Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our family Christmas 2011

Here are a few pics from our little Christmas. We woke up to sweet little boys in our bed. Mark went downstairs first to get their tunnel ready and found that our cat left us a Christmas gift on the floor, half a rodent ( if you own a cat you can appreciate the magnitude of this gift:)).
After the cleanup the morning went really well. It was a relaxed, happy, free of mood-swing (or blood sugar drops) Christmas. So happy! Our boys took their time and played with things as they went

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cute christmas jammies

Love language

Oliver's primary "love language" is physical touch, aka, snuggles.
I don't know exactly what Keira's primary love language is but I don't think it's the same, but she lovingly indulged in her cousins request for "more snuggles".

Cirque de Melby

Kristen actually got all of the guys to pose for this photo. Kudos!
Oliver with his cousin Reagan. She turned sweet sixteen on the 23rd.

Famous last words

"...and whatever you do don't eat it!"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


"The Grinch can't get out! He's locked up in hang-cups and foot-cups (handcuffs and... footcuffs?)"

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Tonight during dinner....

Daddy: "Oliver get off the table"
Oliver: "I can't. I'm a mustache" (standing perfectly still)
Daddy: "Oliver get down"
Oliver complied
Daddy: "What is a mustache?"
Oliver: "Like this..." (demonstrating the same stone-like pose with arm extended)
After much confusion Mommy finally stepped in saying: " You mean a statue?"
Oliver: "Yea!!!"

Mystery solved

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A tale if two flours

Here are the boys making cookies. Finn was making his "special" gf version. Oliver frequently helps in the kitchen but this was Finn's first time making something of his own.
I was really excited how well they both listened and it was an all around pleasant experience.


This is due to our recent discovery of dog videos on youtube.

Mom: "Oliver don't scream. You can sing but you're not allowed to scream."
Oliver: "Mom! I'm not screaming, I'm howling to make Finn stop crying. That's what dogs do."

The inspiring video found here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Oliver made me an "apple pie" this morning. I offered him a taste but he said "No, I'm the jeff. I can't eat any."
He later explained that " a jeff is a maker-sir."
So, now that we're clear on that..... :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

The grocery icebox

This was taken earlier this summer. Our weekly ritual of going to woodman's is usually a frigid one. In the summer we would enter the store in shorts and t-shirt and my kids would cry most of the way through the store with chattering teeth because of the temperatures. I quickly developed a system if bringing blankets with and the boys knew to bundle up as soon as we entered.

Turn the moose loose

A little foolery

Catching the first flakes of the year


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A book we love!

This was one of those things that I totally didn't get until having little boys and watching them fall in love with it.
I picked up the book at Goodwill and Oliver thought it was so great that we quickly ordered the movie from the library.
Oliver had asked Daddy about Max's crown, and Daddy suggested that it be his weekend craft.
However, when daddy does something he doesn't just do it halfhearted. There was measuring and pasting and cutting and sequins....

Finley was watching Oliver get fitted for his crown and just quietly touched his head, reminding Daddy not to forget about making one for him.

They turned out great and have been worn several times since then.
Good idea Daddy!

Worst book ever!

We've been utilizing our library a lot recently, and when you're getting as many books as we are you're bound to get a rotten egg. This is it. The Backward Day.
It's so painfully boring to read. However, Oliver absolutely loves it. I do just about anything, just short of giving him candy, to talk him out of it.
Because of this Mark that it was great fun to read it as slowly as possible in the most monotone voice he could muster. Grrr.
In conclusion: There are numerous things that you and your child could do that would be a much better use of time.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Prayer Request for Oliver

As most of you know Oliver has had severe decay in his teeth since he was a little over a year. I could dive into the list of things we didn't give him that would have cause the decay, and how his genetics were against him from the beginning, or how I took an antibiotic while nursing....
It doesn't matter. This is where we're at today.
We took him to the Children's Hospital Dental Clinic (I highly recommend them if you live in the area) for the best Dr. visit I could have imagined.
They then determined that he would need Oral Surgery to avoid infections, more decay, and ruining his adult teeth.
I hate the idea of having him put "under" but it's actually less dangerous than having him go back several times for all the procedures.
We're asking for prayer for his little body and his recovery. The surgery isn't until Feb so that leaves lots of time for prayer.
We're trusting The Lord that loves Oliver far more than we ever could and has a perfect plan for even his teeth.

That's just the Gluten talking

For the past several months Finley has been Gluten Free due to a wheat/gluten sensitivity.
We've had several conversations with Oliver about it to make sure he doesn't share things that Finn can't have.
Below are a few blips resulting from living in a GF household.

"Mom, is this song Gluten Free?"

MOM: Oliver, do you want a strawberry with your cereal?
OLIVER: No thanks
MOM: What about a banana?
OLIVER: No, banana's are all mixed up. They have gluten and wheat in em'. They're just all mixed up.

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Remember the story where Jesus fed thousands of people with one boy’s lunch? In that story, according to Mathew, Jesus gave the loaves to His disciples and then the disciples passed them out to the crowd. Imagine if the disciples had simply held onto the food Jesus gave them, continually thanking Him for providing lunch for them. That would’ve been stupid when there was enough food to feed the thousands who were gathered and hungry.

But that is exactly what we do when we fail to give freely and joyfully. We are loaded down with too many good things, more than we could ever need, while others are desperate for a small loaf. The good things we cling to are more than money; we hoard our resources, our gifts, our time, our families, our friends. As we begin to practice regular giving, we see how ludicrous it is to hold on to the abundance God has given us and merely repeat the words thank you."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Biggest Responsibility I Never Considered...

Let me start off by saying, this is not intended to make anyone feel guilty or inadequate. The only thing prompting this post is my excitement, that I'm hoping you'll share in.

A several months ago Mark and I discovered the abundance of documentaries that can be found on Netflix (very possibly the best $13 a month we've ever spent).
Mark stumbled upon a movie called Food Matters.
I typically scoff at anything similar to Supersize Me, or a Michael Moore film. This, however, was different.
It didn't use opinions but turned to Medical and Scientific research to create a compelling argument against the way we eat (quite literally how our family ate).
Long story short it convicted us enough to throw out all of our junk food (that included bleached flour, and processed what-have-you's, canned veggies, "whole wheat" breads, eggs, milk, etc. ).
The list was enormous, and we didn't even buy things like Little Debbie snacks, or bags of chips. A lot of it was more healthy than a typical American household pantry, but it wasn't good enough.
I started to realize that the food I feed our children is creating their patterns and views on food. It's daunting when you really think about it. I could literally be responsible for Oliver or Finn getting a number of ailments, like type 2 diabetes, as adults because I let them think that things like canned peaches, processed cheeses and Subway were healthy foods.

For us, this not a diet, not a fad. I can't, knowing what I know now, go back to the way we were eating. Changed forever.
The biggest change has been noticing how horrible we feel after eating something crappy.
White bread? Mark and I spend the next day or two feeling like garbage.
Isn't the body amazing that it will give you such clear signs of neglect, but for most of us we've been neglecting them since we started eating solid foods so

If you or your family hasn't seen this movie you need to. Honestly.

We made the move to mostly Organic, and truly All Natural.
It's been over two months now, but we're still goin' strong.