Last week’s getaway

Super fun, giant fort built from driftwood

Audrey and her cousin Isaac-they are just 6 weeks apart in age!

A lot of love…

Kyler in the fort

When in doubt, grab the hood (and mind the newborn baby in the front pack too)!

Dress up fun

Any guess at what we are so intently watching?

In the undeveloped lot next door to the house we stayed at there was a deer grazing in the morning. We watched her with delight as she nibbled on leaves right outside the kitchen window. We squealed when we discovered her baby was nestled in the grass nearby. They spent all morning sleeping, eating and licking each other while we enjoyed every minute of watching them.

Crafty (but sweet) Kyler

Well, anyone with suggestions about how to keep Kyler out of my room BESIDES using the doorknob covers that are supposed to keep kids out, let me know. Audrey sleeps in our room and was napping this morning, I went to get something out of the car, came back to find my door open. This time Kyler wasn’t busy emptying baby bath products, but laying all snuggled up in Audrey’s co-sleeper with his arm around her. This time, this is what I saw…

Yes I know, our room is a little less than clean…but in the words of a darling sign I saw on our vacation last week “Happiness is spending time with your kids instead of worrying about a clean house”.

On another note, Rylee and Kyler enjoyed the Monster Truck Show on Friday with their Dad.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane….it’s a Buzz

What are they all looking at so intently you wonder? Their beloved Uncle Buzz and his kite (long story, yes he has a name but to them, he has ALWAYS been Buzz) of course. He busted out his kite during our overcast day at Deception Pass and the kids were mesmerized by it. Apparently kite skills are a learned thing….when Christopher took the reigns for his first time, we all had to duck and cover!


Before we share the loads of fun from our trip to Anacortes this week, here are highlights from the past few weeks…

My thrift store find of the summer, almost new Keen’s in a neutral green color, in my precise size for just $7-I’ve wanted Keen’s for two summers now but the $80 price tag was out of the question!

A rare moment of playing together and liking it-hopefully we can have more of these.

Audrey has a new best friend, her thumb-we’ve never had a thumb-sucker and so far since finding it she has slept from 9 pm until 8 am 6 nights in a row…three cheers for thumbs!

Kyler trying to catch a breeze on the fence during our 90 degree summer sunday in the park with church.

Christopher went climbing again, this time to an elusive peak in the Cascade mountains called Keyes Peak. He had a great time with 2 other pastors from church.

Yes, that’s Rylee holding Audrey with one hand and eating her eggs with the other, talk about a multi-talented 5 year old. She insisted on holding her sister and we thought after one second she’d give her back but she proceeded to eat her whole meal just like this.

Christopher and I (with Audrey) got to go on a dinner cruise for an event my parents (with b2g) hosted last week. Doesn’t my mom look gorgeous? It was really nice to have a grown up evening, we were so glad to get to be a part of it.

Today’s beauty

Beauty is the sound of Rylee’s shrieking voice echoing through the coffee shop tonight while on a date with me as she held up her finished page-covered with pictures of her and her sister. She has her very own ‘sister’ photo album/scrapbook and she is incredibly proud of it.

Beauty is watching Caleb do “this-little-piggy” with Audrey’s toes and hearing his new version, which tells that piggy #3 goes to Lowe’s (home improvement store).

Beauty is the fervor that Kyler has as he tries to pick up Audrey by her shirt nearly every time he is near her-“Hold Audie me” he explains in fluent two-year-old speak.

Beauty is the tears streaming down my face as Rylee shows her Daddy the page in her scrapbook that holds a picture of him. He reads the words out loud (the words she dictated carefully to me to write). I know someday she might not think he hung the moon, but today she does.

Beauty is the sweet, hard working young adult from Chris’ Young Adult group at church who heard about our rancid bathroom odor problem, was willing to come take a look and now has spent hours ripping up wet, nasty smelling flooring, taking out our mold-filled toilet all the while very patiently answering the questions of my ever-so-curious children and being able to work with a 4 year old in only superman underwear staring at his every move.


Caleb: “Mom, can I look up your nose?”

Me: “Sure.”

Caleb: “Ewww Mom, there’s a booger way up there, use your finger to get it out!”

Me: “No, I like to use kleenex.”

Caleb: “I love to get boogers with my fingers and wipe them all over the wall.”

Lovely. Boys. A kind of their own.

Two girls in pink

Here are some pics of the girls in matching dresses (thanks Robyn!) in our yard!

It is a tad bit sad but when Rylee complained of back pain yesterday I realized that the days of her walking around and holding Audrey are coming to a close. At almost 13 pounds, Audrey is no lightweight for her still only 5 year old sister. I have tried hard to say yes nearly every time Rylee has asked to hold Audrey, knowing all to well how fast it goes and how quickly Audrey will be running all over the house after her siblings. These early, ‘newborn’ days are almost over and it has been a treasure beyond my imagination to watch Rylee love her baby sister.

Got Gentian Violet?

Well, as strange as she may look, Audrey is not bothered by her joker-like purple mouth. Gentian violet is an age old remedy for many things and in Audrey’s case is treating the thrush (yeast overgrowth) in her mouth. The alternative was heavy duty anti-fungal prescription drugs given orally for 14 day-yikes! We are happy to deal with the purple mess for 3 days instead. The kids think it is paint and can’t quite grasp why their darling sister is ‘painted’ today.

Caleb on “God”

We are reading a bedtime story tonight about Peter and John healing the man crippled from birth.

Caleb: “How can Peter heal when he’s not God?”

Me (thinking, great question): “God fills him up with power and it is God’s power that heals the man through Peter.”

Caleb: “Yup, God’s filling me up right now”

Me (anticipating ‘love’ or ‘kindness’): “With what?”

Caleb: “Gas”.

Me (now trying not to laugh): “Gas?”

Caleb: “Yes, God’s filling me up with gas right now”

We have some more teaching to do obviously…..

A day in the life of….Kyler

Kyler is at that stage where everything is fair game, he can open doors (as of this week) and open lids (even childproof ones-last week it was a bottle of Motrin) and open pretty much everything else. This makes my life very challenging and some days very exhausting. I have basically given up talking on the phone for more than a few quick minutes while he is awake but sometimes I answer a call if I need to or I change Audrey’s diaper or make food for the kids, etc. I do my best to keep track of him but can’t always keep up.

In weeks past we have found him, having pulled the dining chair to the counter, carefully taking each knife out of the block or spraying Spray’n’Wash all over my coffee maker, coffee beans, blender, stove top, flashlight and wall art or unrolling dental floss and making a trail all over the whole house or pouring 32 ounces of water on the living room carpet or writing with sharpie permanent marker on the counter or eating an entire pack of his sister’s gum or squeezing out a tube of Benadryl anti-itch cream onto my carpet….you get the picture? He doesn’t like his toys, he doesn’t even really seem to like his brother or sister’s toys, he just really wants to find his way into the things that are not meant for children-things he knows are off limits.

So today, I was fixing tuna in the kitchen, talking to my sister for literally less than 5 minutes about our weekend plans while holding Audrey and he was playing with the other two for a while, somewhere though he bailed on them and ever so silently went into my bedroom where Audrey sleeps and all her stuff is kept. He had climbed up onto her changing table and was sitting on top. Here is what I found besides one very guilty and diaper-cream covered face:

What is all that you say? Well, it is my very favorite baby care products, most of which I bought with baby gift money. Besides pouring out a bottle of Nystatin (for Audrey’s thrush) onto the carpet below, the tub on the top is Earth Mama, Angel Baby Nipple Cream (with of course a small tube of Aquafor stuffed into it by the culprit below). The second picture is a $30 tub of prescription cream, Burt’s Bee’s Dusting Powder (almost emptied all over Kyler’s whole body), saline nose drops which had been sprayed all over the window of my bedroom, also almost emptied and California Baby Calendula Cream which I adore for baby bottoms and boo-boo’s of every kind and then there is the nose sucker thing, I don’t even want to know what he was doing with that. His face was smeared with the calendula cream and dusted with powder. He ran away quickly while I grabbed some rags and a camera. Then, he felt guilty and angry about the situation this is where I found him after my quick clean up:

Then he threw a big fit at my feet and tried to bite my ankle (which I found slightly funny, truly because I thought I should be the one throwing the fit):

So there you have it, a little window into our day. Tonight I go to the store to get those doorknob covers that keep curious hands out (at least I sure hope they do).