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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, Nathan!

Thanks to a scheduled baseball game Nathan had two birthdays this year!  His real birthday and his party day.  At school, they decorated his table for him with lots of love.  He was worried he'd not get a cupcake due to our recent discovery of his dairy intolerance.  However, we came up with a recipe for frosting and cake without milk.  I myself was not fond of it at all but he loved it.  And it was his cake anyways.

Here is Nathan's classmate Aleena posing as Nathan.  She's a real sweetie.

Nathan's desk decorated by his teacher.  How much fun would it be to come to school to this?  Isabelle's arm is all over it and she's checking it all out.  There was a sucker, a crazy straw with a balloon decoration, a birthday sticker and confetti.  

Nathan had a baseball game scheduled, but due to rain, it was cancelled.  It had rained for 3 days straight and so the field was under water.  

Saturday we had his actual party.  It was a definite lesson in patience for the little man to wait that long to open all his presents.  He kept begging us to open some.  We had already let him open a Star Wars book and grandma gave him some squirt guns.  At last, Saturday was here and we could have our family party.  Above are Olive and Abigail trying out Abby's gardening set she got from daddy.

Thankfully we had nice weather and so the kids took over the trampoline.  Nathan snuggle-attacking Isabelle.  He just does not understand that the girls do not like the cheek-slap sign of affection....

A lovely picture of grandma and Rosie.

Lots of giggles and laughs on the trampoline.  The family get-togethers are just so much fun with all the kids together.  I think I'm getting baby-fever....  Help me!

Abigail and her Olive.

Nathan eagerly awaiting his cake in grandma's football outfit.

The only picture we got of the cake this year.  Nathan saw a football cake at Fred Meyer and so that is what he wanted.  Here is mom's homemade version.

Girl hug!  Auntie Megan, Olive, Abigail.  On this day both Abby and Olive had a hard time.  They kept loving and disagreeing in rather loud voices.  :-)

We played some soccer outside which was a lot of fun, especially for Nathan.

Birthday boy.

Love attack from half the girls for dad/uncle!

Isabelle always loves babies.  With Rosie, she's just shyly kissed her so far.  But today she noticed her and played with her.  And Rosie was so happy for it.  The two developed their own way of communicating and from the looks on their faces, they had a blast.

Little hands tenderly  touching each other.  How sweet is that.

Abigail saying good-bye to her Olive.  She had to climb inside of the car to do it.

Dada!  Dada pantsing Nathan.  Nathan was wearing shorts underneath, so we all got a good laugh.

Uncle Mike spent quite a long time explaining a new board game to the kids that he had brought over a while ago.

Nathan's first online chat!  He is talking to uncle Matze via facebook.  Much to the dismay of my family, none of us are on facebook.  So Matze let us use his account to talk to him.  My brother Frank went online as well but for some reason, we weren't able to get connected.  

Nathan has been obsessed with an avocado/cherry smoothie.  He wants it every day.  Good.  Finally something healthy the boy eats/drinks....  :-)

Ok.  That toothy smile is just the greatest!  Had to include Rosie's picture.

Farmer's Market

It's Farmer's Market time!  Ever since starting my new way of eating, this was such a much-anticipated event.  The weather held up as well, which was nice and the kids really enjoyed it.  Unfortunately we never got around to having them all pick veggies and fruits .

I just love Abigail's facial expressions.  Here a balloon artist is making a monkey on a tree for her.

Abby just utterly excited.  She is bursting with life.

There is my Isabelly.  As I am typing this, she is sitting on my lap in front of the computer and just squeeling everyone's names on the pictures.  "an ne-ne, an meeee!, an A-by"  I love it when she sits here with me.  "why-ee mama?"  "Why-ee mama?"  "A-by too!"

Nathan making some Karate moves.

This is an "A-bee boon" (Abby balloon - a monkey on a tree).

"Ne-ne bloon" (Nathan's sword balloon)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Miscellaneous and the new Lawn Master

I'm just too cute, especially in my thinking pose.

What can I say, even cuter yet....

Nathan's first self-made sandwich.  He took the grapes off after the first bite.

Every once in a while he'll come downstairs dressed in his wrestling singlet.  This was such a day.

Abigail helping to mow the lawn.

Nathan mowing the lawn all by himself.  

This is a big day in David's life.  Don't let the quietness of the photo fool you.  He is dancing inside.  He's been waiting for the day until his son was old enough to mow the lawn by himself.  Today is that day.  Here he is on the previously mentioned coveted baseball glove chair.

Enjoying this moment.  Not brought to you by Mastercard but still priceless.

Happy Birthday, Isabelle

My little girl turned 2.  I'm sad.  With the older two I was both sad and happy because they were also growing up and I was understanding them more.  With Isabelly, I'm just sad.  She's the baby.  I want her to stay snuggely and close to me.  :-)  I'm selfish that way.  She is starting to be a lot more independent.  The other day she wanted to go to Fred Meyer just so she could go to Playland.  You have to be two years old to go there and somehow she understood that she could go there now with Abigail.  And she didn't even miss me.  I missed her.  A lot.  It is as though time is like sand you hold in your open hand.  It keeps running through no matter how much you try to keep it there. 

This was the first birthday cake that was store-bought.  With sicknesses and end-of-the-school-year, the cake just didn't materialize.  Thankfully, Isabelle enjoyed it nonetheless.  She was none the wiser and so it was really ok.  Although I still feel a tad bit guilty. 

Store-bought seems just as good to her.  Love her anticipating-cake-face.  :-)  Her and cousin Olive seem like little mice that might be plotting to take over the world (or cake).

Oh, yeah, that is good!  Sugar and red dye!

And just look how big the littlest member of the family is getting!  Little Rosie is getting ready to play with the big kids.

So what is Isabelle like at two?  She's the biggest sweetheart.  She's getting a bit of sass.  She is a great little helper and listens really good (most of the time).  She is a very good talker, starting to talk in sentences.  She loves baths and water.   She adores her older siblings even though they have started to fight over toys (her siblings still need to adjust to her being part of the playgroup now).  Isabelle is quite fond of her little potty and will use it every time we put her on it.  She does not grasp the concept of a table - to her it is a climbing structure and all tablecloths must be skewed (which does not work for obsessive-compulsive mamas).  She calls me "mama" and David "dada", Nathan is "Ne-ne" and Abby is simply "A-by".  Grandma is "Bumma" and Oma is "Uma".  Her favorite food is candy.  And her vitamin gummies.  She dances for happiness to receive two gummies every morning.  It makes her day.  She wakes up with a smile unless you wake her too soon from a nap.  She naps for 2-3 hours most days.  She's loving and kind and just oh-so-sweet.  And she adores babies, loves to pretend to be a dog, and just is fascinated with all animals.  Another favorite is to lay in a blanket with a pillow under her head.  She does not wear hats but loves hoodies.  Shoes are a favorite as long as they are from "owl" (Olive). She also enjoys almost daily talks on the phone with Oma and also likes to talk to Grandma on the phone.  Sometimes I have to bribe her to get the phone back.  She is just all-around adorable and lovable and squishable and just plain joy.  I love you, baby.

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Before we get to the obvious (see title), here is a fabulous piece I picked up at a garage sale:
No, not the pretty red-head but the baseball reading chair.  We've all been fighting over it.  It is soooo comfy and sturdy and just the best garage sale find!  It is officially Nathan's reading chair but he's been having to share quite a bit...

On to my birthday.  For my birthday (which was fabulous this year, thanks in no small part to my beloved man!), my mom sent me money to spend as I please.  I'd been wanting to buy plants and planters for the garden, so this is where my funds would go.  :-)  Abigail got quickly excited about this prospect as well.  Especially since I promised to let her pick flowers as well.  Here is what we came up with:

A pink Gerbera Daisy.  Not a perennial but we just love them.  Abby even more so because they are named like her beloved cat, Daisy.   And they are hot pink!

The pot is from my mom as well as the plant, Lavender.  This is Spanish.  Just simply because the nursery didn't have English, which is my favorite of the two.  My plan is to plant lots of herbs and flowers that I use for lotions and other things (e.g. tea).  German Chamomile has since found its way into my garden as well as Lemon Verbena and Sage.

We definitely wanted to have a Dahlia as they just keep on giving.  This white one fits our garden perfectly.  The pot is also from Oma's money.

This Snapdragon is a plant Abigail picked.  She loved how tall it is.  I had to make friends with it first but now that it is tied to a tier, it looks really pretty.

Oregano.  Another herb we were missing.

This was a gift from the Apples of Gold ladies for being an Apple Sauce Girl (that is when a former AoG attendee helps at an event).  Love the plant.

My mom also paid for 4 tomato plants.  We will think of her every time we eat them.  Can you imagine that we broke the big tomato plant in half while putting it into its cage???  We left the broken piece on top of the bottom half and within days, it grew back together!  Amazing.

Cucumbers.  Two different kinds.

Lots of Walla Walla onions.

And since the sun was out early this year, we got a pepper plant.  However, the sun has since vanished, so the peppers may be in trouble....

Mutti, vielen, vielen, vielen Dank fuer die zwei Toepfe und die Blumen und die Pflanzen.  Die bringen mir jeden Tag viel Freude.  Und nicht nur mir, sondern auch Abigail.  Schmatzer, die Ina.