Antler A Updates

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

We’ve been heads down over here in the Antler A camp and have news to show for ourselves! If you’ve been following along, you already know I had a little luck in Grand Rapids last weekend.

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Now you can buy Antler A at the BEST coffeehouse in town – A.K.A. Brewed Awakenings. Delish food, coffee and a pretty little picture book made by Megan and me.

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AND, we’re in the Village Bookstore, which has a fantastic selection of books and an owner who will play table hockey with you if you ask. She will not go easy on you though, so if you’re looking to win, maybe challenge her to something else.

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We also got news that our sweet, local little Doodlebird is going to carry Antler A too. That’s in addition to all kinds of other Megan Moore art, so you can go there and Stock-to-the-Up!

And last but not least, we’ve got a new website which is beautiful thanks to Megan who spruced up my lame first attempt. You can buy our book there or just check in to see what’s new. It’s easy to remember the place, just type

Happy Friday!


Sign on the Line

May 27, 2015 § Leave a comment


It might be hard to see, but here’s a picture of Eldyn holding a card where he wrote his whole first name for the first time! He’s been working very hard on his letters and we are all so proud of him! It was very hard to give that card away, but I’m sure there will be more chances to see him write those letters.

Memorial Day 2015

May 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

The long weekend was a little less lazy than I’d hoped. But, I did learn and accomplish a lot. Which, now that I have a half-Tuesday between me and the weekend, makes me happy. Here are a few of the…things:

  • Now I understand all I ever wanted to know about the sand-point well we have at our cabin. I know how it works and that even if you know how it works it might not work. I also know how to make a new one if your other one stops working and that I am not personally strong enough to make a new one but thank God Brad is.
  • I know that you should never, ever put an elbow in a sand-point well. Unless you are planning to move to Montana before the elbow causes the pipes to freeze during a very cold winter. Then, I guess it is OK for you but not for the owners of the sand point well.
  • I still don’t know why you would ever put an elbow in a sand-point well. Unfortunately the guy who knows the answer to that is in Montana.
  • I know I can successfully sell Antler, A to stores in Grand Rapids (!) even with a horrible head-cold that makes me significantly less easy and breezy than usual. Proof that Antler A sells itself. On this front, stay tuned for Antler A news later this week.
  • I learned that Eldyn is really very easygoing, especially as an only child. Lew went early with me to Grand Rapids and then trooped along for all the sales calls on Friday. He even took a nap when we asked him to take it. After all that he asked me, “Mom? How’s your sick?” I already knew this but I still know that I am lucky to be Eldyn’s mom.
  • I learned that along with your three-year-old son, it is helpful to have your mom and dad along on sales calls because they make you braver. Just like they always do.

Happy Belated Memorial Day and thanks a million to the Service men and women who made it possible for me to have and learn from all these amazing first-world problems.

Future Astro-not

May 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hiram is a summer baby, for sure. Swimming. Baseball. Wearing tank tops and shorts. He loves it all. Another thing he loves is space. Rocket ships, astronauts, planets etc. But based on this conversation, I’d say I know where his priorities lie.

Hiram: Mom, I think people should only go to space in the winter. 

Me: Oh yeah, why is that? 

Hiram: Well, for one thing, everyone needs a BREAK, so you should take a break in summer. And also. In space you have to wear pants all the time. Why would you want to miss a SHORTS day just to go to space? 

Dabble Dip

May 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


I couldn’t let the week end without posting a picture of this cute little Muskrat!

Hiram had his class play last Tuesday and did an awesome job packing and patting and singing about all nature you see by a pond. He was so excited – “I can’t believe it’s finally the day for our play!”

The worst part was the huge letdown he suffered when it was over. He actually cried his makeup off! Which of course, made him cry even harder.

Super proud of H and his whole class. They are stars!

Eldyn: 3 Years + 5 Months

May 14, 2015 § Leave a comment


Mean Words! Lew and I have been working on the distinction between “mean words” and words he just doesn’t like. It’s a concept that’s hard to grasp and as a result, I’ve been deemed pretty dang mean lately. Reasons I’m a “Mean Mama!” include: Bedtime, time to clean up, no cookies for breakfast, no pajamas to school, no snitching before dinner, brushing teeth, time to go potty, etc., etc., etc.

Spill It.  Somehow lately, Eldyn has mastered the art of spilling every single cup of fluid within reach. Covered or not. For a while, it was the “No use crying” approach. Then B and I moved to slight exasperation. Then exasperation. Then pleading. Now, we’re just resigned. It’s part of the routine. Last night, Lew spilled his sippy cup in his bed and I told him to “just find a dry spot and sleep there.”

Guilt Trip: With all the crazy that is, it’s been getting harder and harder to find a night when all four of us are home for bedtime. Eldyn hates this. He likes it when we’re all together and has started staking claims on times he knows we’re usually together.

“This weekend? Can we ride our bikes to the bunny and go to the waterfall and then go camp firing?”

“Tonight? Can you stay home and eat dinner and do homework and tuck me in?”

I’d love nothing more, little man.

2 Years + 5 Months

1 Year + 5 Months

5 Months

Hiram: 5 Years + 11 Months

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment


Just one more month of “Pretend 6” and then he’s actually 6. What an amazing age.

Level F Reading – Hiram continues to make awesome reading progress and has worked his way all the way up to F! For those of you who aren’t familiar, F seems to be the level where a person can generally read whatever – cards he receives in the mail, toys he never noticed had words before, secret shopping lists.

Running Unlimited – Recently Hiram has been challenging us to athletic games and then legitimately winning. One of the more impressive was the one where he suggested we “run until we can’t.” Then he ran so long we had to call it on account of dinnertime.

Pretend 6 is Still 5: As six looms large, I feel compelled to make a list of things Hiram does that are still so sweet and little. Thing like:

  • Sliding his hand into mine whenever we cross a busy street
  • Sucking his thumb when he’s worried or tired
  • Calling me for one more hug after he’s been tucked into bed
  • Coming to me for kisses when something hurts
  • Carrying a backpack so big it bounces off the backs of his knees

I love this baby boy.

4 Years + 11 Months

3 Years + 11 Months

2 Years + 11 Months

1 Years + 11 Months

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