Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Here are a few pictures of Christmas Day. Once we got to the tricycle, Anna was done opening presents and we were done taking pictures. But we all had a good time, and Anna loved opening up the extra presents (she got to open Zeke's for him).

Momma, Momma, Momma
Yay, noise makers!
Bang, bang, bang


The tricycle that just couldn't get assembled fast enough


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Tonight we went to church for the Christmas Eve service. While was I taking care of Zeke during the candlelight singing, Arron said Anna behaved very well. The fact that our church did not burn down is proof enough for me.

We talked about opening up presents after church, but decided it might be too much for Anna. We opted for pictures of the kids instead. Oh yeah, that was a good thought. but it didn't go as well as I hoped. I'll let you decide...

Oh beebee!
Anna, can you look at Momma?
Anna, look at Momma
Great!  Now can you smile at Momma?
*sigh  Let's try to get them on their own
Anna, can you look at Daddy?
ARGH!  Blocked flash.  Let's try her standing up
Anna, look at Momma
Oh good grief, I give up. Time to move on to Zeke.
Zeke, quit turning your head.  Lemme turn it back.
For cryin' out loud.  That's good enough.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Oh yeah, he's got 'em...

It's ear piercing!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Daddy got donuts for breakfast! Oh happy day!

Num, num, num, num
Num, num, num, num

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Beth, you rock!

Blogdom is a funny place - you make friends with people you've never met, or just barely know. (The latter is the most fun, because you know that your new friends are really who they say they are.)

In the past 2 years, I've gotten back in touch with some friends from high school and college thanks to their blogs. One of these people is Beth, who I technically didn't even go to high school or college with as she was 4 years younger than me. But, because of how the LCMS and SPCH works, our families knew each other. Devonna was good friends with Cindy, whose sister Sandra married Beth's oldest brother Brent. Brad, brother number 2, was in my class in both high school and college.

So you'll find a link to Beth's blog listed on the right in this blog. Check it out if you haven't already - her kids are almost as cute as mine. :)

Our greatest surprise came today, as Anna and Zeke were napping, and Arron and I were near napping. The mailman dropped off a package for us - the return address was from the Pester family of Seward! Beth had sent out an outfit and cute, cute shoes for Zeke, and a book for Anna.

The book is a board book by Mo Willems, and Beth feared that Anna may already have it (she does), but Beth had this one autographed by Mo when he was in Seward recently! Anna's other copy isn't signed, so that makes the new copy even better! Thanks so much Beth!

Now when can you come over and paint my house? ;)

Styling clothes for the babe
Yup, it's signed by Mo - you can tell by the pigeon

And because you're probably looking for it, here's the obligatory picture of the kids. Anna likes Zeke's fuzzy hair.

Mmmm, fuzzy goodness

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A visit from Lilly and Aedan!

Lilly and Aedan brought Sarah and Eric out to Indiana to meet baby Zeke and play with Anna. Since we managed to miss both Lilly and Aedan's birthday parties, we gave the kids their birthday presents during the visit. Now we have to find Christmas presents! ;)

Anna supervising the opening of presents
Checking out the loot

A friendly smooch.  'I just want to be friends'
I swear Anna brushed her teeth right after breakfast - but it looks like Aedan has passed out (or worse) and Lilly looks very distraught about everything that has happened

A(nna) to Z(eke)

We've already been asked if we are going to rename this blog, start a new one, or do two. We don't know yet but we will keep you posted. For now here are some more pictures.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Life Has Changed. A Good Thing, For Now.

Oh, bebe!

Little Zeke
Anna welcomed her new baby brother into the world this morning. Ezekiel "Zeke" Rye was born at 7:30 AM. He weighs 9lbs and measures 20 inches. Anna just loves him. Little does she know that one day she will have to split half of the family fortune with him. But for now, all is right in the world.