Friday, December 30, 2011

December slipped through my fingers even faster than usual this year, but that is no excuse to leave the merriment undocumented or deprive my firstborn of a mushy birthday post. Bear with me as I drag out the holiday cheer a little longer... Love you all!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


We kicked off December with a very festive bang when the boys and I went to my parents house while Matt and his friends terrorized the local deer and bobcats. Tessa, Kirk, Emily, and Dan joined us for a weekend of:

:: decorating ::

:: sewing ::

:: crafting ::

:: puzzling (?) ::

:: and sledding ::

Also cooking, eating, singing, church-going, birthday-celebrating, loving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


My baby is four.
This baby:

Oh, have I used this picture here before? It is my most favorite photo ever in the whole entire world. This morning we sat on the couch and looked at these photos and talked about how delighted we all were when he was born. I thought telling his birth story would be nice, but then I remembered what an awful story it is. Worth it, I know. But not really what I want my boys to reference for the miracle of childbirth.

He wanted a 'birfday party wif friends' this time. He is FOUR, after all. A John Deere party, he decided, but then later changed it to 'corn party.' Little farmer boy. So we used green and yellow decorations and filled two tubs with corn for the kids to scoop, drive through, and dance in. By the end I was thinking we'd be living in a 'corn house' for the rest of our days but it actually cleaned up pretty easily. The whole thing was wild and wonderful, and I love my friends so much, and my family so much, and I can't believe it has been four years since our littlest boy was born and our little family made complete.

I love you, Evan. You are determined and stubborn and exuberant and brilliant and helpful and fearless. I still love sleeping next to your warm little body on those nights we're all just too tired to get you boys all the way upstairs. Your little self conforms against mine just the way you did all those months you were growing inside me and all those months (years) after when you could only be soothed by the warmth of your mama. Yesterday I was helping you with something and teased "Sometimes you just need your mama." "And sometimes I don't" you answered matter-of-factly. No you won't, darling boy, but I will be here when you do.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


One year Halloween was so snowy then-Mayor-of-Lincoln Mike Johanns canceled trick or treating. It was an outrage. Many, many years we had to wear so many layers around our costumes that the end result was much different than the original idea. This year my children enjoyed playing in the park and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows with the warm autumn sun shining down.

I love global warming.

And we love our friends.

And we love trick or treating. The kids were so gleeful and excited as they dashed from house to house. All the high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring they consumed was totally worth it.

Monday, October 24, 2011


I should have known that Tessa would have pictures of my baby watersking. She and our cousin Dan came to the Burwell Rodeo in July so we got to have some more fun at the lake.

Ta da!

Too fun.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Different, but not really

So these pictures might look just like the ones up yesterday, but they're not.

The sandy beaches and clear blue water here are at the river we tubed down with Matt's family over the 4th of July weekend.

It was great.

And if I had a thousand million pictures of that grin in the water, I would post each and every one.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunshine and Summertime

We made it out to the lake several times this summer, although of course it never seemed like enough. This was our Best Summer Ever because the boys were big enough to really enjoy it too.

It's great to have someone else to drive while the adults ski.

Ha ha. We would never allow our young children to drive the boat.

Only the 4-wheelers.

And it wouldn't really be Fun without Tessa...
And none of it would be possible without this guy...

...with whom I have been boating for many, many summers and they just keep getting more fun.

And this, my eldest, responsible child, my worrier, went on the tube by himself and loved it. He carefully practiced all the hand signals first, of course. And even more amazing, he skied by himself. There is no photographic proof because I had to stay in the water after helping him get situated, and watch him ski away from me across the vast lake.
A more profound mother would have more to say about that...
He was so proud of himself and so strong, holding onto the rope and standing up. We really couldn't believe our eyes. Evan got up too, scowling the whole time because he didn't like the water on his face. Classic Evan.

Watching these boys accomplish new and exciting things never ceases to amaze me. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were enthralled with our newborns opening their eyes. I can't even imagine all the things they will amaze me with in these coming years.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sioux Falls

Remember that wedding we went to back in August? What's that you say, it's still the top of the blog? Oh, well, good, then you're all ready for part 2...

The whole weekend was fun, except for the grueling hours weaving around the orange construction cones and trying to avoid the flooded highways. If Tessa hadn't been with us the boys and I would still be sitting on the side of the road somewhere sobbing. Upon arrival, though, we were rewarded with the sight of our extended family and a fabulous dinner.

Favorite date(s)! (Right?)
Saturday before all the festivities we went to the zoo.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my sister? I really, really, really love my sister.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All Dressed Up

My cousin JD married Bailie this past weekend in Sioux Falls, SD. The bride was beautiful, the wedding was lovely... but in my completely unbiased opinion the ring bearers stole the show.

They were good sports about all the picture-taking and walked down the aisle like they did this everyday. I was so proud of them. It was wonderful to be with family we don't see often enough. We wish many blessings on JD and Bailie and thank you for including us in this celebration!

And how CUTE are those guys?!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Law and Order

Has Ethan ever told you he wants to be a cop? Probably once or twice or a thousand times. If you've been to our house I'm sure he's tried to put you in handcuffs. So one day this summer I made all his dreams come true by taking him to Taylor to meet the Loup County Sheriff, Trevor.

The boys got to climb around in the car and play with all the gadgets. Well, not all the gadgets; sirens and handcuffs- yes, giant rifles in the back- no. Ethan was so overcome he could barely speak.

Evan, as always, not so much.

Thank a law enforcement officer today! Maybe you'll get to run the sirens.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Boys and Girls of Summer

Ethan started T-ball. It's serious business.

But he made it around the bases.

And got a T-shirt.

And Evan got to perform death-defying stunts on the top of the bleachers.

So it's all been good.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Two weekends ago my dear, dear friend Inga and her sweet little boys came to visit. Ethan and Evan had a great time with their friends and delighted in showing them all the fun that can be had country-style.

And the work, of course. (This is the closest we came to a group shot, by the way. What's the only thing busier than 2 little boys? Four little boys.)

We feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful visit. Yay for friends!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Evan measures time two ways. Yestooday, which refers to anytime between yesterday and months ago, and "when I was two and Ethan was foh," which refers to, you guessed it, last year when he was two and Ethan was four.

This is relevant because the following adventure took place last fall, when Evan was two and Ethan was foh. After spending an inordinate amount of time (and money) at Cabela's we went to the Big Apple Fun Center in Kearney for a little family fun.

Matt and Evan worked together.

But Ethan got it figured out.

I can't quite remember, since it was so long ago, but I have this nagging suspicion that he scored higher than I did. I'm sure I'm remembering wrong.

And because we are such GOOD PARENTS, we were still there when they turned on the blacklights for Cosmic Bowling.

I love Family Fun.

Friday, June 3, 2011


We had Vacation Bible School in Sargent last week. I love that all the churches in town work together to put on a community VBS. Evan went with Ethan's class and they both had a great time. It culminated with a program at the community center Thursday evening. I had to leave early to go to work so Matt was in charge of gathering up all the crafts and getting the boys home. Programs aren't really my thing, he protested. Do they even want to go? (Yes)

Eve and Evan were serious.

Lissy was born for this.

Yes, Ethan's lei is over his head. But look at his hands! He's doing the actions! And he didn't fall over. Success all around. Even Matt survived.