Friday, May 29, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? This morning I went into Matthew's room and this is how I found him. Matthew sleeps in some of the funniest positions! Oh to be so flexible! He is a funny boy. When I want him to sleep in, he is up at 4 am but when I want him to be up early he sleeps in so that I have to wake him up. God made each child perfect in his eyes and to their parents and grandparents too! He is always such a happy boy and God blessed us with a wonderful boy who is growing just way to fast!
Look around you and where do you see God's fingerprints! To see how to join or the view other Fingerprint Fridays go to Pampering Beki's blog.
Hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend! We are getting black dirt hauled in so that Matthew, Scott and I can play in the dirt and put in our garden! So excited to have a garden again!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This is just to cute not to share with everyone! He got all the way across our living room today! As you can see all the toys are picked up (I did that while he was napping) but as soon as I turned off the camera he tipped over the basket! He is definitely on the move. It will not be long before he is crawling.


Yesterday we had a relaxing day at home! Matthew and I played outside on a blanket while Scott worked on our bird pond!Matthew did really good with keeping his hat on! He hates sunglasses though!
And of course-We always need the nukkie with.
Oh yes I forgot to tell everyone! Matthew is saying some new words! Dadada is still is favorite with an occassional mama but on Saturday while Scott was making breakfast, Matthew and I were playing on the floor with Matthew's tractor book and I said Matthew say tractor. It came out pretty clear that tractor is what he was trying to say. I am now trying to teach him to say "Dada tractor ride". I told Scott that this summer he will probably not get much work done with the tractor except when Matthew is napping.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

I see God's fingerprints when I look at these two beautiful children. This is Matthew with his cousin Emma. Emma is our niece and goddaughter. They could pass as brother and sister couldn't they? God blessed us with our wonderful son and our beautiful niece.

Emma stays with us often. Usually every Saturday night so that we can take her to church and occassionally other nights of the week also. She stayed with us Thursday night and spent the day with Matthew and I on Friday. We had lots of fun going garage saleing, eating lunch at McDonalds and when we were all done garage saleing we stopped for some ice cream.

Look around you-where do you see God's fingerprint? To see other Fingerprint Fridays or to join in please visit Pampering Beki's blog. Thank you Beki for hosting Fingerprint Friday each week!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First 4-wheeler Ride

Man does Papa spoil Matthew! Papa gave Matthew his first four wheeler ride today!
Look at the smiles on both of their faces!!!!!Every time Papa would stop to talk to Scott, Matthew would cry so he had to keep driving! Scott finally had to just pick Matthew up off the 4-wheeler!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Matthew is getting really good at sitting up by himself. He loves to sit by the toy basket and pull toys out. Most of the time when he is on his tummy, he will just tip the basket on it's side and pull the toys out.The toy he has in his hand is a rattle but he always puts it in his mouth and gags himself with it. When he gags himself more than 3 times the rattle gets taken away.
If I pick up all the toys usually within 5 minutes they are all over the living room again. I really enjoy watching him play. Most of the time he wants me on the floor with him but sometimes he will let me get some housework done.
All the playing just tired the little man out. One minute he was playing so nice and then the next he was screaming so I picked him up and within a few minutes he was out!
I can't believe how big he is getting. I remember when I could carry him in just one arm.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Spiked Hair

Look at Me! I'm a Rock Star! Hehehehehe!
What a big yawn! Silly Boy :)
Funny Boy :)

Cheesy Puffs

Yesterday we found something else that Matthew loves to eat! Wait he will eat just about anything that we give him. We had cheesy puffs yesterday with lunch and Matthew had lots of fun with them! We put the tray on his high chair and it seems like he can reach the food better and he now wants to feed himself.Look at this cute but messy face!
He also likes toast and french toast!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday Full of Adventures

Yesterday we had a very busy day. A day full of adventures. First we had a confirmation to attend for Tyler(Tyler is the 2nd one from the bottom of picture) with a lunch afterwards at our church, First Lutheran. At the lunch Matthew got to see his great grandpa John (Adie's grandpa). Tyler's mom, Kathy works for John. Matthew didn't have any problems going to John. He just sat there and watched John talk to him. Then we had a wedding to go to. We didn't have to go far because the wedding was at First Lutheran also. The wedding we attend was for Scott's cousin, Melissa. She was a very beautiful bride. I didn't get any pictures at the wedding, only at the reception. In this picture below is Scott's aunt Karyl. We going camping with Karyl every summer. Camping was started about 22 years ago. We are going at the end of July this year.
Alexa is Scott's cousin, Steve's daughter and she just loves Matthew. And Matthew loves her and her sister Eva. Whenever Matthew sees them, he almost always squeels at them.
This is Eva and Matthew. These pictures were taken at the reception.
Matthew and his uncle Kyle. Matthew was starting to get tired in this picture and it kinda looks like he was not happy. Matthew has been a Daddy's boy lately and Daddy can't get to far out of his sight.
Matthew and I dancing our first dance together. He wanted to keep looking at all the flashing lights. He was having so much fun.
Matthew dancing with Scott's cousin, RaeAnne. This is the first time that he would go to RaeAnne. The first 3 times that Scott tried to give him to her, he would cry.
This is Scott's cousin Steve and his wife Jessi. They are the parents to Alexa and Eva. They were having a great time dancing to the Electric Slide. They were pretty good I might say. WOW!Finally a picture of the bride, Melissa. She sure was a beautiful and happy bride.
Dancing of the Chicken Dance! Matthew didn't know what to think of the Chicken Dance. Let me tell you that it is hard to do the Chicken Dance holding a baby BUT we had LOTS of FUN!
Dancing with Uncle Kyle!
Matthew and me dancing the Chicken Dance! What a Hoot!
When we got back to the table Matthew decided that he still wanted to dance some more or really he wanted to JUMP! As you can see Matthew was getting to warm so off came the pants.
He just couldn't take any more fun! He was so tired last night. He was sleeping through everything. Then he slept through the night.
This is the bride Melissa dancing with Emma. Emma thought that was the greatest. After Melissa did the bouquet toss a few flowers fell out and Emma picked them up. Melissa then put the flower in Emma's hair. Emma was pretty proud of that.

Not sure who the little boy is in the picture but he had the moves.

We were all pretty tired when we left last night, but we all had a FUN time!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

I love how God makes each one of us different! Each with our own mobility and personality. Matthew is covered with God's fingerprints. He is slowly learning how to get what he wants in any way possible. As you can tell, sometimes he is not happy that he can't move faster to get what he wants. He wiggles. He worms. He rolls. We have learned that he is a mover and a shaker. He's an active one!

To see other Fingerprint Fridays or to see how to join in please visit Pampering Beki's blog.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Short Update

Matthew is finally starting to feel better. We had a long couple of days. Matthew and I slept on the couch a few hours a night a couple nights this week. I felt so bad for him. Last night he actually slept from 10:30 until 6:00 this morning in his crib.

He has started trying to do somewhat of an army crawl to get to what he wants. He went about 3 feet across the living room today but before I had a chance to grab the camera he was were he wanted to be. I have the camera at the ready now so I can catch a movie of him. He also likes to stand up and look around.

Monday, May 11, 2009

1st Mother's Day

We had a very busy Mother's Day! I was pretty excited to celebrate my first Mother's Day! My thoughts and prayers were also with all the women that want so much to be a mom. We started our day by going to church and Sunday school. During Sunday school Matthew with the help of Scott made this hand print potholder! Just before we left church, our friend Kris gave me a big hug and said Happy Mother's Day-She also said I have waited so long to be able to tell you that. She almost made me cry! I am truly blessed that I am finally a Mom! After Sunday school, Scott's family and my friend Lori and her son Aidan came out to our house. The guys made breakfast for us Moms. We had steaks on the grill, fried potatoes and Scott's yummy omelets. Then about 5 we went to Crosby to visit my mom, sister and grandma.
On Saturday, we took Adie (Matthew's brithmom) out to lunch to celebrate with her. The Saturday before Mother's Day is Birthmother's Day. "Birthmother's day is a day to celebrate and honor birthmotherhood. Its a day to reflect on the choice birthmothers made and the life they gave. Its a day to recognize, that they are good mothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their children. It originated in 1990 by a group of birthmothers in Seattle, Washington. Most birthmothers will agree that Mother's Day is a very painful holiday and these women wanted to create something that would honor their birthmotherhood." The following information was taken from Birthmother's Day site.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Yesterday I had a wonderful day! Aidan's mom, Lori, my good friend kipnapped me for the day! She spoiled me! We had a fun day garage saleing, we got pedicures, had lunch and then some more garage saleing!

Matthew of course got to spent the whole day with Daddy! He is a daddy's boy especially when he is not feeling well! When I got home yesterday, Matthew was not feeling well. He has gotten his first cold. The poor little man has a some what stuffy nose but some what runny nose. He just couldn't get comfortable. He wanted to suck on his nuk but it was so hard for him to do with his stuffy nose. With the stuffy nose comes LOTS of drool! Poor baby! I cried for him yesterday because I knew there was not much I could do for him. Between yesterday and today he will not let daddy get to far out of sight. He just wants to snuggle with daddy and he wants nothing to do with mommy. He doesn't like mommy because mommy is the bad guy and sucks all the gross yucky stuff out of his nose.

Still smiling even though he is not feeling well!

Fingerprint Friday

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?
This week my fingerprint is about our visit to a farm that is in our neighborhood. It is just a small farm with some cows. There were 9 baby calves that were within a month old. We had lots of fun!
Matthew was okay in the stroller for a short time.
Our little friend Aidan loved the cows too! While we were there one cow started mooing which started several other cows.
One of the baby calves! Two of the babies were even playing on a mound of dirt while we were watching.
Some of the hay bales that were by the fence. We were talking to the farmer's wife and she said that for their 20 or so cows, they go through about 2 hay bales as shown in the above picture every 3 days.
Scott and Matthew were trying to feed the tan cow who is pregnant some hay but she was kinda skidish. Once it was on the ground, she had no problems eating it.
God blesses us with all of his creation to enjoy.
To participate in Fingerprint Friday or to see other posts, please visit Pampering Beki's blog. Thank you Beki for hosting Fingerprint every week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Up On Knees

I can't hardly believe it but Matthew is trying to get up on his knees. Once he is up, he just doesn't know what to do!
Then the arms or the legs usually let go.
He started to rock while up a couple of times so I'm sure it will not be long and he will be moving! He is just growing way to fast!

Monday, May 4, 2009

32 Things About Joanna

32 Things about me that you may not know:
1. I was born in the most unusual place. (Want to know me!)
2. I was only 3 lbs 13 1/2 oz when I was born. (Little I know-What happened?)
3. I have lived in several towns in Minnesota (Emily, Remer, Crosby, Ironton, Brainerd, Baxter)
4. I cried the whole first day of 3rd grade. (Why you ask? I had my first male teacher and I didn't like the idea. He was the best teacher EVER!)
5. I had the same 5th and 6th grade teacher in elementary school in Crosby. (Crazy I know-He was a great teacher too!)
6. My 6th grade class was the first class to graduate from CRES (Cuyuna Range Elementary School).
7. I once threatened to run away (Not a good thing to say in front of Grandpa-Oh Yay! He gave me a talking to!)
8. I graduated from Brainerd Senior High School in 1995.
9. I met Scott in the beginning of 1994. (YEP-High school sweethearts)
10. I graduated with an AA degree in 1997.
11. I worked at Paul Bunyan one summer.
12. I graduated with an AAS-Child Development degree in 1998.
13. Scott and I were married on Sept 12, 1998.
14. My mom walked me down the aisle.
15. Infertility was the hardest thing that I have ever struggled with.
16. My best friends are Scott and my Mom.
17. One of my happiest moments in my life was when Matthew was born (I cried and I cry every time I think about that day!)
18. I drive a tan Ford Explorer. (We originally bought it because we were going on a trip to Clarkston, Washington to visit my grandparents-Ok and I really wanted an Explorer)
19. I was an office administrator (technically secretary and bookkeeper but administrator sounds more professional).
20. Just before Matthew was born I was a cabinet designer.
21. I am now a stay at home mom and LOVE it!
22. I love to scrapbook!
23. I am addicted to Facebook-thanks to my sister
24. I hate doing laundry! (It's really the folding and putting away that I don't like).
25. I like to fish (but someone else has to put the worm on and take the fish off for me)
26. I almost tipped the boat when I caught my first northern. (I did hold that fish so I could get a picture-Ask to see it when you come to visit it is funny.)
27. I have always wanted to learn how to play piano (I plan to learn!)
28. I like to watch TV (Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Private Practice, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives and Deadliest Catch)
29. I would do anything for Scott or Matthew!
30.I enjoy blogging (even though I should be doing other things most of the time)
31. I am Spoiled!
32. Today is my birthday!
Why 32 things? Well as you probably guessed I am 32 today! I hope you enjoyed my 32 things. When I started I didn't think that it would be very hard to do but once I started I realized it was.
OH YAY-Guess what Matthew's present was for me today? YEP- he peed on me 3 times this morning! What a crazy boy! He is the BEST!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fun Day at the Park

We went to the park today! We had lots and lots of fun! It is just a small park but it is only a few miles from our house. I put the pictures on here backwards. This top picture of Matthew and Scott was taken when we were getting ready to leave.Don't ask! I was just being crazy silly!
Matthew loves to swing!
Scott loves to swing too!

Matthew and I when Matthew was on the train.
Matthew and I after the swings before Matthew was on the train.
Matthew and Scott swings! Wow Scott got pretty high.
Scott had Matthew get a giggling today! He is so adorable!
More smiles. Sorry this one is kinda blurry.
Scott and Matthew after they went on the slide.
Matthew and Scott going down the slide. Matthew likes the slide this time.
We had a fun family day!