Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Lostrich

Edit: Austin posted this the other day from work without telling me...it was a "Stardines" poem (see this post) we worked on together via email that we never posted and Austin was finally tired of it sitting in our email inbox so he randomly put it up on the blog with no explanation. Love that man, haha.

The Lostrich

"Where am I?"
Thinks the Lostrich yet again.
"And where am I going?
And where have I been?

"And who are all these people
That I've never seen before?
And why do I not recognize
This large department store?"

The Lostrich has, in fact,
passed by there every day,
but he cannot remember that,
or why he goes that way.

In a momentary panic,
the Lostrich hides his head.
He buries it deep in the ground,
and wonders if he's dead.

"Where am I?"
he asks himself once more.
"And why is it so dark in here?
And why's my head so sore?"

The Lostrich is so lost, you see,
that even in the ground,
his mind begins to wander,
and his wits cannot be found.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quilt Queen

I have to admit, I am extremely proud of my effort in planning, preparing, and completing our t-shirt quilt. I have sewn a total of like two minutes in my entire life up to this point, so this was quite the undertaking. We had so many t-shirts, most from my high school/college, but a handful from Austin, and I had wanted to make them into a quilt for a long time. I googled "easy t-shirt quilt" and followed those directions, and figured it out as I went.

cut out t shirts
cut out fusible backing
iron on fusible backing
cut fabric strips
pin strips onto shirts
sew strips onto shirts
pin shirts into columns
sew shirts into columns
cut fabric strips for quilt edges
pin edges to t shirt columns
sew edges on
pin the batting/back fabric to the front
sew...carefully...
hold breath...
squeal at finished product

It was a fun project to work on together with Austin - we'd turn on a Psych episode while we pinned and sewed and took lots of breaks for my poor pregnant back. It was fun to do something new and semi-challenging, but doable. (Thanks Suzy and Aly for lending us your sewing machines!)

The quilt has been finished since just before Jack was born, but I wanted to make sure it got documented!

this must be from early 2015 - her hair is shorter
and not as curly with the dry winter air
...she loved to "help"
laying the columns out to visualize/pin

 more "helping", Austin getting lost in the layers as we did the last pinning, and us being cozy with the finished blanket

...I can't believe I don't have a picture of the finished front side, but I'm too lazy to go get a picture at the moment so I'll have to post one later. Imagine the most perfect, beautiful quilt you've ever seen and you've pretty much got it : )

EDIT: Here's what it looks like on our bed - it's so fun sleeping under something we made, full of so many memories!


It turned out huge - it's folded over at the top and hanging over at the bottom/sides so you can't quite get the full magnitude, but it's massive and colorful and warm and great. 

Catch Up

Picture dump, here we go:

I'll never get tired of seeing them play together


 Natalie demands to be all up in my grill any time I'm feeding Jack. I told her that I needed more space on the chair, so instead of sitting next to me she sat on my shoulder. Much more helpful, haha.

 cozy Pop-pop nap, and Stockton attacking Jack's eye

living room picnic 
"airplanes"
I have a lot of thoughts in my head but never seem to be able to remember them when I finally find time to sit down and blog...for now, I guess you'll just have to enjoy more pictures.


 post-nap Stockty

LOVE those sparkly eyes
he makes the best faces!
attacking chicken nuggets - would you believe this is their first
freezer chick nug experience? they can't get enough


 handsome Stockton, nap chair, and pizza with Daddy

one of my all-time favorite pictures
my sister is so pretty 
will I ever get a (good) picture of the three of them? this looks like one of those pinterest fails

me and my natsby!

grandpa love : ) 

Little Jack in June

Ohhh, Jack, how we love you!

nap bundle
Such a fun little dude. Relaxed, chill, easy. He eats every three hours, knows night vs. day and sleeps well at night. He likes his bink but isn't quite as bink-happy as the other babies were, he is starting to smile, and he already successfully secured the title of Largest Blow-out of any of our children.

 ha, these pictures make me laugh...his bare legs!

The "bubble" hasn't burst yet - things are still going really well. I feel basically fully recovered (I've even gone running a few times!) and it feels like Jack has always been with us. I love having a little baby to snuggle again. It's so fun to share him with Natalie and Stockton, too.


He was blessed at church on June 7, 2015, with the name Jack Atticus Poulsen. Austin did the blessing, of course, and also in the circle were our dads, Ross, Dan, Colt, and the bishopric. It was nice having our families at the meeting with us, and my mom brought delicious deli sandwich fixins for lunch afterwards. It was nice explaining what a baby blessing is to Natalie. I missed our brothers though - Max, Sam, and Aaron are all on missions, so Big Jack (as Natalie calls him) had to represent the brotherly faction by himself!


What a guy - he was just over 6 weeks in these pictures

Outings

Outings are fun. Outings are necessary. Outings require preparation and planning, but are usually worth it!

We (Natalie, Jack and I) went to a Saltdogs baseball game with friends and had a blast! It was fun to sit on the grass and smell the funnel cake and hear the crack of the baseball bat. Natalie was talking nonstop about it for the next few days.


Since we drop Austin off at work in the morning and are out already, we try to run an errand or do something fun. We kind of rotate between grocery store/Target/mall/park.

balloons (and shark jammies) at Hy Vee
 Sometimes, we just stay in the car and play there.

 They love turning the lights off and on. And Natalie is chewing on an old sucker, ew haha.

Pop-pop took us to the mall and even got on the ride with Natalie. Pretzels, lemonade, and the carousel were also involved, as usual. I'm glad my dad is so available to play with us!


Stockton's dream is to run wherever he wants and be able to switch direction on a whim without anyone picking him up or forcing him to go where they want. We took a family outing to a park with a path and let the kids run free, and it was awesome. Stockton was panting and red faced and loving every minute of his romp.

It was a hot/humid day so they needed a stroller break once in a while 

I'm surprised how much we've gone out since having little Jack. I thought I'd feel more stuck at home, but as long as I time it correctly with feedings, etc, it's not very stressful to go out at all. In fact, it's nice to be out of the house doing something different, and the babes love the chance to get some energy out. I love that they get their energy out too because then we have excellent naps.

And you know how I feel about naps. : )

Mayyyy

This post was supposed to be up weeks ago...oops. Behold, the month of May:


MOWMAGEDDON. We didn't mow for weeks between dealing with a new baby
and Lincoln having record rainfall in May...this picture doesn't even do it justice.
I finally made it a priority so I didn't have to look at my neighbors with shame.

a handful of people asked me if they
were twins since they matched with their
curls and black shirts


Austin sent me to Panera one morning for a
delightful reading/breakfast break and when I
came home Jack was sleeping and the kids
were enjoying Mario Kart with Daddy
cake for breakfast
...and ice cream
...and a cozy Jack

Natalie LOVES her baby brother. 

she wanted to "be like mommy" in the top right picture : ) 

when I came home from the hospital Stockton wouldn't
leave my side - he would cozy up with my legs, follow me
wherever I sat, and reach up for lots of love

my sweet Stockty





brothers : ) 

Natalie and Stockton are playing together so much, and I LOVE it. They chase each other, jump on the bed and giggle like crazy, and sit and flip through books together. The best. 

buddies


Natalie would put her leg over the carseat and Stockton would swat it away and they would burst out laughing