animal party

guest blogger: Lydia

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I went to my friend's birthday party on Saturday. She loves animals, so it was an animal-themed party. I wore animals clothes, and I got to hold animals at her party. The bunny was so soft.

We all loved the chickens!

community track night

Friends told us about an event over at The Hill School - Community Track Night. The track team puts it on for kids in the community to come out and participate in some track and field events. It started with the 40 meter dash.

Jesse found some high school girls to run alongside him, cheering him along the entire way.

Next up: Anna.

Racing Grant and Liam.

Heidi and Lydia.

We talked to Liam about his Mickey Mouse bandaid during the softball throw.

Next up was the 100m.

Jesse, again, with his high school running partner.

Getting tips for the long jump.

Heading over to the starting line for the 200.

Lining up for the 400. Anna was pooped by this point.

Heidi finishing strong!

What a fun night!


Heidi turned six-years-old yesterday!

She requested a bird pancake with the words "May" (her birthday month) in pancakes.

She wore this headband to school to accompany her birthday treat.

Anna wouldn't join the girls for a picture, so they snuck up next to her for this capture.

After school, we caught this perfect moment. (When did they all turn from chubby toddlers into kids?)


Before dinner, we marked Heidi's growth on the ruler.

After dinner: dirt dessert!

Later, there was some FaceTiming with aunts/uncles/cousins! First, she chatted with Uncle Derek, Aunt Bethany, and Ellie.

Then she showed Uncle Ryan, Aunt Lauren, Keiper, Kaia, Selah, and Malec her new guitar.

Happy Birthday, Heidi! We love your dimpled smile, abundant energy, contagious laughter, and generous spirit. You always notice people and greet them with a conversation. We love you, Heidi-bear!

Dustin & Molly wedding

Aaron's cousin, Molly, married Dustin yesterday! She is the last cousin to wed, so this was the last of the weddings for that side of the family.

Time to start the ceremony: the grandparents are being seated.

Mother of the bride.

Who is Kinsey so excited to see?

Aunt Brittany!

The groom seeing his bride.

Mr. & Mrs!

Climbing on Uncle Jon.

Playing duck-duck-goose with cousins.

We took a family picture!

The kids danced and danced at the reception, but the dancing photos from my phone are gone forever because my phone died today. The wedding photographer was taking some (as my kids were the only ones on the dance floor at first). Maybe I'll have to some to share in the future. There was also a family photo taken, so I'll have to try to get my hands on one of those, too.

Congratulations, Dustin and Molly!

kindergarten pickup

guest blogger: Jesse

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I'm just waiting for Heidi at the kindergarten pickup door.

Mama says we won't have to do this next year, but for most of my life I have been at these doors at 11:30. What a change that will be!

Smith Playground

On a Tuesday with no school, we returned to the beloved Smith Playground for some giant wooden slide and playground fun.