Something’s Happening Here

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’d say Hiram likes to color and draw about as much (if not a little less) than other kids I know. But lately, he’s been asking for clean sheets of paper a lot more often. Then he does this:

He also says the names of letters as he scribbles out these little gems… H-I-R-A-M.

Oh man. What a smartie. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised and maybe I should have even been doing more to encourage this activity (thanks daycare!) but I still am surprised and I am even more thrilled. My baby boy is learning how to write!


A Whole Year Later

December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Look at this:

My post about miscarriage from a year ago made it onto the web site Offbeat Mama. I got the email saying they were planning to post it while I was in the hospital getting ready to have Eldyn. Kind of awesome.

e-Lew Weekly: 12/28

December 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m moving my e-Lew Weeklys to Wednesdays, since he was born on a Wednesday. So, this one will be a little bit shorter.







If you are coming to the conclusion that all this little dude does is sleep, you are half right. All this little dude does is sleep and eat. Alas, eating is a little bit harder to photograph for this family friendly blog.

Christmas 2011

December 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Now THIS is what Christmas should be. Hiram was pure joy. Holding Eldyn was pure joy. Watching my husband be daddy to his boys was pure, pure joy. I loved Christmas 2011. Here are a few pics.

This sign has been up all week, but just for posterity.

Brad reading The Night Before Christmas to Hiram. You could just tell from the look on his face that Hiram knew this book held the answers to all his Santa Clause questions. He asked his daddy to read it to him twice.

Eldyn, doing what he does best– with Bumpa.

And with Giki.

Hiram helped everyone open their presents.

My three boys on Christmas a.m.

Hiram and daddy in jerseys! What could be better?

Eldyn being escorted to the car by daddy and Hiram. So far, this is the only way Hiram will allow Eldyn to travel.

2011: A Year of Sweating (and Loving) the Small Stuff

December 23, 2011 § 3 Comments

Merry Christmas dear friends and family,

2011 was a year of eager anticipation and the deeply therapeutic process of “making ready” for big, big changes in 2012. Although I doubt any one of us would say we’ve been sitting idly by, our intentional focus on the small stuff meant more (blessed!) idle time than usual. Here are a few of the things I’d say were highlights from the first 11 months of the year:

  • Spending endless hours enjoying each other while we’re still a family of three (hours at the park, hours at the cabin, hours playing “hockey puck” in the back yard)
  • Tracking our second baby’s gradual in utero progress (growing fingernails, growing brain cells, growing, growing, growing)
  • Making small home improvements that have resulted in an easier time of things from day-to-day

I’m back at Target working a reduced schedule so I can also focus on the small business Megan and I started together almost two years ago. This year, we had a cool cocktail party and shifted our focus from brides to gift givers. It’s easy to see these efforts are paying off and I appreciate all the encouragement, leads and other support you’ve given Commemorate the Date in the past year. It’s so exciting to see something grow from (almost) nothing into something!

Brad is still with Ameripride and has been working tirelessly to  introduce a brand new budgeting tool to all managers company-wide. Anyone familiar with this kind of work knows that it takes “sweating the small stuff” to a whole new level and of course, Bradly rocked it. In his free time, Brad is also playing hockey. Hiram thinks this is amazing.

Speaking of, Hiram. He’s still at the stage where small changes each day are adding up to one big amazing boy. Of course, we’re seeing dramatic changes in how he can talk and move, etc. But the most fun is seeing him develop his sense of humor.

Since welcoming a whole new bundle of small stuff into our family on December 14, Brad, Hiram and I have a new focus for our idle time. Eldyn Lewis was born a full 9 days early (atta boy, little one) and the four of us have been staring happily into each others’ eyes since then.

e-Lew Weekly: 12/22/11

December 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

One thing I couldn’t believe about Hiram was how much different he looked from month to month. I would be sitting there one day and think, What? You look like this now?

I thought it would be fun to try to keep track of this with e-Lew. It might also help me keep track of milestones, which I am notoriously terrible at doing. We’ll see how long I keep this up…



12/16: Home from the hospital

12/17: A visit from the Barrows family





Animal Crackers

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We just polished off one of those huge animal cracker bears from Target over the weekend. The result? Hiram and I have been having a lot of conversations about exactly what animals and animal appendages we’ve been eating. Here’s a little graphic summary of Hiram’s favorites:

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