Monday, December 9, 2013


It's officially Christmas season!  Tas and Isla have turned in their wish lists to both St. Nick and Santa Claus.  Tas's was "a guitar and trains" - more specifically he wants a mandolin to round out his stringed instrument collection.  I guess I can be thankful that at least he's not asking for a base...  Still wondering how to temper the disappointment if he ever doesn't find what he asks for under the tree.  How do all of you parents who have forged the way deal with that?  Not sure we're going to swing for a mandolin this year - definitely not going to swing for a base any time soon!  Trains, however, trains we can do - thank goodness!  I mean Santa ... Santa can do trains!

As for Isla, I think she'd be happy with an extra helping of sweet potatoes or the ability to walk.  Thank goodness there's at least one thing on her list Santa can help with too!

*** And for the record Macy's Santas are AMAZING!!  We had a great experience last year but this year takes the cake,  We went first thing this morning and there were zero people in line ahead of us.  Isla freaks within seconds of being in a strangers arms - especially a bearded one!  In fact, she hasn't even quite warmed up to some of our family yet.  So I was expecting the worst.  I was waiting until Tas was situated before plopping Isla on his lap but Santa asked for her first.  I warned him - ready to snatch her up at a moments notice.  He cooed at her and amazingly she didn't cry!  She got close once (see the top picture) but he settled her like a snake charmer.  Even Tas sat on his lap willingly and told him what was on his wish list.  The photographer snapped at least half a dozen pictures until he got a few he liked and offered us a selection.  And they don't hand out sugar!  You get a Santaland button instead.  Tas has been wearing his proudly all day.  Score one for corporate America.  This one they got right!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

7 months!

Oh my goodness this girl is getting big!!

She's got three teeth to her name, sits unassisted, went from scooting to butterfly crawl to full on - chasing her big brother - speed crawl in just a month and just today pulled herself to stand.  The object of her determination is usually one of big bother's toys.  Tas and I are spending lots of time brainstorming ways in which they can play together without frustrating Tas.  Today he decided on separate-but-equal train tracks.  One he could run his trains on and one she could take apart and gnaw on.  There's also a big box of Isla's toys close at hand so that Tas can trade her one of hers for a swiped one of his.  They're working it out...

Friday, November 29, 2013

Quick before it snows!

Oh man!  It's cold and about to snow any day now - so let's dispense with the fall leaf pictures before winter officially hits!

Oh yeah!  Hours and hours of fun were had by all!  This from my former leaf hating baby boy.  Oh my how he's grown!

Seriously - iphones deliver amazing pictures these days!

Friday, November 15, 2013

6 months!

Almost caught up.  Here she is a mere month ago and she looks years younger to me than she does now!


This summer, my cousin and her family came to visit from Germany.  A last-minute re-schedule of our church's baptism date made the timing perfect for her to be Isla's god-mother.

A new pastor brought a new tradition and this year's August baptismal service was actually performed in the Mississippi river.  After a sermon in the park, the whole congregation made their way down to the banks of the Mississippi for

In an absolutely fitting twist, we ended up at a bend in the river just below Fort Snelling, where my dad is buried, and across the river from where Kyle's grandma's grave site is.  This little girl has some amazing souls watching over her!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

5 months

We're rapidly approaching the seven month mark - so it's high time I get the five and six month pictures posted! 

During month five she learned a new trick!

And all of a sudden the world became that much more interesting!  No more boring white ceilings, now there's a floor - with toys!  Woah!

And Tasman gets more and more interested in her every day too.  Now she laughs back when he makes funny faces and hooting noises and flaps his arms and...

He's getting to be such a big boy!

It seems like for every ounce of baby fat that Isla gains, he looses two.  There's only one baby in the house these days.  And she's working on quickly outgrowing that title too!

Thursday, October 31, 2013


The two best treats a Mama could hope for!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

And we're back!

Oh how time flies!  There's a whole lot of this going on at our house these days:

And since, miraculously, both my kids nap - at the same time - from 2-4pm, I'm living by my mantra of "sleep when baby sleeps."  The rest of the time I'm cooking, cleaning, nursing, cleaning various body fluids off of various body parts and furniture, nursing, singing, reading, nursing, comforting, playing and nursing.  Needless to say, there's not much time for blogging these days.  But I don't want to short-change Isla, in the way that many second kids get short-changed when it comes to baby books and pictures, so I'm making time and hopefully she'll have at least a slim volume of documented memories.

One thing I have been good and faithful about this time around is the monthly birthday picture.  Can't wait to see what the year-end montage will look like.  To me she looks the same as the day she was born - until I step back or see a picture.  Then she looks like she's ready to take her driving exam!

And for the record she's almost seven months old but I'm just a bit behind on pictures.  They're all sorted and ready to go for (near) future posts though - so stay tuned!

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