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Liam's Interview (3 years old)

For Liam's birthday I forgot to post his interview. So here it is:


How old are you? 3
What is your favorite thing to do? eat Popsicles and play
What is your favorite color? orange, blue and green
What is your favorite food? mac and cheese
What do you like to do with your family? play games
What is your favorite toy? my big rig
What do you want to do when you grow up? an astronaut and drive Lightening McQueen
What makes you happy? sleep
What makes you sad? when I get hurt
What is your favorite show? Spirit and Paw Patrol
What is your favorite book? Berenstain Bears Too Much TV
What do you want to learn more about? frogs
What was the best part of your birthday? my remote control car
Where do you like to go? hiking
What is your favorite treat? lollipops and brownies
What do you think about before falling asleep? cars and waking up to play
What do you like to do most with your family -
Dad - eat popcorn
Mom - play cars
Callie - make bracelets

A Special Celebration

This last weekend we had the opportunity to celebrate Gram's 90th birthday party. It was a day full of laughter, smiles, and love. We played games, ate lobster, and relaxed. I am so thankful that we were all able to get together to celebrate a beautiful, spunky, amazing woman! We are so blessed to have her in our lives and so thankful that our kids get to enjoy and get to know her. Happy birthday Gram!

The whole gang (minus Ben):


The original Knowles:

When I am old, I pray that I have the same relationship with my sisters as these siblings do - laughter is the best part of these family get togethers. 
Gram with the boys
The girls relaxing after a long hard day of water balloons
Gram with her great grandkids
Grandma with the kiddos
The kids!
Oh, did I mention that there was lobster for dinner?!
These 2!!


Father's Day

We celebrated Father's day with a beautiful weekend of kayaking and walking around UW. The kiddos loved the kayaks and we enjoyed exploring the waters and the arboretum. After a fun kayaking adventure, we headed to UW campus and had a picnic. The kids loved exploring the campus with their scooters.

Was so nice to have the campus to ourselves
The arboretum
My kayaking buddy - she worked hard the whole time
The boy boat. Liam was not super happy about being in the kayak and took some convincing to get in. After about 10 minutes of pouting he decided that he loved it!

Kindergarten Complete!

I am so proud of this little girl. She has worked so hard this year, learning new things and making new friends. She has excelled in school and loves going every day to learn new things. We could not be more proud of the intelligent and kind girl that she is turning into. I am so happy to have her home for the summer and cannot wait to get started on our summer bucket list.




According to Callie......finally!!

She has been waiting patiently and patiently for her teeth to get loose. Finally (according to Callie) she lost her first tooth!

Memorial Day Weekend

Over Memorial Day weekend we actually got some sun, thankfully. That weekend ended up being a weekend of friends, family, and hiking. We tried to soak up every minute of the warm weather - which is good because I don't think we have gotten it since then.
We enjoyed some sprinkler time with our cousins.
And some relaxing hammock time....
And there were s'mores of course!
Monday we headed up Rattlesnake ledge (with every single other person that lives in Seattle). It was beautiful but extremely busy; not sure it will be a hike that I will ever do again.
The view from the top


Random spring fun

I'm realizing how bad I have been about keeping up with things. You'd think I'd have more time with Callie in school but time seems to slip away from me. We've had a busy couple of months...trying to make the most of the weather and enjoy spring even though it has yet to arrive.

Everyone needs a little fancy in their life.....Grandma took us to see Fancy Nancy at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. I love Fancy Nancy and the show did not disappoint. Super fun time with the girls and grandma.
I love how our 3 girls have 3 very distinct and very different personalities and perspectives on what it means to be fancy!

We also hit up the spring fair when it was in town with Grandma and Grandpa. I actually seem to prefer the spring fair over the big fall fair. I love how small the spring fair is, so much less overwhelming for me. After we visited the animals and the rides we watched "slamfest". It is safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into - a new experienc…

Mothers Day

I am so blessed to be the mom of these 2 amazing kids! I hope that I grow to be a role model in their eyes as my mom continues to grow in mine. I can't wait to take her out to dinner and celebrate soon! Amazing how becoming a mom can change my perspective on everything.
We had a great day on Sunday. We spent the morning at church and then packed our lunch and headed up to the mountains for a hike. The kids did amazing - Liam is in an awkward stage - he doesn't want to be in the pack but we also are not sure how much he can actually walk. Sunday he pushed past our expectations and walked the whole 3 muddy miles.

The lower falls

Biggest tree ever!


Swim Lessons

Now that Liam has turned three we were able to start him in swim lessons. After about 2 tentative weeks, it is safe to say that he loves it! He has the best teacher that I have ever seen and has come very far in a short time. When he started he didn't even want to put his chin in the water, now we struggle to get him to keep his head above the water. We are thankful that he can do this during the day and spend the morning in the pool playing.






Ski Vacation

For mid winter break we continued the Knowles tradition and headed to Sunriver for the week. So many memories were made and Callie and Liam constantly talk about it. They love being around their grandma and grandpa, playing with their cousins and skiing (Callie). Callie had so much fun skiing and loved going through the trees, doing jumps and skiing with Grandpa. Liam had a blast with Grandma - they rode bikes, went for walks, snuggled, and played cars together.
We are already looking forward to next year!
Liam got to have Bennett all to himself for a day and he was so happy about it! (if only he would keep his eyes open)
Snuggles with Grandma after a day of skiing
After the long drive, the kids were able to get some wiggles out in Sunriver before getting into the house

These kiddos were amazing skiers! They lasted until the last chair almost every day that we skied! So fun skiing with them!


Grandpa and his little speedsters!

We had some beautiful snow when we were up there
We got one…