Monday, March 31, 2008

lucky jammies

james is growing up! these are his new 3-6 month big boy pajamas. he has worn them the past three nights and has slept all the way through. i'm afraid to wash them! i feel almost like a regular person with so much uninterrupted sleep.

right now i am hiding out in the den. jacob is finishing i am legend by himself. it was getting a little too intense for me. i am turning in to a total wimp. oh well...
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

adding ada

i noticed that we haven't posted about adaline yet. she is great! a couple of weeks ago(before she and jacob decided to cut her hair off) she was supposed to dress as a favorite character. she chose kirsten, one of the american girls just so she could wear this to school. jacob's mom put together these cute pioneer outfits for the kids a couple of summers ago. they have been a major hit!

adaline is a huge reader. here is a picture of her reading in bed. when we moved back into our house after the flood we put the girls in the "green room" in the basement. we thought we would have to trick them some how into staying down there but luckily they love it. the only issue was that ada froze at first so i finally had some motivation to finish her quilt.

some other interesting things about adaline are that she loves animals, especially animals that live in the arctic. as much as she loves animals though, she is also incredibly o.k. with the "circle of life". alice and i cried during march of the penguins. she held up pretty well. she talks hunting with jacob, which he loves. she is a very calm person. even when we are running late she doesn't hurry(which can be a little troubling sometimes). she has really enjoyed the snow this year. she is always my last kid in from outside. she loves james! that may be an understatement. she can sit and hold him for a very long time. she is a fun girl and she is naturally good and obedient. i could go on and on...
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spring break '08

Not how most would choose to start spring break! We got hit with another foot of snow on Friday evening and Saturday morning with potentially more to come. I can barely drive up my driveway and April 1st is in two days. See highlights from a local newspaper below:


More snow on the way will add to record season

COEUR d'ALENE -- The green buds of early spring flowers were covered again under more than a foot of snow, after a storm system tracked across the region Friday and Saturday.

And it's not over yet.

More snow is predicted for the early part of the week in Coeur d'Alene and the surrounding area, making Saturday the 124th consecutive day snow has been on the ground, said climatologist Cliff Harris. If that seems like a long time, that's because it is, Harris said.

The recent snowfall breaks the record of 123 days.

"It's a little tough on the psyche to look out the window and see all this snow," Harris said.

Harris predicts two more systems will move through the area, depositing up to five inches by Tuesday.

Calling the weekend snowfall the "spring storm of the century," Harris added that the storm was the "heaviest ever this late in the season, bar none."

Since snow started falling in early winter, 13.5 feet have fallen in Coeur d'Alene -- nearly 100 inches more than normal for this period.

In Rathdrum, more than 15 feet have fallen, and at stations between Spirit Lake and Priest Lake, the total is as high as 18 feet, Harris said.

Saturday temperatures were just above freezing around noon in Coeur d'Alene; much lower than the average 50-degree days experienced in late March.

But, this week's snow storms could be the last as they are followed by high pressure and warmer temperatures, Harris said.

He predicts by April 5, Coeur d'Alene could have highs in the mid-50s.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

hello kitty waffles

aunt jodie and uncle jared gave adaline this hello kitty waffle iron for her birthday a couple years ago. it has been the best gift! the other night while we were decorating our waffles ada said: mom let's take pictures of our dinner. i was confused. she said: you know for our homemade magazine on the computer. she is a clever girl. ada's creation is on top. alice's is on bottom.
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still snowing...

i'm making the best of the snow by using it as a back drop for my violet. it always amazes me when this thing finally blooms.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

never ending winter

Well... it is March 16th and we woke up with an inch of new snow. Spring just doesn't seem to be breaking through as fast as we would hope. This winter in North Idaho has been the snowiest in many years. Here are a few pics of the ridiculousness. It has been a fun winter but we are definately ready for it to heat up!


This winter we have been fortunate to avoid any sickness. Really, we have had hardly even a sniffle. Instead we have been dealt some real doosies. Alice broke her collarbone swinging on the arms of the couches. Ironic since a three story plunge out the window barely scratched her. (love the mustache) Jack broke his arm standing on the office chair while Alice was spinning him. He has become quite the one-armed bandit. Jacob had his snowmobile tip over on his leg and it got nasty infected. (sorry for the gross picture, it doesn't even do it justice.) That sums up the past three months. I wonder what the rest of the year will bring..

Monday, March 10, 2008

first time, long time

so i've been looking at our blog for a long time now. here is my first post. i can't imagine who is going to be interested enough to read this stuff. i am hoping most of my posts are narrating pictures so that my thoughts are focused on a subject. it can get a little embarrassing when i'm left to ramble, especially in a format like this where there is no one to rein me in. i love jim rome.

"mini-van selling-karma"

Trying to sell this minivan is plaguing me!! Someone should have knocked some sense in to me a few years ago when I started talking about buying a minivan. Joni was driving a nice 1995 Red Landcruiser at the time and it was approaching 210,000 miles. Maintenance was becoming an issue so I decided to sell out. We bought a Dodge Grand Caravan that has been ok... until this year when we purchased another Landcruiser. We quickly remembered what we had been missing! The new (to us) 2000 Landcruiser is a dream to drive, especially this winter in North Idaho when snow accumulation records were demolished. Now the minivan sits on craigslist and in my garage waiting for someone to come along. It has been for sale now for 2 months. I keep dropping the price. Now, I am in desperate need of some "minivan-selling-karma!!!!"

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Bathing James

Here is a video of James getting all cleaned up. Jack wanted to join in and help. As you can see, he is a big fan of little brother.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

spring sledding...

Joni came home the other day and found my neighbor video taping me jumping the snowmobile off the burms right next to the house. Good times!! Not a bad way to start posting for the new blog. Yee Haw!