Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Making Lemonade

Annora and I are enjoying our time at home while Maddie enjoys some time at school. Here was our lemonade making day.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Special Day

Not only was today Maddie's first day of Kindergarten, but it was also Grandpa's birthday! Betcha wish you were half a century :)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Welcome to Kindergarten Kid

Our sweet Madeleine is starting Kindergarten tomorrow! I love this kid. She is enthusiastic, brilliant, creative, and thoughtful. I'm glad she's mine, and I'm excited to see how she grows this year.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

End of Summer Camping

  • We had a lot of fun this summer, and we're having the best weather of the season at the close. I had wanted to head to the beach for sunset on Friday and maybe snag a last minute camping spot, but not all of us were feeling very well by the days end, so Ryan came up with the super idea to camp in the backyard. We had hobo dinners and ate s'mores and all of us slept in the tent. One of us would like to sleep there for the rest of their lives I think. Can you guys which one of us that is?

Monday, September 05, 2011


Kids are pretty neat. One of the things I like about them is the way they make me smile. I am not a parent to correct my child's grammar. Someday perhaps...but for now it makes my day happy when I'm in the kitchen making something and my kid runs in and says, "Can I put the ingrocerients in?". And when we go to the store they ask if they can walk by the cart so they can put the ingrocerients in. Pretty great word, huh?!

ingrocerients [in grohs ree uh nt] noun
1. component of a whole item, such as flour in bread
2. items bought from a grocery store.

Sunday, September 04, 2011


Maddie lost her first tooth at Olive Garden. She was super brave and just pulled and twisted. The blood apparently freaked her out because when it came time for the second to come she wouldn't pull it. It literally just fell out of her mouth while shopping at Walmart...well, not out of her mouth, it just sat inside her mouth, and when she realized it was just floating there she got a little hysterical, but then when she realized what had happened she was okay with it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Look Ma! Something New!

My mom keeps checking our blog (she's not aware of RSS feeders) and has been disappointed to find it has nothing new. So here is something new. Will I keep up with it? Will I continue to bring new material for this lackadaisical blog? Who knows. Maybe. Maybe not. I've struggled for the last few months with what is important enough to have a piece of my very valued time. I like to do most things, and dabble here and there, but I've learned that even little things take time. Like putting batteries in toys. Where are the batteries? Next to the bread. (I don't know why...that's just where I put them) 10 seconds to walk to the pantry...Where is the screwdriver? In the junk drawer. (Why don't toys have a tethered screwdriver attached to them? I despise toys with batteries and most are in our garage sale pile) 20 seconds to get the screwdriver, find the flathead - no wait, the phillips, and unscrew. 15 seconds to get it all put back together...to find out that it's broken. I could have tickled my child purple. Something I value so much more.

Anyway...on with the show. Kelly - you are my hero. Your theme days, the way you entertain 5 children - they make me covet your mothering. My kids are often well entertained, but I love theme days because I feel it's special. And kids need special. Unfortunately I don't always plan ahead. I'm actually very good at planning. And making lists, and scheduling...but for some reason, theme days have not happened because I can't plan it well. Finally I decided to check out Kelly's blog and do what I do best - list. I found all the theme days I wanted to do, listed everything I needed for all the food and activities and now I have my go-to theme days planner. I'm swiping. Because my life only has so much time for so many things. And the planning part is now out of the way. Thank you Kelly.

On Spring break we did "Very Hungry Caterpillar Day" which i have no pictures of, but I do have the Maddie quote upon seeing her lunch of Swiss cheese, salami and pickles "Mom you always make me the best lunches that I ever like!" Really. That's how she says it. Makes me smile. We also did "Build - It Day", which we borrowed legos for and was a huge success. Just so everyone is aware - the legos we borrowed were only HALF as many as these 2 boys own. Remember that when you see the picture of the tub. Crazy! Ryan wanted to sort them. I wanted to make myself REEAAL tiny so I could climb lego mountain. We built marshmallow towers and built a fort. Life is an enjoyable thing.