Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary! I am so blessed to have Thaddeus... he loves the Lord and leads me in His ways (even when I am unteachable and unwilling to follow). He is the best dad and I am so lucky to have such a capable partner in raising our children! I am so excited to see where God takes us and how He grows us in the coming years together!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Bennett took her first bath in the sink today. I am a huge fan of sink bathing... I think it is so much easier than in a baby tub or the bath tub... at least for a 7 month old!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here is our tree... it's a scotch pine. We live across the street from Blackmore Gardens, so Thaddeus and the boys walked over and carried one home.
Gunnar pointing to his train ornamentBennett sitting in front of the tree... she just started sitting on her own this week!
Earlier this week when all the snow came we were able to play outside... here are some pictures!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Bennett turned 6 months old last friday! She is an ever changing bundle of joy!
Some things that Bennett can do are:
- Crawl (army crawl... it's all arms!)
- Roll over both ways
- Drink from a bottle (this took us a long time to conquer!)
- She knows her name
- She smiles and laughs a lot!
- She is on a 3 nap schedule
- She loves playing... her favorite toy right now is her brother's firetruck!
- She takes a pacifier now... for awhile she sucked her thumb but I wanted her off of that!
- She wants to put everything in her mouth
- She enjoys her johnny-jump-up a lot!
- She is very ticklish!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
You know fall is here (not that there was a question!) when your yard looks like this:
That would be my backyard after I raked this afternoon. I ended up filling 11 bags! Here's my yard after... We are renting this house and are very blessed to have a yard at all... but you'll notice how there's no grass! Because the house is so close to the business next door and the large tree cover, sunlight does'nt cover the entire yard, therefore grass does'nt grow. Needless to say it is very muddy! And here are my shoes after raking in my muddy yard... I think I was almost a whole inch taller! All in all it was a productive day outdoors! I still have my front and side yard to rake, but the weather is supposed to be great through the weekend! And I need more bags!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I love Shout Advanced Action Gel! It has saved many outfits from horrible set in poop stains! Most moms who breastfeed know what I'm talking about... it seems impossible to get those kind of stains out... but this product is amazing! If I am at home and can soak the stain in water right after it happens it does help... but the Shout gel works great on the set in stains that I don't soak too! You just spray the gel onto the stain and then rub it in to activate the gel and cleaning agents... then you throw it in the wash and awhile later your outfit is as good as new! Whenever Bennett's clothes get stained my first thought is "this stain will never come out!" I have yet to use Shout and not get the stain out! It's amazing! I would highly recommend this product if you are in need of a good stain remover!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Conrad's 2nd birthday party was on saturday! We had a great time celebrating with family and friends and Conrad got some pretty sweet presents! (thank you to everyone who generously gave him a gift... he has been very entertained all weekend!)
Here is a video of us singing to Conrad... he's pretty unsure of everything!
Conrad loves Cars so I decided to make him a Lightning McQueen cake! I found a lady who blogged about how she made one using fondant and I just had to try it... click here to see her blog. First I baked a cake, cooled it and then froze it for 1 hour. Then immediately after removing it from the freezer I carved it... I cut the cake in 1/2 and stacked it. Then I carved the shape of McQueen and using the extras that i cut off I built the cab and spoiler of the car. Then I frosted it... which is when you really begin to see McQueen! The frosting helps everything stick together.
Then it was time to work with the fondant. I bought a $6 already made package at Wal-Mart... so all I had to do was dye it. The Wilton concentrate colors work best, and for the red I used a whole container (they're really small jars). Before you start make sure you have gloves b/c the dye will stain your hands! So you just add the dye to the white fondant and work it in by pulling, kneading and twisting until it is the color you want. Then using powdered sugar and a rolling pin you roll it out to the size and thickness you want. You then wrap it around your rolling pin and place it over your cake.Then using your hands you smooth it around your cake. I was able to shape the spoiler a little better at that time too. Using a knife or scissors you cut the extra fondant off. The powdered sugar will absorb into the fondant. Then using a picture of the Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen I began to add all of the details. I just used a knife to cut the fondant into the shape I wanted and then wet the back with water and placed it on the cake. For the wheels I used hostess chocolate donuts and covered them in black fondant... then i cut wheel wells into the cake so the wheels didn't stick out too much. For all the lettering I dyed vanilla icing and used Wilton bags and tips... they work great and really aren't hard to use or clean (it was my first time for all of this!) The finished product! It probably took 4-5 hours to do everything, but was well worth my time! Conrad loved it and I had fun trying something new! I was nervous at first, but fondant is not too hard to work with... if I can do it then anybody can! I will definitly be using fondant again!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
It's Conrad's 2nd birthday today! My how time flies! It seems like just yesterday this bright eyed dimpled face boy came into our lives! We have made so many memories, both good and bad with Con... and I am so excited to see the little boy and someday man that God turns him into!
Some of my favorite things about Conrad are:
- He gives the best hugs and loves to cuddle!
- He has a great laugh... it's hard not to laugh with him!
- His run is very funny!
- He has some sweet dance moves
- He is a great eater! He especially loves green beans!
- His cute smile... how can you resist the dimples?!
- The way he copies everything Gunnar does... he loves his big brother so much!
- I love it when he makes Bennett laugh and smile!
We love you Con!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am very scared of spiders! It doesn't matter what kind they are, whether they are inside or outside... I hate them! So I am preparing to have a garage sale this weekend and I've been spending a lot of time in our basement sorting and pricing things. I had a group of chairs sitting by a wall in the basement probably for about 2 months now and I noticed maybe 3 weeks ago that this group of chairs was covered in spider webs. It kind of grosses me out to see that but its no big deal as long as I don't have to go near them. Well within this group of chairs is a highchair that I want to sell in my sale... so you guessed it, I have to touch this highchair... clean it, take it outside and try to sell it. So I go down in the basement with a paper towel, all prepared to get all the cobwebs off and carry it outside. It's just my luck that today there was a spider on it! And it wasn't just hanging out for fun... come to find out that it has decided to have it's babies on my highchair! That's right... there are a bunch of little spider eggs all over this thing! So gross! So I'm down stairs trying to figure out how to get this mama spider off my chair and I just can't get close to the highchair... did I mention that I hate spiders?! So I get enough courage to finally drag the highchair up the steps and out the door, stopping every few moments to make sure the spider is still on its eggs and not preparing to attack me! So I get it outside and get the hose out and spray the crap outta the spider and the eggs... at one point I shot the spider and saw it shoot a web and try to stay attached to the chair and its eggs but the water was too strong! So now the highchair is sitting in my yard, wet, with the eggs soaked, but still attached... and I am still scared of this spider! I don't want to go back out there b/c I'm afraid it's mad at me and will attack me! I know this is very irrational thinking, but I am terrified! Maybe I'll just leave the chair alone until Thaddeus gets home and let him move it for me!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Bennett turned 4 months old on Sunday! Where have the months gone?? It seems like just yesterday she was new to our family and we were all just getting to know her! We are very blessed to have easy, happy babies and I would have to say that Bennett has been even easier than the boys were... it might just be that I know more now as a mom than before, but she really is a very content baby! Some things about Bennett:
- She loves to sleep on her tummy
- Her favorite place to hangout is in her bouncy chair w/ the vibrate on
- She is usually sucking on something... her favorite's are her hands, her bear, and her burp rags.
- She will smile and talk to anyone who talks to her... I think she will be a people person, just like Thaddeus and Gunnar!
- Her eyes are definitely brown... there was a hint of blue when she was first born
- She is very talkative, especially compared to the boys! She coos and laughs and makes lots of cute noises!
- The only time she cries is when she is startled... usually only happens when Thaddeus sneezes!
- Instead of crying when she is unhappy she kinda screams and yells... it's really funny and loud.
- She can roll over from her tummy to her back... and sometimes will do this in the middle of the night and won't be able to fall back asleep again until we roll her back
- She is a great eater! It only takes her 5-10 minutes to nurse each time... I love how fast she eats! She gets very distracted while nursing lately too!
- She kind of sleeps through the night... 9pm-5am most of the time... she'll nurse for 5 minutes and then go back to sleep for a few hours.
- She usually takes 4 naps a day and almost always wakes up happy!
- Her favorite time of day is in the morning when she wakes up... just like Thaddeus! She is so happy and content in the a.m!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I am currently reading "Parenting by The Book" by John Rosemond. I just started it yesterday so I'm not too far, but I am already learning so much! I have never put much thought into how the world around me influences my parenting... mainly b/c we try not to be of this world... but as a mother it is very easy for me to care about and judge how other moms do things. The first chapter of the book is called "The Great Deception" and here is an exert: "Progress constantly infuses culture with new energy, but in the 5th commandment God promises a stable, secure society to people who adhere to fundamental family traditions. But that understanding went by the boards in the 1960's, the single most destructive decade in the history of the USA." "In the 1960's, however, the now-adolescent television industry began to take on a rebellious, activist character. Its movers and shakers became determined to use the influence of television to reshape America consistent with the vision of the emerging neoliberal, secular elite. And they succeeded." "By the mid 1970's, the United States had become a full fledged "progressive" culture. Progressivism holds that just as most technologies (such as computers) are better than old technologies (typewriters), new ideas are better than old ideas. For the most part, the progressive mind-set rejects tradition." In the chapter Rosemond is talking about how before the 1960's parenting was a very traditional thing. And it was, in most cases, much easier to be a parent before the 60's arrived. Generally, parents would parent the exact way as their parents and grandparents had... If they had a question about what to do with johnny not listening they would go to grandma and find out what she did, whereas now a days we ask someone outside of the family, or read a book or magazine, or even look online... which i am very guilty of! I find them very helpful actually, and the internet is usually my first choice in finding info. I really feel like I connect well with what Rosemond is saying. As far as my parenting goes I do not want to emulate my parents parenting style... It's not that I think they did a bad job or that I don't respect them, it's just a preference. And I don't think that I'm alone in that... at least according to Rosemond. I find it very interesting how our culture and media have such a huge impact on our lives and how generations can be shaped by them! I'm looking forward to delving into this book and learning how to parent from the Bible!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Today was Gunnar's first day of preschool! We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of September 1st in our house for a couple of months now. Since June, Gunnar has asked almost everyday if it was time to go to preschool. This last weekend his Grammy and Poppy took him school shopping for a book bag, clothes, and shoes and last night I picked up what little supplies he needed to start school today! We left for school around 8:30am... after Gunnar had asked about 10 times if it was time to go! When we arrived I took Gunnar in and left Bennett and Conrad in the van... I had picked up a new Mater truck for Conrad last night because I knew he would need some kind of distraction from Gunnar leaving, but unfortunately it didn't work and Conrad cried for about 10 minutes after we left Gunnar. 11:30 rolled around quickly and we went and picked Gunnar up from his 1st day! He seemed very tired when I picked him up and he is napping as I type this now... I don't know if it's a boy thing or a 3 year old thing, but I didn't get too many details out of him about his morning... i guess we'll work on it. Thankfully the preschool sends out a monthly calendar which includes a list of things the kids will be doing each day... so I do have some sort of idea what he's learning! He used glue and scissors for the first time today! I know that some kids don't ever go to preschool and lots start when they are 4 but a few reasons why we chose to start Gunnar at 3 are: To make friends and learn how to be social... Gunnar is very extroverted (like Thaddeus!) and he craves interaction with other kids. Since we are planting a church and not involved in a church at the moment he doesn't have many opportunities to play with other kids his age... so preschool is a good alternative. So our other children can have more alone time with mommy... If you have more than 1 child then you know that making time for everyone can be hard. Some days more of my attention goes to Gunnar than Conrad or the other way around... having Gunnar out of the house for a couple hours gives Conrad and I a chance to hangout (especially b/c Bennett is so easy and sleeps a lot) With Conrad being the middle child it can be easy to push his needs to the side so I am excited for my time with him so I can get to know him a little better... I believe that sending your child to preschool or not is a big decision... every child and family is different and what works for us might not for you... I'm just thankful that Gunnar is excited to be going and looks forward to his Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Voyages Preschool!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This last weekend we went to the Homecoming retreat at Pine Lake Christian Camp. We camped in a tent and cooked all our own food along with our friends the Mills' and Skinner's. I am not much of a camper... never really camped when I was young... so I would much prefer a cabin over a tent. But I will say it was very fun waking up in the mornings with all the kids right there... and I slept pretty good considering the rain we received on Friday night. It was our first time using our tent that Thaddeus had purchased at an auction so we were'nt really sure if it would leak or not... sure enough, Saturday morning around 1am it stormed and we got wet! (we recieved about 2in of rain in an hour!) Because it was raining so hard our tent just couldn't do the job... it was basically raining in our tent! Bennett had been sleeping on the floor of the tent and had a seem right over her, so she was getting rained on... I put a towel on top of the edge of our suitcase and across to a chair so she would be shielded from the rain... she never woke up! The boys slept with us on our full size air mattress. We probably got 4 hours of sleep that night... but somehow we all felt pretty rested!
Gunnar playing baseball... he's got pretty good form!
Conrad lounging on Steve & Tina's tent Bennett having a great time with her bear in the stroller Gunnar and Jordan... They're pretty much best friends! The weekend ended with a bang! A huge hail/wind storm came through Eldora around 10am... Roger came over to our camp ground around 9:30am and told a storm was coming soon so we should pack up... It was misting at that time so we were just going to leave everything up to dry but decided to pack up since a storm was coming. Everyone got packed and moved vechiles over by some cabins under some trees... hoping that the trees would block the cars from the hail. Everyone managed to get into the chapel just as it started raining. The storm quickly turned from just rain and some wind to golfball/ walnut sized hail and 70 mph winds... so we quickly moved into the hallway in the chapel for safety. All you could hear was banging on the roof and walls from the hail and all you could see out the windows was rain and branches and leaves flying around... it was pretty intense! The damage is amazing... I have never seen anything like before. Most of the trees have very little leaves left on them and many trees and branches fell due to the strong winds. Here are some pictures of the damage and what we saw as we emerged from the chapel. Pictured above is where we camped for the weekend... had we not packed up, the tree would have landed on top of the Skinner's tent. Go here to see more pictures http://bit.ly/3aKQSn
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here are a few items I have really been enjoying lately: Diet Coke is my favorite... I have taken a break from it for awhile and having one again is so good! The last two mornings I have been getting up earlier than usual to spend time with Thaddeus before he goes to work (usually I am still in bed with the boys when he leaves). Knowing that I can have coffee with french vanilla creamer makes it a little easier to get up when the alarm goes off. I have discovered multi grain Cheerios and they are by far my new favorite (healthy) cereal... Whenever I hear multi grain I think bland... but these are full of flavor... i think they are better than regular cheerios ( i always add sugar) but with multi grain they are already lightly seasoned and super tasty! I have been trying to eat better, which means more veggies. My favorite is asparagus... there are so many good ways to make it. You can boil, microwave, cook in a skillet, and even grill it. I like grilling it with just a little EVOO and salt... super tasty. The only unfortunate is assparagus pee... probably 6 hours after you eat it or so your pee will more than likely smell really awful! I could probably keep going with this list, but I won't... lets just say I like to eat!
Friday, July 24, 2009
We are huge fans of Pixar and watch their movies often... Gunnar is rather talented at quoting movie lines and one of his favorite lately comes from a Bugs Life. The scene is near the beginning of the flix when all of the circus bugs are preforming: Slim: What's the point of going out there? They'll only laugh at me. P.T. Flea: That's because you're a clown! Gunnar and I had a conversation yesterday that went something like this: Gunnar: Mommy my belly hurts Me: Why does your belly hurt? Gunnar: Because you're a clown! It is amazing that even at 3 years old Gunnar has so much personality and loves to make us laugh... we never know when he's going to shoot off some random quote, but when he does it's almost always funny... his timing is perfect! Who knows, maybe someday he'll be a comedian...