Saturday, December 26, 2009

Calvin's new hat and scarf from his Godparents, Nicole and Michael. He likes it!(for about 1 second) But it is SO cute on him!

December 25, 2009


December 24, 2009

We met the Webers (Holsteins, Prchals & Tuttles!) before church so we could visit and the boys could look at each other. Clinton is still too little to play chase with the "big" boys, but Baron and Calvin crawled all around the church and had a blast!

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Sorry, kids. Goofy faces for you, this time. All the adults look pretty good in this one--getting more rare every year.
December 22, 2009

We finally made sugar cookies for Christmas. We had to make a bunch of stars, too, for Uncle Martin-since they will only arrive in time for New Year's! Apparently Mom and I each sent him a package the same day, we'll see if Quincy or Ephrata has a quicker start!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Dad went to Costco, and all he brought me was this cool box! Car. Box car. Pretty creative, really.

I'm returning the Christmas gifts tomorrow.

Today since Greg was feeling under the weather, Maisie and Calvin and I took "lunner" out to Papa and Gogo's rental so they could continue to work all day. (Sheesh. These retirees.) After our meal, well, actually, DURING our meal, Calvin decided it was naptime. Papa started putting him to sleep. Gogo finished him off. Then they needed to get back to work, so my baby slept in this box. On a Carhardt jacket, under a towel. Whatever works....

December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Gramma 'Raine!

Tonight a little while before bedtime, the kids decided to play a duet for us. Maisie has to sit on her knees atop the piano bench, and she only allows Calvin to play what he can reach from the floor. As you can see, he at LEAST needs a stool.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 18, 2009

Today was also the Christmas program at the preschool. Maisie had been VERY excited to be Mary, and her friend Chloe was going to be the ANGEL! (and she was gonna FLY--but that's another story. :) So we all trooped into the church, the kids ran around and had a ball, then they all disappeared upstairs to get their costumes on. Came down the aisle ringing their bells, got into their positions. Mrs. Main read the script, Maisie/Mary knocked on the Inn door, was told there was NO ROOM! and so she walked over to the baby bassinette and....covered her face. For the rest of they play. She pulled that blue headscarf over her face and would not look out. I'm not sure where Maisie the shy girl came from! She did uncover a little to sing. They all did a great job, it was such a cute program!!

After the play I asked Mrs. Main if Maisie is shy and/or quiet in school and she said, "No. She is not." :)

January 18, 2009

We started a new tradition today. Maisie decorated a gingerbread house! It is so cute, and Maisie is having a really hard time not eating it. She asks about every 15 minutes. "Just ONE piece, Mommy? Daddy. Can I just eat that ONE piece of gum?"

So Maisie did most all of the decorating. She allowed me to make the path, the fence, and one tree. Gogo and the Grandmas were the advisors, and the keepers of the Calvin. Watching Maisie make a gingerbread house made my OCD hurt. Next year we will BOTH make one. :)

December 15, 2009

Maisie in the snow! We ate breakfast and waited until Calvin fell asleep, then we piled on our warmy clothes and snuck out the back! Maisie actually didn't last very long, because she took off her mittens and then her hands were freezing. So in we came--a little hot chocolate to the rescue, and Maisie was good as new!

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13, 2009

This is not my favorite stuffed animal. For what are probably obvious reasons...

Maisie left it in this position after playing with it today....This is MY bedroom. Eeek!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

November 10, 2009

This was the last day of MOPS-the kids had practiced songs to sing to their Mommies. VERY cute!!

November 12, 2009

A few days late, but Calvin is 10 months old! He wanted to grab the paper and EAT IT! He's a busy guy!!

December 5, 2009

Calvin was parked in his saucer-which thankfully he will still do from time to time! Maisie was running around the loop and shrieking, causing Calvin to shriek. Then Daddy joined in, to see if he could cause any shrieks. The answer is yes. :)

December 6, 2009

While Greg put the lights on the tree, Maisie and I found a Santa hat and a matching stocking, so we took a few moments to dance to the Christmas tunes! (I had NOT had loopy eggnog! Although it might look like it...)

December 6, 2009

Calvin helps Mommy practice carols for church!!

December 12, 2009

I told Calvin "No!" because he was digging in the glass pan cabinet. Apparently he doesn't like to hear that word!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009

Both Calvin and Auntie Elena were worn out this morning! (It should have been Maisie taking a nap at 10 am, since she was up until 11 last night on a sugar high!!)

Thanks to Nicole and Elena for coming over for a quick weekend visit! Maisie was SO excited to get to trick or treat with them!!
October 31, 2009


Maisie is a fairy! And she LOVED her costume!! Calvin is not as impressed by his dragon costume...

October 30, 2009

Calvin playing on the step at Papa and Gogo's house.

October 29, 2009

Chloe and Maisie at Winky Bear Preschool's Fundraiser. Their teacher and her Mom put on a Party Lite party at the school, the girls had a blast!

October 26, 2009

I'm not really sure THIS is what the exersaucer is for...but that's ok. Whatever keeps him occupied these days...

October 26, 2009

Making Halloween sugar cookies is LOTS of hard work. They turned out YUM. Just ask Greg. Or Papa.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009

Calvin is not impressed by loud noises.

When Greg and Maisie yodel at the dinner table (yes, our table manners leave a little to be desired) he very deliberately puts his hands over his ears.

October 19, 2009

A fall sunset--I loved the pinks, just wisps going through here and there...

October 18, 2009

!!! Well, I guess I've wound up skipping enough days that I can put up two from the same day.

This is Calvin. Concentrating. On getting somewhere!!!

October 18, 2009

Our first attempt at a fall picture. Oh boy. Probably going to be a while before we get BOTH kids looking at the camera, or BOTH kids smiling, or BOTH kids sitting up pointed the right direction.....

Would have liked to have Iris in the photo,too, but we were worried that she'd just knock someone (or someTHING--redneck tripod, anyone?) over with her crazy klutzy little dogself.

October 16, 2009

Maisie and I went to a party! Maisie's friend Chloe from preschool and her mommy Kelly had a jewelry party, and we went. Maisie felt very grown up to put on a skirt and go to a party when it was already dark outside!

October 14, 2009

Maisie helped me peel and slice the apples to put into our "new" dehydrator! Pam sent hers up with Mom after their trip to CA and OR, and we've gotten tons of use out of it already!

I was NOT impressed by the process of drying peaches, it takes forEVER to fill the racks, but I love the dried peaches. And I'm not fond of canned, at all. This little peeling/slicing gizmo made doing apples MUCH easier! These are golden delicious apples from Bonney Farm, and they are WONDERFUL! Our Ambrosias from the surrounding orchard are awesome dried, too. I also tried drying the very last of our tomatoes, and they've turned out pretty good, too! Will be drying MUCH more fruit next year!

October 12, 2009

The sun was coming up, and giving a really pretty glow off the tops of the corn across the street-this is one of the last days the cornfield was standing.

October 11, 2009

Digging into a gift from Gerry Weber-it's a set of Melissa and Doug blocks that both kids LOVE!! Greg has fits about the smaller ones (because you could fit them through a toilet paper tube, so he could swallow them!) so we try to keep the smaller ones out of his reach--that would be UP somewhere, because this little guy gets around! He isn't crawling on all 4s, but he gets up on all four, then lunges forward. Gets anywhere he wants!

THIS IS MAISIE---just for comparison, at around 8 months.

October 4, 2009

Greg actually called me back to the bedroom to see Calv all bundled up like this...I doubt he remembered that we had such a similar picture of Maisie bundled up in the same towel right around the same age. I had to take a picture for comparison's sake!

October 3, 2009

Just showing off some blue...

October 2, 2009

Awww....if they could only get along like this forever, whispering secrets and giggling about it!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

September 18, 2009

Calvin likes sweet corn just as much as Mommy and Gogo!!

September 12, 2009

And...enjoying an ice cream at Farmer Consumer Awareness Day.

September 11, 2009

Taking a moment to paint one of Papa and Gogo's UFO squash...

September 8, 2009

Maisie's first day of preschool. She's attending Winky Bear Christian Preschool at our church, and loving every minute of it!

September 6, 2009

Tomato Fare. Fabulous day, too many great pictures to choose just one. Besides, I'm playing catch up!!