You can always pause the music on the player to the right and you can also view pictures larger by clicking on them :-)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

A couple weeks ago the kids and I headed over to Grandma's to make gingerbread houses. Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in house building that I didn't get any pictures of the process :-) Thankfully, I did get the finished product (and the proud workers).
Audrey slept in her swing the entire time - allowing me to do much more than I expected! Yeah!

She woke up in a good mood - ready to practice her rolling skills. Although she didn't quite conquer the roll she had fun trying.

Hello sweet baby!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! What a blessed gift we have already received in Jesus Christ. May He be a reality to you all this new year and always!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

3 Months

Audrey has changed so much this month. She has gained 4 lbs since she was born. She "talks" like crazy, tries to roll over, chews on anything she can and is almost laughing.
She is still so smiley and happy most of the time.
She is doing a bit better with eating since I stopped dairy. Unfortunately, it takes 3-5 weeks to leave her system so she still hasn't been eating that great. She has at least a couple major crying fits per day when she should be eating. It is really hard for me because I know she should be eating and there is NOTHING I can do to make her eat. Poor little lady.
She's a little drooler!
She is such a fun little baby. We are all loving every moment with her!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Two Little Cuties

Audrey has always been fussy when she eats (doesn't eat long before crying, twisting/turning and stiffening up). There are also times when she refuses to eat and cries like crazy. She has also been congested for a large portion of her life (starting at 2 weeks). I have taken her to the midwife as well as the doctor. Neither one could find anything wrong with her (except real stuffy nose) but otherwise she was happy and content. At her 2 month checkup the midwife suggested it could be an allergy but said we should wait a bit before testing her. For the past 2 1/2 weeks I have been not eating dairy and she has been doing quite a bit better. There are times when I totally forget and eat something and then she has a rough couple hours. I have tried just tiny amounts of something (1 slice of cheese that I have been dying to try) and that still bothers her. I now realize I can't even do that. It has been crazy to see each "reaction" for her has been about 4 hours after eating it! I am missing dairy but it doesn't even compare to how nice it is to nurse her and have her just lay there happily and even fall asleep sometime!!! Also, to not see her squirming, grunting and crying so often! Too bad I didn't figure it out sooner!

Monday, December 6, 2010


We were going to go to ND for Thanksgiving to see my family but bad weather prevented it. We were disappointed but had a nice day with Matt & Donna instead (and a delicious meal).
No "photo shoot" is complete without some silly faces

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Birthday Visitor

My friend Rachel had her 40th birthday and her husband gave her a trip to visit me as a present! How fun to benefit from her birthday present!! We had a great time. The kids LOVED the extra attention they received from her and the house echoed with, "Rachel, come see this" "Rachel, look" "Rachel, are you coming" etc etc. It was funny and a nice break from "mom . . . . ". Audrey loved the extra holding she received and I loved having someone around all day to talk to, shop with, scrapbook with, have a latte with etc. etc.
While she was here we hit the thrift store and a couple consignment stores, went out to eat at McKenzie River Pizza, visited a really cool pottery store and had dessert and coffee and scrapbooked. We had big plans to try digital scrapbooking for the first time. It was much more involved that we realized, more expensive that we thought and took a bit of getting used to. Thankfully, we found some free software as well as free downloads (backgrounds, letters and embelishments) so we only had to pay to print each page. Rachel did several pages and I spent most of my time downloading free stuff because I didn't have the pics I wanted on my computer. I am anxious to actually do a page because Rachel's turned out great and I have LOTS of well organized free stuff :-) That is so ME - lots of preparing, organizing and sorting and little action :-) Brock came into the family room late one night and found us busy scrapbooking. He laughed at how serious and intent we both looked, how we were working in the midst of such a mess, how BRIGHT Rachel's screen was and how Audrey was there sleeping through it all! Seeing what he saw (through the pics) makes me laugh too - he was right about it all :-)