Thursday, June 14, 2012


Aydin says, "Mom, my back hurts. I think Rykin bited my back while I was sleeping last night. Babies bite everything! Like food, and balls, and people. They don't know that humans don't like to be bited."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Our New Backyard!!!

This has been so much work, but so worth the effort.  We started this project mid March when the company that we hired came to grade the yard, remove the weeds that had taken over, install sprinklers, and enlarge our patio.  Jesse and I came up with the design and did the rest of the work on our own.  All I have left to do is plant the Rose of Sharon that I have been waiting for, and start my garden.  I am so happy with how this turned out.  It will definitely be a place filled with good memories in the following years.

This is how it looked when we moved in 1 year ago.  It was full of weeds, rocks, sand, pallets, and eight full "containers" of that crumbled red brick that the previous owner stole from the old grain mill in Windsor after the tornado destroyed it :

This is after the company that we hired brought in 22 tons of dirt and did the grading:

We had our patio enlarged:

Added trees and edging:

Jesse and Aydin built planter boxes for my garden:

And then we added rock and mulch to the border, and raked for hours to get rid of about ten tons of rock, dirt, and clay chunks to get ready for the sod:

And the grass came:
We're going to put a flagstone path from the door to the grass.

I can't wait to see it in bloom next spring!!  I have a white flowering lilac, red feisty roses, an ornamental pear tree, a snow flower whipping cherry tree, peonies, and I will have a rose of sharon soon.  Aydin requested cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and carrots in her garden.  I plan to plant cilantro, basil, rosemary, and thyme in the planter next to the red chair.  It is going to be so beautiful!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Aydin does not often say her s's at the beginning of many words. It is very endearing and I don't necessarily want to see it go. She says thinks like, "oooh that's a *cary *pider", and can I please have a *poon." And we have trouble with the -ed endings as well. For example, "that really *parkleded(sparkled)." Jesse mentioned yesterday that maybe we should start trying to correct her pronunciation. I had her saying all of her s words correctly and mentioned that while it was really cute when she said them the wrong way, she sounded very smart when she said them the right way. I left the room for a bit while she practiced saying her s words to Rykin and popped back in to hear her say, "Ssspecial! It is so cute when I say it the wrong way."

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I burped at the table today without thinking. So, I decided to make an example of myself. "Oh, that was so rude! I shouldn't have done that at the dinner table. Excuse me!" Aydin say, "Yeah, you should do that in the living room!"

Made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They may be more done than usual. Aydin says, "Mine isn't supposed to be like that." I say, "Yeah it is, it's toasty." She replies, "No, it's burned and too crunchy."

Friday, September 02, 2011


Jesse get up early for work and I remember that he asked me if I thought he could stay home. I was feeling very ready for this guy to be here, but we had already had two false alarms. We had even asked my parents to come over one night because we thought for sure he was coming. I had a couple of mild contractions, but I sent Jesse to work, a bit disappointed. I was beginning to think that I would go to my due date this time.

My dad had a business trip to leave for that afternoon. I was having a few more really mild contractions, so when he called to see if he could come visit before he left for his trip, I asked if he would like to go for a walk. We walked together with Aydin in the stroller for a while. My dad asked if I was having any contractions, because he couldn't tell. They were a bit more regular, but still really mild.

Jesse came home at lunch, as usual and asked if I thought maybe we could go to the hospital. He really didn't want to go back to work, but my contractions were still 5-7 minutes apart and fairly mild. We called the midwife who said, "Well why don't you just come in after lunch and we'll check you out."

We got to the midwife's office at 1. They checked me and were excited to report that I was 8 cen. dilated! The office was connected to the hospital, and we were told that I would be able to go straight to my room ("in a wheelchair!," they said.) Patty, my midwife, came bubbling into our room as soon as we got there. She greeted us, very excited, and then excused herself so that the nurses could do what they needed to do. As soon as I was ready she came back into the room (and never left again until after Rykin checked out okay) and talked over everything with me. She was so comforting and supportive. That was a little before three. Jesse sat behind me in the bed, supporting me the whole time and Rykin was born shortly after at 3:35 PM. I held him briefly while Jesse cut the cord, but he was having trouble breathing so they whisked him away to make sure he was okay. He was perfect! An 8# 11 oz., 20 1/2 " baby old man. He was so wrinkly!

The whole experience at the hospital could not have gone more perfectly. I loved Patty, a wonderful Christian woman, who has heart for the work that she does! Having an amazing birthing experience made Rykin's arrival all the more wonderful! I was so glad to finally have him here with us! And as excited as I was to meet our little guy, I was even more excited to introduce him to his big sister.


Rykin is one year old now! The year went by so quickly. He grew up way to fast for my taste, but it has been a fantastic year; watching him grow, his personality blossom, and his relationship with his sister become more obviously playful. The boy in him has come out, and adds a fun little twist to the daily routine of these two girls. He likes playing with cars, attacking pillows, and walking around house with his walker (little old man.) He is very determined, if not a tad stubborn. And he is a charmer. He loves to socialize, always sitting backwards in his highchair so that he can see all of the people around him. He will be the class clown I think. He is confident, but at the same time quite a mama's boy. He has completed our family! What a blessing!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Reading about God

I had a "The Way to God" booklet sitting on the computer desk. Aydin found it, asked what it was and started "reading" it. I came out of the kitchen and heard, "...and mama says Jesus is nice! I love Jesus, she is my best friend. I love Mary too." Ha, ha. We're getting there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Before and After!

We have been VERY busy this summer working on things around the house. We decided to put the back yard on the back burner, so to speak, this year since it is going to be such a beast to tackle. Instead, we decided to redo the front yard. The rocks were mismatched and the bushes were blah.

And recently, while Jesse and I were on a date night, we came home to a little flood in the bathroom. We had been planning on replacing the linoleum eventually, but were now in the position to have to move it up on the to do list. The old linoleum was not well installed and was bubbling up and peeling off the floors, so we replaced all of it in the kitchen, kid's bathroom, and entry way. We'll probably do our bathroom and the laundry room at Christmas break. So, here are some before and after pictures of our "little" projects:

(below is the only "before" bathroom picture that I could find.)