Sunday, November 20, 2011

White is In

Well, it's been awhile since my last post. The reason for this is primarily because we seem to have misplaced our camera, and a post without a picture is so boring. Let's be honest! But the family came to town today for a pretty big deal in our house, and with them came Andrea's camera, and so I now have up-to-date pictures to share with you.
And of a very special occasion, at that!
Today, Riley received his white coat. His rite of passage into the medical student world. Don't call him mister. He's Student Dr. L. That's right. We're on our way to Physician status, and we got one step closer today!
(And by the way, that was a joke, you can still call him mister... if you must. *wink)
The school held a lovely (albeit somewhat long, at least if you're 2, or 7 months, and it's nap time, and you're hungry...) ceremony to robe the students in their white student doctor lab coats, which they will don as they make their rounds in the hospital, etc...
I couldn't be more proud.

Isn't he handsome?
Here he is, coming off the stage in his white coat, holding his new stethoscope!

Pediatrician, anyone?

Love you honey!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gray is 6 months old!

Someone turned six months today!

Such a happy little guy, and mastering the skill of sitting up pretty well!
Since I threw Asher a little half-birthday party, I thought I'd do the same for my sweet Grayson, and set up a mini celebration...

He got his first try at a sippy cup!

It's a Doughty family tradition to decorate the mirror for holidays and birthdays... I was remembering my sweet Grandma as I did this! (Try to ignore the messy kitchen in the background!)

Grayson loved the taggie I made for him!

Happy Half Birthday, little Gray! We love you so very much...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

10 minutes

Life with a toddler looks something like this at the end of the day:

Can you even see the baby? Everyone play "Where's Grayson!"
But 10 short minutes is enough to set things straight again.

It's amazing to me that 10 minutes gave me enough time to even vacuum the floor and straighten the chords to the TV and DVD player that had gotten a little wonky over the past few... well... Let's be honest. They've been wonky since we moved in. But they are now neatly tucked under my clever disguise basket...

And speaking of disguises, would you ever guess there was a TV hiding behind that quilt?

Well, there is, and many thanks to my handy hubby who custom built that lovely quilt hanger for me!

Anyway, the point of this post is as follows: I came downstairs to this mess after tucking my very busy toddler in after a full day of play, play, play, and felt like doing anything but tidying. I somehow managed to fight the urge to plop on the couch (I have to admit that the state of the couch at the moment may have had something to do with that...) and timed myself. 10 minutes. A whopping 10 minutes. And now I'm sitting in a lovely, clean room watching my happy baby play on the floor with one of Asher's toys. I'm enjoying my view, and Gray's enjoying the fact that he can suck on that dump truck as much as he wants without any fear of his brother coming by to snatch it from him! Sometimes life seems overwhelming, but you just have to buck up and give it 10 minutes. You'd be amazed at what 10 minutes can do! Go clean out that file cabinet! Tackle those photos! Fold that laundry! 10 minutes here and there might just be all you need. And for me? I'm off to the kitchen! Soon there will be counter space, and I can't wait!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

In the Bathroom...

No, no. There's no potty training happening in our house (yet). How could we possibly focus on such a task when there is so much fun to be had in the bathroom?
In case you managed to miss the reason for this random bathroom photo shoot, allow me to zoom in...
Ahh yes. This is what happens when I don't pay full attention to what's happening around me while I use all of five seconds to rinse Asher's toothbrush...
So, what else do you so when your toddler makes you laugh in that "this is kinda funny but I'm a little exasperated at how quickly you manage to make messes out of nothing" sort of way? Take a picture, of course.
And yes, I re-rolled it. Waste not, want not!
p.s... isn't he getting big??

And speaking of getting big...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An update

Well, if you saw the pictures of our house before we moved in, it looks a little different now!! I'll go ahead and give you a peek at where we live...Here is part one: the downstairs.

Enter: Our Home
This room was a challenge to arrange, because it's an awkward L-shape, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
As you round the corner, you can see the kitchen, which happens to be clean in this picture. (Yay!)
My sweet kitchen! I'm so proud of my curtains... they were "sew easy" to make.
And the dining area.
It's been fun! I truly don't know when you'll get to see the upstairs. They're far from finished, but we're definitely enjoying the extra space!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Double Diaper Duty

Here's a laugh...
I love it when diaper changes line up, so I can knock them both out at one time! Aren't they cute? Asher is giving his brother a "handshake" and providing the camera with an especially squinty smile for your viewing pleasure.
Now, if you're wondering to yourself, "My, what darling diapers!" which I am sure that you are, they're Cloth. We ditched disposable diapers about the same time we ditched that whole income thing. (Who needs money anyway?) These are Flips reusable diaper covers with stay-dry liners, and I highly recommend them! And the best part? About $60/month in savings
(At least!)
And they look adorable.
Happy diapering!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Sabbath!

The Sabbath is my favorite day of the week, and for good reason! Worshiping with the Saints is a blessing I crave all week long (and generally need desperately come Saturday!) And after covenant renewal, our typical family custom is a nice, big, fat, calorie-loaded feast. Now there's a reason to delight in the Lord's Day! Something I hadn't considered when thinking about moving away from family was the fact that the blessing (and workload) of preparing said feast would now be on my shoulders. This is supposed to be the mom's job, and, oh--wait. I am the mom! After being thoroughly spoiled by Riley's mom's hard work for four years, it is now my job to make the Feast day one full of, well, food. I have learned a lot about preparing food that can be ready in a wink after you come home from church with hungry children (read: I've failed a lot!). But at the same time it's so fun, and really fulfilling to work hard on Saturday so you can rest and enjoy and eat on Sunday. And today was one of those wonderful, fat-filled days.
And check out this sweetie I made for our Sabbath treat!
Yum. I simply layered cook-and-serve chocolate pudding (which I bought on accident, but will probably do on purpose now because it was DELICIOUS and oh-so-creamy! One day I'll work up the nerve to try making pudding from scratch, but not today), sliced strawberries and freshly whipped heavy cream. How can you not love the Sabbath with stuff like this?? God's blessings are real, and very easy to find on Feast Day!
Happy Sabbath to you all!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Then and Now


And Now!
Just four short years later!
We're enjoying a very happy anniversary! With no babysitters in town we've been forced to get creative and create a "date at home." We had lunch after the boys went down for naps (Riley brought home Chipotle! My favorite.) Tonight's plans consist of a romantic dinner of Fettuccini Alfredo after laying the boys down early! We'll end the evening with a nice long study session (because, after all, this is medical school!) But the important part: we'll be together, which is right where we belong.
And by the way, here's a peek at what's brightening up my kitchen right now...
Isn't he the sweetest??

Saturday, August 6, 2011

One Dirty Birthday Party!

Asher's birthday party was a hit! (Well, for everyone except Asher, who seemed to be on melt-down mode through the majority of it!) We managed to get a few pictures of his most cheerful moments, and had a good deal of fun with the theme. It all started with these invitations:
And what's a digging party without a sandbox??
The older kids played a game while the little boys enjoyed the samdbox
Here are our lovely hosts! The Weizeneckers kindly offered their fun backyard (and air-conditioned house) for the party.
Coloring fun!
The picture isn't great, but Asher's cake (Mocha mudslide) had little construction vehicles on it that were actually digging up the cake! So fun (and way too easy!) The dump truck was full of muddy-buddies (perfect!) and the food table was decked in black and yellow and orange.
Riley read Asher's favorite book, "Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton.
Asher enjoyed opening his gifts and got lots of fun toys!
Birthday Cake!
Little Grayson was a really good boy for the party! All decked out his his "Baby at Work" outfit.
It was a nice day and we are sure blessed to have our sweet Asher in our lives!

Embracing the Squint

I realized after posting yesterday that I forgot to upload Asher's two year portrait I took yesterday! Now, most of you know that Asher has a peculiar... smile. He scrunches his face up, lifts his upper lip and solicits a good bit of laughter in his attempt to cheese for the camera. For the longest time I have tried and tried to get a good smile, candid or not, so people online can see how darling he is, but I've come to the point where I am done trying. I'm embracing the squint, because, well, that's just Asher's smile. And it's pretty charming, if you ask me. So here it is, his two year portrait, squinty face and all.
He's a hoot!

Friday, August 5, 2011

My little buddies

Here are my boys' three-month pictures side by side. Think they're related? They sure make me smile!!
Besides squeezing in a make-shift photo shoot today, we've been keeping busy setting up house and settling into our new routine! Although its hard to have Daddy gone all day at school, we sure like having him home for dinner! I'll be posting pictures of the house soon! (Preferably on a day when the train tracks aren't scattered across the landing, and my dishes actually make it into the dishwasher instead of piled up next to it!)

We have berry picking to look forward to tomorrow. Stained hands are so worth the fun! If you ask Asher which berries he wants to pick, he will shout proudly, "Green ones!" (Which of course means blueberries. Apparently us telling him "don't pick the green ones" stuck in his mind.) I'm imagining cobblers and smoothies in my near future! And hopefully no green ones.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I dare you not to smile

`Sometimes you catch yourself smiling stupidly at your computer screen when no one else is around and you can't help but laugh at yourself. If you watch these videos, I have a feeling that will happen to you now. So grab a friend (or kid) so you can smile together.
Here's a video of my oldest son that may explain why he has such a funny face in ALL the pictures we take of him. I'm trying to get him to say the word "amazing" (because it makes me laugh, he pronounces it "mexican.") and he takes it upon himself to give me his very best smile, which is of course what you are supposed to do when mom pulls out the camera. Right?

Next is the little guy, smiling away at the camera. It's not funny, it's just so sweet that I find it impossible not to smile back at him.

I know, I know. Everyone thinks their kids are the cutest, and I'm no exception. But you have to agree, it's hard not to smile.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A bump on the noggin

Well, Asher likes to play, and play hard. Despite this we have managed to somehow avoid injury thus far in his life. Until today. He was feeling a bit giddy, and in a fit of glee (for his life is really quite wonderful) he slammed his head into what he thought was the couch cushion, but was in fact the wooden cross bar that runs along the back side of the couch. The result? His first bruise, and boy was it a doozie! (The picture doesn't do it justice.) It's swollen pretty badly and Riley can't help but call him "klingon boy" because of it's location. But he was tough! Even when he accidentally bumped it into the edge of the kitchen table later this afternoon. I no longer wonder why they call them "toddlers." Despite the clumsiness, he's lots of fun, and so is his brother, who happens to be getting HUGE.
Asher 22 months, Grayson 8 weeks