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.

 

Maybe someday… [1-4]

…she will be a good helper.

The dishwasher was open, likely because I started something and didn’t finish.  That is the story of my adult years.  Well, at least the years of late when I hear these words all too often, “Moooooooooommmmm.  I need you to come here.”  Anyway, she climbed right in and began to splash in the clean water that was in the door.  I was talking to my mom on the phone as this all transpired and grabbed my camera.  I didn’t want her to fall and I didn’t want to miss the moment so I ended up with primarily out of focus images.  I did grab a couple in focus but the really cute ones… were OOF.

And this one… OOF but adorable.  And yes, she has a runny nose in the pics and yes… she still has a runny nose today (a week later).

Time Flies… {8-7}

Here she is at 4 months old.  Wow, when I was waiting for her arrival I was not in the best of moods and to be quite honest wasn’t sure how I would respond to her when she was here.  Well, all that worry was for nothing… she is everything to me.

 

 

I still have kids and they are still the center of my world…

My deepest apologies for ignoring my blog for so long.  If I had any followers, I am sure they are gone now.  I do not promise to post everyday, but I do vow that I will do better.

I shall quickly show you each of them and be on my way to starting again on this blog…

This image of Sophia was taken by my friend Jess at Poppy Photography in Minneapolis.  If you are in the Twin Cities and need to capture your family… check her out.  She is wonderful to work with.

Trevor is playing baseball in Hettinger this year.  Wasn’t an easy transition for Nana, but she is doing okay.  Our home games are 40 miles away which the girls have now decided is quite far.  Wait until they find out we have some trips that will take more than 2 hours to get to the game.  He is having fun and has made some new friends which I think is good for him as he gets ready to move on and head to college.

Olivia likes to be close to me at all times.  As I shoot pics of Trevor at his games, quite often she has to be right in the area with me.  She also like to take a pic or two of her own.  Love the digital part of this…delete works well when she struggles to find the focal point she is looking for.  This image is of her as she was cracking seeds between innings in Hettinger.

And a fun one of Emma.  Chad had done some lawn work and the girls were having a ball in the dead grass.  I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to get this stuff out, but all is well and she is back to normal with her hair.

 

 

 

A day of guests…{4-9}

 Sophia finally made it out of the Level 2 Nursery (which is one step away from a trip to Bismarck).  Just as she was coming out and getting better, another baby was born and going under the tent.  There were 7 babies born in two days (I think… maybe 6).  The floor was quite busy and they had to call in extra nursing staff. 

It wasn’t long and people started to arrive on Saturday morning.  Matthew and Brenda were in town to watch Cole play his trumpet at a music festival.  They arrived fairly early and Matthew even took a minute to hold Sophia.  She was still sporting her IV tubes so sort of a different experience for him.

Keisha stopped back to visit again on Saturday.  She wondered about visiting hours and I said for family, there were no set hours.  Miss having her around the house since she moved off to college. She spent the day with us and helped out with the girls when Nana needed a break.

Jaci got to ride back up with her mom.  Jacki was not going to stay to far away without checking out her niece after she was released from Level 2.  It must be hard for a nurse to watch as some of the medical stuff goes on.  I am just too uneducated in all that stuff so I just have faith in what the doctors and nurses say and don’t ask too many questions. 

 Papa Chuck and Grandma Wanda returned to take Olivia back to Bowman, but she decided to stay in Dickinson at the motel.  I was glad for the offer to have her go with them, but worried that she would get down the road and realize that she wanted to be back with Emma.  Everything worked out fine since we were able to come home the next day and she was with us for the Welch Girl picture that my dad took.  You will get to see that one later. 

 Emma and I enjoyed sharing my lunch.  Each time I ordered I did so knowing I would be sharing so I picked things we would both enjoy.  She loved the salad.   

You can see in the background a pink water pitcher.  Emma found out that water was a big part of my successful feeding of Sophia so she was constantly filling my glass with water.  I so appreciated having the water, but wasn’t so sure about the many trips to the bathroom after they took my pee bag away.

A day of guests…{4-9}

 Sophia finally made it out of the Level 2 Nursery (which is one step away from a trip to Bismarck).  Just as she was coming out and getting better, another baby was born and going under the tent.  There were 7 babies born in two days (I think… maybe 6).  The floor was quite busy and they had to call in extra nursing staff. 

It wasn’t long and people started to arrive on Saturday morning.  Matthew and Brenda were in town to watch Cole play his trumpet at a music festival.  They arrived fairly early and Matthew even took a minute to hold Sophia.  She was still sporting her IV tubes so sort of a different experience for him.

Keisha stopped back to visit again on Saturday.  She wondered about visiting hours and I said for family, there were no set hours.  Miss having her around the house since she moved off to college. She spent the day with us and helped out with the girls when Nana needed a break.

Jaci got to ride back up with her mom.  Jacki was not going to stay to far away without checking out her niece after she was released from Level 2.  It must be hard for a nurse to watch as some of the medical stuff goes on.  I am just too uneducated in all that stuff so I just have faith in what the doctors and nurses say and don’t ask too many questions. 

 Papa Chuck and Grandma Wanda returned to take Olivia back to Bowman, but she decided to stay in Dickinson at the motel.  I was glad for the offer to have her go with them, but worried that she would get down the road and realize that she wanted to be back with Emma.  Everything worked out fine since we were able to come home the next day and she was with us for the Welch Girl picture that my dad took.  You will get to see that one later. 

 Emma and I enjoyed sharing my lunch.  Each time I ordered I did so knowing I would be sharing so I picked things we would both enjoy.  She loved the salad.   

You can see in the background a pink water pitcher.  Emma found out that water was a big part of my successful feeding of Sophia so she was constantly filling my glass with water.  I so appreciated having the water, but wasn’t so sure about the many trips to the bathroom after they took my pee bag away.