Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow for a day

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cute Girl

Monday, December 21, 2009

Early Christmas Present

We've been looking for a tool belt to give Eli for Christmas. Ben finally found one at the hardware store, but Eli was with him. Needless to say, Eli couldn't wait until Christmas.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Heart Update and Rice Cereal

We looked for the Big Heart in Herbie's garage and we didn't find anything. Eli kept asking where it was, and I kept saying "I don't know, you show me". After a couple of minutes going back and forth like this, Herbie proclaimed it lost. Eli seemed to accept this and said we couldn't get it since it was lost. Now he's asking for a real Bucket Truck, one that he can drive and go up in the bucket to fix lights! Well, at least I know what this is.....

Lilly tried rice cereal last week, and gaged on it. Both my kids have a sensitive gag reflex, Eli still gags on certain foods. It's a texture issue I'm sure they inherited from me, I can't eat oatmeal, cottage cheese or tapioca pudding. Maybe we'll just move on to Banannas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 11, 2009

5 Months

Lilly had a check up today
She weighs 13 lbs 13 oz
She's 26 1/4 inches tall

This puts her in the 25th percentile for weight, up from the 10th.
She was in the 30th percentile for height, and now she's up to the 90th.
I think she'll be a tall girl!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A Big Heart

Every time anyone asks Eli what he wants for Christmas he replies "A Big Heart"!
It sounds cute, like he just wants to love everyone, but that's not what he's talking about.

After about the 10th time he told someone this is what he wanted, I decided he was serious and started pumping him for information. Here is our conversation:

Me: Did you see this in a show?
Eli: No

Me: Is it soft like a pillow?
Eli: No it's hard like plastic.

Me: Does it open, can you put toys in it?
Eli: No it doesn't open, but it has sprinkles on it.

Me: What do you do with it?
Eli: You just push it around the house.

Me: Does it have wheels?
Eli: Of course

Me: Does it have a handle?
Eli: I sure hope so.

Me: Are you saying CART or HEART?
Eli: I'm saying heart Mom, like a shape.

Me: Where did you see this?
Eli: In Herbie's garage.

I called Ciara (Herbie's Mom) to ask her if she has something matching this description in her garage, needless to say she doesn't. Eli is going over there on Thurs. and we'll look around to see if he can show me what he's talking about.

So far the best idea was from Eli's Doctor, she thinks he dreamed it.
The worst was from the mall Santa, he gave me a dirty look as if to say "Stop prepping your kid to say something you think is cute....just let him ask for a dump truck". There wasn't time to explain what Eli was talking about, so I just smiled. Believe me Santa, it would make my life easier if he would just ask for a dump truck.

As a parent I want to make all of my child's dreams come true. I thought someday he'd ask for something for Christmas we wouldn't be able to afford, I never anticipated the non-existent.

We are contemplating assembling something out of wood. But, I think even if we make something it won't match what Eli is imagining, and he'll still be disappointed. If we could only see inside his dreams, or if he had the ability to draw a picture....alas his Christmas dreams will be crushed the first year he really understands what's going on.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Biggest tower you've ever seen!

Thanks Churches for the fun blocks!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Look alike?

Lilly 1 month

Eli 1 month

Lilly 4 months

Eli 2 months

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Eli's been watching Superwhy and has started singing his ABC's like they do.
I think it's funny he also hammers while he sings, like alpha pig! Maybe this is a sign he watches too much TV, at least he learned something useful.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fall Fun

Friday, November 20, 2009

Foam and Forts

Thanks to the Christensens we started playing with shaving cream. It's and easy clean up and the toys get clean too! I got brave and we broke it out for playgroup.

Eli's into building forts now, this one conveniently accommodates TV viewing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lilly Talking

Monday, November 09, 2009

Random Happenings

I found a fun photo website called:

I put some of my Brother's pictures in the templates, check them out here.

I found Demarle bakeware at Goodwill for $2 a pan!

Eli let me take his picture!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wittwe Wiwwy (Little Lilly)

I think it's cute that Lilly is so little, her socks go up to her knees.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Child Prodigy?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Eli decided he wanted to be a Panda Bear while watching a zoo movie. I bought him a Monkey costume, because I didn't want to have to make anything this year, and he melted down. He actually threw himself down on the ground, screamed "I hate Monkeys" and insisted he wanted to be a Panda. I thought if I could just get him to try on the costume he would be okay, but it never happened. I returned the monkey and made him a Panda. At first he was excited, but then he said the fur was itchy and then he wouldn't try it on. I ended up having to line it last minute, but it was worth it in the end. He looked really cute, and was happy to be a Panda.

Lilly wore Eli's old bear bunting, but she slept through most of the festivities.

Trunk or treat was great! We had some trouble with regular trick or treating, Eli was tired and then had a dirty diaper (yes, potty training still hasn't happened). We ditched the Christensen's early and Eli fell asleep in the car on the way home. We're going to have an early morning tomorrow, Eli went to bed at 7pm and with the time change he'll probably wake up at 6am. At least we have some hope of being on time to church!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

House Work

I was replying to Brian's comment on the last post, it got a little long so I decided this needed a post of it's own.

We've done a lot of work, but nothing major. Ben built the playhouse, changed the built in cabinets to accommodate the computer, replaced the built in microwave, he had to plane lots of doors, some closet remodels, new toilets, paint, light fixtures, filled in a pond (the playhouse foundation), dug drainage ditches, wasp extermination, garage shelving and a garage door opener.

We had someone else install A/C, and put in an attic fan and fans in both the bathrooms.

We had a lot of help from friends and family, both with the work and with childcare. We had horrible timing, we got the keys a week after Lilly was born. We actually signed the papers in the hospital, our lender said that was a first for them.

There are still a lot of things we'd like to do, but we're taking them one thing at a time now.
We'll eventually redo the master bath, and we want to put built in bookcases in the dining room (example below). We'll put raised beds in the garden, new counter tops in the kitchen and a new stove (I really love gas ranges). We need new carpet throughout and still need to paint a room or two. I'm sure all of this will take us years to finish, but all of the priority work is done.

The house was in really good shape, the previous owners took great care of it. Most of the work we'll do is just stuff to make the house our own.

Our New House

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sibling love

Lilly can't do much yet, but Eli constantly asks for his Brother to lay down by him.
Yes, we have some confusion over who is the brother and who is the sister!

I'm excited about our latest Goodwill find, a wooden kitchen.
I had looked at them new and after recovering from sticker shock I decided our plastic one was good enough (also from Goodwill). I found the stove/sink first, and went back the next week and found the matching refrigerator. I love Goodwill and now it's just around the corner.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tools and Bikes

Eli is such a good helper, he wants to be involved in everything we do. Here he's helping Ben put the computer into our built in shelving. I'll have to post a picture later, it came out beautiful, you can't see any of our electronics when all of the doors are closed. Ben even ran the cable under the house.

We also got a bike trailer, and I got a bike, so we can go on family bike rides. It's nice my Mom is still here, because Lilly is still too small to come with us. She'll have to wait until next summer.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A few more pics

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Eli cracks me up all the time.

Earlier today we were looking at plastic dinosaurs and he was asking the names of all the different ones

I'm no expert so I was looking for their names on the bottom, triceratops........

Anyways, one didn't have a name so I handed it back and told him "this one just says Made in China".

There were several that looked similar so he says "oh, here's Mommy Made in China and Daddy Made in China, and Baby Made in China".

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sneak Peak

My brother Chris did portraits of the kids all day today, here's a couple of favorites.