Saturday, July 10, 2010

June Happenings

The summer has started off slowly here in WA, but we are finally seeing a glimpse of it. We set up our pool last weekend, but it turned cool again, so we only got a couple of swimming days in earlier in the week. (I wrote this post over a week ago, and since then we have had day after day of triple digits. The weather turned quickly!) Rachel had a 5th birthday in June. She learned to ride Bennett's bike without anyone helping her, so she got a new bike from Grandma and Grandpa for her birthday. Our other "big" news is that we are expecting another baby! My due date is February 28th, so hopefully he/she will appear before the middle of March :) Enjoy some pictures from the last couple of months.

Little Emma is 15 months old and still everyone's sweetie. She is such a lovable one and gives kisses to everyone all of the time.

She is an adventurous eater and wants whatever we have. She had Thai spiced turkey burgers the other night. She ate a whole hamburger by herself! I was worried about her little tummy with all those spices, but she seemed to do fine. She never liked the baby food thing.

This is what Rachel can be found doing during her "school" time. She and Ellie share a room, and Ellie stays up late. Rachie is quite tired some days because I think she needs more sleep than Ellie does. Does anyone have any suggestions about this? Rachel used to do the same thing to Bennett when they shared a room.

Still best buddies. Rachel plays an important role in our family I have noticed. She is the one that Bennett wants to play with, and she is the one that Ellie wants to play with. Some days the threesome dynamic is hard, but Emma is quickly filling the playmate role for Ellie. If Rachel is gone, they are all lost and don't know what to do with themselves.

Ellie is still as silly as ever. Boy can that girl make us all laugh. She is such a goofy one and has such a great sense of humor. She entertains us with a myriad of faces at the dinner table.

Bennett is learning to mow the lawn with Jeromy. Jeromy is very excited for the day to come when he can pass down that chore to his son!

Bennett loves his daddy and eagerly awaits his arrival home each night. He craves that testosterone and is praying several times a day that God will give us a boy. I told him not to get his hopes up. God is refining with with all these girls!

Rachel's birthday dinner. Steak tacos with beans, rice, chips and even soda! Her favorite is root beer.

Matching girls and Rachel's birthday crown.

Boy it's hard to get a picture of all 4 together!

Rachel's new bike.

Ellie is my bravest kid by far. Rachel, at 5, is just now not too scared of things like Chuck E.

Last year Ellie and Emma were both pretty scared of Chuck E Cheese and all the noise. This year they both LOVED it. Emma caught on very quickly, and when her ride would stop, she held out her hand for another token. The girl is ready for Disneyland!

Rachel had so much fun, and got into the collecting of tickets too. (Unfortunately..... although I talked them into candy instead of a bunch of cheap toys I would have to throw away!)

Bennett went to the dollar store and bought Rachel presents with his own money this year. He was very excited to give her the gift that HE purchased for her.

He bought her a bouquet of flowers and a canvas that had princesses outlined on it that she could color herself.