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Saturday, April 30, 2011

First finish of 2011

A wall-hanging for Walter's baptism. A week before, I drew up my thoughts. The day of, the top was done, but not the embroidery. The week after, the quilting was done. Two months after, the binding and hanging sleeve are done. Pretty good for me to only be two months late with something. Very rarely does what I envision (whether it be quilting, scrapbooking, cooking, anything) turn out as I envisioned it, but this is pretty darn close. Each block is 1 in finished. I tried taking about 10 different pictures (having waited a few days for the sun to actually appear) to try and capture how much the metallic thread sparkles, but my photo skills are apparently not great enough to do so. If you click on the picture, you can see the metallic thread a bit better.

Walter's Baptism Wall hanging

Easter Sunday

After church service on Easter (and the following egg hunt at church) we headed over to Marlena and Noah's for Easter lunch and another egg hunt. Ian was once again the only one interested in searching for eggs. At first we tried to get pictures of Walter and Annaliese, but it's so hard to get them to look at the camera. Even harder with all three of them. That afternoon the clouds finally cleared away and we got a few shots of them in their Easter outfits. It had been a busy weekend and they both fell asleep on the 15 minute drive home. Of course, that was the only nap either of them would get that afternoon... Here are the shots from the Easter photo shoot (it's pretty obvious we never got a shot with all of them looking at the camera):

Easter Sunday #1

Easter Sunday #2

Easter Sunday #3

Easter Sunday #4

Easter Sunday #5

Easter Sunday #6

Easter Sunday #7

Long Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Re-Cap

Easter weekend was fantastic. Darrin's parents were here, and it wouldn't be Easter without them here. The Easter bunny brought Ian a sword and Annaliese a music toy (she can really shake her bootie). The bunny got adventurous and hid things even higher this year than ever before. He also hid some perfectly for Annaliese, but she could have cared less. She pointed to them but wouldn't grab them. Instead she just walked around them and headed to her car. Ian was content to pick hers up, though. After the hunting and posing, it was off to reap the benefits by eating the treats and playing with the new toys.

dyeing eggs

Pointing to the eggs

Getting her "egg"

No Eggs in There

Hunting eggs

This one has my name on it!

egg in the bush

Hey, there's one up there!

Thanks for the help Grandpa

Ian and his loot

After the "hunt"

Eating her treats

Hero Man!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

She's Walking

Here's a few videos from last weekend (back when the weather was nice) of Annaliese walking. She had taken a few steps before that, but last weekend was when she decided walking was the best way to get around.



Sunday, April 10, 2011

Prepping the Garden

Our church has 63 garden plots (roughly 10' x 10') for members and people in the community to use. They've had it for a few years, and we decided to try our hand at gardening this year. Last year Ian had lots of questions about food at the farmer's market and loved helping his grandparents in their gardens, so we figured we should start one. The church only had one plot available for us this year, and we're sharing it with our friends.

Yesterday was the day to prep the garden for planting. There were lots and lots of OmaGrow compost to deposit on the plots, rake out, and then till in. Ian had a great time in the beginning spreading out the compost. At one point when we were standing around talking, he was asking us to get back to work because there were still compost mounds to be dispersed. It was a long morning, though, and after a few hours was ready for home. I was surprised by how content Annaliese was to sit on her blanket or in her stroller. Now to start the seeds so they'll be ready to plant in a few weeks.

Garden #1

Garden #2

Garden #3

Garden #4

Her First Car

Annaliese got her first car yesterday (Ian decided he doesn't need it anymore and she can have it). She had a blast playing with it, climbing in and out of it and getting herself into all different kinds of positions.

Annaliese Car #1

Annaliese Car #2

Annaliese Car #3

Annaliese in Car #4

Annalese in Car #5

Friday, April 8, 2011

First Zoo Trip of 2011

We headed to the zoo last Saturday for the first time this year. As always, Ian had a blast. Annaliese seemed to enjoy it, too, though I think she preferred to watch the people more than the animals. Can't wait until this summer when the kids and I can go more often. My guess is Annaliese will completely love the zoo as much as Ian by the end of the summer.

Hello Penguin
Getting close to the penguins.

In the aquarium
Mesmerized by the aquarium.

Looking at the antelope
Looking at the antelope.

Ian on the train
Posing on the train.

Meeting the gorilla
People watching by both the gorilla... and Annaliese.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

What is better than banana chocolate chip pancakes? Said pancakes topped with peanut butter maple syrup. And that is what I made for supper tonight; I mean, what else does one do when there are overripe bananas sitting on the counter and buttermilk that needed to be used in the fridge?

All-in-all, these pancakes were FABULOUS! Darrin said they needed to be the only pancake I ever made. Oh, and the topping, so peanut buttery-yet not so overpowering that you couldn't taste the banana. Definitely needed a tall glass of milk to go with it. They were very filling; no dessert necessary tonight!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Adapted (barely) from The Cupcake Princess

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 ripe bananas, mashed
mini chocolate chips

Combine dry ingredients with whisk. In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla, oil, and egg. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in bananas. At this point, you could also stir in the chocolate chips, but because I was making pancakes for Annaliese, too, I just added the chips to some as they were cooking on the griddle.

Peanut Butter Syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup (I used real, the original recipe did not specify)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Melt peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in syrup and vanilla. Return to microwave for 30 more seconds.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finger Painting Fun

Ian has really been into creating with color lately; coloring with crayons or markers, painting with watercolors, and finger painting. The last time he finger painted, Annaliese joined him (with some help from Darrin). She didn't really know what to think about the whole thing. Our biggest obstacle was trying to keep her hands out of her mouth.

Finger Painting Fun

I want you paper

What is this?

Ian's work of art

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Girl Likes to Eat

Annaliese LOVES food. Pretty much any kind, though she definitely has her favorites (fruit, honey nut cheerios, toast). She's been hand-feeding herself for awhile now, and most meals we can't keep enough on her tray. She's let's us know the minute the food is gone. Most of the time she isn't signing "more" quietly but is instead trying to pull her tray off and get the food herself, all the while screaming at the top of her lungs. Oh, and if she sees there is fruit on the table, but not on the tray, she will not eat the food on her tray until the fruit she sees is gone.

And while she's going through this phase in which she eats anything we put in front of her, Ian is pretty much refusing to eat any food...

Yummy Cheerios

Eggs for Breakfast

Lasagna is fun to eat

Check out my hand!

Lasagna Face

And usually after supper every night, whether it's very messy lasagna or shouldn't be messy roast, some of it ends up end her hair and leads to a bath, which always leads to lots of smiles.
Bath Time Swadle

Monday, April 4, 2011

Is this on Sale?

While shopping for clothes for family pictures,our travels took us to the Carter's outlet. While searching, Ian approached with a Joey magnetic doll from Doug & Melissa. Now, he's always been a kid who rarely asks and never begs for things when we're out at stores. However, I'm also the type of mom who doesn't like to buy things unless they're on-sale.

In response to his request, I told him he had to ask if he was on-sale (we were told when we walked in that everything in the store was 50% off, but these so rarely go on sale that I wanted to check to make sure). He immediately looked around and didn't notice a salesperson, so I directed him. He walked right over, and I could see the wheels in his head churning to figure out how to get her attention. Turns out an, "Ummm," worked, and he followed it up by asking, "Is this on sale?"

Much to his delight it was, and after having him go up and ask, I had to reward him by buying it. He is usually so shy and this was a big thing for him to do. And I'm so happy I did buy it. He's had so much fun changing Joey's clothes. He's quickly joined the other rescue workers, firemen, Batman, and other toys in playing out whatever Ian's imagining that day.

Police Joey
construction Joey

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two Weeks of Memories

It has been two weeks since I posted last, and looking through the camera files, lots of memories were made. In just the first three days of April alone, we've taken 166 pictures. So, this post will be the first of many to come in the following days, as I have lots of stories to share about my cute kiddos. But first, a story of weather.

The first week of this two week hiatus was spring break. And unlike the week preceding it, with weather in the 60s and sun all week, spring break started with the windows in the house open and ended with shoveling snow off the driveway. It was such a pretty snow with nice, big flakes. Had I not been an overachiever, I wouldn't have needed to shovel because it was all melted that afternoon.

Last day of break, Friday, March 25
It's not December, but March
Our Backyard

Snow Line
My flowers were almost saved by the overhang on the house

March Snow
Love how it piles up on the branches.

Contrast that with a week later. Here's how my flowerbed looked on Friday.
My Crocuus


Oh, but the snow wasn't done last Friday. Even though it melted, it continued to snow these huge flakes We called it a rain/snow. It snowed, but absorbed into the ground just like rain. The snow continued on in to Saturday, the day we had family pictures. When I made the appointment, I figured the weather would be perfect for outside pictures. Not so, though luckily we got some great ones at our indoor location. The temperatures was pretty moderate that afternoon, and we convinced Ian to go out and try catching snowflakes on his tongue. He tried for a few minutes, then ran around the yard in his new Spiderman shoes (which, according to him, help him run really, really fast).
Trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue

And here we are just yesterday, one week after it snowed on family picture day, practically sweating out in the sun.
First "Feels Like Spring" Day

Hopefully the weather this weekend will continue, and the days of snow are gone until Christmas time...