I’m Three!!

Story told by: Henry

I’m a big three-year old today (although sometimes I think I’m turning four or five…it’s still a little confusing)!

I started out the day with Daddy making me Paw Patrol pancakes!


After breakfast I got to go to gymnastics (my favorite thing ever!!)!!

To get ready for my Paw Patrol birthday party in the afternoon, Daddy and I stopped after gymnastics to get my balloons filled up with helium. I love Paw Patrol, and I love birthdays!

Next it was time to open presents! I was so excited!

I got Rocky from Paw Patrol!

And some great shirts from G’ma and G’pa (my favorite of the shirts was Superman).

A fun movie from Grandma and Grandpa.

A book from Aunt Tiffany and Uncle Jaron.

And Paw Patrol Skye from Lainey. (This gift was all her idea, and she was SO excited for me to open it.)

The grand finale was a scooter from G’ma and G’pa! I LOVE it! Now Lainey and I don’t have to fight over the princess scooter anymore (which seemed to make Mommy extremely happy since she’s been getting a crazed look in her eyes from our fighting)!

I got some great puzzles from NaNa and BaBa, so we got to work right away on the construction puzzle.


So excited to have these Paw Patrol characters to complete my collection!

Another big hit from Mommy and Daddy was this drawing board. Our last one broke (when I jumped on it, and punctured a hole in it…oops), so I was thrilled to have a new one.

After a mandatory nap (which I didn’t appreciate very much on my birthday), it was time to head back to gymnastics for my birthday party with my friends. That’s right, gymnastics TWICE in a day sounds like the perfect birthday to me! G’ma and G’pa gave me the perfect Paw Patrol shirt to wear for my party!

We started with some quick instruction from the coaches.

Then we went down to the gym floor for some fun. Mommy and Daddy came with us since I’m the birthday boy, but the other parents got to relax while we played.

We had lots of obstacle courses to complete.

Brody went rogue and did his own thing for most of the party.

Brody did occasionally join in on the organized fun.

My favorite part was the foam pit. I was so excited to show my friends!

So many kids piled into the pit!

We ended our day with the parachute. Such a blast!

Happy Birthday to me!

After our time down on the gym floor, we went upstairs to have cupcakes and open presents! Mommy made special Paw Patrol cupcakes.

She also made me gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free Paw Patrol cupcakes.

My friends all sang “Happy Birthday” to me.

After cupcakes, I got to open some fantastic presents!

The whole crew of friends who came to my party. Thank you guys for coming! I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

My amazing ninja bandanna from Palouse Empire Gymnastics!

For the past couple of days I’ve been wavering back and forth between Southfork or McDonald’s for my birthday dinner. I eventually chose Southfork, but when we arrived, the wait was 45 minutes, so I decided that McDonald’s would be a better choice.

After we arrived at home, Mommy pulled out a very exciting Rubble (also from Paw Patrol) cake! “Mommy, Mommy! It’s dirt. Just like dirt!”

I got a little close while blowing out the candles, and may have slightly burned the end of my nose.

But that didn’t stop me from enjoying a delicious piece of cake.

What a perfect third birthday! I told Mommy and Daddy “thank you” many, many times today. I was smiling all day long because I had fun all day long. Can’t wait for all of the great things that come with being a three-year-old!

Valentine’s Day, 2017

Story told by: Lainey

In this house, we LOVE Valentine’s Day! Such a fun day to show our family and friends that we love them!

We came up with another fun heart hairstyle for the day.

I also picked out another heart shirt and heart leggings for the day. I chose Henry’s outfit as well. (I chose his outfit after being outraged when Daddy sent Brody downstairs with NO RED/PINK/PURPLE on, so I marched right upstairs to make sure the same didn’t happen for Henry.)

We started our day by having friends from church over for yummy treats and to exchange Valentines.

Mommy made Lover Muddy Buddies.

She also made chocolate-dipped pretzels. We had strawberry applesauce as well.

Enjoying our Valentine’s Day treats!

Once our friends arrived, we decorated bags to hold our Valentines.

We took breaks from decorating to eat the yummy snacks.

Unfortunately our friend, Connor, was sick, so Henry spent lots of time making him a bag so we can bring him his treats later this week.

Our finished product.

That’s a lot of beautiful bags!

After the bags were finished, we lined them up around the table so we could start delivering Valentines.

These were the Valentines I gave to our friends.

Henry gave these to our friends.

He even wrote the “H” on most of his Valentines.

And Brody gave these applesauce Valentines.

The moms had to get involved to help with the chaos.

After playing for awhile, it was time for our friends to leave. We got a group shot of the whole crew (18 in total)! Thanks for coming over for such a fun morning!

We headed out to deliver a Valentine to our neighbor, and in the process, spent time climbing the dwindling snow piles and enjoying the beautiful weather!

We also delivered a Valentine to Debbie!

And to our delight, Debbie had already put Valentine’s Day cookies in our mailbox. She’s the best!

After our deliveries, we came home to check out the fun Valentines our friends put in our bags. There were some delicious treats in there!

After naps and quiet time, I had dance class. Miss Brooke had some fun Valentine’s Day socks for us. Thanks, Miss Brooke!

While I was at dance, Mommy and the boys came home to work on our special Valentine’s dinner. While Mommy was making dinner, Brody secretly shoved candy in his mouth chipmunk style, but once it proved to be too much, he spit the candy out onto the floor. Cool, Brody.

Mommy had a beautiful table waiting for us when Daddy and I got home!

Our traditional heart-shaped meatloaf.

Pink mashed potatoes and a Shirley Temple completed our delicious meal.

Ready to eat!

After dinner, we opened our presents. We started with our gift bags from Grandma and Grandpa. My favorite thing was the tissue package. “My very own Kleenex!!!”

Brody liked his puzzle from Grandma and Grandpa.

And Henry liked his candy. (This kid was a candy monster tonight, sneaking candy whenever Mommy and Daddy looked away.)

I sure love my mommy (and she sure loves me)!

I opened a present from Mommy and Daddy, and it was the “Moana” soundtrack!

And I FINALLY got my black boots!!!!!!! After my other ones broke in November, I was convinced I was resigned to a bleak life without black boots. However, Mommy came through! With black SPARKLY boots nonetheless!

Mommy gave Daddy a mug with a quote from the other great love in his life, Jocko Willink.

After presents were done, it was time for dessert. Mommy made chocolate-covered strawberries last night.

So. Much. Sugar. Today.

The strawberries were delicious!

Brody savored his strawberry.

And covered himself in chocolate. Which seems like a perfect way to end a great Valentine’s Day. As I was going to bed, I told Mommy that this “was the BEST Valentine’s Day ever, and my boots are so perfect, and I can’t believe I have them now.” Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Heart Cafe, 2017

Story told by: Lainey

Today was the Heart Cafe for my preschool. I missed it last year since Mommy and Daddy were in Mexico, so I was excited for my first ever Heart Cafe!

I had long ago selected the perfect heart outfit for the day.

And Mommy and I picked out the perfect heart hairstyle.

I was excited to invite my entire family to the Heart Cafe (and we were joined by Eleanor’s wonderful family).

My teachers were the waitresses, so once we placed our order, we got to do a craft while we waited for our food to arrive.

The food is here!

While the rest of us ate normal food, Brody was insistent that he eat the muffin wrapper. Weirdo. (Don’t worry, Daddy got the wrapper out of his mouth just in time.)

A heart pancake!

Miss Stahlecker was our fantastic waitress!

After breakfast was complete, we went to my classroom to pass out Valentines for my friends.

I made butterfly suckers for my friends.

And my teachers got coffee cards.

We have more fun events planned for actual Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and I can’t wait!