happy new year!

wishing everyone a safe and happy 2007!



some pictures of the kids opening their christmas presents. thank you everyone for your generous gifts!


merry christmas!

thinking of you all who are far from us and wishing a you a wonderful christmas. we miss you all!


i found these while i was organizing our photos. they are so funny!


good day today

i wish i could tell emma how getting enough sleep helps her be in a much happier mood which in turn makes me in a happier mood. today was a good day all around. she got 3 naps in today totaling about 4 hours (i hope this trend lasts...but i'm not getting my hope up), and she was just in a good mood all day. usually she's a bit fussy in the late afternoon because she doesn't take long enough naps. we got a bunch of errands done, played, read some books, and she really enjoyed her dinner tonight. she's loving the spoon, and loving shoving her fingers in her mouth mid-eating so that the food proceeds to smear all over her face, hands, and whatever she touches afterwards (notice cereal on face in picture as a result of the aforementioned action).

6 months!

hi everyone! these are just some pictures of me from last week when i turned 6 months. so far, i like being 6 months, though i don't think it feels any different. the one thing i like is being able to eat foods (even though they're all mushed up) and not just drink my mama's milk. i've already tried sweet potatoes and carrots, and i think my mama is going to have me try peas and prunes (i don't know about those prunes...but i guess it will keep me regular). also, my daddy has given me cookies, which i really, really like. i sure hope he keeps giving me those...just don't let mama catch us! i also like being able to sit up and play with things instead of always being on my tummy or my back, although i do like to lift up my butt when i'm on my tummy to see if i can get on my hands and knees. it's a lot of work so i don't like to do it for too long. bye for now!


another year, another cookie day

we had cookie day today at our house (like last year). in attendance this year was gram, aunt corrie, prasti and emma (she mostly taste tested the icing and gnawed on a sugar cookie). we made a lot of cookies...3 batches of chocolate chip, 2 batches of peanut butter and oatmeal raising, 4 batches of sugar cookies, 2 or 3 batches of almond bark, 2 batches of cream cheese cookies...talk about cookie overload!!! we also made some special, personalized sugar cookies for aaron to take to work. apparently it was a hit last year. now, the only thing left to do is eat them all!


we love lefse!

hooray! today we received a special package in the mail. inside, there were 3 packages (1 lb. each...yum, yum) of DELICIOUS lefse. tyler was so excited he wanted to eat some right away. but no...we did not eat any until after dinner. aahhh, it was so good! Freddy's Lefse is the best lefse we've ever had. Thank you ibu and grandpa john for sending it to us.

waiting for christmas to come

FedEx...can I be your poster child?

this is emma modeling a very stylish FedEx beanie hat. you can find more fashionable FedEx gear at the online store (cute baby not included).


theory disproved...and some other stuff

i should have known that my theory was wrong (see last post). after she woke up from her AM nap that day of 1.5 hrs. her 1st afternoon nap only lasted 30 min. so i guess, i don't know what's going on. then today, she woke up at 6:15 am, ate and went back to sleep until 8:15 am. just when i think i'm starting to figure things out...ha, ha, ha...too good to be true.

we got our christmas tree on sunday at good ol' home depot. not as big as last year, but it's not crooked! it looks beautiful, and the smell has just overtaken the downstairs living space...yum! it's always fun to dig out all of the ornaments and decorate the tree while blaring christmas music on the stereo.

lastly, it finally started snowing today. after a couple of weeks of mild weather (in the 60s) it is now in the 30s (night lows in the 20s) with wind chill of 11 degrees...yuck! granted the snow is pretty and perfect for christmas, but after that it would be best if it could all just melt away. tyler wanted to ride his bike to school today, but we told him he couldn't because of the snow. i wonder if someone out there makes snow tires for bikes...but that's just crazy. it's too cold to ride a bike right now, although it's hard to get that through tyler's head sometimes. talk about a die-hard cyclist!


nap breakthrough (I hope)

sleeping peacefully (i'd like to think that the crying that took place before this was all worth it...but doesn't seem so when she only sleeps for 30 minutes!)

i think we may have had an afternoon nap breakthrough. for the past 2 months, emma has developed a stellar morning nap (sleeping 2-2.5 hours on average) though her 2 afternoon naps only last 30-35 min. (that's why i make her take a 3rd one much to her protest). at first, i thought the reason why she slept so well in the morning was because she slept in our bed, which is much more comfortable than a crib mattress and smells like mommy & daddy. however, on 3 occassions now, she has slept for 1-1.5 hours for her 1st afternoon nap-in her crib! what does this mean?? i don't know, but i'm excited (because she's much more pleasant when she can get a long afternoon nap in). my theory is that it's a combination of her getting older and allowing her to sleep for only 1.5 hours max in the morning. she's taking her morning nap right now. dare i wake her if she goes past the 1.5 hour mark? part of me wants to try, but part of me enjoys the 2.5 hours of "me" time (a.k.a catching up on cleaning, bill paying and other house related chores time) in the morning. hmmm....
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