Friday, September 28, 2012


It's too bad we can't print or upload pictures from our brain.  I would have gotten an excellent expression of Emmy just now.

We just finished making our bread dough.  Of course Emmy is gobbling up the left-over dough on the kneader and inside the mixer (I would expect nothing less from someone that has Galbraith genes in them. . .).  As she was eating away I said, "Oh, you better not go out in the sun today."  Emmy, of course, asked "why?"  To which I responded, "It will cook the dough inside of you!"

Oh her look.  It was so good.  A bit of shock mixed with some surprise and a sprinkle of fear.


She laughed when I told her it wasn't true.  Though she did ask me, "Has that ever happened before?"

Not that I know of. . .

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Little Late, but. . .

Jonas made this card/letter for Emmy's birthday.  I thought it real sweet.  It was inspired by the candy-gram we had made and given her.  It says:
I know that you
are not swedish candy
but i know that you are sweet.
Happy Birthday

The best part?  Definitely the "B"s turned in to butterflies.  Inspired by Fancy Nancy, no doubt.

Emmy's 2nd game!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Emmy's day

When you start out a day with this wonderful ensemble, how can it be anything but fun and exciting?!

We've had our co-op preschool here this week and so that made the morning fun.  I invited the girls to stay for an extra hour today so they could just play, since that is pretty much their favorite part of "preschool."  
 We painted some egg-cartons and made them in to cute bracelets and flower pictures.

 Working hard on tracing lines. . .

 Too studiously cute.  :)

 Emmy's trusty and always-there side-kick - Lucy!

After the girls left, we had lunch and got Lucy down for her nap.  Emmy helped me with dinner (homemade granola) and snack (apples with pumpkin dip).  Then we got on starfall.com and Emmy practiced some reading.

We eventually picked the boys up from school and had snack.  Then Lucy and Emmy played out back until it was time for our early dinner and then. . . Emmy's first soccer game:

 Warming-up, following Coach Ben around the field.

 Emmy on the sidelines.  Why, yes, I put streamers in her hair.  Come on, I have a girl playing soccer and I just couldn't resist. . . :)

 The typical foot-on-the-ball pose.

Thar she goes. . .

Kicking time, go Emmy!

 The best part?  Post-game drink!

I think Emmy had fun.  She's always a little tired towards the end of the day - yawning and all that good stuff.  And I don't she totally understands the game - of course, it's her first year and first game.  But she's always excited about practice and her games; let's hope it continues.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My little gymnasts

 Wednesday morning = gymnastics.  Yay!

 All on her own, Lucy tries out the head tilt.

Serious cuteness.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Our Last Summer Hoorah

Since we only went camping once this summer, I wanted to go one last time.  So we went Friday night and had a pretty good time.  The kids had a great time, I know, so that always makes the sleepless night worth it. . .

First things first when we got to our campsite!  This was Lucy's newest and favorite outdoor activity.  Peeing in the woods.  Yes, she actually did it once.

I can do this just because she's 2 and cute.  :)

Miles rock hopping at the stream by our campsite.

Lucy helping Ben set up our tent.

By the time we got there, ran around a bit, and set up the camp, it was time to start cooking dinner.  After that Ben found/made some roasting sticks for s'mores.  See Lucy?  Yep, she's going after those marshmallows.

Roasting marshmallows finally!

Cute & Yummy.

I think this is Lucy's first s'more.  She's usually in bed when we do this. . .

The fire is such a blast for the kids - the boys in particular.  They loved finding dead pine branches and sticking them in the fire-pit - the flames were quite huge and impressive!

Glow-sticks were a big hit, too.  One great thing about camping this close to fall is that it is darker much, much earlier.  The glow-sticks were fun outside and inside the tent.  In fact, they made perfect night-lights in the tent.  Cool!

Ready for bed!  It was much easier to just keep Lucy up until we all were ready for bed.  And going to bed went quite smoothly, really.  But sleeping through the night was another thing. . . We had gotten in to bed at 9.  At 10 Lucy woke up crying.  Ben held her for a few minutes and then she went back down.  At 11 Miles woke up and barfed (he was kept home from school that day for a stomach-ache.  By mid-afternoon he was much, much better and very much wanted to go camping still.  So we did.  And for the most part he was totally fine, with only a decreased appetite.  But right at bedtime he did complain of his stomach hurting again. . . Luckily when he barfed it landed all on his sleeping pad and so we just took that out and Ben dealt with it in the morning.  And Miles felt much better after that and slept great!)  Lucy had a few more times when she cried out.  I held her once and she kept telling me she wanted her PJs off and her clothes on.  What, 3 layers of PJs wasn't comfy???  There was a 2:30 pee-break for Emmy.  Jonas, however, slept like a log.  And really the other kids did great, too - even with Lucy's little outbursts, they just slept right on through.  Waking up every hour is pretty much what I expected anyways. . .

The morning!  It was cold.  About 30 degrees or so.  We had oatmeal and hot chocolate or cider.  Then the boys were back to playing with their "fire-sticks."  They had a super great time.


The girls cried for like 30 minutes.  Then we stuck them in the heated car and they calmed down.  :)

We did some archery, too.  Whoa, I look ready to kill.

But I did it - I hit our target!  Awesome.

The girls went "hiking" around our campsite.  Cuties.

It was a really good time.  Crisp and cool and the trees were amazing and fall-ish.  Our campsite was big with room for exploring, and beautiful, too.

On the way back we did a small hike.  I say small because it was; the kids, however, made it seem very looooooong.  They were huge complainers.  It made me miss hiking and the good ol' days when I got to do it with people that actually made it fun and enjoyable. . . sigh.  I need to do more solo-hiking apparently.

Anyways, a good little weekend.  Good-bye summer and hello fall (on Saturday - yipee!).

Friday, September 14, 2012

Harry Potter

Miles just finished his first Harry Potter book!  Yay!  He brought home book number 3 last week and I told him nope of course.  He had to start with the first one.  So he got it from his teacher's library and finished it off this morning (thanks to a stomach-ache that had him up early and home from school. . .).

Now he'll get to watch the movie with Ben and I.  I'm totally excited!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Running Buddy

I could make this post really long and talk about how my exercise routine has to change with the darkening of the mornings. . . but that's really pretty boring.  To make it sort-of short:  I now do exercise videos and lots of jumping rope in the mornings.  But I still long for my runs - other than my treasured Saturday morning long runs.  So lucky me, Emmy goes to a co-op preschool twice a week in the mornings.  Once a month it will be my turn to host it at our house.  But the other three weeks I'll be able to take Lucy and go running - YAY!  We had a literal trial run today and it was. . . fantastic.  Here's to running with a buddy.  Yay for me!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Soccer Stars

 The Coach and his daughter.

The head-tilt?  It's totally genetic.  She gets it from her Aunt-E.

Emmy's team, which has been named Grass Stains, was coachless.  So. . . Ben is now the coach.  Go Ben!  He's excited and so is Emmy.  They had their first practice tonite and it sounds like how a practice with a bunch of 5-year olds would go.  :)  But they are still both excited about it and so that is a very good thing.

Go Grass Stains!