Monday, September 29, 2008

This Blog is for Besty

For those of you reading that haven't used the link I have for my wonderful friends Dustan and Betsy - they are finishing the Appalachian Trail -- (yes, the whole freaking thing!) And I just have to give a shout-out to them! (for more on their wild adventure -- click on the dang link!)

Bets, I remember when you won that award at the Honor Academy and gave that rocking speech about building monuments at defining points in our lives- like when Joshua took the people across the Jordan River and they built this sweet pile of rocks that the priests had stood on in the river- where they carried the presence of God in their backpacks.... yeah, well, ... at the end of that speech that inspired my whole community of microwave-mature friends- I stood and clapped and cried and rejoiced that you were the one who had been honored to speak to us that night. There is something of 100%maplesyrup love when you feel rewarded when your friends receive their reward. "...we will rejoice when you are victorious!"

Can't wait to catch up after you spend some time acclimating back to bath and body work showers and electric vegetable choppers.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Appeal to comment

Does anyone read this blog?! Really missing the comments lately....

PS- I Love these shoes from

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hey Mom

I made you some apple-bread. But, you're going to have to come over and get it....

Flushed Away

The boys have this new game they play for seemingly wide spans of time: They got it from a movie called Flushed Away. And they basically pile all of our well-worn couch pillows up into a giant toilet and pretend to "flush" each other down the toilet, toppling from the peak of the cushion mountain to the floor as they make a roaring flushing noise. It's quite amusing. ... so long as they are keeping all they're limbs out of the real thing.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thanks Grandma... and Auntie Heather

Hey ladies, (Grandma and Auntie Heath)

I'm just sportin my new threads that Grandma just sent me... feeling so cool and hip and wearing out my little play mat that cuz passed down to me. Muchas Gracias lovely ladies in my life! I can't wait to see you!!



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

on my day off...

I had the afternoon off last wednesday and i drove to a park and fell asleep in the backseat of my mini-van.

The pic of this guy off flickr- is a close truth to my reality minus the wendy's soda.

Tis the Season...

The baking fiasco has officially begun with the ushering in of Fall. It doesn't matter that it doesnt "feel" like fall. It is. By the book. Fall. And I'm hoping to get the season to kick into it's true identity by baking and wearing cordoroys. I may be sweating my face off... in this July-like weather... but ... it's fall. dang it all.

Pics of me studying under bread-baking master- Lauren. And the kids doing what they do... while we ... bake bread.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ry- unedited

I just love this juicy little kid. He's vocal and happy and pretty self-sufficient (apart from the obvious can't feed himself, dress himself, or change his nappy little diapers by himself) but he's just so likeable! I love getting my nose into his neckline- even though is almost always dunking my face into a puddle of drool. It's clean smelling drool, ...

I don't really even care. I suddenly turn into a dog, lapping up his face to show affection. Kisses don't really even exist to kids this age yet- closeness does and skin to skin... but kisses are just a weird version of the mouth to mouth action that they really want: chomping on your chin or drooling on your cheek or sucking on your nose.

Jackson Jude Song

Click on the title to access the sweet song that Dan just wrote for Jackson. (There's a version II as well)

Dan, seriously great job. Jack and I listen to this song all the time- So proud of you.


For more of Daniel's greatest hits: check him out @

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's a Zoo in here... my minivan, that is.

Spent the day at the Milwaukee Zoo with friends on Tues : Shanon is a heroic mother of three. But since Judah was in school today- we only had Arden and Avery. All 5 boys fit into Shanon's van. To think , so much untapped potential in our vehicle. I know that we can at least fit 2 more!!

As we made our drive north into Milwaukee- I turned around and notice everyone of our kids was wearing blue- funny. (see pic of kids crammed into van to validate) And on top of it all.... me and Shan were too. Prone to the blues?? Never!

Friday, September 12, 2008


Dear Lorraine,

Remember getting me "Bear in a tent" for my baby shower for Jackson about 4 years ago?? Yeah, well, he's one of the most instrumental parts of our school day. He makes an appearance for story time and handwriting and Jackson adores him. He uses kind words, hugs, and amazing levels of obedience for Bear...

Just wanted to say thanks. And THANKS for the amazing shirt you and Emily sent to me. I'm feeling quite lovely and loved!

Love, Lindsay

Rocket Science...

Went to the library to spend some time writing and grab a couple fun items for the kids. I almost always get a little insecure going thru the check out since my file history has a running tally of kids books and videos and ZERO content checked out for anyone over the age of 4- ... The insecurity has to do with wanting to walk out of a library feeling more intelligent than when I walked in, but the reality is- 9 times out of 10 I feel slightly more frazzled (especially when the kids are with me) and 2 knotches more simple-minded than when I walked in. So- anyway, the woman who checked my material out at the counter didn't smile at all- she just raised her eyebrows, let out a sigh, and silently vocalized her judgements. But, I'm over it- she has no idea that Jackson and I spent the day today learning about reversible change (made ice-pops) Newtons third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), and Bernoulli's Principle (physic's principle implying airlift).

The name of the book for anyone interested: 50 mind blowing, eye-popping science experiments, Rain newcomb and Bobby Mercer. Oh. And I made a phenomenon of a carrot cake in my kitchen. If I made any spelling errors during this post, ... don't be quick to judge. I AM doing rocket science over here, and making cakes to boot.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Okay- I just have to say that the reward book that my mom-in-law got me for Emerson's potty training is superb and has really helped with the process. That being said, I have to expose how ridiculous some of the stickers are that we use on his chart. It makes me wonder who these kids are and what they are doing today, and if they feel bitter about having their faces photo-shopped into a toilet-training course.