Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cheeks much?

Cheeks much? by iamaprice(Amanda)
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At 9 1/2 weeks - He's big enough for the bumbo already and his 3 month duds are beginning to get snug.

His favorite things are:

Conversation about nothing in particular
Questions - he does his best to answer

He is very congenial until around 6PM every day.

He's giving himself a "roadkill-on-head" military style haircut. I'll get a photo.

He is passionately and possessively loved by Lizzie. I often have to remind her to share him. Sounds cute, right? It's not.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

After Four Long Years...

Walter is free of his boots! We must celebrate!

He was his usual funny self at the Dr.'s office. He danced for them, performed his best tippy-toe kicking, informed both doctors that "Joshy has so many knives!", and when asked if he had any brothers and sisters, he counted them off: "Yes, I have TWO sisters and a Toot, and my brother who I chase down and wrestle, and a baby Dan-yo!"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 2

Today I'm thanking the Lord for:

- freedom from a headache!
- the energy boost that comes after a migraine goes away
- children frolicking in the field 
- dinner, halfway done already
- a sleepy baby and toddler when I need to work outside in the cold wind
- time to plant
- a self-sacrificing husband
- wind chimes singing outside my window

Baby Smiles

Baby Smiles by iamaprice(Amanda)
Baby Smiles, a photo by iamaprice(Amanda) on Flickr.

Little Toes...

Little Toes... by iamaprice(Amanda)
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peeking through the blankie Auntie Jody so thoughtfully made for him.

Beautiful Spring Sunsets


Pipes by iamaprice(Amanda)
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he works so hard for us, and loves every minute of it...well, not the minutes that he's doing the dishes. :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I've wanted to start a journal to record the many things that I have to thank the Lord for. This aspiration, and ones like it, are often put off indefinitely because I feel that I need to begin on the right page: I need a pretty notebook; I need to rework my schedule so I can squirrel away a half hour a day for such things; I need to do x,y, and z first. I also waffle about whether I should blog my thoughts or keep them to myself. Who am I writing to? or for? Does the world really need one more disjointed mommy blog? Should I use "nursing time" for a higher purpose?

Life is always changing. It will never stand still. The rut that I would dearly love to fall into evades me as I'm constantly whacking the brush away to blaze some new trail. Today I'm going to cease from introspection and type, simply because I don't want to forget - and I do! Once in awhile I look back through old posts and see just how much.

Yesterday I awoke with a headache which, after a long day in town and then several hours in the garden, turned into a migraine. Sleep is elusive when I'm in pain, and on top of that Daniel thought that 3AM would be a good time to greet the day, so I brought him out to the living room to allow Josh to sleep. Eventually Daniel grew bored of cooing at the curtain rod and drifted back to sleep. Exhausted and rather nauseous from the throbbing in my head, I followed suit.

At some point Joshy and Emmy made breakfast for themselves and the younger kids, cleaned the kitchen, swept the floors, and kept the little ones happy and quiet so I could rest. Then they put a not-so-willing toddler down for her nap and went out to weed and water the gardens and do some cleaning in one of the sheds.

Surprise is not what I feel, after all they are being trained for a life of service; no, it is deep gratitude for the loving way they accomplished all of these things. How blessed I am to be their mother!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sweet Slumber

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I could use some more myself. ;)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Favorites - every toddler has some

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Her favorite hat. Her favorite sweater. These must be worn regardless of the temperature.

A Small Herd of Ragamuffins

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On our hike to Joshua's hide-away in the hawthorns.


Chives by iamaprice(Amanda)
Chives, a photo by iamaprice(Amanda) on Flickr.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Chuggy Chuggy Choo Choo

8 weeks

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Ready to wrestle.

8 weeks

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I'd say he's grown some.

All Decked Out

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It was even better when he taped his own mouth shut. He dared not even protest when Lizzie took one of his lego guys, lest the tape come undone.

The Nose

One evening, Annie was making dinner. Walter came crashing through the door and proclaimed loudly with decided disgust:

"(deep inhale through his nose) It smells like a DEAD BIRD in here!"

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any future offense he may cause. He has inherited my sense of smell.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

W and E

W and E by iamaprice(Amanda)
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A few oldies from 2008. That baby is four already!


Jen and Walter

Jen and Walter by iamaprice(Amanda)
Jen and Walter, a photo by iamaprice(Amanda) on Flickr.

Another from day 11

Another from day 11 by iamaprice(Amanda)
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I always take way more photos than I'll ever have time to share.

He'll be eight weeks old tomorrow and is getting to be a jovial, conversational fellow. He especially enjoys his visits with the black and white photos in the bathroom. His eyes, once fixed upon them, light up with a cheerful glee. :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Silly Things

Addie(5), heard racing through the yard: "991! 991! This is an URGENCY! Someone is hurt!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This afternoon Joshua and Emmy took it upon themselves to deep clean both of the upstairs bathrooms. One of them had been used for washing paintbrushes and the like and it was quite a horrendous mess. At one point I overheard them exclaiming at something: Emmy(7): "Joshy, look! It's coming right off!" Joshua(9),in his most know-it-allesque tone: "Of course it is. It's powerful. I'll call it 'Warrior59'" I'd give you the recipe for this wonderful stuff but he has plans to mass produce and market it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Walter (4): "I BLASTED OFF! That means that I fell off the floor." Lizzie (2): "No, Doll-toe (Walter)." And then a fight broke out and the cuteness was gone. All gone.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

7 weeks

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He spends a little time cuddling with Auntie Annie most evenings while I'm putting my other kids to bed.

Spit Bubbles

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What talent! What skill!

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