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2.5 for Nicholas

Nope, not 30 months, but it appears to be the closest one we took to his 2.5 milestone. ¬†Guess that is what moving into a new house can do for you ūüôā

Height: 36.5 (67%)

Weight: 30lbs 11oz (61%)

Nicholas has two “lovies”. ¬†He uses the book Nene made for him as his pillow and must be holding the red spiked ball in a hand. ¬†The ball makes for the funniest sleepy lines/spots on his face and hands.

Mr. independent has figured out how to get a plate down for his breakfast fruit after securing his yogurt from the fridge.

First round of antibiotics due to an infection from a leech. ¬†Yes, it is true. ¬†Nearly 2 weeks after I removed a leech from his leg in Jackson Hole it became infected and a quick trip to the urgent care had Nicholas on antibiotics, every 6 hours 24 hours a day… ¬†You can see the innocent little circle from the original bite just above the rash looking area.

Jackson Hole for the 4th

Our annual trip to Jackson Hole to visit Nana and PopPop is so much fun.  This is our 6th annual flight to Jackson in our plane.

We really enjoyed attending the small town parade last year and thought we would travel there again for the 4th of July this year.  Everyone got on their festive colors and we headed out for the morning parade.

PopPop loves to cook and Cooper loves to help him.  Here they are making homemade pasta together

A visit to String Lake for a fun splash in the cold mountain water. ¬†Also the site of Nicholas’ leech bite. ¬†A first for all of us… I thought it was a big slug and yanked it off of his leg when I was changing him out of his swimsuit. ¬†The amount of blood that happened next told me I was very wrong. ¬†We think he got it from crawling up the embankment to get out of the water when playing. ¬†Apparently nobody else in the family has ever picked one up here in 14 years of visits. ¬†What research later told me is that I should have removed the leech slowly to ensure that all of it was removed from his leg. ¬†Not pictured here is the bad infection that happened 2 weeks later, apparently due to part of the leech mouth still being left in his leg ūüôĀ

Yummy local ice cream. ¬† A favorite for Nana and everyone is happy to support her, especially when the scoops are as large as the kids’ heads!

We were very lucky and had a few sightings of a Mama moose and her baby at Nana and PopPop’s house

Traditions… ¬†Nana loves to take the kids to the candy store, just like she did with Robbie and his siblings

We take an annual family picture in the same corner of the deck each year too.

Getting ready to head home after another fun trip to visit Jackson!  The Tetons are so breath taking and the fact that we (Robbie) can fly our family here in an airplane that we built in our garage is still so unbelievable!

Just for record sake…this was probably two of our hardest flights. ¬†I was sick for nearly the entire last 2 hours of flying on the way to Jackson due to hot turbulence and Nicholas was upset nearly 3 hours of the flight home, only quiet when eating raisins (5 boxes consumed just trying for a moment of silence) and a very brief rest. ¬†We will do it again because much like child birth, the reward is too great and my memory is too short to not be willing to try again ūüôā


Cooper First and Last Days of School 2015-2016

Last day of school vs. first day of school year 2015-2016

There was even a graduation ceremony at Totem Preschool.  Cooper with his teachers Ms. Bobbi and Ms. Kathy

Family photo at graduation at Grasslawn park.

Cooper’s Birthday Celebrations

Cooper celebrated on his special day with the neighbor, Molly and little brother Nicholas.  The following weekend we had a race car themed birthday party with stop light cupcakes.  It was supposed to be at Tot Lot park, but threatening thunder storms moved it to our house.

Paige, Luca, Adelind, Nicholas, Mila, Max, Ben, Finn, Cooper, Stephen and Spike

Blowing out the candles

The birthday boy and his parents

One of cousin Blake’s first birthday parties.

Grandma made him a special construction quilt for his bed, even with his name on it.

4 Years Old

Stats: Height 44in (98%), Weight 48lbs (98%)


Wears size 5/6 shirts and 5T pants and size 11 shoes. ¬†A few weeks ago Cooper decided he was going to sleep in his undies at night and he has been dry ever since (nearly two years from his first potty training weekend). ¬†Last shots until 11 yrs old (other than flu). ¬†Was super nervous and took a while to even consider it, but once it happened was fine and said it didn’t hurt.


Language, Cooper has some amazing phrases that we will be really sad to see pass once he starts using the L and Th sounds and figures out the correct words. ¬†Right now you get in a lion (line), you can also make a chance (choice), beeritos (burritos), I was sinking (thinking), relarm (alarm), rerection (direction), oosually (usually), respect (expect), yittle (little). ¬†Some more fun phrases are volume it up (requesting to turn up the music, comes from asking Alexa to “volume up”) and go straightward/frontward (going in the direction of straight or forward). ¬†For over a month leading up to his birthday Cooper would ask Alexa (Amazon Echo) how many days until his birthday. ¬†Alexa is the first word we have heard him say with a super clear L sound, probably all that practice with no response unless he said it clearly ūüôā

When he gets really excited he lets out a squeal and jumps up and down and hold his hands up like a kangaroo, showing off his beautiful sparkling eyes and big double dimple smile.

Ever since the beginning of the year after a visit to Toysrus, Cooper has been asking for an edger. ¬†I have to give the kid credit, for 6 months he consistently asked for an edger for his birthday and didn’t waiver once on what he wanted. ¬†His dreams did come true on his birthday and he loves it from morning until night each day ūüôā

This marks the first year Cooper was in school to celebrate his birthday too, crown in all.


May Brothers

These two love to play together.  Cooper loves to ride and Nicholas loves to push, stroller, cart, toys, anything.  It cracks me up to see little brother pushing big brother around town.

Exhaustion finally won over a Cooper. ¬†I love all the toy action on his floor and then it looks like a pool noodle is what finally took him out for this afternoon’s nap.

A visit to Costco with the Kochman brothers is not complete unless you stop to see the pizza sauce machine in action

Just capturing the daily silliness.

Weekends and grandparent visits are the best because then they get to help with the coffee machine

Family airplane oil change. ¬†I hear rumors in the coming years this could be a boy bonding time activity. ¬†Until then, we will do our best to keep the kiddos entertained/out of the way and have them recount the oil cans over and over again ūüôā

A highlight of sheet changing day. ¬†Jumping on Nicholas’ bed in their adorable matching pjs.

27 months


Words, Nicholas’ sounds have grown leaps and bounds this quarter. ¬†We were reminded that back in February he only made a ‘ba’ and ‘ma’ sound. ¬†There were slight differences in the many uses of ba that stood for everything from brother to bottle to airplane. ¬†Now he has a string of sounds and is regularly using two words together. ¬†His first two word saying was “more food”. ¬†Right now he loves to run through a door and yell “elloo, bye bye” to mimic a silly game he plays with Cooper where he runs up to the neighbors and says “hello, goodbye” before running away again.

Nicholas has finished up his first solo year and 3rd year at Woodinville Toddler Group.  He was able to parallel play in different rooms than me and always loved any of the ride or push toys in the hallway.

He is starting preschool at Kindering where he will get his speech and occupational therapy during class.  It is two days a week for 1.5 hours.  This will be a great developmental milestone as he moves to a group setting for therapy and gets to blossom on his own without supervision of his parents and brother.  He is always so excited to get to talk about his day when asked at the dinner table.  Right now there is a lot of translating by me so it will be fun to decipher what happened on his school days.


We have added a clock that turns green at 6:20am to his room to match Cooper’s. ¬†Many mornings he is up closer to 5:30am, but we are trying to see if he can wait until 6:20. ¬†On the mornings that he does wait until his clock is green he is so proud to show it off when we go to get him. ¬†This morning he actually made it until his clock turned green and was so excited he is pointing to it on his bookcase next to his camera.

Speaking of proud, Nicholas really lights up when he does something he is proud of. ¬†It is so cute to see him glowing from ear to ear when showing us a puzzle he did or picture he made. ¬†If they make it until their clocks are green they get to watch some tv in the morning while we finish up getting ready (Rob and I get up at 5:30 to try to be ready before they are up). ¬†Nicholas can last for a few minutes of tv, but quickly enters our room to keep us on track so we can get downstairs to make him some breakfast. ¬†He is at a wonderful stage of wanting to do things himself. ¬†His breakfast jobs are to get out 3 spoons, transfer his yogurt to a ramekin and stir it up, and put 2-3 prunes on both of their plates. ¬†He now regularly climbs into his booster chair at the table and does both buckles. ¬†He is drinking his milk from a rocks glass and we are slowly moving away from other plastic dishes (no real reason we haven’t switched completely, but habit).

Please note how much yogurt actually made it to the ramekin.  The yogurt often touches the ramekin, but is then quickly scooped up again to go right into his mouth.

For snack Nicholas will get out the cheese sticks or circles for him and Cooper and bring them to the table. ¬†He loves Craisins and calls them “du dus.” ¬†He also loves the squeeze pouches. ¬†We then head out to play at either our weekly PEPS play dates, toddler group, the gym care or parks and errand running on our unscheduled days. ¬†Nicholas typically eats a PB&J sandwich for lunch with a fruit and pirate booty. ¬†If he sees a lunch meat or cheese he will also ask for that too. ¬†After lunch he goes up for nap and we do a diaper change and read two books before he goes down. ¬†He is currently sleeping 2-3 hours most days and we are finding if we can get in his room when he is sitting up, but before he starts to cry he is much happier in the afternoon. ¬†On the days he does cry after nap it can take some time to settle him down, but a sure bet is to sit with him in the rocker and snuggle him slightly laid back. ¬†He often falls back to sleep this way. ¬†I love his koala hold that he gives before and after rest times, it is the best feeling.

If you ever need a stirrer, Nicholas is your guy.  Just like his Daddy, this guy love to stir!

It is hard to say no to this face when he wants a Popsicle.  Eating them outside is a definite must!

Meeting Baby Blake

Blake, my “fake” cousin, Shannon’s son was born on 4/30. ¬†The boys are so excited to welcome a baby to our family. ¬†They love to love on him. ¬†They were so happy and convinced that they could make baby Blake laugh and watch him in his swing. ¬†Both boys also decided it would be a great day to wear their birthday number shirts ūüôā

Toddler Group, First and Last Days

Our little character on his last day of toddler group 2016, age 2.

First day of toddler group 2015, age 1.5

Boys Weekend and Solo Auntie Visit

Daddy and the boys had a wonderful boys weekend, which included airplane, of course.  They visited the Boeing museum and even caught the Dream Lifter landing.

Auntie had a girls weekend with her nieces and sister in the Santa Cruz sunshine.  Kari and I did some wine tasting and then picked the girls up from school for a fun first day.

With a third adult we also hit the Boardwalk to take advantage of the 1:1 adult ratio for rides.

Next we hit the rock climbing gym to practice before the girls’ birthday party coming up in a few weeks.

It was another incredible trip with some of my most favorite people.  We sure do know how to make the most of our time together xoxo.