Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Silly Stuff

Last night Kel and I were home alone with the girls for a bit. Veda found one of Kel's old Build-a-Bears in the closet and demanded that we derobe it and put the baseball outfit on her. Kel and Veda are singing songs from in the pic. Then Veda wanted to wear the Bjorn and walked around the rest of the night hauling her doll. She is so dramatic these days.

More Lake Fun

More fun for Veda and crew. It was over 100 yesterday for the RAGBRAI fun... Veda took a dip in the lake and Adele had to make her debut in her swimsuit. Then the crew (minus moms and kids) headed uptown by boat to watch the thousands of bikers. We made a short trip to the Tike Bar and watched one of the bike teams take part in a wedding... everyone in the wedding party was wearing a dress - men too - typical RAGBRAI mayhem. Today we walked to the market for ice cream and stopped to pick tomatoes on the way home. Veda helped with the corn. Sweet Corn is one of her new favorite foods... and words.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Life at the Lake

We all arrived Saturday and Veda got her long awaited boat ride. Then we had the baptism on Sunday and the arrival of Kel, "Uncle Tis", and "Baby Ownen". Monday we got to play in the lake shoveling sand and then the Ice Cream truck made an appearance and Veda got to pick out a Spiderman Pop. We woke up this morning to a scalding hot day so Veda helped me cook and then jumped in the pool afterwards. Her job was to hand me a marshmellow as I wrapped them in cresent rolls and apparently I was going too slow. As you can see there was a little marshmellow log jam. She kept saying. "Veda and Mama Cooking. I make. I have fun."

More to come... RAGBRAI is stopping through town tonight so we will be vacationing with about 20,000 of our closest friends. Ha ha. I'm sure a tiki bar stop will be in order after the kids hit the hay.

Adele's Baptism

Friday, July 23, 2010

Too much of a good thing?

One of Veda's most used phrases is "Where are we Mama"? I'm sure we will hear it often tomorrow as we load up the car and head to Clear Lake for the reunion with Todd, Adele's baptism, and a week with the Laabs and Ehlers clan. It's been a whirlwind tour the past few weeks and I am just whipped. I'm not the only one. Nana and Bull have admittidly had enough. They didn't know what they were getting into when they agreed to the long-term babysitting. The nights without sleep and the days of non-stop action are catching up with them. As my Mom would say... they aren't spring chickens anymore. I am more grateful than they know for all their help and more importantly I'm grateful that the girls got the bonding time with them. I'm sad for them that they won't get to see each other for another couple of months but I'm sure that Nana and Bull will wecome the rest.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Girls Weekend

What a treat to get to spend some quality time with my girls in Chicago. Love you. Miss you.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Other Baby Holder

I'm relieved that Adele is finally in her Exersaucer. She loves it and I'm dragging this thing to Clear Lake next week for sure!

Baby Holders

I have enjoyed all the freedom I've been given the past few weeks. Mom and Dad have been super and I have gotten sleep and even taken a shower every day;) I'm still overwhelmed with all the travel I've been doing... I really don't know how I could keep my job if I didn't have their help!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Rosie Rosie Fall Down"

The twins next door have been over for daily playdates with Veda. They asked if V could come out to meet their friend yesterday. Veda took Jessie's hand and said "Jessie - where we going?" She then commanded that the group hold hands so they could play Ring Around the Rosie. Veda forgot to fall down.

Aunt Janice, Carson and Rylie

Janice and the kids stopped over to meet Adele. She got all kinds of love;) As always, Veda loved playing with the big kids.

Watching SnowWhite with Bull

Oompa Loompa

My new favorite bath time trick. Elmo Cherry Foam Soap. Veda loves it!

Hanging with Nana

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dinner with the Beemers

Earlier this week we had dinner at Pat and Ray's with Betsi and her boys, Cade and Drew. Cade and Veda are finally old enough to enjoy each other's company so they spent the night running around in circles. We had a little scare when Ray got overheated and we had to call 911. Happy to say Ray is fine and that it provided lots of entertainment for the little ones. Veda kept yelling "bus, bus, firebus".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Nana

We love you and look forward to celebrating your big day with you tomorrow!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

All to Myself

I was sooooo looking forward to a good night of sleep. Adele is in Iowa so I knew I wouldn't be up in the middle of the night with her. I made the mistake of staying up late because Veda woke up at 5am... and did NOT go back to sleep. Since we were all up bright and early we decided to head to Malibu's Paradise Cove for breakfast. When we got home we watched a movie in bed because it was still only 10am. Then a few hours at the pool and then shopping and grilling out. Veda is LOVING her time alone with us. She hasn't mentioned the baby once... I am missing Adele like crazy though... and of course Nana and Bull reported that Adele slept through the night last night... of course she did!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Veda got to play with little Evy last week and she is little... compared to Veda. Only 10 weeks apart but you couldn't tell by looking at them. The played like they normally do... fought over some toys then played by themselves;) Then Scott and Emily chased them around the room. Evy wanted to hide and Veda wanted to play "night night". The blanket is good for both.