Monday, September 27, 2010

Pleasure in mediocrity

Well.  We are well.  All is well.  Henry is 11 lbs of baby and is threatening to out-bulk his sister before too long.  (not dificult). We are doing our Boise thing.  

We even did our Boise thing in Salt Lake this weekend.  I will share photos of SLC later...after I get them together.  We got to spend time with family and friends.  Amazing food, perfect weather.  Shiny happy people laughing. Grandma Deb-Deb and Aunt Jenny drove up from Vegas to meet Henry and catch up with Elliot.  (Some were under-the-weather or stuck in Portland...but hopefully will get to meet up with us soon.)

And we are reveling in our mediocrity. Mediocre, as in nothing splashy or fancy.  No fireworks.  Just taking pleasure in the ho hum, the dirty diapers and reading children's books.  Spending time not doing anything worth blogging about.  Hummm, breakfast, diapers, baths, classes, homework, naptime, kissing babies, playing dress-up. Oh, sweet happy mediocrity. 

Are you jealous? 

What about now?

 Growing up, we have such big dreams and aspirations for ourselves.  I will do something wonderful and amazing.  I will never settle for a boring run-of-the-mill life.  It took me a while to realize that boring is a wonderful and amazing place to be.

 "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."  ~Dale Carnegie

Boring days are when so many good things happen.  Like little boys sneezing on Great-Grandmothers.

 And when I get stressed out because I am behind on updating the checkbook, and there are too many voice messages to sort through...well, that's when I have to make myself climb into Elliot's bed with a fun book and start reading to her.

The chaos of our to-do list will take care of itself, I am sure of it.  (My test, this Friday...Will it study for itself?)

 "Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do."  ~Jean de la Bruyere

Although we have found time to nearly finish Secret Garden, I have not enough time to move photos off the camera.  So, here is an older photo.  From a few weeks ago.  When there was more Kristen and less Henry. 

Grandpa Airplane came to visit last week.  Yep, those photos are still on the camera too.  We love when he comes to Boise.  No bannana splits this time - but it is always good to hang out.  Oh yeah, he also drove up a new-to-us car to help us upgrade from a high school car to something more fitting for a growing family.  We are very happy about that too.

Elliot's favorite part of the day is when anyone will sit still and read to her. 
Aunt JJ is usually a good sport :)

And that is Boise...IKEH, HIKE?  I don't know.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

stream of consciousness...

I don't really have any one thing to update this blog with...just 1,000 1-liners.  Nothing noteworthy in itself.

that's the smooshed chin that reminds us of bulldog wrinkles. 

Henry is fat and happy and delicous.  As in 9 pounds 8 ounces of deliciousness.  In case, anyone other than Izaak and I are counting, Henry has gained a pound and a half already!

Henry's 1st bath.

 Izaak is keeping up on laundry, I am keeping up on nursing (Hungry Henry would have been a more appropriate moniker)  and we are holding our babies.  We have also redecorated with dishes in the sink, piles of clean laundry in the bedroom, get the picture?  The bare essentials are being done.  Everything else has taken a back seat to family time.  Of course, I have mild anxiety about this at 10pm every night, when I am tired and just need to go to bed. 

bedtime cuddling

I keep reminding myself that this is the ebb & flow of life, and I will have a clean house later.  Two weeks postpartum is just not one of those times.

We got together to break bread with friends last night.  An early birthday hoop-la for me, a meet and greet for little Henry.  It was a blast.  Good food, loud talking, cupcakes with some crazy-amazing frosting.  It was nice to have a chance to hang out with old friends. 

and we've been busy singing and making music

So, life is in overdrive but we are doing our very best to take it easy and keep hectic-ness at bay.  Some days that is easier than others. 

sleeping like a baby.

In other news, beware the self-dressing three year old.  At least a shirt & shoes (on wrong feet) was an improvement on the day before...

Monday, September 06, 2010

Saturday, September 04, 2010


1 hour old and enjoying some naked time
The first Meet-Cute. Little Brother & Big Sister.
First sad face.  Just look at those knitted brows.
Dressed to the nines and ready to head home.
The most beautiful ear I've ever seen on a man.
Sister holding brother
Sister holding burrito

Friday, September 03, 2010

He's Here!

New baby is a little boy!!!! Photos coming soon.

He was born Thursday at 4:44pm after 2 hours of labor.  Or, as Izaak recounts, he was born after 6 months of back labor followed by just more intense back labor.

8 pounds, 2 ounces. 

Name?  ummm.  We'll have to get back to y'all with that.

thank yous to Teresa and Jill- the midwives who attended our birth.  Teresa also attended Elliot's birth. We are very happy that she was there with both our children. You can Click here to go to the birth center website (should you want to)


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