Saturday, September 27, 2008



The Feast ended up being really big fun today, but we are so tired. Elijah really, REALLY enjoyed dressing up and working at the New Community School booth where they sold tea and roasted corn. After our shift we walked around and tasted all the yummy Feast food.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Here are the highlights

I feel like so much is going on in our lives right now that I gloss over some major things in the sake of time spent on the computer. So, here are the highlights...

Elijah is really liking school. He is having some trouble with one little boy so there has been a little bit of drama with that, but he likes his teacher and today he came home and told me about his first little crush. I couldn't even begin to write about it in the way he told me. It was too cute. He likened her to Padme Amidala (spelling?). He said, "she's just so beautiful. I just wanted to look at her."

Emily just took off this past two weeks! She is now pulling up on everything. We lowered her crib last Sunday when we found her standing up in there. She is crawling ALL over the house and getting into everyone's stuff. Her favorite thing to do is find dust bunnies along the baseboards or chew up paper. Thankfully I'm not the only pair of eyes watching her. Her big sister and brother keep a pretty good watch over her. Her first tooth FINALLY broke through today. 10 months old...whew! I was beginning to think she'd be gumming her first birthday cake.

I quit nursing her last week when it was just too difficult and I wasn't really making enough milk. It was hard for me, but on the bright side she is sleeping through the night pretty consistently now so I feel like a much more rested person most days.

Big things happening this weekend are the Feast of the Hunter's Moon which is a really big festival here along the banks of the Wabash River. Elijah and I are working at the booth for his school. He is working at the tea booth and I am babysitting the worker's kids. Tomorrow night is the long awaited cd release party for The SmallTown Heroes. It's gonna be big! Next week will be a short week! I am taking my class on our first field trip on Tuesday--its the pumpkin patch/apple orchard one, so that's pretty fun. Then on Thursday night we are heading down to Indy to see Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. Thanks, Megan and Everette!! Brian and I took Friday off work and then Saturday is my big 30th birthday party at Happy Hollow Park. I can't wait. Several of my family members are driving down from Michigan as well as our good friends Scott and Melissa. We haven't seen them in ages. She is a professional cake decorator and she is making my cake!!! I. can't. wait.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Please pray for this friend of our family. He was just diagnosed with leukemia.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Jonathan turns one

Emily and Jonathan were standing up at the chairs looking at each other and holding hands. It was so cute. This picture is a little dark on the left side because I took it through the rungs on the back of the chair. I loved her expression. I had to keep it.
Emily is doing her usual chest pounding--mine. Whenever I pick her up she gets so excited that her little legs are kicking in the air and she slaps my chest.
You may be wondering why Jonathan is naked. Well, maybe not if you've been to a first birthday. I'll wait to post Jonathan's cake-y birthday pictures until Megan gets a chance to post. By the end of the evening the babies were so tired they kept crawling over to each other and laying their heads on one another.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Child labor and homemade booze!

Brian decided to make some homemade hard cider this year. Now we have all the supplies and he went to an orchard near Attica for some unpasteurized cider. Now the yeast is added and we just have to let it sit for 2 weeks to ferment.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. That is a long time for me. We've been busy hanging out with visiting family. Last Monday my grandparents drove down from Michigan and we had dinner with them at my parents' house. Then my brother and sister-in-law flew in Wednesday evening and my kids went to pick them up at the airport with my mom. So they came over Wednesday when they got into town and we had a delicioso authentic Mexican dinner at our house on Thursday night. Michelle is from Mexico and she cooked everything for us. We had lots of yummy leftovers that we've been enjoying for the last two days. Last night Mary and I went shoe shopping and I came home with two new pairs of shoes for under $25.00!! Woo-hoo~! Mary also got a new pair--light up Skechers athletic shoes. I had to almost pry them off her feet to go to bed.

Today we went to the LayFlats festival. The SmallTown Heroes were one of 60 bands that performed and we walked around the artsy booths and jumped in the big bounces. Tonight we're off to a birthday party for one of Brian's co-workers in West Lebanon. It was supposed to rain all weekend, but so far today has been HOT and sunny.

P.S. We were going to look at that house in Williamsport today while we were out there, but the owner called and said someone was making an offer on it, so we decided not to mess with it. We're not in any position to be making offers this week! :)

Friday, September 05, 2008

We may have ruined her

upon eating the gourmet peanut butter and jelly slamwhich dinner I whipped up tonight for Mary and myself:

Mary: "Mom, this tastes like duck bread" (you know the cheap, leftover frozen pieces of bread I keep to take to the park).

Me: "Well, Mary, daddy is gone tonight and he hasn't made any bread this week. We just have to suck it up and eat store bought bread."

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My brother is coming, my brother is coming!

My brother and his wife, Michelle (yes, how weird. She is now Michelle LaCombe and I am not), who live in Florida, are coming for a visit next week! We can't wait to see them!

Monday, September 01, 2008

We have found a house we just might be interested in. We are contemplating a move. There. I said it. We are beginning to think about moving toward Warren County, which is much closer to Brian's work. The trouble is, we don't really have any kind of plan. In my mind I think about the pros and cons of staying and going, but I just get all confused. Here's the deal: we are going to outgrow our house in the next couple of years. The bedrooms are small and sharing rooms is tight. We only have one bathroom. Ugh. This is the hardest one for me. There is almost never a time when I am alone in the bathroom--or anyone is for that matter. What will happen when we have 5 people that need to use it? During times of inclement weather, we are on top of each other. We have more space that we could convert to usable space, but then comes the argument about spending money on a house that is already not going to sell for what we've put into it. We kind of just want to get out from under it. But we love (hate) the location. It is close to many of our friends and family, shopping, the park/zoo, and church. Our cars have been broken into at least 3 times in our driveway and there was a drug bust (that I called the cops on) on the street behind us that backs up to our backyard. So, there you have it. We don't really want to buy something else here in town because 1. we can't afford much more in this area than what we have 2. some of the reasons that we want to move include more space for gardening, animals, and outdoor living. The house we are looking at is 2500 square feet on 2 acres of land. It has 5 bedrooms, it has all the updates that Brian doesn't want to do: roof, siding, furnace. It is within our price range. It is in Brian's school district, so he could take the kids with him to school in the morning and walk them down the hall to their classrooms. It is also an hour from our friends, family, shopping, and church. Now, I haven't actually seen this house in person yet--only internet pictures and what Brian told me about his trip there. It probably won't be as perfect as I imagine. But, the arguments are still the same. If not this house, another? Is this a good time for us to move? I know that lots of people live a ways from their family and friends, but are WE those people? People drop by our house almost daily. Are we willing to give that up for another bathroom, a dog, growing lots of our own produce, and a much shorter daily commute? We will certainly still see our family and often, but it won't be the same kind of drop in after work visits that we love. Brian made the point that if the two older kids are in school next year, I could still conceivably keep my job in Lafayette. He would be in charge of the other two in the morning and I could drive Emily with me to Lafayette. While it would be more driving, it would certainly be less hectic than my current morning routine which includes getting all 3 kids ready by myself and dropping them at 3 locations before I get to work. Also, we have 3 different school calendars. Brian's, mine, and Elijah's. For instance, we will have 3 weeks of Spring Break in March. None of them coincide. Elijah will have to go to the babysitter for his Spring Break. I don't like that. So, that is my rant for the day, I know that God will make it clear to us when and if the time is right. But in the meantime I wonder why can't we have it all??!! : )
Apparently I incorrectly assumed that although my camera automatically flips images from side-to-side and up and down for still shots, the same does not hold true for video. So, here is a very short, sideways, dark view of Emily doing her first crawling at home on Friday (her first actual crawling was at her sitter who graciously got it on video and emailed it to me at work!!!) Today is Monday. She has been cleaning my floors with her belly. Brian suggested attaching Swiffer wipes to her shirt and calling it done for the week.
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