Saturday, April 26, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Although we are now living in town, this is ranch country and we know several people who are ranchers.  We have some friends, Jake and Katie, who are a young couple who are taking care of Jake's grandfather's ranch.  Sometimes Rancher Jake has asked Bean to come out for half a day and help him with chores.  These days are real highlights for Bean, probably mostly because Rancher Jake lets Bean drive the pickup truck on ranch roads.  Yeah, I'm sure that's it.  

Anyway, last time I took Bean out there I took all the kids with me and the weather was nice enough to let the kids explore a little bit.  What an amazing place!  My little people had a blast messing around on the sandstone bluffs just above the ranch buildings.




















And there's horses too.  



And all kinds of other stuff that we hope to go back and explore later, such as Native American artifacts.  

I don't know how much time we'll get out there, because this ranch is for sale.  Alas.  I wish we could buy it (but the price tag has the word "million" at the end of it... this is a hard-core ranch, not two cute little acres.)  We do miss having the room to roam.  The kids miss it a lot more than I do.  So I am glad we could at least spend an afternoon at the ranch.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Does Come Eventually Here

At the beginning of April spring seemed a long way off.  I had to buy daffodils at the store to bring some color into my world.  




But finally, things are looking vernal and verdant and all that.  I even have hyacinths blooming in my front flower bed.  Happiness!





Grandma and Grandpa's Visit

At the beginning of April we were very privileged to have a visit from the Badger's parents.  They last time the two of them came together to visit us was 2007, so this was a very welcome event.  We spent many happy days talking and eating and laughing and playing together.  The weather was raw, but we didn't mind (though we have been telling them that they need to come back when our corner of the world is green and lovely!)  

I didn't think to take pictures while they were here until the morning they were leaving.  I arranged everyone for a group photo:



Prince Charming and Grandpa are best buddies.  Grandpa always shares his food.  




Then I took pictures of Grandma and Grandpa hugging the kids goodbye.  I hope that someday they will really treasure these pictures.  










I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have married into this family.  They are amazing and talented and good.  Thank you Grandma and Grandpa, for braving the long boring drive to come and see us!  We love you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Another Favorite Baby Snack

Dirt!  Yum!  


Eating dirt and leaving the remnants all over your chin is an important rite of toddlerhood.  


I love that babies are so washable.  



When I saw these pictures, the first thing that came to my mind was this picture of Fish in 2004.  


And the second thing that came to mind was this picture:


Yep, that's me.  In 1980.  Eating dirt.  Breakfast of champions!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Love Squeeze Pouches!

I love that these days so much of the baby food comes in squeeze pouches.   


(I am sure that is not their technical name but that is what I am going to call them because I dearly love the word "squeeze.") 


I love that you don't need a spoon.  Just hand it to Baby and he schlurps it up.  


Then you just have to help him out by rolling it up so he can get the last little bits.  


They are wonderfully convenient, at home or on the go.  


What I also love about them is that I can add the contents of a probiotic capsule to them and Prince Charming consumes it quickly and easily.  He has some digestive issues which are helped immensely when we give him probiotics and this is a super easy way to get it into him. 


And to top it all off, they're just really cute when they're eating them.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Playing


Prince Charming is still very much my baby, but there are little signs here and there that his baby days are numbered.  Lately I often catch him playing with the bigger kids, acting like he's in their league.  I guess he is sixteen months now.  (Sigh.)   And look how much older Peanut looks in this picture.  It's amazing how sometimes you don't notice how they're growing until you see it in a photograph.  

Violin Lessons

Roo is absolutely thriving in the orchestra program she is involved in through the local school.  She loves to practice and I can't believe how fast she's learning.  



I am so thrilled that she has the opportunity to participate in this program.  It just amazes me how it these things that are so good for my children tend to appear just when we need them.  It's always a testimony to me that these are God's children and He has a plan for them.