Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday (with a few words)

Madeline and cousin Christian.

Karen and I being dorks. You know, the usual.

Madeline and cousin Katelyn. Best friends for the last five years.

Miss Violet in her new shades.

I really don't like to get my picture taken, but Madeline took this photo so I had to include it.


The tutu I made Miss Vi.

We got Zella prescription swim goggles and we tried them out in the tub right away. The girls have been taking swim lessons and the goggles have helped her a lot.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Overheard at Our House

*The girls have been sick and kept losing their voice. Zella told me, "Mama, I have a figure of speech in my throat." Instead of saying she had a frog in her throat. That girl cracks me up!

*Madeline would like to be a princess and a fruit picker when she grows up. She is going to pick fruit for the orchard/pizza parlor that Zella would like to own when she grows up.

*Zella announced to us that she would like to marry many times. We could be in trouble with this one!

*Violet has a new catch phrase. She says "Oh, geesh." To everything. She puckers her lips when she says it. I'll have to try and get a video because it's too cute to miss.

*Madeline told me her heart was breaking because she missed Violet while she was at school. She also thought her heart would burst because she loved her Papa so much. She's pretty good at describing her emotions, although it isn't always cute. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Return of Fun Fact Friday

I'm a little rusty, but my brother's in-laws have been waiting for the return of fun fact Friday and who am I to disappoint? (Hi Cheryl!)

*I once sat on a bee's nest and got stung on my butt and my thumb. I know this is strange, but the nest was under a porch swing. I still have a scar in both places from the stinger.

*Did I mention I'm slightly allergic to bees? My thumb swelled to three times its size. And my butt? Well it's still a little swollen. (Or is that from too many cupcakes?)

*When I sat on the bee's nest we were at our fishing cabin in northern Minnesota. We had no Benadryl and were far from a doctor. My grandpa Delbert said that mud would help draw out the poison and he was right. Although I'm sure I was quite a sight with mud on my butt and my huge thumb stuck in a bowl of mud. At least it worked!

*I also have a bit of an unbelievable bee story, but I assure you it is true. When I lived in Des Moines Travis and I went shopping at the mall in February. We were at Younkers at the cash register paying for our purchase. All of a sudden a bee flew up my shirt and stung me in between my breasts. A BEE. Up my shirt. In February. I let out a yelp and Travis and the store clerk looked at me like I was crazy. But I assure you I was not. We had to hurry and get some Benadryl so I wouldn't swell. I learned that night that Benadryl makes me VERY sleepy. I fell asleep in the mall and Travis had to carry/drag me out to the car.

*Apparently this version of fun fact Friday should be called "Lori is windy and tells long stories instead of short facts." Or, "Lori's past experiences with bees". Fascinating, right?

And because the return of fun fact Friday was inspired by my brother (and it would be weird if I kept talking about BEES) I will tell a fun fact about him...

* When Kurt was in high school he went on vacation at the fishing cabin. He was roasting a marshmallow around the campfire and it started on fire. He went to blow it out but the fiery marshmallow got stuck on his forehead instead. He ran to the rain barrel and stuck his head in to put the fire out. I think he still has a scar.

He may or may not consider that a fun fact. But it makes for a good visual, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Snowball Fight

We've had a lot of fun in all this snow this winter. (But please, snow, don't wear out your welcome!) Madeline and Zella love to chase me around and throw snow at me. Right after I took this photo of Madeline she yelled, "You can run but you can't hide!"

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I've mentioned before that my computer died in December so I missed out on posting pictures of our holidays. Please bear with me while I play catch up.

We had so much fun decorating the Christmas tree this (last) year. The girls are a little older and totally got into it. It was fun to see how many ornaments they remembered from last year. This year we decided to "cheese it up" with the Santa hats.

Even Papa got in on the hat fun.

Next year will be a little different...Violet won't be "contained".

Madeline was so excited.

Zella was actually pretty serious about the whole thing.

Great job girls!
We had hot chocolate and listened to Christmas music once the tree was "sparkeled up" (another Zella-ism). The girls are still pretty young and I'm not sure what they'll remember when they're older, but I'll remember it forever.


Monday, March 8, 2010

My Baby Can Beat Up Your Baby

See my finger,

See my thumb,

See my fist,

You'd better run!

Violet's first black eye. She pulled a door towards herself and hit her eye with the doorknob.
Somehow she still looks adorable.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Here is a video of Violet, then ten months old, saying "spaghetti" for the first time.

Totally adorable.

More later,

I'm Back (insert manical laugh here)

I am typing on my new laptop (a fabulous birthday present from my husband). I am so happy to be back online! I have a lot to catch up on the blog. It is my journal/scrapbook of sorts and I am anxious to post pictures of Christmas, Zella's third and Violet's first birthday.

Where to begin???

Well, first off I'd like to congratulate my husband for being promoted to Site Manager. He has worked very hard and we are SO proud of him! I'm so thankful he has a job that challenges him. I like to think of him as a professional problem solver. :) Somehow we took a roundabout road to end up right where we wanted to be....Travis at a job that he loves and me at home with our kids. We don't let a day go by without being thankful!

We have a busy week but hopefully I can get caught up. To tide you over here is a photo of the three cutest girls I know.

Aren't they cute? Lots more photos to come!

Hope all is well with our family and friends who check in with us.

More later, Lori