Alphabet Matching

I love matching the letters to their words and then putting the puzzle pieces together!


Who Knew?

Mommy, Daddy, and I went to a Christmas dinner together a couple of weeks ago.  The kids got a little bag of goodies to help us stay busy.  I decided that I wanted to write some names with Mommy.  We started with my name, and Mommy made a J.  She figured I'd copy her J, but I kept going and wrote an O.  She didn't know it...but I knew how to help her write my name.

All the letters that are in black are letters (and shapes) that I wrote.  Some of the letters in Grandpa made me nervous, so Mommy did those for me.

Mommy was so excited that I had learned how to do some letters on my own.  She wasn't going to work on writing with me until after the New Year, so I had to show her that I'm ready now.

The Marble Game

Like Chutes and Ladders, but with real chutes!


Aunt Corinne, Uncle Todd, Daddy, Mommy, and Aunt Amanda

The Bear Pillow

I have actually decided that he is a puppy named Carl.  I sleep with him at every naptime and bedtime.

They Know All About Little Boys


Here I am "arranging the 'Antivity sets' in a choir."  Thanks, Aunt Shari and Uncle Denny, for my new Antivity set.  I made sure to put it with another one that Mommy and Daddy had.  It was very important that the shepherds were near the sheep.  I added cars later.

The Kaleidoscope

29 Weeks, and All is Well!

We are so thankful for this precious gift and this exciting time.  My appointments are now every two weeks.  Yikes!

Birthday Playgroup, Part 2

Birthday Playgroup, Part 1

Yes, there were nine of us...aged 5, 4 (me,) 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, and 0.  It was a very exciting morning.


Now that I have a vacuum cleaner of my own, I can vacuum and Mommy doesn't have to.  At least, that's what I told her.  She thought we might want to vacuum together.  I told her that we could each hold our vacuums with one hand and hold hands with the other.

A Little Break

We've decided to take a little blogging break from now until the end of the year. Well, not a complete break...we're scheduling some pictures to appear each day, so we'll be able to enjoy pictures of my birthday and pre-Christmas adventures, and so will you. Our posts will be mostly pictures with a lot of words. We're having a lot of fun playing with all the new toys that I've been opening. Thanks, everybody, and Merry Christmas! We'll get back into our normal routine after the new year.

Our Yard in December

Here's what our backyard looks like right now.  We just had our first obvious frost last night, so it might not look this way for long.

We're sorry for the little blogging break.  We're trying to keep December as calm as we can, but among other things, we're hosting two different groups of friends at our house today.  Mommy  is staying busy.  We have plans to catch up and share pictures of our latest adventures, including my birthday festivities, soon!


You can see pictures of Malachi here!

Congratulations to Sam and Katherine!

My two good buddies, Sam and Katherine, welcomed a new baby boy into their family today!  Malachi Lewis was born this morning at 8:25 and was 9 lbs., 8 oz., 20.5" long.  He's the smallest baby in the family and is the first one with hair.  We haven't seen his picture yet, but we hear he is super cute and can't wait to see him.  Congratulations to Aunt Anna and Uncle Brian, too!

Today's First Words

"I heared that it's snowing outside!"

(Um, sorry, buddy, that's not likely...)

Christmas at Four


Jonathan's mom here!  Welcome to our home!  Our son turned four on Wednesday, and he's really into the details of Christmas this year, including the decorations.  I thought I'd include you in the fun of his influence of our Christmas (and some influence of my own, as well.)  Enjoy!

He wanted to help with the ornaments, so the part of the tree that he can reach has a preschooler's touch.

Note the placement of the candy canes.  We grin every time we see it.

Here they are with the lights for effect.

And here's the whole tree.  We love putting our tree up right after Thanksgiving.  I have a December birthday, too, and I really love having the tree up for my birthday.

One of my favorite things about this house is that I can put garland up the railing and up on the playroom "windowsills."

Here's more of Jonathan's work.  He was so proud to tell Daddy that he "decorated the office for Christmas."

I had these little things in groups, but Jonathan keeps rearranging them, one in each corner of the counter.

He also decorated his play kitchen with red stars for Christmas.  It's very important that the stars don't fall down.

And, here are our stockings.  (I still need to put Jonathan's name on his...)  The teeny one on the right is also Jonathan's work.  He found it in our Christmas tub and decided that it must be for the baby (who is on the way.)  He also wants each stocking holder to be carrying something, whether a finger puppet or a fire truck.

Here's one thing I'm thankful to share:  my Christmas dishes.  Over the past few years, my friends and family have been generous to help me collect a set of Christmas dishes.  We use them all month long.  (Having a December birthday has helped me collect these!)  Thanks to family and friends who have given these to me (from Target.)

There's one more thing I wanted to share with you:  the special arrangement of the Nativity sets.  But, our camera officially stopped I'll have to save that for next year!  Hope you enjoyed our little tour!

And, because we're supposed to share a favorite recipe on this tour, here's an easy one from me.  Enjoy!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

15 oz. Pumpkin
12 oz. Evaporated skim milk
2 eggs
2 egg whites
3/4 c sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground allspice
1/4 t ground ginger
1/8 t salt
1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
whipped topping, optional

Oven 325
In a bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, egg whites, and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add spices and salt. Beat until well-mixed. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Pour into a 9-in pie plate coated with nonstick spray. (I used a square, 8x8 glass dish.) Bake at 325 for 50-55 min. or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.

Four Generations

I Finally Got My Wish

I have been asking for pumpkin pie for my birthday for several months.  Today, we had a small party for me, and I got to eat pumpkin pie.  Mommy made this "crustless pumpkin pie" that is a big hit in our family (and is easy,) and she also made these pumpkin pie tarts.  I chose to have a tart, and it was yummy!  Thanks to everyone, far and near, who has helped make my 4th birthday so special!

What to Do...

when you don't want to do anything.


(After talking about what an author is, because Mary Englebreit is the author of the Queen of Christmas-the book we were reading.)

Jonathan:  Mans can be authors, too!

Mommy:  Yes they can!  If you want, you can be an author when you grow up, and you can write books, too.

Jonathan:  Maybe I can be a train engineer and then a farmer and then an author.  I can be those three things!  And then I can be back with you.  So we can snuggle.

How I've Grown

Mommy and I went to a new pediatrician today for two reasons:  partly because she was curious about how big I am and partly because we'll need a pediatrician when the baby comes.  (I was pretty nice to help her try one out, wasn't I?)  I haven't been to a medical doctor since last year, which was also because Mommy was curious about how big I was.  We know that we can be very thankful since I don't need to go to the medical doctor much, and we truly are thankful.

We liked the pediatrician and will stick with him when the baby comes.  He was really nice and didn't give Mommy a hard time, which she liked.  He will come see our baby in the hospital after it is born, and also do the circumcision if the baby is a boy.  The doctor looked at all my parts, which made me a little nervous except for the tummy part, which tickled.

So, here's what we wanted to know:  I weighed 43 lbs. and I'm 42 inches tall.  I'm in the 97th percentile for height and weight.  So, I'm a big boy, but not off the charts at this point, which is nice.  I have grown three inches and gained five pounds since last year.

From Mommy

I had to jump in to share these hilarious shirts that my sister gave me for my birthday.  You probably know that I don't wear slogan shirts very much, but I'll be wearing these every chance I get until...well, you'll know when when you see the shirts:

I just about fell out of my chair laughing when I saw the second one.  This description of me grows more accurate by the day.  Thanks, Amanda!