Monday, March 30, 2009

The gutter people have started replacing our gutters. They had to bring in a cherry picker because of our crazy house and how far the away the gutters are from the side of the house. Will loves having people here working on our house. He loves their equipment and the noises and trying to communicate with them. A few men get a kick out of Will, but most of them ignore him. Will is not ignored well. He is like a mosquito buzzing in your ears. We went to Walmart and the Home Despot this morning and as I was loading Maggie and the bag in the car he told the men that we were going to look for new shoes for Maggie at Walmart. He was ignored and like a broken record, he kept on repeating until I grabbed him and put him in the car. When we got home he tried to tell a man about the pumpkin seeds that we bought, with the same results. It must be tough being a kid, not having people listen to you.

Maggie had her 1-year checkup this morning. She has gone down a lot in the percentile charts. She was 18 lbs, 28.5 inches. Will was 1/2 a pound heavier than her at 1, but the same height. She had been in the 85th percentile in height at 6 months, but now she is in the 30th. For weight she had been in the 30th percentile but is now in the 8th. I have realized it's more convenient to have small children because you can carry them around more easily. Will still likes to be carried whenever possible and at 27 lbs, I can do it, but not for long periods.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Maggie's 1st






























Happy 1st birthday Maggie! I can't believe it's been a whole year. Today the Kreuter clan flew down here for a few hours(my dad is a pilot). Will was excited because of the prospect of special visitors and a party complete with cupcakes and presents. He has already taken possession of Maggie's new teapot and picnic table and was seen stabbing a spoon into the Cabbage Patch Kids face.
Since most of you don't know Maggie, I will tell you a bit about her. She is around 18 or 19 pounds, has blue eyes and soft, sweet blondish hair. When she was born, she had a long pointy nose that was smushed to one side, but fortunately has turned into a cute button nose. She has made it her life's mission to climb anything she possibly can. She also loves to bug Will and already is adept at doing it. She loves soggy Cheerios since she still doesn't have any teeth, as well as graham crackers, yogurt, bread or anything that is sweet. She hates anyone who isn't Mama, Papa, or Will and tolerates few others. She loves to play peek-a-boo and have her feet tickled by papa's beard. She isn't much of a sleeper and still wakes up at least once a night and naps only about 1.5 hours a day. She has a terrible fingernails-on-a-chalkboard screech whenever she isn't happy about something. She loves the baby swing at the park. I look forward to another year with her and getting to know her better. Love you, Maggie!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Will's new tent




I have been wanting to get the tent that goes with Will's bedding from Target for a long time, but held off hoping for a clearance, but I finally just bit the bullet and bought it for him. He LOVES it. It took me a while for me to put together with Will yelling "wrong piece" over and over in the background like a talking parrot, but I finally got it put together. I am hoping it will make him stay in bed a couple extra hours in the morning, though i know my hope is in vain. If anything he will wake up early and want me to play with him. I will probably end up taking it off at nightime since it interferes with the blankets.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yesterday, we went to the bank and refinanced our mortgage with under 5% interest. Can you believe that? I'm glad we can benefit from the bad economy, for once. Mike and Nancy watched the kids while we were resigning the next 30 years of our lives away. Maggie was a stinker, but Will sure loved having them here. I loved having some else deal with the fury of Will's bowels for once in the past week. Thanks M&N!

Last week, I signed up for a garden plot at the parks department. Ever since we moved into our house I have wondered how I would get a garden into our rather small backyard. There are just enough trees to be considered shady. But, my problem is solved. The park people even till up the ground and fertilize it for you. It doesn't get much better than that. The only bad thing is that having my garden where other people can see it will bring out my competitive side. I am a very messy and haphazard gardener as I am sure the people who bought our house last year found out. I will have to put in a little extra work to keep up with my garden plot neighbors. I think I am going to plant some sugar snap or snow peas, green beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrots, and swiss chard. I grew parsnips(my favorite veg) a couple years ago and liked those a lot, but they take too long and the plots are only open until the beginning of October.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Will is over his fever and puking, but he has been pooping like Old Faithful the past couple days. Last night was the worst, though. He pooped around midnight and I went to go change his pullup and as I was doing that the next round started. Now, no matter how many times I wash my hands, I still think they smell like sick-person diarhea. That must be what nursing home employees think all day long. We were supposed to have the missionaries over tonight but it feels wrong to prepare a meal for outsiders while my hands still have a poo smell. Maggie is perfectly healthy now and I am so glad that TYler and I never got it. I ate plenty of candy on Wednesday and Thursday, thinking I would just be puking it up so I might as well enjoy the forced bulimia, but alas, it didn't happen, so I must suffer the results of too many calories. I truly love chocolate covered pretzels!

I escaped my sick baby last night and went to see Duplicity. It was a great movie, though very confusing until the end. And of course, Clive Owen was hot and I loved Julia Roberts outfits. I think I need to watch it a couple more times before I understand everything.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Welcome to the Amazing new Ellis Weight Loss Program, where you can lose 5 pounds in less than 24 hours. Just give my kids a kiss...on the lips is more effective...there you go! Now just sit back and enjoy the ride. You can feel the effects of the Program within a few hours. See, it's starting already. Oops! You didn't make it to the bathroom in time? That's ok, free laundry facilities are included in the package. Just take your bedding or underwear to the basement, you will see the washer. I have diapers for the kids, but not for one so big as you. On second thought, you might just want to throw those away. They will never be the same. While you are at it, could you take the kids bedding too? They are on the same weight loss program as you. This program works for everyone, but is particularly effective for those who don't eat well or exercise. Try it! It will work for you!
On Monday we went to Goshen to spend a few days with the Kreuter clan. We went to go see 5-day old Camden on Tuesday and we were supposed to have Maggie's one-year pictures taken today. That didn't happen because around midnight Will started puking his guts out. I just hope that nobody gets sick because of Will. So far Maggie and I haven't started puking, but we will just have to wait and see. We came home today and are trying to relax the rest of the day. Will is watching Caillou and hasn't puked since we passed through Leesburg about 3 or 4 hours ago.

In happier news, Maggie is finally getting her first tooth. She will be 1 year old on the 28th.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another week gone by and another week closer to Tyler's graduation in July. We are both looking forward to Tyler's being done with his MBA we can hardly stand it. He's not the only one with senioritis.

Will has been getting so sociable lately. His shyness really worried me and then just the last couple months he has been making friends at the library and wherever else we might be around kids his age. I have always admired the ease in which kids make friends. Not that they are lasting relationships, but it is interesting. There is an outgoing 18 month boy at church that Will seems to really like. At the chili cookoff on Friday and the Primary activity on Saturday, Will ran around with him, pushing him around a little bit. I didn't feel bad about that because Ashton has 2 older brothers and certainly knows how to push back. Will gets really anxious when Ashton goes near Maggie because Ashton is a bit rough with her and makes her cry whenever he comes near. Making her cry is not hard to do. Any stranger who comes near her makes her cry. It is funny to see Will being the protective older brother.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

We've been having a weekend of very warm weather for March. On Friday I decided to try pulling the kids in the bike trailer. It went pretty well, considering I haven't gone bike riding in well over a year. Will actually enjoyed it and Maggie screamed only a bit. We rode to the library and played for a bit until I kissed Maggie's forehead and found her quite feverish. So, after unwittingly contaminating the library toys with Maggie's virus, we went home. The wind was quite stiff coming home and I thought I was going to die. Will wasn't helping the the wind drag any by opening the trailer and sticking as much of his body out as his belts would allow while Maggie was screaming pitifully in her illness. We were going so slow that we were almost not moving. But we made it home eventually. Maggie had a rough time of it on Friday and Saturday, but she seems to be getting a little better today. She will not take Tylenol the traditional way, so Tyler had to go and get some fever reducing suppositories. I also made him learn how to take a rectal temperature reading, which I felt like he needed to know, although he felt differently. Our thermometer seems to be wildly inaccurate, so I made Tyler do it 3 times. When Will was a baby I don't even think he knew that I was taking his temp, but Maggie seems a little bit more disturbed about it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I finished my "Bloody Jack" books and I think they rate pretty high up there with my favorite books. I listened to the first two on cd and believe that's the way to go if your library has them. My library only had the first two on cd. The first book starts out with an orphan girl at the beginning of the 19th century who is in a gang of street urchins in London and has to leave because of some gang fighting. She dresses up like a boy and becomes a ship's boy on a British war ship, and so begins her adventures.

Now that I am in the mood for nautical adventures, I have started reading the "Master and Commander" series. I love the movie with Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. I think I want to buy a sailboat and sail the oceans blue, or at least Lake Michigan.