Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Have I mentioned that Paul refuses to smile nicely in any photo of just he and I. I'm pretty sure he does it becaues he knows it makes me insane. It's become a game and I can hardly hold a straight face because I keep averting my eyes to see if he is doing something strage. This is the "Christmas Collage" version of Paul being a dork. Click on the photo for a bigger version to get the full effect!
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday card Outakes

So I'd like just ONE nice photo of the two of them together in their Christmas gear. I did pick one that a few lucky people will receive in thier mailboxes sometime over the holiday season. (No they haven't been mailed yet!) Seriously, for these photos, if it wasn't one crying or making a wierd face, it was the other!! And these are just a sampling of the 40 or so photos I snapped! It was much easier last year when Jonah wasn't mobile!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bird Watchers

Now that the weather is cold, I have been doing my best to come up with projects to keep Leah busy in the late afternoon. Birdfeeders were on the list for last week and boy are the birds happy! We made two differnt versions and already out deck is covered with a variety of birds. Honestly, I'm amazed! We've seen mourning doves, titmice, cardinals, chickadees, bluejays, downy woodpeckers, junco & a few more that we haven't looked up in our birdbook! The kids like to push thier chairs up to the windows and watch. We got the binoculars out for Leah too but no pics of that. Leah insists that all the birds make a "caw caw" sound!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

This is the face Jonah makes when I open the fridge right now. It's accompanied by a loud "Ahhhhh" sound. Why you ask?? It's because he wants this.

Yup. Canned whipped cream. I made the mistake of letting him try it and now he's like a little monster with his open mouth and "ahhh". Seriously cracks me up! Leah loves it too!

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Thank you for maintaining your generally good mood despite puking your breakfast all over the nursery at the YMCA and your entire lunch all over the tray of your highchair. It's gross but it'd be worse if you threw a fit about it. Hope you feel better soon. Love you,


Monday, December 7, 2009


Dear Jonah,

Mommy is very tired. Tired of getting up at 5am. Tired of you throwing a fit about taking naps. Seriously, you are 15 months old, it's time for a new schedule. So how about a Christmas surprise for mommy?? Start sleeeping till at least six! Or maybe even seven!! Love you


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Take A Walk Through Bethlehem

We did. Take a visit to Bethlehem that is. Thanks to the church we have been attending, Leah visited the carpentry, metal, leather, stonecarving & bakery shops. We gave money to the beggars & tax collectors & had a photo op with some Christmas celebrities!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

She's Not That Into You

Poor Jonah, his friend Ellie was not near as happy to see him as he was to see her!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sibling Wars: The Brother Strikes Back

So it finally happened, Jonah fought back. For 15 months Leah has been poking, prodding, pulling, pestering, and just plain bossing her baby brother around. Well Tuesday night he had enough. He was NOT cool with sharing the piano bench with her and reached over and bit her. I know this is not behavior I should encourage but I had to try hard not to laugh and be proud of Jonah for sticking up for himself.

Of course Leah screamed over the bite and was horrified that he left his teeth marks on her arm. That and "he doesn't like me anymore!!!!" After everyone was calmed down and in their own corner they did hug and make up.

I'm sure this is just the beginning of the Sibling Wars saga.

Holiday Dancing

So these kids LOVE to dance. Love it!! Leah begs to have the music louder (her father's child)! We have been rocking out to quite the range of holiday tunes thanks to Pandora. Poor Jonah get's dizzy with all the turning about. Have to make sure he doesn't crack his head on the fireplace!

Stylish Hairdo

Leah requested a "stylish hairdo" this morning and demanded that it include my huge scarf. This was the result. Hope her friends & teachers like it! Oh and now she's off putting makeup on. This could be bad. If she's like this at three what will she be like at 13???

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