Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30


So, my Amelia girl does not have very much hair. At all. She is working on growing some, but it is very fine, and a bit mullet like at the moment. This afternoon, I was feeling adventurous to try some teeny tiny piggy tails in her hair. They did not really stay in very long, but it was cute while it lasted (kind of), and made me so excited to try all kinds of fun things once that hair shows up!

You know what they say about mullets, business in the front...

Party in the back!

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29

Mall Of America

We were all feeling much better today, and Mike and the boys all had the day off so we decided to go on a little adventure this afternoon. We headed off to the Mall of America. It is too cold to do anything outside! We gave the kids a little bit of spending money and set off exploring. The big kids found Legos and Nintendo DS accessories they "needed", and Amelia and Mom left Janie and Jack quite a bit emptier. Isaac made a Build-A-Bear tiger that he named Growling Tiger. Growling Tiger entertained everyone all the way home by performing some pretty sweet dance moves on the dashboard. It was a fun day of shopping and laughing and hanging out, and we all came home EXHAUSTED!!

What did we get Mom?

We need to get this tag OFF my tiger!

Much better! Isaac and his new buddy.

January 28


We were not really feeling very well yesterday, so I did not get my pic posted until today.
Our family loves to read stories. I like to read chapter books with the kids, and Mike likes to read story books. I caught all 3 boys cuddled up on the couch listening to Dad read last night.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 27

School Carnival

Tonight was the school carnival at Ethan's school. It was fun, pretty low key, and the kids had a good time. I did not take the good camera to the carnival, just the Powershot and I missed my baby! The picture above is Isaac at the stuffed animal/cookie walk.

Hot dogs and chips for dinner

Wall of Wonder, if you open the wrong door you get squirted with silly string


A bit of down time in the library

January 26

Sitting Pretty
Amelia has gotten really good at walking backwards, and also at backing up to sit down. If you are sitting on the floor she will back into your lap, or she will happily park herself on her favorite stair.

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25


Today was a grumpy, snowy, no nap Monday. (Did I mention grumpy?) I did however get bread made. The other loaf, in keeping with the tenor of my day, turned out stupid, with a big bubble in the crust. This loaf however was lovely. Golden brown, delicious smelling, and full of whole wheat goodness. Definitely the bright spot of the day.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Today was Ethan's real birthday. He is nine! After the big party yesterday, we just had a quiet evening of cake and presents today. It was really nice, and we kept the camouflage theme going on a more casual level.

I don't have newborn pictures of Ethan on my computer, but here are some of my favorites of him.

Happy Birthday Ethan Malan.

January 23

Ethan's Birthday Party

Ethan had his ninth birthday party today. He had 11 friends come to Grand Slam to play laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars, batting cages and arcade games. He asked for a Camouflage cake, so I did my best with that! It actually turned out pretty cool. Everyone had a wonderful time, Ethan felt special and loved, and it was a really great day!!

I promise there were lots of kids at his party, but I don't want to post pictures of other people's kids without their permission.

January 22


I have fallen behind in posting this weekend, but I faithfully took pictures all weekend. Isaac had paper Spiderman masks as part of his birthday party on Monday. They have continued to be very popular all week, both with him and Amelia. He puts it on, and begs me to sing the Spiderman song while he jumps down the stairs, off the ottoman, and runs around the house.
Amelia just puts hers on and laughs and laughs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 21

Isaac's 123 Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are so easy that Isaac has memorized the recipe. Seriously! It makes yummy peanut butter cookies quick as a wink.

This is it for ingredients.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Dump it in the bowl.

Mix it up well, until it looks like this.

Scoop it out with a spoon. (Isaac's favorite part)

Roll it into walnut sized balls.
(Absolutely no mocking of my cookie sheets, these babies get USED!)

Smoosh the balls with a fork to make them pretty.
( I can sense the cookie sheet mocking, you better stop it.)

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Yum, yum , yum.

Feed to grateful children.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20

The Lonely Snowman

This little snow man is the last of our Christmas decorations. I left him up because I thought he was cute and wintry. He used to be part of a whole shelf display of snowmen, but now he is hanging out with the family pictures. This is very troubling to Isaac. "Mama, the little snowman is really lonely, he really needs his family. He needs his Mommy and Daddy and his brothers and his Baby Amelia." I assured him that the snowman's family still loved him even when he was far away. He was not lonely. Isaac was unimpressed by this explanation. "Well, they are really lonely for him." It goes both ways in a family, even a family of snowmen.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19


Isaac loves to create things. Paintings, playdoh sculptures, cookies, messes. He got playdoh for his birthday yesterday, and he spent the whole day with it. He is incredibly creative. All of my kids are. The fingers in this picture have been playing with watercolors and playdoh in a 5 minute period. It feeds his little spirit to create things, as it does for all of us. I love to create too, at this point in my life it is mostly dinner, or clean laundry, or the blog, or babies. I love thinking of creativity as more than crafts. Watch this movie, and then go create something.

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18

Happy Birthday

Isaac is three today! We had a wonderful day,we went sledding, and had a great party in the evening. The big kids did not have school today so we got to hang out, and they helped me set up Isaac's party during his nap. When he got up he was so excited!! "Thank you for making my Berfday Mama!"

He wanted a superhero party, so I made a Batman cake, and we had Spiderman plates and napkins. He wanted me to put his "name letters" on his cake, so we did, of course. We ate pizza, and chocolate cake and ice cream. We also had lots of helium balloons, his favorite thing.

He has been really excited about "blowing the fire" on his cake, so I put trick candles on it that he got to blow out over and over again. He was more and more delighted every time they came back!

He got lots of great gifts, and he tore through them like a whirlwind. He was particularly excited to get "yummy bears", and a real wallet with a one dollar bill in it. "Cash!", he said. "I love cash!" It was a great day, and I cannot believe my little guy is three.

Three years ago today:
Happy Birthday Isaac Maxwell.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17

Matt's House

I took a little trip to Lake City today to see my brother's new house. Well, new is a relative term, it is 100 years old, but he moved in a few months ago. He and my mom and step-dad have salvaged it from totally trashed to quite a lovely home. There is still quite a bit of work to do, but they have labored with love on it and it shows. Matt has such an amazing funky style, it suits him and the whole house has a really great feeling to it. I took tons of pictures, but here are a few of my favorites.