Monday, April 15, 2013


Want to know what's 'Sup with us? Craziness!  That's what!

- Charlie is ... almost 4 months old.  I don't count weeks anymore. No one (besides doctors) really cares how many weeks your kid is.  If you go by months they get a general idea.  He may be like 15 weeks now?  I should probably figure that out.  Anyway, he had his first ear infection last week.  I've seen enough of those before that I knew what was up so I got him to the doctor quick!  I think it's all better now.  Being sick caused him to sleep more and heavier for a few days and he's actually been sleeping a little better since.  I'm kinda hoping that the sickness "reset" him in terms of sleeping and crying.  He still isn't sleeping through the night, but he is doing much longer stretches between eating.  However, we are still waking up 4-7 times a night to resettle him and put that darn pacifier in his mouth!  At four months (in a couple weeks) we will officially start sleep training - or the "cry it out" method as some call it.  It'll be rough, but I look so forward to him being able to self soothe!  

- Savannah is amazing.  She has been so patient, helpful, encouraging, and delightful.  I thought she was a gift before we had Charlie, but now I know she is the most amazing gift we could have been given in a daughter.  One great thing I am noticing about her more and more is that she never lies.  She is becoming a very trustworthy girl. Every so often she gets wrong ideas, or even a little confused - and like a lot of us, she is convinced that what she believes to be true is true.  That seems like lying, but actually, it's just ignorance and we're all guilty of that at some point.  

- Travis got his motorcycle running last weekend.  If you didn't hear, he got this older motorcycle from a friend last fall and road it for a couple weeks and then it got way too cold.  He took the bike out last weekend one day ( think it was like 50 degrees out) and he came back freezing!  Seems that the air gets to be about 20 degrees colder when you're going 40 miles an hour.  We're all tired of the cold weather here, but that motorcycle in the drive way is just taunting  him!  

- I've been busier lately. I started working more hours at church.  We're in a weird time of transition in our ministry.  Our high school pastor is heading out in June to plant a church in Cedar Falls, IA and our new guy doesn't start until a couple weeks after that.  Lately I have gotten to spend a lot of time meeting  with all kinds of high school girls, leaders, potential leaders, and potential interns.  In June Travis and I are leading a trip with some students to Minneapolis for a few days.  Another reason we'd like Charlie to sleep better - so he doesn't give my parents so much grief when we're away!  And did I mention that I picked now to start running again? 



I just noticed that I never posted this.  I've seen people on instagram using the term "latergram" - so here's my "laterblog" from about two weeks ago. 

We had fun celebrating Easter again.  It's really my favorite Holiday.  I think because the older I get the more I realize my need for a savior.  He DIED.  Completely.  And on Easter, he defeated Satan's power over me!  We should celebrate Pentecost too.  I think that might be my favorite too - if we celebrated it. 

The last couple years we have done this count down to Easter thing with Savannah.  Starting 12 days before, Savannah gets to open up an Easter egg that has something in it representing a story about Jesus.  We read the story to her and talk about it as a family.  It's been so fun for all of us to remember how great Jesus' presence on earth was.  And how far his power extended.  
This is Savannah praying on the 11th day. Love it when she prays. 

Here's our kids on Easter day.  They're cute. 

Savannah was trying to "help" Charlie smile. 

I always try to get a good picture of us on Easter - when we're all actually dressed up.  But this year was another fail. Come on people. Savannah says she was making some super hero face. I guess this is what our family really is :) 

Yo guys - check me out! Easter stud. 

So for this special Easter breakfast I reheated pancakes from the day before (because Saturday is the only day I might ever have the chance to actually cook breakfast) and garnished it with strawberries and yogurt covered raisins.  The one ear that is missing is the only part of the pancake Savannah actually ate.

Our church is great. Always. I doubt you will ever hear me complain about the services at our church.  

No pictures for the rest of the day, but we spent it at my parents house stuffing our faces with Easter ham and then not really doing much.  Rest is worshipful too.  But that's a blog for another day.  

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