Thursday, May 31, 2012


We've been strawberry picking almost every week and we will be so sad when the strawberry season is over. Recently we've been picking at Fairview Sod Farm in Townsend.

Strawberries have been $1.50 a pound which is fantastic, and we picked a ton of berries this past week especially.

The fields are a little harder to navigate than Filasky's because the rows are very wide and not well defined. But Will had no trouble roaming off by himself to snack!

Last week Will and Jordan sat by the strawberries and ate their weight!

Will was literally covered in strawberry juice...all down his front and all down his back (from sitting on strawberries and squashing them!)

The field is huge and Fairview is supposed to still be open for U-pick berries this week. (here is the article from the Delaware News Journal with Emma's picture from our time picking at Filasky's).

They also have chickens and sell brown eggs.

Emma and Will love getting to sit and watch the chickens while I pay for the strawberries!

This week we made strawberry freezer jam. Its a winner!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Star Wars sheets

Last week we happened across a set of Star Wars sheets and comforter at Goodwill...all for $20! I had been looking at them on eBay and they were selling for about twice as much for just the sheet set, so quite a deal! These are not the super nice Pottery Barn kids ones, but Emma absolutely loves them, so they are working great.

They were being really cute the other night while we sang, laughing together and holding each other's hands.

We are working on learning the words to "Jesus paid it all" right now, and both kids have the first two verses down.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weekend in North Carolina

forewarning: long post with lots of pictures. And be on the lookout for many more posts in the next few days!

We had such a nice weekend (now 2 weeks ago!)...filled with hundreds of miles in the car, not quite as much sleep as we would have liked, a reunion with friends, a quick visit with family, and hydrogen peroxide in my eye.
We left Middletown around 5pm, planning that the kids would fall asleep for most of the trip. They did well at first, but we're totally excited. As we drove through Middletown Emma began her version of are we there yet by repeating "are we in Kellen's neighborhood now?" for the next 200 miles.
They enjoyed a special treat in the car, watching Finding Nemo on the iPad. The glee on their faces is priceless!

We made it to Pittsboro and the Thompson's house just after midnight, and without getting lost along the way. The next day was laid back--a trip to the park, complete with playground, picnic lunch, and sticking our feet in the lake.

The kiddos enjoyed playing outside together while waiting for dinner.

And after they were settled in bed we had a little fire in the backyard and made s'mores.

Here's where the hydrogen peroxide comes the end my contact was very dry and not in my eye properly. Since I couldn't see, Martin grabbed some contact solution for me and just as I was putting it in my eye he realized he should have checked the label. It burned like crazy and took a whole day to really feel better. Thankfully, I've had no problems since then, however!
Saturday we went to Raleigh and spent the morning visiting with Omi and Pap Pap and saw a little of Aunt Becca before the wedding of Becca's friends from college that we got to know.
Emma did pretty well for the ceremony, playing with her coloring book and watching what was going on.

Will sat for about 3 minutes playing on the calculator, but spent most of the service walking around with Pap Pap.

Which was totally fine with him because they got to see the horse and carriage before anyone else and Mr Will got to sit up with the driver. Look at that delighted face!

We really wanted to get a nice picture of all of us together, but photo ops rarely go as planned...

Little miss is showing off that stubborn streak in pictures frequently now, even here covering her mouth so that even if she couldn't hold back the smile, it still wouldn't be in the photo!

Sans kids shot looks pretty good to me!

Sunday we kept things very low key, church, pizza, and a visit with Aunt Becca!


That evening we had a great game of Settlers. It really was anyone's game, but somehow Martin squeaked it out. How many times have we played Settlers?

Monday morning we said our goodbyes and headed home. Thankfully, it was an uneventful drive back and both Emma and Will caught up on a little sleep.

What a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sleepy kids

Thanks to a busy weekend and lots of fun, Emma and Will have been pretty wiped lately. No naps all weekend meant that Emma fell asleep in the stroller before dinner while we were out for a walk Sunday afternoon.

I'm pretty sure she hasn't done that in at least 2 years!

And Will has been crashing for his afternoon naps as usual. On this particular day, he is laying on his blanket, with his arm around his pal. His stuffed dog is laying on top of him and next to his face. His mouth was hanging wide pen as well, until I used the flash for this picture. Cutie!

Monday, May 14, 2012


These pictures are mostly unrelated, but I really love them all. I realize even the title "smiles" only applies to the first photo, but these pictures all make me smile when I look at them!

Will has such a great laugh and great smile.

He is a super cuddly kid, and I love how sweet this picture is with Martin.

Emma is fascinated by bugs. She picks up worms and touches spider webs. On this particular walk she had a blast holding a ladybug.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nebulizer and more nebulizer

Poor Will is back on the nebulizer. He had another cold and double ear infection last week, and we are continuing his nebulizer treatments still. He has a really hard time sitting still for them (no kidding!) so the easiest way is for him to be in his high chair.

He's usually pretty good about the nebulizer, and here is a look at what most of his treatments look like:

Starts off pretty well, even willing to put the nebulizer in his mouth and breathe. 

Getting distracted by the mouthpiece and wants to take it on and off.

Mommy holds the mouthpiece on and Will gets annoyed.

A struggle ensues, in which Will throws himself around and we do our best to make sure he's still got the nebulizer in his face.

Emma comes over to help comfort and Will gets more annoyed by her trying to tickle than he is by the nebulizer.

So, we go back to being pleasant and helpful.

Yep, these pictures are all in order. What a stinker.

We also usually have Will play with his cars on his tray. Daddy discovered that the tray is a perfect racetrack, which keeps Will quite entertained.