Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The little guys

Kai insisted he needed a firehouse.


For all the My Little Ponies... I've got a couple "bronies" over here, and I couldn't be happier about it!


We're working on writing, and he's been enjoying writing the same sentence on anything he can get his hands on. ("Abi and Malachi see Jeeves the dog.") Also, I love how he sits!


This dog is so patient with Kai!


Abi has been struggling with sleep lately. Hoping for more teeth soon.


She got into the jar of massage oil we use on the kids' feet at bedtime, and drenched her hair with it. (Not fun to clean up, but she smelled great!)


Her Halloween costume is pretty much done! Just needs a cutie mark. It's nice to still have one who isn't picky about their costume.


Because washing dishes definitely calls for chocolate popsicles.


Playing house with a friend's nursery toy. See that thing Abi is carrying around?


Here's the "thing" up close. My mom made this doll for me when I was little. She's been a bit over loved... Abi loves her as much as I did, so i decided it was time for a little plastic surgery.


Here she is now! New face, hair, and legs. Had to patch a few holes on her arms and re-sew her head into her body, but I tried to keep as much of the original doll as possible, while updating her.


Abi seems happy with the result. (She still just carries the doll around by the hair.)


Kai went on his first field trip! He loved getting to go to the Fall Festival with his classmates.


His classmates... And Abi...


Taking a preschool class photo is nearly impossible! This was as good as we could get.


Don't worry, the big boys still exist. They were working hard on quarter final projects and such, so they didn't do much after school besides homework, chores, and collapsing in front of the tv. We're all enjoying their Fall Break, so maybe I'll get a couple pictures of them for my next post.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

It's Fall

The weather went from summer to autumn overnight Friday into Saturday. Now it's cold and wet. We planted a couple new grape vines and moved a pear tree yesterday. I'm hoping they like the rain!
We've moved into autumn mode over here too; sick kids is the norm now. Last week, Jon threw up, so he missed church. This week, it's Kai. The Primary program is coming up, and they keep missing practices. Hopefully, we've worked with them enough that they don't feel super nervous with their parts. Isaac is singing a solo this year, and this is Kai's first program, so I'm sure there will be some butterflies no matter how much we practice. They're awesome dudes though, and I know they'll be great!
I had to post this picture of Abi because this is quintessentially her. She's got all her shiny stuff (the puppies on her shirt are glittery, in addition to the necklaces she put on, and the sequined ears on the headband), she has her favorite pink blanket, and is dipping Veggie Straws into half an avocado. (Not pictured, but she decided to really walk this week! Not sure wether to be super excited or super terrified.)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Things I Missed

I feel like the last month and a half was just a blur. School started for all the boys (totally didn't get a first day of school photo of Kai, because we were almost late), Uncle Greg and a troop of 5 kids came to visit (Arwen and Caedmon were included in that 5), we went to Casper, had multiple birthdays, and all got sick. Oh, and Abi hasn't slept longer than a 3 hour stretch since we got back from Casper...
So, I missed posting some things, since I was just trying to stay as caught up as possible. Here they are:

Abi's birthday cake


We celebrated a few days late, which meant we caught Grandma Sue's birthday too.


How Abi felt about the cake:


After a bath, she was slightly more enthusiastic about opening presents.


First day of school for the big guys!


These two like to camp out together, just outside the bathroom door while I'm in there.


Abi helped make sure the tent was totally flat.


She did great in the drive up to Casper. (We won't mention how she did on the 12 hours back...)

Kai needed a sweatshirt. And a Halloween costume. Two birds with one stone!


My kids love the lavender. And they happened to be dressed up. And the lighting was awesome.


Kai prefers the dandelions.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Kai Turned Four!

So... We were too busy camping on Kai's birthday to get any pictures. We went up to Casper to see the eclipse, which just happened to be Kai's birthday weekend. AND our trip up to Wyoming overlapped our cousins' drive from Yellowstone to Mount Rushmore, so we had Aaron, Gabriella, Grandma Sue, Uncle Scott, Aunt Julie, our family, Jeeves, and a few hundred other campers to hang out with. Other campers even caught on and serenaded our little guy with "Happy Birthday." I don't think I've ever seen him smile so big!
I had made Minecraft themed cake pops to take in the cooler, and we got some freeze dried ice cream. That was enough for a birthday party. (I remembered birthday candles, but forgot matches. Luckily, hundreds of other people were camping right next to us...)
Kai is small but mighty! He still wears 2T pants, but he's incredibly bold, and will talk anyone's ear off. He loves any activity where he can run, climb, jump, swing, or dance. He's fiercely protective of his little sister, and adores his older brothers. His favorite color is green, but he's red-green colorblind, so I haven't figured out if he actually likes green or just a certain shade of brown... He passed his food challenge for fish (no more Epi-pen!), but still hates salmon. He'll eat it if bribed with mint chocolate chip ice cream though!
Kai is the only kiddo in his Primary class, which he prefers, because he gets his teacher all to himself. He's super excited to start preschool and meet new friends though. (And has requested to go by "Malachi" instead of just "Kai" while he's at school.)
We love our little angel!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Birthday Photos

I decided to try taking Abi's birthday photos myself. I learned a lot... But I think they came out pretty well in spite of my noob-ness. It helps to have an awesome subject!