Saturday, June 11, 2016


 This girl turned SEVEN last weekend.  Hard to believe how quickly time passes.  This girl LOVES being with people - she is incredibly social and would rather spend time with friends than just about anything.  This year she's worked hard at piano and swimming - and has put in some time playing basketball (but team sports are more about socializing than effort for her at this point :)).  

She also says she loves science - and actually seems to enjoy her math homework.  By the end of they year she was zipping through her homework packets in about 5 minutes.  Seriously - we wouldn't believe her that she was done but she always was!  And she has taken to reading chapter books - favorites being some fairy series she gets at the library and Nancy Clancy (an older Fancy Nancy who solves mysteries!).  She also enjoys Lulu books and was given some Clementine and Treasures from Grandma's Attic for her birthday that she'll hopefully get into soon.

This is also *probably* the last year with her front two baby teeth.  She seems to have inherited her father's mouth - the dentist is starting to get concerned that her top front teeth aren't falling out b/c the adult teeth don't have room to push them out.  Lets just say there is some serious dental work in her future....but for now, I'm enjoying the young smile!

Silver Falls 2016

 We took advantage of some very mild weather (after being in the 90's last weekend - YIKES) and took the girls to Silver Falls for a hike.  We brought the BOB along - and did use it some, but Heidi was a trooper on our ~4 mile hike to the upper and lower South Falls.  And I was surprised we got by with only one snack break!!  Looking forward to more hiking with these two (especially if the weather stays like this!!).  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sprinkler Fun with Emma

 The girls had fun teaching Emma-bean how to run through a sprinkler tonight! We've got a few crazy ones around here!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rainy Day Walk

 Heidi and I were on our own this afternoon.  It was too wet to go play at any of the local parks so I took her to a 'walking park' where we could walk around a little lake.  She loved chasing the ducks, seeing the geese (including a rather large gosling that was loosing its fluffy baby feathers), seeing baby ducks and exploring with her umbrella.  We had a good time - until her little legs got tired - then we did some funny dances to get back to the car - going to have to work on her endurance to do some hiking this summer!

Spring Lilies

 Heidi told me yesterday she wanted to wear her pink dress to church and then take pictures with the pretty flowers.  For all her excitement she wasn't so into the pictures - and the sun was actually out shining (briefly!) but I did get a few (and Allison jumped in, too, but they insisted on NOT doing a picture together - silly girls!)

Sunday, May 15, 2016


This girl.  She loves to clean.  Seriously.  She even was giving cleaning supplies for Christmas and her birthday.  And she loves them.  And uses them.  She was very enthusiastic on Saturday about her chores.  I caught her taking out the trash.  By herself!  Oh, and if you could have heard the fit she threw when she realized Allison got to clean the bathroom while she was napping.  Seriously, this girl is kinda crazy.  In a good way!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bike Girl

 This girl keeps us entertained.  She went through the house to get her bike in the garage, brought it back through the house and out to the back yard to ride on it.  She isn't supposed to ride without a helmet but we were so humored by her determination she might have gotten away with it this once (plus she couldn't really go very fast on the grass! :))