Owen's Fifth Year

Today (17th - I started this post in draft form on the 16th) is Owen's 5th Birthday! He has had quite the year and grown into quite a boy! His year in pictures tell nearly the whole story! He's athletic and strong, a clown yet shy, and 100% devoted to his family and close friends.

Silly Owen Facts:

  • Loves to collect + trade football cards with his big brother and the Schillingers
  • Shows affection by tackling or climbing on those he loves
  • Enjoys being silly and making others laugh
  • Has unique facial expressions and choreographed dance moves
  • Prefers to have his back scratched before bed each night
  • Never wants to take a shower but could stay under the warm water for an hour

  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Lunch/Dinner: Hot Dogs
  • Favorite Fruit: Pears, Nectarines, Cherries, Little Cutie Oranges (Can't keep any in the house for long! He gobbles them up!)
  • Favorite Vegetable: Salad (I didn't know this one.)
  • Favorite Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches (Eggs + Sausaage, with or without the bread)
  • Favorited Drink: Chocolate Milk, then Rootbeer
  • Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Ice Cream

Here we go:
March 2010 - jumping on my bed in jammies, cowboy hats, bike gear, and sporting six-pack abs.
Tent Camping in the Bedroom
March 15, 2010

Owen LOVES to ride his bike - on the road and on trails. He's known to do stunts, such as pop wheelies and ride with his feet up on the frame.

Spring Soccer - Owen snuck on the team for his second season, a full year younger (minimum) than his teammates and competition, and our team's leading scorer.
Point Defiance Zoo Park - March 31, 2010

At the zoo, Owen rode a camel for the first time and all by himself! He recently took this picture to school for "share day" to tell all his friends all about it!
Owen made Kate this birthday crown for her 2nd birthday, April 7, 2010.

Owen mastered his name and the other 22 letters of the alphabet this year. He also can write his letters (fours upside down) up to at least 48 (that's how many squares on the back of a Yahtzee scorecard). Pic from May 6, 2010
Lake Padden - May 12, 2010

Above + Below -- in our garage on a rainy June 6, 2010
We camped at Moran State Park on Orcas Island June 29 - July 2, 2010
Then we moved over to Lopez Island and camped at Odlin Park July 2-5, 2010

July 18, 2010, Owen competed in his first mountain bike race. He took second place in the 10 and under division.

Owen also participated in All-Comers track over the summer - at 4 and a half - taking first place regularly in hurdles and short distance sprints!
July 23, days after Owen celebrated his half birthday, he became a big brother again.
Boating around Shaw Island August 4, 2010
August 23, 2010 we visited our friends the Sorensons in Yakima, and the boys ate and ate fresh veggies from the garden! They picked so much that we went home with more than of cooler's worth of fresh produce!
Owen was eager to introduce Eli to the game of football.

August 31, 2010
September 16, 2010

Owen loves to help and is constantly calming and entertaining Eli when E needs it!

Fall Soccer - Southside Super Dragons

October 3, 2010
This face shows one of Owen's signature expressions, which he makes especially to evoke a laugh from me!
Owen made a lot of puppets in the fall of 2010.
4 3/4 Years Old

October 16, 2010

October 31, 2010

We made great friends of the Schillingers and Parsons this fall!
November 5, 2010, Collin and Owen sat together working on their print and spelling.
November 24, 2010
Owen enjoyed his second Seahawks game November 28, 2010 against the Kansas City Chiefs (we lost but that didn't razzle the fans!).

December 3, 2010, Owen visited Santa and rode the Westlake Carousel, both annual holiday traditions.

Pic: December 11, 2010
"I am special because my mommy loves me, and I was born to my family." Quote: January 13, 2011
Owen's favorite drink is chocolate milk. His next favorite is rootbeer.
December 18, 2010, we went to our first Solstice Party!
Owen loved the holiday festivities and got very involved in decorating the gingerbread house and making Christmas cookies!

Christmas Eve was lots of fun! Owen got his annual Christmas eve jammies and posed with his favorite people for a holiday pic:

December 24, 2010
Owen's favorite movie is still Cars, but in close second is Toy Story. He also love Curious George, Cat in the Hat, Mickey Mouse, and Scooby Doo.

Owen is a trickster and loves to make people laugh! In this picture, he'd wrapped an empty box for Grandpa to open Christmas Day.
Collin is without a doubt Owen's BEST friend. Then Kate. Then the Schillinger boys.
Remember I said he was always going for the laugh? Here he is tricking out Eli. December 29, 2010
Owen enjoyed his first play at the 5th Avenue Theater December 30, 2010

The boys LOVE to wrestle and play tackle football - indoors and out. December 31, 2010
January 4, 2011
January 8, 2011

January 9, 2011

Corduroy visited, and Owen loved the experience!
January 15, 2011

Last day as a 4 year old - January 16, 2011

January 13, 2011 Quotes:

Things I am good at: playing Wii, running fast, making airplanes, riding my bike fast, playing football, soccer and basketball, being a brother

I was born in the state of: New York? Kansas City? Can you just tell me? (Bellingham, Washington)

Favorite things that did when I was 4: when we went to Uncle Brian's for New Year's, when we went to the Seahawk Game and saw Uncle Jared, any time we played with the Schillingers, when we rode a camel at the zoo, when we camped on Shaw Island

When I grow up I want to be a football player.


  1. Awesome photos and congratulations Owen on a great fourth year!

    "Uncle" Jim

  2. You rock Owen! Love all the pictures and quotes. Lots of great memories.
    Love, Grandma Yanasak