At the zoo, we always have to hit the merry go round.

And below, a drawing Kins did for her monthly book report.

Kins collecting eggs for our easter egg hunt.

On a bug collecting trip with the grandparents.

Kins art.

It snowed a few weeks ago enough for a big snowman. It melted the next day. The kids were excited for a last hurrah in the snow.

Big Mac is 5

He adores his sister. He loves her company and tries to get her to play with him constantly, she likes quiet time to read or do art, but she gives him a lot of attention too. Big Mac is a very social fellow, it’s hard to convince him to to things by himself.

Big Mac can be very chatty these days, especially about important things like transformers or teenage mutant ninja turtles. At bedtime while Tim is trying to finish tuck ins I’ll often hear Big Mac say, “Tell me about your day!” A stalling tactic, but one that often results in cute conversations. When Big Mac gets upset it can happen like a flip switching, which is how he’s always been. He’s gotten easier to reason with now though, and you can sometimes head him off at the pass with logic.

Here he is in the tub with a mountain of bubbles, he was very pleased.

Doing his birthday easter egg hunt.

The cake. The one that didn’t fall apart.

Having fun at the zoo.

Before his last haircut, being cute.

Taking baby Z down the slide. He has a hard time keeping his interactions with her pleasant for her all the time, but he loves to play with his little sister too. She says, “Ow!” whenever she feels wronged by him, so constantly. He does really well with her getting into everything he is doing. He annoys her back quite a bit, and will accidentally knock her off balance often, but rarely does he do anything bad to her on purpose.

Sad when daddy had to leave.

One of his turn on a dime emotional moments, happy to sad when he learned that dad didn’t get first place in a race. “Daddy LOST!!!!”

Sometimes you just feel like putting on make up with the girls.


5 year old interview

His yearly quiz:
1. What’s the first thing you like to do in the morning after you wake up? Play transformers prime. A wii game. Pull Kins around in the wagon.
2. What’s your favorite book? Transformers Prime. Marshal Trucks, which is a book about Barber hte Breeze when he’s transformed into a dump truck.
3. What is your favorite color? Green. Blue, yellow, green, marshal. Marshal means red.
4. What is your favorite toy? Transformers, all of them. Bumbebee, the transformer.
5. What is your favorite food? Mac and cheese.  Chicken.
6. What is your favorite TV show?  Robots in disguise. Robots in disguise.
7. What is your favorite game? Transformers Prime. Playing with paw patrol toys.
8. What is your favorite animal? Penguin. Bunny.
9. What is your favorite song? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. Marshal skies, it goes like this marshals in the robots are a metal in disguise, they transform the robots in the wise of the world. or, robots in disguise:mommy is in trouble, my being twinkle twink twinkles are a better in the wise, michael help help.
10. Who is your best friend? Bitties, Lincoln and Locke. Bibbies.
11. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Make snow angels. play with bibbies.
12. What is your favorite drink? Orange Crush. water
13. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Pink, his gecko toy. teddy. elmo.
14. What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t want to have a job. I want to make toys for Kins. (kins remarks, oh, that’s kind of like being in China.) touche.
15. What is one special thing about you? That I’m cute. That I love you.
16. How old are you? Five. Four.
17. What do Mommy and Daddy do after you go to bed? I don’t know, say what. Tell me! Turn off the light and sleep.
18. What do you like best about Kins? That she plays transformers and ponies. I love her. That she plays with me.
19. What do you like best about baby Z? That she plays with me. That i love her.
20. What’s different about you now that you’re 5? That I run faster. That i’ve opened presents.


Kins got a terrible rash a month or so back. It was after amoxicillin. She was taking amoxicillin for what we thought was a sinus infection after being congested for 3 weeks straight and she also kept getting low fever. But, after the rash, I read that 30% of people who take amoxicillin when they have mono will get a very severe rash. I now think the ongoing congestion and low fevers were mono all along. This rash was way beyond a typical amoxicillin rash. It was very scary. This pic is before it peaked in severity and it was on every part of her body. 

Enjoying some mild weather. Spring has teased us a little here and there. My favorite season, I’m very excited. 

Exploring a little after we made them all sit patiently in the stroller for awhile.

A general store they made and played store with.

Excitedly showing dad his birthday card she made him.

Who is this? This year for crazy hair day kins wants to straighten her hair.


Sharing the ipad. 

We loved his love going hair, but it was in his eyes and kept getting sticky. 

Baby Z in her snowsuit, by big Mac.

Still life by kins.

15 months, 7 years, almost 5 years.

Grandma had a big audience when cousins were in town.

15 months extra tidbits

Just found this post that i forgot i wrote a couple of weeks ago, guess I should post it now.

Says ursay for nurse. Leans in saying mmmmmm and sometimes “tisses” for kisses. Says hot about lights or the fire. Get very defensive about being fooled with without her permission, screams “owww!” dramatically while glaring at perpetrator.
She has taken up to 10 steps, but won’t walk regularly yet. She stands well, can stand up from the floor without pulling up on anything. She comfortably steps one step between things. She still doesn’t like the idea of doing much waking holding my hands.

She has broken a record I never thought she would. She is smaller than Kins at the same age. Even being born almost a pound heavier. She gotten the be an extremely dainty eater, often claiming to be all done and grandly sweeping away any remaining food after one bite. I guess I’ll get some fattening fixings like heavy cream and see what I can do.