Emma, Olivia, and Sophia… The little one is something else! [6-14-12]

It’s Flag Day and I am feeling bad that I didn’t put out my flag.  Thought about it on several occasions, but my mood was sort of off today.  Well, okay not sort of… it was completely off.  Lack of sleep is the primary cause for today.  Sophia and I have both been a bit under the weather this week.  Off to see Dr. Dixie for an adjustment for Sophia today and going to medical doctor tomorrow.  Going to see if we can find the cause of her cranky moods.  If they don’t find anything at the medical doctor, I will just have to blame the last two days on not having a paci.  Thought we could get rid of it, but I don’t have it in me just yet.

The remainder of this post is going to be FULL of images.  My cousin, Eden, was about to ask me about the girls and needing an update the other day and baam… I posted what I had of the girls at the fire.  Eden, be sure to tell Uncle Buk we were thinking of him during our fire festivities.

Tonight, the weather was quite lovely and I was outside with the girls for a bit.  So I decided with some potentially dreamy light on the horizon I would grab my camera.  Plus, Sophia was a total mess and sometimes it is just as important to capture boogery noses as it is to get the pretty dresses and shoes they never wear pictures.  Also, I was going to get Emma to take some pics as well.  Again, all three girls were AS IS.  No primping and fluffing of the hair for this ‘photo shoot’.

Here we go…

Miss Sophia trying to climb the terrace wall.  She is a climber.  Climbed her way out of the bathtub today and fell right out. Maybe that explains why we needed to see Dr. Dixie?

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And she has a thing about eating dirt.  Not sure what it is about dirt but she loves it.

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Face doesn’t show as much dirt and grime from this distance.  I should zoom this and see what I get.

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So, Olivia, my most willing subject these days plunked herself down and was going to pose.  Sophia, climbed right in and was going to be a part of this whole process.

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My posing queen.  No processing on these images, but I am going to play around once I get done working on Carrie’s baby girl’s pics.  They are on my list of things to do while Chad plays golf this weekend.

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And a bit of talking and adjusting.

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Sophia was less than helpful for Emma’s turn.

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Here she is.  My first girl.  Pretty sweet when she sits still and lets me take her picture.

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The green grass on her head is for Lindsey.  She is all about Lindsey when she wants to be and when green is somewhere fun and different.  Also, Lindsey… She is growing her hair out to donate.  In your honor!

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And… Olivia was less than helpful as well.

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So, while I was loving the light in front of me… This is what I turn around to find.  The neigbor’s cat, our cat, and a muddy little girl.  Some would swoop in and get the kid out of there, but not me.  She was already dirty… it was time for pictures.

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Please note, she does not like stuff on her feet.  If she gets a crumb or something stuck to her foot when she is walking, she stops and sits down to try and pick it off. 

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The mud was not coming off!

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This image will make more sense in a bit.  But there is a resemblance to someone in her family.

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And she is off and done.

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Well….

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Maybe not.  This was sort of fun.  Let me see if the mud will get the mud off.

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Woops, she did slip a little getting back in.

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It really isn’t all that bad.

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And… even though I am a handful… I am super cute!

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And.. for those following my journey to better health and fitness… here is my before image.  And do you see the family resemblance? 

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And for anyone that made it through all those pictures.  You deserve a gold star.  So, point your finger in the air and draw yourself one right now.

Elvis’ Birthday… [1-8]

I could have titled this post “Lordy Lordy Look Who’s Forty”, but that would not have been nice.  So as a way of introducing the world to a little history lesson, January 8th is the birthday of rock-n-roll star Elvis Presley.  More importantly, it is the birthday of our dear Stuart J. Sather.  This year the members of Chad’s class will be going through the motions and having 40th birthday celebrations.  We had considered a fancy surprise party for Stu, but in the end it made the most sense for us to go over with the girls just like we did last year.

The cake did have 40 candles.  Emma and Olivia arranged the candles to look like the number 40.  Good thing Stuart has a smoke detector on his table in case we start a fire.  Lighting these was not an easy task, but we got it done.

The girls wouldn’t help blow them out so it was all Stuart.

Blow Stuart, you can do it!  Note… the melted whipped cream on the top of the cake.

The yearly picture of Stuart and the girls.  Last year there were 2 and now there are three.  The cards were quite special with lots of great writing inside.  I didn’t get a pic but it is very evident… Our girls LOVE Stuart.

And one of Sophia since this was her first party at Stuart’s house.

Love to give perfect gifts… [1-7]

Well, I wrote this post already and tried to publish it to the web, but… it wasn’t there.  The words had disappeared, the images were not in place and I didn’t have the patience to fix it.  So… as great as that post may have been, I will have to recreate it and it may only be half as enthusiastic.

I have been considering getting Olivia an easel for a couple of years now and finally decided this was the year to do it.  Glad I waited because I think she is just really coming into her artisic phase right now.  I love getting things for my kids that I find them using over and over again and I can see or hear the joy in their voices and faces as they are playing.

We found the Melissa and Doug Easel at Kohl’s and thanks to an old friend we got an extra 30% off the sale price.  Thanks Nicole!   Here you can see a pic I took Christmas Night.  The set did not come with paint or paper (or markers) but I was able to find some sidewalk chalk and old dry erase markers to get us through.

I love when a gift stretches for more than one kid.  This one has given all three girls loads of entertainment since it was built.  Chad is not a huge fan since it is sitting in the living room, but I just adore listening to them playing school or trying to spell the names of each person in our family (including pets).  The next image shows the three girls enjoying the easel.  I would like to believe that Sophia is making a smiling happy face but in reality the cute face is because she has a marker lid in her mouth.  That little girl picks up everything now and since she is mobile… that doesn’t help us keep up with her.

And because I can’t stand to let the world wonder what is up with Emma’s new ‘look’ here is a full picture of her fantastic makeover moment.  She had gone to stay with her friend Kaylee and they had a makeover party.  Kennedi brought her make up and the girls went all out.  When she arrived home Saturday she was looking better than ever.  Thanks to Joy Soriede for the fun sleepovers.

 

Look Who’s Skating… [1-3]

The images for this post are from Christmas Day.  I know for a fact that I won’t get an image taken every single day so I will be using images from other days of the year or flashbacks from the past to fill some gaps.  And guess what, there will still be gaps!

Thanks to Chelsy Kirstine for putting a little pressure on the Bowman Parks and Rec Board to get some ice for the community to skate.  Thanks to the Bowman Park Board for following through and putting the new rink together for everyone to use.

Now… who really did go skating on Christmas Day?  Well, some kids I don’t know (they were from Lemmon) and my girls (pictures in a bit) and… Chuck!

This is Chad’s dad, Charles Welch in HIS skates from many moons ago.  Chuck made up his mind to come out and try out the new ice.  He squeezed his feet into his skates from his youth and hopped onto the ice.  Wanda was having a difficult time breathing (she was a bit concerned about the fall that may result from this challenge).  She also had a bit of a hard time watching the girls go 10 feet and falling then falling four more times when they tried to get up.

Chuck took a few laps around the rink and did take a tumble.  I have it on video and am going to blame Chad.  He was pushing Emma around on a folding chair and came close to running into Chuck.  His reaction was to go down for his own safety.

Here are the girls (and Zada went too).  They got new skates for Christmas and the weather on Christmas Day was beautiful.  One of the things I remembered from Trevor learning to skate was to use a folding chair to help them along a bit.  Holding them up doesn’t work as well because they tend to lean back.  At least that is my theory.

Here are the girls… First day on Skates.  Thought of Trevor, AJ and Amber as they learned to get a feel for the ice both on the blades of the skates and the bottoms of their… well bottoms.

Zada was with and I am learning quickly taking her picture is tough.  When I call her name, she comes to me.  Doesn’t work real well, but I did grab a few of her and she had a fun time hanging out with us on the ice.

 Emma did a pretty good job.  She was figuring out how to use her feet to push off.

And a little time to ‘rest’ after a fall.

I just love her in goofy looking hats.  This one kept popping off her head.  So… must find a new one.  She loved her new bibs and coat that she got for Christmas.

 And a little ‘rest’ for Emma after a fall.  New hat and gloves and OLD pants.  She wouldn’t wear the pair that went with her coat.  That’s just the way she rolls.

Again, a big shout out to everyone involved in getting our skating rink going.  Stinks that it has been so warm and the ice melted but I am sure we will have more skating weather in March.  It is, afterall, North Dakota!

Wonka Tonka Day… [1-1]

As I mentioned previously, Grandma Mushka started a tradition years ago for New Year’s Eve.  I later passed that tradition to Trevor, and not too many years ago to my girls.  The tradition has changed and grown a bit in the past couple of years.  Some years there have been as many as 15 kids marching around Nita’s kitchen singing the song written by Colby.  The song has humble beginnings (which I missed) and come from a story that I am not at liberty to share here (you just never know… he may want to be President of the United States someday).  Regardless the origins of the song, the kids love it each and every year and the singing of the Wonka Tonka song and banging of the pots and pans brings a smile to most everyone’s face.  (I’m not sure my Grandma Margaret would have smiled, but she and Mushka were built quite differently.)

The tradition goes something like this…
All children (and any adults wishing to participate) get a pot, pan, lid or any thing metal that comes from the kitchen and Nita is willing to allow in the march.  With the pot/pan they must also find a clanging instrument (aka… spoon).  There is a warm up period for everyone to become comfortable with the instruments and learn the lyrics to the wildly popular Wonka Tonka song…  I am hoping I have them all correct here and if I do not, I will be sure to have the corrections posted at a later time.

Wonka Tonka – (The New Year’s Song by Colby)
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou….
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…

This year’s parade was a bit smaller in number.  There were three marchers, a few standing by with pots and pans and the leader.  Here they are… Reagan, Emma and Olivia led by Colby in the New Year’s Wonka Tonka March 2012

 

Wonka Tonka Day… [1-1]

As I mentioned previously, Grandma Mushka started a tradition years ago for New Year’s Eve.  I later passed that tradition to Trevor, and not too many years ago to my girls.  The tradition has changed and grown a bit in the past couple of years.  Some years there have been as many as 15 kids marching around Nita’s kitchen singing the song written by Colby.  The song has humble beginnings (which I missed) and come from a story that I am not at liberty to share here (you just never know… he may want to be President of the United States someday).  Regardless the origins of the song, the kids love it each and every year and the singing of the Wonka Tonka song and banging of the pots and pans brings a smile to most everyone’s face.  (I’m not sure my Grandma Margaret would have smiled, but she and Mushka were built quite differently.)

The tradition goes something like this…
All children (and any adults wishing to participate) get a pot, pan, lid or any thing metal that comes from the kitchen and Nita is willing to allow in the march.  With the pot/pan they must also find a clanging instrument (aka… spoon).  There is a warm up period for everyone to become comfortable with the instruments and learn the lyrics to the wildly popular Wonka Tonka song…  I am hoping I have them all correct here and if I do not, I will be sure to have the corrections posted at a later time.

Wonka Tonka – (The New Year’s Song by Colby)
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou….
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…

This year’s parade was a bit smaller in number.  There were three marchers, a few standing by with pots and pans and the leader.  Here they are… Reagan, Emma and Olivia led by Colby in the New Year’s Wonka Tonka March 2012

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.

 

He’ll have to take the other side… {10-8}

Chad is doing the night shift tonight.  He actually worked this morning as well.  So on a Saturday, he put in quite a bit of ‘overtime’ ha ha… I laugh because he is on salary.  Anyway, I told the girls since Chad was gone, they could crawl into bed and watch TV in my room for a bit.  I went in to check on them a bit ago and found them like this… On Chad’s side of course.

Most of the day I was trying to keep them away from one another.  I should start tracking the moon to see if they get along better during certain phases.  THere must be something that can be held accountable for the on again – off again nature of these two girls.

Sophia is sleeping soundly (I hope) in her bed right now.  She has a bit of a cold I think so we will see how it progresses and see Dr. Oksa on Monday.

He’ll have to take the other side… {10-8}

Chad is doing the night shift tonight.  He actually worked this morning as well.  So on a Saturday, he put in quite a bit of ‘overtime’ ha ha… I laugh because he is on salary.  Anyway, I told the girls since Chad was gone, they could crawl into bed and watch TV in my room for a bit.  I went in to check on them a bit ago and found them like this… On Chad’s side of course.

Most of the day I was trying to keep them away from one another.  I should start tracking the moon to see if they get along better during certain phases.  THere must be something that can be held accountable for the on again – off again nature of these two girls.

Sophia is sleeping soundly (I hope) in her bed right now.  She has a bit of a cold I think so we will see how it progresses and see Dr. Oksa on Monday.