one poke at the end of my appointment to test my iron levels, and then we were good to go! See you in a few months for my 18-month appointment!