Monday, January 9, 2017

Crazy Christmas 2016

Each year we say "this is going to be such a fun year, the kids are at a perfect age" and each year tops the next.  We loved having extra family here to celebrate with us.  It truly is a magical time of the year!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The stats

As a family we were recently discussing the topic of nicknames.  When Liam was born we called him "peanut" because he was significantly smaller at birth weight than Gavin, and because with a 2 1/2 year old as our only gauge of size, Liam did look like a peanut.  He thinks it's cute and he doesn't mind it, when he's 15 it may not be the same story, but for now I'll take it and continue to call him peanut.

His recent doctors visit solidified the nickname as well.  The pediatrician was a bit worried, but we aren't.  If he's anything like Jason he'll grow several inches between high school and college and probably be taller than all of us.  OR...he'll just live up to his nickname and the other ones that have followed:  surfer dude, Gavin's brother with the good hair, perfect hair, etc.

Did you know, the optimal height for a surfer is 5'9" do now!  If we have to travel to Hawaii often to visit Liam in his surfing competitions, we can live with that!

5 year stats

Liam 41.5" - 19% (he gets that from Barb)
Gavin 43.6" - 64%

Liam 38 lbs - 33%
Gavin 45 lbs - 80%

Gavin age 5                                           Liam age 5

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Liam's 5th Birthday

Having a birthday two days after Christmas is so tough. Our family tradition is to put all the Christmas decorations away on the 26th so Liam can celebrate in style on the 27th.  This year we met our goal and he couldn't have been happier.

A fun daytime party with grandparents, and a nighttime sleepover with friends!  When you're five that is the best day of your life!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Stats

And here is our feisty little Lola, who isn't so little.  She stacks up quite well to her brothers.  And the best part was she didn't have to get any shots :)

Lola age 3 ~ 30 lbs ~ 37.4"
Gavin age 3 ~ 38 lbs ~ 38.25"
Liam age 3 ~ 30 lbs ~ 38.9"

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lola's 3rd Birthday

A fun day celebrating with friends and family!  On her actual birthday she got to be the "guest reader" in big brother Gavin's classroom.  They sang to her and she definitely loved the attention!  We had our friends over for macaroni & cheese and french fries to celebrate her birthday.  She requested a pink mermaid cake, but of course.

Our little ray of sunshine!  Miss Lola - Happy 3rd Birthday!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Seattle 3 Day

Our 9th year!  And our 4th 3 day in Seattle, the first time it rained (pure luck considering it's Seattle). We had a great time, met some old friends and made some new.  We are continually amazed by this even and the impact it makes on the community, breast cancer survivors, and those effected by this disease.

If you read our blog and are interested in donating or better yet, walking in 2017 with us, please feel free to shoot us an email at  We'd love to increase our team of 2 to a lot more!  Plus Seattle is a kick-butt awesome city, so why not come.

2017 walk is 9/15-9/17.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dancing with the the RAIN

We pile everyone in the car for Gavin's fall ball games each week.  Sometimes fun for the family, sometimes not.  This time Jason was out of town so Barb didn't have a choice but to take everyone.  We met Grandma Patti there and took our seats on the bleachers.  About 3 minutes before the game started, the rain drops started. Within 10 minutes it was a full down pour!  Most parents and kids were hiding in the dugout trying to stay dry.

Not the Hendricks!  Rain often translates to dance party in our world. Why not?  It's only rain, and God made it so it must be good, right?  Plus the mud that we all end up covered in comes off in the shower.  Needless to say, we were the last ones to leave the ballpark.

Good times.  Making memories.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Big girl goes to school

We still call her baby Lola, but she's far from that.  She's MORE than ready for preschool, but her age doesn't allow her in yet.  She'll definitely be the top of her class in years to come.  In the meantime she'll continue learning through play and enjoying friends and teachers.  Lola goes to a Kids Day Out program once a week all day long at Kids Place at Grace (where we also attend church, Grace United Methodist Church).  The staff is absolutely amazing.  She loves going on Tuesdays with Liam, and is a bit disappointed when she doesn't get to go on the other days.  She will soon get used to special days with Grandpa Patti and push school to the curb.