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Nate’s View of the Solar System

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The other day, Nate created the following picture for me, entirely by himself, with no prompting by me:

He explained it was the solar system, and he included the names of the planets, with arrows indicating which one was which. For those who can’t interpret his writing, there is Mars (Mors), Jupiter (Jopudr), two big blue Stars (stors) Earth (Erf), Saturn (Satrn), Uranus (Yuorenis), and Pluto (Ploto). What you can’t see is that on the back of the paper he drew a spiral, and it very faintly shows through the paper. He pointed it out to me and said it was the Milky Way.

8 months

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Today Rachel is 8 months old. I can hardly believe it, the months are just flying by. Its amazing to watch her change and grow before our eyes, it seems like she’s developing new skills every day. She’s mastered the skill of picking up and eating Cheerios ( as well as any other small object on the floor) and they are definitely her favorite food. She doesn’t really like that Mommy feeds her other foods on a spoon. Her favorite person to play with is Nate, and he always knows how to make her laugh; he’s a very good big brother to her. She is fascinated with the cats, and I think chasing them to grab a handful of their fur is what’s going to give her motivation to crawl. Right now they’re pretty good at staying just out of arms reach. She’s mastered the art of the High Five, and is pretty close to mastering the wave. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Rachels turns 7 months

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010


Rachel turned 7 months yesterday. I can hardly believe how fast time passes! She’s been busy, busy, busy recently learning how to eat solid food, pick up things with two fingers, and of course doing sit-ups. Oh, and in between eating handfuls of grass, she managed to cut a tooth without me knowing until she bit my finger an hour ago. It was not the tooth we were expecting… not that swollen lump on the side that’s been there forever (at least forever in baby time). She cut the front one, and the one next to it will probably be thru tomorrow.


Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

christmas greetings

Big Boy Bed

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The other night we moved Nate out of the crib and into a big boy bed, which is really just his crib mattress on the floor. He was excited about it, and has been sleeping well. Although, I do not know how anyone can sleep like this.


That’s on thing that can be checked off the list of things to do before the baby gets here.

Hi Ho, Go To Work

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

For a while now, when Chris leaves for work he sings “Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to work I go” to Nate. Nate got in the habit of picking up one of his instruments and playing along while Daddy sings. Now every morning when Chris leaves, he asks Nate what time it is, and Nate responds “Hi Ho, Go To Work”. Here is a video with Nate accompanying Daddy with his toy trumpet. Notice how Nate holds the trumpet upside down. Sorry for the low sound level.

Nate Sings

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Nate came up to me while I was sitting at the computer, put his head in my lap, and started singing to me. I tried to get video of it, but whenever I pull out the Flip, he just wants to watch video of himself. I finally was able to convince him to sing for me a couple of days ago. I hope you enjoy.

For your musical enjoyment

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Chris has started playing his trombone again. Nate finds it fascinating, and decided he needed to play “bombone” too.

Big Bird?

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

We, as a family, were just now watching the birds at the bird feeder out back. We were telling Nate what kinds of birds we saw, and he was all excited saying “chickadee” over and over (for every kind of bird). Suddenly he asked us “Big Bird?”, as in ‘is Big Bird coming to the feeder?’. We giggled, and told him no, but agreed that it would be pretty cool if he did.

More video

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Nate spent time with Daddy this morning identifying letters of the alphabet. He got 16 out of 25 (we don’t have any “I”s out right now, not sure why).

When he says “R” is cracks me up. He makes the sign for “Z” which is cute.