Fall 2010: A Lily Recap

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From medicine lake park – Indian Summer – Oct 2010


Does anyone remember what happened to Fall? Looking at this blog, you’d think we went from Summer to Winter in one insane swoop. Then again, looking back at the months of October and November, that’s pretty much what happened. We’ve had a jam-packed last few months (is “too busy to blog” really a valid excuse for two people with smart phones who spend most of their day online?), but now the Holiday Season is fast approaching, and I (Jason) thought I’d take a shot at posting again.


From medicine lake park – Indian Summer – Oct 2010

We’re both really busy at our jobs and in general have a lot going on, but as usual our family life is totally dominated by the Force of Cuteness that is Lily. She has seen, done and learned so much in the last few months that I can’t help but be amazed as I look back.


From Lily leaves Nov 2010

It starts way back in October. In case the bitter cold and frozen roads and sidewalks have driven the memory from your heads, I’m here to remind you that October 2010 was beautiful. Like, “wear shorts and t-shirts out to play in the park on a sunny day” beautiful. …so that is exactly what we did. On one of those beautiful days (the 9th), we packed up and headed out to West Medicine Lake Park for some play time.


From medicine lake park – Indian Summer – Oct 2010


Aside from the fact that we had a really great day playing together in the sun, Jill used the opportunity (beautiful setting and perfect afternoon sun) to take what have become some of our favorite pictures of Lily. We played on the playground, swung on the tire swing, and all around basked in the warm and sun. It was a great afternoon.

From medicine lake park – Indian Summer – Oct 2010

That same month, but far later (the 24th), we decided to use another nice weekend to go down to visit my Mom (aka “Grandma Gayle”) and stepdad (“Grandpa Jim”) and the horses and kitties and puppies! We got down there that Friday night just in time to have some of the fish fry going on at the American Legion that my mom is manager of. It was delicious and everyone loved Lily. After that, we went out to the farm and saw the animals (especially the baby ponies. Big surprise, Lily loves the baby ponies, Ginger and Caramel) before playing for a bit and putting Lily to bed. It having been a long day, Jill followed soon after. A while later, my brother (Shawn) and his family showed up. We played outside (hard to believe now that there’s snow and ice all over and it’s cold outside) with the kids, playing “ditch” for a while before we finally sent them off to sleep. We (my family and I) sat up till late talking and laughing, and it was wonderful.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

The next day, it was back outside! Lily was really excited about the ponies, but most of them were way out in the pasture grazing. In the interest of some fun outside-time with Lily, I walked her down to try to bring the horses back up. Now, it doesn’t sound very hard, does it? You just bring a rope and tie it to the one you want and drag it back to the barn with you, right? Not quite. The problem was the fact that horses are herd animals. You go out and drag one away, and the rest of them are likely to stampede and run past you – or run you over – unless you make sure they know you are not to be shoved around by anything with hooves. While I (having grown up on a horse farm) have this figured out pretty well, Lily doesn’t, and holding a rope with one hand means I either have to carry a 2 1/2 year old a half mile over hilly terrain one-handed, or have her walk with me and risk her getting trampled under the hooves of a herd of horses. So what did I do? I didn’t bring a rope, and I carried Lily.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

So we walked down across the pasture, me having her walk while there were no quadrupeds about, and then scooping her up when we got closer. The look of awe and wonder on her face when we came over the hill and saw a whole herd of Appaloosas grazing right there in front of us was pretty awesome to see! And then we saw her. There, right in the middle of the herd, was Jessie pony! Jessie is Lily’s favorite pony, and for good reason. The pony we call Jessie is that pile-a-bunch-of-wriggling-kids-on-her-and-she-still-stays-calm-as-a-Zen-monk pony that every little kid wishes lived in their back yard, magically healthfully sustained on carrots, apples and the love of children. Jessie doesn’t live in our back yard, but Grandma Gayle’s is an awesomely close second, and this way we don’t have to worry about the fact that ponies need a lot more than carrots and apples to be healthy! And don’t worry.. between Lily, my brother’s five kids and my sister’s two, Jessie is very very well loved by children.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

Anyway, there she was. We looked at her. The herd of horses (Jessie included) looked at us, seeming to think “ummm.. those are NOT our normal humans…”. We walked up, me explaining how to be calm around the horses and not wave your hands about. Mom’s horses are so friendly, that not only did they not run away like a lot of horses would have, but they partially surrounded us, sniffing and nosing and investigating just who we were and what, if any, food we had brought for them. Lily was in heaven! She had an ear-to-ear grin on her face, quietly asking “what are they doing? why are they smelling us?”, giggling whenever they brushed her with their nose. We just pushed past them after a moment and went right up to Jessie. I’m not sure if she recognized us or just that Lily was little, but she just took one step toward us and laid the side of her head against us very gently, as if to say “I accept you”. It was very sweet, and really was just the icing on the little-girl-bonding-with-ponies cake.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

So then we had the problem of bringing Jessie back to the barn without a rope. Like I said, I have some experience in this, so I tried something I was pretty sure would work. We petted Jessie and rubbed the side of her neck (they love that if you do it just right) and in general bonded with her for a moment, and then turned around and walked away about ten steps. Glancing back, Lily laughed out loud. “Daddy! She’s following us!”, said Lily with a squeal. I stopped and turned to jessie, asking her in a gentle voice if she would come with us. Then i walked another twenty meters or so and turned around again. Doing this, we actually managed to convince the entire herd to follow us most of the half a mile back to the barn without any rope or any food or bribery of any sort. I think Lily was pretty blown away. I then brought her back out of the pasture and Mom went out with a rope and got Jessie while she was close, bringing her into the barn and brushing her off before putting on the riding saddle.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

The family spent the next few hours or so playing with Jessie. Each of the kids got to take a turn being led around on her. A special triumph that day was Shawn’s daughter Tali (5) who had her first ever ride-all-by-yourself lessons and did great. Being from further away (Shawn’s girls are down there every other weekend), Lily actually got two rides, and loved every minute of it. She held on tightly with her knees like a good rider as I jogged ahead and got Jessie into a nice trot around the yard, and did both whole rides without anyone having to hold on to her (though Jessie was still being led). Now, a full month later, Lily still talks fondly about going to Grandma Gayle’s and seeing her favorite pony. She also laughs and laughs every time she remembers Dillon (one of mom’s Appaloosas) being playful and biting my walking stick. I’m not even sure why, but that one thing really stuck with her, and she talks about it fairly often.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

After a while more playing outside and a nice lunch, we all said our goodbyes and made our ways home. It was easily one of the best family experiences I’ve had in quite a long time, and I suspect that nobody in my family will forget it any time soon.


From Lily farm Oct 2010

Soon after that was Halloween. Lily and I both love Halloween, but for different reasons. I appreciate the historical and cultural (Celtic) significance of the day, which marks the day AFTER the last day of the Celtic “wheel” year and the day BEFORE the first day of the next year, thus making it not a part of the calendar – a “day that is not a day”. Lily appreciates that she can dress up in really cool costumes along with all the other kids and walk around with mommy begging for candy from our friends and neighbors. This year, she dressed as Cinderella. Now, I may possibly be slightly biased, but I think she nailed it! Being huge into Disney Princesses, she loved her costume, just sitting and staring at herself in the mirror. It was chilly out, but Mommy (Jill) rigged up a cozy blue shawl that actually went really well with the outfit, somehow managing to look as authentic as possible considering the circumstances.


From Lily Halloween 2010

I can’t speak too much for how Lily’s Halloween went, as I stayed home (hanging out with Lily’s Uncle Greggy) and handed out candy. My understanding is that they went to Grandma and Grandpa’s (Jill’s parents) and trick-or-treated in their neighborhood, and then came back to ours and trick-or-treated a bit before coming home. Lily and Jill both seemed really exhausted, but I think Lily had a lot of fun! Jill took a bunch of pictures, which maybe will give you a better idea than my second-hand description written a month later from memory.

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From Lily Halloween 2010


And on that note, since this post is going over 1700 words and I haven’t even gotten to November yet, I’ll try to summarize more quickly. Basically November consisted of the weather rapidly getting colder. This one change colored nearly every other thing that changed in our lives this November. It was cold, which meant no more playing in the park and riding bikes and walking home from day care. Instead, we switched to staying inside, playing games and blocks and whatnot inside. We also switched the heat to a permanent “on” position and switched out all of the bed sheets for their flannel counterparts.

From Lily sledding Nov 2010

Whenever the weather turns like this, kids who have grown accustomed to a lot of exercise outside start to feel very cooped up inside with their toys. This has manifested in Lily as a little bit of an attitude, which also corresponds nicely with the fact that she turns three years old in around two weeks. We’ve been trying to counteract the cooped-up-ness by buying her a new snowsuit and a snow-tube, taking her out and going sledding a few times, which she loved. We live right by a large and popular sledding hill (Sunset Park in Robbinsdale), and it was great fun to take her snow-tubing there. The hill is so long and gradual at the bottom that you can send even small kids down by themselves with little or no fear of them crashing into anything painful. We also made snow angels and a Snow Lily (snowman with straw to make blonde pigtails), both of which she got a huge kick out of.


From Lily sledding Nov 2010

And finally we arrive, frozen, at Thanksgiving. Like most people, we spent the Thanksgiving break eating far too much “comfort food” and trying as hard as we could to actually relax for more than five minutes. And like most people, we failed miserably at the second part (but excelled at the first). Thanksgiving was spent with Jill’s extended family at her aunt Pat’s house, and it was excellent as usual. Pat does a great job putting it together, which is really difficult when dealing with large and busy extended families. We all had good food and celebrated some birthdays and visited for a while and then went our separate ways. From there, Jill’s immediate family all went to her parents’ house where we dropped off all three girls (Lily and Claire and Abby) for a sleepover! Us “grown up” kids then went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (pt 1) at the trendy new-ish “West End” theater in St. Louis Park. The movie was excellent (we both read and loved the whole series), and then Jill and Greg and I went out for beverages at Cooper (Irish Pub) before heading home.


As that brings us more or less current, I’ll finish this post with a totally disjointed series of Lily-anecdotes.

In her millionth attempt to stall sleeping, Lily asked for some water. I told her she already had water in her room and knew how to get it. Then I heard her explaining to herself -“yeah! If you want something, you have to get it for yourself. That’s the way the world works. See? That’s the way the world is.” 10/13

Lily put on her own clothes (and shoes), then grabbed a bowl from the cupboard and poured her own cereal, then sat and ate it. Then she looked at her Daddy and said, “I’m gonna do everything! You can drive the car, though.. but not in here.”
Daddy is just happy to know why she keeps him around. ;) 10/28

“I don’t want to play ‘Lily is cute’.” 11/2

Lily was excited about the snow, talking about going sledding and making snow angels. Then she said, “I KNOW! Let’s go look for summer!” (that’s my girl!) I laughed and asked where she thought summer was hiding.. she said, “Outside – under the snow!” Well, duh. 11/13

“I’m naughty, but I’m working on my nice.” 11/26


From Lily farm Oct 2010

“Lily do it!”

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From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

The thing I’ve really noticed about this age is that Lily seems to alternate between absolutely, incredibly, indescribably adorable and insanely frustrating, with very little in between. She is very insistent about doing everything herself, which is good and can be cute, but at times can be so frustrating! Like when we’re in a hurry and need to get out of the house, but Lily insists on putting on her own shoes for 10 minutes. Or brushing her teeth for half an hour before bed.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

But the adorable times completely make up for it. :) Like when she sits down and pulls off her shoes, then grunts and struggles for five whole minutes to get her socks off, and when she finally succeeds she announces “My sock FELL OFF!”. Or pointing out animals in some of her books where there is a Mommy animal and baby animal, and she points to each one and says “Mommy bear. Lily bear. Mommy sheep. Lily sheep.” and on and on like that. Today Jason was carrying her through the doorway that has his pull-up bar on it and she grabbed onto the handles and shouted “I do HANG-UPS!”.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

She is getting to be such a big girl – I can hardly believe it. In just over 2 months, my baby girl will be two years old! It makes me teary even thinking about it. I don’t know how it’s possible the time has gone that fast. This past week Lily has graduated from sleeping in a pack-and-play at daycare, to sleeping on a cot. Jen says she has done REALLY well with the transition, and doesn’t even get off the cot when she wakes up – she just sits up and does her normal babbling. This is encouraging for when she makes her switch to a big girl bed, but I am nowhere near ready to make that change yet! As a reward for doing so well with the cot, she’s also graduated to a big girl chair (no booster or anything) at daycare so she can sit right at the table with all the other kids. She LOVES this! Now at dinner she climbs up on my chair and I have to fight her for it, so she might be making a similar transition at home soon.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

(Lily proudly showing off the shoes she picked out and put on herself)

The other day she wanted to play with our digital camera, and take some pictures (all by herself, of course). She was very, very closely supervised – mainly because I was worried about something happening to the camera – but she did a good job. And now, Internet, I present to you one of Lily’s first solo pictures –


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009


Isn’t that lovely? And now I’ve put it out on the internet where it will exist forever across the world. ;) She even attempted her own version of a self-portrait, of only her leg –

From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Backing up a little bit, let me talk about what’s been happening lately! A few weeks ago Lily and I met up with an old high school (and college!) friend named Becky, and her two kids – Alexandra (3), and Noah (1). It was fun to see her again and catch up, and Lily and Alexandra really seemed to hit it off! At one point, after watching Becky struggle to carry Alexandra (who didn’t want to walk anymore), and push a sleeping Noah in his stroller, I came up with the suggestion of improvising a double stroller out of mine. Alexandra sat in the stroller and Lily sat on her lap! They got a kick out of it long enough to get us most of the way back to the entrance, and I just chuckled listening to their little conversation on the way there! We also got to feed goats, and see two bears fighting – click the link for more pics!

From Lily Sept-Oct 2009
From Lily Sept-Oct 2009
From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Finally, last weekend we took a trip into the past and went to Winona for the first time in close to 10 years! We went to see a couple of college friends (Blaze and Kelly) get married, and it was a lot of fun! We saw a ton of old friends we haven’t seen in a long time, some who have moved as far away as Pennsylvania. It’s interesting to see how much people have changed, and how much some people haven’t changed!


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

This weekend is our first weekend in close to two months where we have NO MAJOR PLANS and I have been really looking forward to it! Lily, Jason, and Uncle Greggy might go to a Twins game tomorrow (and I will have 3 hours to myself! in the middle of the afternoon!), and other than that I’m just hoping to catch up with some stuff around the house – a little cleaning, laundry, sorting out fall clothes, etc. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Animals, water, and more animals

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From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Wow, end of June already? Hard to believe! For Father’s Day we (Jason, Lily, and I) went to the MN Zoo with Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Claire, and Abby. It was a lot of fun! The new Africa exhibit is really cool, and all the girls got to feed a giraffe. Crazy seeing them up that close!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

We also had to check out the Zoo’s splash pad, now that we’ve had some experience with our own! The twins were pretty new to the splash pad experience, so they weren’t too sure about it. Lily had a blast, though! She kept running up to the water spout things in the ground as soon as the water shut off and sticking her finger in the holes, then running away before the water turned back on. Sometimes she didn’t quite make it, but she seemed to like getting splashed in the face! Luckily, I was able to capture this on video and will now post it on the internet to give Lily lots of subject matter for any future therapy sessions she may need. ;)

Lily at MN Zoo Splash Pad from Jill W on Vimeo.

The Zoo trip totally wore her out, and she completely passed out in the car. She even slept most of the way into the house while Jason was carrying her, and for another 2 hours once we got home!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

This past weekend we went to Lanesboro to visit Grandma Gayle and Grandpa Jim (and Uncle Shawn, Aunt Shannon, and family).. and of course, the HORSES and KITTIES! That farm is a little girl’s dream. Lily got to ride (bareback, even) one of the biggest horses on the farm (Romeo), and the little pony Jesse. She loved it!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

She also loved to harass the kitties, especially the little white kitty named Jasper. Jasper is very friendly, and a little slow.. but was very good and let Lily pick on him WAY more than he should have! She sometimes started to straddle him and shout “Ride Horsey!”, which was Jason and my clue to step in and save the poor kitty from a 28 lb toddler. She also got it in her head that she could pick him up, and tried to do so repeatedly – by his fur. She’d grab his tail, the fur under his belly, wherever she could get a hold onto him and lift. The cat dealt with it remarkably well, but we told her it wasn’t a nice way to treat a kitty.. and if she tries something like that with Gibson he’ll show her exactly how much kitties like being picked up like that. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

There are a lot of dogs on the farm, too, but Lily seemed to get a kick out of one dog in particular. The dog’s name is Red, but sometimes they call him “Red Bone”, so in Lily-ese that became “Big Bone”. She would get this tone in her voice and say “big bone!” like “oh you silly, silly dog” then just laugh and laugh. He happened to be right at her height so he had easy access to lick her right in the face quite frequently and she would laugh and run away. It was a lot of fun to watch her with him – it was cute and she got such a kick out of him! Even now she keeps asking to “ride horsey!” throughout the day, and doesn’t understand that they are kind of far away. Someday she’ll realize what a lucky girl she is to have the opportunity to ride horses at all!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Once again, the weekend completely wore her out and she slept almost the WHOLE WAY HOME! It was fabulous, because she’s usually not a huge fan of the car so sleeping worked out perfectly! She also somehow ended up with the most impressive case of “bed head” she’s had yet! Such talent.

Just an FYI that we’ll be MIA for a few weeks. We should be back in mid-July, so we hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday!

One final note, it was 3 years ago tomorrow (the 30th) when I married my very best friend. I love you, Jason, and couldn’t imagine a better husband or father!

Happy Easter!

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From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

I am seriously fired from blogging – it’s been almost a month since my last update! Is anybody still reading this, or have you all given up on me? We’ve had so much going on, and so many playdates since our last update. Finally, we’re getting out of winter’s hibernation mode! I’ll try to do a quick recap of the highlights, but don’t want to bore you with all the details.


From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

On Saturday, March 29th, Lily and her cousins (with parents, of course) went to the MN zoo and saw farm babies! It was a lot of fun, and the girls seemed to have a good time. They really loved the various aquariums, and the farm babies section where they got to run around with some of the baby animals (mostly pygmy goats). Lily said “hi” and “bye” to all the animals (very polite), and often reminded them of the noises they were supposed to make. She was especially fond of reminding the sheep, by walking up to the side of their pen and screaming ‘BAAAAAAAAAAAAA’ at them as loud as possible. It was pretty cute! She got so excited and squealed so loud, a bunch of people turned to look at her. Luckily, we were surrounded by other parents so they mostly thought it was cute and smiled at her, instead of wondering whose kid was making that LOUD NOISE?!? heh


From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

The next couple of days were full of excitement for Lily’s cousins, Claire and Abby (and their parents!). Claire started running a pretty high fever, and ended up having a seizure from it. They all spent most of the night in the ER to find out that she had an ear infection, and they put her on amoxicillan. Finally, a day or two later her fever broke and she broke out in a head to toe rash. Turns out the fever wasn’t from the ear infection – it was Roseola! Finally, she started to feel better from that, then a few days later she broke out in a worse rash. Another Doctor trip later, they discover she’s allergic to amoxicillan and that caused the second rash. Poor Claire! She is finally starting to feel much better. In the midst of all that excitement, Abby got jealous of the “attention” her sister was getting, so she took her first steps and started learning to walk! Not to be left behind, Claire took her first steps a few days later as well.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Last weekend, Lily and her cousins had their very first sleepover. Lily and I went over to their house where the girls played for a few hours, and showed off their new playroom. Then we fed them dinner and put them to bed (Lily upstairs in their guest room), and Auntie Lisa and I got to hang out! We got to sit and chat, drink some wine, and watched Gilmore Girls episodes and “Marley and Me”. It was so nice to get to spend that amount of time hanging out with my sister – I’ve missed her! Even though we see each other often, we don’t actually get to spend much quality “sister” time together, so this was nice and long overdue. The next morning, we fed the girls breakfast and let them play for a few hours again until nap time when Lily and I headed back home. I’m sure this is only the first of many sleepovers to come, and I hope Lily and her cousins are best friends as they grow up together.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

The beginning of last week, we got a call at work that Lily had hurt herself at daycare. Nothing too serious, as it turns out (thank goodness!), but still a scary call to get! She had climbed up on the couch, then walked right off the edge and banged her face into the coffee table. She split her top lip open pretty good (the underneath/inside part) and it was bleeding for a good 15 minutes. She handled it pretty well, and earned the title of “tough cookie” from her daycare woman! I know it was still bothering her for a day or two because she was very careful with it, especially when eating. Just when her fat lip started to look normal again (Friday), she fell off our bed and re-opened the split, and also bumped her head and got a nice goose egg. It’s looking pretty good at this point, but she still is being pretty careful with it when she eats. I hate to see her get hurt, but I’m thankful this was relatively minor!


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Finally, Easter weekend. We left on Friday morning to go visit Jason’s brother and his family in Rochester. We hung out with them during the afternoon, then drove down to Lanesboro to stay at The Guest Hus Motel, which Jason’s Mom owns. Last time we stayed there, everything went great – but this time, Lily did NOT want to sleep! I think it’s hard for her to sleep in a pack and play with us in the room, because she sees us and wants to be with us. Whatever, the reason, it was a rough night and I think we all got maybe 4-5 hours sleep total.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

On Saturday, we headed to Grandma Gayle’s horse farm for an Easter celebration with Jason’s family. It was a really nice day, and it was nice to be able to see everyone again and show them how much Lily has grown! I was also amazed at how big Tali and Eanna are getting – Tali turns 4 later this month, and Eanna will be 2 in July. It was crazy to see Lily and Eanna together, because they are seriously almost exactly the same size!


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Lily also got to ride a pony again, and this time she’s old enough to really get into it! She LOVED it. I don’t think I emphasized that enough. She. LOVED. It. LOVED! Seriously. Everytime we went back into the house, she kept going up to the door and looking outside where the horses were, pointing outside, and even investigating the doggy door as a means of escape. Even this morning when she woke up, she ran to our front door, pointed outside, and said “me, neigh! me, neigh!”. The hardest part of the trip (other than the lack of sleeping), was the ride home. I think it was somewhat related to the lack of sleeping, and just being sick of being in the car. I had hoped that Lily would sleep most of the way home because I know she was tired (and somewhat cranky), and she did pass out immediately in the car, but woke up after about 20-30 minutes and would NOT go back to sleep. For most of the remaining 2.5 hours of the trip, Lily was fussing and/or out-and-out screaming. We pulled over twice, and finally I drove while Jason rode in the back with her, and that seemed to help. Needless to say, we were all very happy to be home again! We all went to bed early and slept very well last night.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Finally, Easter day! We woke up and Lily found the 6 plastic easter eggs the Easter Bunny hid around the living room (containing such things as “bunny graham crackers” and dried cranberries, etc). Then she got the stuffed duck the Easter Bunny brought her, and gave him a nice, big hug (so cute!). I made her special breakfast, gave her a bath, and put her down for an earlier nap. She didn’t nap much, but woke up in time to get ready for my family’s Easter celebration. I got her dressed in her pretty Easter dress, and we headed to my Aunt and Uncles house. Lily spent a lot of time there with Claire and Abby, and her 2nd cousins Blake and Rachel, who were very interested in helping with the babies. I think all 3 babies did pretty well, especially since none of them had much sleep and there was a lot of people, and a lot of attention on them.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

I think that pretty much catches us up! I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter, and spring break for those of you lucky enough to get one (=p~). I promise I won’t let a whole month pass before our next update.

7 months!

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From Lily July 13th


Lily is 7 months old today! She’s officially closer to being 1 year old than she is to being a newborn. Seriously, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I am still loving this age and she is such a happy baby with the most amazing personality… I could go on all day, but there is oh so much else to tell!

From Lily July 3-11

We have had a busy, busy week (and a half?) with LOTS of new experiences! On the 4th of July we headed to Wisconsin to go to the cabin my siblings and I pretty much grew up in during our childhood summers. It was quite a different experience this time, with 7 adults and 3 babies crammed into a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom cabin – but it was so much fun! The time went way too quickly and I wish I could get back there more often. Right away when we got there on the 4th we took Lily, Claire, and Abby to the beach club so they could all go swimming in the “big pool” for the very first time! Lily wasn’t too sure about it at first because the water felt a little cold, but she quickly adapted and then she LOVED it! The twins seemed to like it pretty well that first time, too – but the next time we brought them it wasn’t quite so successful. Perhaps it was too close to nap time?!? :)


From Lily July 3-11

Along with swimming, we also helped introduce the twins to watermelon in the mesh feeders! They LOVED it, and it’s good timing because Abby already has the beginning of a tooth popping through! Claire and Abby also tried sweet potatoes for the first time while we were up there, and Lily got a mini-serving of my Dad’s spaghetti which was a hit. We tried to let the girls play together a bit, but they’re still a bit too young to really get into it. Lily tries to grab their feet, hands, or heads and suck on them (sometimes pulling them in by the eyelid – ouch), and Claire and Abby just look at her like they don’t know what to think! I did give them all some tummy time and had all 3 babies rolling over repeatedly once when Lisa was gone, but of course once “Mama” was back the twins refused to cooperate!

From Lily July 3-11

Now, I know that 3 babies this close in age will tend to draw attention – but man, in such a small town it was like they’d never seen babies at all! We got stopped constantly and many people wanted to know if they were triplets – I guess I can’t blame them since they are so close in age and do look a little bit alike. I’m sure this is something they will get very sick of hearing as they get older – especially Lily since she’s the “and one” in “twins and one”, which probably doesn’t make her feel too special.


From Lily July 3-11

Once we got back to the cities, we decided to help Lily celebrate turning 7 months old by taking her to the zoo for the first time. We decided to go to the Como Zoo (free) and there were WAY more people than I expected to be there. We literally drove around the whole parking area twice before we even found a spot to park. Lily is a little young to really appreciate the animals, but she seemed to like them and she LOVED watching the other people. Sometimes there would be an animal right in front of her doing something neat and we’d be pointing at it saying “Look, Lily!” but she was too busy smiling at the little kids next to her that were looking at the animal. Maybe next year things will be different, but it still was fun! We even thought about stopping at the Whiz Bang Days carnival since we’ve never gone, but there was a carnival at the Zoo so we just walked through that one instead. Maybe next year we’ll make it to Whiz Bang stuff.


From Lily July 13th


Hope you all had a great week as well! Do I really have to go back to work tomorrow?!? :(

By the way, there are not one, but TWO albums of pictures this time! Notice the different links under the pictures – one is July 3-11, the other is July 13th. Be sure to check them both out to see evidence of all the fun we’ve been having! :)

Lily + Pony = Love

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From June27-July1

So Lily has had quite a busy summer!  She’s been seeing all kinds of new places, trying new foods, and making friends with tons of new people and animals (who, when you’re 6 months old, are people too!).  In the last week she has especially gotten to see her cousins (and her aunty Lisa) quite a bit, which she and we are happy about, and has also finally gotten to go down to Grandma Gayle’s horse farm and meet the kitties and the puppies and the ponies!

Aunty Lisa has been working from home over the summer doing transcription work over the Internet.  This means she can work anywhere that has broadband, so she’s been hanging out at her parents’ house to work and get some help watching Claire and Abby.  Since Jill also hangs out there fairly often, the two of them have actually gotten to see each other more than once in the last month.  This also means that Lily has gotten to spend some quality time with her cousins.  As you can see in the following two pictures, Lily is still Lily ;-)

From June27-July1
From June27-July1

After all of that fun, we made the three and a half hour trip down to my mom (Grandma Gayle)’s farm.  The drive was really pretty uneventful, though Jill’s stomach turned over on a few of the hilly Southeastern MN roads, at which I laughed, having grown up there and gotten used to the “I left my stomach back there somewhere” hills. 

My brother Shawn and his family met us out at the farm,  and it was really nice to spend some time with them and see their daughters (only two of whom, Taliesin and Eanna, were present) for an extended period of time.  It was really nice to see my Mom too, and since she was up in the Twin Cities dropping a friend off earlier this month, we got to see her twice in one month!  Sadly it has been quite a while since that happened last. 

One of the main planned activities for our trip to the farm was to introduce Lily to some of my favorite childhood friends: the kittens that live in the barn, and the Ponies and Appaloosa riding horses that Mom raises and trains.  There is some sort of law inherent in the universe that creates special bond between little kids (especially little girls) and Kittens, and also between little kids and Ponies.  We got to witness this, as you can see:

From June27-July1
From June27-July1

And then there were the horses and ponies.  A while ago Grandma Gayle found and acquired this really sweet pony named Jessie.  Jessie is one of those ponies that is so quiet that you can pile on as many squirming children as will fit onto her back, and she still just stands there and looks at you with the same wise and gentle look as always.  How can you not love a pony like this?

Considering how major a part of my childhood the horses were, it was really special for me to bring Lily and introduce her to Jessie.  Based on the look on Lily’s face, I’d say the feeling is mutual :-)

From June27-July1
From June27-July1

Like I said, Jessie is so calm that you can pile multiple kids onto her back, so we tried just that.  Behold three happy little girls:

From June27-July1

This meeting was extra special because Jessie wasn’t alone – she had a little baby with her too!  Because of this we couldn’t take Jessie out and walk her around, but the baby was so cute, and it was really cool to watch Taliesin make friends with the only horse on the farm that was her size.

From June27-July1

After all of this fun, we ended up with the following happy baby:

From June27-July1

But she hadn’t really gotten to walk around on a horse yet, and going places on the horse is half the fun of it, so we got out Romeo, who, although now 17 years old and very fat and docile, was once our breeding stallion and is still the largest horse on the farm. Romeo is a very well trained horse, to the point that you can lead him into the barn, drop the reins and walk away, and he’ll be standing there waiting for you when you get back.  As you can see, Lily approved of our choice of steed for her:

From June27-July1
From June27-July1
From June27-July1

  All in all we all had a really fun time seeing everyone and watching Lily make friends with all the animals.  Hopefully this is just the first of many such visits to the farm and encounters with her friends Jessie and Romeo that Lily will have. 

And as crazy as all of this was, our fun isn’t over yet: we are going to the Cabin in Wisconsin after the 4th of July, and Lily gets to go in a swimming pool (a real one) for the first time!  The excitement never stops… 

We hope your summer is as fun as ours.