Spring is here!

Spring is here!

We celebrated two birthdays last week.

Henry birthday cake 6 birthday cake Nola Mae

dyed birthday shirts

Nola Mae loved her Peppa Pig.

peppa pig love

First paddle of the year, Lake Iola, on a very windy day, April 12th.

first paddle 2015

My paddle with three kids in the canoe didn’t last very long.

We paddled into the windy part of the lake and got blown to the shoreline.  My strategy of paddling in this wind was:  paddle really hard for as long as you can, get blown to a shoreline, aim the canoe to where you want to go, paddle really hard for as long as you can, get blown to a shoreline, aim the canoe to where you want to go.  Repeat until you get back to where you started!  Charlie and I aren’t ready to paddle to a campsite in the Turtle Flambeau Flowage this year.

Our first hike on the River Walk Trail in town.

spring first river walk

Snake Watching:

(There are NO snake pictures on this post!)

We have seen the first snakes of the year. One the other day by the garden woodpile and today by the deck. I try my hardest to not show fear and disgust when seeing snakes.  I have accepted the fact that we have to live on the same planet as each other and I still dislike them very much!   I must be doing well at this because Nola Mae has no fear of them. She is curious and knows to give them space. Today the sun is shining, it is warm outside with a slight breeze and the deck is a nice place to snake watch. snake watching 1

snake watching 2

I was amazed how long this kept Nola Mae occupied.

snake watching 3

Henry's letter

This doesn’t have much to do with springtime, just a cute photo I took of Nola Mae, who fell asleep in my room waiting for me.

Week 43 – October 22 – 28, 2012

Week 43 – October 22 – 28, 2012

(Completed on 12-17-12)

Biking in PJs.  When you are ready to go and the timing is just right, just get on your bike and GO!

Biking Henry in PJs

And since you are outside you better do the chicken chores.

Wrap chicken chores

Helen captured this big squeeze and kiss.  Nola Mae has gotten use to Henry’s loving, most of the time he gives her sweet little kisses on her head as he is walking by (even harder to get those kissing on the camera).

Henry big kiss

Charlie’s Jedi robe in progress.

Jedi robe Charlie

Nola Mae’s new mobility has gotten her “stuck” in a few places.  If I am remembering this is the week where I “lost” her in the house for the first time.  I went to the bathroom and when I came out she wasn’t anywhere close to where she was when I went in.  That was a little scary, I thought maybe Henry took her somewhere, but realized that she is indeed getting around the house by herself at record speeds for an almost seven month old!

Nola Mae crawling

Piano lessons from Robbie.

Piano Henry & Robbie

Robbie Cards

Nola Mae’s last nap in this rocking chair.

Nola Mae Napping

I took this cute photo of her in her ruffle diaper.  I think Henry thought I was taking a picture of her chewing on this toy ring,

Nola Mae diaper ruffles

because he found his own ring to play with.

Henry silly

Robbie’s new kind of airplane.

paper airplane Robbie

Henry helps me make bread crumbs.  When all of the boys turned three years old the “I hate crust” switch turned on.  Charlie takes a sandwich every day to school.  I cut the crust off, because if you let a kid take it off half the sandwich is wasted.  I feed the curst to the chickens or save it and then dry them out for bread crumbs.

jobs Henry bread crumbs

Jack came home on the 22nd and went right to work on the kayak.

Kayak clamps

We have a “nest” in our room and lately all three boys have been sleeping in our room.  This night I nursed Nola Mae to sleep and Robbie was still awake.  I was able to put her next to him while I took a shower.  When I was done with my shower they were all sleeping.

Nest sleeping kids

A birthday gift for one of Robbie’s friends.  I think I have made a pillowcase for all of his friends.  Now what do I make for gifts next year?  What homemade thing will 10-year-old boys like?

pillow case Brock

The boys had a day off from school.  I took them to the ski hill to see the new trail and to pick up sticks and rocks.

ski hill new trail

Robbie wanted a hood on his Jedi robe.  I didn’t have time to put one on Henry’s.  Charlie didn’t want to be a Jedi, instead he was a wizard with the mask Grandma Helen made last Christmas for the “mask” gift exchange.

Halloween customes 2012

Week 35 – August 27 – September 2, 2012

Week 35 – August 27 – September 2, 2012

(Completed on 10/6/12)

Nola Mae found her toes.

And loves them!

This week we went to Sunset Lake one last time before school started.  “It was so boring!” according to Charlie.  I thought it was a beautiful day!  The boys hardly swam and we stayed half the normal amount of time.

We made two cakes this week:

I was inspired by the bakery at the new Copps in Stevens Point.  I made this for the Rotary dinner meeting.

We met friends over Labor Day weekend and took dessert to share with them.  Robbie wanted to be the cake decorator this time.  This cake was inspired by the Ninjago Elemental Warriors:

Charlie has wanted to make a sparkling bottle for a long time.  I was feeling a little guilty for wishing for school to start and not doing many fun project this summer with the boys so I agreed to letting him making this.   I think they turned out pretty cool.

I tried to get Henry to stand in the sun for a picture so we could see how the bottles sparkled.  He was not interested.

I was in the shade taking photos of Nola Mae in her baptismal gown that I made:

Then Henry got a great idea to give me a heart attack.  This reminded me of the post I wrote called Heart-Attack-Henry!

Charlie loves Nola Mae!  He kisses her, holds her, carries her around and tries to get her to do tricks.  Here he thought it was cool that he could get her to stand up without holding her.

This is what my bed looked like when I crawled out one morning:

Nola Mae can fall asleep on her own (sometimes) and sleep through just about anything.  We were setting up bunk beds in the boys’ room.  In the process the futon mattress and a twin mattress were at the bottom of the stairs.  The big boys were sliding down the stairs on the twin mattress, having a blast, and Nola Mae was waiting for me here on the futon mattress where she fell asleep.

We got out the cozy coop car.  Charlie helped Nola Mae get her first ride.

Jack took these photos of Nola Mae.  I have a few favorites. I couldn’t pick just one!

Photos of the garden:

The raspberries are ripening and need picking almost every day.

My morning glories seem to be at their best.

This sunflower was a volunteer from last year.  I love the puffy look.

“Yours mullein” is still growing.

Jack’s progress on the kayak:

Robbie always has huge ideas.  I am a visual person and have taught him to draw his plans/ideas out for his inventions.  He took his paper and ideas out to the garage to be closer to Jack.  Robbie is working on plans for a Staff.  The original plan was some kind of electric, fire throwing, wind generating sword for the Vater Cousin Christmas Exchange.

Measuring his drawing.

We went to the Big Falls Corn Roast.  Charlie was happy to have corn on the cob.  The last of the season and definitely not as yummy as Granny’s corn.

When we got home from Big Falls we took some silly photos: