Monday, November 17, 2014

My Little Artist

Libby is quite the little artist.  She colors and draws almost daily and can entertain herself for a long time if she has enough paper and crayons.  I have one of her drawings in my office that she worked on for four days straight!  It is quite the work of art! 


Most of her drawings are of girls in dresses or houses and clouds.  There are also a lot of tiered cakes that make it into her drawings.  I remember when I was young, I would draw wedding dresses CONSTANTLY.  I think she is just like me!  Only she is a much better artist than I ever was!





November 15, 2014

Weekend Photos: November 15 - 16, 2014

We headed into the city on Saturday morning to cheer William on at his Cross Fit gym workout.  It is good to see him having such fun with something like this. 


Needed to do a little shopping for some mittens and snow pants for the kids, but they were hungry, so we headed to lunch first.  Eddie and Dad enjoyed watching some remote control tractors on the phone while we waited for our meal to arrive.  Eddie was enthralled with the tractors!  We didn't find any snow pants and the kids were tired and cranky, so headed back home and will have to look for the rest of the winter gear they need on-line or have William do it after work.


Eddie also helped Dad put the snowmobile hood back together.  He had his little impact wrench up against the plastic and William was happy as can be to have Eddie there "helping" him!

November 15, 2014


Helping Dad with the snowmobile.


Never too early to learn how to put things back together!


Libby wanted to get in on it too, but it was done by the time she made it to the floor!


Monday, November 10, 2014

First Snowstorm of the Year: 2014 - 2015 Winter

When I went to sleep last night there was no snow on the ground. 


By the time I go to sleep tonight, they expect my area to have close to 12" of snow already on the ground with more to follow overnight.


Yeah, winter has started off with a bang in Wisconsin...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

School Field Trip

Libby and Grandma Sue are headed on a field trip today to the Children's Museum.  She is ready to get on the bus for her wonderful adventure!  I hope she has a great time.

Libby - November 6, 2014 - Ready for the Field Trip!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Musings - Halloween, Birthday Celebrations and Book Shelves


We had a lovely weekend.  Spent it Trick or Treating with the kids on Friday night, met William for breakfast on Saturday morning (he was out bow hunting) and I even was able to hit two Thrift Stores to see what I could find for clothing for Edward and I.  He needed some long sleeved shirts and so did I!  My office is so cold - I am usually wrapped up in a blanket and a sweater at any given time.


We were able to finally move in two of our bookshelves into our dining area on Sunday.  It is so nice to have our books back in the house!  I have been looking forward to it for two months now.  To celebrate, I pulled out a cookbook and made an herbed casserole for dinner (okay - so it was only scalloped potatoes and ham with herbs, but it still was fun to have the cookbook out on the counter!)


We also celebrated my 36th birthday on Sunday.  The whole congregation at church sang Happy Birthday to me and there were many individual wishes as well through Facebook and phone calls.  I am not big on celebrating birthdays (it IS nice to be recognized, but gifts are NOT my love language - in fact I would rather have you over and cook you a meal than have you bring me a gift).  Libby and I headed out for a girls lunch together after church - I let her choose the place, so we ended up at McKenzie's Lanes.  She had just been there the day before bowling with William, and it must have been fun for her to want to go back! 


We also were able to head to Minnesota to celebrate William's Aunt's Surprise 50th birthday party on Saturday night.  It was fun to see everyone and I think she was surprised to see all of us hiding in her garage!

Edward - November 1, 2014 - napping comfortably!?!?


Who says kids need fancy toys.  Not this Mom.  She played in the box for a good hour on Sunday afternoon!


My dining room book shelves.  So excited for these to be finally in the house!  I feel like such a grown up having real bookshelves in my home!

Happy Halloween!

Elsa and Elmo hope you all had a safe and wonderful Halloween with your neighbors and loved ones!  They are now off to each choose 10 pieces of candy to keep from their haul and find somewhere to donate the rest! 

Elmo and Elsa, October 31, 2014
Edward and Elizabeth enjoying Trick or Treating in Milltown

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Cowgirl Farmer - Elizabeth's 4K School Celebration

Libby dressed up for her school class today. 


They are having an introduction to their Farm/Farm Animal unit today (which is the only way they can get away with having the children dress up for school) and all the kids were encouraged to dress up as a farmer or farm animal.  Libby is a farmer who works with horses! 


She was so excited to wear the cowgirl outfit over her clothes this morning!  I even put her hair in pig-tails for the day (she usually hates pig-tails, so I told her it was so her hat could go on and still keep the hair out of her face). 


Thanks to our daycare provider who let us borrow the costume! 



The Cowgirl Farmer

She loves the hat!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Baby Shower

Libby and I were able to attend a beautiful baby shower this past weekend for a relative of ours.  It was so wonderful to see all the family and know that very soon another beautiful baby will join our family! 


Edward and William hung out downstairs at the event and towards the end, Edward decided to make an appearance and show all the ladies how he flirts and likes to have his picture taken.  When they were having the mom-to-be, sister and future Grandma pose for a picture, Edward noticed and ran over and leaned in against the chair they were sitting on so he could be in the photo too....  Then he did it again, only this time he placed himself strategically between the two sisters.  My little goof-ball!





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Little Chef

He helped me make bread and rice tonight.  Then proceeded to eat all the broccoli stems (raw) as I was getting some ready to steam for dinner.  Such a wonderful little helper!

Say Cheese!

He would smell the dough then say "delicious"!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Fishing



We headed out yesterday afternoon for a short fishing trip on the river.  It was short because it was so very windy, we all got cold. 

Elizabeth practiced her casting skills and William did some fishing too, but none were caught in the short time we were out.  It was so nice to be out on the river, but with the wind whipping up the white caps, it was less than ideal circumstances. 

Eventually, we headed down river to the dam and fished in the calmer area.  Eddie and Libby had a little picnic in the boat with peanut butter sandwiches, but William and I waited to eat until we got home.  We both needed something warm and a bowl of hot soup was the answer!


Elizabeth practicing casting with her fishing pole.


A very happy William out in the boat.

Edward and Mommy in the boat.

They do like each other!

Fall Fun - Playing in the leaves with no reservations.

Excitement over his sister throwing the leaves into the air.

So happy to have an afternoon at the park and river!