Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Where do I begin.
You have taken the new addition harder than your brother.
You sulk constantly and hide under our bed where we can't get you.
You pooped in your brother's bedroom (thank heavens for my SpotBot).
You bark a lot more and with attitude.
Your corgi attitude is through the roof. I feel like writing a book about surviving the teenage corgi years you give us so much attitude.
You still have squirrels.
You are now afraid of deer. That could be because you got attacked and stomped by a mommy deer before the 4th of July. It was very scary. We were worried and your Dad was so mad he chased the deer out of the yard with a shovel and down the street. We took you to the vet, but you were just fine. The vet said it's a good thing you were a little tubby, that helped cushioned the deer's hoof on your rib. We're glad you're a little tubby too.
Up at the cabin, you loved swimming. You were in the water from sunrise to sunset. Your butt floats higher than your head and you are a very graceful swimmer.
Your wet dog smell reminded us of dog poop. Not so pretty.
But we still love you.
We still try to give you attention and take you on walks.
Please don't hate us. Keep being your snarky self.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Gabriel, Gib, Chunk. You melt your Mommy's heart. Here are some things about you as you enter the second month of your life.
  • You are the man with a million faces. You are worried. You are surprised. You are in awe. You are happy. You are confused. We can read you like a book.
  • You have three worry lines that crease on your forehead every so often. I love love love them. Love them. Yes I do. I love smooching them. I love talking to you when I see them on your forehead and seeing how they sometimes go away or how they sometimes increase in worry.
  • You have crazy old man eyebrows.
  • You love your tongue and are constantly playing with it.
  • You have found your voice. You love cooing and you make this deep throaty noise that kind of sounds like a dinosaur growl/ gasp.
  • You have mastered the art of the fake cry and the whine. So early! It makes me laugh how dramatic you are.
  • You smile and it makes me melt. Big gummy smiles, big stinker smiles (like you're up to something) and sweet flirty smiles.
  • You have rolls where Caderyn never had them. You have multiple chins, arm rolls and some very chunky legs. Again, I love this. I just want to nibble on those rolls. Keep gaining that weight!
  • We haven't had your 2-month check up (two more weeks), but if I had to guess I would say you are around 10 pounds.
  • You are a poop and pee machine. Your poops are NOT quiet. EVER. You are the noisiest pooper ever. Everyone within a 5 foot radius of where you are knows you are pooping it is so noisy.
  • You love stretching your legs out.
  • You are a wiggle worm.
  • You have a bottom pouty lip!
  • You are a very different eater than your brother was and you don't stick to the same schedule. We're working on finding a common ground before I have to go back to work. I operate off of the Babywise system. You are right around every 3 hours, sometimes 2 1/2 and you usually go down anytime between 8 and 9:30 p.m. and sleep until anytime between 1:30 a.m .and 3:00 a.m. Then you usually will get up between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and then will go back down again until 8 or 9 a.m. Sometimes you snack on the boob (whoo she said boob!)  and other times you guzzle. Sometimes I am completely empty and other times I'm uneven because of how you choose to eat.
  • You love being held.
  • You were baptized yesterday and, just like at Caderyn's baptism, Mommy cried. I'm such a sap.
  • You are so strong and try to hold your head up and look at everything. Then your neck gets tired and you slam it down and it hurts. You hate that and so does Mommy.
I could go on and on and on, just like I could with Caderyn and everything he is doing. Having two kids is fascinating!

Friday, July 27, 2012


My bug,
Good heavens! All of the sudden you are no longer a little boy. It's like you're a little dude.
Here are some things I notice:
  • Your vocabulary is amazing. You know words like "sensitive" and what it means. You use full sentences like, "May I go to the Science Center tomorrow?"
  • Your vocabulary is funny. You call push ups, "hiccups."
  • Your imagination is endless. You currently want all your dinosaurs to shoot laser beams.
  • You still love all trucks, boats, planes etc.
  • You don't like to put milk in cereal. You like it dry. Odd.
  • You are obsessed with your grandmothers.
  • You are very in-your face with everyone and we are constantly telling you about personal space.
  • You love showing off.
  • You love swimming and showing Mommy and Daddy how you can put your head under water.
  • You love running. You would rather run with Daddy than sit in the stroller.
  • You love hiking and collecting rocks.
  • You have been staying up horribly late this summer. Bad mommy.
  • You still will only eat vegetables in the baby food form.
  • You are a wonderful big brother. You shower Gabriel with kisses and are concerned when he cries. You love holding him and asking questions about your brother, "Why is he crying? Why did he poop?"
  • That brings us to another point. WHY. Why, why, why. Caderyn, everything with you is a "Why" followed by a question. It's like you can't get enough of learning. In the span of 10 minutes I counted over 60 "Whys."
  • On a three hour car ride, you talked the ENTIRE time. Not joking. You barely took breaths. You could talk from sun up to sun down.
  • You are going to play soccer starting in August! Mommy is pumped.
  • You are joyful.
  • You are very naughty with Mommy when you're around your grandparents.
  • You hate timeout. You HATE it.
  • You are snuggly. You crawled into our bed this morning and gave us all lots of kisses.
  • You are neither a morning nor a night person.
  • You think spitting is funny. Mommy absolutely can't stand this- more on that later.
  • You love being told stories.
  • You have the cutest little booty shake on the planet.
  • You are very sensitive and emotional.
  • You love going on trips whether it be up to the cabin or camping.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Did you begin to think I was playing mind games with you? Well I was?
First I was gone. Then I was back and then I was gone again.
Well, now I'm back again for a few days/weeks and then I will have one last trip up my sleeve.
We have been trekking all over Montana with the two kiddos. It's been really nice to have the freedom of just packing up and going, but at the same time I'm really, really glad to be back home.
So is this guy:
I think he was getting pretty tired of being stuck in his car seat.

Many more pictures to come.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Ok, I'm back on the grid. Kind of.
Instead of doing a kid post or a fabulous post about what I've been doing, I'm instead going to wow you with another rendition of what I've been reading lately.
Some perks of nursing are that you can get caught up on all your television and you can read and read and read (my personal fave!).

So, without further hesitation, here is what I've read/I'm reading. Yay!
I should have a picture post up tomorrow...if I can get my act together.
What I've recently read:

This whole series has just fascinated me. After finishing the first book, I was so angry I refused to read the second one for at least a month. Then I picked up the second book and I couldn't stop. This fourth book goes way far away from the usual characters that I like and focuses on some other ones, but that's okay. You get the feeling that the fifth book is going to be even better. I really, really like this series.

I'm not sure where I heard about this book, but I heard from someone that it was really good. Yep. They were right. This book takes place in 17th century Germany and follows a murder mystery style. I thought it was excellent and highly recommend it.

What I'm Reading: 
Still working no rereading the series. I took a break there after the third book to read the two books above and now I'm right back on track.

What's Next:

Oh Yeah.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Gabriel is one month old
Where has time gone?
He smiles
He coos
He has ROLLS! I love those rolls.
He is a good baby.
He eats and sleeps in three hour intervals.
He is mellow.
He makes lamb noises.
He squishes up his face like a gnarly pirate.
He loves his tongue.
He is a wiggly little thing.
He is a poop and pee machine.
He is a perfect addition to our family.
So far Gabriel has traveled to Idaho, Painted Rocks (family cabin), Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park. He's been very busy!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Where, oh where have I been?I have been on a glorious two week vacation. As glorious a two week vacation as two children will allow.
One vacation week per child.
But with less sleep than a normal vacation allows. And less drinking. But, then again, I've never been much of a drinker.
Such a whirlwind two weeks! This was one of those vacations where we were usually so busy I barely took any pictures. I know. I'm awful

Our vacation started off in Lincoln, MT where we went to the Fourth of July parade they have there. My dad got invited to play with a local pipe band in their parade (FYI my dad plays the bag pipes) so we met some friends who have a cabin up there and enjoyed the parade.
The only parade I know of that passes out cold beer to adult parade goers. AWE-some! Busch Light...not so awesome, but it was free!

Gabriel's (aka Squish's) first big car ride. He slept.

Then we were back home for a lazy Sunday. We made it to church, packed and organized our mud room (thanks Mom and Dad!)

Nursing mom= missing the first 15 minutes of church and sitting in the car because our church doesn't have a private place to nurse.

Milk drunk and hot.

We left the Tuesday before the Fourth and headed to Missoula. We stayed one night there so my grandparents could meet Gabriel.
Grandma Iris

Grandpa Bill and Gib both fell asleep.  

The next day my brother and I drove up to a family spot about 15 minutes from Sandpoint, Idaho overlooking a huge lake. That's where we spent the next four days with my Dad's side of the family.
Hot and tired in the car.

WIDE awake at 3:00 a.m.

Mr. Squishie face

Oh. Hi there.  
This is his velociraptor pose.

If you can't tell, he and I spent a lot of time inside where it was cool.

Hot, but not hot enough for slippers.  

From Idaho we drove back into Montana and headed up to my grandparents cabin near Darby, MT for the entire week. We spent this time with my mom's side of the family.

My brother got a hold of my phone.

Still hot and riding in the car yet again.

And then we didn't have any cell phone service for the whole week.
That first day is a bit of a panic, but then you just completely relax.
We lounged, did some water sports, took lots of rides, read and ate horrible, horrible food.
My only two pictures from this past week are from the pinata that we got for the kids.  

Caderyn takes a whack.  
No more pinata.

I promise more posts will follow now that I'm back.
We're still busy though and I LOVE it!