Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday 13

Here we are again. This week it has been really hard to think of something to write about. There is no creativity right now people! I have been cleaning, organizing, sneezing etc. all week.

So, with no further ado. The topic is “things I accomplished”.

1. Garage. It was nasty. You do not want to see the picture. Nuff said.

2. All the laundry. All!

3. Repacking boxes out in the garage of keepsakes from Bangladesh, EGHS, and RHS. Crazy memories. Fun times.

4. Speaking at a church Monday night. They wanted to know what it was like to be a missionary kid. I would like to know what it was like to not be one. :) It went great by the way! Thanks to all who helped with suggestions and input.

5. Going through all the rest of the clothes that I didn’t go through while on bedrest. I thought I was done and they just keep coming. Beware Ruthie, there are 3 more garbage bags coming your way. Come get them. :)

6. FINALLY! I got all the thank you cards and pictures mailed out. Also threw in a package for my parents in Alaska.

7. Pies. Pies. Pies. 2 lemon and 1 apple.

8. Train table is all sanded. YES! Paint, here we come!

9. All the pool stuff is packed away. Summer is officially done. Except for the raspberries that still persist. Also loving the apples on the tree.

10. Laundry room is all reorganized and looking good.

11. Office is getting there. It WILL be done tonight.

12. Snuggling with Matthew and Hannah. Reading books to the older three. Lots of books.

13. Spending quality time with my second mom and gramma. Priceless. :)

A big thank you goes out to Joe’s mom and gramma. They have been invaluable! Gramma has been the queen of entertaining Hannah and Matthew while Mom and I have been doing the dirty work. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Sweet things

I had just finished feeding Matthew and was lying there with him laying on top of me patting his back and realized that I have been in such a rush to accomplish anything and everything that I hadn’t taken time out to savor the little things. Like what you might ask?


Feeling the soft kind of sweet kind of sour baby breath on my face.


The little hand that was touching my cheek as he lay.


The every once and awhile stretch that babies do with their back arching and little behind up in the air. Usually accompanied by the little kissy face.


The little noises and sighs that babies make when they are totally content.


The sweet and oh so special baby smell that comes off the top of their heads.


The nestling into the side of your neck.


I love it all.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mail call

Hannah got a little treat in the mail today from one of her godmothers and her godfather. Thanks Uncle David and Auntie Rachel! She LOVES it!

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The other kids were so excited to see that she got her own. Thank you guys for all of them. They are so great!

Thursday 13

Thirteen things I love about fall.

1. These colors. Truly. Love it.


2. The leaves changing on the trees. They are just starting and I can’t wait until all of them are like this.


3. The cooler weather means scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts, slippers and long sleeves. Did you know that my absolute favorite item of clothing is a long sleeved white tshirt? Honestly. When the sleeves are so long that you can hold the end in your hand. ::sigh:: Love.

4. Things like chili, soup, and warm drinks are on the menu. You know. Comfort stuff.

5. Going on walks in the crisp but not cold air. I love it when I can go for a walk and not have sweat rolling down my back. That is my idea of a good time.

6. Blankets. Need I say more?

7. Fall decorations. We were just at the Wisdaps and they had all their fall stuff out. So fun. I am totally inspired now. Thanks Christie!

8. The fact that Christmas is just around the corner. 92 days people!

9. Halloween. I love it. Not the scary bats and ghouls but getting the kids dressed up and seeing a lot of the members of the church while we trick or treat. Plus, Jake isn’t a big fan of chocolate so that means that I am going to be eating it. :) That is a love and hate scenario.

10. Got the Pottery Barn ad yesterday and I have to say that all of the beautiful natural decor got me all fired up too. Leaves, twigs, burlap, pumpkins gourds. ::sigh:: Be still my beating heart. I love it all.

11. Pumpkin patches. Usually I try to find one around the middle to end of October for us to go to. It can be a stressful experience. This year we did pumpkins in the park and it was much better. Totally low key. Cheap but good food. Bounce houses. Pumpkins. All the proceeds benefitting local merchants. What isn’t to love?

12. I know this is a little weird. Christmas carols. I love that the Christmas carols start early. I could actually listen to them all year. There is just something about Christmas music. Anyone out there agree with me? I know I am a little nuts.

13. Candles. Yes, I know that you can burn candles any time of the year but seriously. Don’t you agree that candles are much more cozy in the fall and winter? I do. Can’t wait to pull out the fun scents. These are from Bath and Body Works. I discovered them last year.  Mmmmmmm. Love them.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Not sure how to classify this photo.




IMG_0129 Lily watching cartoons just before dinner. She said that she would feed Matthew for me so I could get dinner done. Isn’t she sweet?

I think it is hysterical that she has her legs in his tiny little lap and that he is totally content with the situation.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our little trip

On Sunday we took a quick little trip to Milwaukee to have a birthday party for Hannah, Madeline, and Laurie. Come to find out John and Hannah have the same birthday and he was there so we threw him into the celebration too!

So, a few cake pictures.

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We came home late that night. I think we rolled in around 12:15. It was a crazy day but totally worth seeing family. :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pumpkins in the Park

After soccer pictures, game, and Joe taking a quick nap to try and recover a little from the Dave Matthews concert last night we drove out to Cissna Park for their annual Pumpkins in the Park. We had a little bit of trouble getting there. We took a scenic route that involved some guessing and a lot of driving on gravel roads through nothing but miles of fields. My fault. Ooooops.

Once we got there we got some lunch. The kids really enjoyed the hotdogs and chips.


Matthew was just enjoying the day. It was a little chillier than we had expected and he was the only one with a sweatshirt. Oooops.


We saw an enormous pumpkin. I don’t know how they even got it up onto the trailer.


The kids spent a huge amount of time playing in the many bounce houses that they had set up and then we picked out 3 pumpkins and called it a day.

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IMG_1488 They had to each get their own and move them. Didn’t work out so well considering they were pretty big pumpkins.

IMG_1493 IMG_1490 IMG_1491 I can’t wait until Matthew is big enough to get in on some of this sibling picture action!

It was really fun. They had a great time. Even if it wasn’t the most exciting afternoon for Joe and myself, they had a blast and that is what makes my day. :)IMG_1496

Week in Review


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Lily informed me that they needed to have a tea party and gave me a checklist of things that were necessary to have one. It was very specific. Juice, chocolate, sugar, and bananas. I love that little planner! :)


Look at the pudgy little baby! He is getting so big!


Hannah felt the need to decorate her face prior to taking our family picture for the church directory. Isn’t it lovely?


A big thank you to Grandpa and Grandma Lee for the shopping trip/birthday gift! She picked out this piano and we haven’t been able to leave home without it since she got it. Can I just tell you how much I love hearing Bibbity-bobbity-boo and Be Our Guest ALL DAY, every day? The batteries may mysteriously disappear one of these days. I guess the important thing is that she loves it, right? Right.



After a fun little excursion to the park we are now down a pair of shoes. She decided that it would be super fun to bury them in the sand. I walked through all of it dragging my feet and Lily was digging like a crazy person and we have yet to find them. Too bad. They were one of my favorite pairs! :( This was also the trip during which I ran Jake over to our doctors office because he got sand kicked up into his eye and I poured a whole bottle of water in and it didn’t get it all out. The doctor numbed his eye, did a saline flush and then gave us an antibiotic eyedrop. Can I just tell you how much Jake loved that? It took four of us to hold him down and get it cleaned out. Not the best moment of his life.


Soccer pictures today. Hopefully the one from the photographer turns out MUCH better than this one.


Hannah was not appreciating that she was left out of the group picture so as soon as they all scattered she sat down for her picture to be taken.

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Same thing. She didn’t like that Lily and her friends were taking pictures without her. (The order is backwards. Sorry.)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday 13

Thirteen things I love about living in a small town.

1. Our water tower has a smiley face on it.

2. When the plants in the planters hanging from the lamp posts look thirsty guess who waters them? The fire trucks.

3. Today, when we were at the park and Jake got LOTS of sand kicked into his eye I ran across the street to our doctors office and he cleaned it out. Just like that. (FYI- He, the dr., said that it was the most sand he had ever seen in a kids eye. And that was after I cleaned it with a bottle of water first. They even had to numb it!)

4. At Walmart today I ran into 3 people that I know. We had lengthy discussions and there was baby passing involved. LOVE it.

5. Good news. Nothing happens here that I won’t know about regarding my oldest deviant. Her kindergarten teacher is a relative of a member. Love it.

6. If I am out and have to go to the bathroom there is usually someone around that I know that will watch my kids so that I can do it in peace. Seriously. You do not even understand how much I miss that moment of privacy.

7. Matthew had to get blood drawn the other day and sure enough…the woman that drew it was someone that I know. So much nicer than the random stranger stabbing my child. It makes it less awful.

8.When this happened! It could have been much more awful. Truly. Much.

9. While I am not completely complacent, I don’t worry too much about my kids playing outside. There are crazy people everywhere but when you know a lot of people around (and they know your kids) there are a lot more eyes watching.

10. I have been introduced to many different kinds of machinery. Most of them very large and all of them could kill you in a moment. How is this a good thing you might ask? Broadened horizons baby. Broadened horizons. I know all kinds of things I never knew before!

11. At McDonalds, they know what I want. I don’t know if it is indicative of me being there too much or just that they remember things more clearly. Whatever. I think it is funny!

12. When going for a walk every single person you walk by sitting on their porch or driving in a car will wave hello. Do not underestimate how nice that is. When you are having a bad/stressful day and someone that you don’t know smiles and waves it is such a little pick me up. Trust me. I know.

13. When you leave you car door open over night you have no less than 4 people let you know the next day that you did. See. Everybody knows. :)

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Two years ago…
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One year ago…
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Just a little chocolate donut. We are going to do the actual birthday party on Sunday in Milwaukee… Can’t wait! 


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