Sunday, July 30, 2006

Best week ever comes to a close

Let me start this post off by praising the Lord for central air conditioning. I'm not sure if I would be alive today without it!

This last week has been so awesome! Dustin used some vacation days and had the whole week off. The kids and I really enjoyed having him around all week. We spent several days at his sister's house in Hastings, mostly lounging in the pool. Miles can now swim underwater, a huge feat considering at the beginning of the summer he wouldn't even get his face wet! Miles and Linus both loved having their dad around to play. They worked a little on riding bikes without training wheels, visited the public library to get some books, baked some bread and even went to go see Superman in the theater.

We're all a little down because life resumes tomorrow when Dustin goes back to work. I'm already looking forward to Christmastime when he can take some more time off!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Miles was having a conversation with Dustin the other night that gave us both a laugh. It went something like this:

Miles: "Dad, did Cain (from the Bible) die because he got too old?"
Dustin: "Yea, I think so."
Miles: "Or maybe he was killed by a car-jacker with a gun or something."
Dustin: "They didn't have cars or guns back then, buddy."
Miles: "Oh, right. Maybe it was a donkey-jacker."

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Happy Birthday Greta!

Today Greta turns 2! I can't believe that my baby is now a 2 year old. Time really does fly by, doesn't it? We are preparing for a Blues Clues celebration this afternoon complete with a homemade cake by Dustin. I can't wait for Greta to open her presents... this will be the first time that she (hopefully) enjoys her gifts more than the wrapping paper and boxes!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beach Bums

Steph, Jake and Izzy came out to the lake with us today and we had a great time. Here are some pictures. Thanks for the fun day guys!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Life with your first child...and beyond

I found this in a magazine and it made me laugh.

1st child: play classical music to soothe baby
2nd child: play classical music to soothe yourself
3rd child: buy an electric guitar, teach yourself chords from Pearl Jam songs, and drown out sounds of siblings bickering

1st child: sleep when the baby sleeps
2nd child: sleep when the baby sleeps and while the toddler watches a video
3rd child: sleep while nursing in the minivan at soccer practice as toddler watches videos on the portable DVD player

1st child: accept all offers of help from family
2nd child: accept all offers of help from family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances
3rd child: offer your spare change jar to anyone on your block who'll take your children so you can go to the bathroom by yourself

1st child: establish regular naptime routine, with child in crib
2nd child: let kids nap in their car seats while you're running errands
3rd child: Move kids to couch or bed only when you notice they've collapsed in exhaustion on the floor

1st child: immediately wash and sterilize every single binky, blankie, or stuffed animal that hits the floor
2nd child: scrape away obvious dirt and give the item a quick tap water rinse (or a lick) before presenting it to the child
3rd child: dirt? what dirt?

1st child: to create a cozy space, outfit nursery in whimsical, everything-matches theme like classic Pooh or Beatrix Potter
2nd child: Scour resale shops for anything that looks clean
3rd child: nursery, ha! the crib is going into a corner of your older daughter's room, right under the Justin Timberlake posters

1st child: potty train by 24 months
2nd child: barely potty train by preschool deadline
3rd child: notice that no one has touched the last three packages of pull-ups and realize that she must have potty trained herself