Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Party like it's 1981...

Steve had a birthday- so we had a birthday celebration...80's style. We requested that everyone come dressed in an 80's themed outfit and we were fully prepared to be the only one's who dressed up. Boy were we surprised with each couple who walked through the door all decked out-seriously impressed with all the effort. There were some great details, including this bad boy:

I don't know about you, but I had so many of these keychains and they were so cool and so versatile. Hang it on your belt, your jacket zipper, or your backpack. Make one to go with every outfit. Accessories were so much cheaper in the 80's.
Linda was rocking out with some serious bangs. Teased, hairsprayed, teased, hairsprayed. Wave it. There were side ponytails, ratted hair, crimped hair and a whole lot of hairspray.

We had a whole lot of cassettes. A lot of them. Spray painted bright fun colors and hung everywhere.

Adam and Laura - Most AuthenticJared & Leslie - Most FlirtatiousPhil & Tiffany - Most Rockin'Mark & Tricia - Most "Saved by the Bell"Adam & Danielle - Most CheesyRicki & Katie - Most PlaidMike & Linda - Most Biker-esqueDave & Teneal - Most RisqueDavid & Jodee - Most DenimMike & Jessica - Most Jazzer-liciousSteve and Tamera - Most Hairy
We rocked out to 80's music, ate pop rocks, fun dip and airheads. Played twister and raced through the first level of Super Mario Brothers, the original. We had such a good time and we're so glad everyone got into it. Until next year...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

10 Months...

He's 10 months already...

he's learning all sorts of new tricks and picking up bad habits!
He loves to eat dirt. We've had to relocate our house plants because his little fingers dig in the dirt and then he puts them into his mouth.

He's still in his infant car seat. I was totally ready to make the switch. I put his convertible seat in the car, and got it all ready to go. And then I thought who am I kidding, I absolutely love the convenience of being able to carry him around in his seat. So I took his convertible seat back out of the car. My goal is this week. Bite the bullet. Make the transition.

He climbs up on everything, he's not a fan of walking while holding my hand, but he loves to walk along furniture.

He is a great eater, and eats most everything we eat.

He's still breastfeeding, but takes a sippy cup of 2% milk (with permission from the pediatrician) in the afternoon. I've got about four weeks until he needs to be weened completely.

He loves the grass, and has no problem crawling around in it.

He loves bath time, loves to splash.

He loves the fridge magnets; the leapfrog farm and fridge phonics.

Loves to stand against the mirror and dance.

Loves to wave, anytime we say "hi" he waves.

Still way to small to wear 6-12 pants- 3-6 shorts are still a little big. Just a tiny little waist.

Loves to jump in his crib and to play in the toilet.

Really fights nap time, really.

Went on his first boat ride, and first camping trip.

He love to make this face. All the time. He looks like an old man.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Let's Ride...

Our good friends have the opportunity to babysit their parents boat for the's been awesome. Steve gets giddy when he knows it's a boat day, he can't wipe the grin off his face most the time. We went out early on a Saturday morning and had a great time- Thanks Jared and Leslie!Steve catching some air
Jared with a sweet grab.
Leslie- Yes, she got off the water. Steve kept reminding me to watch her to see how to do it. I was lucky enough to get up on the board, there was no way I wanted to get off the water!
Leslie and Jack : Jack is just a few months younger than Hunter and the two little boys were champs on the boat. Jack is proof!
This last picture is obviously not like the others - no I'm not grabbing the board, or even getting off the water, in fact this is me just barely coming out of the water...wait just a few seconds and I would be back in the water! Just wanted proof that I did it!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sticky situations...

Hallie always gets up early- regardless of what time she went to bed. This morning was no exception. Bright and early she comes running into our room wanting to play. Steve convinced her to go read (look at books) in her room, and we were ecstatic as we both rolled over to enjoy another 1/2 hour of sleep...bad idea. When I walked into the living room this morning, Hallie was covered in toilet paper; wrapped over each of her arms and legs. Although I wasn't thrilled with seeing her in toilet paper it wasn't half as bad as the baby powder sprinkled everywhere. By the door, by the couch, on Hunter's toy, by the piano...everywhere. 

This is not how I like to start my Sunday morning. When I asked her why she made this decision, she started with a lot of umms...she then made her bold statement, "ummm, ummm, it's because I'm trying be like Jesus." Really, she's playing that card - I had to do everything in my power to keep my serious face, so she knew I meant business!

We worked passed it - although frustrated, it wasn't the end of the world.

Flash forward three hours as we drive home from church. I was driving and she asked me to hand her a wet wipe. I was talking with Steve and a little distracted so I gave her the wet-wipe and kept talking. It then dawned on me to ask why she needed the wipe. So I look in the rear view mirror and see Hallie trying to wipe the gum off her fingers. On her nose. On her eye...and yes in her hair. This in addition to the gum she got on her new jeans yesterday. I was so ready to just cut it out, it wasn't that much hair. But Steve was the voice of reason who decided to get it out with peanut butter. As of today, Hallie is banned from gum, at least for the time being. If she asks you for gum, please kindly refuse. And if she ends up with gum and I'm able to track down who gave it to her, you better believe our friendship could be on the line! :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy 17th of July...and 4th...

Wow, I am really late in posting this...better late than never.

After our first every family campout we drove home, cleaned up, made peanut butter cookie sandwhiches, and headed out for some 4th of July fun.

Hallie was able to participate in a bean bag toss (in which she was amazing!)...

An egg race which she did surprisingly well, until the very end where she was handing off the egg and she dropped it. She picked it up and dropped it again, picked it up and one last time dropped it- third time's a charm and the egg was finished.
A sidewalk chalk name drawing contest - which was her first year being able to write her name by herself. Sparklers, sparklers and more sparklers. Man this girl likes fire. After a great camping trip and an enjoyable Independence Day - we were exhausted. Both kids out cold on the car ride home and Steve and I weren't too far behind them. We came home to a disaster of a house, camping stuff everywhere and a cookie mess in the kitchen but that wasn't enough to keep us awake, we were asleep minutes from walking in the door. It was a good holiday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


This morning Hunter fell into the bathtub. He didn't fall in the bathtub, but into the tub. Yes, he has figured out how to climb up and over the edge of the tub. However, he's still working on how to land softly on the other side. The bathroom is becoming more and more off limits!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

First family camping excursion...

Brace yourself...we went camping.

Pitch a tent...tin foil dinners...smores...mosquitoes...boating...the whole works!

We went down to Lake Geneva with four other families for a holiday weekend camping trip. We we're new to the family camping scene and I think it was a success. We brought the portable crib for Hunter to sleep in which was a good decision. We kept Hallie up late enough that she slept like a champ as well.

Although the gigantic mosquitoes were pretty cool, the boating experience was much more enjoyable. Hallie spent her time on the boat/tube and loved every minute. She had this permanent grin from ear to ear and laughed the whole time she was on the tube.
Steve was also in heaven with the boat- it felt like a little piece of Arizona in Wisconsin. He went out wakeboarding until the sun went down and again the minute the sun came up. Steve is a fish out of water. He loves it. He loves to swim in it, look at it, and wakeboard in it. He would prefer to live on a lake and I'm afraid after this weekend the kids college funds will go to the purchase of a boat!! I on the other hand love warm water- the problem is finding a lake with warm water which means I often opt out of jumping in. I love being on a boat though. I really like the movement and the sound of a boat. I love watching Hallie get so excited as she sees the waves crash against the boat, or Steve jumping on the boat again after a great "ride" or holding Hunter as he drifts in and out of sleep being lulled by the hum of the boat. Man we had a good time- We have been converted to camping- it was just that fun.
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