Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Afternoons at the PLAYGROUND  

Movie Nights in the gazebo with Don

Boating in the backyard

Pool time

SWINGING with our favorite people

Baseball Games

Beach Days

Going to the Race Track

Walks Outside

Lazy summer days

Creating sand cities

Movies at dusk and High Tech Camping

Camping meals

Fishing trips

Watermelon AND Rollkuchen


and out!

Just a few of my favorite things.  I'm starting to get antsy!!!  Can. Not. Wait. for summer!!!!

When I was looking at some of my summer pictures, I came across this one, and it made me smile.  My unsuspecting Mom and Dad are about to emerge (and submerge) backwards and upside down at mach speed!

Friday, January 23, 2009

'Date' Day

Today I had TWO dates!  One with each of my little guys!

Nate and I spent the morning hanging out together at the hospital for his RSV injections.  After the 9:00 weigh in and chat with the RSV coordinating nurse, we had a nice visit with 2 of the other moms there with their babes.  Had a check with the Dr. and then at about 10:30, Nate and I took to the halls.  I was hoping he'd have a little nap in the hour or so that we had to wait while the drugs were prepared.  And he did.  I found myself at the cafeteria, in a nice sunny spot, with a Free Press open on the table.  (I can't remember the last time I've taken the time to sit down and read the paper!)

An hour later, (after a nice nap) the injections were done, and the tears were wiped away.  He did great...again!  We always have to wait around after the babies get these needles, just to check for reaction, so by the time we were leaving the hospital, it was almost 12.

After getting Nate buckled in the carseat and the van warming up (boy was it cold today!) I realized the sliding door wasn't latching.  ACK!  For 5 minutes I was wiggling and jiggling and trying with all my might to get the door to close.  I guess that car wash that Brady enjoyed yesterday was now going to cause problems.  So I called my knight in a shiny black jeep, who came to the parking lot and after 10 minutes of his efforts, got it to close!

My second date was with Brady this evening.  I made the mistake of talking about Fabricland, and how that store didn't have cookies for kids, but they did have some toys to play with.  Well, that was all it took to get him pumped about joining me in some shopping this evening.  Don was very happy stay home with Nate!  It was so fun for just me and Brady to hang out together, since that doesn't happen too often.  And just so you don't think I'm filling his mind with all things girly or domestic, we did also go to Rona.  He was a big helper, carrying the 2X4 around the store with me!

So...Brady may have won in the "fun" date category....not sure Nate would call his a date at all!  But I had a great day with my boys!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sleep Update

So, I'm about 5 pages into one of the books....that really shouldn't surprise anyone!!  Who has time for reading these days, anyway?  The good news is that Nate's nights have not gotten worse!  In fact, I'm pretty sure we've had some 2 to 2 1/2 hour stretches (I think.....I no longer check the clock every time I wake up - it's a coping mechanism!!!)  

I've got a little project up my sleeve today - and I chose to work on that instead of read.  It's a whole lot more fun!  I'll have to post some pictures when I'm done.  I'm making a head board for my sister (a belated birthday gift).  I've only made one before, and that was for our queen bed, but since getting a bigger bed recently, I figured I might as well make a new one for us too!  So I'll post the 2 headboards when they're all done!  Sure was nice to have Don home today (his usual day off) working in the garage and cutting wood for me.

We got notice of our next appointment with Nate's ped. cardiologist - it'll be on February 11th.  Always mixed feelings when you start anticipating those appointments.  But we pray everyday for a miracle that will knock the doctor's socks off!!  He's such  a precious little boy!  He's 8 1/2 months now.  At this point, Brady was already walking!  Nate's not quite there, instead, he's enjoying hanging on to our fingers and walking around that way!

Here's a couple pics of our little guy!

Everyone keeps asking where his reddish hair comes from!  Cute, isn't it?

Cool guy!  LOVES his walker
transportation device.

On the verge of falling asleep.  Just had to get a quick shot of it (and a short video clip of his head bobbing) before getting him down on his bed!

Monday, January 12, 2009



Wishing you a wonderful day today and a year full of fun and adventure!

Love ya!

(not sure why you look so surprised that you caught a fish - you angler, you!)

Sunday, January 11, 2009


We all face Goliaths in our life.  Whether it be a challenge in our circumstances, a health issue, personal struggle, relationships, insecurity, fear....

My reading today, in '10 Minute Time Outs for Moms', by Grace Fox, was about this.  The question we need to ask ourselves is whether we will approach our 'giant' with the confidence we should have, knowing that God is fighting this battle for us.  So often we try fight our battles on our own, and end up intimidated, worried, frightened or defeated.  David fought his battle with faith - he understood God's power and claimed victory because he knew God could not be defeated.

Here's poem that the author, Grace Fox, included.  She wrote this about her 'Goliath' - fear and a wounded relationship.


Goliath might seem big and strong,
But his existence won't be long.
When you call on the living God,
He fights, He wins, and nations stand to applaud.

Admit to God you're terrified;
He'll stand up for you, He's on your side.
The nature of the battle says it's true--
His extraordinary power works for you!

Where does your focus lie?
Are you looking at Goliath or the God whom he defies?
Where does you focus lie?
How will God be glorified if you're looking at Goliath and believing Satan's lie?
Where does your focus lie?

Don't fall for the lies when the odds are overwhelming,
Don't fall for the lies when the stats are looking grim.
Believe the truth, don't fall for the lies,
Courage and victory come from Him!

Here's a prayer that Grace included on today's topic.  They are always prayers that you can put the names of your children in to make it personal.

Heavenly Father, I pray you will answer Nate when he's in distress.  May your name protect him.  I trust You to rescue him with the saving power of  Your right hand.  (Psalm 10: 1,6) Amen.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Reading Material

To my book club girls....don't worry - these are not my suggestions for our next book!!

My dear friend Kristin, sympathetic and understanding my journey of night "wakings", dropped these beauties off at my house today!  Now with all my free time I can hopefully learn some techniques, or maybe just get some encouragement looking at the covers of the peacefully sleeping babies - and the potential therein.

Thanks Kristin!!!

My Sweet Little Indulgence

This is just what we need....after New Years - and all of our resolutions - and after eating way to much on the holidays!!!

I found out yesterday at Skip To My Lou, that  it was National English Toffee Day!!  When I saw this recipe I could NOT resist.  I told myself that if I could find my candy thermometer, then I'd make a batch.  Well, I found the thermometer, and the rest is history.  (Well, not really history, because it is now on my hips!!)

You just have to try it! This stuff is amazing.  I'm sure it's probably illegal in most provinces!  I overdosed on it yesterday - and paid the price with a chocolate/sugar headache!!  (But secretly worth it!)   Hey - with the lack of sleep I've been getting lately, this is just the pick me up that I need!  

I've always loved Skor bars, and this toffee outshines Skor in every way....I'm imagining it in ice cream, crunched up as a topping, or on it's own.

Skip To My Lou graciously offered to share her recipe and directions....thanks a 'toffee crunchin' bunch'!!!


I am happy to be guest posting today! I am sharing my grandmother's recipe for English Toffee!

Alice Belle's World's Best English Toffee Recipe

2 sticks of butter

1 1/3 cups white sugar

3 Tablespoons water

1/2 Cup nuts (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 - 1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate is best but semi-sweet is good also)

First, prepare a pan lined with buttered aluminum foil. I use a jelly roll pan.

Melt butter in a saucepan and add 1 1/3 cups sugar and 3 Tablespoons water and stir well.

Over medium high heat cook, stirring frequently, until it reaches 300
degrees. If the candy appears to separate (with a layer of melted
butter on top) stir vigorously to make it come back together again.
Watch CLOSELY at 285 degrees, since it cooks quickly and will
scorch at high temperatures.

To show you how quickly it cooks, at 285 degrees I was going to take a picture of it at precisely 300 degrees, but it went too quickly. It can usually go to 310 but any hotter and it will scorch!

At 300 degrees remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Stir in nuts if using (or you can sprinkle on top of chocolate).

Carefully pour toffee into prepared pan smoothing to desired thickness and let set about a minute. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Wait about three minutes until chocolate chips are soft and melted from the heat of the toffee. Smooth chocolate across the top of the toffee.

Place in refrigerator until hard. Peel aluminum foil from back of toffee and break into pieces!

Please come visit me at Skip to my Lou!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Go Canada!

Like many homes across Canada, ours was watching Canada play in the gold medal game at the World Junior Hockey Tournament!  The boys got set up in the sunroom, decked out in the appropriate attire and took part in some table hockey on the side!  Canada played a great game and won!

Saskatoon next year, anyone?

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Before we enter a brand new year, here's a little peek back at some memories of 2008!


Brady's first airplane ride with Grandpa Schmidt!  He loved it!
(Funny, considering at that point he still ran to the
other room whenever I vacuumed!)


Finding the perfect bag.

Early morning snuggles with mommy (7 months pregnant).


Brady became very proficient at computer activities.  That is, until he took some self-portraits, 
and was able to order and pay for the prints online while I was in the other room.  I got a confirmation email a few hours later of 'my' purchase.  Then it was a waiting game till the order arrived in the mail a few weeks later.  A funny memory, a good story....Brady was cut off from the computer after that, none the less!


Two days before our new arrival!

Nate Jacobson

Less than 2 hours new.




Brady has a fascination with Winkler's water tower.  He came up with this creation
on his own.  He was so excited to show me the water tower he built!
(Excuse the wardrobe!)

Kerry & Kathy's visit this summer - fun times!!!



Brady's first time on skates.

The start of Nate's meds!  He's become a pro at this by now!

In tandem all summer long!


A very awkward 24 hours!