Thank God for Two Hands

I'm sure every Mama has had those days when they are thankful for two hands. One to hold the baby and one to do what needs to be done. For instance getting ready for company! Emerson just didn't want to be put down that day.


Fruit Flies Go Away!

Do you have fruit flies too? Here's what to do to catch them:

Take a glass or jar & put a tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar in the bottom. Make a funnel using an old piece of paper or newspaper. Leave a hole about a quarter of an inch in the bottom (this is where the fruit flies fly in). Tape the funnel around the top of the jar/glass so the little buggers can't escape! Set where you are normally swarmed by the fellas and they will be lured in! Ha Ha... got ya! So long fruit flies!


Happy 1st Birthday Emerson!

Our girl is one already. She's been acting like a one year old for a few months now, at least she's not acting like a 15 year old yet. Here's her with her birthday present! A new play kitchen. I can see many plates of birthday cake, toast and cookies to come!

We went to Sibley Park for her birthday. These are the day I especially appreciate being home with the kids. Being able to spend the whole day with them and make it special is lots of fun.

Happy Birthday little girl. We love you!


Summer Days & Parades

Sorry I haven't been so good about posting lately. I've completed the bunting and crown for Emerson's Birthday. Now I am assembling her birthday gift as well as taking care of our 4 and a half year old neighbor. Having a 4 year old here has been a blessing! Her and Griffin love to play, but after 7 days together, the fun wore off a bit and now they are acting like brother and sister. I got a taste of what the tattling and picking on phase will be like for us- "Go tell him how you feel and ask him to stop." "If she asks you to stop, you need to stop." Hum, I'll enjoy the 2 & 1 year old for now.

We also went to visit "Gram" (Griffin's new name for Grandma Janis) and Papa (Grandpa David). We were lucky enough to hit Watermellon Days while we were there and experienced the thrill of carnival rides for the first time. The parade was awesome as well with lots of cool old cars, big and small horses, BIG tractors and some of my old friends! We had a great time and Griffin & Eme collected a gallon of candy... enough to last us well past Halloween.

We also attended my cousin, Mel's wedding. Boy did the kids have fun dancing. Griffin mostly ran (his version of dancing?) while Emerson made her way round and round the dance floor and stopped to "conduct the polka band" every now and then. It was pretty cute. On the photo above you can see her in the background! Of course it was nice to see my mom's side of the family. I have so many fun memories of many family gatherings as a child, but we don't get to see them much more than a time or two a year. In the photo above is my sister, Lora, my aunt, Nancy from TX and my aunt, Sue (one of my faithful blog followers-THANKS!). By the way, please drop a note when you check the blog... I need to know we still have a pulse (and yes, I know it would be stronger if I posted more often!).

sorry it's sideways!