Monday, December 31, 2012


Reasons why I love Christmas break:

1. Daddy is home with us more often. YES.

2. Natalie gets full, satisfying naps (which means I can get things done!).

3. I have time for house projects and can tidy to my heart's content!

newly organized closet
(very juicy)

finishing touches on our room
(we LOVE our new canvas picture!)
A clean home is a happy home, and right now our home is ecstatic. I love being home to make good, more time-consuming dinners and have our evenings more free to be together instead of running off to some school thing or practicing.


I love having more time to read, especially after a Christmas of getting a total of 18 books between the three of us. We also got a new bookshelf from Austin's parents, thank goodness!

(mostly) my bookshelf

Austin's Star Wars shelf

the new (joint) bookshelf
it totally completes our bedroom

I love having so many books in our home, and now we have a place for all of them. Happy break!

Fruit Rage

Not all toys are created equal, according to Natalie Jane. She loves some toys (the orange holey ball), doesn't really understand other toys (Chloe doll), and hates certain toys. One particular toy she despises is a key ring with fruit. Looks harmless, you can even freeze it for teething relief, but for some reason Natalie always rages when she plays with it. It seems fine for a minute, and then all of a sudden she emits this gutteral growl and flaps her arms and legs, flinging the fruit across the floor. Fruit rage.

kinda mad...

starting to rage...

When she has finished raging we have to calm her down by giving her the toys she likes.


hugs from Chloe doll

Also, Austin had Natalie take some "selfies" one morning.

rest break...

that's our happy fuzzy girl : )

Church Dresses

One of the best things about going to church every Sunday is dressing Natalie up! I look forward to it all week. This past week featured a dress from Aunt Makae...

such a little lady, crossing her ankles

kissies for mommy : )
Another Sunday we featured a dress from Gramma...

"Mom...why did leGrampa put tights on my head?"

Saturday, December 29, 2012


True story: we went to a real, live hockey game today and barely lived to tell the tale.

Okay it's not quite that dramatic, but these people take it SO SERIOUSLY. We bought tickets for a friend's fundraiser thinking it would be a fun family outing and had no idea what we signed up for.We knew we were in way over our heads when we had to walk through a haze to get to our seats and cover Natalie with two blankets to make sure no beer was splashed on her. Strike three was when they blasted heavy metal music that made our seats shake...not exactly the "family" environment we had envisioned haha.  Here's a couple highlights from the forty minutes we were there:

The opposing team came on and the crowd turned around, booing with their backs to the ice.  When the lackluster commentator read the names of their starters, the crowd chanted "who cares you suck." Creative. Then, our team (the Lincoln Stars) came whooshing out to strobe lights, fog, skulls on the ice (SKULLS, people), extreme announcing, and an enormous logo backdrop.

A grandma (I didn't realize hockey was popular with the oldies) sitting across from us was blowing a HORN. Furthest thing from a drill.

People against the back wall would turn around and bang their fists against the wall when they got riled up (which was pretty much the whole time)...I guess it's a thing you do at these sorts of events but it just made me nervous.

They announced the name of first ref and the crowd yelled in unison: "HE SUCKS." They announced the second ref's name and the crowd screamed, "HE SUCKS TOO." It's a supportive environment.

It's hockey so I guess fighting is part of the game, and the arena was straight up clamoring for a brawl. They cheered every time there was a sickening thud of a player being brutalized against the rink wall, and when there was an actual skirmish hard core music started playing. Apparently violence IS the answer in this case.

gathering to fight. the boy behind me said to his
pal "I hope he takes his head off." more disturbing
because he said it so matter-of-factly

When we score, instead of being like "wooo go Stars!" this positive crowd has another uplifting cheer: "He shoots! He scores! Hey goalie! You suck!" I hope our children grow up to say these sorts of kind things.

It was actually a pretty fun environment and I could have gotten way into it, but I felt very uncomfortable having a pure, innocent little baby there. Natalie was a little overwhelmed by all the lights and people and noises.

Finch didn't know what to think.

Shielding her eyes
It was a fun date for sure, if only for the entertainment value, but I think this family will stick to more low-key events for the kids!

Daddy's little cupcake

(Hockalie is bewildered by the arena and the flash!)

Thursday, December 27, 2012


In the immortal words of Dobby: Have a Harry Christmas! We certainly did.

featuring the Christmas Fishbowl

We spent the day in Papillion at my parent's house and had a great time. We saw Les Mis (which is STUNNING, absolutely beautiful), hung out at home, made pancakes, and enjoyed our gifts.

Sam got a memory pillow
(his third one...hope he doesn't
leave this one at a hotel haha)
he carries it around with him
(on the right)
The game Trouble has always been a fav of our family. We used to have a white board with all of our names and we would keep track of Trouble wins. Our old game board, bless its heart, was loved to death and it was time to retire, so we got my dad a fresh board for Christmas.
falling apart

new vs. old
missing pieces, faded colors,
not very popomatic anymore

Dad killed us all

Grammy time

we love uncle Jack

already learning how to text
 Happy days. We spent time with our family in Lincoln, too. It also snowed for the first time last week!

talking with legrandpa

cozy with grandma

all of us with our five finger vibram shoes!
Daddd, it's cold...

Merry Christmas, everyone!