Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
This weekend we did a lot of yard work, a lot of hanging with our awesome neighbors, and spending time with family and friends. It was everything Memorial Day should be about. Remembering those who are gone, and giving thanks for those special people in your lives.
Here are the photos we did get of all the fun...they are all out at my parent's house.
Max's first ride on a hot wheel -- the pedals were a bit out of reach, but he zoomed around on his feet!
We saw a turkey...
Max discovered a love for corn on the cob!
And Granna's homemade chocolate chip cookies! Yummy!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Jim and Bridgette are the friends that we take our canoe trips to the BWCAW with. Madeline is our god-daughter, and it had been too long since we had spent any quality time with them.
The weekend was good fun. We spent most of our time hanging out, relaxing, going for walks. The moms even got to go have some spa time at the local Aveda spa. It was heavenly!
Here are some pics of the weekend. We need to get better about taking pictures...we seem to have lost our steam lately.
Lil Max giving dada a big hug
Lil Max sitting with the other 'Steph'
Maddie's birthday was the following weekend so we celebrated while they were in town.
Jim ate so much cheesecake, he opted for a quick nap on the hammock.
Big Max hanging out with the kiddos.
Mom and lil Max draw with sidewalk chalk.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
A sneak peak teaser to the photos she took a few weekends ago when she came to visit me in WI!!
I knew that the photos would turn out phenomenal, I mean how could they NOT...this is Emily...
But to turn out THIS GOOD??
Judge for yourself...
Check THESE out:
I could seriously spend hours upon HOURS just looking at the photos on Em's photo site She is SERIOUSLY talented.
And to think, these are just the SNEAK PEAK!!
I get MORE!!!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I've mentioned my Internet momma friends on here before, and one of the reasons we all came together as friends is that we share an interest (and for some a really extreme talent) for crafting (and baking and being mommas too, of course). We did our first crafty swap for xmas, where I got some really awesome gifts from my friend Beth. She made me a plethora of really cool "Xmax" gifts.
Next, we did a 'secret swap' for Valentine's Day -- I got some really great gifts from my friend Allison!
For Mother's Day, everyone liked the secret aspect of the swap so much that we opted to go this route again. We picked names pretty early -- so we'd have lots of time to 'stalk' our swappie partner and figure out what they'd like. There were 'rules' about the swap (as far as point value for content), but the main guidelines were to include a craft, a sentimental, an edible and a recipe.
My swap partner was Jess -- I was SO excited when I realized that she was my partner. And just look at the wonderful gifts she made me!!!!
First, I open the box to find this....green and turquoise! The colors of lil Max's room!! Do you see what is peeking through the paper? Could it be....a TURTLE??
You bet! Look at this awesome card! Jess wrote me a very heartfelt, warm and fuzzy note too!
The edible -- a plethora of yummy Dove chocolates in assorted flavors!! YUM!
The second box contained the crafting overload!!
And a recipe for Salmon Packets -- I'm sure that big Max would love for me to cook him some of this...so when I feel motivated, this is what I'll try. I'll let you know how it tastes!!
Seriously -- this group of women is so great. The amount of time, and love and thought that went into these gifts is tremendous. And, I can't highlight ALL of the gifts that were sent and received here on the blog, but I can tell you that I would've LOVED to receive any one of them -- they were all SO GREAT!!
I'll post again later with some pics of what I sent my awesome swappie -- I just have to check with her first to see if she'll lend me her photos, since I neglected to take any before I mailed it! OOPS!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I was up early checking the new candle growth on our pines and look what I found under one of our Concolor Firs!!
Ah....the irony....(deer love to eat new growth on trees/shrubs...especially pines/firs)...
Its pretty darn cute though...I think I'd let it eat my trees...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Sandhill cranes and their two little ones...
American goldfinch and an Indigo Bunting at the feeder.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Melanie, her husband Ben and her son Nolan (born Nov 1, 2007) came to visit us from Utah.
Emily, her husband Joe and her son Noah (born Nov 18, 2007...yes, you read that right, he shares Max's birthday) came to visit us from St. Louis.
Now, you might find it a bit odd that we met over the internet, and that this meetup in WI was the FIRST TIME we had ever laid eyes on each other, but let me assure you that the entire weeked was magical, and we all had such a good time! You'd never have known that we hadn't met before then -- conversation was plentiful, and we all got along like good old friends (of course, we've talked enough online and by phone already to make that possible).
Anyways, other than the goal to get all of us ladies together for a meetup, we also wanted some photographs taken by none other than the awesome Emily Southerland...I can't wait to see what she comes up with!!!
The only damper to the weekend was the sickness/cold (not swine flu!!) that lil Max came down with Friday afternoon, just as our guests were rolling into town. The sickness made him pretty out of it for most of Saturday, but his little body recovered quickly and he is almost back to normal now. I just hope that Nolan and Noah don't get the sickness....but, I guess germs are pretty much inevitable at this age...
So, without further adieu, I will leave you with some photos from the weekend. The first 3 are some candid shots of Emily's, and the rest are mine. I don't have a whole lot of pictures of the weekend, seeing as Emily was doing most of the photo taking! :)
Melanie and I (bags under my eyes are courtesy of the previous sleepless night courtesy of lil Max)
Em and I
The 3 boys in their matching sock monkey t-shirts (made by Emily). I feel the need to explain this photo a bit more. See, Max is kinda zoning out in the middle, trying to psych out Nolan (on the left) and Noah (on the right) so that he can steal their suckers. Noah is crying because Max had just attempted to steal his sucker. Nolan is happy because he wasn't the victim of that go around....
After awhile we gave up on the 3 individual ballons and started tying all 3 to the boys at one time. Nolan didn't mind at all and took off with all 3 balloons...
Max definitely wasn't as thrilled, but he put up with it for a little while...
Then he needed some mommy consoling (or some from Auntie Amanda who came along to help elicit some smiles from the sick wee one)...
I tried to keep a happy smile on despite how disappointed I was that lil Max was sick -- what can you do, though? Smile!