Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Little Brother

2 1/2 weeks old.
Early smiles, about three weeks old.
3 1/2 weeks.

First real bath. 

Big Brother

Watching Mommy make bread in the mixer. 
"Mommy, is it supposed to make all those popping noises???"
Having fun with a string of snowflake lights!
Kicking back in little brother's swing...
Helping Mommy unload the groceries.


I think we're done here...
Ready to go on a park outing. 
Sharing a baking powder container with Little Brother!

A popcorn picnic in the living room, during the biggest storm in three years!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Closet Project

 This past week Crandon jumped into a project.  We've talked on and off for a couple years about re-doing our master bedroom closet to make better use of the space, and we recently acquired a box of decorative shelf brackets, so it seemed like a good time to do it.  Crandon found some nice plywood shelving at a local specialty lumber store and some rods and hardware to match the shelf brackets.



One rod and shelf in a U-shape was definitely not the best layout, although very typical of a walk-in closet.

Close to done!

Clean and spacious, without clothes!  The top shelf and rod is now about seven feet up, instead of closer to five and a half.  The divided hanging area allowed us to have shelving on the back wall, and room for the safe on one side.

And the final result, filled and organized.

One more "after" photo.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rainy Day

Here are a few pictures from this morning.  A. went outside in the rain, with Daddy, while I went to a doctor's appointment with E.  We are enjoying some much needed rain here this week!

I love this one!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Day at the Beach

We spent a pleasant afternoon in October (before baby) getting apples at a local orchard, picking up bread from our favorite west county bakery (Wildflour), and finishing with a walk along the beach.
Having a snack in the car, before getting sandy!

Our little guy's first time out to the beach since he's been walking.

Exploring in the sand with Daddy.

A little wind-blown :-)

Checking out the waves.

Lots of fun!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

From Three to Four!

Our newest addition, with Daddy, just hours old.

Meeting little brother for the first time.

Little E. with Mommy.

Our Fall

 Our big boy has had lots of fun with a little wooden helicopter from great grandparents that visited in September.

Watering cans are always good for some fun!  This was a lovely Saturday afternoon in mid September.

The unhappy occasion of a family funeral at least had the plus of bringing all the little cousins on Crandon's side together.  These little boys were all dressed up, but some running around and sitting on parking lots had them looking slightly disheveled!

"Is this how this saddle works???"  So pleased with himself to have mounted alone, never mind the direction!

I love these little Carhart overalls!

I spent a week or so, in October, washing fabric, after selvaging twenty-some pieces from Grandma N's burned house.

Now I'm anxious to do some sewing, but I don't think I'm going to have much time for it, for a little while at least!

In early October we took a cross-country flight to meet a requirement for Crandon.  We made a stop over in the foothills and then down to Bakersfield for dinner.

Prepping for our flight home.

Our dishwasher quit so A. is "helping" Crandon install a new one.  Our new dishwasher is very quiet and cleans the dishes really well, but it takes a while--I guess that's how the newer energy/water efficient ones work.

All dressed up for a friend's wedding, but all that dirt was just too hard to resist!  Several of the little boys went home very dirty!

Celebrating Daddy's birthday with a special waffle breakfast--Yum!