Thursday, June 24, 2010

Handsome Boys

A few weeks ago, I came upon a tutorial for making bowties for boys which was done by a talented lady on A Lemon Squeezy Home and I thought to myself, I am going to have to make those for my boys. So, last Saturday during nap time, I make a couple of them. They were so easy and turned out pretty cute. Here is her Bowtie Tutorial

Deker would not sit for this picture until Bauer was with him. Isn't he a good big brother?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Are we There Yet?

Every year, the guys on my side of the family get together for a guys weekend. They camp and have a fishing tournament. This year, they are coming up to the Boise area. Andrew is going to be taking them up to Red Fish Lake and so we decided to go scout out the area to find a camping spot for them.

We wanted this trip to be nice and relaxing and so we took our time driving up. On Monday morning, we had breakfast and then headed up towards Stanley. We stopped in a little town called Idaho City, which is about 45 minutes outside of Boise so that I could feed Bauer. The boys had fun playing on old mining equipment, looking at the water, going over the bridges & playing on the stage.
After Bauer was all fed, we got back in the van and drove for another hour or so, then we found a nice bumpy (Keagan was very excited about it being bumpy) dirt road that had lots of trees and was by the river. We got out our picnic lunch and had lunch. Make sure you notice Keagan lounging.
After eating, the boys went over to the water and had fun throwing rocks in the water.
Then we set up a camping chair for me under a tree by the water so I could feed Bauer again before finishing our drive. While I feed Bauer, the boys went for a walk and found sticks (which Keagan enjoyed fighting tree stumps with).
About an hour later, we arrived in Stanley. We checked into our hotel and relaxed for a little bit. Then we went walking around the little city looking in gift shops and having fun. After dinner, we drove over to Red Fish Lake to scout out camping spots.
The next morning, we drove over to Red Fish and the boys got busy fishing.
They also had fun fishing off the dock.
Just before lunch time, some really dark clouds started rolling in, so we packed up our fishing gear, had lunch and drove home.
We all had a great time (except for Keagan's latest saying which was "Are we there yet"?) and enjoyed spending those two days together.

What do I want?

I have been hearing about this great new machine called Silhouette (click on the name and it will take you to their website). I have been wanting once since I first found out about it. You can design things on your computer and then print it. It can do vinyl, heat transfer, cool things with rhinestones, paper stuff, etc.
I have seen some giveaways for it, but unfortunatly, I have been unsuccessful in winning it yet. I have one more chance though, this great website Little Birdie Secrets is having a giveaway. But before you go enter it, you have to promise me that if you win, you will let me use it to. :-)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A little of this, a little of that

There has been a lot of things that I have wanted to put on the blog, but I haven't been able to find the time to do it. So once again, I am doing several posts. This one being the last. You can scroll down and see the other three posts that I did today if you would like.

We had the great privilege of having Pink Eye go through our house. It started at the end of May with Keagan. One Sunday morning Keagan was saying that his eye hurt, he had just had a bath and so I figured he got soap in it. Monday morning, I didn't notice anything unusual, but when we picked him up from preschool, his eyes were really goopy. That afternoon he was at some friends house and she told us that she thinks he has pink eye. So, I made called and got a Doctor's appointment for the next morning, Tuesday. He took one look at him and said yep it looks like pink eye. He also looked in his ears and found out he also had an ear infection. So they put him on amoxacillian and the next morning his eyes looked so much better.

Everything seemed fine until Friday afternoon I went upstairs to get Keagan and Deker up from their naps and Deker starts crying, I turn on the light and realize he couldn't open his eyes because they were gooped shut. I get his eyes washed off and since it is Friday at 4:15 and the start of a 3-day weekend, I immediately call the doctor who calls in a prescription for eye drops and the next day his eyes look ALOT better.

Everything is fine and I am thinking we are done when Thursday (almost a week later) Bauer starts getting goopy eyes. I thought I was being really careful with washing my hands and stuff and since it had been almost a week since Deker was on prescriptions, I didn't want to admit that he was getting pink eye. So I procrastinated calling the Doctor. Through the next few days, sometimes his eyes would be gooped shut and at other times they seemed fine. Finally, on Monday I surrender, call our doctor's office who once again sends in a prescription.

Now almost 3 weeks later, 3 kids with pink eye and 3 different prescriptions (they can't make it easy on me with the same medicine for each kid) hopefully we are done.

Now on to happier things with a few fun pictures.

Here is Bauer's favorite sleeping position (hands up by face).

Yes, it takes three people to carry a 9 pound baby.

How many tools does one boy need. How about 2 saws, 3 screwdrivers, 1 hammer and some nuts and bolts.

Memorial Day

Things have been pretty crazy (and stressful at times) around our house lately. The week after Bauer was born, Andrew started with a new work schedule that takes him away from home two different nights during the week. For those four days that he is gone, it has been quite a challenge for us with somedays being better than others.

So, for Memorial Day Andrew and I decided that we wanted to do something fun so we decided to go the the Zoo. We checked the weather and they forecasted rain but not until the afternoon, so we packed a lunch and headed downtown. During the drive, it started raining pretty good so Andrew and I had to hurry and think of a different plan so that the boys wouldn't be too dissapointed when we had to tell them we weren't going to be able to go to the Zoo. We decided to go to the Discovery Center. We had never been there, but I have heard lots of good things about it. We had a really fun time and ended up getting a year pass.
Keagan's favorites were a big bubble thing, you pull a rope and it raises a rod out of bubble solution and it makes a big bubble (I think he liked that fact that it used a pulley) and then the grocery store complete with shopping lists (which he made sure to use).
Deker's favorites was this big bucket that had some hoses that water came out of that you could bend and also spin around. He also had a lot of fun in the grocery store.

Helpful Boys

A few weeks ago, Andrew had a meeting right after church, so the boys and I ate lunch and then when Andrew got home, he sat at the table to eat lunch. Deker decided that he need to feed Andrew. He got up on the chair across from his, took the serving spoon and started giving Andrew bites.
Keagan and Deker are loving that it is lawn mowing season again. They love to play outside and sometimes help push the lawn mower or else they will get out their lawn mowers and "help". One particular time, Andrew came in and told me that I should come see their lawn mowing train. Below is the picture I saw. First up is Andrew with the real lawn mower, then there was Keagan pushing the seed spreader and bringing up the rear was Deker with the plastic tow lawn mower.

Story time with Daddy

Some friends of mine started a blog last year called How Does She? (It is a great blog, you should check it out). Back in April they had a post about phone story dates with grandma (Check out their post Here.)

Since Andrew is gone two different nights during the week for work, I decided to take the post and make it my own. I created a picture and ordered two canvass bags from Vista Print and bought two of the same book (I bought The Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories and Rhyme and we are loving it). I couldn't wait to give them to Andrew and our boys. When everything arrived at the beginning of May, I sat them all down and gave them their bags. They were all very surprised and loved the idea.

Now every night that Andrew is gone, I will get the boys ready for bed a little earlier, then when Andrew calls, we get the bag with the books out, sit on Keagans bed, put the phone on speaker and Andrew will read a story or two. After the story, we will pray together as a family and then the boys will give Andrew kisses over the phone. Then it is bedtime. They all love it and it gives them time to "be" with Andrew each day. Here is a picture of the bag I created and the boys reading the first time we did it.