Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's About that Time...

Time to start the festivities!



I got Nels dressed in his PJs and then handed Guy his pair. Guy exclaimed "WHOA!" He stuck them on right then and yelled at Nels "WE'RE THE SAME!" Matching pajamas can't be too dorky if kids like them. Kids are known for their appealing taste level.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

For Thanksgiving we spent the day at a friends. I still had to cook and clean though!

Nels was thrilled to sit in daddy's lap for the day...

Guy was happy to carry around a pup...

Mom was excited for the weekend following when she got to go out for dinner! Kids liked it too.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guy in Video

Some kids just need a cue to stop singing. Probably most kids actually... But this is all new to me.

An Interview with Guy

Okay, just had to throw this picture up. Guy drew it this morning. What is it? A written request for me to put more mini muffins in his bowl. I guess that's a hint about how verbal he is.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Farmhouse Bed

I found this amazing site years ago and wanted the Farmhouse Bed. So we built it. I'm very happy to un-bookmark those plans finally. But now I see so many more things to make...

The finish isn't quite right but I don't care right now. I can always go back and redo it.

My handy assistant...
Building Bed
Just kidding. He pretty much made the whole thing. Many thanks and hugs to him.

The benefittors:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nels 7mo.

I'm Nels, I'm 7 months old.

And I will crawl someday.

Because I'm a turtle.
Turtle Nels

Monday, November 14, 2011

Missing Lucy

I think one of the hardest things about losing a child is not about you. It's about knowing that your other children lost a sibling. And in Guy's case, his best friend.

Kisses for Lucy

Guy keeps asking about Lucy.  He wants to go in the car and go see her.  I'm not going to make that happen on purpose.  He demands to know where Lucy is. I say she died and went to Heaven. And he wants to know where Heaven is at. And since I don't know what to say I tell him it's in the sky. And then he yells at me to "Make Lucy come down!" He gets upset about it. I figure he just thinks people shouldn't be in the sky. Aside from people in airplanes I generally agree but it still makes me sad that he's sad.  I think it would be best if Heaven moved locations.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Santa, I Want...

Guy's Christmas wish? He asked Santa for a Christmas tree! I'm sure there will be plenty more opportunities to see Santa before Christmas if he wants to be a little more greedy.


Santa gave Guy a candy cane and Guy wanted another one, a "little one" for Nels. I'm so proud of big brother.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bread Making

We went to a friends house for dinner and of course I begged to bring bread.

We made Ciabatta! And this was not it... Nice technique anyway, Guy.

Pretzels, Ciabatta, and Grissini! (All from King Arthur Flour!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Heart Doctor!

Sometimes I feel like our days are full of doctors! Doctors are nice people and I guess their waiting rooms are usually fun. Guy likes the special attention. Maybe hanging out at doctors' offices is alright.

Today the boys were able to borrow heart monitors! Minotaurs would have been nice too. (Sorry - spell check distraction) I am not even going to start complaining about the difficulties with these because Nels is a baby and Guy knows not to touch it. Can you imagine keeping one of these on a 2 year old? That's a funny thought!

It has added a little excitement to our day and I can't wait to take them off. Only 15 hours to go!

They like to pretend they are carrying around ultra-cool walkmans.

Nels is happy to show off his tummy.

They are sleeping peacefully in them. They are both wearing two sets of clothes just so I could get the monitor out of choking hazard range but I think it's working. I'll only go check on them another 20 times.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eye Doctor

Guy went to the eye doctor for his check up. Lucy had an appointment too that I forgot to cancel. I thought I did so good canceling everything but I forgot one.

I was proud of Guy today. He sat in the exam chair and tried hard to identify everything and when he couldn't he would ask me. But the doctor said no cheating.

Last year I remember being so proud of both Guy and Lucy. I remember Lucy was so excited to get her eyes checked because she first watched big brother. She was just trying to copy him but she was too little to do a lot of the things he was able to do. Like resist the urge to try to grab the toys from the doctor.

Monday, November 7, 2011


I've been worried that the age gap (4 years) between Guy and Nels will be too big for them be best buds. But they like each other. All is well!

Guy - 4 years
Nels - 6 months



Friday, November 4, 2011

Above Rubies Adventure

"A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far ABOVE RUBIES or pearls." -Proverbs 31:10

A friend recently told me about the Above Rubies magazine and an Above Rubies retreat coming up. So we went together and it was extremely amazing and encouraging and I could go on and on. Silly how everything you need to know is in the Bible but lots of times you just need someone else to read it enthusiastically to get it.

Here's some pictures from the retreat...
My bunk mate, Nels:

The way from my room to the conference hall...

Breakfast! The food was great or maybe the break from cooking was great?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pretending is for Lazy Kids

Guy inherited Lucy's play kitchen. And he's determined to make it work.

He baked cookies.

He cleaned out the cupboards. Empty boxes need to go!
Please note I collected these and taped them up all nice and was expecting a big hug in return.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I thought Guy could wear his costume from last year. When I tried to pull it out of the dress-up bin he saw his Viking hat. That works! I bet everyone figured he was wearing a costume on under his coat. Sneaky!

I had to prompt Guy at every house to say "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you" but he made up for that in enthusiasm. He loved walking around in the dark and ringing doorbells.
He sure was generous. For every piece of candy he ate he handed out a piece to everyone else.

Too much candy makes sleepy brothers.