two ponies

Most of the time Emma's hair is just wild and free (to better match her personality!) but every once in awhile she will bring me her comb and two tiny pony tail holders and ask for "two ponies."  She sits surprisingly still and counts as we wrap each one around four times.  Then she has to go look in the mirror.  Most days she actually keeps them in too.  I love it! 



Daddy took Mason fishing Monday evening while Emma and I went to bible study. Mason couldn't wait to try out his new fishing pole.  They didn't catch anything, but did have a few bites.  He sure had a blast though.  
I love that he's using Ryan's Woodstock tackle box from when he was a kid.  Mason spent the morning cleaning it up and organizing it.  I guess he loved carrying it around too. 

When he got home he told me that he couldn't wait to go again, but that me and Emma should come too.  Sweet boy!


what happens when

This is what happens when you ask your brother to zoom you to the library. 



 Happy Birthday Mason man!  It's really hard to believe that you are four!  You are becoming such an amazing young man.  You have grown so much this year in so many areas. 
 You have such a sweet, caring spirit.  You are very aware of how others are feeling.  You are the first one to give a hug if someone in our family gets hurt.  You love to help around the house.  You are amazing at cleaning and organizing.  Sometimes when it's time to clean up, you ask me to leave the room because you want to surprise me.  When everything is put in its spot, you proudly come get me to see "how clean it is." 
 You are becoming more outgoing (I think because of Emma).  Just over the past couple months we have watched you become more adventurous.  You are still a cautious person, but are learning to love the thrill of new things (usually after watching Emma do it first.)  Just last night we heard you both laughing and screaming with glee as you rode your bikes down the dirt hill and crashed into the patio.  Over and over again.  You are still a rule follower though...and love to make sure everyone else is following the rules.
 You love to be outside.  You love watching the chickens, helping around our little homestead, and most recently, playing with Indie.  You two are pretty much inseparable.  You are patient with her and love to help train her.  I think you two are going to be buddies for a long time. 
 I can't believe you are going to preschool this next school year.  You are excited mixed with a little hesitation.  But once you get there I know you will love it.  You love to learn and are so curious about the world around you.  You love love love numbers.  You can count to 100 (and sometimes beyond).  You can count by tens.  You can add 1 and 2 to any number and you know all your double addition facts.  Counting is definitely your thing. 

You also have a great memory.  I can usually ask you to remember something we need at the store or where I last put something and I can count on you to tell me.  You memorized over 20 bible verses this year at Awana.  You can hear a book read one or two times and then retell the whole story without missing a beat.
It's fun to listen to you play.  You are very creative and love to build things.  You can turn anything into a tool.  You love to do art projects and right now your favorite thing to do is paint with watercolors.  You are good at writing all your letters and love to make lists. 
You are so fun to be around.  You make us laugh with your clever sayings.  We never know what you are going to come up with.  We love you so much, buddy.  We are excited to see what this next year will hold for you.  Thanks for all the hugs, kisses, songs, and laughs.




We made it back from a fun little vacation to Steamboat Springs on Wednesday.  It was so fun to chill out with the cousins and my mom and sister.  I was a little nervous about doing the almost five hour drive with just me and the kiddos, but they did amazing!  We enjoyed the beautiful drive, sang songs, they played with magnets and dry erase boards, and counted trains and windmills. 
I actually didn't take too many pictures, but I love all their smiling faces in these.  

 We hiked to Fish Creek Falls the first full day we were there.  Mason really loved the waterfall.  We saw a bunch of small "waterfalls" on both sides of the trail on the way up and he would get so excited for each one.  Him and Nana also were on the lookout for all the different flowers they could see.  My sister and I got major workout points for pushing the double strollers after already going for a run that morning.  Hello sore legs. 
 We spent most of the time swimming.  All four kids loved the pools.  We loved the hot tub!  We had our own hot tub on our deck so we soaked and soaked after the kids were tucked in for the night.  And during nap time. 

Such a relaxing trip.  No huge plans.  Just family time and sunny weather!