A Blanket for Brantley

A couple of weeks ago, my brother’s first child, Brantley, was born. I, doing as I do, made him a blanket.


I also decided to do a yarn-wrapped letter “B” for him as well.

From June 2011

Brantley was born on June 29, and had some health problems. I’m happy to report that his health has improved greatly since his birth. He appears to have quite the fighting spirit! We’ve all been so very thankful for the prayers and support offered by so many. Keep the prayers coming! We don’t know yet when he will come home, but hopefully it will be soon.

And finally, a family portrait from a few days ago. The ventilator has been removed since this photo was taken.

From July 2011

Thanks again to everyone for the prayers, thoughts, kind words, and encouragement. It means the world to all of us.

Lessons from a 3 year old

From July 2011

This morning on the way into school, Phoebe stopped by a patch of grass and looked at a mushroom. The following conversation occurred:

Phoebe: Look Mama!
Me: Yeah, that’s a mushroom.
Phoebe: Where did it come from?
Me, unsure how to answer in my not fully caffeinated state: Uh, the ground.
Phoebe: No, it came from God.

Couldn’t really argue with that.

On an unrelated note, I have a ton of posts floating around in my head. I need to find the time and energy to actually compose them. Hopefully soon regular posting will resume again.

Sweet Sunday Morning

Lately Phoebe has been a bit of an early riser. We’ve had to tell her that during the week her clock needs to have a green “6,” and on the weekends we’d really like it if it had a green “7.” She has this clock from Target that has different colors for each digit. Well, she doesn’t seem to get on the weekends that mom and dad would really like to sleep in. This past weekend, she would come into our room early in the morning and declare that there was a green 6 on her clock, so it’s time to get up! The sun is out, so let’s get up! Saturday I tried to get her to climb into our bed and snuggle.

Sunday morning she came into our room around 6:15, went to Rick’s side of the bed and said, “Daddy, I want to snuggle Mama.” She then climbed into bed and inserted herself between us, put her forehead on mine, and wrapped her sweet little arm around my neck. She also made sure to point out that I had not brushed my teeth yet. I pointed out that neither had she. She stayed that way for maybe 10 minutes or so. It was sweet while it lasted. Then she crawled out of our bed and asked if I needed coffee to wake up.
“Yes, I do need coffee to wake up,” I answered. Then she said, “I need you to come help me make coffee because I can’t do it all by myself.” I sent her to Rick and they both got up and made me coffee.

That was my sweet Sunday morning. I hope to have more like it, even if it means waking up earlier than I’d like.

Sophie’s 2!

From April 2011

Thursday this week, My little Sophie-bug turned two! I can hardly believe two years have passed already! She’s grown so much and is turning into quite the sweet, spirited, beautiful little girl! She’s definitely not a baby anymore. Babies can’t draw with sidewalk chalk. 🙂

She loves to draw and color. Her favorite colors at the moment are purple and yellow. She also loves puzzles, playing dress-up, and playing with her sister. As I type this, she’s playing with heir little toy kitchen and talking on the phone that goes with it. She also carries around her baby doll everywhere. This baby’s name is Purple Baby.

From March 2011

Also on Thursday, she got a haircut! A badly needed one. Before and After:

After the haircut, we went home, ate some dinner, then sang happy birthday with a cupcake.

Which she rejected in favor of applesauce. Funny kid.

On Friday, she had her 2 year well-check amidst the storms. She is currently 34 lbs, 35 inches tall, and her head circumference was 49.5 cm.

Our baby girl is no longer a baby! This afternoon we will have a party with friends to celebrate. 🙂

Metal Mouth

One thing I haven’t posted about here is that I got braces in January. A week before the brackets went on, I had to get spacers put between my back teeth- these were little rubber bands they inserted between each of my back teeth. My teeth all really hurt for most of that week! I think that hurt worse than getting the braces on! The day I got the braces installed, I did before and after photos using our webcam. .
Before:

From January 2011

After:

From January 2011

My teeth really hurt for about a week. I couldn’t eat much more than soup! Even the goldfish crackers hurt to eat! The church dinner that Wednesday night (two days after I got the braces) was fried chicken. Um, yeah, that was sooo not easy. But I made it, and after the first week it definitely settled down. My mouth was still sore after that, but it was different areas. For instance, my front teeth would hurt for a few days, then that would be fine, but then my back teeth would hurt, and so on.

This week I had my first adjustment. It looks like most of my adjustments will be every 6 weeks. So far the adjustment has made it difficult to bite down on food. Otherwise, it’s not too bad. I’m now sporting some super attractive rubber bands in my mouth! I’m supposed to wear the elastics 24/7 for the next 6 weeks, except when I’m eating or brushing my teeth. Since I eat a billion times a day, I end up changing them often! I tried to capture the super attractive rubber bands on Monday in a couple of different ways.

Mirror shot with the good camera, but it focused on the camera. You can still see the elasctics:

From March 2011

And to compare to the before/after shots on the day I got them, a webcam shot:

From March 2011

Couldn’t see the elastics unless I got close to the camera, which made the image kinda weird. Oh well. Maybe I’ll figure out better ways to photograph my teeth over the next couple of years. Or maybe this’ll be the last photograph meant for my teeth, who knows! 🙂