Saturday, February 27, 2010


So far the suggestions that we have gotten are...

David John (apparently if I don't use it my parents will)
John (because there can never be enough kids named John in the Ottesen/Lee family)
Sue (so that we don't have to teach him how to fight)
Daniel Joseph
Matthew David
Matthew Joseph
Josiah Michael

Still accepting suggestions. Probably until a day or two after he is born. :) We are keeping the list going.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

One of a Kind

Lily comes to me while I was fixing dinner, pulls a chair over, begins to help me cook and says…

“Mom, I really want to be one of a kind.”

I was kind of surprised and not sure where it had come from. I told her that she definitely was one of a kind and she responded,

“No Mom, Hannah is always trying to be just like me.”

I responded with letting her know that I thought that the only reason that Hannah wanted to be like her so badly was because she thought Lily was so cool. That pacified her a little bit and then she said,

“Well, I guess that Hannah can try to be like me but I really don’t want anyone else to be like me.”

I was thinking, I don’t really think that there is anyone in this world that CAN be like our Lilybug. :)

She is definitely NOT a lemming.

I love that she is such a little character.

It makes me happy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


We had the ultrasound today! We took the two younger kids with us while Lily was at school.

Half hour later we were walking out clutching the first pictures of our newest baby.



It was so fun. We got to see the little mouth moving. This is a very active baby! Kicking, waving arms around, moving every which way…

We also found out that we are having a boy!

So, baby boy Dapelo is needing a name and if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them out. We have a few ideas but are not sold on anything yet.

We are all excited!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Update on the kids.

I know, original title. Creativity is not my thing today.  And, since I have been doing these every month it makes it a little harder.

So, youngest first…


Hannah Banana. I don’t really know where to start with her. She seems to change on a weekly basis. She has LOTS of words now and I am beginning to wonder what happened to the days when she didn’t talk at all. She is still tiny. Most of the time when people see her running around they ask how old she is because they think that she is too little to be walking/running around. She is really fun, she has a great sense of humor and she tries to mimic her brother and sister all.the.time! She is going through a serious sister phase right now and loves to be with Lily all the time. Translation, if Lily is laying on the couch, Hannah is laying on the couch. If Lily is walking across the street, Hannah is holding her hand because her hand is better than mine or Joe’s. ETC. It is a little frustrating for Lily at times but I think that she likes it for the most part.


Jacob. He is all about the alphabet and potty training and the computer right now. I know that is what he was doing last month too but seriously, it is really cold outside so the normal, fun outdoor activities are kind of at a halt. He is also stalked a little by Hannah which is funny to watch but he is a great big brother. He DESPERATELY wants to be in school and cries when I take him away every day that I drop Lily off. We are working on a little bit of stuff here at home and I have to say that he is not much farther behind Lily when it comes to recognition of letters and numbers. Writing them is another story but he knows almost all the letters and knows all the numbers. We seem to have turned a corner with his dislike (hatred) for haircuts. He now begs for them on a biweekly basis. The other day he came to us, grabbed his hair, and said “please can we cut my hair. It is growing RIGHT NOW!”


Lilybug. She likes to do any craft that involves paint, glitter, glue, or markers. I am thinking that I am going to give sewing a try one of these days. I don’t know if she has the patience for it but there is only one way to find out. She loves to CREATE. As said above, Hannah is kind of taking over her world and Lily is really enjoying being the big sister (read, mommy) to her. I don’t know how long that will last before it gets too old. She loves books and is especially loving Pinkalicious right now and is desperate to read Purplicious. Tea parties are still a huge deal. She just loves to entertain! She is definitely a leader. When I talked to her teacher she said that Lily doesn’t have any trouble being in charge or having other people follow her direction. (Read, she is really bossy) I blame that on having two younger siblings that are willing to play any role in any game or story that comes out of her pretty little head.

That’s it for now. Another coming next month. Maybe we will have some outings. Hopefully it won’t be so frigid. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just in case...

you were wanting to join us in our New Testament in 40 Days endeavor, contact me and I will send you the weekly devotional/reading guide that Joe put together. You will be put on the list to receive it weekly for the rest of lent.

Hope to hear from you.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

You’ve Got the Time

We, as a church body, are embarking on a challenge. We are partnering up with Faith Comes By Hearing to do a project called You’ve Got the Time. We are going to listen to the New Testament for 28 minutes a day for the 40 days of lent. Sundays are excluded and following the schedule, we should be done with the entire New Testament by Easter.

I, for one, am really excited. We are hoping that we will be able to provide a New Testament to the Kwanja people. Wycliffe is working with Faith Comes By Hearing to help provide this people group with the Word of God in their own language.

Joe and I are excited about the opportunity to participate in this extremely exciting endeavor and we are equally pleased that they have a kid version in audio so that our kids can participate too.

So, this is what our days will be looking like for the next 40 days…


Note: I just have to say that I LOVE my Bible. It is The Lutheran Study Bible (ESV) that was put out by CPH. Love it! Check it out!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dramatic drumroll please!

Here it is folks…


I am not the only one who looks like this at 17 weeks right? Did I mention that someone asked if I was having twins?  Honestly though, what do you think?

Please…reassuring comments needed! ;) All I ask is that you don’t lie. I would rather feel reassured that I am not going crazy in my thought that this happened too fast than having people tell me that my mental status is questionable because everyone looks like this.

On another note…

Lily got her eyes checked today and we found out that though she is a tiny bit farsighted she does NOT need glasses at this time! Huge relief!

While we were out we got the kids feet measured on a whim. Found out that since we did it the last time (in Sept or Oct) Hannah has gone from a size 3 to a size 5, Jake has gone from a size 7 to size 9 and Lily has gone from a size 9 to a size 10 1/2.


Obviously they have all been growing!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Lily and I worked on the treat bags for her Valentines party at school yesterday. I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you?


She did one of the bag toppers and then I scanned it in and we stapled them to the top of a Ziploc baggie with Hershey kisses and Dum-dums.

On a not so cute note…


I ended up on my hands and knees scrubbing our kitchen floor last night. I used the regular mop and then decided that it had been awhile since I had really scrubbed the cabinets and the floor underneath the cabinets so I gave it a shot. NASTY! On the upside you can now eat off of the floor, which Hannah does periodically. :)

We are heading out to Champaign today when Joe gets done with work to have a little R & R with the kids. He has been missing them so we are going to have a little fun. More to come about that…

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things…

I thought it would be interesting to document some of the favorite things that my kids have at these ages.


1) Barbies

2) Princess stuff

3) Fancy Nancy

4) Play-Doh

5) Dress up stuff from Grandma Lee

6) Leapster

7) Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

8) Rice Krispy Treats

9) Green Blankie from Gramma Laurie

10) Reading Books


1) Dora and Diego

2) Leapster

3) Computer games on

4) Cars Underwear

5) Play-Doh

6) Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

7) Grapes

8) Ball blanket from Gramma Jack

9) Ball pillow from Gramma Laurie

10) Dinosaurs, trains, duplo and cars from Grandma Lee


1) Sleepers

2) Shoes

3) Barney

4) Puppies

5) Max and Ruby books

6) Coloring on everything

7) Meatballs and potatoes

8) Sleeping with people

9) Underwear from Auntie Esther

10) Purses


Yesterday, after a particularly trying day as a parent I realized that despite all my good intentions of being the kind, supportive, loving, nurturing parent I failed…

After a morning of putting out small spats of bickering between the two older ones, dealing with the S word being used (stupid) when referring to a sibling (over and over and over again), having the little one attached to my leg all day, cleaning up poop off of the floor-in case you are wondering, we do NOT have a dog, and finding that dinner was going to be running late due to slacking on making sure that I had the recipe accessible, I found that I just couldn’t handle it anymore.

I was in the kitchen and the youngest member of my family that is out and about was crying and acting tired and hungry. I was in the midst of pouring something into a pot, she grabbed me and was crying, I burned myself and then proceeded to get angry with her.


I was thinking about it later as I sat there on the kitchen floor comforting her that it wasn’t her fault that she had napped early that day and that dinner was running late. How could I expect a one year old to be feeling chipper after only an hour long nap at 9:30 in the morning when it was 5:30 at night?

I felt ashamed of myself.

My needs had come before hers.

I realized that taking the few seconds to pick her up and give her a hug, to reassure her, maybe give her a little snack of some sort would have saved us all a lot of heartache.

So, that is my goal. From now on I am going to try and remember that I only have them this age for a short time and that life is quickly speeding by. I need to take the time. Forget about the house being perfect at all times, forget about the million things that I want to do and remember that there are more important things in life. Taking that minute to read the book, look at the drawing, play the part in the short make believe whatever, give the hug and kiss, comfort, etc… will be more important than the planned activities for the day.

So, here's hoping that today will be a better day.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary! and a hodge podge of other things…

Yesterday was our SEVENTH anniversary! It seems hard to believe that it has been that long and seems weird that it has only been that long at the same time. I don’t know if that makes any sense at all.


I have been so blessed to be married to my best friend.




I have been working on laundry all morning and have to say that I think the unthinkable has happened! I THINK I am all caught up! I can’t be sure because I don’t know that it has ever happened but I don’t think that there is anything in this house that still needs to be washed.


Hannah has been really funny recently. She likes to mimic anyone and everyone. She likes to drag her pj’s around the house and wants to wear them all day, every day. She cracks me up!


I FINALLY sent out our Christmas cards and letters yesterday. SO SORRY that it took so long. Here is hoping that you get them by Valentines Day. I don’t think that I have ever been this late before. Oh well, maybe this year I will get them out by Thanksgiving.


Superbowl Sunday…awesome food. Need I say more? Joe and I had a really fun day cooking together. To die for enchiladas and homemade salsa verde! Also, sourdough bread bowls, spinach dip, and guacamole. YUM! We had fun watching the game too. I have to give Joe credit for tolerating me during the game. I learned SO MUCH about football!


Jake has been doing GREAT at the whole potty training thing. He is officially in underwear during the day and has woken up dry for 3 or 4 days now! Could it have really happened?


The plan is to got through all closets in the house and pull out everything that doesn’t fit today (now that all the clothes are in the closets instead of the laundry room). That includes mine. Yes, that time has come. I need to pull out the happy maternity clothes  again. I will post a picture soon. Maybe. I have already gotten the “are you sure that you aren’t having twins?” speech. People, this is NUMBER FOUR. It happens.


More later…

Friday, February 5, 2010

What do babies dream about?

Well, I don't know about your baby but mine dreams about two things...

She was smiling and muttering in her sleep and there were 2 discern-able words...
Yes, she is ALL girl. Here is one more picture. I think I have used this one before but it seemed appropriate.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lesson of the Day

Lily: Someday I am going to have a boyfriend.
Jake: No you are not Lily.
Lily: Yes I am Jake. That is the way life works.
Mary: Lily, do you know what a boyfriend is?
Lily: Yes, but I'm not going to tell you.
Mary: Why not?
Lily: Fine...A boyfriend is a boy that loves you.
Mary: What are you going to do when you have a boyfriend?
Lily: I am going to marry him.
Jake: I am going to keep him away.
Mary: Where are you going to put him?
Jake: Under my bed.
Lily: That's not nice Jake.

Where does all this come from???

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Miscellaneous Stuff

1)  As promised, the picture of the tea ring.


They all turned out really well. I ended up with about 1 1/2 dozen cinnamon rolls that didn’t get eaten so those went into the freezer for breakfast(s) someday. The rest of it all went pretty quickly. I am pretty sure that the dough will be done in the breadmaker from now on.


2)  Lily’s favorite snack to make, not eat. Ants on a log. Recipe as follows:

1 long stick of celery

Enough peanut butter

The right amount of chocolate chips (the original recipe called for raisins but those are NOT a favorite so chocolate chips it is)


3)  Lily likes nothing more than to “help” her little sister do things that I would not always approve of. For example…lifting her up onto the piano bench so that she can play the piano. Playing the piano isn’t the issue, getting on the piano bench is. We almost had to get stitches for Jake when we first moved because he fell off of the bench onto the hardwood floor and busted his face open. I prefer that the baby sits on the bench with parental/adult supervision. :)

4)  Jake has been MIA in most of the pictures because he is constantly sneaking off to go and play computer games. I regret the day that he ever learned how to open the internet, go to, and choose his own game. It has been a constant struggle. I am contemplating a password on the computer to get it off of the sleep mode.

5)  New obsession-Hulu. I love that I don’t have to be sitting in front of the tv in the evening or stressing because I miss my show. I can catch it when the kids go to bed or whenever I have a minute. Also, no commercials. What is better than that?

6)  I am so excited that I have finally succeeded in completing Part 1 of my biggest goals for this year. I wanted to make sure that all of our pictures were safe after MANY scares of something happening to the computer and then the unthinkable actually happening. So, all of the pictures that I have taken are uploaded onto Shutterfly. Part 2 of the goal is also in motion. I also want to get everything printed that I want. I have finished with 2006 and 2007. I have 2005, 2008, 2009 and the current stuff left. Woo-hoo for progress.


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