This sweet boy turned 3 today!  Another year older and we just love him more and more.


You make us laugh every day.  You are so verbal, talking in very long, complete sentences.  You say the silliest and the smartest things.  You are keenly aware of what is going on around you and don’t miss a thing.  I love the way you talk about Emma and Mason as “my brother and my sister.”  As in, “what are my brother and my sister doing right now?”  Or, “is my brother and my sister being naughty?” For such a talkative guy at home, you are very shy everywhere else.  You don’t say a single word in the nursery at church or when someone you don’t really know tries to talk to you.


You love to follow your brother and sister around. You chase them up and down the road while they are riding their bikes.  You squirt them with squirt guns, knock over their lego creations and basically get right in the middle of whatever they are doing.  Depending on the minute, they either love this or hate this.  You love being outside.  You will play in water or dig in mud for hours.  You really love playing baseball or kicking a soccer ball.  Of all my kids you are the least afraid of the playground or park equipment and will try just about anything.

We celebrated your birthday (and your brother’s) with a family hike and picnic with the grandparents and cousins.  You were a great hiker, hiking the entire way up hill, then wanting to be carried and eventually falling asleep back downhill.  You love spicy foods, including pickled garlic and crystallized ginger.  You love all breakfast foods and hardly eat any dinner unless it’s spaghetti.

You love to look at books, listen to books, and make up your own stories. You love to snuggle with your blanket and stuffed animals.  You really are such a sweet, funny boy and we love you so much!  Happy Birthday!




at the creek

We spent the day with Nana and Grammie and Grandpa down at the creek. IMG_3039The kids had so much fun exploring, playing in the water, and having a picnic.  Emma was all about the caterpillars.  I think she found 3 different ones and spent a great deal of time playing with them.  Mason and Kona were more into the sticks and rocks.  He is starting a dam in the creek and Kona was doing her best to take out every single stick he put in.



Once Caleb warmed up to the water, we couldn’t keep him out.  He was also hamming it up for the camera.



Such a great summer day with family!

the pirate ship

This summer has been all about building the pirate ship.  It’s been the go-to answer for Mason and Emma.


Why do you need all those buckets of water?  It’s for the pirate ship.

What are all those rocks for?  It’s gold for our pirate ship.


I need my hammer, tape measure and screwdrivers.  Why?  It’s for the pirate ship. IMG_20150717_080003_hdr

We must cover everything with a layer of mud.  Oh really?  It’s for the pirate ship. To protect it from the rain. IMG_20150717_075935_hdr

I need to dig holes all over the yard.  It’s for the pirate ship.  Seriously mom. IMG_20150620_145153I have yet to see any signs of a pirate ship, but the thought of it is sure keeping them outside and busy.

right now

Just a few words before July gets away from us.  We are filling our days with so much and enjoying all this time home together.  Here’s what we’ve been loving right now:

  • letting the ducks out first thing in the morning and enjoying their antics while we watch the sun come up
  • goat milk!  I learned how to milk our neighbor’s goats and we’ve been trying all sorts of new recipes (goat cheese, ice cream, cajeta)
  • all the wildflowers
  • Mason has discovered chapter books and will read for hours at a time.  Current favorites: Boxcar Children, Magic Treehouse, Geronimo Stilton


  • garage sales, flea markets, craft fairs, and farmer’s markets (both selling and buying)
  • roasting marshmallows
  • new knitting patterns
  • Emma discovered that these overall will hold her hammer and we can’t get her out of them:
  • IMG_20150717_075917 IMG_20150717_075906sunsets
  • morning walks with a friend and evening walks with the family
  • grilling
  • visiting the library
  • and spaghetti + a one year old, which never gets old


Our first camping trip of the summer.  We met Ryan’s brother’s family just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.  The cousins had a great time playing.  Besides a day trip to the Grand Canyon we filled the days with hiking, pinecone battles, floating homemade canoes, shooting bows and arrows, playing school, and enjoying being together.  We filled the nights with s’mores, listening to Mason and Emma in the tent, watching their shadows in the lantern light and talking around the campfire.  Just about perfect.