Monday, December 29, 2008

How do you say goodbye to a friend?

Today my friend Emilie was laid to rest. She lost her battle with Sarcoma in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Emilie and I met online while planning our weddings. I immediately identified with her because she had an "old soul". A soul that had given her years of wisdom at a young age. These type of people always draw me in. We kept in contact after marriage and through having children. She found she had cancer at the beginning of the pregnancy of her 2nd son. Shortly after his birth she found out it was uncurable.

I've watched her and her husband re-evaluate their lives to enjoy every single drop of time that God gave them. Last month when dropping of a meal I walked in to find her on the couch holding her baby and smelling his hair. (I found myself wondering how long it had been since I had done the same with my own children.) She was generous enough to let me hold her baby and let me smell his hair. This was the last time I was to see my friend. Had I know that what would I have said? "I love you Emilie?" I don't know. Part of me is happy to have such a fond rememberance of our last time together and another part feels guilty that I didn't go and see her when I heard she was finally failing. I guess I didn't want to crowd her or take and precious time left that she had away from her and her family.

Her funeral was so terribly sad and yet beautiful. She had the full Christmas choir at the Basilica and the angelic voices gave a surreal presence to her spirit rising from this earth into heaven above. I felt blessed to call myself her friend and better because I knew her. My heart goes out to her husband Steve and her young sons.

Goodbye my friend Emilie, I love you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A life well lived

We lost Neil's grandmother this morning and now she is at peace. We were able to say goodbye to her yesterday. She was a wonderful lady, always happy to have her family around her. She will be missed.
(This picture was taken just last weekend at her Christmas celebration.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

A second Christmas of Loss

Last year my grandmother passed away a few days before Christmas and this year it looks the same for Neil's grandmother. Something internal happened yesterday afternoon and in a short period of time she became comatose. Her wishes are to go naturally at her home, so it is just a matter of time now. I went over right away and spent 4 hours with her yesterday. It felt so wonderful to share time with her while her spirit is still with her body. I didn't have the chance to do that with my grandmother.

I am sad, but I feel at peace with her going right now. She doesn't appear to be in any pain and I am thankful for that. We're going to go over again this afternoon and take the kids to say goodbye. I'm not sure if Evelyn will understand any of it, but she will certainly pick up on our sadness.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Giddy little Mommy!

Evelyn is going to Wisconsin with her Grandparents this weekend to help celebrate her cousin's 4th birthday. (Happy Birthday Aiden!) I'm giddy with delight as I imagine Neil and I only having to care for one child. We've been planning fun stuff for our little "Wyatt weekend". It will be nice for him to have our undivided attention, which he's never had. Yeah!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Obligitory Santa pictures


We visted Santa over the weekend and it pretty much went how I expected. Evelyn was excited and wanted to talk to him. Wyatt cried his little eyes out.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Are you serious?

This thought went through my head yesterday after Evelyn told me she ate a light off the Christmas tree. At first I thought she was kidding, but then she showed me exactly the light she ate. Yup, she ate at least part of it. I looked it up on the internet, but there's no information. We're just making sure all her meals are high fiber, I don't think there's much else we can do.

We took the kids ice skating yesterday for the first time at a local park. Both were pretty wobbly and my back hurt after only a few minutes from bending over and hanging onto them. I just wish the weather was a little warmer. Skating in the teens/twenties is pretty cold for them (and me too!) I didn't bother bringing the camera because I knew my hands would be full.

But the most exciting thing that happend yesterday was we adopted our very own elf. (See www.elfontheshelf.com) I experienced a house elf at my SILs. Basically Santa "sends" an elf to your family to watch over the children to make sure they're good. Every night he flies back to the North Pole to report your behavior to Santa and in the morning he's in a new spot. (Magic!) The kids can talk to him, but they can't touch him or he'll lose his magic. Evie named our elf Fritz. This morning Evelyn raced downstairs to search for Fritz! It's really a lot of fun. Then when Christmas comes Fritz will go back with Santa until next year. (We picked ours up at a local Halmark)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Deep thoughts

All I seem to think about these days is how fortunate we are. There isn't anything we need that we don't have and really our list of "wants" is mostly related to having/planning fun with our family. It must be something about getting older or having children. I've always felt "lucky", but more so now with two health and happy children playing in the background.

We're participating in sponsoring a family for Christmas this year instead of buying some adult gifts. I had a magical moment a few weeks ago while walking to the cash register with a red bike in my cart. I felt like I was floating on clouds thinking of the small boy who would recieve this gift. I haven't felt the true spirit of Christmas in past years. Looking at the bike with a large gold bow on it makes me feel like there's hope in the world. Hope for humans to unite instead of fight. Hope for people to ban together to tackle world hunger and disease. Hope to save our planet from global warming.

The need to pray for others has also been very strong lately. I feel helpless with so many around us that suffer. Disease, health issues, cancer, death. It's been a very hard year for so many we know, but we've also seen so much life. So many friends and family continue to grow their families. God's will to create a circle of life is so visable to me now.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Wonderfully "Wicked"

Neil took me to see "Wicked" last night at the Ordway. It was one of the best musicals I've seen in the past 10 yrs. It was really amazing. The music, the singing, and the story were so original. I could clearly understand the singing and the set was really visual. I teared up a few times, which is a sign that I'm really into the show. The way the musical tied in the with original Wizard of Oz movie was so well thought. I won't give much away, but it was one of my favorite evenings with Neil.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween Recap

Wyatt trying on a Dracula mask: Carving pumpkins with Dad:
The Boo Crew:
This year was so enjoyable for us. We had our friends the Orstads over for pizza and trick-or-treating. The kids really enjoyed each others company. Evelyn and Soledad held hands almost the whole night. Wyatt charged in the front of the group, just excited to be running down the street at night.






Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thoughts for a loved one.

We're back from our trip to Boston/Connecticut for my brothers wedding. While we were there we got news that my cousin's husband passed away very unexpectedly. I was fortunate to meet him at a family reunion in September. A wonderful man with an immense love for his family.

I don't know my cousin intimately, but my heart aches for her, their children and their families. I think about them daily. I can't imagine what she is going through right now. Losing your husband at the age of 31 seems so cruel to me. Not enough time together. She has an amazing family, siblings and parents that are helping her get through each day.

At a time when there is such an immense hole in her life, I just wish there was something I could do or say. The distance between us prevents the normal helping of meals/childcare. For now I offer my prayers to her and their families. May God's guiding light help you find your way through the darkness. All my love.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Our first trip to the hosptial

Yesterday was our first trip with one of our Children to the hospital to have some dental work done. I was really scared because of the anesthetic; I had a bad experience a number of years ago when I got my wisdom teeth removed. It was a long day with lots of waiting. Neil held Wyatt while he was being put under while I sat in the waiting room and cried. Luckily there were other parents there who talked to me and helped me feel better. One of the mom's had a little girl who was having teeth pulled and ended up with a few root canals. My heart sank for her.

Wyatt ended up with 6 cavities filled. Oy! I keep telling myself at least we caught this when we did and not later. When Wyatt started rousing they came and got us. I got to hold him and after 1/2 cup of apple juice he took another little nap on my shoulder. He just wasn't ready to get up quite then. When we woke him up 40 min later he had a big smile for us and I knew my little buddy was ok.

He was starving when we came home and he ate a ton of dinner and then was ready to eat again 1 hr. later! He slept good last night and as far as I can tell he doesn't know what went on. Overall it was a good experience for us. The medical professionals had great communication and we didn't have any surprises. For now, we'll be focusing on keeping his teeth clean and flossed. It's wonderful seeing his teeth white and not yellow.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My last day in my 20s!

How have I done on my "goals" of this past year?

1. Try a new recipe every month
2. Exercise regularly
3. Create a family scrapbook
4. Give up my daily diet coke
5. Become more organized
6. Keep the kid's scrapbooks up to date
7. Make regular "Dates" with friends
8. Volunteer to help and organization or event
9. Make a new friend
10. Read more books by authors I don't know
11. Donate unused items/clothing
12. Research presidential candidates
13. Help a friend/family or neighbor in need
14. Read food labels before buying
15. Create more relaxing/recharging moments for myself
16. Think before I snack
17. Take a moment to enjoy my children everyday
18. Do something special for my 5yr anniversary
19. Find a new way to manage stress
20. Educate myself how to lead a greener life
21. Memorize Neil's cell number
22. Give blood
23. Write more letters
24. Eat less processed food
25. Be proud of myself
26. Attend church more regularly
27. Appreciate my husband more often
28. Recognize special dates in other peoples lives (bdays, anniv...)
29. Try to be more positive in nature

The only thing I didn't accomplish this year was give blood. Something to think about and try to do this next year.

On the eve of my 30th birthday I'm not feeling nostolgic or sad, but I'm not feeling extremely happy about having to say I'm in my 30s either. It's more indifference. One number isn't going to define who I am or how young I feel. Overall my 20s were a very fun place to be. Meeting Neil, a marriage, a new house, a daughter and a son. I'm thinking there won't be so many life changes in my 30s. Maybe a little more time for relaxation and more time for Neil and I. I predict vacations will be more enjoyable as the kids become more independant.

I feel very lucky to have been blessed with 30 years of health and happiness. Happy Birthday to me.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dental dismay!

Yesterday was Wyatt's first trip to the dentist. Unfortunately we didn't come out with a healthy check-up. He has decay (cavities) on at least 4 of his 10 teeth!!! I knew of at least two of the teeth and thought they were just discolored, but nope, it's decay. I felt enormous guilt at first, but the dentist said that this is a result of not enough enamel, and that was determined when he was developing as a fetus. (again more guilt felt, since I "grew" him). The thin enamel is present on almost all his baby teeth. (sniff, sniff). So we'll have to go to Children's Hospital and he'll be put under so that she can Xray the teeth and treat them.

The "putting under" really scares me since neither him nor Evie have even done that. We'll schedule the procedure some time in the next two weeks. My poor little guy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Evie's first day of preschool

Evie started PreSchool on Tuesday and it went as well as I could have hoped. She was really excited all morning and when we finally got to school it was evident that she wanted to be there. The program that she's in is twice a week for 2 1/2 hrs. I stay part of the time every Tuesday.

She kept asking me to leave, ha! I guess she's not as dependant on me as she use to be. I was happy to see a diverse class of children including a handicapped child. It's been hard trying to expose her to different things/people staying at home and I think this program will be just what she needs right now. A few of the children could even write their names, very impressive. Evelyn is the youngest in the class with a late August birthday.

Here she is exploring her new locker!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day recap

This past weekend we travelled to Vandalia, IL for my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. We took the drive down in 2 days and the weekend was a blast. I was able to see cousins that I hadn't seen in 10 yrs. Meet new additions (spouses and babies) that I had never seen before. At first it seems overwhelming to belong to such a large family, but after a short time you realize that's what they are: family.

Sat. night was a large celebration and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Sunday we had a mass at my grandparent's church to celebrate their marriage. Spending time with my Dad's side of the family makes me sad that we don't live closer. I really enjoyed the company of my cousin's and aunts/uncles. I think we'll try to go down at least every other year now.


Here's the Themig clan (8 missing from the photo). We are the ones in blue in the back.


Evelyn's 3rd Birthday


We celebrated Evie's 3rd birthday at the park this year. She invited a few little friends and it was really so much easier than the large parties we've thrown in the past. The kids played on the playground equipment, ate lunch/cake and painted turtle stepping stones that my MIL had made. There was almost no setup and a fast and easy clean-up. This just might be our new spot for b-day parties for the kids.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Summer Days

Wyatt and I headed out to Connecticut the first weekend in August to help throw my sister-in-law, Erin, a surprise bridal shower. It was hard keeping a secret for that long, but it was so much fun to surprise her. Evie stayed in MN and enjoyed spending time with her grandparents, dad and a friend. Having only the responsibility of one child for one week truly felt like a vacation. Wyatt ate up the attention from family and friends. He rarely threw a tantrum and was a real trooper in the airport. (Both our flights were delayed going and coming).

After about 5 days I really started to miss Evie. I found myself thinking about her often and longing to hear her little voice on the phone. When I returned she didn't leave my side for the rest of the night.

I'd love to start a tradition every summer of taking the kids out to Connecticut. It's so relaxing at my parents house. I miss the beach/shells and summer smells. We spent a lot of time hanging in the shade of my parents apple tree. Wyatt enjoyed helping himself to all the apples that had fallen on the ground. As the summer is starting to wind down, I'm already thinking of the possibility of taking both kids out to CT.

Here's Wyatt with a little stranger anxiety and his Uncle Ryan:
Playing on the beach:
Enjoying an apple from Grandma's apple tree:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Weekend at the Cabin


Here are a few pictures from last weekend at Neil's folks cabin. It's the first time we've gone somewhere as a family. The cabin is located on Lake Superior in Port Wing, WI. Overall the trip was relaxing. The drive was a little long for the kids (3hrs each way) because they are not use to being in the car that long. The weather was mild, but windy so pants and sweatshirts were our attire, which felt funny for July. Evelyn loved "going" on her potty on the porch. We all slept, eventually, at night after some family goofing around to get some energy out. We came back relaxed and looking forward to our next trip back.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

4th of July pictures

We went strawberry picking for the 4th of July for the first time. We headed out to Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. The strawberries were smaller that the ones in the store and also sweeter. They didn't last as long in the fridge, so I ended up freezing some of them. Wyatt spent most of the time eating the berries we picked. Evelyn spent most of the time as the "Strawberry Police" yelling at her brother to stop eating. Strawberry picking is pretty slow going unless you hit some plants that were loaded. I don't think it's a family activity we'll do every year and it will be more "fun" for everyone when the kids get a little bigger. We do plan on going Raspberry picking soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Words, Words and more Words!!!

Something has "clicked" in Wyatt's head and he's started talking this week. It's been an explosion of words and he's eager to mimic what you are saying. Here's the words he has so far. The last 6 he just said the past two days.

Mama
Dada
Kitty
Ev (short for Evie)
Baby
Ball
Up
Out
Cracker
Thank you

Evelyn started talking at 10 months, which I know was super early. I've been wondering how Wyatt will fair since his gross motor skills have been so much better than Evelyn's early on. (He's 14 months old) I look forward to all the words to come and for communication between us to become easier.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summer update

Is it really July already? I feel like June zoomed by us!!! My mom came out for 2 weeks and it was such a nice visit. We did alot of work in our yard pruning trees and planting new things. I didn't realize how much work our yard needed until this year. The kids ate up her attention!
Neil and his dad started our deck project. I think by the end of this week the framing should be done and Neil can start laying deck boards. Our gazebo kit is being delivered sometime this week. How exciting!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gutter language???

Evelyn's been trying out some funny phrases that Neil and I say. Here's what she comes up with:

Me: "Evelyn, do you want some milk?"
E: "Heck, yeah!"

Me: "Evelyn, it's time for bed"
E: "Dat's crap"
(This one is totally my fault. I say crap instead of other swear words)

Me: "Evelyn, do you want to go outside?"
E: "True-dat"

The verdict is still out whether she'll make these phrases part of her regular vocabulary. I'd rather she didn't. She's cute saying these now, but in a few years it won't be so cute. Of course she thinks the funniest word in the world is "poop". When she's being silly she'll attach it to body parts to create her own funny creations. She usually stop if we ignore her.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

5 years!!!

Has it really been five years since I've become Mrs. Ankrum? It really does feel as if it could have been last year. A new home, then a daughter, then a son. Our lives really are so very different than they were in 2003. I asked Neil over the weekend what we did with all our spare time when we first got married. More evenings out. More dinner parties. More time to do whatever we wanted I suppose. More time for home projects and more time for each other. Now we consider ourselves lucky if we can get away for a date a few times a year. The time we have alone now is definately more cherished.

Neil's folks took the kids overnight and we went to dinner at Fogo de Choa. What an experience. I haven't seen so much meat in my entire life. Of course I ate too much and we had to take a long walk when we came back. Then we had a nice fire in our outdoor fire place and made smores.
I hope the next five years are an enjoyable as the first!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More plants

Gardening is addictive. Once you start, you see a hundred little "projects" just needing to get done. That's the way I feel this summer. The past 3 summers I've either been pregnant or just given birth and haven't really thought much about the yard. This summer it's all coming back to haunt me. I see patches of creeping charlie, dead bushes that need to be pulled, bare spots in the yard, ant hills galore...I could go on and on! Needless to say, there's enough "work" to be done to keep my busy all summer. It's happy work for me, so I don't mind it one bit!

Here a few more of my new plants: Heirloom tomato Pruden's Purple, White Patty Pan squash, Iris, "Goblin" Blanket flower, Cuke-nuts, and Chinese Lantern.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

New plantings / Lilies

My Mother-in-law took me to the Friends School Plant sale last Friday and I was in heaven. Thousands of annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs. You name it, it was there. I spent a little more than I was expecting, but when I saw the vast array of vegetation I knew I was going to love it.
Here are the lilies I came home with. The oriental lilies are the ones that smell fabulous.

Moonlit Masquerade (Day lily)/Lolly Pop (Oriental lily)/Mary Reed (Day lily)/ Dizzy (Oriental Lily)/ Catherine Woodbury (Day lily)






Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A year ago today...

I woke up at 3:30am with contractions. I laid in bed for an hour timing them and then walked around for an hour. I finally woke Neil up at 5:30 and told him I was in labor. We called his folks at 7am to come over to watch Evelyn. We got to the hospital a little after 8am and boy was I relieved to be 6cm already. The check-in and epidural went well and I talked to my mom and Neil until I was check at 10:30 and declared to be 10cm. My OB let me hang out for another 30 min so the contractions brought his head down the birth canal. I pushed at 11am. Once to get his head out and once more for the body. We were so happy to be surprised with a boy! (We didn't know what we were having).

This past year has been the happiest year of my life. Having two healthy happy children and being able to stay home with them feels like such a gift.

Happy birthday Wyatt. Thank you for being such a sweet little boy.

Just born:
Today:

Monday, May 12, 2008

First Birthday party!!!

Wyatt had his 1st birthday on Saturday and it was such a blast. The weather was a little cool, so we spent the morning inside. We had the party at 10:30 am and that was fantastic. Everyone was in a good mood and the party was over in time for the little ones to get their afternoon naps. The highlight of the party was Wyatt attacking his cake.

Wyatt's new truck:
Messy boy:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

All done! (delayed post)

Wyatt and I made it to 11 months of breastfeeding. It was my choice to stop, I think he likely would have continued gladly. I breastfed Evelyn for 10 months and that was a much harder journey. Not so much because she was my first, but because I went back to work for 5 months and pumped during that time. It was really hard to keep my supply up. I ended our nursing relationship when she was 10m to TTC again.

Nursing Wyatt at home was so much easier, obviously. I was lucky to not have latch issues with either kids, but I did experience more clogged ducts with Wyatt.

It's been a month and there are still times I want to nurse him. Mainly because that was the only time he would sit still in my arms. I can say I'm glad to get rid of my nursing bras. "The girls" look a little worse for wear, but they will never be in the same place they were before. All-in-all I felt like it was a very good experience for both me and the kids.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I lifted 3000 lbs!!!!!

(Not all at once, of course) Neil and I built two raised garden beds for my mother's day gift and had a special garden dirt delivered yesterday. It was 2 cubic yards and I moved it all myself from the driveway to the backyard by wheelbarrow. After the first few loads, I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. My back screamed in agony with each shovel full of fragrant soil. Something inside myself told me I could do it and I continued until the beds were full.




A few ibuprophen and a brandy-n-seven later here is the finished product.



On the right side you can see where I took a digger and lost control of a load. Whoops! At least no one saw me! It wasn't a pretty site.

I can't wait to plant my garden. I'll be growing tomatoes, zuchinni, peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, carrots, beats, radishes, lettuce, sunflowers, cosmos and a bunch of herbs. I'm trying a new technique called "Square foot gardening", which maximized the area by planting in 1x1 ft sections. I'll post a picture once things start sprouting. I can't wait to get my hands dirty!!!!

Back to Basics

I've been a Loreal (# 9 1/2) "natural blond" for a very long time. Probably for the past 10 years. My husband has never seen my natural color. (Is that sad?) Anyway a few weeks ago I decided I'm sick of dying my hair every 5 weeks. I'd love to go a year without worrying about my roots showing.
(Warning, I took these shots myself. Sorry if the angle is weird)

Blond:


Brunette:


The moms in my ECFE class didn't notice the new color. I think that must be a good sign that it wasn't a drastic change? Now....what to do with my style? I'm contemplating bangs, but whenever I get bangs I don't like them.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Out of the mouths of babes

Evelyn: "Mommy, do you know what my favorite word is?"

Me: "No I don't. What's your favorite word?"

Evelyn: "My favorite word is family because I love my family!"

The waiting game

Yesterday Evelyn finished her antibiotics for her 3rd ear infection in just over a month. Each ear infection surfaced only 2-3 days after we finished the previous antibiotic. So begins the waiting game to see if she'll stay clear this time. She had a fever on Sat. of 103.2 and I have a little cold, so I know there are some germs in our house right now. Her ped. said that it will take 4-6 wks for the fluid in her ears to drain, but she keeps coming in contact with new virus's, hence the back-to-back-to-back infections. My poor little baby.

We only have 2 wks left of ECFE classes, so after that her exposure to other children will decrease. The recommendation is 4 months of ear infections before we start talking about tubes. I just hope we don't have to go there, but I also hate pumping her full of different antibiotics. It feels like a no-win situation right now.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A finished kitchen!!!

Here's a picture of our updated kitchen. Neil and his dad installed new flooring. I painted and we got new appliances. It was a nice way to update things a bit without going through the whole remodeling expense or mess. Now, if only we can keep it as clean as it is in this picture! Ha!

Perspective

Yesterday I got a reality check as I read my friend Emilie's blog. Her sarcoma cancer is back after the birth of her 2nd child. Her baby is only a few weeks old and she's being told that her cancer is back and has spread. I felt my whole word halt to a stop as I read that her world has just cracked. Tears poured down my face as I imagined her facing her worst fear. Thinking about a life for her boys that she may not be in. (Here is her blog: http://lemmondrops.blogspot.com/)

My entire day changed. I stoped cleaning the house and worrying about the yard. I hugged my children and took them on a picnic at the park. I let them get dirty without scolding them. Evelyn dug in the dirt and Wyatt ate a small rock. They ate french fries and gulped down soda. We had a bubble bath party in the tub upon returning and finished the afternoon with Sesame Street video. Before I put Evelyn down for a nap she said, "We had a really good day today, Mom". Tears came to my eyes and I agreed and gave her an extra kiss and hug.

I know Emilie and her family will be on my mind quite a bit as she battles this cancer for the 2nd time. I have to believe in the power of prayer. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wow

I just realized yesterday that Evie is full potty trained during the day. She's fully in underpants during the day and hasn't had an accident in about 3 wks. She stays dry during the night about 1/2 the week. I just can't believe we're already here!!! I really thought it would take so much longer. I wonder if it's because I waited to start until she was 2 1/2 or maybe it's just because she was ready. It's so nice not having to change two in diapers and buy all those diapers too. Hooray!!!!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

What happened to March???

The month of March has zipped past me in a blur. I think it's probably because of our home projects. I can now say that our kitchen is now 95% done. We are just waiting for a few thresholds and it will be complete. I'm really happy with the whole project and Neil and his Dad have done a wonderful job on our flooring. I'll post some pictures soon.

This weekend's project: Cutting away stone on our fireplace to fit our new gas fireplace insert frame. Neil and his dad have to cut away about 4" of "fake stone" on all sides. Yuck, it's going to be a dusty mess. The kids and I will probably head to Ikea.

Updates on the kids:

Wyatt: now taking a few steps at a time. He's pretty careful. He also now has 6-7 teeth. (I haven't checked lately) Bubbly and definately knows how to "Work" mom.

Evie: Finally over her ear infection from last week. Yesterday she used the word "actually" for the first time. I don't think she used it in the right context, but it was funny. She's been really getting at Wyatt this week. Maybe it's spring fever.

Here's their spring picture:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Umm....gross!!!!

I know I'm suppose to think that my kids are the most adorable thing in the whole world, but this moment really grossed me out.


Somehow Wyatt knew I was paying him special attention and he had a grin on his face and was laughing until I wiped his nose. Typical boy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

RIP Dorothy and Elmo fishies.

We were not meant to be a family with fishes. Dorothy the 1st didn't last 24 hrs. The second two lasted 2 short weeks. I'm so dissapointed and tried so hard to do everything right. Luckily I didn't have to tell Evie about the fishes taking a swim down the big white bowl. She said they went back to the pet store to visit their family and we can visit them there. Whew! No more fish for us right now.

Monday, February 25, 2008

A new family addition

Actually there are two new family additions...Dorothy the fish and Elmo the fish. Evelyn completed her 2nd potty chart and Neil took her to the fish store to buy a pet. Unfortunately Dorothy the 1st didn't last 24 hrs so it was back to the fish store to pick up another and Neil decided that two was better than one. They've been around for a few days and seem to be doing well. I guess they are here to stay. Here she is with her new fish bowl.
Wyatt is on the verge of walking with help. He'll push something along to give him balance, but you can see the hesitation in his face to take a step alone. He's also briefly standing for a few seconds at a time. His new favorite game is trying to "catch" a ball. He's just crazy about balls.
I was able to "escape" this past weekend to a scrapbooking cabin with some other ladies. It was so nice to have some time to myself and lots of decent meals that I didn't have to cook. I started a family scrapbook and love it. This is the 2nd time I've done this and I'd love to be able to do it once or twice a year.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rambling Thoughts

  • I signed Evie up for preschool yesterday. I can hardly believe she'll be in "School" this fall. I think she's ready and will definately benefit from the interaction and seperation from me.
  • Wyatt's getting his top two teeth. They started popping through last week. He also made his first sign. He signed "more" to me when I was feeding him blue berries. So far that's the only sign he uses on a regular basis. His face looks pretty rugged since he's always bumping it on the coffee table. Just as an old bruise fades, a new one appears. He's much more coordinated than Evelyn at this age, so I think he'll be walking sooner than she did.
  • I'm currently painting our dining room. Old color was red and yellow stripes on a white wall. I can't believe I ever painted stripes. I did 4-5 coats of red to get the true color and now there's a ridge where the stripes are. I'm having to sand down the egdes of the strips so that the new color doesn't come through "bumpy". Pain in the butt. Don't ever paint red stripes. New color is Behr Gobi Dessert.
  • Two home improvement projects: Gas fireplace and new kitchen flooring and appliances. Hopefully the fireplace will be installed in 2-3wks and after that we'll plan on working on the kitchen floor installing wood laminate. I'm also looking for a new kitchen color. We don't get a lot of light and it's currently a sage green. For some reason this week, I'm drawn to light browns.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sesame Street Live : When Elmo Grows Up!

Sunday night I took Evelyn to see a Sesame Street production at the Target center. She was really looking forward to it for over a month and asked me every day when we were going. We sat on the "floor", but that ended up not being such a good decision because she couldn't see over the people sitting in front of us. She ended up standing in my lap most of the time. Overall we really enjoyed the production and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the music. This is definately something we will go to again. Here's some pictures:

Friday, January 18, 2008

My life is full of P's

Potty-training.... continues to go well. Evelyn is really doing well when we have her in panties in the evenings. I can't believe how much time needs to be devoted to Potty training. I'm glad that I waited until Wyatt was older and able to play by himself for 5-10 min at a time. The amount of time we spend in the bathroom is hilarious. I keep catching Wyatt crawling into the bathroom when we're not there to check it out. If I were him I'd be wondering what is so awesome about that room that causes his mom and sister to disappear so regularly. Funny. Here's Evelyn's new Elmo panties:
Pre-school... I can't believe registration for fall of 2008 is already starting. Out of 15 or so options, I have about 3-4 I'm interested in. I'm just so afraid of picking the wrong one. I need to start making appts. to check them out in person.

Baby-Proofing... Wyatt's on the move and is about 1-2 wks away from regularly pulling himself up on furniture. No more coffee/wine cups on the coffee table. No more leaving my books and newspaper laying around. We've just gotten so relaxed with so much now that Evelyn's older. Looks like he'll let us know what we need to move. He's falling into the "typical" boy stereotype. Eats a ton, can't sit still, growing like a monster...but he's still so sweet. At 8m he's already an adrenaline junky and can't get enough of spinning/jumping and being thrown up in the air.
Planning... This will be a higher travel year with a family wedding in October (in Boston) and a family reunion in Sept. (Illinois). I'm also trying to figure out a short weekend get-away for our 5th wedding anniversary in May/June.