Friday, October 11

Dusting This Poor Blogspot Off.

   Well here I be. No, we didn't drop off the face of the earth. We just lived this summer, but I'm not sure what we did. Cleaned house and made meals and washed dishes and took care of babies. I suppose the least I can do is update pictures of the kiddos for faraway family.

This is the baby. Or rather, the toddler. He is walking all over the place at the tender age of 11 months. And he hasn't a tooth in his head. He loves the outdoors. And he loves food. Which makes me happy since my first born wasn't an eater. He's also just pretty sure he's part of the family, and that his opinion counts too, thank you very much!

This is the three year old. Three year-olds are a lot of fun, you should have them first. He also is quite sure he's part of the family. He never stops moving. He is starting to have an imagination, which is good until night time. He likes stories and coloring. He makes us laugh at stuff he comes up with.
Benny told me today that I need to hold "two, squishy, wittle boys." These two are very precious. Remind me of that on days that I christen them 'Bawl' and 'Chain'. Sometimes they play nicely together, and other times...They don't! They keep me on my toes, and sometimes at the end of a harrowing day, I look in the mirror expecting about a quarter inch of gray at the roots of my hair.
The Grabers, ed.2013

Sunday, June 16

Saturday Experiments

Here are a few Saturday experiments. 
A polyurethane tabletop. A good learning experince and I like it really well.
An artisan bread experiment. We'll see how it bakes up tomorrow. 
A lemon cake experiment. I want to get a lemon cake that tastes like a lemon bar.
 A man cave experiment. Clark was giddy and exclusive the rest of the afternoon. :P
A standing experiment.

Monday, May 20

Winter Is Past

What I've dreamed of for weeks, a vase of fresh flowers. Spring is here, there is GREEN everywhere!

Saturday, May 11

The May Snowstorm Of 2013

  I've been meaning to blog about our May snowstorm. Today, with temperatures in the upper 70's, it is hard to believe that six days ago it snowed.
   We of the Northland have been anxiously and impatiently waiting for weeks for Spring. Every time we got a snowstorm we would say, "Surely this is the last one." We watched as four inch snowstorms and seven inch snowstorms developed on the radar and dumped on us. And we kept hoping that THIS one was the last.
   Finally, finally, temperatures were warmer. We rejoiced as the thermometer reached 60 and 70 degrees. We worked outside, took walks, planned summer work, and had a cookout. We even "went outside with toes", Benny's definition of barefoot. And then, the last day of April, weather forecasts were talking about 4 inches of snow. By evening we were under a Winter Storm Watch, with amounts of 6-8 inches predicted. By the next morning there was a Warning, with 6-12 inches predicted, "with locally higher amounts possible, we just don't know where at this time." Huh? This was May, for crying out loud. It's not supposed to snow in May! A few flurries maybe, but not a full-blown snowstorm.
   On the evening of May 1, rain turned to snow.
   In the middle of the night, when I was up with the baby,  I heard a soft crack and a falling noise. Clark looked out the windows but didn't see anything. "With this snow, it's likely branches falling." At 5:30 am, there were bright flashing lights outside our window. "Do we still have electricity?" Clark asked. Yup we did. Right then, there was a bright flash and a loud popping sound, and no electric. Clark said he saw bright lights up the the tree before the electricity went out. Of course the lights and chainsaw noise woke both babies. Later we discovered that the branch they cut down was quite charred.  The electricity soon came back on, but went off twice more before the day was over.
  So we resigned ourselves to a snow day, again! If we could have forgotten about the calendar, it would have been easier to enjoy.  I tried to bake lemon cookies, but they were kind of a failure. We watched the snow fall, listened to branches break, and wondered what to do if the electric went of for a longer time then we could keep the house warm. And the snow piled higher. There were seven inches on the ground at 6 am. By 8:30 there were three more inches. 

The snow was about as deep as it had been all winter. At least it looked that way.

This was a huge limb that fell. 8-10 inches diameter.
Our poor pine trees. This picture doesn't do justice to the way it really looked. It was bad, trust me. The pine tree to the right is going to have to go some day. 
We measured the snow  throughout the day. Not sure how much we actually had here. For a time, a portion of roads in the area were labeled as "Impossible to Drive." It was a wet heavy snow that compacted like concrete.
   But by the end of the day it was over. And we had survived. It took a few days for it to melt off though. All the poor tourists that came for the first day of fishing season went wandering about town instead. 
   On the 30'th of May, if it should snow that day, everything at our local Salvation Army store will be priced 1/2 off, just so you know. If it does snow that day, believe you me, I'm gonna go shop there. 
    So I started the above several days ago and just got it finished tonight (two days later). I thought I would add pictures of storm clean up. 
 Clark logging the yard. He wanted make the cutting and clean up easier. He said this picture is for his mom, it brought back memories of clearing out the yard at the Stone House years ago. He had fun today. 
"It feels like logging"
Benny's vantage point. 
This is the total mess of storm damage. 
And this is the amount of wood we got from the storm damage. Clark thought this would be a short work project, but he discovered "there's a lot of wood there!" But we're looking forward to using this for summer campfires.

Branch mess to be hauled into the woods for decomposing. 
On another note, this kiddo is all sweet and happy. And crawling, much to big brothers dismay. Territorial disputes have begun. Asher can certainly let the world know when he's been wronged. 
AND just for the record....there were snow showers today.....

Friday, April 19

Why Hello

This blog has been silent for awhile. Mostly because of my busy life taking care of the babies. But also because I have switched my tech gadget to an Android tablet. Which is really cool, especially for a mom. Most of my life is on this silly gadget. Bible, lists, books, online stuff, music, you name it, I hold it in my hand most likely. But it wasn't very handy for blogging, until April told me about the BlogIt app. Which I am currently trying. So far so good. It is the 19'th of April. And this was the view outside of my kitchen window this morning.
Yeah, I can't believe it either. Four inches worth. We are absolutely going crazy for spring here. I told Clark the other day that he needs to invent walls that can change color. You know, like right now I would have woodsy green walls , or perhaps tropical colors. But this summer I could have tan or white walls. The boys have this annoying habit of waking up with the sun. Like if I get to sleep until 6:30 am, I feel like I had a good night. The other morning they were up at 5:30. Both of them. Seriously! This morning I did get to sleep until 7:30, thanks to Clark watching Benny, and Asher sleeping in. If they can wake at the crack of dawn now, they can do so when they are teenagers. Har har. Clark is back to work after a two month layoff. That is good, but the boys and I need to figure out how to do daily life by our selves again. The late spring is not helping. And now I shall go see what can be accomplished by me during naptime.

Monday, March 11

Pictures (Again)

For those near and far that want to see the kiddos again, here you are.

 We attempted a small photo shoot yesterday.
 Asher James, 4 months old.
 He hitched himself over the floor to me this morning. Seriously!
 Trying to get a good one of the brothers. Ha.
 Clark would say, " One, Two, Three!" and I would quickly pull my hands back. After we would snap a picture, Benny would have to get the wiggles out
 Outside cooling off one cold snowy day.
 I love this one. Why does it have to be impromptu?
Asher and his father as a baby years ago. Resemblance much?

    In other news, we are more then ready for spring at this house. Mom and toddler are going slightly crazy. Only a few more weeks, I tell myself. Clark is on temporary lay off from work, so he's been home the last few weeks. So we've had lots of good family times, but we're ready to get back to normal. There's lots of house projects that we would love to work on, but we can't exactly spend the money to do them. Very frustrating, not?

Wednesday, January 30

Winter Stuff

   We had a nice snow on Sunday, only the second real storm of the winter.  When we lived in PA the first six years of my life, snow always meant a snowman. I was quite puzzled the first winter we lived in WI and the first snow could not produce a snowman "because the snow is too dry," said my dad. Huh? Snow was wet, evidenced by the fact that it soaked your mittens.
   Yesterday the temperature was warm enough to make the snow perfect for creating a snowman. I figured we had better take advantage of the snow while it was the right consistency. We might not get another chance until March. Clark was working from home because the roads were slick. So I promised Benny that when Asher went down for a nap, he and I would go outside and make a snowman.
   And we did. It was lots of fun. I hardly ever get outside right now, with it being winter outside and a small baby inside. I haven't made a snowman in years. The funny part was that I was expecting the snowman to be about my height. I remember when snowmen used to be built over your head. It ended up rather smaller then I envisioned, but any bigger and I wouldn't have been able to lift the various sections. And it was way over Benny's head. The weird part was looking at Benny and suddenly realizing that I was building a snowman for my son. Son! When did this happen? I remember my mom playing in the snow with me, but she was, of course, lots older then I am now... Ha!
   It got cold last night, and so Mr. Snowman is likely going to be staring in my window most of the rest of the winter. I do hope I don't freak out some night when I'm walking through the house to mother hen my babies, as he turned out looking kind of creepy.
And here is a picture of the wee one. He's almost double his birth weight, which makes me super happy.
He's smart and intelligent and the greatest baby in the world of course. :)

Thursday, January 3

Picture Update

Here's a few pictures for those of you that are begging for some.
Asher at one month.

Brothers. Benny loves Asher to bits but it takes lots of diligence on my part to make sure Asher doesn't get annihilated.

"Oh makin' a cookie"
Eight weeks old
"Gwen and Benny. Singin' a song."  About 15 years from now they'll be really good.
With Grammy Graber
"Benny peek-a-boo"
   All captions in quotes are from Benny. Having two keeps me busy! We're finding a schedule I think finally. Asher has been a very good baby and sleeps well at night. And that's all from the Grabers!