Thanksgiving, 2016

Story told by: Lainey

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with our family!

Na Na, Ba Ba, Aunt Tiffany, and Uncle Jaron arrived on Wednesday night, so we were happy to get up with them on Thanksgiving morning!

Na Na recently went to Hawaii, so she brought back some fun souvenirs.

Even though our old house stays pretty cold, this is what I wore for 70% of the day. A girl’s gotta look good!

As is our tradition, we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Uncle Jaron kept me company.

The boys helped Ba Ba and Mommy work on a Cougar puzzle.

After a relaxing morning, it was time for Mommy and Na Na to get to work on a delicious turkey dinner.

Daddy helped set the table. What a handsome daddy I have!

We’re almost ready! (Notice our tree set up in the background. We have never broken the “we don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving rule,” but we couldn’t resist this year. The tree went up three days ago, and we have no regrets!)

Carving the turkey!

Right before dinner, we got to find out the gender of Aunt Tiffany and Uncle Jaron’s baby! We’re excited to get a new cousin in April!!

We are so grateful to have a full house full of family for this Thanksgiving!

Cheers! (Poor Henry woke up throwing up last night, and did so again right after his nap today. After not having corn for six weeks, Mommy and Daddy let him try a corn tortilla and corn chips a couple of nights ago. They think his body is reacting very badly to it. Poor buddy. Food allergies are no fun!)

After all of Mommy’s hard work this guy just wanted rolls. And pie. Lots of pie.

Daddy really is very selfless. We had extra sparkling cider, so he stepped up to finish it off. What a guy!

After dinner we watched “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and Henry and Ba Ba built a “tall, tall, tall castle.”

Goofs.

Then right before bed, something VERY shocking and exciting happened!!

Here’s his message to us! When we took him out of his package, Elf was freezing cold to the touch. The North Pole must be very chilly.

Elf took his rightful spot on the shelf. I commented on how happy he must be warming up in our nice, cozy house.

After we went to bed, the adults finished the Cougar puzzle. They said this was a good omen for the Apple Cup tomorrow!

On Friday we woke up to find that the Elf was already getting into mischief. He really enjoyed some candy!

In honor of Apple Cup, Mommy made Apple Streusel Baked French Toast. It was delicious!

We wore all of our Cougar gear (we can’t take any risks, the Cougars need all the help they can get).

The adults went to the game and cheered SUPER hard for those Cougs. Unfortunately they lost in a very disheartening game. We’ll still go to a bowl game, but the Rose Bowl was REALLY calling our name. Oh, well! Maybe next year! After going home, delicious Thanksgiving leftovers helped to ease everyone’s heartache.

On Saturday morning, Ba Ba and I got some coloring in.

Ba Ba brought some rockets for us, so after everyone was ready (except for Mommy and Tiffany who stayed home to take showers), we headed over to the school field for the launch.

After a successful rocket launch, we went to see the movie “Moana” (while Mommy stayed home with Brody).

We didn’t realize we had picked the 3D time of the movie, but we decided to still go for it. It was a great movie!

In the evening we took Ba Ba and Na Na to see the lights in Lewiston.

We did so much dancing throughout the park. We were having a blast!

After the lights, we went to Fazzari’s for some delicious pizza! Na Na and Ba Ba leave tomorrow morning, but we can’t wait to see them around Christmas time! Thanks for a great visit!

My 18-Month Appointment

Story told by: Brody

I had my 18-month checkup with Dr. Mike yesterday!

My siblings were playing with friends, so I had a nice, quiet appointment with Mommy.

I loved looking at my pictures of myself on Mommy’s phone. I kept saying, “Body, Body.”

Here are my measurements:

Height: 34 1/2 inches (98th percentile) (Lainey was 34 inches, and Henry was 34 1/4 inches)

Weight: 33 pounds, 5 ounches (greater than 100th percentile) (Lainey was 25 pounds, 11 ounces, and Henry was 30 pounds, 12 ounces)

Head Circumference: 20 1/2 inches (greater than 100th percentile) (Lainey was 20 inches, and Henry was 20 1/2 inches)

It came as no surprise to Mommy (or to anyone else who has held me recently) that I’m a big guy. Mike did say that I’m looking less chubby than the last appointment.

And then Dr. Mike came in, and I had a great time with him as always.

After lots of laughing with Dr. Mike, he abandoned me to get two pokes by the nurse. Not cool, Mike. Hopefully I’ve forgiven you by the time I see you for my two-year appointment.

Family Pictures, 2016

We had the fabulous Mike Wootton of Wootton Photography of Spokane come down to Pullman to take our pictures a few weeks ago. We’re thrilled with the results!

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Fun with Grandma and Grandpa!

Story told by: Henry

We had a great last half of our trip with Grandma and Grandpa!!

On Monday morning we took Lainey to preschool.

Then while Mommy and Grandma ran errands in Moscow, Idaho, Grandpa, Brody and I went to the playground, and then wandered over to the police department. I got to sit in a police car, and then we got a tour of the department. So cool!

On Tuesday morning we went out to Dede’s farm to help feed the cows.

At first Brody wasn’t so sure he liked being this close to the cows.

I was ready to ride the cows, but Grandpa seemed to think that might not be a good idea.

One of the mommy cows had twins, and rejected one of the babies, so we got to give that calf a bottle.

Then we got to walk/drag the calf.

The calf licked my finger! It felt pretty funny.

Later that day we went on a walk to the vet with Grandma and Grandpa. We got to pet the kitty.

On the next day when Lainey went to preschool, we took Grandma and Grandpa to the science center.

After preschool we went to Old European for a yummy lunch. I tried buckwheat pancakes (which are gluten-free), and I LOVED them! It was nice for me to be able to eat something “normal.”

The next morning we made some turkeys to hang up on the walls.

We walked down to the field to fly some kites. (Can you believe it’s November and we’re not wearing coats?! We sure lucked out with the weather this week!)

Brody entertained himself by sliding down the hill.

And I mostly played in the dirt.

While we took naps (and then watched a movie with Grandpa), the girls had an afternoon of shopping!

Lucky Lainey got a giant peanut butter cookie (and a beautiful necklace from Grandma from the craft fair)!

Grandma bought Brody and I some awesome super hero costumes!

Then we headed to Fazzari’s for some of the best pizza!! I was thrilled to actually get to eat pizza. It was a gluten-free crust, and didn’t have cheese on it, but I loved it!!

I loved it so much that I ate the entire thing by myself!!

On Friday morning we went to the pool.

On Saturday Mommy and Daddy got to go on a date in the middle of the day (a rare event)!! While Mommy and Daddy were gone, we went on a date with Grandma and Grandpa to McDonald’s and the Dollar Store. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

The Cougs had a 7:30 kickoff against Cal on Saturday night. We stayed with a babysitter, and the adults went to cheer on the Cougs.

Cougs win!!! We are now first place in the Pac-12, and #20 in the nation. It’s the first time we’ve won eight straight conference games since 1930. Wow!! It’s a great day to be a Coug!

On Sunday morning we got one last picture with Grandma and Grandpa before we had to take them back to the airport. We’ll sure miss having them here, but we’re looking forward to seeing them in several weeks for Christmas!

In order to ease the sadness of Grandma and Grandpa leaving, we went to Red Robin for lunch.

And then we got to pick out a piece of chocolate.

My sister forced me in to a giant shoe for a picture.

Lainey’s day was made when we walked around the corner to find “real, live” ballerinas! They invited her up on stage to dance with them.

This girl was in heaven!! So fun!

Grandma and Grandpa Are Here!

Story told by: Lainey

We got to pick Grandma and Grandpa up at the airport last Thursday, and boy oh boy, we were counting down the days until their arrival! We love having them here!

As soon as we got home with them, Grandma pulled out some fun presents and we got right to work.

 

We went for a walk with them to go see the horse.

Then we went to the playground for a bit. (Notice my knee pads and elbow pads. Safety first!)

Then back to the house for more fun while we wait for dinner.

Books before bedtime.

I picked out a special craft to do with Grandma and Grandpa. We sat down together to do some Perler beads while the boys napped.

Grandpa helped me for over an hour!

The perfect unicorn!

On Friday evening the girls got to go to Nora and Lucy’s birthday dance party. I wore my fanciest dress!

The birthday girls!

Photo booth!

The boys got to stay home to watch a movie!

The next morning Grandma and Grandpa got to come watch Henry at gymnastics. He was beyond excited to show them his moves!

Around lunch time, all of the adults got to go to a Cougar football game! (We were a little jealous, but we got to stay with Taylor – one of our favorite babysitters ever!!)

Sweatshirts and 63 degrees in November?!?! Yes, please! And a 69-7 win over Arizona?!? Heck yes! Go Cougs!

The MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE TRIP was to watch the Trolls movie! That happened on Sunday afternoon!

I got a special Trolls snack pack (complete with a troll of my very own).

Henry is having some tummy issues right now, and his doctor wants him avoiding corn, wheat, dairy, and eggs, so Mommy packed a special treat that he could eat.

The movie crew! Brody and Daddy stayed home because Brody is just a little too wiggly for a movie, but we made sure to tell them all about how much we LOVED this. I laughed and smiled throughout most of the movie! Looking forward to another week with Grandma and Grandpa before they have to fly home!