Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Unfortunate Prune Incident

Yes, I have plenty of x-mas stuff to post about. We had a lovely time with family, the kids got great gifts, we ate good food, but first I must tell this tale.

So regular readers of this blog know that there have been a few posts in the past about the pooping abilities of my children. They don't really have difficulties in that area. In fact Leah's turd producing ability is profound. Knowing this, I should have thought twice when Leah munched down a snack of prunes last week. I think she had three, but would have eaten more.

I thought the prunes had worked their magic when Leah requested a trip to the potty while out shopping at the mall. I was wrong. Very wrong. The "magic" happened right in the middle of Leah's nap time. She had a serious assplosion which was major trauma for my potty trained girl. Needless to say Leah got a clean colon for Christmas.

Maybe they should put a warning label on prunes.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Sorry I haven't posted much. We've been busy visiting family in Iowa. It's cold and snowy here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

the nativity

So I can understand that Christmas is a bit confusing for kids. I mean really, what is it all about. Jesus, Santa, cookies, reindeer, snow, presents?? Leah has taken in a bit of everything. My favorite statement from her lately when asking her about Christmas is "It's Baby Jesus's birthday!" I think mom will be making a cake! Here she is taking it all in.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

more stolen photos

I didn't take these. Auntie Meagan did a few weeks back when she and Ryan visited along with their fancy camera. Auntie Bethany requested new photos, so here they are!


So this post isn't about my kids. It is about the wonders of technology. I have chatted on-line and used instant messaging but never as much as this week. For some reason, two days this week my mom and all three of of my sisters have chanced to be on g-mail at the same time. It's been a really fabulous, and somewhat amusing way to catch up. This afternoon we got the quite the laugh while Bethany was on her lap top and I was on the desktop chatting with Meg in Illinois and Abby in Minnesota. Made for an easy 4 way chat about a possible x-mas gift for mom and dad. I think mom felt a bit left out hearing all the beeping and typing and not knowing what we were going on about. Who knew we were so technologically advanced?!

I wonder what sort of technology Leah & Jonah will use to chat when they are our age?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sit & Stand or Stand & Peek

One of Leah's favorite things to do it stand at the counter and watch me cook or help me cook. A lot of times that means sticking her fingers in whatever bowl I have out or sneaking a finger full of butter right out of the tub. Usually Leah stands on the chairs that belong with her kid sized table. I got so sick of running into them in the kitchen that I started putting them away. Well, Leah discovered the joy of re purposing her toys. Example below.

That's her trying to sneak a bit of her gingerbread house.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jingle Bells

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is Christmas carols. I like that they are the songs you "put away" all year and haul out right after Thanksgiving just like the tree and decorations. Leah is thrilled that I all of a sudden have a new repertoire at bedtime. Her favorites are Jingle Bells and Away in Manger. She is now even identifying Jingle Bells in the background of commercials on TV!

The other thing I have noted about Christmas songs is how tough the words are for small children. Really does my two year old know what "yonder" means or "noel" or "deck the halls with boughs of holly?" Oh well, they are still fun.

This morning Leah serenaded us with her rendition of Jingle Bells. It went something like this.

"Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, one horse open sleigh, HEY!" (arms raised in glee at this part) "Jingle Bells Jingle Bells,one horse open sleigh, Old MacDonald had a farm with a cow EEI EEI OOO." It was great!

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Mellow Mushroom

So this blog seems to be filled with lots of pictures of Leah, I think it needs some of Jonah!
Thus far he seems to be a calm baby. He has earned the name "Mellow Mushroom" from me. He digs chilling out and watching what's going on. I'm sure he's just waiting till he's mobile and can be part of the action. He's thrilled when we sit down and talk nonsense to him. Then he's all smiles. I'm hoping that even when he's mobile, he's calm. I'm not sure I can handle two babies with Leah's energy level!

And here's the pics of our cutie pie.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Just a Trim

I have been debating for months about cutting Leah's hair. There was something about her white blonde silky tresses that I couldn't mess with. She actually sits for "hair dos" and shampoos. However, the longer her hair got, the more the ends were starting to collect jelly from toast & chesse from macaroni. It's no fun trying to get out sticky gray stuff from hair.

So at two years and 8 months old and I finally bit the bullet last week. My friend Angie agreed to trim up Leah's ends while we were visiting up in WI. Leah, armed with a sucker, was a pro. I don't think she moved a muscle during the whole process and was quite proud of herself when it is over. I hope the next one is just as painless. Oh and I didn't cry over her haircut since it really was just a trim and I think I am the only one who can tell she got a cut!


I would like to say that Leah is officially suffering from the terrible twos. Actually I should say that I am suffering from the terrible twos. Suffering the joys of daily temper tantrums. I would like to know how small children determine just how long they can scream. Is is fun? Do they really think they will get what they want by screaming? Leah carried on for 90 minutes straight yesterday morning. She was set off by my not correctly helping her put her sock on. I'm feeling really at a loss of what to do with her and am truly amazed at her stamina for whining and crying. Yesterday I went ahead and put myself in a timeout. A timeout from listening to her scream.

I know that this phase will pass but I'm really not enjoying it while it lasts. It's just disturbing watching my cute & engaging toddler morph into a blubbering mess every time I say "no".

Monday, December 1, 2008

Over the River & Through the Woods

This past weekend we made the trek back up to Wausau to celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas with Paul's family. It was a FULL weekend.

Some of Paul's family has made a tradition of heading out to one of the local tree farms to cut down Christmas trees. Paul is big scrooge and refuses to have a real tree, much less go to the woods and cut one down. Well, since for once it wasn't frigid over turkey day, I packed up the kids and joined them. It took a lot of borrowed hats, mittens, snowsuits & boots to keep us warm. I was ill prepared since we haven't had to brave cold temps much down here.

Anyway, it was fun. I think the dog had the best time. I loved the venture into the wilderness and Leah burned some serious energy. Oh and some nice trees were chosen. Unfortunately we are still looking at our pathetic fake tree. I thought about cutting one down, but there's no way Paul would have driven all the way from WI to MO with a tree strapped to the roof of the Benz.

to the trees!

the tall trees beyond the x-mas trees

Jonah all bundled up

the scary bridge over the creek

Leah with her cousins Nick & Stephanie