Thursday, June 29, 2006

Right back at ya, Kel

It is always nice to have kind words spoken about you and this morning I found some on my friend, Kelly Johnson's blog. She has been way too generous with her words about me... but I decided that I would share some of my thoughts and feelings about her here.

I have known Kelly for a very long time. Her sister Nicole is a very good friend of mine and was my partner in crime during our high school years. Kelly was a couple of years older and we thought she was the COOLEST person around. She let us hang out with some of her friends and never treated us like we were younger. Just last week I was reminicing about some of our fun times... Kel, do you remember all of the fun times at the old house on Hilltop Drive, 'One red hen, a couple of ducks, three brown bears.....' and our trip to Wisconsin Dells in the old station wagon? Good times, good times....

Kelly, you are an incredible woman. You had Kerry when you were very young and took the challenge head on. Your kids are growing into wonderful people because of the solid example you have set for them. Right now you are going to school, taking care of a family and doing so much for the Bedrock ministry. I am in awe of how much you can handle at one time and how well you do it! YOU are an inspirational friend to ME.

Thank you Kel, for the kind words you said about me and for being someone I can look up to and count on. I love you!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

at the lake...

Lazy days of summer

Nothing much is new around our household. We've been spending almost every afternoon out at my mom and dad's on the lake. The kids love the water. Greta stays in the shallow water and the boys put lifejackets on and venture out deeper. They all love to feed the fish... we've always said that the sunfish in my parent's lake are the best fed fish in Minnesota! We feed them leftover bread, cake, corn, and anything else that's around. The boys usually get the net out and try to catch a few, then let them go and try to catch them again. Once in awhile they'll catch a painter turtle... then let it go and watch how fast it swims away.

I love these summer days. Even in the hottest weather it's pretty comfortable by the lake and the kids can run free and play until they drop.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to to all the dads out there! Special props go out to the dads closest to me; my husband... who keeps me grounded and is a better father to our kids than I could have ever imagined or asked for, my dad... who was always patient, kind and funny and continues to be for his grandkids, and 3 of my brothers who are dads, especially Nate who is a single father with 2 boys.

I hope this Father's Day is a great one!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

A celebrity making a difference

Several weeks ago Mesha Torkelson gave me a form to fill out for my kids to get free books. I completed it and sent it in and today we received our first books!

The program is called Imagination Library and was set up by Dolly Parton to send children a new book every month until their 5th birthday. This is a sweet program, you should check it out at These are not cheap books, either. The ones we got today were hardcover (The Little Engine That Could.)

Not every city has it but there's a place on the website to request it in your area.

Thanks Mesha for thinking of us, and thanks to Dolly for giving something back to the world!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Calgon, take me away!

I'll start this post with a funny, related story about Linus (I know John loves these!) So... we only have 1 bathroom in our house and my boys are famous for waiting until they are going to burst before going in there. Sometime in the last year, I can't remember exactly when it was, Miles had just sat down to go "#2." At that moment, Linus came running up to me and announced "Moooom, I have to go poop!!!" I said "Miles just went in there so you're going to have to squeeze your cheeks, dude." I looked over at him and there he was, hands planted on his face, squeezing as hard as he could asking "How is this supposed to help?"

Anyway, we've come to the stage where he is having accidents in his pants. From what I hear it's something that happens to a lot of kids, but usually it is brought on by some life change (starting school, new sibling, etc.) He isn't experiencing any of that. The funny thing is that when we first started potty training him when he turned 3, he took to it very well and didn't have any accidents that I can remember. Maybe this is payback for easy potty training? :)

Pray for my sanity and for patience. This too shall pass.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

My daughter, the exhibitionist

Greta's newest phase is shedding every article of clothing, I suppose just because she can.

This morning we had a great time at the park with Steph, Jake and Izzy Balvin. We came home for lunch and then it was nap time for Greta. She was in her bed for about an hour and she hadn't gone to sleep... I could hear her babbling the whole time. I finally gave up on the idea of a nap and went in to get her. To my surprise she was standing in her bed completely naked! Her clothes were thrown across the room and her diaper was tossed just outside of her bed, on top of a large puddle of urine. I will never know exactly how she accomplished it but I think that she was trying to escape from her bed and was balancing on the top when she relieved herself. She was all smiles when I entered the room but when she saw the look on my face she got a stern look and shook her finger and said "No, no."

Here come the terrible 2's!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kindergarten Graduation Pics

Miles with his principal and kindergarten teacher Mrs. Weber.