Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Reading

A week or two ago I ordered a poetry book for Matthias' home school preschool that we will be starting soon. He loves it! He would sit there and listen to me read it to him all day if I was willing. He's also very proud of himself because he knows that b-i-g spells big. It's quite exciting for him to figure out that all those letter sounds can be put together to make words! Although, he is highly confused by the word book. Sadly, phonics will have to come later =) Since he's started to figure this whole reading thing out, he takes his letter magnets and puts them together trying to make words. It doesn't work to well when the words he tries to build don't have vowels!

Kelsi has her second book club gathering tomorrow at the library. They were supposed to read Marley: A Dog Like No Other this week. She of course finished within a day. The next book they will be reading is called The Mysterious Benedict Society. Since I had never heard of the book, I decided to read a bit of it first to make sure it was ok. I got hooked! It was a very well written book with a fun plot line. It's about these kids (all orphans) who go through a series of tests and riddles to eventually get recruited into a secret group to go undercover to a school where the headmaster is trying to take over the world using subliminal messages broadcast over TV and radio. Sounds fun, eh? It will be fun when Kelsi finishes it and we can talk about it together =)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Does it Ever End?

So on top of all the recent sicknesses and dog surgery, Matthias decided to fall of the deck and twist his ankle yesterday. He seemed ok at the time, but a couple of hours later it seemed to be bothering him a bit. By the time he went to bed it was all swollen, bruised and hot to the touch. Daniel called the Doc and was told that it didn't sound like it was broken, but to keep it elevated, wrapped, and on ice. If he wasn't walking around on it by morning to take him in. You can imagine how well Matthias liked that plan. Fortunately he had his sister there to play with him! This morning it seems to have gotten better, he's been walking around on it, but not quite up to normal yet. So, we're all hoping it heals up well and doesn't need any treatment....I don't think a 2 year old would do too well in a cast or something durring the summer!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Stupid Template

So, the new template Kelsi chose broke the comments. So, now we have a new one that seems to work =) Oh, what fun!

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm Published!

Well, kinda. A while back I submitted some of patterns to a Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar publisher. I submitted three, and they accepted all of them! Sadly, I don't get any money for it, but they will print my website along with each pattern. Hopefully that will draw people to my site for more patterns (aka - more money for me!). One nice thing about it, is that I still retain all the rights to my patterns, so I can continue selling them on my own. So, if you want to take a look at it, it's available for pre-order on Amazon. Sadly you can't see any of my stuff, but it's still cool =)

Do You LIke?

Kelsi picked our new template. Isn't it fabulous? Kelsi rocks!

Well, all the sickness seems to be going away. I'm finally feeling better, Matthias' eyes are no longer leaking radioactive goop, and Buddy still has his cone of shame, but he's not running into stuff as much. Maybe soon we can actually start enjoying summer! We plan on taking advantage of all the free stuff around this summer. Kelsi started her book club at the library yesterday, and I plan on taking Matthias to the toddler program next week. The library is just under a mile from our house, so I think we will be frequently going there this summer!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


So, I keep thinking I should post something...but I don't. Why? Because I don't have my camera. I feel so lost without it. Daniel lent it out to one of his work buddies over the weekend, and although it has been returned it has not made it home. Since I have no pictures of my own to post, I decided to find replacements:

Here is a picture of Buddy with his cone of shame. He had to go in to the vet on Monday to get a lump removed from his eye, so now he gets to wear this cone for two weeks. Poor Buddy! I feel bad for him, he's finding it a bit hard to navigate.

Here are the kids playing Candyland that we found at the thrift store for only $.99. We also picked up a few other games, figuring that since Matthias is going to be 3, he can start playing all these fun games. The plan was to hold on to them until his birthday, but that didn't last long. Oh, well...he doesn't know the difference.

Matthias has recovered nicely from is pinkeye (fortunately for you, I decided against finding a picture of that!), and thankfully no one else got it! So, that's about all of the excitement going on around here. Hopefully next time I'll have some real pictures of the kids =)

Monday, June 8, 2009


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Matthias and Buddy

Five ways Matthias and Buddy are alike:
1. They both like lots of attention
2. They both want to be within 4 feet of me at all times
3. They both think that if I'm in the kitchen it must be because I want to get them food.
4. They both require waste disposal service
5. They both like to stand on the couch, looking out the window at cars

It's been a couple of days now, and Buddy seems to have settled in great. He really likes the kids, especially Matthias. The two of them follow each other around all day, Buddy even jumped up on Matthias' bed and settled in when I was putting Matthias down for a nap! Sadly, I had to make him leave otherwise Matthias would never have gone to sleep =) Speaking of sleep, Buddy has now had two nights with us, and last night (after following us into our room and jumping on the bed) he settled right down on the floor by the foot of the bed and went to sleep. I made him a nice little spot with some blankets for him to lay on, but he shunned it. Maybe he doesn't like Strawberry Shortcake ;) So, we think Buddy is a keeper, and he seems to like it here too! He's even survived being here alone while we went to church. He was standing on the couch looking out the window waiting for us when we got home =)

Thursday, June 4, 2009


So, we got a dog today. As with most things, it came to be rather suddenly. Earlier today, Daniel called me and asked if we were interested in a dog, apparently someone at work had emailed out about a 6 year old cocker spaniel who needed a home. We had been talking about getting a new pet since Beldin died, and now that we have a larger house with a yard we've been thinking about a larger pet. And since Daniel shot down all my other pet ideas (bunny, goat, sheep, chickens...) we thought a dog might be a good way to go. So now we have buddy =)

He seems to fit into our family pretty well so far. He was previously owned by a couple in their 80's who recently passed away, so he's a bit spoiled! And fat! So he needs a few dietary changes and a bit of exercise, which he seemed to get just following the kids around! He's taken to them both very quickly...and they to him.

He's spent the entire evening so far exploring...

running after the kids...

and begging for food!

The real test will be tonight when he won't be able to sleep in our bed as he's apparently used to =)