Monday, March 30, 2009

So what's new?

I don't have any particular thing to write about, but it seems that I have a lot to write about at the same time. So I'll just make a top 10 list of all the things that are new with us or just things that I've been thinking about.

1. Knut played with the Good Shepherd team for the HIT basketball tournament this last weekend. They won the championship for their division. Way to go!

2. Elias has slept through the night in his own crib in the boy's room for 2 nights in a row now. Mommy is happy!

3. Knut is starting the south beach diet today. I'm so proud of him.

4. I wonder if I will ever be able to go to a quilt/scrap/stamp retreat at Inspiration Point. I need to have to be able to leave all 3 kids with someone. Right now, Elias cannot be left. When he is weaned, the next obstacle will be finding someone who wants to watch my 3 kids for the weekend. Sigh...

5. We're supposed to get about a foot of snow tomorrow. I'm a little anxious for spring to finally be here. I'm eager to get my hands dirty in the dirt, and have the kids play outside all morning. But snow is so pretty too. I think if I was from here, I wouldn't say that!

6. Not a moment has gone by in the last week that Knut and I haven't thought about all of our friends in the Fargo/Moorhead area. You wouldn't believe some of the stories we heard from several people at the HIT tournament. They are still in our prayers, as we know it's not over yet.

7. I've started working out 2-3 times a week during naptime. I do the Wholly Fit workout which is a Christian alternative to yoga. I LOVE IT! It has been a big blessing to me these last few weeks.

8. Over the last 2 months I've started a new tradition in our house of having a friday "tea party." I've invited someone over during naptime on friday, and take out my nice china, iron a tablecloth, and sit and have adult conversation for a few hours over a pot or two of tea. Picking my guests so far has been very random, except I had my friend Candis come over first so I could ask her a bunch of questions as to how to serve tea. Most weeks, I just invited someone who I ran into and I kick myself saying "I really need to get together with her sometime." It's been a lot of moms with older or grown children who don't work outside the home so far. I just didn't want the distraction of more kids, and other ladies work during the day. It's been so nice.

9. David colored all over my couch this last weekend with crayon. What happened was his race cars needed rockets, and the crayons became rockets and raced all over the couch. I haven't cleaned it up yet.

10.Silje's about ready to give up naps, but I'm digging my heels in. Maybe this summer we'll try no napping so she'll be ready for kindergarten.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I have to add this video today as well. Don't forget to scroll down and see my original post from today. David feels the need to pray before any food enters his mouth, whether a meal with the family, or just a little snack. He wanted some grape nuts for snack this morning, and he was so cute praying, that I thought I'd try to catch a video of it. Somehow I think he caught on. I had to stop the taping because I was laughing so hard, I was not expecting his response!

A bit of this...a bit of that

Well, we got a bit dusted last night. Typical March weather I guess: snow melting one day and back again the next. Still, it is quite pretty. I am getting anxious for spring to come, as I really want flowers around again.

The birds have been numerous this spring. I saw a robin on Friday...the first day of spring appropriately. Knut said he saw 3 of them behind the house yesterday. There has been one black and white bird that has shown up and attacks all the other birds whenever they try to come to our bird feeder, but he wasn't around this morning. We've seen the same 2 birds all winter, and now that spring is here, I see new birds at the feeder every day (when they're not pecked out by the new black and white one.) It's a silly and small pleasure, but the kids and I really do enjoy watching the birds at the feeder throughout the day.

Silje has been wanting to learn how to sew, and I got her this plastic sheet to start practicing. I drew a bunch of shapes on it with a permanent marker, and she traces them with a running stitch of yarn. She's pretty good, if I do say so myself. It's been a good learning experience for her especially since she likes to get things right the first time, and gets really frustrated when she doesn't. Every time she makes a mistake, I fix it and say "now what did we learn from this mistake?" And she takes a moment to think about it, and gives me, usually, a very good answer. I then say "It's a good thing you're making these mistakes, otherwise you would have not learned so much today." She then gives me a big smile. I'm not encouraging her to make mistakes, but she's so fearful of making mistakes, that she doesn't always try things. I just want her to TRY! She has finished the circle, square, and heart and is currently working on the trapazoid. (Yes, my 4 year old knows what a trapezoid you?)

And here's Elias just saying hi. He's moved into David's room now. I was getting too much in the habit of bringing him to our bed to feed him if he woke up at night, and I'm trying to break him of that habit because I sleep terribly if he's in bed with us. It's been 3 nights now, and although the first night he woke up every 1 and 1/2 hours, he now only wakes up once. We put him down at 10pm, and he wakes up about 3, and then again at 6. He used to sleep all the way through the night, but he's been waking up the last 2 weeks or so. Our doctor said that they need a boost of calories around 4 months, and he's probably not getting quite enough from me. So I think the rice cereal has been helping...but this kid is growing fast! Knut laughed last night when I started feeding him the cereal, because Elias' eyes lit up and he practically lunged toward the spoon, and his mouth was opening and shutting like a fish in desperation to get the food in his mouth faster. It's only been his 4th time having the cereal. I guess he likes it!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Roomba Anyone?

I have thought several times how nice it would be to have one of those Roomba vacuums. To just set something down, and let it clean as I go about my business. But I've talked myself out of it. My floors wouldn't be compatible with some of its limitations. For instance, it wouldn't do my stairs, which get bad pretty quick. Would it really get the corners, and how would it handle the toys that are everywhere?

Well, yesterday, I found something better than a Roomba. May I present:

David with a dust buster.

I was cleaning the bedrooms, and he wanted to try his hand at vacuuming. So I let him vacuum his own room, and he did a fantastic job! (A little more wear and tear on my vacuum than I would have wanted, but his room looked great!) So I pulled out my old dust buster that I got at a garage sale or something years ago. David walks around looking for dirt or dead bugs (it's an old house, and bugs come in at springtime). My floors and windowsills have never been so clean. Since the weather was nice enough, I opened up our 3 season porch so he could vacuum all the dead bugs out there, because we actually ran out of things to vacuum in the house. He vacuums until the battery is dead, and then we charge it. He asks to vacuum every 15 minutes until it is charged again. I can tell him: "eat all your vegetables, or no vacuuming before naptime" and he shovels those vegis in.

THIS IS AWESOME! and I hope it lasts!

I tried it on Silje, but she's old enough to recognize a chore when she sees one! Of course...she still really loves to dust...(ha ha ha *evil laugh*)

4 months for Elias!

Elias reached his 4 month birthday on the 15th, and was just at the doctor's yesterday. He checked out OK! He was 16 lbs even, and 24 inches long. You should see his chunky thighs! That put him in the 75% percentile for weight and the 25% percentile for height. (His largest percentile for height to date.) The doctor thought that it might be time to introduce some rice cereal, as I reported that he can nurse with few breaks for up to 2 hours in the evening before bed. So I made up a tablespoon of rice cereal yesterday, and he ate about 3/4 of it! I think he's going to be a pro!

His absolutely favorite thing to do now is play in the saucer. He just loves to "stand up."

He's not rolling over yet...but he's so close!

David spends much of his time now playing with Elias in the saucer, when Elias is awake, that is. They enjoy each other so much!

What a sweetie!

Here's 2 quick videos of the boys playing together.


And just because my little beauty isn't getting as much blog time as her she is:

She is such a great big sister. Did you know that she is starting kindergarten this fall? We went to a "Kindergarten Round-up" at her new school on Tuesday. She got to meet some of the teachers, and play a bit in some of the rooms. My little baby is getting so big! As loud as the boys are, I think it will seem lonely around here when she heads off to school every day on the bus. Since we're out in the country, she'll get picked up close to first, and dropped off close to last on the bus. Knut said as a kid, the ride to school was often around 45 minutes! Knowing Silje, I think she'll enjoy every minute of it!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Party Poopers

OK, no one commented yesterday, you party poopers.

Here are the answers:
#1 David
#2 Elias
#3 Elias
#4 David
#5 Elias
#6 David
#7 Silje
#8 David
#9 Silje

There wasn't as many pictures of Silje because she was so much chubbier than the other 2 so fast, and she wore lots of pink in all her baby pictures, so it was a dead giveaway. The picture #9 was when Silje was a week or less old. (My mom stayed with me the week after she was born, and those are her arms in the picture.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Who is who?

Okay who's ready for a guessing game? Everyone asks who Elias looks like the most: Silje or David. I give the question to you. Can you name each of these baby pictures? I have tried to pick the most gender neutral outfits in these pictures and ages around Elias' age, or younger. (I wanted to show pictures of very newborns and see if you could say who was who, but Elias had so many tubes on him that it would be a dead givaway.) Leave your answers in the comments and lets see who gets the most right! The following are pictures of Silje, David, and Elias. Can you tell them apart?

Picture #1:

Picture #2

Picture #3

Picture #4

Picture #5

Picture #6

Picture #7

Picture #8

Picture #9 (tricky one...isn't it?)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Another Blizzard

Well, there was yet another blizzard here around our parts. I was planning to take Elias to Fargo tomorrow to finally get his portrait taken. You may laugh, but this is my 4th attempt to get him to a studio there to get his picture taken, and each time, my plans fall through as the roads to Fargo close due to weather, or one of my kids have been sick. I have been trying to do this for 2 months now. I knew I should have just done it when we were in Phoenix, and had them mail me the pictures.

A bird who has been getting fat this winter off of our bird feeder outside our kitchen window spent several minutes there this morning trying to get out of the wind. We had a lot of fun looking at him.

This is a view outside our kitchen today. In the distance is a row of evergreens, and behind them is the huge grain bins. Unfortunately, the grain bins were not visible today due to the blizzard. The light you see is a reflection of one of the kitchen lights behind me.

This is the view outside our dining room window. It may look just like a tree, but that's the point. There is a big white barn in front of you, and you can't see it. Well, if I squint hard at the center of the picture I think I can see some darker white, but I'm not sure if I just know where the barn is and am studying it so hard. Late afternoon one of the doors to the barn was blown open, and all you could see in this field of white was a dark doorway.

Knut put it well that it's easy to get lost in our own little world in this house on days like today. It's easy to forget that there's a whole world out there. It makes me glad that we took the kids to Phoenix this winter, just to see something different.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Funny Stories

Well, I haven't been able to download pictures for a few days because blogger seems to be running slow, so I thought I would just post some funny things the kids said earlier today.

David wore a shirt today that said "My Dad is the Man."
So I asked him:

Me: David, is your daddy a cool dude?
David: No.
Me: He's not?
David: No! Cool dudes are giants! Really, REALLY big guys! Daddy's not a cool dude, giants are cool dudes.

It may not be that funny, but I laughed. Okay, now for Silje's funny story. Todd and Jess, (Matthew's parents for those of you who are not Todd and Jess) if you're reading this, you'll want to tune in on this one.

Silje: Okay David, you be Matthew (she was trying to get him to pretend play with her.)
David: Matthew?
Silje: Yes, Matthew. He's the boy I'm going to marry. Now you be Matthew and ask me to marry you. Then we'll pretend our wedding.

Knut had big eye rolls with that one!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Back in the Cold

We're back in the cold again, and what better way to celebrate being home than to take the kids out in sub-zero weather, to go cross country skiing!

David was the champ of the day. I didn't know a 3 year old was capable of skiing so well! When Silje gave up a few times, but not this guy. When Knut and I were working with Silje to get her going again, he just kept going on...down hills, through the woods...wherever the track took him! I love this picture!

Here's Knut getting Silje up the hill. She did very well, but was a little prone to giving up in the beginning. Once we got in the woods and out of the wind she was much happier.

Elias came with too, pulled behind Knut in the little baby sled attached to a harness that Knut wore. The Spidahl Ski Gard seems to be equiped for everything! Doesn't he look cozy in there! He got so warm that he slept the whole time.

It's fun to be back!

Picture Dump

I just wanted to warn you all that I just posted the last of our trip pictures today. I just dumped a bunch in the last 3 posts that were put up today. If I get around to it later today, I'll post what we've been up to since we got back.

A Day at the Phoenix Zoo

One of our last days in Phoenix, we invited my grandparents out and we went to the Phoenix Zoo with the kids. Although we didn't get to see all of it, because we only had the morning before the kids fell apart, it was loads of fun. Sorry for so many pics. Just be glad I didn't post all of the pictures of animals that we saw through the fences. Why do we even take those pictures? They never turn out well, yet we feel obligated to take them. Good thing it was just digital "film."

The "moms" but really sisters.

I got to talk with my Grandma a bunch while we walked...although it feels like there's never enough time!!!!

Here's Silje and David in a Kangaroo's pouch

Silje in a spiderweb!

David pulling the wagon. He was kinda having a bad morning, and was basically screaming whenever he couldn't pull the wagon. He had very little interest in the animals.

David and Jackson seeing how their hands compares to that of a gorilla.

Elias mostly slept at the zoo. He wore a hat to protect his head from the sun...but it kept slipping.

Fun on the Carousel!

We all went one evening to eat at the mall and ride the carousel. The rides were $1 a piece, and Grammy and Papa were going to treat each of the grandkids. When we went to get the tokens, though, the machine was broken. We asked the lady running the carousel how we can get tokens, and she said that the token machine was broken that day, so she was instructed that all rides were to be free until it was fixed. Needless to say, the kids rode on it 7 times!

Here's Silje on a unicorn,

Silje on a cat,

David on a zebra,

Jackson on a horse,

Heidi on a horse...hey it's free, right?

The inner ring of "horses" were all mythical figures like a unicorn, or frog prince. The middle circle had traditional carousel horses and the outer ring had exotic animals like giraffes and tigers. We all had fun!

Phoenix Pics

Fun outside!

The kids had so much fun playing on a playground near Grammy and Papa's house! There were swings...

lovely slides...

a pole to slide down...

stairs to climb... and all without ice on them! What a fun treat for February!

Here's Elias having fun playing on the floor.

Is that the dog, Brandy, coming through the doggy door?

Nope! It's David! Silje and David spent countless hours going outside and coming back inside through Brandy's doggy door. Who knew it could provide so much entertainment!

Jackson was feeling sick before we got there, and once we arrived, Heidi thought she should take him in one more time to the doctor (he had an ear infection the week before) Wouldn't you know, he had RSV just like Elias (he had it before we got there...don't worry, he didn't give him RSV). At his age he didn't need to be hospitalized like Elias did, but Jackson's pediatrician said he should stay away from other kids...until she found out that RSV just went through our family, so we were still immune for 8 more weeks or so. Fortunately he only had one bad day when we were there, and was feeling more himself very quickly.

Here are the kids and Heidi and Tony's house. There's Jackson, David and Silje having some lunch. Aren't cousins fun!

Here's Elias checking out his daddy and Grammy and Papa's house.

I need to figure out how to get rid of the red eyes...but isn't he a cutie!

A Grammy's paradise!