Thursday, August 30, 2012

More fun at the lake

Water was so low that a lot of people were pulling their boats out of the water early this year. So low that we let the girls walk out to the dock without their life jackets on.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Going on a fossil hunt...

Veda is obsessed with fossils these days so while in Iowa both sets of Grandparents took the girls fossil hunting and Veda got a fossil kit from Didi and Papi for her birthday. Who knew that sorting and organizing rocks for hours would be so much fun.

Happy Birthday Veda - Again

We spent last week in Iowa and Veda got to celebrate her birthday again with her good friends Carson and Rylie!

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Veda asked Nana how old she was. When she said 67 Veda said, "What? That's not even in the numbers!"

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Corndogs, Butter Cows and Piggies

We LOVE the fair. Todd and Kelly grew up at the fair showing cattle so it's only fitting that our kids should share this experience. I'm sure this will be an annual outing for us. Fun for all ages (as you can see). Todd and I are headed back to Des Moines tonight to meet our friends Keegan and Jill for the Journey, Pat Benetar and Loverboy concert. Oh Yeah!

 It's good to have friends in the cattle business. You get to pet the VIP cattle. Thanks Cindy;)

Adele's new favorite food - corndogs. Afterwards she had a snow cone, milkshake and some cheese curds and it didn't take long before it all came out the other end. Oh well - she's a State Fair pro.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

School Treats

Veda brought these in to celebrate her birthday in her classroom. Found the idea on Pinterest. They are Cat in the Hat fish bowls.

Pony Cones

Veda's neighbor friends, Matt and Will, told her about this magical place called the Whippy Dip that makes creature cones. So we made a special trip for her birthday. Super cute! I want to go back just to see what else they can come up with.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Four Year Check-up

Veda had her check-up yesterday. 42 inches (90%) and 42 lbs (89%). She was thrilled to learn that she didn't have to get any shots - only the flu mist (can't believe it's that time of year again). She had her ears and eyes tested and passed with flying colors.

Here she is wearing Todd's 1980 Olympics shorts! Didi sent them in the mail and Veda LOVES them - ha ha!

Monday, August 13, 2012


I was pleased but surprised when Veda politely requested to be excused from her lunch - a basic table manner I admittedly haven't taught her myself. I asked her if she learned that at school?

"No Mom - it's how you ask to be done - I saw it on the Sound of Music."

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Winston Gone Wild

Happy Birthday Veda - We Love You SOOOOOOO Much!

17 kids and 17 adults boarded the LM&M Express for the Cat and the Hat ride and Veda's birthday celebration. We got VIP treatment from the train operators. We got the back of the train to ourselves and they wished Veda a happy birthday over the loudspeaker. It was a complete success and most importantly Veda never stopped smiling;)


I made blueberry muffins for the birthday girl this morning while she was still sleeping. She woke up and told todd that something smelled yummy like french toast and candy. That's about right;)

Yesterday at Veda's birthday at the train there was a wedding party taking their groomsmen photos. When they were done Veda got really upset that the "presidents" were leaving and not going on the train ride with us. I asked her why she thought they were "presidents".

"They have black jackets, white shirts, ties and black shoes... so they are presidents."

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today is the day we will play!

*Invitation design by Todd Laabs*

The 12 Days of...?

Well Veda's Birthday isn't even here yet but we've been celebrating for days. In an effort to get organized before baby H arrived, Auntie Kel sent Veda an early gift. This was the first she got to open and I have to say that it was a big hit. I'm not so crazy about having live stinging ants in my house but I have promised to return the favor;) Frankly this Ant Farm is fascinating. I can't quit watching and all the neighborhood kids have loved watching the Ants build tunnels. Veda's favorite part is feeding them of course.

Math and spelling games from Uncle Ryan to make us smarter. We've already played them like a gazillion times.
A surprise gift from our friends Fraffy and Tom. Veda was so excited and she has been carrying around this musical card for a few days now.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Squishing up the Baby Bumblebee

Technically, these are the lyrics to the song.  At least she nails the chorus (with her own made up hand gestures).

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
(Cup hands together as if holding bee)

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Ouch! It stung me!
(Shake hands as if just stung)

I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
('Squish' bee between palms of hands)

I'm squishing up a baby bumblebee,
Ooh! It's yucky!
(Open up hands to look at 'mess')

I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,
(Wipe hands off on shirt)

I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee,
Now my mommy won't be mad at me!
(Hold hands up to show they are clean)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Love - I could stare at her all day while she sleeps.

Things that make me want to scream...

Trying to be good neighbors by sprucing up our overgrown yard and Todd cuts through the DirectTV cable line with the trimmer. Not sure if it's worse going without TV or having to deal with the electricians.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Our everyday babysitter Rebecca is out of town. The girls weren't too excited when they realized that Julia from across the street would be subbing, until... she broke out her mad balloon animal skills. I highly recommend that any prospective babysitters take the time to master this skill. It makes all the difference - later in the day Adele had a good 30 minute temper tantrum because she wanted Julia to come back.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Cone

A picture from our last trip to the lake. There is a giant ice cream cone within walking distance to Didi and Papi's. We've made quite a few trips already this summer. Veda always knows we are close to their house when she sees the Cone come up around the corner. Winston got a small ceremonial first taste - about the same age as Veda was when Uncle Chris took her for a walk and returned to report he had given her her first ice cream -- before he knew any better;)

Entertrainment Junction

Trains aren't just for boys! I knew this train museum and playground was near our house but I had no idea how much the girls would like it. Train tables everywhere, a giant play structure and of course, train rides. Next time the Ehlers make it to Cincinnati we are bringing Owen here for sure!

Saturday, August 4, 2012