Monday, December 3, 2012

The kiddos

Baby Rafe stopped taking a binky a couple days ago. It's made things interesting around here. Adam had a rough day at church because the boy just wouldn't nap. That's all kinds of fun. I guess that means we won't have to break him of it. He will rebel in a serious way if you try to give it to him, involving grabbing the binky and throwing it.

Rafe is SO mobile and crazy. Holding him for any amount of time is basically impossible. Which is why we're going to take him on a plane. As a lap child. Pray for us.

Lydia turns 3 this week. We'll be having a "Teddy Bear Picnic" Birthday party. She is all kinds of fun and has been enjoying learning about (and repeating) the Christmas nativity story.

A couple weeks ago, we asked her what she was doing. "Eating a treat. Because that's the way Yi (Lydia) rolls."

She has quite the sweet-tooth. We've told this story to almost everyone we know, so you've probably already heard it, but I thought I'd write it down so we can remember it.

A couple months ago, Adam and I went on a little impromptu date to a ghetto donut shop in town. We brought home a couple extras, thinking we would share one with Lyds in the morning. Apparently Adam showed her the donuts and told her she could have one in the morning. I didn't know that, and when I went down to the kitchen in the middle of the night, one of the donuts was gone. I assumed Adam had gotten snacky and didn't think much of it, leaving the other one for L in the morning. The next morning I went down to get Lydia her milk and cheerios (always first thing around here) and both donuts were gone. Again, I assumed Adam had gotten snacky and so I didn't mention the donuts. About an hour later, Adam asked me "did you and Lyds both get a donut this morning?" Clearly we had a donut thief in our midst. We asked Lydia if she had eaten a donut and she said "A brown one and a pink one!" At least she's honest. The kid is quiet. She must have eaten one after we thought she was in bed and then gotten up early and eaten the other. Really?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Avatar Halloween

So...Adam and I really like this show called Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's basically written for 8-year-olds, so...perfect for us.

Since our children are young enough for us to inflict our interests on them, I made little Avatar costumes for Lydia and Rafe. Lydia is Toph, an earthbender.

And Baby Rafe is Aang, the last Airbender (and our little Avatar).
I'm actually pretty proud of how their costumes turned out. I am clearly a sewing prodigy.

Happy Halloween!

P.S. If you have no idea what show I'm talking about (don't worry, you're completely normal), here are pictures of the characters for reference. Toph and Aang.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Exotic Felines

The EFRC (Exotic Feline Rescue Center) was kind of bizarre, but really awesome. 

See this chain link fence? That was all that was between us and this lion - his mane was sticking out. We had a lot of fun talking to the volunteer who gave us our tour about her favorite cats and how the place runs.

So, to sum up. There's this random place out in the middle of nowhere with over 200 big cats in it. We got lost on the way there and the way back, there was screaming, but it was totally fun. Really, really fun.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Lydia keeps saying hilarious things that I keep forgetting to write down, so here are a couple.

I've been sick for a few days, so (unfortunately), Lydia has been watching a lot of shows. She learned that the TV in our basement (a) turns on and (b) has some of her shows on it (although she's confused about why they appear to be in a random order and why they always have these weird boring videos in between). So. There's that. We watched a couple shows on PBS.
That evening, when Adam came home, he asked if he should take Lydia to the s-t-o-r-e (he had to spell it because Lyds really, really, really likes going places and gets devastated if she finds out she can't go). She heard him spelling that word and said "I want to go to with Daddy."

Also, a little while ago, we were at a ward event and she didn't want to leave. We told her that we were going, did she want to stay here without us? She very anxiously got in the car "I better get in mine carseat so you people don't leave me."
We loved being referred to as you people.

Monday, September 24, 2012

An Oobleck day

The other day we had a themed day based on "Bartholomew and the Oobleck"
Lydia loved reading the book and making some "Oobleck" of our own.

Liv and Baby Rafe were more interested in playing.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Baby Rafe does the Mowgli

This picture is a bit old, but I thought grandmothers might like to see Baby Rafe's attempts to get moving. This one is a favorite of mine - his little bum is just so cute stuck in the air like that.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Baby Rafe

Baby Rafe sits up now! I think, based on today, I can say that. He sat and played with a toy for a couple minutes without any intervention until Lydia made a noise, he stretched to see what was going on, and down he went.

Also, he's teething in a major way (not that he has any yet, but his cold/chewy toys are getting workout). Teething in this case equals lots of screaming. My favorite.
Also, Baby Rafe has an extreme reaction to baby Tylenol. He throws up immediately after we give it to him. Any suggestions (besides the obvious, stop trying to give it to him, which we will. I'm just worried this is a sign of something amiss in his stomach)?
Also, while Adam and I were dealing with the throwing up/screaming baby, my toddler drew all over the walls. My other favorite.

I guess I can't complain that I'm not busy.

In other Baby Rafe news, he's 6.5 months old these days (I meant to do a post around his half-birthday and obviously dropped the ball). He's still a jolly easy going guy who thinks his sister is the best thing ever. He has not liked the solid foods we have attempted, which is how Lydia was, so we probably won't push it. He'll eat when he's ready. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth a lot today. Then he'll push up into Downward Dog or lean up on one hand (almost like he's going to sit up). But those hands haven't tried going forward so too much action in the legs just makes him nose-dive. He's pretty cute.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Valley Inn

Back to blogging here.
Valley Inn is a little restaurant in Warsaw, New York (think teeny little town). It's run by a gourmet chef and amazing food is actually pretty affordable's in the middle of nowhere. Adam insisted that we go there and after tasting the food, I understood why.

These soups were part of my meal - we forgot to photograph them until we had eaten them all, but I wanted to remember how ridiculously good they were. There was a summer cabbage soup (purple), a fajita soup (brown), and a chowder (I had a little bread crab on top). So good.

I got this quiche. AMAZING.

Adam got tuna and salmon crabcakes which were also good. I really loved the sweet potato...chips? I don't know what to call them. 

And then for dessert, we got a Wonka Mug (AMAZING) and a Cancun Crunch (also quite good).

It was lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hill Cumorah

For some reason I had always pictured the Hill Cumorah as completely bare - no trees at all. That's not how it is now, but Adam says that there's a picture from about a hundred years ago that shows a completely bald hill, so who knows what it was like when Joseph Smith was here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Sacred Grove all to ourselves

Visiting Palmyra the week after the Hill Cumorah Pageant ends has it's advantages.
Absolutely no crowds. We were the first tour of the day and were able to take our time, stopping to feed the baby and change the toddler, and then were able to wander through the Sacred Grove completely alone. It was SO so so so nice. 

Peaceful. Spiritual. Tranquil. There aren't enough words.
I'm so glad we were able to do this with our little family.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Lydia just squeezed out an entire tube of diaper rash ointment all over her room while I thought she was napping. All over her doll, blankets, bed, pillow, floor, books, etc.

I just...

There are no words.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New York Bucketlist Check

Lydia had begged to go on a Merry-go-round when we passed one a few days before, so I thought we'd hit up the Central Park Carousel.
She loved least the first half of it.

We stopped taking pictures after the mid-ride meltdown. I think she missed her Mama. Steven was a great sport about it, though, and when we've talked about it since then, she's only had great things to say about the horsey ride.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We like family! (and boats...erm...ferries)

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of our trip, I'll finish up our New York adventures with a few pictures of our last week.
Guess who enjoyed playing with Nana, Uncle Steven, and Uncle Clark while they were visiting?

She did eventually figure out that Clark and Steven were not the same as Sterling (She still talks about all her uncles and I really think she knows who she's talking about).
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Who taught my toddler the phrase "Are we there yet?"

...because whoever taught it to her deserves a slow, painful death in the worst place on earth.

No, seriously. We made it back to Indiana. Our detour through Adam's mission (the Rochester/Palmyra/Buffalo area) was amazing and fun and perfect, the two long driving days were less perfect.

Lydia figured out pretty early that I had a stash of fun things for her and kept asking "Toy for Ly to play with?" only to be devastated when I ran out of things on the second day...Planning fail.

Rafe had forgotten about that abomination called a carseat during our summer and ended up screaming bloody murder for more than a couple hours of our trip...

We woke up in Bloomington the day after the trip and it felt like the entire summer had been a dream (I would say a bad dream but for the wonderful times we had with family and friends in NY).

The Sacred Grove was beautiful, peaceful, amazing and just what I needed.

Lunch at a gourmet restaurant in the smallest of small towns was hands down the best meal I've ever had.

Niagara Falls was awe-inspiring.

And all in one day. Pictures and posts to come.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane (er...rental car)

I will be on a bit of a hiatus for a few days as we head home in what has got to be the most anticipated 3-day drive ever.

Another Walk on the High Line

We had a fun walk on the High Line on the last morning Katie and Sterling were here. Then we stuffed ourselves at the New York Google offices.

We loved having you guys! Best houseguests ever! 
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