Thursday, August 25, 2016

First Day of School 2016

School started today for the big boys at Davis. This is the first year where all 4 of our kids will be in school.
Colt is in 3rd grade and has Ms. Hafen for a teacher. He said he liked her and was excited to see his friends again.
Jax is in 1st grade and has Mrs. Schneidmiller this year (Colt had her in 1st grade) he was not at all excited about school starting but at dinner tonight when we were playing high-low he said his high was getting to go to school so I think we are off to a good start!
Off to Davis Elementary. If all goes as planned this will be the boys last year at Davis, we are hoping to have our house built by next fall and that will put them in a new school next year.
These two will start at Mustard Seed after Labor Day.
I sure love these kids!

Happy 3rd Birthday Colbi Lyn!

 Today our baby girl turns 3. Hard to believe how fast time has gone. This girl is a fire cracker, she has quite the personality and most days is pretty fun to have around. She loves her brothers,  riding her bike, playing legos, making us food and coffee in her kitchen, reading books and talking. She really really loves talking! It is amazing how many words she can say in a day.  She tries to keep up with the big boys and somehow managed to move into their bedroom about 8 months ago and never left. She insists on sleeping with them and playing with them all the time. They are for the most part very patient and kind with her but she does love to push their limits at times.
We had an early birthday party for Colbi with her cousins Evie (4) and Nora (2) at Andy and Kenzie's house. We had a pool party and the kids had fun swimming all night long!
 On her birthday we did the traditional morning birthday gifts from Dave and I along with bread dough pudding.
 She helped me make her birthday cake and cupcakes. Lemon with cream cheese frosting!
 I made pizza and salad for dinner and Papa and DiDi joined in on the fun.
Happy Birthday Colbi Lyn!
Colt made her the number 3 out of legos because she said she wanted a ninja turtle cake so the boys came up with a couple ninja turtle lego figurines for decorations.

Psalm 139:13-14 
 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

  3 year stats
Weight: 33 lbs (70%)
Height: 38.5  inches (80%)
Birthday Questions
How old are you? umm thwee (shows me 3 fingers)
What do you want for your birthday breakfast? breakfast burritos (the boys convinced her she should have bread dough though).
What is your favorite color? yellow
What is your favorite toy? baby Evan (her babysitter Sarah's son)
What is your favorite fruit?cherries
What is your favorite vegetable? carrots
What is your favorite movie? Doc McStuffins (she has never seen it!)
What is your favorite animal? pig
What is your favorite book? bible
Who is your best friend? Case
What is your favorite sport? running around
What is your favorite thing to do outside? jump rope
What do you sleep with at night? Case
What is your favorite thing to eat? begetables
What do you want to be when you grow up? princess
What is your favorite thing to do with dad? go out to lunch
 What is your favorite thing to do with mom?  go out to breakfast??

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Fun : July

July has been filled with odd weather and hot days have been a rarity around here. Usually July means 100 degree days but most of our July was filled with temps in the 80's or lower. On a few of the warmer days we spent time at the Milton Freewater pool with friends.

Jax and his best buddy Joel.
Jax's highlight of the month was getting to go to the drive-in with his buddy Joel and then his first sleepover!
We hiked the Whitman Mission one day.
My dad took all the kids to ice cream and a movie while I worked at State Farm one afternoon.
My mama and I.
Checking out the new road at our property! We have spent the last 7 months planning and gettin permits to finally have the road and bridge put in out at our property. I am excited to see the finished project and then start on our house hopefully in the spring!
These kiddos make summer more fun!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lake Jubilee Camping

 With Dave being gone all summer I was missing not doing as much with the kids. I asked my parents if they wanted to take an overnight camping trip with us to Lake Jubilee and they agreed so off we went.
 My dad and I setting up our tents.
 Getting ready to go fish.

My parents brought both their pontoon boats and these were a big hit with the kids. They spent a lot of time rowing around in them and Colt got good at rowing it himself.
Case and Colbi with DiDi.

After a day of swimming and fishing we headed back to camp for dinner. We had hotdogs and then roasted marshmallows.

The next morning we took a hike around the lake. They had a rope swing that all the boys and I did together which was fun. Colt got really brave on it and was going so high and waiting to drop until he was all the way out into the lake.

We headed home late that afternoon in time for Colt to play in his football game that night. It was a quick trip but nice to get out of the heat of Walla Walla and just enjoy time together.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fire Academy graduation

For the last 3 months Dave has been in North Bend, WA going through the firefighter academy. We have missed him but have been so proud of how hard he has worked to achieve a dream and goal that he started working towards 5 years ago. On April 12 he started his dream job with the City of Richland Fire Department. In the last 5 years he has gone back to school to earn his Fire Science degree, volunteered for 2 years at District 4 here in Walla Walla, became certified as an EMT, and received certification in Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazmat Operations. He has spent countless hours working towards this dream and as his wife I have been amazed and so very proud at how hard he has worked to make this happen.
The kids and I got to go up to North Bend for family day and watch him in action.

Today he graduated from the academy and will go back to Richland to start working as a firefighter.
Dave's parents, my parents and all of us came to support him.

I got the honor of pinning him.
We are so proud of him!