Sunday, April 15, 2018


We are having the craziest winter storm this weekend, complete with freezing rain, hail, thunder and lightning, and tons of SNOW!  Almost all our snow was melted before this storm, so all that you see in these pictures accumulated over the course of this weekend.  And it is still snowing as I write this!  Paul and the kids made a giant hill out of snow to sled on.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10th; Happy 6th Birthday Colton!

Colton's birthday started with breakfast in bed!

We read Colton's Bibel and devotional every morning before school, so this morning we read during his breakfast in bed!

Colton had a fun lunch at school!  Not only was it his favorite school lunch (Italian Dunkers) but it happened to also be Kindergarten Fine Dining Day, where tables had table cloths/decorations and parent volunteers and kitchen staff served the kindergartners lunch rather than them going through the hot lunch line.  I had fun getting to serve him on his birthday!

Because his birthday fell on a Tuesday, and Grandma and Grandpa K always come on Tuesdays to watch Larkyn while I volunteer in the kids' classrooms, they brought Colton's presents and let him open them after school.  He was pumped!

 Colton read much of his card, and Grandma helped him with the big words.
He was soooo excited to get a scooter!
He has spent hours already scootering!  He is looking forward to the day when it is warm enough for us to walk to school again so he can scooter!

Grandpa helped him know how to put things in his new Lightning McQueen wallet just like Grandpa does:)

Thank you so much, Grandma and Grandpa,  for your generosity and love!

Colton picked pepperoni pizza, breadsticks, and berries for his birthday meal!

He had a delicious concoction of cupcake, icecream, snickers, and candy for dessert :)

He was SO excited to get this specific lego set.  It was the set he wanted most of all (and also the most expensive!!)  Thanks to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Paul tag-teaming Paul and I in a joint gift, we were able to get it for him!  Thank you, Uncle Paul and Aunt Nancy!!!!!

Summer was very generous with Colton with a book, her Rubix cube which he had been wanting, and a certificates for things like making his bed for him, special time doing whatever he wanted, and a bro/sis sleepover :).

Colton was so excited to get some more cars!

Larkyn picked out a "Muddy" version of Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 to give Colton.
Colton was soooo looking forward to the last part of his birthday celebration, which was to occur this weekend, as Grandma and Grandpa T and Paul's siblings were going to come celebrate, but our crazy April weekend-long blizzard of freezing rain, hail, snow and blizzard conditions prevented them from coming.  They made a valiant effort to try to come despite the weather, but made the wise choice to turn around part way here as there were many multiple car pile-ups and even a road closure.  Grandma and Grandpa T, thanks for trying so hard to come!  We felt your love from afar and cant wait to celebrate when the weather cooperates!!!  Kinda fun that the birthday celebrating gets to continue even longer now....;)

Happy 6th birthday, Colton!!!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Colton, age 6

Here are six 6 year pictures with a six facts about Colton at age 6:

Colton is a happy, enthusiastic, energetic, fun kid!

He loves to be silly and make others laugh, but he also has a sweet serious side that cares very deeply about doing the right thing and about his faith in Jesus.

Colton loves all things Lightning McQueen, will spend hours doing Legos, loves science and how things work, loves to build things and use tools, is looking forward to soccer season starting, and is never lacking in things he wants to do!

Colton would play hours upon hours with his older sister Summer, but has been intentionally working on being kind to and loving his little sister Larkyn.  I have seen huge strides in his intentional acts of kindness toward her, asking her to be on his team during game time, secretly giving her the coveted flavor of yogurt at breakfast, and looking for ways to serve her.  I am so proud of him.

Colton is doing very well in kindergarten, is learning to read (though he doesn't love it!), and is quick with numbers (he loves math!).  He gets along easily with kids at school and is really well - liked.  According to his teacher, he listens well and is obedient at school, and has only needed a FEW reminders to focus due to talking and enjoying his friends!  He is also very responsible at home, doing all his chores without being asked, and very helpful.

Colton is all boy and loves doing boy things and being like Daddy and Grandpa.  He dislikes kisses from his sisters like the plague, but still loves to be cuddled by mom and dad.  Don't grow up too fast buddy!!!