Thursday, October 27, 2011


We are, honestly, like 98 percent sure that our family is complete. But, occasionally, we ressurect the idea of having one more child (this is a typically a very brief conversation because one, if not both, of the kids start crying and again affirm that "we are so done").

Anyhow, the other day, our whole family was hanging out in the living room. I was sitting next to Millie, who was laying on her boppy, cooing and smiling. Ray was laying down a few feet away and Lola was twirling.

Ray: "Lola, do you want another baby sister or baby brother?"

Lola stops, looks at him curiously and then points at Millie, "Baby sister right there."

Me, thinking I am being helpful: "No, another baby sister or baby brother. So we would have Lola and two babies."

Lola runs from the room. Ray and I exchange confused looks.

She then returns with her baby doll in hand, places her on the floor next to Millie, "There. Two babies."

She smiles proudly.

And returns to twirling.

- Bethany :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

working mom blues

This is the first time I think that I have really struggled with being a working mom.

I never had many problems adjusting to being a working mom when I had just Lola at home. Sure, I missed her, but it was manageable. I enjoyed working knowing that, at night, she got one-on-one time with Ray while I was covering the occasional meetings.

But then Millie came, Ray started working a great job but is working a lot more hours, and my covering night meetings means that the girls have a babysitter twice, if not three, times a work week.

Being a working mom now is so much harder.

Honestly, it sucks. And I'm struggling a bit lately. (OK, I'm struggling a lot lately.)

And I hate being crabby.

Anyhow, when we do have those rare family days, we try to have as much fun as we can.
Like going to Itasca State Park for the day. Even if it is super windy and super cold.

 It was Lola's second time biking on a trail, but this trail had actual hills. She did great!

Until she got too tired. And we were thankful, again, that we brought the double stroller.

It was pretty cold, but we all loved being outside.


The day before, we did some raking. OK, really, Ray did the raking, Lola did the playing and I did the shooting. (There is something about raking, I just really really hate doing it.)

We also had to "winterize" the lawn. We didn't get to it quickly enough last year and we got snow too quickly. So this year we are planning ahead. We took in the hose and the planters and dissembled Lola's outdoor house and took off the roof on her playground.

Meanwhile, she got to play.

Then, just 'cuz I was having some camera fun...

I took some pics inside, too.

We've had some great times at home lately - I just wish that they were a little more frequent.

- Bethany :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

Ray throws airplane...

Airplane gets stuck in a tree...

Lola gets mad, "I want more airplane!"

- Bethany :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011


We made a surprise trip "home" last weekend in time for my family's annual apple-picking adventures.

We figure we've been going to this orchard for twenty years now. And, while it has always been a good time, I have to say that with seven adults and seven little ones (3 months to five years old), it was a whole new kind of chaotic fun.

Lola loved it all.

From the apples...

To the pumpkins...

To the "moo-moo choo-choo" ...

 To new slides...
She had a wonderful time. Although I think she would have been happy to just ride along on the hayride all day long.


In typical fashion, she slept through most of it.

But not all of it. 
It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment trip. But filled with all sorts of fun. We got in Friday night. Lola played lots with Grandma and Grandpa Orie, of course fighting bedtime later that night. Saturday was with my family, and then we were back with the Wesleys Sunday as the guys watched (endured?) the Vikings game and us girls went Halloween shopping for Lola.

So much fun.

Time just always seems to go by so quickly!
- Bethany :)