Jared is 8 months old now. I can't believe it. He is such a chunky baby, and we love it. He is such a blessing to us. I can't imagine how much harder things would be for us if we didn't have him in our family. Aubs, Tann, and Trav can't get enough of him. They each love him so much and seem to also appreciate him so much. Jared is always happy and smiley. He now has his two bottom teeth. He is such a snuggly boy, and we are so grateful for him. Every night when we put Jared to sleep, we always sing to him. I sing I am a Child of God and all the kids always come in and sing it with me.
Travis is almost 3 and a half now. He loves animals, especially tigers. He loves to color and draw. He loves to do whatever Tanner is doing. They are becoming really good buddies. Travis loves books and memorizes them after a few readings. Travis still talks about Andrew all of the time. He will come up to us and say, "I miss buddy boy." We have a painting of Christ when he was a child and it looks a lot like Andrew. The other morning, Travis looked at it and asked us how Andrew got into the picture.
Tanner is just over 4 and a half and is so full of personality. He has the loudest, most excited "hello's". He is always happy and becoming quite the gentlemen. He LOVES Jared so much. Tanner is always running at Jared or making faces at him to make him smile and laugh. He is starting to play really good in Aubree's make believing. They'll play "house" together for a long time. Tanner has the most infectious laugh. He speaks of Andrew often, and I think he takes his sadness of missing Andrew and makes himself that much better of a big brother to Jared.
Aubree is almost 5 and a half. Most of the time she acts as if she is twice her age. She is the perfect big sister to all her little brothers. She is such a nurturer to all of them, especially to Jared. I completely trust her with him and she does of great job of taking care of his needs. Aubree misses Andrew so much and it breaks my heart. She will randomly be really sad and cry and just say she misses Andrew. Most of the time she handles things perfectly. We often talk about what it will be like when we see Andrew again. When I was singing, I am a Child of God, to Jared the other night, the kids came in his room to sing with me, and at the end, where it say "Teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday," Aubree instead sang, "Teach me all that I must do to live with Andrew someday." It was so cute.
I got a Easter sugar cookie set on clearance, and the kids had fun decorating the cookies.
On any given day, Travis wants to be a tiger, Spiderman, or Woody. I found him with his Woody hat on riding a tiny horse around the house.
We went to Spokane last week for my sister, Leslie's, wedding reception. On our way, we stopped and spent a day in Wenatchee at the Nygards. Whenever we go to Wenatchee, we always go to Andrew's grave. This particular time, I got each of the kids their own balloon that they could send to Andrew. I love hearing them talk about what Andrew would do with them when he got them. Aubree told the boys to send their thoughts up to Andrew with the balloons.
In Spokane, the kids got to spend a lot of time with their cousins.
Aubree asked me to take this picture to put on the blog. I love that Leah has a make-shift sling.
My mom made some of her famous chocolates for the reception. The kids loved helping her dip them. Travis was very methodical in his help and didn't eat any of them during the process. Aubs and Tann, on the other hand, ruined their lunch.
Tanner's favorite part was throwing the centers into the chocolate.
Jared and Sara at the reception. We sure love and appreciate our Sara!
Aubree and Claire at the entrance to the reception, welcoming people.
Leslie let me make her cakes for the reception. There was a lot of heavy cream used... The one on the left is a chocolate, peanut butter, and Reeses. The one on the right is a strawberry shortcake.
Leslie and Tanner during their first dance. They are so cute together. I love how Tanner is looking at Leslie in the picture on the right and classic Les on the left.
My parents have some random monkey costumes that the grandkids love to play in. I love how the "monkeys" are attacking Travis in the picture above with Isaac coming closer and in the picture below Travis had gotten away and Isaac was now getting it.
I sat Jared in the toy drawer while I cleaned up stuff in our garage, and I turned around and Travis was sitting with him in it. Jared is a patient boy.
The weather in Seattle this week has been really nice. We try to find a new park everyday.
Travis helped spin Tanner in this spinner seat.
Jared loved the swings. If you look close you can see his two new bottom teeth.
When we were in Spokane, Aubree spent the night at my sister, Amy's house. While there she rode bikes with her cousins. Most of Amy's kids can ride a 2-wheeler, so when we got home Aubree wanted to take her training wheels off. Not even 24-hours after taking the wheels off, she was riding all over. I can't believe how grown-up Aubree is.