My new Job

The stuff i did….

hello, i’m the newest worker at the franchise. with the addition of my help, mommy now has more employees than daddy!

as usual, a newbie has to prove their usefulness so i’ve been working hard.


one of my first jobs was inspecting the carseat. as you can tell i gave it more than a once over before deeming it worthy of my presence.


another job is taste testing – anything that’s not quite up to par i promptly spit back out. this task consumes much of my day.


as a special favor, i helped mommy plant and water her flower seeds.


all these chores get me quite dirty so i took it upon myself to get a bath in my time off…


this was quite relaxing.


of course, being more presentable i was put to task in the hospitality department. i entertained guests both big…


….and small (me and cousin Greg).


all of this work is quite exhausting. i take great pains to get in my beauty rest when i can because tonight, i’m on duty again!

Eden in the Garden

Left up to my own devices this morning I decided to have a little fun with my new baby, and for me, fun means photo shoots!


An overcast sky tempted me outside and to a nearby flower bed in hopes of getting some “awake” photos. Eden obligingly cracks one eye open.


Wow, sure is bright out here mom! So far as I can tell, her eyes are a muddy blue so I’m wondering if they will turn brown? Though I might be somewhat biased.


Better hold on to this thing – never know when mom might pop it out!


My little beauty!

And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden…and out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight…Gen 2:8-9

Eden Naomi

Made up a little birth announcement:Eden

Eden means “Paradise” and Naomi means “pleasant and delightful.”


We pray that God would plant joy and thanksgiving in the garden of her heart so that she would sing praises to Him. We desire that God’s abundance in her heart would spill over into the dry places encountered by others, bringing them new life.


Aunt Katie – This was the first birth she has attended. She is quite pleased with the results.


Aunt Stacie – a great comfort to have around! She has been a part of all my birthing experiences.


Already knows how to sign “eat”


I love the little wrinkles. Eden also sports a covering of peach fuzz, making her sooo soft!


Trying to get that head up!


Nearing the end of the photo shoot….


We are so blessed with such a beautiful, perfect little girl!

Welcome to the world!

After a slow, somewhat “gentle” labor, little Eden was delivered into her father’s arms at 7:23 PM, March 24 2012.


A tiny, little thing, she measured the smallest in length of all our children so far (18.5 inches long).


Eden surveys her new world – I hope she’s happy with it because she sure seemed anxious to be here. She came about a week early (a first for me) and moved around a lot during labor, trying to find her way out.


Daddy cut the cord and Eden officially became her own little person.


Despite being small, Eden weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds 7 ounces. She’s a compact, stocky little girl with lots of wrinkles and little chubby thighs (another first for my children).


Our midwife, Lisa, checks the stats and Eden finds her thumb.


Daddy substitutes a pacifier – determined we won’t have another finger sucking baby.


All’s well that ends well. Everything checked out for both baby and Mamma. Things were cleaned up and everyone got a good night’s rest!!

A dinosaur party!

My mom and sisters came up for a visit over Spring Break. Taking advantage of the extra adult help, I planned to throw Lance a birthday party while they were here.


Lance flashes his perfect grin, celebrating four years with a green dinosaur cake.


The first activity was making “cave drawings” inside a box. It was funny to hear a dozen crayons and markers simultaneously rubbing over the ribbed cardboard.


Lance loved this activity and stayed at the task longer than any of the other kids, taking pains to decorate the outside as well.


Next was a pre-historic fossil dig! The previous day we had made a coffee dough and pressed plastic bugs and such into it to make “fossils”.


Lance finds a dinosaur egg!


Grammy also brought some real dinosaur bones (cow bones from the back pasture).


This very much impressed the kids!


After everything had been found, re-hidden, and found again, we proceeded to crack open the dino eggs.


What was inside?


Baby dinosaurs of course!


The kids piled up a mountain of sand and we had a baking soda and vinegar volcano! Must have been quite a turbulent time for the dinosaurs because there were multiple eruptions on several mountains.


It became quite a status symbol to have your baby dinosaur engulfed in hot lava.


For lunch we had stegosaurus sandwiches – each mom preparing one for their kid – along with “lava juice” (red koolaid).


Then came cake and presents. Funny thing about the candles, it was super windy but once we got them lit, Lance could hardly blow them out!


Aunt Katie gave Lance some toy dinosaurs. He and Ivy played with them for over an hour while we sat around and talked until naptime.


Thanks to my mom and sisters for all their help making a fun day for a special little boy!

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