Monday, November 30, 2009



Bo loves to play flick bowling on my iPhone so Wes and Grandpa took him "real bowling" (as Bo calls it) for the first time a couple of weeks ago. He had a blast. He flung that 6 lb ball like he'd been doing it for years. Check out that form . . . And the spare in frame 9!
He pretty much attacked it like every other sport he tries. He's an athletic animal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a great Thanksgiving this year with tons of food, great company, and some serious top-pant-unbuttoning followed by triptofan (sp??) induced nap taking.

But the best part for me was that it was the first year Bo actually got in to the whole holiday and got excited about some old family traditions as well as some new ones of our own. (Sam on the other hand slept through dinner)

It all started with Bo, Grandma and I making placemats the week before with potato stamps and watercolors. Bo did a great job. He even told us what he wanted each one to say.

Happy Pumpkin Day
Happy Football Day and Thanksgiving Day
Happy Party Day

They turned out so cute I went and had them laminated. Then there was a total warm and fuzzy moment for me - the passing on of my favorite Thanksgiving Day job from growing up . . . putting the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes.I'm not exactly sure how many ended up being eaten as opposed to being put on the potatoes, but they turned out great in the end.

And then there was the feast of all feasts:

2 Fried Turkeys (thank you Wes & Grandpa)
Honey Baked Spiral Ham
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Jello Salad

And we can't forget the pies. Apple, Cherry, and Pumpkin.
Overall it was a great day that we were not only able to share with Grandma and Grandpa this year, but our friends Ty & Tru as well. We are thankful to have such great family and friends all around us. We can't ask for much more than that.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Our New Roommates

I have had a few roommates in the past . . .

Kelly from Lodgepole-Freshman year with the Chip and Dales and verbatim Days of Our Lives recaps in between the meticulous dorm room cleanings in place of test preparation

Nicole from Ontario-Sophomore & Junior year in Melrose Place with hot tea and creamer, bagels, lots of gymnastics, annoying loud light switch, and endless boyfriends with babies sleeping on the couch

Rachael, Mindy & Gina-Senior year home hell with stolen toilet paper, fights over food, caddy bitchiness and lots of lies

. . . but never any as great as the ones we have now.

Wes' parents moved in with us about a month ago and it is absolutely wonderful having them here. They decided they wanted to be near their grandkids and finally gave up on us moving back there so they packed up their car and drove all the way from Iowa (most of it in snow, poor guys) to come live with us.

Their plan is to try it out until Spring and then decide if this is where they really want to hang their hat (and coat, and gloves, and scarves, and . . . Ok, you get the picture).

Assuming the winter isn't too overly annoying, they will head back home, pack up all their things, sell their house and move up here for good.

But in the mean time, they are settling in and remembering all too well what a house full of screaming kids is like with mountains of laundry, endless cleaning, neglected home projects, early kid wakings and horribly stinky dirty diapers while the rest of us (ahem, me) are loving the extra help around the house, the ability to hand a kid off when needed, and the chance to go to the gym alone. (Oh the gym. How I have missed you so.)

So goodbye roommate weirdness of the past. Hello roommate luxury of now.

Max - 2 Months

Height: 21.46 in
Weight: 12.57 lbs
Head: 15.35 in
He sleeps with his arms straight up in the air quite often. It's hilarious!
Bath time with GrandmaHis favorite sleep spot
All smiles

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sam's Ouwie

Sam had his first emergency room visit last month while Opa was here. Poor thing got his ring finger closed in the hinge side of our front door. It sliced it open on the palm side and bled and bled and bled. I still can't believe that a little finger can bleed that much but it did and he was hysterical.

Turns out he not only gouged it really good but cracked the bone as well. Sniff Sniff His first broken bone. Thank goodness for young healing. With a little surgical glue and a week of buddy taping his fingers together, he seems good as new (if you ignore the dead purple fingernail he has now, that is).