Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pace Yourselves

We've come to the time of year when I get really tired of taking indoor pictures. I'm also really tired of being indoors. So, it is likely that I won't post very often. With that warning, I suggest you review the next two posts slowly. Click on every photo to fully enjoy every image. Take time to go back and view my archives. Peruse the labels and find something that interests you. Dream of the day when everything is lush and green and warm and dry again. Spring, hurry quickly!!!

Alphabet Soup, Anyone?

Amanda's cooking supper. Would you like to join us?
She loves these new letters but she hasn't figured out how to stick them on the fridge yet. That's my job. She loves to pull them off the door, however! She loves her cowboy boots, too.

For years, we've had a Toys R' Us credit card and we get gift cards to use at the store as a reward. Since we've moved up north, it has become more difficult to use these cards and so we had quite a stash. I was able to buy another carseat, a dolly to match Amanda's skin color, these alphabet magnets, and a few other odd and ends.

This was the first morning she got to play with her new toys. It was like Christmas! Bud often joins her in the kitchen when she's playing. Yesterday, she was tossing the letters his direction and he would play with them. Amanda is very gentle with Bud and pets him nicely. He tolerates her better than Chicky did.

Baby Shower Road Trip

Welcoming baby Kodi! We took one of our famous ladies only trips to the Cities this weekend. This time my niece Elizabeth traveled with us. She had a great time playing with Amanda and watching "Signing Time" in the van.
Amanda and her second cousin Shianna are only four months apart. They played with balloons and Elizabeth and entertained us all.

Many of the pictures were just a blur of activity! When they were getting a little too rowdy, we walked down to the park. It was 60 degrees and beautiful!!!
Amanda traveled really well on this trip. She feel asleep right away after we left the party. It wasn't until we were about 1/2 hr from home that she started to get really fussy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Flow River Flow

On our farm when I was growing up, water would always gather in inconvenient places around the yard during the spring melt. My dad would spend time digging ditches through the gravel driveway to divert the water away from the tool shed and garage. I was always mesmerized by the flowing water and loved helping him.
The last few days Amanda I have tackled several areas of our yard that have been gathering water. Today's river was definitely the most fun!
Amanda spent a long time scooping slush and watching it flow out to the driveway. She is such a tough little girl. She had no problem putting her hands into the icy water to grab a rock or leaf. She was very wet by the time we went inside.
After getting Amanda into warm dry clothes, she sat down to visit with Bud. He belongs to our neighbor and is staying with us for the month. Aren't they the snuggliest little things you've ever seen? Bud has a plastic bag fetish. He waits by the cupboard and dives into the Wal-Mart bags as soon as some one opens the door.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Eighteen Months- A Month Late

In the same way that Elisa and I share so much in common, her sister and my sister are very close and share many things in common. One of those things is a love of all things horsey. The boots were a gift to Mariella from Elisa's sister and the little horsey was a gift to Amanda from my sister.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cut From the Same Cloth

It's like we share a brain or something! My cousin Elisa and I didn't exactly plan the outit coordination. It was just understood that the next time we were together we would get a picture of the girls in their matching dresses. And this is not the first time we've showed up to a family gathering wearing a matching outfit. We had hoped for better pictures but because our daughters are so alike, too, and each has her own mind, they were tricky to capture on film. We had a great time visiting this week. Our time together is always so short. From our favorite book, Stellaluna,

"How can we be so different and feel so much alike?"

"And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?"

"Because we're friends and that's a fact."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gathering with Family

Amanda, me, my mom, my grandmother and my nephew, Tristen.
Our family has been gathering in this kitchen for the last 54 years. It has seen many new faces and old ones.
These are a couple of the two newest babies. Sofia is two months and Tristen is five months.
Sofia is no longer the youngest baby. Kodiak was born on Sunday and P-pop is due in May. Including the maybe-baby that we are expecting this year, five new great grandchildren will be been added this year. It's quite a banner year for my grandmother!