Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 2007

Junior Prom
Spring of 2003.
"Dreaming of You"


January 8th, 2006
"Game Over"


5 years of marriage.
260 weeks, 1825 days,
2 homes, 2 kids, 1 dog,

A Packer Super Bowl win,
and A LOT of different hairstyles later...


Happy Anniversary to us!

I love looking back at the life we have built together, and can't wait for what the future has in store for us.

16 But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me." Ruth 1:16, 17

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Monster Cookies

A friend of mine always gets the kids something yummy or makes them something yummy whenever we get together.  She is way to good to them!  They love it, I mean looooove it!  The last treat she brought them was probably their favorite yet!

Come on, who wouldn't want a cookie like that?

Yes, that is a bite of Avery's dinner still in her mouth.  We put her dessert right in front of her, and told her she had to finish that bite if she wanted to have the Monster Cookie!  We are so mean aren't we?!

I think Levi wasn't quite sure why his food was looking back at him. ;)  Trust me it didn't take long for him to know what was going on, and he dug right in.

And it didn't take Avery long to get that bite of dinner down so she could move on to this so tasty and adorable treat!  Amazing how dessert motivation can work on a kid hey? 

Thanks again for the treats Jenny!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kids and Animals...

Today Avery had her very first school pictures.

I know right?!

Her teacher had suggested that if you could be there to help direct them that it would be helpful.
So I went, and lets just say it was interesting.  I line of toddlers having to wait their turn is enough for mass chaos, but then having them have to sit still in this huge set up was really a whole other thing as well.  Most of the kids did well, to my surprise, and there were a few melt downs due to being afraid of the set up.  So really it wasn't too bad.  I had a hard time getting Avery to sit still and to not give me the "cheesy, I'm smiling because Mom told me to smile".  But like I said all in all not bad, and I am sure the photo will be cute and someday it will bring me back to that time in her life and I will laugh at how cute her cheesy smile was.

But then.

I had to take it one step further. 

I mean, Avery was all prettied up already and it was a really nice day today.

Plus it doesn't take much to slap a cute outfit on Levi and wipe the graham cracker goo off his face.

And so I decided that today was the day that I was going to take Levi's 18 month pictures and Avery's 3 year pictures.

Avery did fairly well, I just had to try and find the "real" smile I know is hiding in there.  Levi did okay too.  He is definitely a stubborn child (they all have their moments anyway) and considering it can be hard to get him to do anything he doesn't want to do, and considering they both were very tired, I was happy to get a few adorable pictures of my babies. 

Yup, those are my silly babies.  They both passed out in the car.  Avery didn't really nap when we got home, but Levi is waking up as I finish this blog post.  :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Piano Overhaul Part 1

When opportunity knocks you open the door right, or in our case we demo a piano.

We got an opportunity to upgrade our piano.  Neither of us play but we are hoping that one day our kids will.  Who am I kidding it won't really be an option for them actually, but that's beside the point.  Our old piano was a craigslist freebie find.  The family that owned it before us were moving and couldn't take it with them. They started their own renovation but I am quite sure this was not what they had in mind.

Avery helped Uncle Nathan pull away the bottom front panel and loosen up some other things underneath.

She was quite happy to do so as you can see.  That helped us detach the front of the piano completely.

She also helped Papa with some very large blots holding the giant back metal piece that had a large part with the strings.

Levi also helped in the back with some little baby wrenches just his size.

At the end of last night we removed a giant seemed to be cast iron metal thing, and cut and removed the bulk of the wires.

My job now is removing the rest of the wires, then next I get to remove all of those pins that the wires were wrapped around.  Fun hey!?  Well, that part might be a pain in the neck but I have a feeling it will be worth it in the end.

Hopefully progress wont be too slow in this piano redo project, but at least we started out with a bang.  Hopefully I will be to report some new progress soon!  Until next time, enjoy pondering what in the world I am doing to my piano.