Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alaskan Baby

The other day, after watching her brothers tromp around in the mud and ice with their friends for a while, LS was totally ready to be unstrapped from her stroller and set free. This was delightfully fun for about 10 minutes and then she was covered in mud, freezing cold and incredibly angry at being that way! But what a happy 10 minutes it was...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sweet Little Baby Curls

Everyone in our family has such short, straight hair that it's been both surprising and fun to see the little curls that the Little Sweetie gets after taking a bath. I'm sure they'll disappear over time so I want to remember them in pictures!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday to our Little Sweetie!

Hard to believe that our Little Sweetie is already ONE. She's been such an amazingly delightful gift from God. We both hate to see her grow up and enjoy watching her new antics every day.
We love you so much, Little Sweetie!

She had croup on her birthday and you can tell she's not really her usual smiley self. I think the huge bear kind of shocked her into silence too.
My trusty assistants, always willing to lick a spatula at a moment's notice.
The final cake! Thanks to "Auntie Deb" Ernst for sending it up to us as a Christmas present. We couldn't wait for our first chance to try it out! The boys were a bit disappointed we didn't turn it into the "Santa Bear" featured on the box. I also voted down the "Princess Bear" option as well. How much time do these people think I have to spend on a CAKE??
"What is this strange thing?"
"I'll just lick the frosting, thanks."
Her first bite of ice cream...
...And possibly her last! I wish I had this reaction to eating ice cream. I think I'd eat it a whole lot less.
This is a video of why you don't waste a lot of time and energy on birthday parties for 1 year olds! They get completely overwhelmed by the whole experience. I love watching her completely bewildered expression as her eyes flick back and forth between me filming her and Phil coming at her with a huge bear cake. This was definitely all a strange new experience for her!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Ice castles/ice people

O Boy and I have been trying to make ice castles all winter - and of course we picked an El Nino winter to do it! Every time we get all the containers filled and set out, the temp rises and nothing freezes. So finally I stuffed them all in our various freezers and we made the ice castles today...even though it was 48 degrees at one point. It was still mostly fun and, as these things usually go, turned out very differently than I expected it to.

It took forever to get all the little building blocks out of their dishes, but O Boy thought it was really fun to dump hot water everywhere to hasten the process. He actually didn't want to build anything at all, and I ended up building all the little towers myself! It was sort of tricky work anyway - you had to hold the pieces together carefully until they froze together. He got the job of pouring the "glue" on (hot water) and then I stacked them up. In the end he said sort of disgustedly, "It doesn't really look like a castle!" And so we decided that we made ice people. He later had a really good time kicking them all down!
I think our favorite part was discovering the absolutely breathtaking things the ice did as it froze with the food coloring we added. I didn't expect this result at all! Double click on these pictures to see them in their full glory. God is truly the greatest Artist of all. I'd love for some scientist to explain this phenomenon to me!

The final lineup

He thought one of the blocks of ice was so cool that he wanted to show it to his Thomas friends (all his stuffed animals are called "Thomas friends" ... "because they like Thomas (the tank engine) like I do") and take a picture with it. He set up this picture and asked me to take it.

Gak!

I made up some gak (cornstarch and water) for the boys to play with the other day and finally got around to being brave enough to let the Little Sweetie at it! As you can see, she (and our windows, table, chairs, floor and me) were covered in it. Fun!

Rainbow

The other day we looked out our window on one side of our house to see this beautiful rainbow over one mountain...and it went all the way over to the mountain we can see out the other side of our house!

One of the crew

The other day Mr. T and our friend Barb headed over the church worksite, where things are always happening these days. He got to help toss insulation into the hopper, where it was sucked up through a tube and sprayed into the ceiling. Great fun!