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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Apple Hat

My friend had a baby in March (sorry Martha I have a bad memory. If this is wrong please forgive me!) and I tried to make an apple hat for the baby.

The first one is a complete unusable flop. But if you do not first succeed, try, try again. So I did and it worked.

I don't like the stem, I wish I had done it in i-cord like the first hat. It took me three attempts on this hat to figure out the leaf (I can't remember how many times I tried on the first hat and finally gave up.)

So here it is. I really love it and hope I have the motivation to make one for my own baby!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

T-Ball Season

It is t-ball season again. As a devoted parent I will have several photos and videos of Ben playing t-ball for you to view. The first is of his favorite part of t-ball, the helmet.

I am sorry if I sound like a gloating parent, but Ben in STINKIN' cute.
And of course we have a monkey see monkey do who is pretty darn cute too.

How did I ever get so lucky?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Tradition

The kids have a springtime tradition of building a couch out of cinder blocks and then I have a tradition of photographing them on the couch. Here is the 2010 addition.

I was trying to get them to not cover their eyes in this one. 2 out of 3 isn't bad.

Ok I looked back in the files to add our previous photos and I found one from 2008, nothing in 2009. So maybe it isn't fair to call it a "tradition..."


Saturday, May 15, 2010


I made bagels awhile ago and I had a funny thought as they were boiling/baking. Some people will remember that I used to put my fingers in a circle around my belly button and say, "Look! a bagel!"

Well as they were boiling I thought, "This must be what I look like in the hot tub."

And then when I pulled them out of the oven I thought, "This must be what I look like after a good vacation in the Caribbean.

I wonder what other exotic situations I can imagine my bagel belly in?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Country Life

The farmers delivered a giant pile of manure and for about a week the kids begged to go look at it.

So finally we took a field trip to the see the giant pile of poop. Jacob and Sophie had on regular shoes, but for some reason I felt compelled to make Ben wear mud boots. Sure enough the first thing he did was sink his foot into the edge of the pile.

Even the little piles of manure deserved inspection.

Then of course they had to wrestle right at the edge because children have no fear of falling into a giant pile of poop.

Awed and amazed (you have to admit it is a pretty amazing pile of manure.)

And then a family photo because doesn't everyone have a family photo in front of a giant pile of manure?

(Sorry new computer and I am having difficulty learning how to rotate and save a photo)
I was amazed by the number of these flies that were ALL over the pile. I did some research thinking they have some exotic name since I had never seen them before. If my research is accurate they are called Yellow Dung Flies.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Winds of Change

I went away to Virgina for a few days and when I came back Aaron had built these two utility items.

They are the first step of many to prepare the spare room off of the kitchen to become a laundry room.

This summer Aaron will bring the washer and dryer out of the basement, replace the floor in the spare room, add a door that will exit out to the clothes line and build a folding shelf/storage cabinet. We will also have a mud room! All this makes ME very happy!

Friday, May 07, 2010


Last night we stopped at our old apartment to peek in the windows. It is being completely overhauled so there are no tenants.

The other day when I drove by there were no windows and doors and I could see right in. I thought I could see our old French atrium doors with the stamps I had stamped in each window panel still there, stamps and all!

So I had Aaron jump out and look. While he was out Ben was BEGGING to get out and look too. Because of the construction scene and the late hour I kept saying no. Finally Ben pleaded with all he could muster...


"No Ben."

"I'll give you 10 kisses!"

Monday, May 03, 2010


Well, it is official. Our computer died. Technically Aaron could spend hours and days and money fixing it, but at four years old it isn't really worth it. A new one has been ordered and will be here in a few weeks.

Unfortunately all of my pictures are stuck on the old computer. Aaron has assured me that they can be saved, but until the new computer comes, I have no pictures to post. It will be just words for awhile. I'll try not to bore you