Jun 28, 2010

Swim Class!

Isabelle started a parent-child swim class on June 14th at the WSU Student Rec Center. The classes are Monday and Wednesday nights and so far she is loving it!
However, her first class was a different story. The post about her hurting her poor lip happened about a half hour before her first swim class. So she was already a bit off and not acting herself due to the sore lip and nose.

She was not happy to be in the cold water to say the least.

She was more content splashing with her feet...
and hands...

blowing bubbles...

and playing with the balls...

from the edge of the pool.

Last week I joined her in the water and she has been loving it! She's already familiar with the water and loves to practice blowing bubbles and floating on her back in the bath tub, but we're still working on her being okay with putting her head under water. At last Monday's class she would put her chin in the water, then her cheek, then her nose... I think tonight she might be ready to put her whole face in! She loves to do "rocket ships" off the side of the pool and jumping into me from the edge. She'll finish up her classes just in time for the weather to warm up and time spent up at the lake!

Jun 27, 2010

Singing for the Camera!

Isabelle loves to dance and sing! She climbs up on the coffee table and puts on little performances for us quite frequently. Unfortunately, whenever we get the camera out to capture these performances she gets a little camera shy. She's not quite the performer that her cousin Dillon is, but she likes to put on her little acts for smaller groups. :) Since she moved into her new classroom she has been singing many new songs to us. I was able to bribe her into catch her performing a few of her favorite songs last night on camera. After these three songs she was done being filmed... who can blame her, though?!

Did you notice how after each song she went to hide under the blanket? Maybe a little stage fright?! :)

Jun 25, 2010

The "Snack Stool"

Isabelle thinks she's a big girl now and insists on having her snack time up on one of our kitchen stools. How could you say no to this face?!

P.S. Do you remember this from last June? Look at how much our little yellow-dress-wearing girl has grown up in the last year! Amazing!

Jun 21, 2010


Izzy's mouth has had a rough go the last couple of weeks. A couple Friday's ago she fell off a chair onto the hardwood and got a cut on her upper gums and a bloody nose. Her mouth healed over the weekend and that following Monday she fell off a bike at school right onto her face. She got another bloody nose and a big swollen cut up lip. Can you see her swollen lip in the picture above?

Here's a better angle... Poor thing!

We're hoping she can make it through this week without any bumps to the face.

Jun 20, 2010

Father's Day 2010

We had a wonderful weekend! My family was in town for a birthday party for my oldest brother, Ty, on Saturday and Sunday morning we had brunch at our house for Father's Day. I love the food blog, Our Best Bites! I have been pulling recipes from their site frequently lately and have had success with every single one! For those of you who know me well, I'm not the best cook, but have learned that if I have a recipe in front of me I can make just about anything (and the step by step instructions on this blog are a big help!). I have really enjoyed trying all the new recipes lately and Paul has enjoyed it too! He even told me last night he has been quite impressed with my cooking skills lately... shhh, we won't tell him my secret. :)

Back to the point of my rambling... the menu for Sunday's brunch consisted of Puffed French Toast (EVIL, I tell you, but oh so good!), an Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole, fresh fruit, and Mimosas. Everything turned out amazing! I'm still stuffed from eating so much! I wish I would have taken a picture of the food to share with you all, but you can hop over to their site to check everything out (don't say I didn't warn you that you will drool just a little and leave with the urge to make some really yummy food).

After brunch we just relaxed the rest of the day. Paul went out and shot his bow for a while in the afternoon while Izzy and I napped. I had plans to make a big dinner with this Creamy Cheesecake for dessert, but we were still stuffed from brunch. So I'll wait to make everything for a weekend when we're home again. You know, they always say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I'm hoping Paul enjoyed the food filled day as much as I did! We sure love and appreciate him! I couldn't ask for a better daddy for Isabelle. It just melts my heart to see how in love they are with each other. I sure hope he knows how lucky we are to have him!

(Pictures to follow)

Jun 19, 2010


Meet "Sharmer".

This is Isabelle's little farmer from her Little People farm set. She loves this little country bumpkin and calls her, "Sharmer." We're not sure why as she has no problems making the "f" sound, but it is oh so cute! For a few months Sharmer would go everywhere with Izzy - to bed, in the bath, in the car, to Dillon's, to the store... you get the idea. Each morning we would have to explain that she needed to leave Sharmer in the car because she could loose her at school. She was never happy about it, and some mornings even ended in tears when the two had to be separated.

Izzy still loves Sharmer and gets very excited when she finds her after days of her missing, but her obsession is starting to fade. We can actually leave the house without having to search high and low for Sharmer so she can join us on our outings. Before this phase is completely over and Isabelle starts saying farmer properly or decides to move onto another toy, I wanted to give you all a glimpse of the life as Sharmer. As I started going through pictures I couldn't believe how many Sharmer pops up in. Although, I shouldn't be surprised.

Sleeping with Sharmer.

First real hair cut with Sharmer.
(See her in the background watching?)

Bathing with Sharmer.

Playtime with Sharmer.

Riding in the car with Sharmer.

Jun 10, 2010

Another Peek!

This morning I got another little peek at Cooper. He is growing beautifully and his tiny little lips and nose are just too cute for words! He was very active so the profile pictures turned out a little blurry, (I'll share soon). :)

We didn't mention this to many people because we didn't want others to worry or to get us all worked up over nothing. Now that we know everything is okay I'll share a little... :) At my 20 week ultrasound two tiny cysts (Choroid Plexus Cysts) were found on Cooper's brain. Our doctor was not the least bit concerned because there were no other "markers" or "issues" and how common these cysts are in early scans. These types of cysts have no impact on an individual's health, development, or learning and the fetal brain may create these cysts as a normal part of development. They are typically temporary and usually are gone by the 32nd week of pregnancy.

Paul and I have both had a very peaceful feeling about the cysts going away and really didn't worry much about the findings. My doctor is just so wonderful and reassured us that there was no reason to worry. He also asked that we stay off of Google (haha, he knows me well - I don't get my name Dr. Google for nothing!). I listened to his orders and think that kept me from worrying. If other "markers" are found with these cysts there is a small correlation with chromosomal abnormalities (which no other markers were found in our initial scan). We scheduled a follow-up ultrasound, more than anything just to put our minds at ease that everything was fine. Sure enough both cysts were gone and he looks absolutely perfect!

It's hard to believe we'll be meeting our little boy in less than 12 weeks! Getting another sneak peek makes me that much more excited!!!

Jun 8, 2010

Dry & Clean!

Guess who has been dry and clean at school two days in a row?

I'll give you a clue...
Any guesses?

Isabelle was moved up into the Dragonfly classroom at school about a month ago. This is the 2 and 1/2 to 4 year old classroom where they work on potty training. We have been working on going potty on the toilet for a while now (remember this?) and Izzy has been doing great in the evenings and on the weekends.

When I asked if her teachers could start putting her on the potty at school the director said she thought she was ready to move up to the next classroom... at first I was a little nervous. I don't know if it was the pregnancy hormones or just the fact that she would be the youngest by almost a year in her class. I was emotional all weekend thinking about her transition on Monday, but she was so excited. She had a fabulous day and has been doing great adjusting to her new class ever since. Her teachers are wonderful and each week is a new theme - this week is bug week. This classroom is a bit more structured and they focus a bit more on educational things. Each morning they have learning circle, calendar, and weather, they go on adventures to the park, do many art projects, have story time, and sing and dance often! Which is all right up Izzy's ally! :)

For the first few weeks Isabelle would wake up from nap wet and would have an accident or two a day. We've been working really hard on the weekends to improve the communication piece of going potty; particularly our goal of her staying clean and dry opposed to just going potty on the toilet. So far this week she has been dry and clean all day both days in a row! We couldn't be happier! She'll be fully potty trained in no time!

Jun 4, 2010


Paul's off to Arizona for six days for a conference (and I'm sure he'll squeeze some golfing in too). This morning Isabelle and I woke up extra early to see him off at the lovely (by lovely I mean tiny) Pullman Airport. We arrived 20 minutes prior to his departure time which had me in a panic. Even though I know it only takes a couple minutes to check-in, check your bags, and make it through security, I still like to be early for my flights. Like an hour early, but that's just me. Needless to say, he had plenty of time and is now on his way to much warmer weather than we have been having (99 today and 104 on Saturday in Tucson).

Speaking of weather. What is up with this rain?! We had such a mild and dry winter and now are just getting poured on! Which I guess is a good thing considering come August we're going to need any little bit of extra moisture we can get. Plus, this postpones watering our lawn that much longer and I'm loving how green everything is around here on the Palouse! Also, I know it will be HOT soon enough and then we'll all be complaining about that... or at least maybe I will because I'll be huge with swollen flintstone feet and ankles by that point.

Have I mentioned that Tums have been my best friend lately? I don't know what the deal is, but heart burn has been a regular occurrence the past few weeks. I remember occasionally, more so towards the end of my pregnancy with Isabelle, having heartburn, but nothing like this. I swear a glass of water can cause things to act up. Nothing a couple pink and green chalky tablets can't cure though. Sigh. This too shall pass. :)

I can't wait for our house to come off the market. We've come to the conclusion it won't sell this time and we are completely okay with that. We said from the beginning that we would just see what happens and if it's meant to be it will work out. If it didn't sell we would wait a few years and reassess things. I'm sure if we kept it on the market through the summer it would sell, but with Cooper's arrival just around the corner that would be crazy of us! I am so ready to be done with having our house "show ready" all the time. So come July 1st we'll be done with that for a while... of course something could happen in the next few weeks, but who knows. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend... rain or shine! :)

Jun 2, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend 2010

Warning! This post is extremely long! But there were too many good pictures to choose from. :)

Remember our memorable Memorial Day weekend from last year? Well, this year we decided to opt out of camping just in case we had a repeat from last year and traveled to McCall, ID to stay at Erin Carroll's parents' cabin (two bathrooms with running water just in case).

The Tuesday before leaving I ended up getting the flu. Ugh! I could not believe this was happening again right before the three-day weekend. I was crossing my fingers that Paul and Isabelle would stay healthy and I would recover in time for the trip out of town, and that is exactly what happened. I was feeling much better by Wednesday evening and by the time we left Friday the rest of the family was still healthy. Dillon unfortunately ended up getting sick Saturday morning, but he rested up all day Saturday and was ready to go on Sunday. After hand wash after hand wash and keeping our distance, everyone else stayed clear of the bug and we had a great, relaxing weekend! We were all so glad we didn't have another case of the "plaque"!

Saturday morning we were greeted by Obi, the neighbor's golden retriever. Isabelle was so excited! Each following morning she woke up asking for Obi.
Saturday evening Dillon started to feel better and told Izzy, "Izzy, I feel much better so I can get really close to you again."

Sunday we woke up to beautiful weather and after a delicious breakfast of homemade ebelskiver and fresh fruit we headed out on a hike in Ponderosa State Park. The kiddos walked a mile of the hike, but ended up needed shoulder rides for the last mile and a half.
Of course, Izzy found some flowers and held onto them the entire hike. :)

Dane was a little trooper and enjoyed the hike too.

Erin, Dillon, Tim and Dane
Ty and Erin
And our family.
We saw some gorgeous sites.

Lily Marsh
Payette Lake

Then we went out to lunch and took the sleepy kids home to rest. Isabelle and Dillon were content watching Barney over and over this weekend. Here they are after the long hike.

Dane Boy, as Izzy calls him. :)
So happy!
Our three little babies.
Sunday evening was dry so it was time to build a fire and make some S'mores.
(My camera died right as the S'mores were made so no pictures of the gooy mess.)
Izzy watched as the fire was started.
And then it turned into a drumming session with the kindling.
Look at that face! Ha!

All in all, we had a great weekend getaway! We ate some delicious home cooked meals, played games, watched movies, played outside, and enjoyed each other's company. McCall is a gorgeous little town and we can't wait to go back!