Who knew a laundry basket could be so much fun?! The other day Lily discovered all the potential of one of ours. First she started playing in it- piling anything she could find in it and on top of herself. But then she realized that it was much more fun to play on top of it! Here she is just having a blast. Shortly after this video she realized that it was even more fun to jump off of it. So we piled up pillows and blankets all around it and let her go for it. I love her little adventerous spirit!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
This weekend was sort of up and down, good and bad, all over the place. It started off good with the visit I wrote about earlier with our friends Friday morning. Then Lily woke up from her nap that afternoon and everything had changed. What I thought was teething at first turned into a nasty little cold- and she has been some kind of fussy ever since. Saturday was just mostly bad. With Lily being sick we were trying everything to entertain her- including a swim in her baby pool. That was cheering her up until she climbed out of the pool and sat down on the deck (to eat a few grapes I thought)- until I turned back around to see her playing with something strange- ok gross- ok, it was poop (that had squirted out of her diaper when she sat down). I quickly ran her up to the bathtub and tried to wrangle her soaked, clingy swim diaper off of her. Not only was her diaper full, but it was baby diarhea (which is the worst kind). And now it was everywhere-all over her, the bathtub, and all her bath toys. So, I quickly ran her to our bathroom downstairs to shower her off. Then I had to call Joe in from mowing the lawn to watch her while I dealed with the now 3 room biohazard. It was just about all cleaned up when I realized that we were out of bleach (we needed to soak her tub and all her bath toys). So I quickly ran to Hannaford to pick some up. Only as I'm leaving Hannaford I'm in a car accident. I was completely backed out of my parking spot (and ready to shift into drive) when I see someone back straight at me (totally oblivious to my presence). I tried to get out of the way, but of course she still hit me. Thankfully she was a very sweet lady and after she apologized many times (aparently her neck was bothering her and she hadn't looked all the way behind her) we exchanged numbers. Well, all I can say is that you've got to love a plastic car (a Saturn) because there was very little damage (just a little paint scraped away). Joe said that someone let him off once so we decided to return the favor and fix the paint ourselves. I think she was relieved. So, that was Saturday. It was just crummy. But Sunday seemed to turn around again and we enjoyed a fun afternoon at the American Folk Festival with our friends Brave and Jenny (and their two kids). The kids danced to the drum music at one of the performances (this is a picture of Lily dancing), did a few little crafts, and enjoyed some really good festival food. With the little ones it was hard to go to many of the performances, but that was ok because it was just wonderful being with our friends and especially watching Lily and their kids play and chase each other around- too cute! Thanks for a great time Brave and Jenny! So we ended the weekend on a good note. Unfortunately Joe is really sick today too- so we're starting off the week crummy, but that must mean that the good is yet to come!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
As I write this Joe is leading a white water rafting outreach with 30 guys from one of the fraternities on campus! It's the unofficial start to our "Lifelines season." And I think it's going to be a bit crazy. We sure would appreciate your prayers for these trips- we want so badly for God to work in the lives of these students. So here is what's going on:
Tuesday- Rafting trip with the Husson women's soccer team
Friday- Freshmen arrive (we'll have a Lifelines booth so that they can sign up to come on a rafting, paintball, or rock climbing trip.
Saturday- Rock climbing trip with the U-Maine women's ice hockey team.
Sunday- Challenge Course outreach with all (600) of the incoming freshmen at Husson! Even if a quarter or half of these students come it will be by far the biggest Lifelines trip ever (anywhere)! Crazy!
And then classes start on Monday- and from there on out we have trips every weekend! All of our rafting trips are full, but we still have a lot of rock climbing and paintball trips to fill (Sundays)- so please pray that we would find groups that want to do these trips! Here we go....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We are back! I want to say a huge thank you to Nonnie & Grampy (aka Mom and Dad Cousins)- they were just the biggest help- letting us stay with them, feeding us, helping entertain Lily- thank you so much! I have these moments in my mind that hopefully I'll remember for a long time- the first was Lily running around the house with Grampy chasing her. She would stop for a second and Grampy would sneak up on her and she would just laugh so hard! The second was yesterday watching Nonnie teach Lily how to blow bubbles out on the lawn (and she was doing it herself- amazing)! It is so fun for me to watch Lily with her grandparents- we really are blessed to have four of them who love her and just love to interact with her! We also had a great time visiting with my two sisters-in-law and their kids- I sure wish we lived closer to them!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Joe worked all day long and his friend Brave joined him this evening to finish off the destruction of our kitchen. No turning back now! We moved Lily's booster seat into the living room and ate all of our meals in there today. And with the kitchen sink gone I had to do the dishes in the bathroom!:) Lily and I will be leaving tomorrow to stay with Joe's parents until Sunday. Hopefully the next time I post our kitchen will be looking a little better!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
To follow up on my post about raspberry picking: Joe made jam and with a little helpful advice from my grandma it turned out great! Lily has really been enjoying it on her little waffles. My mom also made a raspberry swirl cheesecake (the only part I did was the raspberry swirls)- and it was wonderful! So, here is the recipe as I promised!
1 cup + 3 TBL sugar
3 TBL butter, melted
5 pkgs of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
3 TBL flour
1 TBL of vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crushed sweetened raspberries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix crumbs with melted butter, press firmly into bottom of foil lined 13x9 baking pan. Bake 10 min.
Beat cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, flour and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed
Until well blended. Add sour cream, mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition, just until blended. Pour over crust.
Gently drop jam or fruit by small spoonfuls over top of batter. Cut through batter several times with knife for marble effect.
Bake 40 min. Or until center is almost set. Cool and then refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
We also thought this would be good with an extra 1/2 of crushed raspberries swirled in the middle- so it would go cheesecake, raspberries, cheesecake, raspberries. Either way it's delicious! Enjoy!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Well, my parents (Grammy and G-Pa) left for home this afternoon. It is always sad to see them leave. Our visit was good- but spoiled a little bit by bad weather (lots of raining- and today it barely hit 60 degrees) and illness (both my parents and Lily were sick while they were here). It felt a little more like fall than summer- so we missed out on doing some of the summer things with them- but we did sneak a few in. Here are some pictures from our trip to Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park yesterday (in the one with both my parents Lily is eating wild blueberries that my Dad picked)! In addition to the wild blueberries we also hiked around Jordon Pond, had lunch at the Jordon Pond House (I just can't get enough of the popovers), shopped in town, and enjoyed dinner at a local lobster pound. Fun times. Mom and Dad, we miss you already!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Joe and I got to walk down the aisle for a second time yesterday! This time it was as bridesmaid and groomsman in the wedding of our good friends Ryan and Steph! Even though I look totally exhausted in these pictures (which I am right now)- we had a wonderful time throughout the whole weekend. Steph and Ryan are perfect for each other and we felt so honored to be a part of their day. It was absolutly the smoothest wedding I have ever been to- so relaxed right from the start of the rehersal to the moment they drove away. Perfect!