Stand and Stomp

October 25, 2015 § 1 Comment


Lew is taking skating lessons for the first time this fall. From what I can gather, the general idea at skating lessons is to master these skills in this order:

  • Stand on the ice without falling down
  • Stomp on the ice without falling down
  • Bend your knees without falling down
  • Then, and only then, try gliding

Eldyn has no patience for this. He wants to be a hockey player and he knows he needs to glide to be a hockey player. He needs to glide right this second.

I was walking him into lessons yesterday and suggested that maybe (just maybe?) he should try following his teacher’s directions. Try standing. Try stomping. Try bending his knees? Maybe those things would lead to gliding?

No. He was pretty sure not. And he wasn’t having it. “No mama! I want to stand and glide. NOT stand and stomp!”

At first, I did try “arguing” with him a little but it was clear that this wasn’t going to work. And so, when he told me that he was going out there to glide around like a pro, I told him I couldn’t wait to see him do it. I laced up his skates, got him one of those “walkers” you push around when you can’t skate, and sent him on his way.

He smiled at me from the ice. He might have even waved except he needed both hands to keep his balance. Then, he turned himself around and got right down to the business of…stomping. All the way across the ice.

I love my fierce little man.




Uh-Mazing House For Sale

October 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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My parent’s house is for sale! My favorite things about the house are:

  1. Access to huge windows and amazing daylight from anywhere, including the walk-out basement
  2. A total “entertainment style” kitchen, dining and living room setup. This house hosts with such grace.
  3. The second story deck and absolutely beautiful backyard.
  4. The cozy fireplace.
  5. The secret clubhouse (see me for access tips).

Here are pictures. Please help us spread the word!

Visit From an Alligator

October 20, 2015 § 1 Comment

Here is a story Lew told us last night at dinner.

Eldyn: “Mom! There was an alligator in our preschool room today!”

Me: “There was? How did he get there?”

Eldyn: “His mom dropped him off. At first there was a sign that said ‘alligators allowed’ but that was a mistake. He was eating all our toys. So we locked him in our room and went outside to play. Then we made a sign that said ‘no alligators.'”

Eldyn: 3 Years + 10 Months

October 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


Recently, Eldyn has started telling people he’s “three and a half quarters” He means, of course, that he’s almost four (gulp). How long can I keep telling people he’s my baby?

Let’s just not worry about that today. Here are a few of his “best of’s” from the past month.

Layers and Layers: Lew got the “layering” fashion memo this fall and is taking it to heart. I think his record so far is four long-sleeved t-shirts at once. And he should get extra credit because one of those was the kind that looks like a t-shirt with a long shirt underneath.

Shoe News: Also this month in fashion, Eldyn is ahead of the curve with the idea of wearing two different shoes. The first day he did it, he wore one sandal and one tennis shoe. He was getting all kinds of sympathy at the coffee shop until I realized everyone thought he was wearing a broken-leg-walking-boot on one of his feet. It did kind of look like that.

Write it Up: Here it comes. The writing and drawing phase! Oh man I love it. He writes E’s and l’s and other letters too! And his tight little drawings of things already have their own distinct look. I know we probably already have too much scratch paper floating around this house but I really don’t care.

2 Years + 10 Months

1 Year + 10 Months

10 Months


Welcome Dakota Leigh!

October 11, 2015 § 1 Comment


Look at this beautiful baby girl! Megan had Dakota one week ago and I am over-the-moon happy about it. I am so excited to be part of her life. She’s already something else.

Our house feels a little empty now that Asher is back home and settling in with his sister. We had the pure pleasure of watching him while Dakota was being born. I loved getting to know him better and the boys think Asher is the most fun ever. On the last night, they had a sleepover, which was adorable.



Hiram: 6 Years + 4 Months

October 8, 2015 § Leave a comment


Play Time: Last weekend the Sunday School Director at our church let me know that Hiram had a role in the Christmas program! The kid who took a full 9 months of ramping up to feel like he could silently mouth words in Wee Praise Choir has 4 lines in the Christmas Show! I started making excuses for his performance (out loud, unfortunately, at least he wasn’t there) before Good Mom dropkicked Bad Mom and finally just said, “Great! We’ll do our best!” Also, FYI Bad Mom, H is pumped.

Ding, Ding, Ding! Also at church, Hiram’s started playing bells. Which means he’s learning about music and counting and working together. So far, he absolutely loves it and comes home with awesome updates like, “A circle with a line is 2.”

Finger Knittin’ Good: Hiram has learned how to finger knit and will now knit any/all string, twine or rope into a long, knotted chain. The longer, the better. Last week, I was lucky enough to be gifted one of his brighter pieces, which he did in rainbow yarn. “You can wear this to work, Mom!”

1 Year + 4 Months

2 Years + 4 Months

3 Years + 4 Months

4 Years + 4 Months

5 Years + 4 Months

The Fort – Phase 1B

October 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

We finished Phase 1B of our backyard fort! For those of you who aren’t familiar, that means we added monkeying capacity. Monkey bars and a single bar swing for those in the family who are still trying to master the all-out bars. For the record, those in the family benefitting from the hanging bar include more than one of us. Also for the record, Hiram has formed an actual monkey club at his school and B has muscles for miles.

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend for building the addition and we had extra motivation because we were hosting good friends for a fall fire on Sunday night. Here are a few pics of the changes.IMG_0152

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We still have our sights set on one more “release” this year. But we don’t need that finished until just before the snow flies. So we’ve got time now to enjoy the nice weather monkey style.

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