Sorry no one has heard from us in so long! We’ve been busy busy. Nanna, Auntie Fay, and Cousin Spencer drove all the way from CA to see us a couple of weeks ago and stayed for a week, and before that, I was swamped with rehearsals for Diva Las Vegas, a benefit show that we put on for our church. Now that that’s over I’m busy with rehearsals for my upcoming choir tour to England this summer. Will the singing never end? Thankfully, no. Even though it keeps me really busy, I love it. In other news, I had yet another birthday, we survived Valentines Day, went through several colds, met some new neighbors, and generally just had a good time. I’ve uploaded pics from the past month. Go check them out!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!


Buried In Photos…

The Easel

…virtually of course.  I realized I hadn’t uploaded photos in a couple of months, so now I’m bombarding you with several new galleries all at once.  I’ll try to get back on here and tell some great stories from all of the craziness of the past two months, but right now I’m sick, and exhausted, and ready for bed after wading through over 300 pics!

Enjoy the slideshows!

  1. December 07 - Some random pics from December (and the first week of January).
  2. Christmas Tree Hunting 07 - If you need explanation, just close the browser.
  3. Christmas Morning Boisverts’ 07 - The first round of Christmas presents, at our house.
  4. Christmas Morning Whislers’ 07 - The second round of Christmas presents, at the Whislers’.
  5. Christmas 07 Warrenton - Christmas evening in Warrenton for round three.
  6. Lindsay’s Birthday Party 08 - uhhhh, Lindsay’s birthday party 08.

Maybe I’m insane…

Ok, I’ll apologize in advance, but I just have to share one more baby video.  It’s only ten seconds long, but this kids reaction is hilarious!  Go check it out.

A Quick Pick Me Up

In a bad mood?  This’ll cheer you up.

Happy Baby

My Life In A Petri Dish

Well, my cold that began when the kiddos got sick at the end of September seems to be hanging on and continually morphing into fun, new little strains of whatever the hell it started as.  This has been a huge pain especially in terms of my singing, as “solo season” has started, and I don’t sound the greatest when snorting and hacking up nastiness on a regular basis.  I know, that’s pretty disgusting, but try living it.  ;)
On top of me being sick and the kiddos swapping colds on and off, it looks like Lindsay has somehow contracted Pinkeye.
Yes, highly contagious, annoying Pinkeye.  I’ve tried to stress to her not to rub her eyes because she could end up getting it in both eyes, but I fear that may already be happening.  She woke up this morning with the tell tale “eye glued shut” with gunk, and the other eye is looking a little red in the past hour.   I’m doing everything I can to avoid Emery and I getting it as well, and once again, Lindsay will be missing a week of school so she doesn’t pass on the fun to any of her classmates.  Grrrrrr.  I see why people home-school.  We could save a fortune on classes she never attends!  ;)
So, we’re being shut-ins once again.  I’d advise not visiting, although anyone who wants to write is welcome to!  Cross your fingers we don’t all turn into red-eyed-monsters and go stir crazy!

Party Fit for A Three Year Old

We recently attended my nephew Gabriel’s third birthday party.  It was a nice mellow party with a few friends from Nicholai’s preschool, a yummy cake, and some good boyish presents.  I think he got a book about a bug that gets stomped, some work machines, a log truck toy, a train set, a monkey, and a couple other things I can’t remember.  Definitely a far cry from the stuff Lindsay gets every year.  No princesses, dress up clothes, hair pretties, etc.  ;)  I took a few pics you can go check out if interested.

On To The NEXT Holiday!

Hope everyone had an awesome Halloween, and are gradually coming down from the sugar high. We had a blast here. We carved some new pumpkins, made some paper towel ghosts to hang out front, and got all dressed up in costumes. (By the way, everyone loved the handmade buckets that Memere made for the kids, THANKS MEMERE!)
Happy Halloween!
The kiddos were swept away in the excitement of it all, and of course, we adults got to be big kids again through them. Barney took control of handing out candy while Chloe and I took the kiddos around the neighborhood. We were out for a good hour, and of course came back to the house with buckets full of treats. Daddy, ever the authoritarian, only let them have one piece each, which was probably a good idea seeing as it was so close to bedtime, but I was SURE he was going to get our house egged because of his strict rules on who he would give candy to. He truly was quite the “Candy Nazi”. You look too old? No candy. Not a good enough costume? No candy. Your friend, who’s driving his bike and letting you ride on the back, and patiently waiting on the sidewalk in front of the house? No candy for him unless he drops his bike in the middle of the sidewalk to block all pedestrian traffic, and drags his ass up here himself. ;) It was pretty amusing. We ended up still having half of our enormous tub of candy because of how many people he wouldn’t hand it out to!
Don’t Touch!
Go check out some pics of our Halloween adventures.

As a completely unrelated aside…are you not amazed at how everyone already has their Christmas stuff out?! Driving to our house to get ready for trick or treating, we passed a store with an ENORMOUS red and green shiny sign that read “Seasons Greetings!” It completely threw me off because I had Halloween on the brain. It kind of irked me to tell you the truth, and made me not want to shop there because they just seemed so desperate to make money on the next season rather than letting everyone enjoy the one that we were supposed to be taking part in at that moment. I dunno, maybe I just love Christmas so much, I hate to see it rushed and ruined. Although, as another aside (mostly for Barney’s sake), I see absolutely nothing wrong with singing Christmas Carols now, or all year for that matter! Bring on the eggnog! ;)

Museum Marauders

It’s been a while since we played at the Childrens’ Museum, mostly because our pass expired last year, and we’re cheap.  But the library here has a free pass that you can check out, and it was available when we called on Saturday.  What luck!

The kids had a blast playing inside on such a rainy day.  It definitely beats sitting in the house, I can tell ya that.  :)  Snapped a few shots while we played.  Go check ‘em out.

Pumpkin Patch Take Two!

As any and all avid site readers know, Emery, Lindsay and I went to the Pumpkin Patch with Lindsay’s preschool class earlier in the month.  Well, there’s a longstanding tradition of going to Lakeview Farms, another local patch, with friends and family, and then heading over to The Batemans‘ House for a carving party.


Not one to let tradition die, we joined the crew and headed to the patch for some fun getting lost in the corn maze, riding the boat over to the patch, picking out our pumpkins, and riding the train back to our cars.  My mom, ever the adventurer, joined us this year for a muddy good time being lead through the maze by none other than her trusty son-in-law Barney.   Just to install that extra bit of confidence in her, he joked about leaving her in the middle of the maze and running away, laughing maniacally.  But he would never do such a thing (because the rest of us were there to make sure).    ;)  For the most part, our large group stayed together, except for Lindsay and Nick, who took off to conquer the maze hand in hand.  Too cute.  I only managed to snap a few pics, but I know Carrie got a bunch as well, so after you check out our gallery, head on over to her site to see more of our adventure!