Lainey’s Five-Year-Old Interview

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Fall Fun with the Cowgills

Story told by: Lainey

The Cowgills moved to Seattle a year ago, and we’ve sure missed them! We were thrilled to have them come stay with us this weekend!

The big kids had a special meal table!

Mya and I tried having a slumber party the first night, but it didn’t last very long. Mya was so excited to play with my toys that she wanted to do it all night long.

After a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, we bundled up to head outside to burn off some energy.

It was all fun and games until Henry got hit in the face with a frisbee. After Mommy cleaned up the blood and gave him an ice pack, he was ready to go again (but has quite a fat lip today, or “chubby lip” as Lainey calls it).

Coloring was next up in our day.

Saturday was a game day, so Mommy was excited to wear her new Cougar shirt!

I was excited to pass clothes on to Mya, so I had to get a picture with her in my old dress and favorite red boots.

While Brody and Keller took naps, we hung out downstairs to watch football.

After pulling out the perler beads, spontaneous singing broke out.

Next up, caramel apples! We started by taking the wrappers off the caramel.

Mommy about to dip the first apple!

We picked out our toppings, and the adults helped to make our apples.

Now comes the hard part, waiting for them to cool and harden!

After baths and dinner, we got to dig into our apples! So yummy!!

The Coug game started at 7:45 on Saturday night (soooooo late), and we had Taylor come babysit us. Group picture before the adults left!

Once the adults got to campus, they went to the field house to escape from the rain and cold for a few minutes before the game. But, since they were with Robbie (who is a WSU basketball legend), the rest of the gang had to do a lot of waiting. This is their “we’re waiting for the famous Robbie Cowgill to stop talking to his adoring fans” face. (P.S. April used to play for the WSU volleyball team, and to us, she’s also famous!)

It rained for the. entire. game. Didn’t let up even a bit. But they stayed until the very end to watch the Cougs beat Colorado 28-0.

Mommy got to see her sweet college friend, Angelina, which was such a treat!

On Sunday morning, we had a full house! The game was so late the night before, that Taylor just stayed the night. She woke up to have blueberry french toast with us.

April gave Mya and I matching hair, so we had to get a picture of it before heading off to church (and Brody wanted to show off his hairstyle as well).

We had a fantastic weekend with the Cowgills! We really appreciate them driving all the way across the state, and we’re grateful for their friendship!

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Henry’s Three-Year-Old Interview

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A Fun October Weekend!

Story told by: Henry

I got to go on a special date with Mommy on Friday night!

Our first stop was McDonald’s for dinner, and I couldn’t believe that she let me get chocolate milk. I drank it right away just in case she changed her mind.

After dinner, we went to several stores around town to play the games that I always ask to play, but never get to play. We started with the claw machine at ShopKo, and I realized it was a pretty tough game.

Then we went to the games that were more of a sure thing.

I was thrilled with my tiny flashlight!

Next we went to Safeway where I was amazed by a tiny frog and a sticky hand.

At each store, I couldn’t believe that we were getting more prizes. I kept saying, “Wait, we’re not done?! I get to play another game?!”

At Wal-Mart I opted to not even play the claw machine because I learned it was too tricky, but I went straight for these games. I couldn’t stop smiling after this date, and I’m holding on to my precious prizes. Thanks, Mommy!

At the same time as my date with Mommy, Daddy and Lainey went to the Disney Daddy Daughter date night at the WSU volleyball game. Lainey dressed up as Snow White, so she immediately went right up to Snow White to compare dresses.

And Lainey was very excited when Butch arrived!

Daddy and Lainey were chosen to compete against other daddy/daughter teams in a bowling competition at halftime.

And they were the winners!! They won a Southfork gift card and movie tickets, but Lainey was most excited about winning this pillow case. What a fun evening!

On Saturday morning we got up and went to the pumpkin patch in Palouse!

There were fun coloring activities.

Brody always sticks his tongue out when concentrating.

There were games we played for prizes.

Family picture!

Lainey tried tickling Brody for the picture, but it didn’t really work.

Next we did a scavenger hunt through the pumpkin patch.

We did face painting, but I opted for a pirate ship on my hand.

Lainey was turned over to the nine-year-old face painter.

Lainey received some unique princess jewels on her face, but Lainey was thrilled with them, and that’s all that matters!

We drank hot chocolate and sat around the campfire for a bit.

They also had s’more kits there, so Daddy roasted marshmallows for us.


On Saturday night we got to play with a babysitter while Mommy and Daddy went out for a date (and got to have an actual conversation)!

After church on Sunday, the Cooks came down from Spokane to spend the afternoon with us.

The highlight of the afternoon was playing in piles of leaves!

The perfect end to a perfect fall weekend!

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School Spirit!

Story told by: Lainey

It’s been a great month so far! Fall is my favorite time of year!

I was nominated as one of the students of the month in September, and I just recently got my award. The traits I was nominated for were my courage and enthusiasm.

I got to have a special pizza lunch with my principal, Mr. Casey.

We just had homecoming week at school, and had various dress up days for the week. Here I am as a tacky tourist.

Rodeo Day. (These boots are two sizes too small, and after hobbling around the house for a few minutes, I finally had to admit defeat and retire these to give to someone else. Farewell trusty red boots.)

‘Merica Day.

Decades Day. (I loved getting to recycle my dance recital costume.)

We had Open House Night at school last week, so Mommy got to come see everything I’ve been doing at school. I showed her around my classroom and sang her lots of songs.

I’ve been learning about Johnny Appleseed. My favorite fact to share about him is that his real name was John Chapman. We even got to make applesauce in class!

Mommy and the boys were at home also working with apples. They picked apples from our trees and made apple butter together.

It cooked for 12 hours in the crockpot, and after going through the food processor, it was perfect!

Mommy also made apple crisp one afternoon, and these are the looks on our faces when she told us that we were getting apple crisp (and ice cream) for dinner. Amazing!

Henry has been working hard in preschool learning all about owls. He made this owl habitat! His favorite fact to share about owls is that they’re nocturnal.

Henry and I have been doing AWANA, and I finally earned my Sparks vest. Henry is loving being a Cubbie in a class full of five Cubbie boys (their leader is a saint)!

We all went to the dentist and rocked it! Brody was still a little nervous and needed to sit in Mommy’s lap, but he did pretty well.

We also got our flu shots, so Mommy rewarded us with ice cream cones afterwards.

With my school schedule, it’s hard to see my non-Colton friends during the day. Mommy watched Kylee last week, so it was fun to have her come pick me up from school with the boys.

And I FINALLY got to spend time with Ivy! I’ve really missed her! (We see each other at dance every week, but it’s not the same as getting to play together.)

Henry and Mac also really enjoyed time together. We’re loving these beautiful days!

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Interview with Two-Year-Old Brody

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A GREAT Weekend!!

Story told by: Lainey

The Cougs had a BIG game against USC on Friday, so before I went to school, we put on all of our Cougar gear!

Go Cougs!

While I was at school, the boys went to play with a babysitter, and Mommy got to meet some sweet friends for coffee.

Not that Mommy ever needs an excuse to drink coffee, but Friday was National Coffee Day, so it was a perfect day for their coffee date!

Mommy’s friends, Sam and Darcee, came from Montana with their boys, Oliver and Otis, for the weekend. Just a couple of hours after they arrived, the adults had to leave for the game, so Taylor (our SUPERSTAR babysitter) came to watch all five of us!

The adults arrived with nervous excitement for the biggest game of the season!

From the get-go, the Cougs (ranked #16) were able to hang with USC (#5).

Mommy and Daddy had a USC fan in front of them, and they enjoyed reading his panicked texts to his friends.

And after one of the BEST Cougar games Mommy and Daddy have ever been to, the COUGS WON!!!!! They beat a top five team!! So Mommy and Daddy just HAD to rush the field!

They have never heard the stadium get as loud as it did during this game!

Words can’t begin to describe what it was like to be in the stadium for this game.

Pullman was electric that night! The adults were up until 1:30, but it was SO WORTH IT. Hands down the best night!!! (And as I’m typing this, the Cougs have now moved up to #11, and they’re 5-0!! Go Cougs!!!!)

After we woke our parents up way too early the next morning, Daddy made french toast, and then we went to hike Kamiak Butte.

After just a couple minutes at the top of the butte, we were (nicely) kicked out by a guy who was waiting for his girlfriend to arrive so he could propose. I guess he doesn’t want the ambiance of screaming kids. Weird.

We hiked back down and played on the playground for awhile.

Then we had a picnic lunch!

After we come home so the younger kids could naps (and the adults could fall asleep on the couch while watching football), we played games and did a pumpkin craft.

The finished product!

After we went to bed, the adults played a game, and then reviewed online stats to predict what WSU’s ranking would be when rankings came out on Sunday. (They didn’t think it would be as high as #11, so they were pleasantly surprised!)

On Sunday morning, we got a picture with our pumpkins after eating some yummy pancakes.

And then watched car races with Sam.

The Stricklers came to church with us, and then we went out for pizza for lunch. Mommy had to get this picture of me because I’m too darn cute.

We already miss Oliver and Otis! We can’t wait to see the Stricklers again. We love you guys!

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I’m an Author!

Story told by: Lainey

I’ve made books before, but I was hesitant to put words to my stories because I didn’t know how to spell all of the words. I just decided yesterday, though, that I could write a book by sounding out the words! And I rocked it!

Here is my first official story! (If you look very closely, you can see the words I sounded out.)

“Set Me” by Lainey

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Lainey. He was playful.

Lainey was playful.

But something was not right, so Lainey did punch the monster.

Monster did put Lainey in jail.

Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, uh oh.

The End

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We Love Fall!

Story told by: Henry

We are so excited that fall is here! It means that our fun activities are starting again!

While Lainey is at school, Brody and I get to go to gymnastics!

I’m in PreGym and Brody is in Wiggle Worms (which means Mommy does the class with him).

On this video of his first day, Brody was a little nervous to jump into the foam pit.

He’s gotten much better at it over the past few weeks, though!

Mommy managed to snap a few pictures of me with my classmates.

My favorite part of my class is when we get to do the trampoline!

We love getting Lainey from school.

Lainey started dance class again!

She’s pretty tired after all-day kindergarten, but she perks right up when it comes to dance class time.

Brody threw his shoes out the window in the Starbucks drive-thru, and Mommy didn’t discover it until we got home. Thank goodness the Starbucks’ employees found Brody’s shoes, but in the meantime, Brody had to wear boots until we could pick them up. (And now, just days after recovering his shoes, we’re convinced he threw one of his shoes in the trash, so Mommy had to buy him new shoes today. Stinker.)

Mommy and Daddy got dressed up for a work celebration to honor Daddy working at SEL for ten years!

We’re proud of you for all of your hard work!

Lainey and I got to go to a Cougar football game with Mommy and Daddy last weekend!

Mommy got to see her good high school friend, Hilary. That made Mommy very happy!

Lainey and I did really well during the game. When we started to get wiggly, we got a giant bag of popcorn on which to munch. The Cougs beat the Beavers, and now they’re 3-0! Yes!!

Lainey REALLY wanted to get on the big screen. Throughout the course of the game, she did lots of dancing and shaking (and even had the rows in front of us trying to get the cameraman’s attention), but unfortunately it didn’t work. But she sure had some amazing moves!

Lainey asked Mommy to wear matching scarves to church last weekend, and Mommy happily agreed!

We requested that Daddy make us into robots, and he didn’t disappoint!

Lainey and I started AWANA a couple of weeks ago. Lainey is in Sparks now, and here is the verse she had to say to get her book.

I’m finally in Cubbies, and here’s the verse I had to say. I’m hoping to get my vest next week. I’m so happy to finally get to join Lainey on AWANA nights!

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Family, Fair, Football, and Fall Crafts!

Story told by: Lainey

We’ve had an eventful last few days!

Unfortunately it all started with some heartbreak. But don’t worry, I’ve moved on at this point, and now believe I can still find my true love. Maybe it will happen in first grade.

Na Na and Ba Ba were here last weekend!

They brought us fun toys that we got to work on opening right away.

The boys built a giant train track while Na Na and I got some peaceful girl time.

On Friday morning, I went to school while Na Na and Ba Ba took the boys to Bonkerz for a few hours. This means Mommy was in the house ALONE!! It’s been a very long time since that’s happened. She read her book and drank several cups of HOT coffee. Pure bliss!

Brody and Mommy came to get me from kindergarten, and Brody picked flowers for me on the way. Unfortunately he couldn’t resist blowing the flower pieces off, so by the time he got to school, he had some nice stems to give to me. Gee, you shouldn’t have, Brody.

Mommy’s good friends Christine and Wes were in town for the football game, so we all went to meet them and their son, Lucas, for ice cream on Friday evening.

Mommy tried to get a good picture of the boys, but that proved to be an impossible task.

Lucas is three, so he fit right in with the crazy boys.

Mommy and Daddy really enjoyed catching up with their friends!

On Saturday morning we woke up and went to the Palouse Empire Fair in Colfax!

Feeding balls to a robot.

We watched rodeo horse games and ate cotton candy for quite a long time!

Then after Mommy and Daddy spent approximately $1,000,000 on tickets, it was time for rides!

Brody longingly watched us ride. He couldn’t do this one because the rule was that you couldn’t stand up in the ride. We were pretty sure Brody would try to hurl himself out the door.

Brody got to ride a truck next, though!

He was very serious while riding, but after it was done, he told us how much he loved it!

I was most excited for the merry-go-round, and the boys wanted to join me.

It was the fastest merry-go-round Mommy and Daddy have ever seen. Daddy was quite dizzy when the ride was done, but we loved it!

As we were leaving the fair, we saw my teacher, Mrs. Kinzer, and she asked if we wanted to ride her horse. Ummmm, of course!!!

I really enjoyed it!

Henry’s turn!

Henry loved it as well! Thanks, Mrs. Kinzer!

On Saturday night, we stayed with a babysitter, while the adults all went to the WSU vs. Boise State football game.

The Cougs were down by 21 points in the fourth quarter, and they CAME BACK TO WIN in triple overtime!!

They didn’t leave the stadium until midnight, but it was so worth it!! Such an amazing game!!

Daddy spent a ton of time prepping wood so Mommy could have her friends over for a fun pumpkin craft night last night.

In between waiting for the pumpkins to dry, there were delicious snacks for the women to enjoy.

The finished product!

Nothing like laughing and chatting with your friends all night! Bring on fall!

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