Thursday, November 29, 2007

Snow Cones

Our snow lasted through the night so we made strawberry snow cones!

Eating Snow

As Bill was about to leave for work last night, he couldn't help but notice a nice inch of snow on the ground. He went and got Isaac up to share in his excitement of all the white stuff! Here is a picture of Ike eating the snow Daddy got for him. Snow makes a handy late night snack.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In Praise of Mom



Today marks week 28 in the development of Girl Baby, who does have a name by the way, just no middle name as of yet. However, she does have lots of blankets lovingly made by my Mom. She is one lucky baby to be born in the winter! She'll have a blanket to match every outfit. Here is a picture of just a few of the blankets my Mom has made, but this doesn't include the yellow ones:)

Continuing the praise, yesterday my Mom watched Ike so Bill and I could play Santa and go visit toyshop Target. Bill and I sure did enjoy getting out and finishing our Christmas shopping together. Ike LOVES going to Grandma and Grandpa's house. They have a big, open house to run and play in. His favorite is the banister where he can look out over the great room and they have stairs. What kid doesn't like stairs! It's one big playground and Grandma seemed to enjoy the company while Grandpa was at work.

When Bill and I arrived back to Grandma and Grandpa's to pick Ike up, she had a nice hot dinner ready for us! What a nice surprise! Thanks for making such a wonderful and relaxing day for us, Mom!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

First Snow




We had a slight hunch that it might snow (thanks to the weatherman) so we added strawberry syrup to our grocery list to make yummy snow cones. And sure enough! That night the snow transformed our part of the world into a winter wonderland. Okay, we really didn't get too much snow, but the beauty of childhood is that it doesn't take much snow to make a little fella happy.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Spirit


Our home has been buzzing with the Christmas spirit! We decorated our little tree (the same tree we've had since the first year we were married) with sentimental ornaments and some not so sentimental ornaments, but beautiful all the same. It's tradition here to put the ornament with a picture of my Dad in it on the tree first. His picture goes up high -- close to the ornate angel that a dear friend handmade for us. I put on golden ribbon and red bows and Ike had a blast placing ornaments on in clusters. It's amazing how many ornaments one branch can hold! He did a really good job and was a big helper.
Even attitudes around here have been loaded up with Christmas spirit. Yesterday Ike noticed I was slow getting out of the car so he came around to my door and reached out his hand. His sweet little voice said, "I'll help you, Mommy." *sigh* What a little gentleman. Looks like Daddy is wearing off on him!
The Advent calendar activities are set for each day of December. We just can't have a day go by around here without a load of that wonderful Christmas spirit! It's fun to gear Ike's excitement up for the day we celebrate Christ's birth. The anticipation for Christmas day will be great. Already it's a daily activity for Ike to peek into the Advent calendar doors hoping to find candy which we did last year. This year we'll have treats and activities -- mostly small and simple, but definitely exciting! Anyway, December 1st is highly anticipated in our home!
I hope you all are having a blast planning your Christmas activities! And may the spirit of the season be with you each day.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time




Nap time came to us around 2:00 this afternoon so I decided to take the opportunity to bring out the Christmas "magic." I set up the tree (but left it undecorated so Ike could help later), put out the manger scene (but left the baby Jesus on another table so Ike could have the honor), and I set out the Advent calendar, snow globe, and stocking.
Ike woke up around 4:30. He came out, saw the tree, smiled, and cuddled up on the couch and fell back into sweet slumber. While he slept, I sat in the rocking chair and worked on my redwork quilt while listening to Christmas tunes and admiring the newly transformed room.
Now that Ike's awake, the nativity scene has been transported to another area, he has peeked in every door of the Advent calendar hoping to find toys and candy, and "Oh, Little Town of Bethleham has played ten times (at least) on the snow globe. Oh, yes, and his little figure Diego has been added to the nativity scene. No one gets left out of seeing the baby Jesus around here!
Anyway, Joseph just lost a hand. Not to worry though, we've got a nice supply of super glue!

Bath Time



Monday, November 19, 2007

A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk

After asking Grandma question after question about her childhood and what she remembers about the Depression, she handed me a book called "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk." It's a small book on what the author (Robert J. Hastings) remembers about his boyhood during the 1930's. It's a charming book that really changed my perspective on various things. For instance, we haven't been able to spend a lot of time with Bill the past few days due to all the overtime he has been assigned. Although we miss seeing him, I am now grateful for his job more than ever before. During the Depression men would have pounced on any chance to work and overtime just wasn't an option. There are also other small things, like how during the Depression families would gather around the fire to keep warm and made many memories there. Now that central heat and air is quite common in most homes around here, we have other ways to find our family time. To keep cool in the summer families would linger on the shaded porches. Let's just say there was ample family time. Anyway, for anyone interested in a good read or just overly interested in the Depression like me, this book is great.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Projects

I am making my own gift tags for Christmas this year.
This is a quilt I am in the process of making for Girl Baby. I will post a picture when it's finished.
The laundry room wall is coming along. We make progress slowly aroud here.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sweet Dreams


Here is a picture of Ike sound asleep with his treasured rocketship. Ever since he and Daddy launched it in the park a couple days ago, it is all he can talk about. This picture was taken after Ike and I got back from dinner at Grandma's house tonight. He fell asleep in the car and woke up when I took the rocketship from his hand. He quickly inquired about the rocketship and as soon as it was safe and sound in his little hand again he fell back to sleep.
This evening Grandma had us over for dinner -- salisbury steak. It was a delightful dish from her Route 66 cookbook. She truly is a great cook! Bill wasn't able to join us for dinner this evening due to more overtime this morning (it was one of the busiest nights he's worked all year). He is in fact still sleeping and I won't wake him for another hour.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sugar and Hormones


Since Bill works the night shift, he gets home from work around 7:30 each morning (except for lately due to all the gang related activity). Well, a couple days ago he brought home a coffee for me and doughnuts for Ike and I to share. It was not only a sweet gesture, but it was just what I needed (okay maybe not NEEDED, but craved). The extra sugar gave me a burst of energy and I cleaned our home and rearranged a few little things. The house hasn't stayed so clean lately due to the raging hormones. I guess the doughnuts were just what our home NEEDED.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Late Night Art Studio


Last night Bill got called into work early (four hours early) so right after crab cakes and potatoes he left. Since Ike took a four hour nap, I knew that we'd probably be up a little later than usual. So what is a mother to do when she's exhausted and sleep deprived . . . paint of course! Artwork to the rescue. Ike and I crammed ourselves into the cozy laundry room and he painted on his paper and I painted on the walls (probably not the best example for a three year old -- painting on the walls that is). He kept telling me what a good job I was doing, but couldn't figure out why i would rather paint flowers than a rocketship up high on the wall for him. Sorry, buddy. So after I was finished for the night Ike still wanted to paint. I let him finish up his art project in the kitchen then finally got that much needed sleep.

I'll post another picture of my laundry room garden when it is complete.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Preparing for Baby Girl

I found this cute little sweater set at the antique store a couple weeks ago and LOVED it. Since Baby Girl will be arriving in chilly February I had to get it. Anyway, she is progressing nicely at about 13 1/2 inches and around a pound and a half. We have around a hundred days before we get to meet her!

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Traditions

My Grandma moved into town back in August and once she settled in we decided to start a new tradition -- Saturday Supper at her house and a game of cards afterwards. It makes for a very eventful evening. Over dinner she shares stories of her childhood back in Michigan and how wonderfully simple life was. She talks of the Depression, her children, and her "glorious" college days over her scrumptious pot roast. Tomorrow is Saturday and we are looking forward to getting together for another Sabbath dinner. It's my turn to cook (or should I say the local Mexican restaurants turn). I know the food won't be as delicious as her home baked wonders, however, the conversation and company will be most delightful.

Anyway, if anyone doesn't have the blessing of a grandparent in town, there is always room for one more at Grandma's table.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Under the Weather

We've got the sniffles and sore throats today. Ike woke up at 4:00 this morning with a bad cough. So we got up and I made a tray of fruits, juices, vitamins, water, lemon and honey water, etc. and we headed back to bed to watch movies and rest. We've spent the majority of the morning laying in bed and relaxing.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Big Helper

As soon as I start loading the sink up with water and bubbles Ike comes running to help. He does a really good job too!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Oregon Coast




The sisters and I packed up the ever-so-excited kids and hard-working husbands (and of course Grandma) and headed over to Lincoln City, Oregon for a few days. We stayed at this wonderful house where there was room for all! The best part of the house was it's terrific view of the ocean and direct access to the beach. We made good use of such great accommodations!
Ike LOVES the ocean and now that we are home asks if we are going to the ocean every day. It's never too early to turn a child into a beach-lover!
Baby Girl Parramore is now a foot long. We still have 111 days to go!