Archive for April, 2018

Holdie Lu is Two!!!

Our precious little boy turned TWO yesterday! Can you believe it? I sure can’t! It was a pretty low-key celebration this year (so far). I’m thinking we’re going to have a birthday bash for all the boys in May, but haven’t planned that far ahead yet. We settled for dinner at Addie’s favorite pizza place where there are a handful of video games and claw machines. Addie and Coen spent at least $7 each. Coen was obsessed with a giant lizard building smasher game and Addie wanted to play the candy claw over and over. Holden watched my phone at the booth with Beckett and Gram! Then cake and presents with Gram and Gramps and to bed to rest up for a busy birthday-day. I snapped the last picture of a one-year-old, then woke up to a room full of balloons for a big two-year-old! Holden was pretty cranky most of the day (I think he has a slight cold). We went to horse lessons for the older two, then took Addie to a friend’s birthday party. Holden took two naps before we headed to dinner with our church group. Holden loved practicing jumping in the trampoline with the big kids, then blew out his candle before refusing cake. Sometimes I don’t understand how this child is mine! We went home an tore into the rest of the presents then stayed up way too late playing with our new loot. We rounded out the birthday weekend today by heading to the park after church to finally enjoy some springtime weather! Though rather uneventful, turning two was a success. Happy birthday, baby boy!



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Reno decided to skip winter this year, but just when we’re ready for spring, bring on the snow. We spent some fun weekends throwing snow balls, building snowmen, and backyard sledding. I tell you, little ones all bundled up are the cutest! And, side note, those blue snow pants Holden is wearing were Addie’s when she was 18 months old! You totally get your money’s worth when 4 kids can wear something!


The kids’ schools had Dr. Seuss day. Addie was Daisy Head Maizie. Beckett was The Lorax. And, since Coen’s “dress like your favorite character” day was the week after Addie and Beckett’s, The Lorax made a second appearance! Mom win, if I ever saw one 🙂 Coen also had crazy sock day. He picked dinosaur leg warmers. His fashion sense is amazing!


Next up, Mother Son night at Coen’s school. They rented out the Discovery Museum for the evening and the kids could just run free like crazy people for two straight hours. Coen loved the clouds, went fishing, built marble runs, raced cars, slid down the tree slide, basically bounced from room to room like a pinball the whole time. We had to take pizza and cookies to go because he wouldn’t slow down for two seconds to eat dinner. He was a sweaty little mess when we left but so very happy!


When we switched insurance providers at the beginning of this year, we had to find a new dentist. I was very bummed as our prior dentist was incredible, but they referred us to an equally awesome place with even better prizes and video games in the lobby. All kids did awesome, even Holden. Addie still has two cavities to fill, but otherwise, looking good! Yay!


St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday this year (with a snow day on Friday) so the kids missed out on green fun. Although the naughty little leprechaun made a huge mess at Coen’s school and the teachers waited for the kids to see it Monday before cleaning it all up. We did our best to celebrate but really, beyond wearing our silly hats, it was pretty much a bust.IMG_3568

We spent the last couple weeks of March gearing up for a fun Easter. We filled more than 2000 eggs with our church group for the most awesome color run meets egg hunt. Addie loved getting cover with color powder. Holden wanted nothing to do with it. Coen gave it a small try but wasn’t really into it. He spent most of the time in my office with Beckett watching the iPad. Regardless, it was a fun day and the kids came home with Halloween amounts of candy. We quickly died eggs at home the day before Easter. Holden really liked it this year. We spent Easter tearing through baskets, then attending a lovely church service, then one of our favorite traditions, brunch at the Donahoes with some of our amazing friends. The Easter bunny brought the kids the cutest, most ridiculous Easter outfits this year, which made me happy 🙂 We finished the day with dinner with Gram and Gramps.


Addie and Beckett have been doing great things at their school. Each month, their classes have a STEAM project. Addie always does Beckett’s because well, she rocks! One month, he had to build a house or shelter using anything in your home; Addie had to build a model of something we might see in the future. Her city scape had buildings with a pool on top and a giant slide to get to the ground. People get around using hang gliders. The greatest one was a team project in Addie’s class. They had to come up with a recommendation that they want to see incorporated into their new school building next year and present to the board of directors at their school. Addie and her group decided their new school needs to have elevators so children in wheel chairs and moms with strollers can access the second floor. They pulled Beckett out of class to help present their idea. How thoughtful are these little ones? I cried! Are you surprised?  AHi6yuSDT0CtA+hkJGIZGwRNJRSPuRTOykNh6SNKZohgpIJODfk0RDmi7jyhvIAZFg

They also had a school play where the kindergartners through second grade came together to present Hansel and Gretel Eat Right. Addie was selected to play Gretel. Because there were so many kids, she shared the role, but she had a lots of lines throughout and did amazing! Beckett was a part of the compost pile. They were all so cute!


Soon after, Addie lost her very wiggly front tooth. I was glad it held on until after the play, but now, we’re full steam ahead into the awkward phase. The second top tooth is loose, but probably has a few more weeks to go. She looks like a jack-o-lantern already!


Next on our list, meeting our beautiful new cousin Emily in California. She’s such a precious little bug, but man, am I glad to not do the infant phase even again. They’re a lot of work! Sweet and snuggly, but so much work. But, don’t get me wrong, I’ll gladly snuggle on anyone’s baby any day.

The cousins had a blast meeting sweet baby E, playing with Haylee, going to the zoo, making chalk people at Nana and Poppy’s, and exploring the creek. We took a quick trip to the park where Holden discovered a new-found love of slides before heading back to Reno.


The next weekend, Addie performed in another play, this time for her dance academy. She played an A-list party pal and a member of the green team in Pinkalicious. It was such a cute show! If you want to watch it, here’s the link.


Yesterday, Addie and Beckett started horse lessons again. The other brothers and I tried to entertain ourselves while they practiced. Coen slayed bad guys with rhythmic gymnastic wants. Holden had way too much fun with a pop up toy then stuck foam letters to his face. Good times!




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