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It has been about a month since we have updated, technical difficulties, but here you go.  This has been what has been keeping us busy!

We have a climber!!:: Storm Excitement:: First Y Swim Meet:: Thursday’s with Rory:: Leaves:: Snow:: Quiet time with 4 year olds:: Halloween:: Wand Making:: New Haircuts:: Cast Off!!:: Pumpkin Carving





With our blast of cold weather we had this last weekend it reminded me that I never posted our Leavenworth pictures.  So… way back in January (ahem), we spent 10 lovely days in the Cascades.  We played in the snow, made snow maple candy, drank cocoa, went cross-country skiing, went sledding, ate Bavarian sausages in the freezing cold, laughed at ridiculously silly t-shirts, played a lot of games and had a great time!  Gosh, one of these kiddos looks a little older now…

Oh and so much more… there was the collision of sled vs. Henry vs. Bapa’s back which resulted in a concussion and a scar on the bridge of Henry’s nose, the freezing sleigh ride (seriously, never been so cold ever), the awards ceremony that Henry put together for fastest sled racer, the dead van battery that needed to be jumped, the baby snuggles (that we all miss dearly now that that baby is much bigger and doesn’t just fall asleep on anyone and anywhere anymore…) and the death defying sledding on the ski hill.  We had so much fun!

sixteen months


You turned 16 months this last week.  You are ridiculously cute.  All last weekend your Dada and I couldn’t stop watching you and laughing and just taking photos of you- seriously, this age is dangerous!  So much cuteness in one person.

If I had to use just a few words to describe this last month it would be: cuteness, belly button, kisses, hugs, growling and books.

Your finger is constantly in your belly button.  It has gotten to the point that I have to put you in a onesie because your poor button is all red.  Yes, it is there, stop poking it!  But, alas, it is cute, so I guess you may continue.

You give open mouth kisses, which are the best.  You give hugs now too.  And when you don’t feel like giving kisses, you just move your cheek over so that you can receive kisses.

You growl when you see a tiger, or a lion, or a dog.  You thump your chest when we read a book with a gorilla in it.  You want to read all the books all the time.  If you do not receive a lap to sit in to read a book in the timeframe you deem appropriate, you throw books at people.

You went from just walking to now running and chasing.  It is very funny.  You still walk by picking up your legs so high and place them down again.  Again, so cute.  I am sad you no longer walk with your hands in the air.  Now you walk with them behind you like you are speed racing.

You have become quite independent, but only when you want to be.  The majority of the time you still want to be held.  Especially when I am in the kitchen trying to feed all the hungry bears in the family.  You also prefer to be outside- all the time!  We have had to deadbolt the door to the garage because you can escape when you please.  Not okay.

Kiddo, you are the one person everyone wants to be with.  Your brothers fight over who gets hold you, feed you, get you when you wake up or chase you.  You are a very lucky kiddo, even if you are constantly tackled and grabbed.  I’d still say you are lucky.

We love you more than anything Mr. T.  Keep on delighting us daily.

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Last weekend we headed to the pumpkin patch with good friends.  We had a successful visit- came home with four pumpkins and some muddy shoes.

And the rest of the week, let me just say, one year olds are exhausting.  If they are not pulling out every single item from drawers, shelves, containers, etc., then they are shoving themselves between your legs, begging to be picked up, not sleeping or throwing food on the ground.  That being said, they are ridiculously cute and you forgive them instantly, but… so… tired.

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A relatively quiet week around (there are four children in this house, so quiet is relative).  Bennett returned from camping with a sniffly nose and was not up for venturing to co-op on Monday.  By the end of the week, every child has had some version of this runny nose.  We had the best week of school yet (most productive, least resistance)!  We made erupting apples, leaf paintbrushes and wool felted Mercury and Venus for our Solar System study.  Even one handed, Bennett was able to be knife certified at Wilderness School and Rory spent his day without older brothers riding bikes and making watercolor fish (and cocoa, always cocoa).  It was a good, long, exhausting, productive week.

boys camping trip

The oldest three boys and Dada spent last weekend up at Deception Pass on their annual boys camping weekend.  Rory was invited for the first time and he may have had a bit of fun.  I mean, who wouldn’t?  Root beer?  Check.  Hot Dogs?  Check.  Sunsets?  Check.  Fries for breakfast?  Check.  I got a few pictures and I think they missed me the tiny tiniest bit.  Until next year Deception Pass, the boys will be excited to see you again!