Monday, May 31, 2010

She's here!

Our precious Toucan, whose real name, by the way, is Leanna Rose Curtis, joined our world one day earlier than expected, on May 30th. She was born at 7:26 a.m., weighing 6lb, 14 oz, and 21 inches long. She has dark blue eyes, and a moderate amount of brown hair, which is thicker and longer in the back (hard to tell in the above photos). She is our newest pride and joy, and we are already head over heels in love! (Well, we have been in love for the past nine months, but you know, it's different when it's 'face to face' ;)

We can't tell yet who she looks like. Her face kind of reminds us of Cosette's baby pictures, but her hair and skin are darker, like the boys. I guess she is her own little self :)

Her labor and delivery went wonderfully, and maybe I'll do a whole post about that sometime :) In the meantime, here are just a few more pictures. She looks very 'serious' in all of these, but she's actually been very pleasant and easy so far :)

Me and my girls

Really not happy about the hat, mom!

Noah could not stop giving her kisses!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

My girl

I couldn't resist capturing pictures of my beautiful girl on this beautiful summer day.....

Enjoying her very own flower garden

Taking her 'baby' for a walk

Helping to plant the green beans

She's always been a water-bug, even in a tiny wading pool!

She's been my only girl for 5 1/2 years now. I'm having a little bit of difficulty imagining what it will be like with another little pony-tailed one running around :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Going green...and red, and yellow, and orange.......

I took the plunge. As of today, there is a basket full of 'one size fits all' pocket diapers sitting in my hall-way. If you're unfamiliar with this idea, let me expound :)

When I was pregnant with Cosette, I considered the whole 'disposable vs. cloth' diapers issue. At the time, the only cloth diapers I knew about were the big white ones you get in packs from WalMart. I was imagining folding, and folding again, pins sticking babies, plus diaper covers to keep it all in! My practical side won over, and we went with disposable. For three children.

Then, after talking to my sister-in-law, she suggested a cloth diaper more like these. They are brilliant! They are a cloth, washable diaper---but oh so much different than what our mothers used to use!!

They come in 'one size fits all', from newborn through 30-something pounds. They are pre-folded diapers that open up just like a disposable. They are lined with the softest material you've ever felt, and you simply stuff an insert down into the center of them. Then, you snap the diaper up to the size you want it, just like you would fasten a regular store-bought diaper.

You don't have to soak them in any special solution to get them clean. You just dump them in a dry pail until you're ready to wash.

This particular deal I found on e-bay was fantastic. However, they did come from China, so if you have a problem with that, you might consider buying a more 'familiar' brand, such as 'BumGenius', or 'Fuzzi Bunz', although you'll end up paying a pretty penny more.

Reasons for this crazy adventure that I just embarked myself upon??

1. It's cheaper. Yes, you have to 'put out' an initial bundle, but in the long run, everything I've read says you'll save money!

2. A little 'greener'. Our family is not into the whole 'going green' movement---but we do like to engage in practical things to do our part. We recycle, we use re-usable grocery bags----and all those diapers I was tossing in the trash can every day were starting to get to me!

3. From what I've heard, they're a whole lot better for babies who tend to have bad diaper rash, etc.

4. They feel oh-so-much-more comfortable! The fleece lining inside these things is so soft! The whole diaper just looks comfy! When I put it on Noah today, he seemed to agree.

5. They're fun! The package I bought came with four each of bold, bright red, green, baby blue and yellow colors. Noah could hardly contain his excitement---he wanted to wear one of each color athe same time! :)

6. They're just plain cute. Tell me you've ever seen anybody sweeter than this little guy in his orange diaper, trying on his orange goggles! :)

Now, grant it, I am speaking from the view-point of a very, VERY inexperienced cloth diapering adventure! Maybe I'll try them for a month and hate never know. I'd be interested to hear any input from other moms out there who have already tried pocket diapers.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flowers + Corn on the Cob + Gardens= Summer!

It was just one of those days that you have to blog about. A good kind of day! The kind of day where, when you get to the end of it, you sigh a big sigh and say "Yes, life is good!"

We started it out with a trip to the greenhouse. We stuffed our trays full of begonias, impatiens, marigolds, pepper and zucchini plants. Then, we trooped up to the register with our purchase. As I reached into my purse to pay, I realized with a sudden drop of heart that I had no checks. Not a single one. And this wonderful, huge, 'have everything' AMISH owned Greenhouse, did not accept credit cards. I looked at the lady, ready to apologize and leave, when she asked my name. I told her, and she said she thought she knew my mother-in-law :) "Why don't you just take the plants and mail me a check later?" she offered kindly. I gratefully accepted. As I turned to leave, balancing two trays of flowers, three kiddos, and a noticeably large belly, a kind older gentleman scooped the trays out of my arms, said '' Here, I got those for you", and took them to my van. Oh, bless him a thousand times over, Lord!! Just when you think there is no 'chivalry' left in the human race, you are proven wrong!

Well, we got home with all our flowers and the kids and I spent the afternoon planting our flowerbeds and garden. Yes, you read that right. I, four days away from my due date, planted my garden. Maybe it was a final 'nesting' thing, I don't know. But one way or the other, it's all planted except for the tomatoes and green beans, which Joel will have to tackle on his own :) Cosette even got to plant her own flowerbed around one of our trees, and she is absolutely in love with it!

Half way through our gardening, we stopped for corn on the cob for lunch. It was yummy! It was also Noah's first time to eat corn on the cob, and he loved it!

It is also one of Cosette's favorite foods, and this is how she looked when she was all done:

My husband got home and mowed the lawn, making our flowerbeds look even more impressive :) He then proceeded to grill the most awesome steak for dinner! We added roasted red potatoes with rosemary, an 'everything' salad, and fresh fruit to that, plus rocky road icecream for dessert. Maybe I was just really hungry after working outside all day, but it was one of the most enjoyable dinners we've made in a while!

The fan is blowing, the windows are open. There are flowers in vases all over my kitchen, thanks to my children who are constantly running outside to find more wild-flowers for Mama. I love it! My last load of sweet baby girl pink clothes are swishing around in the washing machine. (Did I also mention that our washing maching troubles from the other day were able to be fixed with a simple $24.00 cold water valve?? My husband is a handy man....)

It was probably one of the last days I will spend with just my 'three' kiddos---before too long, our family structure will change dramatically. I want to remember this day in my mind---Me, Cosette, Eli, and Noah, planting flowers and eating corn on the cob. *sigh* Yes, life is good......

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A brief interruption

(This post is meant with all intentions of 'goodwill'.....mostly ;)
Okay, I interrupt this series of 'waiting for the baby' updates to bring you a rather ridiculous, but quite necessary, post. A while back, I made comment to the fact that my sister was something like five inches taller than me. Now, one of you friends out there (who shall remain nameless, but I think you know who you are) continues to plague me with remarks about how I am in serious denial about how much taller Kristin really is. (See comments to my last post if you're at all curious as to the guilty party :) I had to set the record straight---to save my own honor here, you see. I can't allow someone to walk around thinking that my baby sister is something like eight inches taller than me! I'm short......not that short!!

So, I lined my sister and I up on the wall tonight and mom measured us. Then we measured her. Funny thing is, while I was not misinformed about the height difference between Kristin and I, all three of us were wrong about how tall we were! We ALL thought we were at least an inch taller!! This is how it goes-Me--- 5ft,1.5 in, Mom--5ft, 2 1/4in, Kristin--5ft, 5in. Mom said in shock "I have never been that short in my life! I've always been 5' 4''!" Aha, right. Just like I've always been 5' 3''! We all agreed the measuring tape must be off ;) So anyway, if you do the math, it works out that Kristin is actually only 3 1/2 inches taller than me---NOT the seven inches that was being insinuated ;)
Just in case you doubt my honesty, I have a signed paper :) The number is crossed out because she had originally written 5' 6'' :) (Yeah, I know, I should have had a witness and had it dated.....I had three little tired kids running around while I was attending to this 'important' matter--give me a break ;)

And now that I feel better, if you haven't taken the quiz and commented on my last post, scroll down and do so :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Killing Time.......

Okay, it's now reached the point where I'm ready to play the guessing game. Remember this, dear family? Before Cosette was born, we asked a series of questions regarding her birth, like "When do you think she'll arrive'', that type of thing, and wrote down everybody's responses. After she came, we checked to see who had won. I actually forget who it was! We didn't do that with either of the boys, but I'm feeling rather impatient right now about getting her here, so a little guessing game might give me some needed humor :) AND, since I have a blog this time around, you all get to join in the fun. Simply leave me a comment and answer the following questions in order. The person who get's the most answers right (or the person who guesses the closest on the most answers) wins. Your prize? You are free to ask me any question about my self, within reason, that you've always been dying to know (such as, why does Jaime have such an ugly yellow color background on her blog right now?) and I will answer it for you :) So, without further ado:

1. What will the date of 'Toucan's' arrival be?
2. At what time will she be born?
3.What color will her hair be?
4. What color will her eyes be?
5. How much will she weigh?
6. Any guesses as to her real name?
7. And finally, is she actually a girl, or are Joel and Jaime in for a big surprise?

Have some fun and answer my questions! If for no other reason, you'll give this tired pregnant Mama an interesting read ;)

Oh, and for those of you who are curious to the answers of the quiz I did a couple weeks ago, check out my sister's response. She answered the most correctly by far :)

Edited after-thought: My sister and sister-n-law are not allowed to answer question number 6 :)

Friday, May 21, 2010


So I have a new baby on the way, any day now. My whole house seems to know this. And I don't mean the people in my house either. No, I'm referring to the non-living items in my house......

  • My hearing aid broke a few weeks ago. Yep. Just up and died on me one morning. These are very expensive, high-maintenance hearing aids, which are expected to 'die' every now and then, so it didn't surprise me, but still....a mere three months after we purchased them? I thanked God that it was well before baby was due, and sent it back to be fixed. They 'fixed' it, sent it back to me.....and now it's threatening to do the same thing again. But it's too late now to send it back and be sure of having it before labor starts. I could wear my old one in a pinch, but would prefer not to. Kind of like having to wear an old pair of glasses that the prescription is wrong on, you know? So, I'll keep it for now, and pray it keeps working until after the baby gets here. It's been cutting in and out for two and a half weeks now, so I'm praying that I can get another few out of it before it completely dies.....

  • The other day, I went to start a load of 'cold water' stuff in the washing machine. It was mostly new baby stuff----a bright purple baby wrap, some nice bright pink clothes, that kind of thing. I turned the dial on my washer, and.....nothing. Hmm....I tried again. Nope. Turns out the cold water valve on my washing maching is dead. Fortunately, I do most of our clothes on warm, so in the meantime, if I have 'cold' stuff, I'll have to take it down to my mom's.

  • Was prepping my camera the other day in anticipation of baby--you know, cleaning off old pictures, stocking the case with new batteries, that type of thing. Suddenly, it started going all 'klaplooie' on me, switching back and forth between screens, jumping all around, that type of thing. I had Joel look at it that night in case I was just doing something stupid, but no, it is definitely 'broken'. *sigh* Just in time for baby! It's a Canon, so we'll have to send it away to be repaired. Fortunately, we've had several kind friends offer the use of their cameras when baby comes, and Joel has an older 'work' camera that he uses on his jobs that could work in a pinch as well. But still. I wanted MY camera, the one that I'M used to, the one that I can store hundreds of pictures of my new baby on without worrying about it. Alas, 'tis not to be..... In the meantime, my blog may be a bit 'photo-less' :)

So, other than half of the appliances in my house breaking, we're ready for baby :) Still a week to go until my due date, I know.......but I like to be prepared ahead of time, just in case. Hard to believe there will be another little munchkin for me to love here before too long!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


  • Noah recently discovered that he LOVES apples. He keeps 'forgetting' to ask me first, and is thus stealing apples out of the fruit basket all day long. So far today, I've found three half-eaten apples laying around my house with tiny little-boy teeth marks out of them :) It's pretty cute, though, to see him walking around for an hour or more with this apple in his hand!

  • Cosette is right now washing the dinner dishes. She fills up the left-over zip-lock bags from Joel's lunch box with water, zips them up, and then gives them a 'spanking' (her own words!) to get them clean.

  • What Cosette wrote in a recent Mother's Day Card to Joel's Mom: "I am lucky to have a Grandma like you, and you are lucky to have a granddaughter like me!" lol. Can anyone say "High self-esteem?"

  • Eli wanted to know today if my Uterus was going to 'pop' like a balloon when the baby is born :)

  • When naming random names that he liked for the baby, Eli managed to come up with the exact middle name we have picked out for her! Clever boy!

  • In her 'final' first grade paper, Cosette said that "I liked learning about eagles flying down and eating something that is dead and leaving only grass'' Um........I don't recall any lessons even close to that subject line!!

Going through my cluttered brain....

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Half-way through another week! ( I usually don't 'count' weeks, but with a baby on the way....every day matters!) There are several things I want to share with you, none of which are large enough on their own to do a post. So, I'll just combine them.

First of all, the kids (the big kids, that is) and I recently started an art book, just for fun. It's not really 'school' per se, since Cosette is now officially done with first grade. It's just something to have fun with over the summer. Anyhow, the book is all about how to draw 'animals of the world'. I myself am a terrible artist. I couldn't draw a stick figure 'to save my life'! I wanted my kids to have more confidence AND real ability than that---even if it doesn't end up being their 'gifting', so to speak.'s first lesson was on drawing Asian Elephants. First we talked all about Asian and African elephants, and what their differences are, and what an elephants trunk can do...that type of thing. Then we set out to draw one with the instructions from the book. I was pretty proud of both my kiddos. Here is Eli's depiction of an elephant, which I thought was pretty good for a just-turned-four-year-old:

And here is Cosette's rendering of the same elephant:

What a difference 17 months in age can make!


Next thought:

My parents and sister kept all three kids for us last Monday night, and brought them home about 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. I don't even REMEMBER the last time I had the whole house to myself for that long. It was SO quiet! I took a looooong shower, read a book, took a nap, made some awesome apple-pecan bread, and spent the afternoon organizing yet more things in prep. for this baby. It was an awesome day. However, I must say that I was glad to get my kiddos home again! I enjoyed the quiet----but only for a day! I would probably be pulling my hair out if it was that quiet all the time! It helped me to realize what a blessing it is to have my little lady and favorite little guys around all the time!


Third thought: Can I just rant and rave for a minute??

I do not look my age. I know this, because people tell me this all the time. I wish they wouldn't! I struggled with it when I was in college, and fellow students told me they thought I was a visiting high-schooler! Or when I walk up to a cash register and I get this same conversation every time: "When is your baby due? Girl or boy? Your first? OH!! Your 4th??!!! You don't look OLD enough!" Honestly, folks, when I'm in my fifties and wishing I DID look younger, THEN you can tell me I do. But not now, please! I'm a college graduate, happily married, with three children and a fourth on the way, and this close to being completely debt free. Please don't tell me I look like I'm twelve! I'd really like to fool at least myself into thinking that I look like a mature (getting close to the big 3-0) mother and wife, and not a pre-teen! I've tried different hair-cuts, different clothes, different make-up routines---nothing helps. It really doesn't help matters either that I have a YOUNGER sister who is like five inches taller than me, has a much nicer figure, and a hair-style that's to die for. I can't grow five inches, change my build, and my hair-style is just stuck the way it is with this thick head of hair. I know, I know---this is a problem in my life. I need to be content with who I am, how I look, how God made me. I'm working on it, I really am. It's been a problem for a loooooong time. But it's hard when I think that people are looking at me not realizing that I'm a mature, almost-30 year old woman!! I feel sometimes as if other's feel like I'm playing 'house'. Make sense? So, in the meantime, if you see a young mom with kids in tow, please don't tell her how young she looks! Try this line instead: "My, what youth and vitality you possess for having your hands so full! You must make some man very happy!" THIS might bring you a smile :)

And before you criticize me for being totally vain and self-centered, please remember that I am simply sorting through the 'clutter' in my pregnancy brain right now. We ALL have issues that we deal with.....this just happens to be one of mine. I will pray for godly-contentment, and work on making my 'inner self' beautiful and Christ-like, if you will pray that I can magically grow five inches, please ;)


Last thought: Baby Toucan's arrival is drawing closer. Things seem to be 'picking up', with contractions happening through-out the days now. Of course, this could still mean a couple more weeks, but at least I'm feeling a little more re-assured that she won't stay in there forever :) We'll keep you updated as things progress:)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Because we LOVE good food......

This week's menu plan: (Assuming a new little baby doesn't come to interrupt it, which would be okay with me :)

Monday: Homemade falafel with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella slices and grilled zucchini in pita bread. (This rather complicated recipe was brought on by a discussion with Joel's brother and his wife this evening. They were talking about all the good vegetarian recipes they've been trying lately, and I brought this one up. It was one of my favorites in a restaurant that Joel and I used to eat in when we were courting. Unfortunately, the restaurant no longer exists, so I'll have to try my own hand at it :) Probably we'll also have some chips and a blueberry smoothie with these.

Tuesday: Chicken-Salsa homemade pizza with a frozen vegetable and root beer for the grown ups :) Slight difference in how I make my pizza: I mix sour cream with the salsa and spread it on the crust first, then sprinkle the cheese and chicken, and we add chopped green peppers as well.

Wednesay: Chicken and pineapple skewers on the grill, brown rice with feta cheese and grilled veggie packets (lay out tin foil and oil it slightly with olive oil---add your favorite chopped veggies---we like zucchini, squash, red onions, and colored peppers. Add a little olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano and sea salt. Roll up the bundles and grill until tender)

Thursday: Hotdogs on the grill ( it's that grilling season again!), baked beans and a green salad. I'm also hoping to find all-beef or all-turkey nitrate free hot-dogs at a local health food store---we'll see :)

Friday: Tomato sandwiches, (Yep, as simple as it sounds----toasted bread, mayo, sliced tomato and a slice of cheese), hard-boiled eggs (maybe deviled eggs?) and fresh fruit

Saturday: Asparagus-hummus-chicken-swiss cheese-tomato wraps :) No recipe---just combine all those ingredients in a flour tortilla or whole wheat wrap, and heat on your electric griddle until all warm. (Cook the asparagus first, obviously :), and applesauce

Sunday: Premade Salisbury steak ('cuz every mama needs a break now and then), yams baked in the oven while we're at church and a frozen vegetable.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some thoughts

I read a post the other day that made a lot of sense. Sadly, I can't remember where it was to give credit where credit is due. However, the basic idea of the post was that too much 'hype' is made over the 'holy calling' of motherhood. The author said that too many women make motherhood out to be 'the ultimate' fulfillment of a women's 'destiny', the 'best' way to serve God. In reality, this is not true. The real 'ultimate' destiny is to be more like Christ---to know Him, love Him, and serve Him more fully.

For some, that may be as single women giving their utmost to God. It may be the nurse, faithfully serving her patients day in and day out. It may be the teacher, making a difference in children's lives on a daily basis. It may be the_______fill in the blank----anybody who is following God's call on their life. And yes, it may be as a wife and mother, raising children to please the Lord.

But if we let our true identity get 'wrapped up' in our children, and not in Christ Himself, we have lost the focus. If we are trying to be 'good' Christians by what we do as mothers, and not being good mothers BECAUSE of who we already are in Christ.....we've got things backwards. Does that make sense? Being a 'good' mother should be a result of who we are in Christ, it does not MAKE US who we are in Christ. Who we are in Christ---sinners, saved by grace----does not change, whether we have a house full of children or none at all.

It kind of puts everything into perspective. I love my kids. ALOT! But, because I love my kids, I'm going to do my utmost to not let them take first place in my life---that slot belongs to Jesus. I'm going to try to let HIM define me, and hope that His love, His grace, His forgiveness, everything good about HIM will flow through me and into my children's lives. Otherwise, all is vain for me---I am simply a 'back-wards' mom, trying to do it all on my own.

Wiping sticky hands and snotty noses, changing dirty diapers, teaching letters, reading stories, giving hugs----a noble calling? Sure, absolutely. But embrace your calling in Christ, and let HIM define who you are as a mother :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guess what happened to Cosette last night!

Yep, she lost her first tooth! Actually, to be more precise, she pulled her first tooth all by herself! I was so proud of her! I NEVER would have been able to do that when I was five! She freaked out just a little bit with all the blood, but when Joel assured her that was normal, she quickly calmed down. She'd been wiggling it all day and really wanting it out. She showed it to her Daddy right before bed-time, and he said to go for it! She pulled it out without any problem. Now she's anxiously awaiting the rest of her teeth to be loose.....

Funny story to go along with all this: After she pulled her tooth, she declared that she wanted to put it in a bag to put under her pillow. (Our kids have always known the truth about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause, etc, but we had assured her that Mommy and Daddy would happily put some money under her pillow for her.) Anyway, as she handed the tooth to Joel, it simply slipped right out of his fingers and.....hit the kitchen floor.....somewhere! As Cosette called her Grandma's to tell them her fun news, Joel and I spent the next ten minutes on our hands and knees with a flashlight, searching for the 'lost' tooth! Suddenly, every single crumb on the floor looked like a little lost tooth! "I've got it!....No.....wait, that's just a piece of cheese." "There it is.....nope.....just a cookie crumb" We finally found it waaaaaay back under the stove. Cosette told her Grandma on the phone "I lost my tooth, and then Daddy lost it again!" We were all quite relieved to find that little lost tooth :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Name that picture!

My husband got a serious hair-cut today. I guess the boys inspired him :) And NOW, I have Peat, Re-peat, and 3-Peat ;)

Can YOU come up with a clever title for this picture of my three look- alikes?

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day---Keepin' it 'real'

On this, my 6th actual Mother's Day, I was going to show you one of those typical, sappy, sweet photos of the three children who made me a mom in the first place. I pictured all three kids, dressed in their Church clothes, hair neatly combed, smiling beautifully at the camera.

But, I forgot to snap the picture before they changed their clothes. And I forgot to snap the picture entirely until right before naptime. So let's just say, the sappy, sweet, perfect picture didn't happen. Take a look for yourself:

And oh, it gets worse. Cosette apparently had to sneeze in this next shot:

This next shot is the 'best' out of the three, although the lighting is way off and Noah still won't look at the camera.

But then I realized "Hey, this is reality, right?" I have three very human, very REAL children-----not stuffed models to pose for a picture :) And this is 'really' them---Eli with his goofy grins, Noah with his thumb in his mouth---I love them all!!

As Joel was leading worship this morning, I held Noah, facing me, perched on my 'shelf' (my belly). He would lay his head on my shoulder, wrap his arms around me and snuggle for a few minutes. Then he'd put his head back up, look me straight in the face, and proceed to plant about a half a dozen wet slobbery kisses all over my face. He must have done this about four or five times during the singing this morning. I felt a rush of warmth go through me as I hugged him tight and returned his sweet kisses. He'd grin up at me, and you could just SEE real love radiating out of his eyes as he gazed up at his precious Mama.

Motherhood. Catching the precious moments---even if they happen in the middle of church.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Quiz :)

Monday is 'full term'--or 37 weeks. This is the point at which a doctor or mid-wife would no longer panic if you suddenly go into labor---the baby is considered fully developed and able to 'thrive' on it's own outside the womb. So, with that said, I couldn't help but put this little 'quiz' out there. Leave me a comment with your answers. The winner will receive---well, nothing :) But if you're in town in the next month or so, I'll let you hold my new-born baby :)

So, onto the quiz. How well do you know Jaime and her 'babies'?

1. Jaime's first baby was born:
a. On her due-date
b. Five days early
c. One day late
d. Two weeks late

2. Jaime's preferred method of childbirth is:
a. Forget the pain, give me the drugs!
b. Take it as it comes
c. Don't think of coming anywhere near me or my back with that needle!!
d. Sit in a tub of hot water

3. With her last baby (Noah), Jaime:
a. Made it to the hospital with hours to spare
b. Got there just in time to sign papers and push that baby out!
c. Didn't make it 'in time'

4. A fun tradition that Joel and Jaime have after a baby is born:
a. Eat donuts---lots of them!
b. Watch an old movie
c. Take a family photo

5. Jaime's biggest difficulty for this entire pregnancy has been:
a. Morning sickness
b. Dry skin
c. Severely sore and bleeding gums
4. Braxton Hicks

6. So far, the only baby to be a 'surprise' for Joel and Jaime was:
a. Cosette
b. Elias
c. Noah
d. 'Toucan'

7. How big was Jaime's 'biggest' baby?
a. 7 lb, 11 oz
b. 8 lb, 4 oz
c. 6 lb, 13 oz
d. 7 lb, 9 oz

8. During labor, Joel's biggest job is to:
a. Bring me ice-chips
b. Press really hard on my back
c. Sit down and be quiet
d. Offer encouraging words

9. Jaime handled her first labor and delivery:
a. Beautifully, just as planned, without a problem!
b. As well as could be expected
c. It was a night-mare, and Joel was almost ready to say 'One is enough'

10. When do YOU think baby Toucan will be born?
a. Early---before her due-date
b. Right on her due-date
c. Late (pick this answer and you're dead meat!)

All that is necessary is to give me your letter answers in order :)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Four Years Old!

Here are Eli's 4th birthday pictures, which I finally got up-loaded!

He wanted to have his 'best fwend' (his cousin) over
to play for the day.

We all had a marshmallow roast (Cousin on the left,Eli in the middle, and Noah on the right)

Here is Joel helping him put together his new lego helicoptor

Noah refused to eat the roasted marshmallows---they were too hot. Instead, he ate his 'raw', and walked around trying to 'blow out' the fire ;)

Eli slurping on his favorite drink--an Orange Julius style smoothie. He requested this for his birthday party. (We kept his 'party' simple this year--cake and ice-cream with his grandparents :)

The candle blowing-out, with some help from Cosette.

Eli in his new tent from Grandma and Grandpa.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

This is a rather long post with lots of pictures. Sorry for it's length, but maybe you can enjoy it with a cup of coffee. In fact, go make yourself one of these coffee milkshakes like Joel did for me last night :)


First things first---my funny story for the day.

I was sitting in WalMart today having my hair trimmed, and remarked to the hair-dresser about my 'little girl' at home. She, (who could obviously see that I was pregnant) replied "Oh, wow, I bet you have your hands full, with a 5 1/2 year old and one on the way!" It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud. I wondered what she would think if I told her about my OTHER two little ones at home, almost 4 years old, and close to 2 years old. I decided to leave well enough alone and just not mention them :)


Second of all, and the MAIN reason for this post, was Noah's first 'real' hair-cut today. I'd been putting it off and putting it off. I like little boys with a head-full of hair! But, as my husband so kindly reminded me, little boys, 80 degree weather, and sweaty hair do not go well together. So, off it all came, at least for the summer :) I was rather proud of myself, I didn't shed a single tear. Cosette, on the other hand, was blubbering away......but that's okay :)

Here is the best 'before' picture I could get. It really was
pretty long and curly!

He sat really still during the haircut, which we were glad of!

The first 'after' picture. As you can see, he's still down-right cute! ;)

Even cuter all cleaned up with his pj's on! (The scratch under his nose was from a tumble he took running down the gravel drive-way the other day)

And now, how do you like my 'Pete and Repeat?'


Last thing, I promise. Cosette has been taking piano lessons (from me, of course!) for the past month or so. She is doing really well! She had been begging me for a long time to teach her how to play, so I thought it was probably time. As long as she's enjoying it, I'll keep working with her. Don't worry though, we don't expect her to become a 'little Jaime'. If it's a real interest for her, then great. If not....well....she already wants to be a doctor, a midwife, a ballerina, a mommy, and a piano player when she grows up. Now she's looking forward to playing soccer next spring. I don't think she has any lack of motivation :)


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