Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

We wish you all a blessed Easter Day! We enjoyed a special Easter Brunch this morning with the Nelsons. Zeke even gave the Easter bunny a "fa-five" (high five). Have a great day everyone!

Happy Easter from the Ozarks!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nap Time -- Fun Time

Used to be you could just set them down for a nap and nothing bad would come of it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Birth Control

Prom season is coming up. Feel free to share this short video with a teenager.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baptism Weekend

Way back on Saturday, March 26, Zadie and Ezra were baptized. We had such a special baptism weekend thanks to our friends and family.

Our great friends, Tommy and Casey, drove down from Minneapolis with their family to be Godparents to Zadie and celebrate baptisms, friendship, and spring break. We are so happy they came. The kids all had a blast playing with each other. Grandma Jean also came to town, and Nana and Papa were already in town, so we had a great representation of family. We missed Kirsten and Doug who are Ezra's Godparents, but we felt their presence in spirit.

After mass on Saturday evening, we had the baptismal ceremony at St. Stephen's Catholic Church here in Bentonville, AR. All 6 kids were well behaved during church- not bad considering five of them were 2 and under!

We came back to the house to celebrate with posed family photos and ice cream cake. We ate all of the DQ cake, so all we have left for you all to enjoy are the posed family photos.

On Monday, we took 2 minivans and hit the road! We drove two hours to the beautiful little mountainside village of Eureka Springs. Some call this town "Little Switzerland". The streets are lined with eclectic little shops, artists workshops and galleries, candy stores, and restaurants. Just outside of town is Christ of the Ozarks. It's a BIG statue!

After a long day in the Eureka Springs (with a dead camera battery for most of the day), we headed back to the Country Inn and Suites for some swimming with the P's. The dads helped the kiddos in the water.

We moms even had a couple of kid-free minutes in the hot tub! All in all, it was such a fantastic weekend! We are so lucky to have such great friends and family!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Annals of the Former World

I have never before been this excited about a geology book. The earth is really old. Sometimes I try to mediate. I close my eyes and watch my thoughts in silence. I open them and look at my watch and what I thought was forever was actually four minutes. The earth is 4.6 billion years old. This book shares little bit of its history.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kitchen Before and After


(Grapes of wrath wallpaper above, mauve pattern below, and lovely bonus grape border, white knobs on cabinets)

(New cabinet hardware, Facebook blue* on the bottom, Cloudy sky-day* on top)

*Not actually the Valspar color names, but I couldn't remember them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Painting the Kitchen

Karine posted a before picture of our kitchen mini-makeover. You may remember the ugly wall paper from this picture. What you can't tell from the picture is that this wall paper will take about ten hours to remove. Somehow I always forget that removing wall paper is one of the worst ways you can spend your time. Almost as bad as digging a hole. Thank God Zeke was able to lend a hand with the priming.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Euraka Springs Mauve Car

This mauve track inspector's car we found at the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway Depot just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is a lovely shade of mauve. Don't see that shade of mauve on too many cars these days. We took a peak inside and found that this vehicle has no steering wheel. Imagine that!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Turtle Race

Ezra is rolling over. So far, he's the most athletic little Lew. Zadie likes to laugh. We'll try to share a clip of her laughing. If we can get ourselves organized.

TWO Babies

Sometimes I get a big kick out of the fact that we have twins. Whenever they're dressed alike (which doesn't happen too often), Zeke exclaims "TWO Babies!" Here they are in some matching pjs and their little Sophie Giraffes. TWO cute!

(Zadie is on the left and Ezra is on the right)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Animal Sounds

Sorry about the food in the mouth and the drool on the chin. This is Zeke hanging out with Dad at 7 AM on Saturday morning. This is what we do for fun.