Combines and Wheat

Story told by: Brody

The fantastic Lenssen family offered to have us join them for the last day of harvesting wheat! We happily jumped at the chance!

I’ve been working pretty hard on potty training the last week, so as soon as I arrived, out comes the potty. A man has to do what a man has to do.

Henry was the first one to get to ride in the combine, and he really wanted to go with Grant.

There they go, hand in hand.

While Henry was driving in the combine, we got to play in the truck filled with wheat!

Allison and Lainey had lots of fun together in the wheat!

I wasn’t so sure about it at first, though. I mean, come on. It’s kind of like a sand box, but it’s super high off the ground, it can drive, and it randomly gets filled by a giant combine. It’s a little suspicious.

Here’s Henry! Back from harvesting!

Next up – Lainey and Allison!

Henry got to have a turn in the wheat!

Here come Lainey and Allison!

Filling up the truck with their hard work.

Nora and Lana were there as well, so while they went out in the combine, we continued to explore all parts of the truck.

And I even got brave enough to enjoy playing in the wheat.

Then Mommy and I got to go in the combine! I was super excited about it!

Dwayne was a pretty good combine driver, but if you ask me, he didn’t give me quite as much control of it as I’d hoped.

A family picture on the combine! Thanks to Dwayne for taking us all on rides!

And thanks to Angela for inviting us! We adore your family!

Daddy got to go out on one last ride with Lainey and Henry again. Here they come over the hill.

Once we got home, Mommy and Daddy discovered the stash I’d tried to hide in my diaper. Darn. Oh, well! It was still such a fun morning!

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August Bucket List

Story told by: Lainey

On August 1st we realized we were in our last month of summer! Wow! We sat down with Mommy to make a bucket list of our top eight things we wanted to do to maximize the fun for our last month.

We just completed our list last night, so here’s pictures from our activities!

1. Ferdinand’s for Ice Cream

Nothing beats this ice cream!

2. Splash Pad/Pool

We got to go to the splash pad with Cleopatra and Anastasia!

3. Family Bike Ride

Daddy carried the boys in the bike carrier. Henry is a champ at riding his bike, but if we ever stop, he has trouble starting again, so we figured we’d get a better ride in this way.

I rode eight miles all by myself!

Water break!

Mommy and I (the “Mommy Team” as I named us) spent most of the time racing the boys.

It was dollar cup night at our local frozen yogurt place, so after our bike ride, Mommy and Daddy let us fill up our cups with frozen yogurt and toppings! AND THEN THEY LET US EAT IT FOR DINNER!!! We couldn’t believe it!

4. Play Date at Kreugel Park

We met several friends at Kreugel Park!

Hazel, Cleopatra, and I all lost our first tooth within a week of each other. (And as I’m typing this, I’ve already lost my second tooth!)

We had a picnic lunch with the crew of friends.

And then I ended our time there by getting stuck in a tree. Oops. I may have been a little overconfident about my climbing abilities.

5. Play Date at Reaney Park

After church one day, we met the Dobbins family at the park. This is the only picture Mommy got because she was too busy talking, but we had a fun picnic and fun play time!

6. Water Balloon Fight

This bucket list item is probably the one for which we were most excited! Mommy ordered these cool balloons that fill up and seal in 60 seconds. Genius!

Then we decided we wanted to surprise Daddy when he got home from work.

Here we are….armed and ready.

We got Daddy pretty soaked!

Mission complete!

7. Moscow Water Park (but ended up being the Clarkston water park)

We were going to do the Moscow water park, but the weather was hotter in Clarkston, so we thought it made better water park weather!

This is my “I’m a shark swimming through the water” face. And if you look closely, you can see my two missing teeth!

And you’ll never believe it!! I was just barely tall enough to ride the big slide! I couldn’t believe it!!

I went all by myself and I LOVED it!

After the slides, we spent the rest of our time in the wave pool. I ended up loving the wave pool even more than the slide!

8. Pizza/Concert in the Park

We met Daddy after work to eat pizza and listen to music in the park!

Mommy was thrilled she didn’t have to cook, and we were thrilled to be eating pizza!

We finished our bucket list! Now there’s only one day until my back-to-school night, six days until my kindergarten assessment, and eight days until my first day of school! Bring on kindergarten!!!

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Wallowa Lake Camping, 2017

Story told by: Brody

We had our final camping trip of the summer at Wallowa Lake State Park in eastern Oregon this past weekend! The Campbells drove over seven hours to join us!

When we first arrived, Daddy worked on putting up the tent while we got to work on exploring the site.

Once the Campbells arrived, Addie and Lainey jumped on their bikes right away!

Mommy got to hold Baylen while the Campbells got their car unloaded. Such a cute kid!

Lainey and Henry enjoyed walking Baylen up and down the street.

Karl made delicious steak and hot dogs for dinner!

I ate my hot dog in no time at all!

I quickly showed Mommy and Daddy that it was going to be one dirty weekend.

We were THRILLED to find out that we could have a fire the first night (when we didn’t think we’d be able to have any fires at all). A burn ban was going into effect at 12:01 a.m., so we made sure to use up most of our s’more supplies on the first night.

My favorite s’more was one with a peanut butter cup!

The adults stayed up way too late talking around the campfire the night before, so when I woke them up at 5:10 a.m., they first made coffee, and then Daddy got to work on bacon and eggs!

Sleepy-eyed Mommy got in some snuggles with Henry over breakfast.

After breakfast Lainey found some sticks to build a house.

We went to check out the playground, and Baylen loved the swing!

Checking out a large deer that walked into the playground. I had no fear and was ready to walk up to ride on the deer, but Daddy wouldn’t let me. He’s no fun.

Ready to walk into town to explore!

We ADORE this family!

Turns out these two can occasionally get along.

Our first stop was for some giant ice cream cones!

But first I had to throw a loud (and very public) temper tantrum.

Okay, now we can eat.

Mommy and Victoria got their coffee, and all is right with the world.

The Campbells found a place for Addie to take a short pony ride. She loved it!

While she did that, Daddy and Henry went on a go kart ride!

Henry was very serious the whole time, but he LOVED it!

I REALLY wanted to go, so Mommy and I went together while Daddy and Lainey went together. As soon as I got buckled in, I threw a fit because I wasn’t with Daddy (even though I was previously given a choice). I should be able to change my mind at a moment’s notice, but Mommy didn’t seem to agree.

As soon as we started going, though, I loved it!!

There go Daddy and Lainey in the Wonder Woman car (which is exactly the car Lainey wanted)! I had fun waving to Daddy and Lainey when we’d see them on the track. They passed us once, but Mommy vowed to speed up after that.

After go karts, we walked back to the campsite.

Baylen didn’t make it for the walk home.

Baylen, Addie, and I took naps while Lainey and Henry got to play for a bit.

The adults really wanted to play Mexican Train, so they let Lainey and Henry do quiet time in the car.

They partially destroyed the car, but the adults were able to play five rounds, so it was totally worth it!

After naps, we put sunscreen on to head down to the lake. And then I immediately rolled in dirt.

It was pretty cold water!

Lainey and Addie were the craziest of the crew! They went pretty far out in the water.

We played for about 20 minutes, and then it started raining just a tiny bit, so we started packing up to head back to the site. Big bummer!

Daddy ran ahead of us to put up the canopy, and thank goodness he did, because by the time we arrived, it was pouring! Then, as we went inside our tent to get dressed, it started hailing!

We stayed under the canopy playing games and coloring through the worst of the storm.

Once the rain slowed to a drizzle, we put on our rain coats and went exploring.

Henry was one dangerous kid with this giant stick.

Daddy and Mommy made tacos for dinner. Yum!

We went on a rainy hike to get out some energy before bed.

Henry hurt his back on that log, but still tried to pose for the “I’m so strong I made it to the top” picture.

After we went to bed, the adults finished their game of Mexican Train.

Mommy was the winner! And, after an initial surge, Daddy fell behind into his yearly Mexican Train place.

On Sunday morning, we woke up to lots of rain. And mud. We were getting so wet, and limiting Mommy’s ability to help Daddy pack up quickly, that we got strapped into our car seats and got to watch a couple of shows on the iPad.

Karl helped Daddy pack up the tent. Since everything was soaking wet, Daddy was going to have to unpack everything once we go home so it could dry. That means they just rolled the tent up in a tarp, and shoved it in the car. Good to go!

One final picture before heading home! Such a fun weekend with some of our favorite people!

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The Tooth Fairy Visits My House!

Story told by: Lainey

My two bottom teeth have been wiggly for awhile now! But in the last few days, one of them has gotten especially wiggly.

We tried to get it out with floss tied to a door yesterday, but it didn’t work.

After we got home from the grocery store, I convinced Mommy to give it a try with a rubber band. We hooked it around my tooth, Mommy pulled on it, and out came my tooth!!

I was SO excited I could barely stand it! I had to call Daddy, Na Na, Grandma, Grandpa, and Gma to tell them the big news!

I ran upstairs as soon as the phone calls were done so I could put the tooth in my tooth fairy pillow.

I love that my pillow has a strap I can use to hang it on the corner of my bed. This means the tooth fairy won’t have to disturb me in the middle of the night! I was very excited when I went to bed last night! (I did struggle a little with not being able to suck my thumb, though. Daddy told me that now that I have adult teeth on the way, sucking my thumb at night has to stop so my adult teeth will be healthy. I listened to him, but I had a bit of a rough night with this.)

I was up extra early to check my pillow! The tooth fairy came!!!!

She gave me two very special dollar coins, and the teeniest tiniest note I’ve ever seen. It makes sense that her writing was so small since she’s a tiny fairy.

During breakfast this morning I asked Daddy to help me find some information about the tooth fairy. We looked on the internet and found out that the tooth fairy is from France, and that her name is Angelika Green Leaf. Hopefully Angelika gets to come back soon when I lose my other loose tooth!

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Our Irregular Regular Weekend

Story told by: Lainey

I wouldn’t normally write a blog about a regular ol’ weekend, but what made it so amazing was that we weren’t traveling for the first time in eight weekends!! It was a regular weekend, which is what made it so irregular!

On Friday afternoon we went with Mommy to meet some friends at the pool.

After playing with them for awhile, we had a picnic in the park. Then Mommy and Daddy had a date night at home with Chinese food and a movie. Perfect!

On Saturday morning Mommy and I got to have a girls’ trip to Spokane for school shopping! We started with drinks from Daily Grind for the trip.

Our first store was Target!

I got goofy when trying on some clothes.

Mommy knows that the best pencils are Ticonderogas.

Red Robin for lunch (mostly because I wanted the free balloon at the end of the meal)!

Then the mall for even more shopping! (I was a little miffed when we also had to get some clothes for the boys, but I guess they deserve clothes as well.)

I got to take a spin on the quarter rides.

Mommy let me pick whatever I wanted for my snack, so this cinnamon roll was an easy choice!

I had never been into Claire’s before, so I was in awe when we walked in.

I got a unicorn wand and a little stuffed unicorn. On our way home, I told Mommy that it was such a special day. (And Mommy may have enjoyed our one-on-one time quite a bit since she’s been a little emotional over me going to kindergarten in just a few weeks.)

While we were having our fun day, the boys were having their own special day. Daddy took the boys out on a bike ride in the morning.

Then they played boxing on the Wii.

The boys went to get pizza for lunch, and then went to watch the Cougar football practice in Lewiston. We’re all getting excited for football season!

Daddy said the boys were content to watch football practice for over an hour, but since it was 100 degrees, they needed a cool treat afterwards.

It was a perfect day for the boys!

On Sunday we went to the park for a picnic after church with the Dobbins family.

On Sunday late afternoon, Mommy and Daddy poured a glass of sangria and let us run around naked.

We were happy, and Mommy and Daddy were happy! Doesn’t get much better than that.

Then we pulled out the sled, and since Mommy and Daddy couldn’t possibly imagine anything going wrong with it, they let us go down the slide.

Daddy made a beautiful beer can chicken for dinner. Such a perfect irregular regular weekend!

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Billings Trip (Part Three)

Story told by: Lainey

On Thursday evening we went to check out a local chocolate shop recommended by a friend, but unfortunately they were closed.

Fortunately right across the street was a fun Children’s Museum, so we were able to make the best of our trip downtown.

Mommy, Grandma, and Daddy challenged each other to build the arch without any help.

It’s actually fairly tricky.

Daddy did it first!

Next up was Grandma.

Not sure her arch would stand up in a wind storm, but we’ll give it to her.

Mommy went next, and just as she was about to fit in the final piece, in comes Brody.

Brody eventually brought it back to Mommy, so Mommy was able to complete the arch as well!

We went to dinner, and Daddy had his typical restaurant experience: beer and a whining Brody.

Daddy also had a GIANT sandwich, and he loved it!

Since the chocolate shop was closed, we checked out another recommended candy store after dinner. Look at this place!! It was insane!

Mommy let us pick out five different kinds of candy. Henry picked his out right away!

After purchasing their candy, Henry and Brody sat down to enjoy it while I continued my careful selection.

My all-time favorite candies at the store were these gummy lambs. It fits perfectly with my dream of being a lamb farmer!

Enjoying my treats!

I took this picture of Mommy and the awesome candle Grandma bought for her.

Henry didn’t want to be left out, so here’s his picture he took of Mommy.

The adults played games every night. Mommy was reminded of how much she despises Phase 10 (mostly just the impossible round with two sets of four), but they enjoyed Euchre and Rummikub on the other nights.

We loved the sugary cereal we got from Grandma and Grandpa each morning! Cookie cereal for breakfast?! Yes, please!

On our last full day in Billings, we went fishing. Grandma and Grandpa bought some fun fishing poles for us!

Brody told Daddy that he wanted to do it on his own.

So Daddy turned his back on Brody. And then Brody threw his fishing pole into the lake.

Grandpa asked me if I wanted to put a worm on my own hook, but I most definitely passed on that.

But I was happy once the worm was in the water.

Henry was surprisingly patient with sitting and waiting.

After only about ten minutes, I caught a fish!!

I later declared this one of my favorite moments of the whole trip, but you can tell from the look on my face that I was NOT touching that fish (and I didn’t really even want to be near it).

We fished for another hour, but that was the only fish I caught. Henry didn’t catch any fish, but he still really enjoyed it, though!

During Brody’s nap time we went golfing with Grandma and Grandpa.

Then we took Grandpa down to show him the river.

We had one last dinner out at the Montana Brewing Company. Lainey colored with Grandpa.

Henry colored with Grandma.

Meanwhile Brody was fascinated with the TV, and he wasn’t screaming, so everyone just let him be.

Check out this amazing pretzel appetizer!

When you’re out with Grandma and Grandpa, you get dessert! So good!

Henry licked his plate clean.

Once we got home from the restaurant, we rode the campground bikes, and then went to the KOA store to pick out a toy. Such a perfect last night!

After saying sad goodbyes to Grandma and Grandpa on Saturday morning we started the 10-hour drive home (it ended up taking us about 13 hours). About two hours into the drive, Henry got gum stuck in his hair. We didn’t get it out until the next day when Mommy used peanut butter and a comb.

At our lunch stop, I drew some princesses.

This was one of multiple coffee stops.

The highlight of the trip home was finding this Rwandan coffee at a coffee shop. It brings Daddy back to when he spent a summer in Rwanda during college. So fun!

Overall, it was such a great week! Mommy and Daddy are still recovering from the exhaustion, but all of us kids have bounced right back. Can’t wait to see Grandma and Grandpa at Thanksgiving!

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Billings Trip (Part Two)

Story told by: Lainey

On Wednesday morning, Grandpa got to break free from the hospital! Grandpa thought it was just Grandma picking him up, but we were hiding in the parking lot for a surprise!

Our next stop was to get coffee at Mommy’s most favorite, newly-discovered Montana coffee shop…City Brew Coffee! Their cold brew is awesome, and you get a free refill during the day. Mommy loves nothing more than free coffee!

Even though Grandpa had just gotten out of the hospital an hour before, he wanted to come watch us play at a local park. He sat in the shade and cheered us on!

We went out for a yummy lunch after playing hard at the park.

Brody is such a delightful two-year-old lately that he threw a big fit in the restaurant, so he and Mommy ended up outside while he worked through his issues.

When he calmed down and they rejoined the rest of us, Mommy had a delicious Moscow Mule waiting for her!

Brody has been napping in Grandma and Grandpa’s bed, and he put his arms behind his head every day. So cute!

Watching an afternoon show while Brody naps.

We spent the afternoon at a local splash pad!

It took us a little bit to start enjoying ourselves, but we eventually came around to it.

After dinner we found out a country artist named Stephanie Quayle was singing in the KOA, so we took the sidewalk chalk down to color and listen to her concert!

Our hard work!

On Thursday morning we went to Zoo Montana. Grandpa wasn’t fully recovered, so he rested while we spent some time out in the hot, hot weather.

We got to see a wolverine.

Unfortunately most of the animals were either sleeping or had exhibits under construction.

Sad, sad kids.

But we did perk up when we came to the zoo playground.

We found a scary bear on our way out of the zoo.

While Brody napped that afternoon, we went to the pool.

I made up lots of games to play with Grandma in the pool.

Ice cream after swimming! I could get used to ice cream for a snack every day!

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Billings Trip (Part One)

Story told by: Lainey

We got to meet Grandma and Grandpa in Billings, Montana for a week! What a blast!

We left last Friday after Daddy got done with work, and drove a few hours to camp in St. Regis, Montana. We got up early the next morning, had a quick breakfast of muffins and bananas, and got back on the road.

A couple hours into our drive on Saturday, Henry threw up everywhere. I got some on me, it went over the seat onto Mommy’s back, covered Henry, and filled Mommy’s diaper bag that was sitting below Henry’s feet. He had been complaining about his tummy hurting since the previous night, but Mommy and Daddy thought he just ate something with egg in it. Turns out the poor guy wasn’t feeling well. After a side-of-the-highway clean-up, we continued on our way, and thank goodness, no more throwing up for Henry!

After a long day of driving, we arrived at the KOA campground in Billings. First order of business was to take apart Henry’s car seat so we could wash it. Unfortunately while doing this, Daddy threw out his back, and had trouble moving for the next couple of days.

Soon after we arrived, Grandma and Grandpa arrived!! And Grandma quickly pulled out her grandma bag!

Snuggles with Grandpa!

After a good night of sleep in our tent, we were ready for another day! We pretty much just used our tent for sleeping, but spent most of our time at Grandma and Grandpa’s campsite.

Brody is helping Daddy while he stretches out his back.

The KOA we’re staying at is the first ever KOA! Pretty cool!

We hit up the pool right away that morning!

Unfortunately Grandpa wasn’t feeling very well on Sunday morning, so he spent lots of time resting, and I kept him company as often as I could.

While Daddy remained immobile, and Brody and Grandpa took a nap, we went mini-golfing with Mommy and Grandma.

It was our first time mini-golfing, and we really loved it!

Grandpa came out to enjoy an ice cream treat with us.

On our first night there, the adults sat outside to play games while we went to bed in the tent. And the BUGS. WERE. NUTS. Unlike anything we’ve ever seen! So Grandma and Grandpa purchased this netted canopy to use for the rest of the trip.

Easily the best purchase of the trip!!

The KOA has bikes for rent, so Grandma and Grandpa rented them for us several times this trip. They were a little tricky at first, but before long, we were zooming around the park.

The KOA serves ice cream in the evenings, so after riding bikes we got a treat!

On Monday morning we went to Pictograph Cave State Park! We started in the visitor center, but after being in there for five minutes, the boys were about to break everything, so we quickly went outside.

Before hiking up to the caves, Grandma gave us some fun bug catchers.

Henry caught a bug right away!

Grandpa was starting to feel worse, so he waited in the car while we went on our hike.

When we got to the caves, Grandma pulled out some flashlights we used to investigate the pictographs.

As usual, Brody didn’t want to cooperate with anything. Daddy was trying to take a picture, and here is Brody being oh-so-helpful.

As you can tell, Brody LOVED the hike.

Mommy ended up carrying him for the last half of the hike.

After the hike, Grandpa really wasn’t feeling well, so Grandma took him to the hospital to get checked out. We went to a delicious cider house to grab some lunch.

The weather was extremely hot all week, so after lunch we took some time to cool off in the camper AC. We watched a movie while Brody napped.

Meanwhile, after lots of waiting and tests in the hospital, Grandpa eventually found out he had an E. coli infection. Oh, boy! Based on the timeline, he somehow picked it up in Illinois before leaving on this trip. Grandpa had to spend three days/two nights in the hospital to recover from the infection. It can be very serious if left untreated, so we’re really glad for good care in the hospital, but we were bummed to miss out on time with him!

Grandma spent the day with Grandpa while he got checked into the hospital, so we got in some pool time.

Then we found a pizza place for dinner, and Daddy had a uniquely-named beer.

Daddy took a picture of Mommy and Henry. Henry chose to make his “princess face.”

The next day Grandma gave us our giant bug nets, and we went on hunts for butterflies.

Mommy took time one day to do some laundry, and Brody was her helper (and brought his net to catch any laundry bugs).

I came running in to show Mommy the moth I caught!

While Brody took a nap, I went with Grandma to visit Grandpa at the hospital, Henry watched a movie, and Mommy and Daddy got to sit outside and read their books. Perfect!

Daddy’s back started feeling better, so he was able to work with Henry on improving his bike-riding skills. Henry is now doing great!!

The Yellowstone River runs right by the KOA, so we went to check it out.

I found this awesome “L” rock!

We ended our night with some more bike riding!

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Summer Hodgepodge

Story told by: Lainey

Although we’ve been out of town a lot lately, we have managed to sneak some other things into our summer!

Most importantly…WE GOT AIR CONDITIONING! These 90- and 100-degree days don’t phase us anymore. We love it!

Mommy has been enjoying nights on the Foundry patio with sweet friends.

One of Mommy’s best friends (Hilary) from high school came to town, so we got together at the park for a couple of hours.

Hilary has a daughter named Anna, and is pregnant with another baby due in the late fall. We had fun playing with her!

We haven’t had much time to do crafts because we’ve been outside so much, but we did sneak in a patriotic craft.

We left Brody and Kezi with a babysitter while all of us big kids went to see “Cars 3.” We loved it!

Mommy has become a little obsessed with the cold brew coffee at the Co-Op, and since they have egg-free muffins/cookies for Henry, it has become a frequent summer stop.

We did a bike ride/picnic with Nora, Lucy, and Brooke one evening. I’m still working on being confident on my bike, but Nora and Lucy were pretty patient with me.

We’ve been doing lots of park dates. This was a particularly fun day because we had lots of friends!

Brody gets pretty dirty at the park.

Summer also calls for Costco ice cream. Henry doesn’t want to miss a drop.

We had Vacation Bible School (VBS) last week! Hazel and I were in the Entering Kindergarten class.

Walter and Henry were in the Preschool class together. Brody was in the nursery with his buddies.

It was a space theme, which was lots of fun!

Mommy was the M.C., and managed to get Henry and I on stage to help with the prize drawings one mornings. (She may have shown just a wee bit of favoritism in that moment.)

We made cookies to thank all of our VBS teachers for their hard work.


Henry also started t-ball last week, and boy oh boy, this kid was EXCITED!

He’s been asking to play since he was ten months old, and it’s finally his turn!

Even though getting AC in our house is pretty big news, even bigger news is that HENRY IS POTTY TRAINED!! He picked out this dinosaur months ago as a potty training incentive, and it’s been sitting on top of our kitchen cabinet until he’s good to go. And guess what?! He’s good to go! He also got some cool new Ninja Turtle underwear! Good job, Henry!

I’ve been working with Mommy to pick my backpack for kindergarten. I’ve circled the backpacks I would like. (Hey, give me a break. This is a very tough choice!)

Since I couldn’t decide, I made my own backpack.

This should work for kindergarten, right?

We’ve been good siblings by cheering Henry on at his t-ball games.

Turns out that being gone six weekends in a row is Mommy’s limit. She’s exhausted. (In fact, we’re all exhausted.) She couldn’t fathom packing another picnic dinner, so before t-ball on Wednesday, we got pizza!

Henry had his first t-ball game on Wednesday. When Mommy asked him for a picture, Henry said, “Okay, I’ll do my beautiful pose.” Perfect, Henry.

Henry LOVES t-ball. He is smiling almost the entire time!

I have art camp every morning this week, so while driving to art camp one morning, I said to Mommy, “I hope I never get kidnapped by a Spanish person because then I wouldn’t be able to understand them. Hopefully I’m taken by someone who speaks my language.” I know it’s a strange thing to think about, but you must admit that I have a good point.

The boys got to play with Kylee and Evan while I was at art camp.

They also got to hang out at the park with our fantastic babysitter, Taylor, while I was at art camp and Mommy went to massage therapy. Taylor didn’t know that Brody has a bit of a sensitive stomach, so she kept spinning him and spinning him on the merry-go-round. Moments before Mommy arrived, Brody had thrown up everywhere. EV. ERY. WHERE. Mommy took Brody’s clothes off, and then proceeded to wipe down the merry-go-round with his clothes. Taylor felt horrible, but Mommy wasn’t mad. She did have to find clothes for Brody, though, because they had errands to run. (She did consider taking naked Brody into Wal-Mart to get some clothes, but decided that she couldn’t lower herself to that. But they probably would have blended right in.) Fortunately they went to a friend’s house to borrow these clothes, changed in the Wal-Mart parking lot, and continued on their way. Taylor also now knows that kids are gross.

We went to Malachi’s house earlier this week for a fun BBQ and water play. We quickly turned the dirt into mud, and had a grand time with it!

Elijah and Henry were quite the pair.

After dropping me off at art camp yesterday, Mommy and the boys got the oil changed in the car, and then went to the Co-Op with Micah, Riley, Elliot, and Keziah for cookies and coffee (and play time on the nearby playground).

The Davis family is about to head back to California for the school year. We had them over for a BBQ last night. We are sure going to miss them. See you guys next summer!

After the BBQ last night, we had a very cute escapee from the bath tub.

Our garden is starting to go crazy with zucchini!

Daddy dropped me off at art camp this morning, so Mommy and the boys got to work on making double chocolate chip zucchini bread.

They made a batch of regular bread, and a batch of egg-free bread. Yum! Can’t wait to dig in!

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Robinson Campout – Sun Lakes State Park

Story told by: Lainey

We had the annual Robinson family camping trip this weekend in Sun Lakes State Park near Coulee City! (Na Na and Ba Ba weren’t here because they’re in France right now. We missed them!)

When we arrived, Uncle Larry (who came all the way from Oklahoma) helped Daddy set up the tent.

We hadn’t even unpacked the car yet before we declared our undying hunger. Molly and Sadie joined us for some trail mix on a blanket because the plates hadn’t been found yet.

After a quick snack we went on a scavenger hunt. Hannah took the younger kids.

Molly and I were our own scavenger hunt team.

Brody spent the scavenger hunt time hiding in the trees and running down hills. Mommy especially loved seeing him do this after seeing the huge sign warning about rattlesnakes.

Brody and Sadie were quite the two-year-old pair this weekend.

We had our own little camping cul-de-sac. It was perfect!

We had brats for dinner! Yum!

Elaine brought a giant can of chocolate pudding, which was the highlight of the meal!

Henry especially loved it!

Henry and Jackson made sure to lick their bowls clean.

Elaine also brought washable tattoo pens, which kept us occupied for a long time.

I tattooed my stomach and legs.

Henry went for the full sleeve on his arm.

Henry also spent lots of time making sure Olive had just the right tattoo on her arm.

We sure love these two cute guys.

Before bed we really wanted a fire, but it was still way too hot, so Mommy and Daddy let us eat the s’more components without roasting the marshmallow.

Henry was quite disappointed when he put his unroasted s’more together and tried to squash the marshmallow.

It was a little hard to do with a big, unroasted marshmallow, but I was up for the challenge.

After we went to bed Mommy and Daddy tried to go for a stroll, but it ended quickly when they heard me hollering, “Henry is running around the tent.” Oh, boy. Sleeping together in a tent sure has its adventures.

After a rough night of sleep for Brody (and thus Mommy and Daddy), we had breakfast while Mommy and Daddy had some strong coffee.

I did lots of bike riding around the loop while waiting for everyone else to wake up.

Once everyone was ready, we did a rock painting craft.

Everyone got pretty messy, but that’s what camping is for, right?

Henry wanted to paint an outer space rock. He did a pretty good job of it!

Sadie wins the award for the messiest painter!

After craft time, we sang some really fun songs with Dan.

We got a picture of the whole group. We’re missing about 15 people, so we’re hoping they can make it next year!

We next drove up the hill to check out Dry Falls and the visitor center.

All that separated the boys from a giant drop-off was this metal chain. They SO badly wanted to jump off the edge, but mean, mean Mommy wouldn’t let them. They weren’t happy about it.

We watched a really interesting movie in the visitor center about how a flood created Dry Falls. Henry loved it so much that he asked to have the movie for Christmas.

After buckling us into the car (where we couldn’t launch ourselves over the edge), Mommy and Daddy walked out to the overlook for a picture.

After Brody walked around during lunch screaming at us, Mommy and Daddy decided his lack of sleep last night called for an early nap. It got up to 100 degrees that day, so he didn’t sleep for long because of the heat in the tent, but a quick 30-minute nap helped him a lot.

While Brody took a nap (and Uncle Larry hung out with him at the site) we went to cool off in the lake.

Mommy and Daddy enjoyed spending some relaxing time both in and out of the water.

Aunt Cretia took a bunch of us out for a ride in the shallow water.

Henry and Stevie spent hours on guard with the squirt guns shooting dragonflies. Henry took his job very seriously.

Great Grandma Jackie came down to join us, and got Henry good with the water gun!

Daddy went back to get Brody, and he spent the rest of the afternoon with us.

Staying true to form, Brody ran up and down the small hill on the beach.

Steve took Henry and I out in the boat as well.

In order to beat the heat, we stayed in the water until dinner time.

After dinner we attempted a picture with Great Grandma Jackie and her great grandchildren, but after not great sleep and spending all day in the water, we weren’t as cooperative as the adults had hoped.

This picture is of Olive, Brody, Lyle, and Sadie in 2015.

We did manage to recreate that picture with these adorable two-year-olds.

Brody and Olive got in some t-ball with Great Grandma Jackie and Uncle Larry.

Next up was an Oreo eating contest. We had to place the Oreo on our forehead and get it into our mouth without using our hands.

Some of the older kids understood the challenge.

Some of the younger kids did not.

Brody was torn as to what he should do. He would take a bite of the cookie…

…but then would place it back on his face for awhile. After a minute or so, he’d take another bite. This continued for quite awhile until the cookie was gone.

Before bed we made a fire (in spite of the hot weather) just so we could have s’mores!

I have been dreaming all summer of making a banana s’more, so Mommy made sure to bring bananas for this trip. I thought it might be best with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

My first bite! Mommy asked me if it was everything I had been hoping for. I told her, “No, but it was still good.” I guess my expectations might have been a little too high, but it was still a good treat!

**We had quite a crazy night. The wind was unlike anything we’ve ever had while camping. This caused a wildfire to start up near our campground. The park ranger reassured us that the wind was blowing the fire away from us, and that they would give us plenty of notice if we needed to evacuate. This made most of us a little nervous, though, and about half of our party decided to leave (as did about 60% of the campground). There were lots of people leaving at midnight. By the time Mommy decided to stay, the fire had really died down, so she felt better about staying. But the wind made for some restless sleep, especially since it made Brody very nervous and he ended up in bed with Mommy and Daddy. It makes for a good camping story, though!**

Cretia came around with whipped cream to top our cereal this morning. Nothing beats sugar on top of sugar!

We had a secret hideout all weekend, and we decided to show it to Great Grandma Jackie this morning.

While Daddy packed up the tent, we played Memory.

Then Uncle Larry came over to let us draw on his arm, but we decided his neck was much better.

I drew a boat with chocolate waves.

Uncle Larry drew whiskers on my nose.

This is what our car looks like for camping (plus a rooftop carrier filled with our sleeping bags and pillows). Daddy does a great job with getting everything to fit. Brody was asleep before we’d driven ten minutes. Another fun camping weekend!

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