Sunday, February 19, 2017

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

My cousin Darri got married to her sweetheart Charlie. They asked Amelie and James to be in the wedding - a big first for the Buffaloes!

Here's Amelie getting ready with curlers.

James has naturally curly hair :)

Aunt Lana said she'd give the kids a prize for behaving during the wedding. James said, "I know what it is!" And when we asked what it would be, he very confidently declared, "A sword!" And it just so happens that Aunt Lana did have a sword (leftover from a daycare costume) that he could have. What luck! He's also gotten a lot of use out of the memory game - he's talked someone into playing it with him nearly every day.

So dapper!

Amelie was very interested in the other church's nursery.

There's the wedding party! You notice that Amelie is waving and James is frowning. They were overawed with the whole process - until they got comfortable and there was some whispering and sitting on the edge of the platform on the part of the flower girls.  

I forgot to say that James really did get to carry a ring! I thought the pillow was all for show, but it turns out the rings were left in the room where they were getting ready and James ended up carrying it to the best man. Glad to provide some comic relief, as always :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Amelie is now missing both of her top front teeth. She can still eat an apple.

Ridiculous bow courtesy of Aunt Holly. When I asked if she wanted a bow, she said that she is "really into fashion." Okay then!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Why Hotels Are So Much Fun

The kids love staying at a hotel - where all bets are off, and there's swimming, TV, and occasionally flipping on the bed. Case in point:

I don't know why this half-wall was right up against the bed.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Artwork, etc.

James drew this giraffe family on a piece of construction paper. I like the little baby giraffe.

And he drew these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Isn't he incredibly talented? Since we moved the computer paper to a more accessible place, he just goes to grab a piece to draw on periodically throughout the day.

Amelie brought this paper home from school on Thursday. She hasn't been bringing her writing home! I asked about it at our last parent-teacher conference, and the teacher had her pull out her writing portfolio, and it seems like she's just been saving all of it. I suppose this one didn't make the cut:

Translation: Sirkru (?) is a Pokémon that is one of my favorites. It is pink and green and black. it is a serpent Pokémon.

My favorite phonetic spelling is "wun uv" = one of! Ha! Also notice how she put the accent mark over the "e" in Pokémon both times :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More Random Pictures

Okay, I'm unloading more photos from summer than never made it on the blog. I have a few more old(ish) photos, but those can be clumped into real posts more than these picture dumps.

Here's James crawling across the dinosaur bones play structure at Cosmo Park.

 And this is Amelie the very first time she climbed up on the big rock at Stephens Lake Park. She'd wanted to get up for a long, long time before she actually was able to do it without help.

James being James.

This is James in the Potter Room at church with a mask he made. Grrr.

Amelie at her last well-child check up. I think that book may make her weight check not 100% accurate.

And finally James climbing on the spider web at Shepherd Blvd Elementary School.
How's that for some summertime fun in the middle of this cold weather?

Saturday, January 14, 2017


All four cousins spent the day with their grandparents on the last day of break. Just to make it extra-exciting, Ellie lost a tooth to match Amelie:

And then the boys wanted to show their teeth, too :)

Thanks for the photos, Grandma Mary!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photo Dump

This picture dump is brought to you by the impending ice storm. I found a bunch of photos on Sam's phone and decided to upload them here.

This one is old, but never-before-published :) Since I have on a swimsuit & Amelie has on a swimsuit cover-up it was during swim lessons, and it's pretty clear James hasn't had his first haircut yet. I'm guessing June or so of 2015? We're eating frozen custard from Randy's.

And this is from Demolition Night at Adventure Club last year. James got to participate even though he's not a Ridgeway Ram just yet.

Amelie looks like a mad scientist.

 And then these are from a rest stop in Kentucky, somewhat close to Metropolis, Illinois.

And then there's this gem! How'd he get up there?

Both Sam's and my offices are closed today due to ice, and then we'll have Monday off for the Martin Luther King Holidy, too. James and I went to HyvVee and bought out all of their food on Thursday afternoon in preparation, so we're set :)