Friday, November 28, 2008

These are the two food items I made...the one to the left here did not make it to the Thanksgiving table, as we enjoyed it with our friends the night before. It's a pear custard tart. It was so pretty I had to take a picture. I don't usually do that! The pears came from Great Uncle Steve's tree.
My favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas and any time in between holiday treat is Cranberry Relish. This is a special secret recipe that I've made the last three years...the Maurers (with the exception of Great Grandma are not huge fans of Cranberries...but in my mind, that's great because it means I have leftovers...the leftovers go on everything!

Thanksgiving Crowd

At this table from Left to right, Matt, Great Aunt Pattie, Great Grandma Dort, Great Grandpa Erv, Grandma Joy, Great Aunt Christie, Great Uncle Ced, Ashley
At this table, left to right, Uncle Isaac, Great Uncle Steve, Justin, Uncle Andrew, Great Uncle Rick

Left to right, Jamie, Great Uncle Jim, Josh, and friend Anna

Anna, Sarah, Great Aunt Laura, Daddy Owen
Of course, these names are all from Clara's perspective...those without a "aunt or uncle" in front of thier names are all cousins but I don't know if they are second cousins or what to Clara.

Clara's First Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating Thanksgiving. Owen made the comment a couple of weeks ago, and said "what was Clara
like last year on Thanksgiving?" To which I replied, I don't know what she was like because she was in my belly! How quickly we forget what life was like pre children!
The super cute outfit Clara is sporting is from Noni and some gift cards that I recieved when Clara was first born. I've held onto them so that we could put her in some fantastic clothes from Janie & Jack on her first birth and first real round of holidays. Too cute for words! The boots are from Walmart. Just as an FYI...we don't regularly shop at grossly expensive baby boutiques, it was just this one time for a special occasion. You'll see more pictuers from her first brithday party and another little shindig in a few weeks with another outfit there.

So back to Thanksgiving...We celebrated with the Maurer and Messner family . We had TONS of food, ham, turkey, all the fix'ins. I will post pictures of the food and family a little later today.

We are so thankful for our health, our sweet girl, our growing healthy baby (15 weeks now) our family and our friends. We're also thankful that we have a loving savior that showers us with grace despite our sinfulness. What a wonderful God we serve.

BM # 2 is growing well I guess, I do have a belly which I am not happy about. I didn't show with Clara until I was about 16 weeks and even then, I told people that I was pregnant so they wouldn't look at me funny! We have an ultrasound mid-December--no we wont find out what we're having, just if the babe is healthy.

Thats it for now.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


It's raining this morning--the first rain in three months.
It will be raining tomorrow for the first time on Thanksgiving in more than 20 years acording to the news station. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.
All my life, my childhood, I can remember rain on or just before Thanksgiving. I have permanent memories of all 5 of us driving in our aerostar mini van to Grandma's house, the swish of the tires that you get only when the road is wet...every year it is inevitable that something essential (like heavy whipping cream) was forgotten and my dad would run into whatever mini-mart was open to grab the item...avoiding puddles all the way. I am excited about the rain!
We're celebrating my favorite holliday tomorow with the Maurer/Messner clan. I promise pictures. I already have Clara's outfit picked out. It's pretty fabulous! More later

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Garage sale

We had a garage sale last week. It wasn't hugely successful, but, it was fun and we enjoyed meeting some new neighbors. Our entire historic district participated which was fun. We also invited our small group to bring items to sell if they had any. The guy in this picture below is our friend Colin. He came and brought stuff...and then he left. Just kidding. He was being a wonderful husband and took his new bride out to breakfast. Clara is sporting her super cute Strawberry hat and sweater that I found years ago at the UMOM thrift store. Too cute! Here's a shot of our stuff, we had more, but I wasnt being a super good photog that day! We had hot dogs for all of our friends and family who helped out. It was fun. Our house is now a little cleaner and more organized!

Smart Cookie!

For some reason, Clara has been falling over a lot...I think it can be attributed to how she is learning new ways to move her little body and bend over etc. The other morning, she had fallen off this little chair several times and was frustrated.
So, instead of choosing something else to play with, she moved this couch pillow in front of her...seriously! It was so funny. The pillow started off on her right side, and she moved it to where she'd been falling. HMMMM is she going to be spacially (I don't know if that is a word) smart like her daddy?

The previous night she was home alone with her dad and he decided that it was time to reorganize the furniture in her room. All was fine and dandy in Clara land, she got her bottle, she had her blanket, but when Owen tried to lay her down in her newly arranged crib (it was facing a new direction) she was not having it! So Owen tried another few ounces of milk and laid her down again...still she was hysterical. Being the good daddy he was, he took her out of her crib and moved the furniture to how it was supposed to be and she laid right down and went to sleep. Like I said, she's spacially aware...or maybe she's just particular like her mommy!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Just Words

So I haven't been a super dedicated blogger lately. We've been busy, sort of. Mostly I am just growing a baby...we're in the second trimester and I am waiting for that blissful burst of energy that is supposed to come in the second trimester...hmm little friend where are you?
We're just over 13 weeks so just 28 weeks to go. AHHHHH

Clara is doing great. She is 11 months old and as wonderful as ever. She's crawling and cruising quite a bit which is really fun. Our house hasn't been hard to babyproof since it's so small.

We had a garage sale last week and I have some pictures I'll post soon. More regular blogging in the future as we head towards the holidays, Clara's birthday, and a new little guy that I'll be caring for once a week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tons of Personality

Clara is proving to be a little character...a ham...a chip off the old block if you ask me! For those of you who know us well, Owen and I have never been lacking in cheesy personality! It's been so much fun to see her developing and changing. It seemed like it happened slowly at first, but now I see her do something new and different just about every day. Her latest fun trick is making the "spanish rolled 'r'" sound. I don't know how she learned how to do it but she does it all the time almost in a sing song little voice. It's quite funny!

We are getting ready to celebrate her first birthday. I am sure there will be at least a few comparison posts to see how much she has changed and grown. For today though, here's a great picture of her personality starting to come through!