Nov 30, 2011


no more cast - hooray! she had a bath the night after and she said, "ooooh, this feels like heaven."

i can imagine.

it was flaky and peeling and gross looking. her skin was so slack and sad. we bathed it, lotioned her up and slapped a band-aid on.

she's on restriction for a few more weeks but then we are officially done-zo with the broken arm-zo.

um, not sure why that picture is upside down? anyway. these were taking moments before the doctor came in and yanked (like, YANKED) the pins out of her elbow. and she screamed. loudly.

here's a closeup of the pins. so gross. like little coat hangers sticking out. yucky.


i am so tiiiiired this week. (whine, whine, whine). i don't know why. i wake up tired and go to bed tired. i'm just tired. and busy? apparently, since i haven't blogged in a hundred and forty-five days. (that's hallie's favorite exaggeration).

i haven't mentioned thanksgiving at all. or even how thankful i am for my little family. and my big family too. it was a wonderful holiday and it *is* a wonderful holiday. it is actually becoming my favorite holiday. weird, because there are no gifts involved. and i loooove gifts. buying and receiving, thank you very much.

speaking of receiving, i just don't know what i want. i sort of want this, sort of want that. i really want a foot massager. do people give those as gifts? i want one.

anyway, here's some pictures. only the one with lauren is from thanksgiving. the others are from the wednesday before and the sunday after. apparently hallie wasn't around?

ps - lauren, you look really pretty in that picture.

i know this last picture is super blurry. but i love it. maggie and dave have become best buddies lately. she has figured out that he is the most fun of us all.

Nov 23, 2011


with this fella.

ooooh, this kid. i tell you what.

Nov 21, 2011


well, well. look who woke up in a good mood! with some awesome hair too.

her shirt says it all. and that is a hardboiled egg. she loves hardboiled eggs! especially the yolk. gross.

Nov 18, 2011


man, i love this kid.

Nov 17, 2011


sunday hallie complained about pain in her arm - her elbow area. monday morning hallie complained about her arm - same place. hmm. i called the doctor who thought we should come in for an x-ray. okaaaay, sure. i asked if she stopped complaining could we please cancel the appointment? nope, they needed to see her.

we drove up there tuesday afternoon. i thought for sure we would pop in for an x-ray, things would look perfect and we'd head to target for a slushie and some shopping. i love target so much. so much.

anyway, here's how it went all went down.

  • arrive and check in.
  • told to go to x-ray.
  • x-ray tells us to go back to check in. also, they want to do her x-ray without her cast on (???!!!).
  • sit in waiting room for 30 minutes.
  • sit in exam room for 10 minutes.
  • resident comes in, talks for two minutes and says it's time to get her cast off and oh yeah - why didn't we have an x-ray yet? (this is the part i start getting really grouchy.) i explain she's not ready for her cast off yet. that she had some pain and they wanted to see her. oh, okay.
  • back to x-ray we go, huge crowd. they squeeze us in.
  • back to the waiting room for another 15 minutes.
  • back to the exam room for 40 minutes. yep, i'm mad now.
all of this to tell us that the x-ray can't reliably show if the pins have moved. um, what? so they had to TAKE OFF HER CAST AND PUT ON A NEW ONE.

oh good gravy.

it was traumatic and painful and I tell you WHAT, if I have to see my kid in anymore pain anytime soon I will be TICKED OFF. i'm so sick of seeing her in pain. it breaks my heart.

but now we have a fresh, hot pink cast. and we still went to target. and i let her pick out WHATEVER SHE WANTED. and get a slushie.

Nov 16, 2011


a few sundays ago we decided to take a walk up to the mailbox. it was a gorgeous day and my dad was visiting.

our kitties followed us and it turned into quite the pet parade.

hallie, with annie on the leash
henry (in the moby)
billy (the new name for blackie, maybe)
lucky (not pictured)

we didn't want to turn around, so we kept walking. we would have walked all the way to lucille's, but she wasn't home.

if you look at the very first picture, you can see our house in the background. we went a long way!

Nov 15, 2011


the sun.
my son.

every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
james 1:17

Nov 14, 2011


boy, was hallie chubby. and that is really a bad, bad picture of her. but still. the foreheads, eye shape, noses and lips are all the same. i think he will look more and more like her as he fattens up and she slims down.

and again.

and one more time,

Nov 11, 2011

Monkey see monkey do!

**i found this post from forever ago that i apparently forgot to hit publish on! those girls KILL ME. so sweet. hallie was such a delicious toddler.

On September 1, we ventured out to the Springfield Zoo. We went with Mackenzie, Aunt Lissa and Grandma Barb. We had a great time looking at the animals, and then went to Old McDonalds afterwards to play. It was a very fun day!

Me & Mommy

The nasty looking turtle

The bear sleeping on his belly

Trying to get closer to the horse!

Watching the silly monkey with Aunt Lissa

I love my cousin!

Good times in the bathroom at Old McDonalds

Nov 10, 2011


to celebrate henry sleeping through the night again (3rd night i a row!!!), here's our house this morning.

henry can't take his eyes off of her.

this went on for quite a while.

Nov 9, 2011


hallie lost her second tooth last sunday. yippee! we get verrrrrry excited about the yanking of the teeth.

here's how it went down.

hallie yanked and pulled.
eli yanked and pulled.
uncle chad yanked and pulled.
dave yanked, pulled and OUT came the tooth.

i didn't take a picture (you're welcome), but her mouth was so bloody that she looked like lastat after a fresh kill. yummy.

Nov 8, 2011

5 Months Old! Henry!

oh, this son of mine.

we are crazy about him, oh he who:

drools like a son-of-a-gun.
chews on anything near his mouth.
is mellow.
is happy.
slept thru the night last night!
takes a bottle from me now (and dave).
is in bed by 7pm every night.
usually wakes up around 4am to eat.
loves his irma.
loves hallie for some odd reason.
will quiet down if you sing the barney song to him.
likes his exersaucer.
starting to eat oatmeal much better!

happy 5 months, mr. henry. mama looooooves you.