Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cody's new Do

Cody has a new do. i woke up this afternoon (after a night of working) to the sight of a freshly shaven head bobbing beside my bed. looks like daddy gave cody a haircut. i guess it was needed. i'd had several occasions of well-meaning women telling me how "cute she is". he definitely looks more manly, no?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Two rather important facts I have somehow forgotten to mention:
  • we have moved into a new home we absolutely love. a duplex with 3 bedrooms (whoo-hoo for another bedroom)
  • baby #3 is due somewhere around December 4th. =)
we love the neighborhood  area we have to go on walks in.

Grass will be here soon. we hope.
To Ellen's delight, we recently had some new neighbors move in. They just happen to be the new worship leader at our church and his family. And they have a daughter Ellen's age. It's a toss up who is more excited about a play-mate, Ellen or her parents. We can't wait to get to know them better.

My parents are officially gone from the area now as they prepare to head back to Brazil. We are going to miss them SO much.  We've been so thankful for the time we've had with them here, our kids getting to know them before we head overseas full-time as well.  Here are a few pictures from one of our last hang-out days going mini-golfing at "Pirate's Cove."

Wow, we have been very slow on our blog!  Cody is down for a nap, Ellen is mostly contentedly watching some VegeTales and Scott is off to the office, GREAT time to update i guess.

We went camping over memorial day weekend with some friends who we mooched off of the entire time. There are just no words to describe how good it feels to the right friends around you at the right time.

We got to try some wakeboarding that weekend. Of course on his first time out, Scott pretty much mastered it. I on the other hand...can be found in the pictures only under the splash.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009


we're starting to have some beautiful weather. a couple wednesday's ago when i dropped the kids off for my mom to babysit we took a picnic lunch first. there is no fun quite like hanging out on a picnic with the grandparents.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Ellen is at the age of infatuation with band-aids. the other day she told me she NEEDED a bandaid because cody bit her on the ankle. cody doesn't have a vindicative bone in his body so i proceeded into a lengthy lecuture on the evils of lying and was feeling quite proud of myself for seizing the opportunity. after quite some insistance though, i finally agreed to look at her ankle and to my horror, found a distinct red moon shape on top with two little "holes" on the bottom. i paused, shocked, to look over at cody who was playing next to us in the tub oblivious to the horrific sisterly accusation. he stopped mid-splash and beamed up the biggest, most sincere, and toothy smile ever. i must admit, his teeth did look suddenly very menacing and sharp indeed. poor ellen was quite put out when i burst into a laugh and reached over to give CODY a big hug. BUT, score one for the "hello kitty" band-aid she proudly wore that night. 

lately it seems like cody is all runny nose and defiance. he's certainly figuring out the world of choices. he still can't really say an actual word. the closest he comes is the one word that is nearest and dearest to his little heart "banana" the boy can sure pack away a banana...or two...or three at a time.

he has officialy lost his crib railing...which is probably adding to his runny nose. he crawls off his bed but hasn't figured out how to crawl back up and we often find him in the morning or at nap time sprawled out sound asleep on the floor with no blanket and with an expansive ring of toys around him.

Jason and Krystina visit

my brother Jason and his fiance Kristyna made it down the weekend while Scott was away. Ellen usually shy's away from guys lately but for some reason felt right at home with Jason.


Scott made a trip the beginning of March with his brother and a couple friends out to Vegas for some climbing.  They all came back one piece, phewph! The kids and i stayed over at my parents and had a great time too. It was a great "get away" time for Scott as his work with the Youth Group been getting more and more busy lately as he looks to not only plan Wednesday nights but also plan a renovation for a new Youth area, plan the year's camping and retreat events, as well as put together a "manual" for upcoming  youth leaders. He continues to love what he does and the kids/parents we are getting to know.

To see some pictures of what we've been doing with the Youth:

Monday, February 09, 2009

cody wanted to jump off the cliff and cried when we told him no.

ha ha tonka state park

Friday, February 06, 2009

73 degrees outside today

Saturday, January 31, 2009

we went biking today. was awesome.

this kid has a great smile

Thursday, January 29, 2009

fun in the snow

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

we woke to this. the ice turned to snow last night. the roads were bad
before. now they are worse. missouri isn't exactly famous for its snow
removal services.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I guess you can start checking back more often. I just got it worked
out so I can post to the blog from my ipod touch. we just weren't
taking the time to sit down and update the blog. now I can do it on
the fly.

cody's birthday was yesterday. he's now 1 year old. not many smiles
from him. he misses his afternoon nap so he was a bit crabby. was
actually kinda cute cuz he was trying extra hard to NOT smile.

we worked at culver's last Sunday night. our youth group took 10% of
the night's profits.

the kids discovered playing under the crib

ellen almost liked pulling more than she liked riding

family pic