Sunday, February 24, 2013


Maggie started using some funny phases.  While driving past an awful example of a modern house, she exclaimed, "What in the world is that?"  Another time, while driving home she told her Mom, "I can't hold my horses" —meaning she needed to go potty.
Henry still doesn't talk much but he can say a few words with coaching.  Still his favorite word is "heesus", which he says while pointing to a picture of Jesus.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lucy's blessing

The Donovan's boys now have a baby sister.  Lucy is adorable and we are glad we made it to her baby blessing.  I must say, Brian's backyard is looking very nice.  The kids always enjoy running around with their cousins in their yard.  They are such good kids and Maggie enjoys being able to rough house her boy cousins, although I do think the new baby has softened them a bit.

Friday, February 22, 2013


I still can't believe we didn't send valentines out this year.  I love making cards and Maggie loves to draw... but we were a little preoccupied.  Sara and the kids enjoyed opening a ton of valentines from family.  Next year, I promise.   Thanks for all the valentines.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rainbow Party #4

Maggie got to celebrate her birthday in California this year.  Grandma and Sara put together a fantastic rainbow birthday party, per Maggie's request.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rainbow dress and jacket

What happens when Sara and Grandma plan a party?  Maggie gets two outfits.  The first rainbow outfit was adorable but of course they found something better.

Friday, February 15, 2013

First snow

Okay, it was more like hail but sometimes you gotta go with whatever you get.  Maggie and Henry enjoyed their first snowfall of the year with Mom.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Learning time

I try to do learning time with Maggie everyday.  We have been using Starfall lately to help with reading. She can navigate through most of it on her own but tends to gravitate towards the math games and it's questionable just how much she is really learning.  When I have time, I like to review the reading elements with her, she likes to guess by clicking on all the available answers but if we go through it together I can get her to stop and think about the sounds and letters instead of just guessing.  She catches on quickly but she also forgets a lot.  Do you have any suggestions in the learning-to-read department?  Sara, reads to her almost every night.  I spend most of my time helping her recognize letters and their sounds.

Monday, February 11, 2013

JW Winkleman milk can

I brought our milk can in from the garage.  I can't believe I inherited this dreamy relic from my childhood.  It was my high chair as a kid.  Originally it was used on my great-grandfather's farm; I am sure it once was a shiny silver and got thrown around a lot.  I am not sure how my Mom got it but she painted a nostalgic scene around the cylinder, which I vividly remember enjoying as a kid.  When we weren't using it has a chair, it doubled as a flour container, which is exactly how we use it.  Now our kids fight over who get to sit on the milk can at meal time... who would have thought.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The fifteen fingered man

Straight from Maggie's imagination.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The family

Capturing the family is not what it seems.  It often involves several bribes and a lot of threats.  And it is near impossible when the camera is sitting on a tripod taking a photo every three seconds.  I am still working on a way to get this to work but here are the results of 300 pictures.