Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Nights

I love Friday nights, especially lately. Wednesday nights I have softball games, and Thursday nights I have bell practice at church, so dinners are usually rushed, and there's not really any family time for me to enjoy. So by the time Friday night rolls around, I'm ready for some family time, and tonight was great.

Ian was so helpful tonight, which was a 180 from this morning, when he threw one tantrum after another (note his shirt, it was the complete truth this morning). We had homemade strawberry-chocolate chip pancakes for supper, and he helped me mix up the batter. Darrin did his part, too, by making some of them so I could eat (note in his picture the use of two spatulas to turn his ginormous pancake). Our stove and counters get so dirty for some reason when we make pancakes...

Ian headed outside to fly his airplane tonight that Noah made him.

Annaliese cooperated by sleeping during supper, and waking up just as we were finishing. Ian helped out with her, entertaining her and feeding her. I can't believe she'll be two-months old already tomorrow. She's such a big, strong girl already, not really newborn like anymore.

Tomorrow we're hoping to go on a picnic, and I'm hoping to get the house cleaned, finish quilting what I'm working on, and get my scrapbook area ready for company on Sunday. We'll see if all that happens...

Monday, April 26, 2010


I finished this scrapbook page yesterday about Easter 2009. I hand-stitched the egg and love it:

Darrin and I have gotten used to entertaining both kids at once: talking to Annaliese so we can see her smile, while taking Ian for a ride on the "boat" (our legs).

Annaliese is getting stronger and stronger

Ian could play The Joker in a Batman flick

Monday, April 19, 2010

Snippet of a Conversation

Ian just went to help get Annaliese up from her nap and he told her about his day:

Ian: "I went poopy in the big boy potty!!" (imagine utter excitement and jumping around).
Annaliese: stares at him
Ian: "And I got a McQueen car. Wanna go see it?" (juts off with his engine going to show her his car).

I love that he tries to include her and play with her already. Brings a smile to my face every time.

And yes, it's true. He has now gone poop in the toilet. And hasn't had a pee accident in quite a few days. Is it possible this may actually be working? He even asked to go to the bathroom last night while we were out to eat and sat on the toilet. It might, just might, be working.

Meet my Neighbor

I have been spending a lot of time at our dining room table sewing this past week (it's not finished, so no pics yet). Our table is right next to our patio door which overlooks our backyard. While sitting there, something caught my eye. Meet Varmit- our new neighbor.
He/She lives in our neighbor's white shed, and has frequented our yard once this week. I thought it had burrowed under, but no. With cat-like abilities, it climbed up the fence and over.

I noticed him last fall, but it was dusk so I didn't get a good view. I remember saying something along the lines of, "There's a beaver in the neighbor's back yard!" I knew it couldn't be a beaver, but I couldn't think of what else it was. Now my guess is a ground hog/wood chuck. According to the humane society animal control page, they won't come and remove it unless it is sick or harming humans. And seeing how it doesn't live on our property, I don't know how much we can do about it. I'm surprised it hasn't left yet, as the neighbors who live there have three dogs, and the golden retriever definitely knows something is in that shed. As long as it stays out of our yard, I'm curious to see what it does and if it sticks around.

Monday, April 12, 2010

No Plans

We didn't have any special plans this past weekend, which means I got a chance to tackle my "to-do" list. Actually, it was more of a "This is what I'd like to do" list. They weren't necessarily things that had to be done, but things I wanted to get done. For instance, I made these:
for the third time. Thick, chewy, granola bars from Smitten Kitchen. They only last a few days here in the house, and I double the recipe, making them in a 9x13. I use dark chocolate chips, almonds, and cranberries. This is the 2nd batch I've made this week. They rock.

And I made brownies from her blog, too. But they didn't last long at all, so no pictures. These are the best brownies I've ever tasted, though. A few summers ago I was on a personal quest to find the best brownie, making a different recipe every week. Nothing I made from scratch ever beat the Pillsbury box stuff until these. They're so chocolaty and fudge-like. I'd have made another batch of them already, but I used all my cocoa up on them. Probably a good thing because I'd eat them all before Darrin got home from work.

I also spent the weekend cleaning the kitchen from top to bottom. No pictures of it, either, because you can't tell I did anything (see above paragraphs for reason. Baking=messy kitchen in my house).

The whole weekend wasn't spent in the kitchen. I scrapbooked a little and sewed a little, but have no finished projects to show of either yet. I did finish one fabric project- my own take on a Moby wrap. It required no stitching, just cutting 5 yards of fabric in half on the fold (I should have done 6 yards, though, not quite long enough). It was a must-have because Annaliese is a cuddlebug and, while I love snuggling with her, sometimes it prevents me from getting stuff done. Annaliese loves chilling in there, and I love that I can use my hands. Making supper with her in there was a breeze the last night.
We also had time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. I love this time of year (actually, I love every time of year but summer. Heat and humidity = UGG!). Ian helped Darrin clean the grill. Every meal we ate this weekend was grilled. And yes, that is underwear he's wearing; we're trying...
Ian enjoyed playing outside, as always.
But the best part of the weekend for me was watching my two children together. Ian simply adores his sister. If she's crying, he's right there to rock her, sing to her, put her pacifier in. And when she's awake, he wants to play with her, giving her a rattle, running his cars over her, attempting to play catch, or just talking to her.
Ian would stick his orange basketball in front of her face, and then really quickly throw it across the room.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our Week in Pictures

It's been a week since I last posted and a lot has happened since then, but instead of writing about it, I thought I'd just let the pictures tell the story (click on one if you'd like to see it larger).
Good Friday Ian helps my 2nd cousins dye Easter eggs.

We snapped a family picture while we were all together in Davenport for my Grandma's 80th birthday party.
Notice how Darrin towers over the rest of us...

Uncle Shawn holding Annaliese for the first time. According to my sister, it's the first time he's
ever held a newborn. He better get used to it, he'll be a dad in September.
Four generations on my mom's side.
Four generations of my dad's side.
Ian and Connor playing a combination of farm/He-Man at Easter brunch.
We hadn't seen Connor in awhile and it was so neat to see the boys play together.
Annaliese posing with her Easter basket.
Great Billie with all her great-grandkids after hunting eggs in her yard.

Annaliese getting the traditional weigh-in (nearly 11 pounds).
This scale used to sit on the counter at my grandparents' general store, where all of us were weighed on it.
It now sits in my grandma's basement since the store has closed, and I have done my best to continue the tradition.
Darrin took the day off Monday, and we headed to the zoo. Annaliese slept through most of her first zoo trip.
Ian headed to the aquarium first, his favorite spot, then to the cat house and gorillas.
Here, the bird was right up against the glass, so he decided to give it a kiss.
On Wednesday, Ian tested out our new deck box to see if there would be enough room to store all his outdoor toys.

Annaliese has smiled enough the last two days that I'm convinced she's actually
smiling at us instead of random smiles.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


The weather these last few days has been gorgeous. I'm so glad I'm not working but home so that Annaliese and I can take advantage of it. We've been going for walks every day to enjoy the weather. Ian and Darrin get their fair share in, too, when they get home after day care and work.Ian couldn't wait to bust into his sandbox.

He loved playing hide-and-seek behind the trees.
Not to mention just running around the yard.
And he laid down to get a better view of the ladybug.
And Annaliese was excited to celebrate her one-month birthday!