My Dance Recital – 2019

Story told by: Lainey

I had my sixth dance recital last night!

Mommy was part of the Dance Mom Squad that helped to organize the details of being in a new venue.

First up was my tap dance!

Ivy and I have been dancing together since we were two (as have most of the girls in my class).

Dance one! I’m fourth from the right.

Next up, my lyrical dance.

This is how we save our costumes while eating dinner.

Dance two! I’m fourth from the right again.

Now back to the original costume with jazz shoes this time for our hip hop dance.

Dance three! I’m fourth from the left.

And the closing number…the father-daughter dance! This was optional, but Daddy and I knew we had to participate. We’re in the middle in the front. The BEST way to end the night!!

After all of the dancing, trophies were given out. This was the moment for which I’d been waiting. There were about ten of us given our six-year trophies, which means we’ve been with Ms. Brooke since the program started.

Ivy and I checking out our trophies. I am happy to report that it’s taller than all of my other trophies AND part of this trophy glows in the dark!

Mommy and Daddy brought me flowers.

Our class had flowers for the fantastic Ms. Brooke. We love her!

Niki and Cece both came to support me and had a special flower for me as well! They’re the best!

The boys stayed with a babysitter tonight, so I had Mommy and Daddy all to myself.

My favorite dancing partner of the night.

Kym (Mommy’s former teaching partner) also got to watch me dance!

After the recital, we went to Lumberyard for dinner, which consisted of ice cream and mozzarella sticks for me!

We found Mirabel’s and Daisy’s families there, so we got to eat and play together. A great end to another fantastic recital!

End of Preschool/Closing Ceremony

Story told by: Henry

We had our last days of preschool last week!

Mommy and Sarah helped to plan a Teddy Bear Picnic party for Thursday (Brody’s party) and Friday (my party).

Mommy had some fantastic moms come help with setup on Thursday morning!

When the kids arrived, they found a picnic blanket and first got to hear Mrs. O’Loughlin read the book, “Teddy Bear Picnic.”

Everyone got to bring their bear!

Building a bear bridge.

Brody did a sack race with his teacher, Mrs. King.

Enjoying picnic food!

Mommy with Sarah and Mrs. O’Loughlin

Miss Tietjen helped kids make teddy bear headbands.

Ring toss.

Honeycomb necklaces with Mr. Phil.

Photo booth!

Brody’s last blessing song from Mrs. King and Miss Tietjen.

He had a great year with them!

On Thursday night we had our closing program. We started at the photo booth.

Lainey made sure to wear her “Best Sister” shirt to show her support for us.

Not only was it closing program, but it was my graduation night! I am ready for kindergarten!

Time for the closing program to start!

Brody’s class went first with their song.

Then my class!

Then it was time for each of the graduates to be called up to receive our certificate and receive our words from our teachers.

The four words they picked that perfectly describe me are: adventurous, athletic, resourceful, and courageous.

All of the kids in Concordia Lutheran Preschool. We love this school!

After the ceremony, we went downstairs for lots of yummy treats.

And more photo booth fun with Emily and Kassidy, two college girls who we adore.

And a picture of the group of preschool graduates from Concordia Lutheran Church!

On Friday morning, it was time for my party and last day of preschool! Sarah and Sean were part of the setup crew that day.

We all brought our bears!

It was a rainy, drizzly day so we had the canopy set up for the reading of “Teddy Bear Picnic.”

Picnic food!

Watermelon with Weston.

Sack race with Miss Stahlecker.

Honeycomb necklaces.

Photo booth!

But moments before the photo booth, someone caught Mommy using mom spit to clean cupcake off from all over my face. So gross, Mom!

We had some activities inside for my party due to the cold, rainy day.

And time for my final blessing song ever, which made everyone cry a lot.

I love these two teachers.

Kindergarten, ready or not, here we come!

And here I am on my very first day of preschool when I was three years old, to my very last day when I am five years old. I’m looking so much older!

To end my extra special day, Mommy and I went on a date to Taco Bell. I’ve been asking to go to Taco Bell since I could speak, and today was my first day ever. I loved it! Now, on to summer!!

Mother’s Day, 2019

Story told by: Brody

We celebrated Mommy yesterday!

It started with breakfast in bed! This was then followed by lots of screaming from Henry because he was given the wrong cereal. (We wouldn’t want to give her too relaxing of a day, right?)

After the screaming mostly ended, we gave her gifts.

Here is my preschool gift for Mommy.

And my paper for Mommy.

Henry’s gift for Mommy.

And Henry’s paper for her.

Lainey’s gift from school.

We all went with Daddy over the last couple of weeks to make new coasters for Mommy at Wild at Art. I made the rainbow one on top, Daddy made the music note, Lainey made the one with Mommy’s initials, and Henry made the tree with an owl in it.

After church, we got some pictures together.

Mommy sure loves us.

After church, we changed clothes and headed to Southfork for lunch.

And then got the second Daily Grind coffees of the day! (Hey, it’s Mother’s Day…Mommy can do what she wants!)

Mommy had the great idea of hiking Kamiak Butte with us. She loves hiking. So does Daddy. And Lainey. And Henry. But NOT ME!

I required frequent breaks.

And would not stop whining. (I mean, why would she do this to me?!)

We made it to the top, but this wasn’t even halfway through the four-mile loop.

Beautiful!

I kept coming up with new complaints. “My tummy is hurting. I should probably stop and eat something.”

“I’m so tired that I’m probably going to fall asleep right now.”

“I can’t feel my legs. I can’t move.”

All of this whining really contributed to a positive two-hour hike.

Everyone else loved the long hike, though! (I don’t understand how I’m part of this hike-loving family.)

After our joyous family time together, Mommy needed a bit of a break, so she changed the evening plans. We got to eat cereal for dinner and watch a movie…

…while Mommy and Daddy got to sit outside in peace and quiet and enjoy a delicious Moscow Mule.

And Daddy grilled delicious steaks and asparagus for dinner. A perfect end to the day!

I’m Four!

Story told by: Brody

It’s my birthday! I woke up as a big four-year-old today!

I got to start my day by opening presents at 6:15 in the morning.

But first, silly faces.

My presents reflected my love for games, movies, and puzzles.

I’ve been asking for Greedy Granny and Doggie Doo since January. Mommy mostly bought them for me so she wouldn’t have to listen to me ask for them every single day.

After presents, I got to have my breakfast cereal that I picked out at the store a few days ago.

Before we left for school, we started on my new 100-piece puzzle.

Time for a fun day at school.

When I got to school, I got my very own birthday crown.

Towards the end of my school morning, Mommy brought in orange dream ice cream treats to celebrate my birthday. I helped pass them out.

Delicious!

After preschool we came home to play Greedy Granny.

And then we watched one of my new movies, “Toy Story 3.” We loved it!

For dinner I requested chocolate chip pancakes. Mommy did not disappoint!

Then we went to play on the playground and ride scooters while Lainey had baseball practice.

After we got home, we had cake. I asked for a lemonade cake, so Mommy found a yummy recipe for it.

I made a wish and blew out my candle.

I was so excited to try my cake. And then I hated it. But the rest of my family loved it, so it will definitely get eaten. I had such a special day, and I love telling everyone that I’m four!

My Fourth Birthday Party – Santa Claus

Story told by: Brody

I had my fourth birthday party today, and at my request, it was a Santa Claus theme!

We naturally had to pull out the Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations for this party.

We also had yummy snacks!

Hats for each of my friends.

Eliana was my first friend to arrive.

Once everyone arrived, we grabbed some food and went outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Mrs. O’Loughlin organized a fun game while we waited for some friends to finish their snack.

When we went inside, we each got to pick an ornament to color.

After we completed our ornament, we hung it on the tree.

Check out those beautiful ornaments!

We next danced to my favorite Christmas song that I play on repeat, “Santa Baby.”

Next up was the candy cane hunt! We could each find three candy canes.

Our loot!

After the candy cane hunt, we went inside to make a candy cane craft out of beads and pipe cleaners.

This craft got so busy that Mommy didn’t get a picture of anyone’s finished candy cane, but here is my craft in progress.

We next went outside for the red cup candy cane search. Hidden under one of these cups is a hidden candy cane. The first one to find it is the winner. Those of us in the younger group went first, and then the older group went second. Each group went twice.

Shay won for the first group.

Lily won for the second group.

Eliana won the next time.

And Desmond was our final winner.

We went inside for cupcakes, but first I got a picture with Mommy and Daddy.

Four candles on my Santa cupcake!

We took those messy cupcakes outside and gobbled them right up.

I got to open some fantastic presents from my friends.

Thank you to everyone for being so kind with your gifts!

And finally…the best part I didn’t even know was coming…SANTA ARRIVED!! I couldn’t believe it! He said he just came from the beach and wanted to stop by my party. He had a birthday present for me and candy canes for all of my friends.

We each got to take turns sitting in Santa’s lap.

We were so lucky to have Santa Claus come for a visit!

We were all very interested in where Santa was headed as he left.

We waved goodbye to him. After he left, we had a little more play time outside, and then my party was done. What a special day! And now I can’t wait for my real birthday in just a few days!

Easter Weekend

Story told by: Brody

We had a fantastic Easter weekend!

It started with preschool egg hunts on Thursday and Friday.

It was the last preschool egg hunt for Henry, Elijah, and Desmond.

On Saturday we got up bright and early to head to Kruegel Park in Pullman for the city egg hunt. (After this picture I told Mommy, “I saw two eyeballs in the bunny’s mouth. I think someone was in there.”)

Lainey and Henry came down to cheer me on in the three-year-old section since all of the younger kids go first.

Moments before the egg hunt started, Mommy heard me quietly say to myself, “I can do this. No freaking out.” And then I was off!

Success!

And of course I found Chloe and stuck to her like glue.

After my egg hunt, Lainey and Henry had their egg hunts. Lainey was in the 7-9 section, and Henry was in the 5-6 section.

They both did great!

Sorting through all of our goodies with our friends!

After the egg hunt we went to our traditional brunch at Mirabel’s house. But Mommy got zero pictures there. After brunch, we went to the Crimson and Gray Spring Game! A friend gave us tickets to sit up in the club seats, which was super awesome!

Beer isn’t sold in most of the stadium, but it is in the club seats, so Daddy loved that part!

And we got to spread out to play Memory. Mommy and Daddy wanted the Gray team, and we wanted the Crimson team. And guess what?! Crimson won!

On Easter morning, we woke up to find that the Easter Bunny had come!!

New books!

Mrs. O’Loughlin passed on to the Easter Bunny that Henry LOVES these little building toys. He saw it in his basket and said, “It’s my dream come true!”

We got some fun new floaties from Grandma and Grandpa.

Gma and Gpa sent us a couple of movies and fun activities!

Lainey got right to work on setting up the dry erase calendar from Gma and Gpa.

Next up, time for church to celebrate the true reason of Easter…Jesus is risen!!

We started with a yummy brunch at church, and I made myself right at home with Phil and Arlene.

Henry and Rowan

The next thing was the egg hunt. While waiting for it to start, Lainey let the twins sit on her lap.

Time to hunt!

I have mostly stopped smiling at the camera, and instead have started giving my mom some super weird looks.

Another weird look.

And another one.

And another one.

And another one (with Miss Kassidy…our amazing Sunday School teacher).

After a great church service, we came home to change clothes and make this delicious dessert.

Mommy found edible grass to put in the dessert!

As soon as Mommy arrived at the O’Loughlin’s house, a mimosa was put in her hand (and they just kept reappearing throughout the afternoon).

Time for yet another egg hunt! (Unfortunately Henry threw up when we got home, so he and Daddy stayed home for the first part of the afternoon. Once he rallied and started running around, he admitted to eating WAY too much candy from his Easter basket. So then they came to join once we knew it wasn’t the stomach bug. Hopefully that was a lesson learned.)

Time to hunt!

And sort through the goodies!

Papa Phil wanted our peppermint patty eggs, so we got $1 for every one we gave him.

Henry got there in time to join us in the hot tub. We were in there for a loooong time!

We would only get out for one thing…delicious food!!

Next up, the beer hunt for the guys!

The mommies hid the beer all around the yard. Mommy was extra sneaky by just holding one of the beers.

They were looking all around, and Mommy still had that beer! (They eventually found it, but it took a hint from the mommies.)

Next up, the daddies hid wine for the mommies. This is the only picture Mommy has of the wine hunt, but it’s a good one!

Success for the adults!

We are so grateful for the chance to spend Easter with this fantastic group of people. Happy Easter!

Long Weekend in Tacoma

Story told by: Henry

We got to miss a couple of days of school for a fun-filled long weekend in Tacoma!

Thursday was Daddy’s 34th birthday, so before we left the house, we gave him presents bright and early!

Daddy has been needing some new ties, so Lainey picked out some nice ones for him.

Brody wanted to get Daddy cereal, so he picked out Daddy’s favorite, Life, and his own favorite, Lucky Charms. Brody was very happy when Daddy asked if he’d like to share Lucky Charms.

Mommy got Daddy a new Kindle.

And I was really excited to give Daddy a big queen-size sleeping bag that zips together! (Mommy really likes to spread out the sleeping bags when camping, but it makes Daddy crazy because they don’t zip together. This big one will be perfect.)

Before leaving town, we went to Zoe’s for a birthday breakfast. Daddy got a free birthday espresso shot.

It was delicious!

We stopped for lunch in Ellensburg on our way to Tacoma. Mommy and Daddy made us share a drink, but that didn’t bother us one bit.

I used my fries to put birthday candles on my hamburger.

Once we got to Na Na and Ba Ba’s house, the games came out right away.

Mommy is sure grateful for the birthday boy.

Time for birthday cake!

I was pretty happy to have two scoops of ice cream on top of my cake!

On Friday morning we got up to go to the Point Defiance Zoo. It rained in the beginning, but then the sun came out to make for a beautiful day.

We brought our allowance to buy some fun things in the gift shop. I got a polar bear and a stretchy turtle, Lainey bought a penguin and an owl necklace, and Brody just wanted a sucker.

After we got home, Mommy and Daddy took off for their fun evening while we stayed with Na Na and Ba Ba. They started off with an early dinner at Cheesecake Factory.

Then they headed to Seattle for the Switchfoot concert (which was Mommy’s Christmas present to Daddy). Unfortunately the concert was in UW territory. There was waaaaayyy too much purple.

The concert was great!

And like the true old people they are, Mommy and Daddy wore earplugs. Smart!

On Saturday we drove to Aunt Janet’s house to see lots of family. We played MANY games with Carly.

Lainey did a puzzle with Boona.

This game of Rhino Hero Super Battle got pretty amazing.

But down it went!

And then I had a plank contest against Carly.

Lainey helped me win this contest. Thanks, Lainey!

The whole crew.

After we said goodbye to family, we went to the Campell’s house to stay the night. They bought a new house a year ago, so it was fun to get to check it out. We got right to work on painting nails.

Addie (5) and Lainey had lots of fun together.

Us boys had pajamas on by 2:00, and then alternated between eating and watching movies for the rest of the day.

The girls put on their fancy clothes for a tea party after dinner.

Then they did hair.

Lainey read a book to Addie.

And then it was time for a sleepover. Unfortunately Addie may have been just a little too excited, so she eventually had to be removed to her parents’ room. And Brody and I were in the same boat, so we had to be split up as well. It was  late night for everyone. We’ll try again next time!

Karl made us an AMAZING breakfast the next morning! He even bought a special pancake mix with no eggs so I could eat it.

Addie and Lainey requested matching hair, so before we left, Mommy made sure to make that happen.

After this picture, we made the relatively uneventful trip home. Thank you to everyone who hosted us in some form this weekend. It was so fun to get to see everyone!