Friday, December 4, 2009


We were all very excited to wake up to a blanket of fluffy white snow outside. The only downside was that I hadn't prepared myself for this much snow so soon. I haven't even bought a pair of boots yet! Well, I found a temporary fix by slipping into Hunter's big clompers. I bundled the girls was that a lot of work! We had barely got outside when Anneli was fussing because the snow was up past her knees. She couldn't walk so I was dragging her along so I could find our car somewere underneath all the snow. I was looking for the baby carrier (which I'd left in the car the day before) so I could strap the baby on me...that would be one less body to drag through all the snow. No hands froze before I was even  able to take a smudge off the car. So we all came back inside stripped off all our layers, put baby down for a nap. So now it was just Anneli and I...which was much easier for me. So now we were off to find a snow shovel to dig our way out of the snow. I looked in the luck. I looked in the luck. Back outside to look in the shed once more, and there our  sidewalk was cleared of all the snow! Our very  kind neighbor who I'd met just minutes before, who also watched our whole escapade was kind enough to shovel our sidewalk for us...Thank you again!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Glamour Shots

I was helping Anneli get ready for the day and amazed at how big she is getting.
She's getting to be such a girl and growing out of her babiness too fast.We have a lot of fun though!

Anneli took this picture. Hunter has been handing her the camera and she really enjoys taking pictures.

A Day At The Zoo

Last weekend I was needing an outing so we looked around a bit to see what would be family friendly that we all would enjoy and Hunter had the briliant idea of going to the zoo. When we arrived there was a large pond with ducks and geese. A boy handed Anneli some bread, she was a little timid of the geese which were right at her eye level. When we got to the zoo gate I handed them my debit card and when he gave me the receipt I was very plesently shocked that it was only $7 for our whole family! The receipt said winter rates on it so whoohoo for winter rates!

Bath Time!

These girls love their bath time!

Look at all those rolls!

Anneli enjoys giving Baby Iya a bath as well.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Look who's 3 months old!

Yes you heard it our little baby girl is growing fast as in now 3 months old.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


It has been a beautiful Fall here in Grand Rapids. We have had warm sunny days for over a week and we have been enjoying every bit of it.
Amelia is changing every day. I can't believe how big she is allready. She's not a newborn anymore. Today when we were outside she was grabbing leaves and holding them up to her face. She'll be 3 months in two days!

Anneli was trying to keep a wiggly baby in her lap. She kept on trying to pull her towards her by grabbing her head instead of holding her under her arms.Well she's learning.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Building a new home

Little by little we are all realizing we are home in our new little place. I was very thankful the other day when we came back from exploring our new territory and Anneli says "home". She often will see something that reminds her of our house in Scappoose and will point to it and say "home" as if saying that belongs at our old house.

It actually is a lovely place to live. Our neighborhood is beautiful with its trees turning all different shades of red and yellow. Many of the houses are very old some of which were built before 1910. A block away is a park with swings and several slides. Further down the same street you will find a cute part of town with a few cafe's and shops to brouse around in, all within walking distance of our house. We have a big fenced in back yard which even comes with a little dog that lives downstairs.

our backyard

Hunter is working more. He has an office that he goes to everyday and has been working on a few shoots and has many more projects lined up for the upcoming months. He is working with a friend who is also letting us stay in the upstairs of his house that is converted into an apartment. The apartment is lovely. It has harwood floors and many windows which make it bright and cheerful throughout the day.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Well it's a new start for our family.
New house. New neighborhood. New state!
We're doing pretty well. It is definately an adjustment. I am realizing how little I know about life. My parents were always there to lend a hand. I am truely grateful for both of them. But that is also one of the reasons I was ready to move. Hunter and I both need to experience life the way its thrown at us. With all of its challenges, trial, and adventures. God has given me the attitude of this being a great adventure to experience new things and to overcome new trials. And I have to say that I'm excited. Don't get me wrong, I will miss many people from back home. But I am blessed to have a husband and two daughters to grow even closer to.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Best Buddy

Anneli has a best buddy which most have seen and are familiar with as her "doggie". They are inseparable, wherever Anneli goes that stuffed dog comes along too. She plays in the dirt with it, mops the floor with it, uses it as her napkin, kleenex, and teether...It gets weekly baths in the washer, thankfully I've convinced Anneli it doesn't belong in the bathtub.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Where's Anneli

One of Anneli's favorite games to play is peek a boo. I can almost always get her to play along which is a great distraction for when she's upset over a bumped elbow or knee. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

cold season

Well, the one good thing about the cold season at least for our household seems to be that the fast pace of life slows down a bit the day to day activities don't seem quite as important to be involved in and we can just relax at home. Today for instance everyone including myself were feeling a bit under the weather so we all snuggled on the couch enjoying each others company...well besides the sniffles and coughing. Anneli who isn't one to stay in one place for long still seems the most active of the bunch. She didn't feel like being snuggly and she was soon off running about. She is often found trying to put on her boots to go outside and play, she is a lively happy little girl who adds a lot of excitement to our family.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

silly goose

Anneli is officially walking, she has been attempting to walk for a few weeks but has used crawling as her preference for getting around up until just a few days ago. Her walking has brought a new adventurous side to my sweet little girl. I keep finding her in the funniest spots. We have a sheet up in front of our living room window so it keeps the drafts out. She has found it great fun to place herself in between the sheets where she thinks she's invisible. She also loves to climb in cardboard boxes. It all started when Hunter thought it would be a kick to put Anneli in a cardboard box and pull her around. Well she was all giggles and thought that was one of the greatest things ever. She now climbs in any little box or basket she can find, some of which are a bit small for her. She squeezes herself in them anyway, and a few attemps at sitting in the box and trying to move herself she finds that she needs daddy's help.
Every day she does something that makes us laugh. This evening she dumped out all her toys out of the toy basket and climbed in it, and then started putting the toys back in with her still sitting in it.