Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2nd grade testing

On Terry's day off last week, he took Evie and Samuel to ride her birthday bike for the first time while Noah stayed home with me to complete his second grade standardized test. Ezra napped through all the fun.

Noah is actually somewhere between 2nd and 3rd grade since we held him back and I'm trying to get him caught up. We couldn't just skip the test of course. I prepared him as much as I could and we got to work as soon as Ezra was napping. I was so nervous! But Noah was all, "I'm excited! Are you excited mommy?" Uhhh, yeah sure Noah. But not really.

It was really hard for me to watch him make a mistake and not try to help him. One time, upon finding his own mistake he said, "No, no, no. I almost fell into that trap!" Ha! 

Halfway through the reading comprehension section, he checked how far he had to go and exclaimed, "I'm excited! I'm excited!" Silly boy. 

At the end of about an hour we had a break. 

We took another break for lunch and then finished the test. It took about two or two and a half hours total.

Afterwards I loaded up the two boys and headed to the district office to return the test and run some errands - Noah was treated to his favorite candy bar, a Kit Kat. And once we all returned home, he chose to play Angry Birds on Terry's phone for another reward. I hope it went alright!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blazer replacement

Here is Terry's Blazer. He decided that he wanted to sell it since we needed something with a third row seat so all six of us could fit. And sell it this week he did. Yay!

And isn't it strange that I wrote a blog on April 5, 2010 about Terry replacing his original Blazer with the one above and on that exact same day five years later he replaced  it with a new four wheel drive vehicle! I thought it was. 

Anyway, here is our new 2005 GMC Envoy. We like it a lot. Our van has high miles on it and we considered getting a new one. In the end though, Terry decided to keep it until it won't go no more and once that happens this Envoy will replace it as the family vehicle (yay for me!). Plus he will be able to use it for the same purposes as the Blazer - hauling man stuff like firewood and drywall, etc.

We took our maiden voyage in it to church on Sunday as one big family. There was snow on the ground and so we thought maybe it'd be nice to have four wheel drive. However, the streets were dry. Ha! It was still definitely fun to drive.

We all fit!

post birthday ranch visit

We had planned to go to the ranch on Evie's birthday but since it ended up "blizzarding" we had to put it off until the weekend. By then the weather was pretty decent, though windy. We had hoped to see a baby calf born, but arrived not five minutes too late. We were able to see the new calf getting licked off and trying to stand up. So cute. Terry's dad had Terry take some photos of a 1949 or 1950 Studebaker that he was hoping to sell. I like it. I like the view too.

Before lunch Terry, Noah, Evie and I headed out four wheeling. That day was April 5th, only 14 days shy of our 12 year engagement anniversary. So, naturally, we had to make a stop at The Rock.
Notice the carving?

Terry proposed to me by carving it into this rock on the ranch. You can see the date to the far left: 4-19-03, which, incidentally, is the day Noah was born exactly two years later. Then it begins, "EVA WILL U..." 

"...MARRY ME?" The "YES" was not there originally, obviously. I carved it in afterwards. Actually, I only carved the "Y" and since I was having such a hard time, Terry filled in the rest. Hahaha.

From The Rock we drove to the fence line and looked at the houses, part of a neighborhood that never used to be there. Then we went to the east of Terry's grandparent's land, mostly the prairie dog town. Here's Evie and I parked on top of a mound.

Right before we headed back for lunch and birthday cupcakes, we stopped at this little pond to throw in old cow bones and then skip rocks. I nearly hit Terry twice and then decided I better stop. It was a fun day. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

the Eva/Ezra face

Who does Ezra looks like? Terry or I?

How about me?

Terry was at my folks last weekend, saw this photo of baby me that my sister had hung up in a collage, thought I looked an awful lot like Ezra and texted it to me. I have to say that I think he's right!

He's more pudgy than I appear to have been, but his face sure looks like baby me.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Evie's 6th birthday

I don't remember exactly why, but the day before Evie's birthday was quite busy. For one thing, Terry preached. That evening I made Evie's rainbow birthday cake which made it the third year in a row I've made it (four and five birthday links). I tried to talk her out of it. What a great mommy I am but at least I did it for her. The cake isn't actually all that difficult, it just uses a ton of dishes. So here are the cakes ready to go in the oven.

We had braced for the possibility of not being able to go to the ranch like we had planned due to an  impending "blizzard." The district cancelled school but it turned out to be much less severe than they predicted. Terry still managed to make it to the store for some birthday donuts. How happy she was to receive pink and purple sprinkles for breakfast!

I had her model the cake along with her choice of a birthday dress (a Christmas one because it was princessy) in front of the back door to show the terrible blizzard. I guess it was quite windy and the interstate was dangerous though.  

We had planned to celebrate at the ranch for half of the day but since that fell through, Terry let her choose a couple movies to keep them busy. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Frozen. Poor girl had higher hopes but that's life! There had been a snow storm in Nebraska on the day she was born as well. I guess half of her birthdays just might have snow involved.

That evening she did have a little party though. My folks and Nathan, Ana, Shari, Jesse, Grace and Sarah were all able to come over to celebrate Evie.

She loved that cake. Terry and I were not a fan of the hard sprinkles. She was though!

She got some pretty pink sparkly shoes... 

a couple My Little Ponies which she adores... 

a bike helmet....and.... 

a big girl bike! We had been planning on getting her a boy bike to pass on to the brothers. We turned soft at Scheels though and opted for the girl bike. We're glad we did and so was she. Happy 6th birthday Evie! You add so much joy and fun to our lives and we love you! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

amoxicillin = spotted baby

Ezra had a cold last week that had progressed to where he had had a fever for 3 days and was really quite cranky. He was totally not himself at all. So I took him to the doctor on Friday who said he had an ear infection (again - he ruptured his ear in February while Terry was at D2S). He didn't seem to think it was all that severe though. The doc prescribed Amoxicillin and after just one dose, on Saturday morning he looked like this:

It was worst around her hairline and the top of his back. It was worse on Sunday.

Poor baby. Guess no more amoxicillin for him. On a happier note, he seems to have been getting better on his own, which is what the doctor was hoping would happen anyway.


Our schedule around here involves school in the mornings during Ezra's morning nap, lunch, recess and then quiet/nap time. Noah had me laughing this particular day. There he is, literally hanging out in the baby swing while Evie does all the grunt work. He's such a serious boy that sometimes he doesn't want to play, but then when he does he's extra wacky. A paradoxical boy. What a place to sit and contemplate life. Silly boy.


A couple weeks ago I caught Samuel "playing" with Ezra across the gate. Yeah, like both of those gates? We are a gated community. 

By "playing" I mean that it was a combination of actual nice playing and then Samuel taking stuff away. Little punk.

It doesn't bother Ezra yet, but it will. I remember how Evie used to go along with every single thing Noah wanted to do. Then she realized that she didn't have to. That's when it gets interesting. 


We decided to start giving The Olders a small allowance. They recently saved enough up for a trip to Target to make their first ever purchases. It took a while to save, but they also had a little birthday money in their underwear drawer from who knows how long ago that they'd never spent. How happy do they look with the My Little Pony and Nijago Lego dude?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

tongue window washing Ezra

After dinner one evening last week while I was washing up, I looked over and saw Ezra at the back door doing this:

I quickly dried my hands, grabbed the camera and headed outside to the other side of the glass. Ezra was glad to see me there.

And he resumed washing windows. It just gets better and better. 

Contemplative tongue. 

Combined nose and tongue smash. 

Now we're getting interesting. Falling down the window tongue? 

Screaming tongue? He could almost be calling for Samuel... or throwing up.

At any rate, Samuel came over. I hope these two get along well. If Samuel's recent behavior to Ezra is any indication of the future, then they'll be fighting before we know it! So far Ezra doesn't seem to mind though :)

Evie reads and labels

As I've mentioned before, Evie's reading book has occasional games. It's nice to break out of the mold sometimes, even if it is more work. It's fun to see her excited about it.

Last week Evie was reviewing the long-a words she has been learning. We wrote down 20 different words and after she read each one she had to place it on an item that made sense to her. A week later I still have the little labels on my oven (bake), dining room chairs (break, place), washing machine (shakes), calendar (May, nail), window screen (ray) and more!

Here she is modeling "brain," "vein," "waist," "great" on her backpack, and a "thumb" for me.

Samuel is very eager to take part as well. He likes his sister. She plays with him. Noah is much more aloof with him. Poor Samuel. I have hopes for he and Ezra.

Samuel likes baseball

Samuel loves balls. It's one of the earliest words he could say. A couple weeks ago Terry was out back teaching him how to play baseball. I think Samuel might be our little athlete.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

snowman killer 2

This last weekend I took some funny pictures of Evie outside with the remnants of a snowman. It reminded me of another snowman when she was just a little wee-thing at about 18 months... 

Terry made this snowman for Noah and Evie in Gothenburg in October of 2009. Strange to think those two punks were the only two we had. Look how cute!!

A couple weeks later our "1st snow man" had melted down to a pretty pitiful pile, with his body parts strewn around him like a backyard battlefield. I just love how she picked up his arm and poked him with it. I said, "And she kills him with his own arm." 

Fast forward four and a half years. Last weekend I looked outside to find her literally beating the brains and guts out of what was left of this snowman with a baseball bat. Look at her vindictive pleasure.

Clearly the girl does not like snowmen. Look at her face!