Ending Winter with a Bang!

Story told by: Henry

Today is the last day of winter! We’re so excited for spring!

I ended up in the ER last week for a big gash on my chin. I wasn’t listening to Daddy (because what does he know?) when he said, “Stop messing around or you’ll hurt yourself” while he was brushing my teeth. I fell off the stool and hit my chin on the corner of the bathroom counter.

Mommy rushed home from Bible study to take me to the ER. Thank goodness for the iPad to keep me entertained because I hadn’t napped all day and we were there until 10:30 p.m. The cut was deep, but due to clean margins, I was able to get it glued shut. Hopefully I don’t have to go back to the ER for awhile. (For everyone who knows me, they know it’s a miracle it took me three years to land in the ER.)

Here I am the next day modeling Daddy’s glasses, and showing off part of the scar on my chin.

The snow is almost completely gone, so we endure the chilly temperatures and wind to get out to stomp in puddles.

When we do find snow, we make sure to stop to enjoy it.

And smash it on the ground.

We went to see Pullman High School’s performance of “Cinderella.” Lainey dressed up in her princess dress, and not to be outdone, I chose my super hero costume.

After the show was over, Lainey got a picture with Cinderella.

And then we got to ride in the pumpkin!! So cool! (Since I don’t understand what it means to move slowly and carefully, I almost broke the pumpkin two times. They obviously didn’t understand that I’m a super hero and they had nothing to worry about.)

Hazel was there as well, so she got a pumpkin ride with us. (It helps when your daddy is close friends with the director of the musical.)

Mommy had a fun night out with friends celebrating Alissa (in the plaid shirt) and baby boy number three. We can’t wait to meet him!

Lainey has been working on riding her bike with Daddy. She gets frustrated pretty quickly because she wants to be perfect at it NOW, so this will be a good lesson in perseverance.

We have lots of super heroes in our house at all times.

Up, up, and away!

Mommy’s turned 32 last week, so some friends organized a kid-free coffee the morning of her birthday. We had fun playing with the babysitter, and the mommies enjoyed hot coffee, as well as finishing their thoughts and conversations.

Before picking up the kids, the mommies received a frantic text from Alissa (who had gone home ahead of them) about mutilated salamanders in her driveway (probably dropped by a bird). They went to help her out because nobody wanted a very pregnant Alissa cleaning them up, and somehow Mommy volunteered to clean them up ON HER BIRTHDAY. Mommy’s happy face does not do justice to how horrible this was. But, she got it done (with Jamie holding the trash bag in which to deposit the body parts), and it will be a great birthday story to share some day.

We’ve had some very rainy days lately, so we get creative with ways to get out our energy.

We do lots of dancing. And spinning. And I don’t care who I take out in the process.

Mommy registered Lainey for kindergarten last week. Lainey is very excited (and “just a tiny bit nervous”).

Oliver and Otis (and their mommy, Darcee) were in Spokane with their daddy for a work conference, so they came down to Pullman to visit us for the day. We went to the science center, ate lunch at Cougar Country, and played at our house for awhile. We LOVED seeing them!

Mommy and Lainey took a trip up to Spokane for the day yesterday. They went shopping, ate at Red Robin, and went to a tea party at Stella’s house before they move to South Carolina next week.

And today, Mirabel had her birthday party to see the new “Beauty and the Beast.” Lainey and Ivy were all smiles at the end of the movie!

I’m Five Years Old!

Story told by: Lainey

I’m FINALLY five years old! I’ve been waiting for this day because now (according to myself) I’m officially a big girl!

When I woke up, I found a note waiting for me. (Notice that I’m already dressed. It’s because I picked out the perfect birthday outfit last night and had it waiting for me this morning.)

It was the start of a scavenger hunt! The first note took me to the potty (where I could also conveniently go to the bathroom).

I got to follow lots more clues around the house.

And then I was taken to my BIG gift!!

A BIG GIRL BIKE!!!! I have been asking Mommy for a big girl bike for the past couple of months, and I love it!! This bike was from G’ma, G’pa, Mommy, and Daddy….a group effort! And it has everything I wanted…a basket, a bell, and handle streamers. So perfect!

Since it’s snowing outside, I spent a few minutes (with Daddy’s help) riding it around the house.

I can’t wait to get outside and learn how to use a bike with pedals!

After getting ready, we took one last picture before heading out to celebrate my birthday at preschool.

We stopped at the store to pick up doughnuts for my class. (I was given the choice between cupcakes and doughnuts, and doughnuts were the clear winner.)

Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me, and I blew out my candle before the song was even finished (sometimes you just get so excited you can’t control it).

The boys got to stay to eat a treat. (Hoping they would blend in, Mommy tried to leave them there after the treat, but the preschool teachers caught her just in time. Darn it.)

My favorite event at preschool (and the one I’ve been talking about forever) is picking a prize out of the birthday box. I chose a pink Care Bear!

Mommy and the boys left, but Mrs. O’Loughlin got a few more pictures of my morning. In this picture I have a lady bug crawling on my arm.

We got to release our lady bugs and then observe what they did. So fun!

After preschool we got to meet Daddy at South Fork for lunch!

I chose burgers and fries for lunch. Yum!

Since I was the birthday girl, I got a free dessert, so I chose the giant brownie and ice cream. Yummmmmm!

I couldn’t eat all of it, but I did my best to put a dent in it (and then Daddy took over for the rest).

After getting home, Mommy and I had a special movie date on the couch to watch “Moana.”

Then it was time for presents!!

Mommy and Daddy gave me some new outfits for dance. Grandma and Grandpa gave me a PJ set for my American Girl Wellie Wishers doll. The matching pair of PJs for me is on back order, but they should arrive in a couple of weeks!

Grandma and Grandpa also gave me some new dolls for my doll house, as well as a playground set to sit near the doll house. Henry and I had a blast with them!

I requested pizza for dinner, so Mommy made it happen!

For my cake, I requested a lemon blueberry cake with pink cream cheese frosting.

Making my wish…

…and blowing out the candles.

Yummy, yummy, yummy!

To end the night, I went to AWANA and had fun running around with my friends. Such a great birthday! Can’t wait to see what being a big five-year-old brings this year!

My Fifth Birthday Party (Mermaids!!)

Story told by: Lainey

When Mommy asked me what I wanted the theme of my fifth birthday party to be, I knew right away that it had to be mermaids! I got to invite some of my closest girlfriends over for a fun afternoon.

I had the perfect mermaid outfit to wear for the party.

We transformed our house into the sea!

We also had fun mermaid-related food!

Instead of cupcakes, we decided to do pudding cups that looked like the beach.

Before my friends arrived I got a picture with Mommy and Daddy.

Stella and her Mommy drove down from Spokane early so that we would have to time to visit (and so that Stella’s mommy could help put up decorations). We got to test out the photo booth ahead of time.

We were also food-sneaking mermaids hiding under the table.

When my friends arrived we filled up our plates with mermaid food.

The coral was very sour, and even though it appeared to cause Henry discomfort, he insisted on continuing to eat it (and then asked for more). Weird kid.

Then my friends and I had fun with the photo booth.

After pictures, we had a freeze dance party!

Then we got to work on some fun mermaid crafts.

We got to color mermaid magnets.

We got to make mermaid necklaces (and thank goodness for a few extra adults who stayed to help with this craft).

Na Na gets to be here for my birthday party weekend, and I’ve loved having her here!

Modeling my necklace.

Henry worked extra hard at beading his necklace.

Mirabel requested a picture as well so she could model her necklace.

There were mermaids into which we could scratch designs.

And the final craft station had some fun mermaid coloring sheets.

After crafts we got to play Pin the Flower on the Mermaid.

That’s my purple flower on there! I did really well! (By the way, I colored that mermaid and I’m very proud of it. I spent a lot of time on the details.)

The finished product. We had fun cheering each other on!

After that game we got to sing “Happy Birthday” to me.

Henry couldn’t have the pudding, so he got one of his special cupcakes with an umbrella.

Brody finally woke up from his nap, so he got to hang out with Na Na.

And time for my favorite part….presents!!!

A picture with my great group of friends who came to celebrate with me! Thank you so much for a wonderful party!!

I’m also so glad that Na Na got to be here to celebrate with me!

While we waited for parents to arrive we played one final game.

We ended the party with the release of the balloons and a dance party. I had such an amazing time. I later told Daddy that “this was my favorite and best party I’ve ever had!”

Preschool Art Show, 2017

Story told by: Lainey

Tonight was my preschool art show where I got to show my family some of the amazing art I’ve made this year!

I wore one of my nicest dresses so I looked like a professional artist.

I walked around with Mommy and Daddy to show them my work.

Mommy’s favorite thing about this picture are the giant belly buttons.

When Mommy asked how I chose the titles for my pictures, I told her that those were just some of my favorite names. Obviously.

This one was my favorite!

Henry kept asking when it would be his turn to do the art show. Next year, buddy!

After showing off my art, we sat down for a snack.

Mrs. O’Loughlin came over to talk to us for awhile. I adore her!

Henry also requested a picture with Mrs. O’Loughlin. We just found out that Henry will get a spot in the Tuesday/Thursday class in the fall with Mrs. O’Loughlin, and HE CAN’T WAIT!!

After a snack, we had some craft time.

Caterpillars!

Such a fun night! I love this preschool!!