Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

We have encountered the infamous 7 year mark, amazing since it feels like 20! Brian would say it feels more like 50!!! Ahh the love and sarcasm that is the foundation of our relationship.

From the outside looking in, I know A LOT of people thinking, really? Kari and Brian? Does not make sense. To be perfectly honest, from the inside looking out, it still doesn't make sense. All I can say is divine intervention, that is how we are together today. Outside of our core values and beliefs, we have NOTHING in common. We went to the same college for years and have ZERO friends in common, that just does not happen. Unless you are extremely different people, of which we are. There is something comforting to me in knowing that this relationship was orchestrated by God and not us. I am so indecisive and Brian had questionable taste in women before me, so thank you God that you did not leave the decision making up to us. God put us beside each other on a plane and here we are. I still can't get on a plane today without being a little nostalgic for what a difference one plane ride made in my life.

I love you Brian! Thank you for the life we have together and the beautiful children.

Friday, November 6, 2009

She really did it!!!

Tonight was monumental - Myann pooped on the potty!!!!!

I know, I made this post a few weeks ago, but it really didn't count since I caught Myann trying to poop and I whipped off her pants and held her on the toilet until she pooped. Ok, so probably not a good idea, but I was desperate. Well she showed me because she has not pooped since. She has had a few mystery poops - where she claims to have pooped, but flushes before I can see the evidence. I really don't think she pooped, but appreciated her effort. For a few days she has been claiming she needed to poop, but when I took her nothing happened. Tonight she said she needed to go again, I really didn't think it would happen, but know that we have to go through the motions. So off we went and of course, because the girl lives her life to prove me wrong - she pooped. We called anyone we thought might be awake to spread the good news. I was ecstatic and she was so proud.

Then 30 minutes later we are getting ready for bed and she tells me she had to poop again. So off we went and she pooped again. It is amazing how poop can make your day!!! So I am hoping this will be it and she won't look back.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Family Photos

Our sneak peak is up on Jaidean's blog. Given how uncooperative my kids were and how chilly it was on the lake, the photos came out really well.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Stink Eye

Today we took advantage of the AMAZING weather (55 degrees and sunny, just perfect) and met friends at the Finch Arboretum. The kids enjoyed running around and playing in the leaves.

Just in case you have not gotten enough of this beautiful face.

Jenn tried to take photos of the kids and I, which is of course impossible, but the 4 of us were in one frame, even if not all visible.

I also captured a photo of Myann's Stink Eye, evil eye, call it what you want. But it is just vicious, but kind of cute in the photo.

Anders gave me one of his infamous hugs - which can be described only as pure love wrapped around you.

Myann's Ensemble

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Farm visit

Tonight we visited the Spokane Family Farm. They are a newer farm that does like organic milk, though not certified organic. It is good stuff. I forgot how good real milk tastes. The kids enjoyed being out on the farm and it was a nice evening. It took me back to my old work days when I used to inspect these types of places. It was nice to just enjoy being there without being in inspector mode. Brian and I are trying to buy more from local small places. We get our eggs from a local farm, and they have the strongest egg taste. Next week our half pig arrives and we will do beef soon too. Fresh food really does taste better.

My thought upon watching the pumps start, honey I have been there and feel your pain. The only difference, they only pump in 3 month stints and then get a break for several months. I am still going strong at 14 months.

Feeding the donkeys

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

This year was a low key birthday. There has been so much going on, that my birthday could have gone uncelebrated and that would have been ok. I already bought my presents during the summer, so no big fanfare for present opening. We had family photos in the morning with Jaidean, so no time for breakfast in bed. And all our threats for good kids during picture taking because it was mommy's birthday was not acknowledged.

I did not want a cake, but then Shane reminded me that they like birthday celebrations even when it is not their's. Shane asked when we were going to have cake and was really said when I said we didn't have one. So off we went to Dairy Queen, to get my favorite birthday cake. We all enjoyed it.