Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fall. Ouchy.

Ollie likes to wear Copper's roller skates on his hands and zoom around the house on all fours. Tonight he shot straight off the landing at the top of the wood stairs. I don't think he caught much air from the sound of his fall. Pretty sure he smacked every step.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bunk Bed Casualty

It was inevitable. Ollie got a bunk bed for Christmas and we knew it was only a matter of time before one of the kids took a spill. Ollie was just getting off the top bunk and missed the first step. Down he went about 4 feet and landed on the back of his head. It could have been much worse. I always envisioned a leg getting tangled in the ladder and a bone poking out of the skin. Just a head bonk...tonight anyways.

Friday, May 6, 2016

He Speaks

Ollie's vocabulary to date:
Night night

There may be a couple more, but the jury's still out on those.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Math Lesson

Me: "Daddy read you two books and I read you two books. How many is that?"
Copper: (Without even thinking) "4. Two plus two is four."
Me: "Do you do math in school?"
Copper: "No, I learned that on tv."

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Me: "Would you like a chunk of cheese?"
Copper: "Sure. Cut it straight.  Don't cut it funky."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


It was totally worth the risk of waking Ollie up to take this picture of his favorite sleep position.

Monday, January 18, 2016

What I've taught Copper about housecleaning

A few weeks ago while I was dusting our bedroom, Copper came into the room and asked me, "Is someone coming to visit?" I told her "no". Her response..."Then why are you cleaning?"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Follow the Finger

Ollie has started pointing. Pretty soon he'll be guiding us all over to look at who knows what.

"I'm making wings."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cousin Drew

Drew spent the day at our house to give grandma's ears and nerves a little break from the craziness that is known as "3 grandkids at work Tuesdays." To take advantage of the beautiful weather and be at a place where their voices don't bounce off the walls, we hit the playground. Scream on Drew, scream on.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

Copper and grandma were talking about a candle that she keeps on her coffee table. Grandma told Copper that she got it from her girlfriend. Copper responded, "Grandma, you need a boyfriend, not a girlfriend."

Thursday, September 3, 2015

At least she's honest

Me: "Copper, it's about time to get dressed."
Copper: "Okay. Call me in."
Me: "Are you going to listen?"
Copper: "Probably not."

Friday, August 28, 2015


About 2 1/2 weeks ago (maybe it was 3 1/2?? I can't keep track of anything anymore - @ 27 or 28 weeks) Ollie was gnawing on my fingers when I felt something sharp. Sure enough his first tooth was coming in. The second tooth followed within a couple days. I can't really tell if he was fussy because his teeth were coming in since he's always a bit of a pain in the ass.

Playtime with Big Sis

You can always tell when Copper has been playing with Ollie.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Mom! Stay still. I want to punch you and see how strong my muscles are."
-Copper Jo

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Getting Big

Ollie's sitting up and playing with big baby toys!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pasta Please

I put pasta in Ollie's little food holder silicone eater thingy and he LOVES it! I've half assed been feeding him baby food (he'll only eat it from my finger) and I've been putting fruit (bananas, watermelon, grapes, & mango) in his food holder thingies for the past month and a half. The pasta has by far been his favorite. Well, maybe a tie with guacamole. Our pediatrician says that once babies are around 6 months there aren't too many rules on what to feed them. So pasta it is.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Can't get any fresher than this!

After replanting the garden when a late snowstorm hit and then having the garden shredded in a hail storm, it is finally starting to look great. Copper pulled a carrot out last night which Aubrey promptly rinsed with the garden hose. Then Copper ate the whole thing right there in the front yard. It's pretty awesome when she participates in the garden and enjoys the food as well.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A late recap of our 1st two trips to our land

We couldn't open the passenger side doors and had to escape Dukes of Hazard style.

At the end of May we decided to haul the camper up to the land. We knew that there was a very good chance that we wouldn't be able to get it up over the hill to the camping spot, but were certain we could at least get it on the land. Since there had been daily downpours, it turned out that there was good potential to get stuck before our land. Which is what we did. The road was a sloppy mess and going around a bend in the road, the camper got into a drainage rut and quickly pulled the truck into it too. We spent about 3 hours trying various ways to pull the camper out (we were able to unhook the truck and get it out), I walked to our neighbors about a half mile away. Luckily they were home and owned a tractor. They're a really nice retired couple. The wife, Fay, told me that when her husband saw us drive by he exclaimed, "They're going to get stuck." After unsuccessfully trying a few of our ideas, we ended up hooking up chains to the truck which was attached to the camper and they pulled us out. It was the only way to keep the truck out of the rut. We did eventually make it to the land and there was no way we could get it over the hill so we parked it on the south edge of our property. Despite the shit ass day, Aubrey and I remained friendly to each other and the kids were great. We still had a nice short weekend of camping and came up with plans for our next trip to do some major driveway work so we could get the camper over the hill. Fast forward to a few weekends later...We weren't able to get road base delivered soon enough or get any kind of excavation equipment for our next trip up but figured we could still get in a good weekend of camping. When we showed up the ground was dry. Aubrey took the truck up an alternate path over our hill without any problems and we hooked up the camper and went for it. Easy peasy. Totally moved the camper with no problem at all. This was great for us because our next trip up was going to be with Aubrey's sister and family. We would have had to do all the roadwork the first couple days of their trip to be able to move the camper. Now we were all set and we've completely abandoned our plans to work on the driveway. Our new path is working out quite well. We'll deal with the main drive when the new one turns to shit.

Ollie like the backpack!

Learning the difference between an elk print and a deer. We also saw a cat print too!

Copper, Melvin, and I all almost stepped on this snake. Aubrey saw it but didn't say anything until we were all passed it.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day Quote of the Day

"It's Father's Day.  Daddy can do whatever he wants."
-Copper Jo

Aubrey told her to say the "father's day" part, but she came up with the other part all by herself.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Copper sums up Motherhood

Last night Copper and I took a bath together. I was reminiscing about my baths pre children and told her, "There once was a time when I'd take a bath and light a candle and read a book. It was so relaxing." Copper's response as she was dumping water over my head, "Well those days are over!"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Come on Copper, get in."
-Cousin Kai

They built a fort (if you can't tell) out of sticks in Rian and Josh's front yard. Here they are "in" the fort.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Copper just saw her first rainbow.  Seems like a blog worthy experience to me.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

"When I grow up, I want to be a kid again."

-Copper Jo

She's a smart kid.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

"I just wanted my nails to be stylish."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quote of the Day

After watching some TV, Copper came into the office and counted down her numbers from 11-1. I told Copper, "Who needs school. You just need TV."

Her response, "I don't need school. I've already been teached."


Monday, March 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Mama, I spilled a little bit of water on Grandma's couch. Well, not a little. Kind of a lot."

-Copper Jo

Friday, March 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

Copper: "Mommy! Ollie's being a pain in the ass!"

Quote of the Day

Copper: "I think I'll stay here forever."

Quote of the Day

Copper: "Mom, did you know scissors can cut through materials like this?"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Workout Partner

Copper's helping me get back into shape by being my workout buddy. 4 weeks and 1 day...time to reclaim my body. Sure, Ollie owns my boobs, but I'm taking the rest of my body back!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Copper's finished cake

This is the finished cake. No, we did not try it.

Chef Copper or Mad Scientist?

Yesterday morning Copper decided that she wanted to bake something. Pretty soon I could hear the sound of a utensil tapping the side of a metal mixing bowl. When I went into the kitchen she had already mixed together a tortilla chip with some oregano. 

Other ingredients included:
-orange peel
-orange slice
-olive oil
-waffle/pancake mix
-yellow and blue food coloring 
-yellow sugar sprinkles

We then baked it at 350 for about 12 minutes.
Bon appetit!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Clean Diaper Shenanigans

This is the face I make immediately after taking a crap in a less than 2 minutes old clean diaper.