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Monday, March 30, 2009

My boy.

Look at that sweet face!

New header

Finally got a new header up over here, more appropriate for the season now that Christmas is long over with! So come on over and see!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Birthday recap.

I just wanted to share how lovely my birthday was. It just so happened that Kevin's one day off this week landed right on my birthday! So we got to hang out for most of the day like it was a weekend and just relax.

I had pretty much been begging for a porch swing, so that's exactly what I got! =) And although the weather has been too chilly for me to get out much, I love it! It's sooo refreshing to just sit out and enjoy the peace.... quiet... and birds chirping.

It was HORRIBLE weather on Monday! The winds were INSANE and all day I kept waiting for something to rip off the house and fly away. Towards dinner time there were tornado warnings issued for Lincoln (an hour away) and a tornado watch for our area. We were hesitant to go out but we ended up going anyway.

Turned out Kevin had arranged for our friends to watch the kids so we could go out to a nice dinner just the two of us! It's been a looong time AND it was a surprise so I LOVED that! Just after we sat down to dinner, it down-poured, passed quickly, and a rainbow came out! How sweet!

After we got back home and put the kids in bed we had some super YUMMY oreo chocolate cake! (I'll be sharing my recipe soon over at my homemaking blog)

A simple day but a good day!

And surprisingly, I don't have any pictures to document the day. But there will be some soon of my new porch swing! =)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

First days of spring!

We spent much of the day today outside--during Hannah's morning nap, after her nap, then after afternoon nap we went to the park. How fabulous! Here's a look into our day... I tried to simplify the pics but you know me. =)

nothing like playing in dirtditching the shovel!
"I building it!" Eli would put the sides all up, then take them down again, and back up.of course Hannah had to get in on the action too!
all done, ready to go!
such a sweet big brotherEli was waving to a truck driving by. I missed the wave but caught the smile.
discovering shadows
good ol' ballWhile we were playing in the grass here, I noticed these tiny little flowers buried in the grass! A fun little surprise! You can see more of my spring photos HERE.
Looks like we have rain coming for a few days so I'm sure glad we got out to enjoy some sun today! Quite a breath of fresh air in more ways than one! Happy weekend, everyone!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The birds are back!

Every few days an entire flock of birds will decide to visit our house.  The sound of them all chirping at the same time can actually be quite loud.  It's literally hundreds of birds all perched in the same tree or two.  It's fascinating!  You'll probably have to click on the pictures to really see...

13 Months

Hannah's Updates:

* tooth #5 came in with #6 possibly on it's way soon
* fully weaned and drinking well from cup
* helps put toys away
* taking 3-4 steps now
* loves playing Ring Around a Rosie with us
* puts arms up when she wants to be picked up and reaches towards things she wants
* getting better at baths again
* now instead of putting little things in her mouth, she's more likely to hold them out to you
* still takes two naps and sleeps at night from 8-7:30/8am
* plays gumball machine
* loves strawberry milk
* favorite foods: oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pancakes
* loves having teeth brushed
* loves sitting on Eli's pot at the coffee table
* loves climbing in and out of Bumbo seat
* loves putting drawstrings and other little things in my mouth

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hannah's first hair cut

I have no idea what to do with little girls hair. Overall we want it to grow long so I keep not doing anything with Hannah's hair even though it's way messy and out of control. I've been trying to put little pig tails or something in with mini rubber bands for hair but they're just too darn tiny, I can't get it.

So today I decided to at least try to trim her bangs a bit. And boy, I forgot how hard it to cut little ones' hair! Eli's great at hair cuts, but Hannah just doesn't know what's going on with it yet! Well, seeing as today was her first time, I'll cut her some slack. haha Anyhoo, here's the new do, not much different, but that's a good thing...

just so you can see the difference, here's a picture from a couple weeks ago
I definitely didn't want to chop it straight across the front, so I tried to angle it down. Not as easy it seems like it would be. Not sure what I think about it, but at least it gets her hair out of her beautiful eyes. Oh, she looks too grown up now!I think she knows she's cuteI always LOVE when she wears her bow, but unfortunately it's in for about 1.5 seconds and she's already pulling it out. No clip now but still a cutie patutie.
Don't grow up too fast now, ya hear?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paul & Holly's Wedding!

It's official, Paul and Holly are MARRIED, and what a beautiful day it was!! Here are a few pics...
Overall we had a good trip and everything went smoothly. Instead of putting everything into lengthy paragraphs I'll just bullet some of the happenings:

* During the drive out while I was caravanning with my parents-- My mom was driving our van, the kids were sleeping, and I would not have wanted to stop so kids wouldn't wake up, but my dad in the other vehicle needed a potty break, so we stopped anyway. Turned out that our gas light had been on for who knows how long and were probably running on fumes! Now driving through Nebraska you better not miss your exit because it's a LOT of miles before another one, so I was sooo thankful for that potty break or we would have run out of gas on the freeway!
* Very late nights, early mornings, and an overly fussy toddler for all of the weekend.
* An overtired Hannah fighting afternoon nap one day we had to drive in the car to get her to sleep finally. Turned out that was our one opportunity to go for a mountain drive and enjoy some of God's beauty. It turned into a blessing, and I just regret not bringing my camera!!
* The kids woke up on central time (6am in Denver!) every day except the last day.
* A bit of a curling iron burn on my arm. Oops!
* ALMOST getting to go in the hotel hot tub after the kids were in bed, but Hannah woke up less than an hour after we put her down. My mom who was manning the monitor came to get us, and that was the end of that. We were there for maybe 10 minutes. *sigh* maybe next time...
* We had our first poop-in-the-bathtub experience with Hannah and Eli. Hannah was the guilty one. Nice...
* On wedding day my cousin, aunt, and uncle (who we haven't seen since Eli was about 8 months old) watched the kids while both Kevin and I were in pictures and wedding. Eli was so upset about us leaving he threw up. But once he got over the huge fit and calmed down, he was just fine the rest of the day. My family was soooo good with the kids, we REALLY appreciate them going through all that!!
* Eli made great friends with one of the other bridesmaids' daughter named Mia. He still keeps asking "Where my new friend Ima?" (Once I correct her name then he says it right.) They played together at rehearsal dinner and all of wedding day. It was so cute.* On the drive home Hannah decided to hold sleeping Eli's hand for a long time.... very adorable.* While driving we saw exciting things like...

a lot full of school buses!a cloud machine!and the ultimate thrill-- not just A train, a whole train yard!
(we saw a much bigger one before this but still exciting)* We had sunny, 60-degree weather in Colorado.
* Returned to snow in Nebraska. We had drifts on our sidewalks that were over a foot tall, but fortunately we were still able to drive up our lane when we got home.

Last night it was so great to sleep on our own pillows in our own beds in our own rooms at our own bedtimes. It's good to be home.