Saturday, December 31, 2011

More Pictures from Christmas

I found these pictures on the camera that Joseph took of the Millennium Falcon...

Friday, December 30, 2011


Dear Boys,

A recipe you should know... 
Marie's Gingersnaps:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of:  ginger, cinnamon, cloves

cream butter and sugar.  add molasses.  add egg.  add combined dry ingredients.  chill dough for an hour.  bake at 325 (NOT 350) for 9-11 min.
They go down easy.  Probably too easy.

And because I couldn't post on the blog without at least a few pics of James...

He had his two week check up and has grown an inch and gained a pound!  Big guy...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Appreciating the following today...

Seeing my boys share their Christmas candy with each other
Hot tea
My landline
Discovering these guys can deliver to my house
Finishing FIVE sewing projects yesterday
Homemade frozen food in the garage
New tires on the van
A happy husband
Five days until our trip to Minneapolis

Hoping to...

Finish two three more projects before we leave
Keep it simple/low key during our stay in MPLS
Commit to going to bed on time
Get these boys back on track with eating...  There's been a lot of Christmas candy for breakfast in the last few days
Make double of everything to add to the freezer stash
Arrive on time to James' MD appointment today
Get video of Matthew playing his ukulele

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Looking for Santa...


Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What it's like...

Having a fourth baby...

It means that my third child spends the first half of the day in his jammies, even if we have errands to run.
It means that by now we're so used to this that when I sit down to nurse the baby, Chris will bring me a glass of water without us talking about it.

It means that I get to hear that Joseph told his class that he "has the most beautiful baby at home."

It means that I might just use a brown paper bag for a diaper bag and that I will probably forget to put diapers in it, but I WILL remember the sling.

It means making dinner whenever I get the chance, even if that means dinner is ready at 10:30 am.

It means that we have a level of familiarity with labor/delivery high enough for us both to know when to reach down and bring the baby up ourselves and that the midwife will write, "delivered into Dad's arms" in the chart.

It has meant letting go of Daniel being "the baby," and seeing him in a different way; more competent, more helpful and more grown up.

It means a whole lot of love and affection and hearing Matthew say, "Baby James is so cute I just want to bite my finger!!!"

And a whole lot of this...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


James Edwards
Born  December 10th, 5:34 PM
8 pounds, 3 oz, 20 3/4 inches 


You look simultaneously big and tiny...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

He's Here!

Will post pics soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Might as well knit.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Here's Matthew playing "Daddy"...

And here I am looking coyly at the camera, 39 weeks pregnant...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011


It's that rare moment when I'm up before my kids.  This has maybe happened twice in seven years, and while I like the idea of starting my day with peace and quiet, sleep trumps everything.
That inward-turning end-of-pregnancy thing is happening and I haven't had much to say/post as I get ready for this new little guy.  I've been trying to do a better job of preparing the boys for what to expect, and now that it's the third time around I think I have a good idea of what they need to know.  Information often comes to me at dinner or in the car.  Yesterday I realized that I hadn't told them about the possibility that they could wake up in the morning and Chris and I would be gone at the hospital, which is obviously important to know.
Anyway, I think they're ready.  The co-sleeper is ready.  The car seat is ready.  The diapers are ready.  I'm HALMOST (Danny's word for "almost") ready...
I only have one more goal that I want to complete before the baby arrives now that I've finished this quilt for the peeps who fixed my computer...

Here's Danny watching it spin...

And here it is all wrapped up...

This thing was huge and there were a few times when I was cramming it through my machine when I thought it might put me into labor, but I finished it on Tuesday.  It's king-sized.
Speaking of labor, here's a list of things that haven't put me into labor yet...
1.  Unloading 8 bags of groceries.
2.  Kneading bread.
3.  Vacuuming.
4.  Basting a king-sized quilt.
5.  Putting snow-gear on Danny.

Yesterday Danny and I had this exchange...
Me:  Okay, "Thumb in the thumb hole, fingers all together, this is the song we sing for mitten weather."
Danny:  (shoves whole hand into mitten)
Me:  No, start over.  Put your thumb in here.  No.  Here, stick your thumb out.  Now put it in here.  No, here, make a fist, now put your thumb in here.  Feel this spot?  That's where your thumb goes.  No, put it in here.  Feelthehole?That'swhereyouputyourthumb. Dannyrighthereputyourthumbno,stickoutyourthumbputyourthumbin (This goes on for three to five minutes.)
Danny:  (Looks straight in the eye, calmly,)  I don't care about this.
Me:  Oh...    ...  ...  Okay.  (crams hand into mitten and sends him on his merry way.)