Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Now, I have to use it right?
Actually, as part of my book group reading "Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands", we've decided to do something kind and unexpected for our husbands each week. I picked making an old-fashioned chocolate cake using a recipe from... where else? America's Test Kitchen. Yeah, well... it's got about 100 steps. Yikes! Nothing hard or weird. Just a lot more work than Betty Crocker!
What a mess the mama makes!
What a mess George makes! Stay tuned for an update and photo of the finished project. By the way, it smells wonderful in here!
Here we are doing what we do best... talking!
Here we're getting instruction from Tawnya on how to bead bracelets.Here we are beading the $%&!@ bracelets. (They were much harder to string than we anticipated. These are for our small groups next year and, had they not been necessary, we would have abandoned the project as soon as we began!)
Here's baby Cael snoozing at the bowling alley.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
We also found this gem at Costco.
I've read quite a bit about it on-line. Here's a clip from Neat-o-rama:
"The Dangerous Book for Boys” is the one book that I wish I had when I was a young boy. In today’s age of computer and video games, this book reminds you that there is still a place for knots, go-karts, treehouses, as well as stories of adventure and courage. The Dangerous Book for Boys is more than just a book -it’s a manual on how to recapture Sunday afternoons and long summer days. It covers things that belong in the quintessential boyhood, like the five knots every boy should know, how to navigate using a compass (or awatch or a stick if you don’t have a compass - yes,it can be done), and how to make invisible ink (how? With urine, of course!)Can’t tell the difference between latitude and longitude? This book will set you straight - it has general (well, for boys anyways) knowledge chapters on dinosaurs, famous battles, ciphers, and more. It even has a chapter on - gasp -girls!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
a) Cael is longer than 2 feet?
b) Cael has gained an average of more than 3/4 lb. per week- since birth?
c) Cael now says, "I love my mommy"?
a) True. 24 1/4 inches.
b) True. He now weighs 16 lbs. 4 oz. That's the 90th percentile (for a four month old!!! We had to look that far ahead to see him on the chart!!! He just turned 2 months!!!)
c) True. Although the untrained ear might hear, "Gaaaaa" Now, you know what he really means!
Obviously, Ole had has 2 month check today along with his 1st round of immunizations. The mama survived! (He yelped, then nursed, then slept....) He's remakably strong for a 2 month old (according to his doctor) and awfully darn cute according to everyone else. But... you already knew that!
Unfortunately, last week was really hard for me. I had a talk to do for Women's Ministry. Then I came down with a nasty case of mastitis. I also began watching Christian and Daniel. Ack! If not for the help of Amber, I wouldn't have participated in the garage sale. She came over one morning and with the 10 kids running amok, we prepped for the sale. She is awesome!!!
Cael helping get ready:
Why are they eating on the floor, you ask? Have you seen the kitchen table?
Baby Analise for sale:
Some photos with grandpa's hat:
He's trying to figure out how to get my Diet Coke.
She's touching the horse (while she thinks no one is looking)...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
How's he going to learn to crawl if he won't stay awake!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
#1 Angry Eyebrows (not hard to coax when mama has a camera and the boy is in the shower!)
#2 "the lip" (I thought this was a learned expression used to elicit sympathy or laughter!)
Both Brennen and Kjersten had the same question for me as soon as their little eyes opened. "Can we go swimming now?" So, by 9am, I had the two little ones headed to the pool. Brrrr.... They had a ball. It'll be more fun this afternoon, when it's 100 degrees and the sun is actually shining on that side of the house. (Rhys and Jason are gone to karate and then paintball so Rhys will have to wait until tonite after church to dip his toes...)
No photos, because I could not juggle Cael, my book, my diet Coke and the camera while watching the kiddos. Next time...
Friday, July 13, 2007
George "snowboarding" on a plastic swimsuit form from Costco. It's a wonder he didn't kill himself on that thing. Crazy!Jack and his contraption... (apparently babies don't get hurt no matter how hard they bounce- or this little boy should be in traction given how enthusiastically he jumps!)
We had a good time visiting, hanging out, and meeting Dan's family. His parent's 40th wedding anniversary necessitated a large party! His sister, Holly, and her family were home from Germany. His sister, Megan, was home from Philadelphia. We couldn't miss the opportunity to meet his sisters. He loves his family so much and it's apparent. I'm so glad we could go!
Of course, we finally met David as well. He's about 2 1/2 months older than Cael. Who knew... Cael is huge next to him (except in length). Of course, David is doing the things a 4 month old should do. Cael is still in the "pet rock" stage. I'll bet when they come in September, David is getting around on his own!
Geocaching en route...
David and his mama, Lyliane...
Comfy George? (Can you say "totally exhausted"?!?!)
Bald meets bald...