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my 3 favorite people

they did this for quite sometime.

everyone was exhausted, except jace.

he makes it look easy.

another video soon.

he doesn’t use his arms much anymore …

… it’s all in the toes.

he propels


especially since his arms look like he’s just chillin’ but he’s zooming all over the place!


it’s high time i blog

we are overwhelmed by how people have blessed us this christmas!

i did not realize that our toys for lizzie were too young!

she is having a blast cutting veggies up while i make supper,

playing with her doll house,

watching beauty and the beast while beauty and beast dolls dance in our living room. πŸ™‚

can a 3 year old talk about her wedding day more?!?!! goodness!

there is just too much to list – she is just so much happier now with more age appropriate toys!

jace is loving stealing lizzie’s princess dolls – could care less about beast.

he likes the pretty ladies. LOL oh dear.

he scored some pretty sweet rough ‘n tough boy stuff that we were in need of to try and ween this boy off his sister’s toys.

(i’m wondering if he likes to hear her squeal and come running to save her dolls from jace-slobber! that’s one way to get her to sit and play next to him)

we had a wonderful time fellow-shipping with friends and family too!

with that in mind, i am sad for the holidays to be over….

yet i’m thrilled to have that huge tree out of here (and be able to see out my front window again!!)

and the living room furniture rearranged! (this is my favorite arrangement yet, it might stay this way for a few months!)

i’ve still got quite the task ahead of me this week, toy sorting.

i’m brainstorming creative ways to pass along some great toys in good shape….

what do you do?

oh back to that huge christmas tree,

eric and his brother had a wonderful time disposing of it

the joys of living in the country












it’s absolutely amazing to me – this is a 9 foot tree.

you can see the top and how far the flames are above it.


i did not watch.

this girl can’t handle fire.

i’m thinking fake next year.

when i see these top flames, i picture my lovely kitchen.

that flame would chase right along my ceiling and this main part of my house would be gone in seconds.


anyway, moving right along.

i may disappear for a few days again while i seek creative storage methods and struggle with this house shrinking right before my eyes πŸ™‚




my moto for this year:

anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.Β james 4:17


heres to 2011!

haven’t i done just awful at blogging since jace was born. (don’t answer that!)
goodness. i’m going to have to go through my facebook profile page and determine what jace was doing as an almost 2 month old (tomorrow is when i can pronounce him two months old. sniff sniff i will continue to live in denial that this is even possible).
oh i realize how pathetic this is. i do the best i can. LOL
na, i’ve been knitting every chance my arms are free and even when they aren’t. blogging. na, it’s really not that important. well maybe it is when it’s the sole way i document my children’s lives.

lizzie is being a typical toddler and just when we think we’ve got her all figured out and all the wrinkles out, WHAM! we get slammed! πŸ™‚ she is a joy and a doll. we love her more each day, which just seems absolutely impossible. her language is unreal these days. just hilarious! yesterday she started saying “or somethin'” at the end of everything. “that looks like blue, or somethin’.” giggle! HILARIOUS! goodness my heart just swells. check out this picture. stunning, yea?

i mentioned she is going to be three in a matter of weeks, right? let’s be honest, the crying has already begun. i can not believe my baby is three. sigh. where did the time go??? this is how i remember my girl.

she is VERY excited for her strawberry shortcake birthday party princess birthday party. or wait. i’m not for certain.i haven’t checked in the last five minutes to see what it is right.this.very.moment. i’m terrified she will be devastated, so it may be a strawberry shortcake/princess party. i’m creative. i can handle this. oh the pressure!!!!

ok, now on to my little man. sigh. dude, you Β had me at WAAAAAA! (you know, “you had me at hello”. ok. bad joke. moving on). you have decided that peeing while getting your diaper changed is HILARIOUS! and do this ON PURPOSE! to get a rise out of me. oh dear. mommy’s on to you and not reacting anymore to this and is hoping this goes away VERY SOON! (yes, i am secretly giggling about this! but come on, pee everyone is not fun either!) you are such a good sleeper and such a good baby. i just don’t know what to think. i guess i’ll have another. πŸ˜‰ thank you for giving me a break, enough of a break to WANT to have more brummer peanuts.

here you are in our latest photo shoot!

as a family, we are growing. and with every growth spurt comes a lil pain… we’ll get through it. we’re just having to step up our game a lil. no worries. πŸ™‚ but mommy and daddy are stressed and tired and ready for a BREAK. from what? we just haven’t figured it out yet. a mini vacation to a secluded cabin with no phones and internet may be in our near future. (NO! i’m not hyperventilating at the thought of no internet or no cell for a few days… ok i lied. yes i am about to freak out! but it might be fun.)

here’s some shots of all of us.

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what a difference jace is as a newborn compared to lizzie as a newborn. some is personality. some is circumstances. i’m grateful none-the-less! i’m able to enjoy him – i rarely was able to get lizzie to be content to enjoy her. if she was content i was too exhausted to enjoy her. it was such a struggle. 😦 but we made it and all is well! it’s so refreshing for jace to be a touch different. he’s not soooo content that he never asks to eat or never fusses when he has a dirty diaper. he still responds and requests. πŸ™‚ he’s just a touch more patient. maybe it’s a gender thing. πŸ˜‰

lizzie is a superb big sister. i’m sure you’ve all gathered that from the pictures and videos. she is such a love. she’s doing great dealing with needing to be a touch more quiet while he’s sleeping (like no TAP shoes and no STOMPING and no screech – singing at the top of your lungs…). i’m still feeling like i’m not engaging her enough and i’m shoving her off on tv to entertain her. eric had some great ideas last night when i told him my feelings. hoping today i feel better about that whole situation. i so easily get into a slump and give up trying to do-it-all! but in this case, i need to press forward and focus on what she needs from me now too. even if i am a touch overwhelmed. i know i am capable of more.

we’re headed to a wedding this weekend – be looking for some photos of lizzie getting her groove on at the reception. she’s going to be in heaven. LOL oh goodness! what fun!

eric is so totally awesome!! he works all day (leaves around 5:30am) gets home around 6pm, helps me serve up supper, dashes outside to work on the house some (he’s currently working on the porch steps! they are turning out AWESOME! can’t wait to see the finished product!) while lizzie plays outside with him while he works. he has even been doing her snack and putting her to bed. jace tends to be SUPER fussy this time of night so this helps me cope! Β i’m either bopping around like a looney or nursing or rocking or laying in bed… anything to get him to stop. 😦 he usually gives up around 9pm. poor guy. cluster nursing is fine, falling asleep while cluster nursing makes it last even longer! πŸ˜› silly man! eric is just such a blessing to me. a solid rock for sure!

we’re still struggling with yeast. man alivin’! this is nuts!!! it’s so fun, i tell you! it’s mostly just affecting nursing (me) and tummy’s (both of us have tummy aches, but more him than me). the stuff i’m doing is helping so much! it’s just a matter of time and cleansing… i’m very encouraged but not looking forward to the continued yeast battle! it just never goes away!!!! it’s just different levels…

i’m still struggling with hives. i know, what??!!! i was healing GREAT! no new outbreaks. not much itching compared to before… then i started knitting this brown cocoon… and my stretchmarks started itching again, and then a new spot here, and a new spot there. i have SEVEN spots/areas now with hives AGAIN! i’m so discouraged. i stopped knitting this cocoon thinking maybe i’m allergic to the dye in this yarn or some chemical in it… it is part synthetic so this is likely… i knitted a brown blanket with this same yarn while pregnant and just a day or two after finishing it was when my hives were all over my body. i remember itching while knitting the blanket but i didn’t realize it was developing into anything. i’d never had hives before so i’d never seen the early stages of it… so i’m thinking it’s the yarn. i turned the balls into hanks last night and washed the yarn and the cocoon that’s already partially knitted (i’m 9 inches done, and if you remember the doosy of Β a pattern that’s 2 weeks of working on it every chance i have during the day so not being able to finish it because of an allergy makes me want to BAWL!). it’s almost dry – i’m anxious to try it and see if my headache comes back and if i get any new spots.

jace had his first church experience last sunday. he did so good! πŸ™‚ he did moan while sleeping during the sermon. he doesn’t like noise while he’s sleeping. he he! lizzie didn’t feel good so the 3 trips down to the basement to the bathroom were not fun… πŸ˜› i think next week i’ll be able to listen to the sermon a bit more. with a newborn, the 3 trips to the bathroom and the discussing that went on prior to each trip down, i feel like i missed a lot! sometimes it’s just like that. no worries. just a stage. and we’re still a family with needs even when we are supposed to be sitting deadly still in church. πŸ™‚

i better scoot off and get lizzie’s play station set up for today! i’m excited. i’m going to have activities laid out for her to choose from and her table set up right by my nursing station! i’m excited to play with my redheaded peanut today!


Posted: 05/04/2010 in baby bean #2, house, hubby, life, lizzie faith, me

it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

since i’ve written a post with words.

not just descriptions of photos of videos.

maybe it’s about time.

life upstairs has been surreal and wonderful.

i’m struggling with living in it and not obsessively cleaning and picking up and feeling exasperated that lizzie and eric don’t attempt to keep it magazine-looking and i’m alone in this task.

i know, i hear the ocd in that sentence too. or maybe it’s nesting!!!!! yea, that’s what i’ll keep telling myself. πŸ˜‰

i’m learning my balance of being good stewards and not getting my panties in a bunch when life happens thus requiring clean-up.

today is laundry day. and since we were gone all day yesterday it’s a mess.

even though eric did the dishes last night. *gasp* man! i’ve missed him!

going to osky once a week has really changed the way our weeks look.

i feel busier knowing i have to leave the house one other day besides grocery day and church day.

LOL i know. does that sounds pathetic or what.

but there is so Β much to do here! it’s really really hard to be gone another day every single week.

there’s still so much that needs done on the house – even though so much is done!

it’s somehow daunting and encouraging! it is crazy that there is a house here that wasn’t here last april.

life is weird.

talking about weird.

this house is surreal.

now adding another child to our family.


that’s weird!

although i’m so excited.

right now his name is grayven creed, “gray” or “creed”.

if it’s a girl, oh you poor love, mommy is so sorry you don’t have a name yet!

but i promise you will not be without a name forever, or too long after birth. hopefully. :/

this does not in anyway mean you are loved less!!!!

ok, now that the no-girl-name confession is off my chest….

at 33 weeks:

i weigh 133 lbs

somehow i am growing more uncomfortable and comfortable each day.

comfortable having this baby in my life. anxious for it. longing for the normalcy. wondering what the baby will look like. anything like his/her sister or a head full of black hair. πŸ™‚ comfortable with our decision to go to a chiropractor weekly and anxious to see the continued results! so thrilled with all the improvements thus far. uncomfortable because the bigger the baby gets the bigger mommy gets. πŸ™‚ which leads to tired feet and sore muscles. uncomfortable at the thought of labor again. oh how anxious i am for it to be over with…. it’s such a beautiful thing to experience, yet somehow it’s so dreaded too. weird combo of emotions.

i’m measuring on time! this is huge for me!!!! πŸ™‚ wonder if it’s true or if i’ll still carry to 42ish weeks. measuring can be so inaccurate!

the baby could not be more active. this peanut is more aggressive than i remember lizzie being. sharp-take-your-breath-away stabs and roll-by’s. makes me wonder if it’s an aggressive boy or stronger muscle tone due to no doppler use this pregnancy…

the baby has a say! we were discussing names a few days ago and bouncing back between “grayven” and grayson”. the baby was going nuts when we talked about “grayven” and nothing when we discussed “grayson”. then i realized the correlation and asked the baby if he/she (yea i don’t know what to think about this if it’s a girl! LOL) wants the name “grayven” and i got some serious take-your-breath-away jabs and then asked the same question with “grayson” and got nothing. i repeated it. just to see. and got the same results. looked at eric and said, ok we are done talking about this while the baby is awake. this is painful. LOL kids.

i’m more anxious than ever to see you, feel you, smell you, giggle over you, look into your eyes for hours…

i better stop or i’ll be depressed soon.

lizzie is thriving.

she knows all her abc’s. will recognize them everywhere. we are working on spelling/memorizing words, aka reading.

we are working on her numbers. she forgets about them because she loves letters so. much.! she just wants to turn her letter’s into numbers. πŸ™‚

wordgirl and super why on PBSkids are two of her FAVORITE shows. and i love it!!! she learns so much from them.

caillou on the other hand, is my least favorite. he whines so.much. he bawls over not getting his way and his momma let’s him get away with it. in my opinion…!

lizzie thinks barney is the bomb. mom does not agree.

she is fully using the potty. she wears a diaper at night. but usually wakes up dry. she prefers no panties. but we are staying on top of this and not allowing it. LOL kids. she has one or two accidents a week at the most. i think this makes potty training a total success and think it took about 3 weeks to arrive here!! WOOHOO! yesterday we were in osky all day playing at aunt colour’s house and didn’t have one accident. i just thought for sure she would be so caught up in playing we would have accidents. not to mention 2 1/2 hours in the car. NOPE! she’s too smart for that. LOL and mommy took her to the potty all the time. πŸ™‚ that helps. she has already attempted to use going to the potty to get out of situations she doesn’t like. like being bored during church. not allowed. very tricky for me to identify genuine or fake. but made the right call the first attempt. so hoping it’s not a battle.

she doesn’t like talking on the phone anymore.

prefers strangers to not talk to her. and if they do, she will blank stare ahead until they go away. which makes me GIGGLE! LOL i wish i could do that.

eric is happy resting nights and focusing on himself a bit more and enjoying lots more time with lizzie!

daddy’s girl

Posted: 04/16/2010 in hubby, lizzie faith, pictures

this lil lady saw these chairs out the window right after she asked where daddy was this morning, to which i explained it’s friday and a work day but daddy will be here all day saturday to play (since i’m going to the women’s conference).Β 

then she got all bundled up and headed outside where it was very chilly to enjoy the work her daddy put into making and painting these chairs. she sat here for a half hour or so. LOL

notice i’m inside! where it’s warm and my toes are not freezing off. i love daddy! but for serious!

the little things

Posted: 03/26/2010 in house, hubby

i’m sure i will forget.

but i hope i don’t take advantage.

of eric and how his presence in our family completely blesses lizzie and i.

eric went grocery shopping with us last night for the first time in a year.

i’m not exaggerating.

we giggled (well lizzie giggled) and laughed and had a blast.

lizzie showed off in the car on the way to kville.

we usually use that time to practice our numbers, abc’s and days of the week.

she is counting to 20 (with a little help around 13,14,15).

and her days of the week down (with a little help around thursday and friday). sunday is her FAVORITE!

thanks to signing time she also knows the signs for the days of the week and her abc’s.

she recognizes all of the manual alphabet but can not sign them all. that is hard to practice in the car while mommy is driving. πŸ™‚ so we are farther behind on those.

daddy was impressed, i think.

we had to drag him out of home depot by his belt loop too.

we should have just left him there while we went to hyvee and walmart.

poor guy hasn’t been out in the real world to just mindlessly be for, ooooh, about a year.

thinking he is gonna need some re-culturing.

i’m SO excited! the cabinet/countertop maker, my brother in law ben will be here sometime today to finish the last oiling on the countertop.

then it’s just a matter of waiting until tomorrow night to set anything on it.

so today and tomorrow during the day, while i’m waiting,

i’ll be moving our kitchen up! EEK! appliances will go in tonight.

(i think this will be really hard on me. they are our old free and cheap appliances from when we got married… but this is here as a reminder to me, to be humble, thankful in everything, and it’s all a journey and we never arrive. and new appliances in a new house mean NOTHING and are just appliances doing their job. it’s just that they don’t match and are really going to look REALLY bad against my awesome kitchen. LOL but oh well!)

i think eric said he’ll work on hooking up the water up here tomorrow.

i think we’ll have camp-out type meals for tonight and tomorrow.

oh what fun!

i can. not. wait!

my baby is so much happier when i’m not going up and down those stairs 50 x’s a day for food and such.

i think my bladder will appreciate not being squished or dropped down on while going down the stairs any longer too.

oh the little things. πŸ˜€

have a great weekend everyone!!!

(hey! when did ya’ll turn into silent stockers anyway?? i see the stats and the traffic feed. i know you are all still coming, but cat got your tongue?? πŸ˜‰ i so love all you guys’ comments!!!!!!!)