Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Lights

A Conversation between a Husband and his wife....
Husband: "Is there another diaper box I could stack on here?"
(wife looks at husband skeptically)
Husband: "maybe I just need to go buy a ladder"
Wife: "you think?"
(after buying said ladder and getting safely onto the roof)

The finished product- this is the first year we've lived in a house and gotten to put up lights- we're pretty excited.


This year for Thanksgiving we went to my mom and dad's house. It was a great time- my cousin smoked a turkey (my favorite!) and we played lots of cards (I was in the money all three games!) Good food, and family- lots to be thankful for!

Laney helping her dad play poker.

I'm not sure what this face is...

playing outside at the farm.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This week in pictures

While unsupervised (any by unsupervised I mean sitting on her daddy's lap) The Laney bug found a plate of brownies and proceeded to take take one bite out of all of them and then hand them to her Dad. Guess she was just making sure they were safe for the rest of us to eat. Wednesday was my mom's birthday (Happy Birthday mommy!) and we all met at the Bonefish Grill to surprise her, while we were waiting for them to arrive Delaney explored her fascination with buttons. Not to worry- we were parked in a parking lot, not driving, and she only managed to turn on the emergency flashers three times.

This is Laney's favorite spot- yep- sitting in the dog's crate (I think she might be headed for some kind of identity crisis). It's hard to see from the picture but she had stashed a doll and some shoes in there before settling down to read her book. (yes, I am concerned, but she's reading so I'll take what I can get...)

Laney's second Apple Cup!!! GO COUGS... 16-13, double over time. What an awesome game- it's true, when you win the apple cup no other game (or losing season) matters!!!!!

This one I can't really explain - she brought me her hat and wanted it on her head- she wore it like this all morning, I think it look particularly good with the monkey jammers.

Speaking of jammers- here she is carrying all of hers at once. She disappeared in her room and came out with all of her pjs in hand. I took it as a sign she wanted to go to bed....

Monday- Jess came over and we had a pajama party :). I love it when we get to spend the day together. She and I always seem to see things the same way, and I always feel better when I'm around her... Anyhoo, Delaney is in love with Emersyn and was chatting with her- and then Emersyn waved, it was pretty cute.

(for those of you keeping track, yes laney is sitting in Jessica's lap, and yes she asked Jess to pick her up, miracles!)

Let the Crafty-ness continue...

Seriously, if I keep this up I might have to start calling myself crafty! I have been trying to think of some new ways to decorate Ryan's office for Christmas so I made some stockings for Ryan and the girls that work at the office. Then I made the sign to hang over them... I think they turned out pretty cute, I am going to buy some ribbon and buttons and take them in and let the girls do the final decorations themselves (see I'm not that crafty, I still want others to do the heavy lifting! )

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Angus:1 Delaney:0

Who needs siblings with a dog like Angus ?

Hey- Look what I made!

For the last two weekends the boys (Ryan, Wes and Jake) have been working on Wesley's kitchen- while they were playing handy man the girls were being crafty. Trina found a pattern for these cute snowman and cut out all the pieces and we got to paint them. I missed the first day because Laney was running a fever and I was VERY skeptical about my ability to create something of this magnitude, but in the end I think they turned out very cute ( although at one point in the process Bethany asked me when I was just going to quit because I kept making mistakes....)

So here they are now- they still need faces and to be put together... the one on the left is mine, then Beth's and the one on the right is Frans.

Here's what they're supposed to look like when they're done... are you impressed or what?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

15 Months old!

So I realized that as of yesterday Delaney's 15 months old (when did that happen?) So I thought for record keeping purposes I'd update you all on latest interests (FYI- if you're not related to me you may want to skip over this- you may want to skip it even if we are related, but I'm not giving you a free pass!)

* She is currently on some kind of hunger strike- eating only small portions of everything, and unbelievably large portions of Mandarin oranges and raisins. (I know- I can't explain it either)

* She loves to climb on things- I spend most days telling her to get off our coffee table.

* She can say; Doggie, kitty, woof woof (noticing a theme?), Ma, dad, no no, uh-oh (a new one), hi, bye and yes. Today she's been using no no a lot (particularly when applied to me)

* She loves to play in water- I can't let her have a sippy cup without supervision because she will find a way to make a puddle and play in it. Most days I have to change her clothes at least twice because she's found some kind of water to play in. (seriously, this kid could witch for wells- shes that good)

* She loves her doggies... and likes to share her food with them (with the exception of her oranges and raisins)

* She understands the power of a temper tantrum- and goes running from the room crying if something doesn't go her way (sound like anyone you know?)
* She has some kind of strange ear fetish. When she's tired she starts to pull on my ear- she even pulls on it to put herself to sleep (again- I can't explain these things- I just tell it like it is)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Grateful- Day 6

Today I'm grateful for a little bit of quiet time. When Laney went down for her nap, I turned everything off- plugged in my IPOD and had the chance to relax. It was so nice (FYI- Jason Mraz's album is so-so, but Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swifts new albums are awesome) to just have some time to myself. Sure my house needed to be cleaned and I should have been doing laundry- but this was WAY more fun!
P.S.- Jess- the picture of Johnny Depp is for you! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Grateful- Day 5

Today I'm grateful for a healthy baby! This morning Laney slept in longer than normal but when she woke up she was ready to go. No fever, nothing... guess we got off lucky with this one!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Grateful- Day 4

Today I had to search a little for something to be grateful for... but I found something (drum roll please...) Today I'm grateful for my Braun baby thermometer. The Laney bug woke up last night about 3 am and was burning up. I finally got her back to sleep around 5 but she had a fever all day today. I hate it when she gets a fever because she's so listless- just sitting in my lap all day and sleeping. But I worry so much when she's running a fever that I check her temp a 100 times a day and this thermometer is so quick and easy to use it makes my life a little easier, so I'm grateful! I hope tomorrow she's better, but somehow I think that might be wishful thinking!
By the way- the thermometer was a gift from Ryan's Grandma Wieseler- so credits go to her too!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Grateful- Day 3

Today I am grateful for Christmas ornaments (it's the small things in life...). Every year of my life my God parents have given me a Christmas ornament (they gave them to my brothers too, but this is about me okay!). My mom marked it with the date and the year and we got to hang them up on the tree each year. When I got married I took all my ornaments with me and had a nice collection to decorate our first tree. Each time I look at one of those ornaments it make me smile- and think of my Godparents (very special people!). It is a tradition that I love-so now I give my niece and nephew a Christmas ornament (not to fear- they get something else too-something less breakable) with their name and the year written on it. Maybe someday they'll be decorating their tree with their family and think of us...

FYI- Fran, these are this year's ornaments- sorry to ruin the suprise! :)

Grateful- Day 2

Today (actually it was yesterday) I am grateful for a date with my husband! We got to get dressed up and go out to a nice dinner/wine tasting in Hermiston. The food was terrible, but we still had a good time.

I am also grateful for my mommy who came down and babysat so we could go out- it was a nice break!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I've noticed that some other people have been posting on their blogs what they are grateful for this month. It seemed like a nice idea - so I'm stealing it!

Today I have a list:

1. Red cups at Starbucks!!

2. My friend Jessica, who went shopping with me today. She tells me when clothes don't look good on me- that way I don't end up looking ridiculous. Being around her always makes me feel happy! Thanks Jess!

3. My husband- last night my daughter was having a whine fest (seriously- she whined and threw tantrums for almost 3 hours straight-shes got stamina) and just before I gave her a lesson in shaken baby syndrome (joking) and then ran out of my house screaming(not joking). Ryan took her and let me close the door to our room and read quietly. I was able to regain my sanity and reemerge as nice mommy.