Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to Egg

We had kind of a long day at work. I was in Jacksonville at a state op all day and Joe was getting ready for all kinds of church stuff. When I got home at 5:30 Joe had brought Esther flowers and her cuppa joe from her favorite Watseka hangout, Promises. The kids enjoyed giving her those.

When I got home I made her birthday request…waffles with strawberry syrup followed by birthday banana splits instead of cake. I have to admit that they were very tasty!

Happy birthday sunshine! I love you so much! Thank you for living with me this year and being the coolest auntie!



This one is for you Dad.

How does this happen?


I remember when we were kids and my dad would go into the bathroom and look in amazement at the 15,000 toothbrushes on the counter for 6 people.

I feel your pain Daddy. We are 6 people in this house…one of which has a grand total of 6 full teeth and 2 little half teeth!


How does this happen?

If anyone has an answer please let me know.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Van Update

Doors are all on.
No new parts needed.
Praise God!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


The weather has changed, the leaves have changed, it is GORGEOUS!


I love wearing sweaters and sweatshirts. The kids have apparently inherited that from me because they (esp. Hannah) never want to take off their coats. I do have to say that if my coat was as cute as Hannah’s I probably wouldn’t take it off either!


We went to the park for some fall fun and took pictures of the kids. Of course they were all sassy and made it VERY difficult to get one of the three of them. Oh well, better luck next season.










And that’s a wrap…


So, yesterday was a very sad and emotional day at work. Without going into details, it was draining.

So, right off in the morning Joe dropped his cell phone in the toilet. It didn’t seem to be working very well so he was going to leave it at home to let it dry out. I went to work early and Joe was on kid duty because Lily had school.

In the midst of everything that was going on at work Joe called me to let me know that while taking Lily to school he pulled up to a stop sign and one of the side doors fell off of the van.




How was your day?



While sitting at the stop sign with the door on the ground and Lily in the backseat  someone that we knew (sort of) drove by and offered to leave her cell phone with Joe while she took Lily to school. He started making calls and ended up getting someone to come and help him lift the door off of the ground and into the van. He drove around to see if anyone would fix it, went to 2 places that both gave him the cold shoulder and decided to order the bracket and get it on himself.

He brought the van to my work this morning and he and two of my co-workers attempted to get the door aligned on all three tracks at the same time. They did really well. 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. We actually think that the bottom bracket may have gotten bent out of shape when it fell off so we have to take it back in tomorrow a.m. to get it checked and possibly the new part ordered.

This could only happen to us.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Apologies

We have been eyebrow deep in wedding preparations this month and last month. All of us are helping to try and get everything ready.  Lily is EAGERLY anticipating her responsibilities to Auntie Ruthie as flowergirl. I am not sure if she is entirely aware that a large part of her responsibilities is to remain QUIET during the wedding!

Anywho, because of this I have been REMISS in my other duties… the blog being something that has just been escaping me on a daily basis. I have taken a wedding prep hiatus and am only focusing on things that I have been wanting/needing to get done.

So, enjoy the previous blog posts that have finally been posted. There are a lot of them so have patience. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


1)  I offered to be the official memory keeper for Lily’s preschool class. It was primarily a selfish move on my part. I wanted to have a reason to go into Lily’s class once or twice a month to take pictures. I have been there three times now and have really enjoyed it. They are such a fun group of kids. So, I am taking pictures, printing them, and then assembling all of the necessary pieces for the teacher to help the kids glue to their pages. The hope is by the end of the year they will each have a little book that gives a month by month overview of what they did in school. :) I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

2)  We also just recently spent the day scraping paint off of the tiles in the two bathrooms. After many trips to the local hardware store and some elbow grease our bathrooms are just about ready to be painted fresh.

It is SO satisfying!

3)   We also just finished all of the invitations to Ruthie’s bridal shower. I am excited! We put them together relatively quickly and now the responses are rolling in! So fun! I can’t wait until we have it all put together.

4)   I am trying to get Christmas presents all made early. I realize that time is only going by faster and am realizing that it will only get faster! Hopefully everything is finished in time!

5) Also, I am FRANTICALLY working on a cross stitch Christmas stocking. I am beginning to have my doubts as to whether it will be done in time or not. If not, there is always next year right?

6) Last but not least, I am trying to get caught up on my 365 album. I am so far behind right now. Yikes!! Hopefully I will be able to get it all caught up this weekend. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I am not sure how to keep going with the updates on Hannah now that she is one.


I have decided that we will continue with an update on each kid instead of just her.

Lily: Is very happily playing soccer. She really loves practice and does really well. Unfortunately, the game is another story. She much prefers the structure of practice, the taking turns, the games, etc. She doesn’t do well with everyone being super competitive. When she has the ball she doesn’t like it when other people steal it. It kind of causes some issues. She is excited about school. If she had her way she would be there every day instead of 3 days a week. Her vocabulary shocks me on a daily basis! I don’t know where she comes up with some of the things that she says!


Jake: He is now 3. He reminds me everyday that he should be in  school because 3 year olds go to school. He is getting better and better with the bathroom situation. We have had some struggles but is much. much. much better now. He is really loving the tool set that he got for his birthday and has become a computer game addict. We are in the process of looking for a 12 step program. Let me know if you hear of one.

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Hannah: She is still not fully walking. She seems to not care about it at all. She loves to do her own thing and gets very ANGRY if she doesn’t get what she wants. She is a little stubborn and very sassy. She doesn’t have any trouble holding her own with Lily and Jake. She loves singing Old McDonald (eeeieeeeiiiiioooooo), saying owieee for the smallest, most inconsequential thing, LOVES looking for puppies everywhere (puppyyyyyyy-to be whispered in excitement), and loves using the few words that she has…


Other than that we don’t know whether we are coming or going half the time but are having fun meeting each other on the way! :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jake is 3, FINALLY!

Happy birthday to Jake! I say finally because he seems older than he is. It was weird to realize that he is only 3. I feel like he has been around forever!


We went to Chuck E Cheese for his birthday this year. It seemed fitting. Lily had her 3rd birthday party at the Chuck and he had been begging to go. We decided to keep it really simple this year and went with just our family and Esther.










Jake basking in his money. Thank you Gramma Jack! He bought a book at Barnes and Noble!










Fortunately, it was an enjoyable trip. There was only one other family there and the kids were primarily older than ours so there wasn’t a whole lot of interaction. I know that Hannah definitely enjoyed going on the little mini merry-go-round that they had. Lily enjoyed a game or 5 of air hockey with one of the girls from the other family. Joe enjoyed the football games and Jake had a blast with the train. He would have been happy spending every single token on that. :) Est and I tried a little air hockey and then I tried the Whacka Mole type game that they had. I lost. To Joe. Boo.











Cake. Presents. Games. Fun.

Every ingredient that was needed for the PERFECT 3rd birthday!

Thank you everyone for the birthday calls and gifts!

Monday, October 5, 2009

And this is what they call…














Harvest Daze!


The kids went into a house on wheels. The fireman taught them what to do if they smelled smoke or heard a smoke detector in the house. The house filled up with smoke and they had to crawl along the floor on their bellies, touch the doorknob to make sure that it wasn’t hot and then exit the little house. The kids did great, Jake was a little scared and Lily wanted to go to the second floor of the house so that she would have to climb out the window. (That didn’t happen.)


They had some DELICIOUS kettle corn there. The kids loved it. I was pretty impressed with the caramel apple slices!













Saturday, October 3, 2009

baby it’s cold outside…

…but we are still eating ice cream cones. Can you say denial?


Someday he won’t want to give me kisses so I am stocking up on them now!


And then there is the disaster baby! Maybe someday she won’t eat like a starving wildebeest!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

A peek into the life of…

Every night after the kids have their bath they all act like they are freezing cold. Hannah loves to be all wrapped. Jake, even when cold, would prefer to run through the house in just a pull-up, and Lily wants to have 5 or 6 blankets on top of her blanket sleeper.





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