Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Olsen Riding His Bike For The First Time

Olsen begged for me to take the training wheels off his bike so I eventually relented expecting a few days of a frustrated little boy. It turns out all he needed was two minutes. Literally.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another deck update

Friday night Olsen and Gabriella had a sleep over with Grandma and Grandpa and all their Hilo cousins. I was told the kids did great and had a lot of fun. Byron and I had a nice night off and had dinner with our friends (don't remember the last time we did that) Anyway, on Saturday Grandpa brought the kids home and helped Byron lay some of the decking down. I think Byron thought it would be pretty quick and would be able to finish most of it in one day. Well, it's very time consuming to screw down every plank, so they didn't get has far as they thought. But it still looks great.  

Olsen helping hammering a nail.  That nail only use was to keep Olsen occupied while Daddy and Grandma did the work.  
Evan making sure the job gets done right.  
We are about a 4th or so of the way done.
Olsen pretending he is riding a horse on it this morning.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I love my husband. He has been working so hard every weekend on this deck. Yesterday he put up all the beams for the pergola.  Next week he hopes to put down most of the decking and after that he will work on the pergola.  And then the painting will begin.  That is going to be not so fun.  

Olsen with some tool "helping" daddy. 
All four post up!!  I can't wait.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My boy amazes me

This last week Olsen has been asking for the "little wheels" off his bike.  But we wanted to wait till we had more time to spend with him and teach how to ride a two wheeler. Today he convinced daddy to take them off before he had to dance tonight. Byron held the bike for a second and then Olsen took off on his own. The boy is a natural. We couldn't believe it.

Seriously, the kid had no help from us.  He went up to the street and he LOVED having all that space to ride.  

Gabriella taking a nap after church.   We love nap time in our house. :)  

Oh, and this girl is completely potty trained! She did it in one week! I take no credit for it, it was all her. She only had 3 accidents and they were all in the bathroom. It is so nice to not have to change any diapers. Even if it is for a few more weeks :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Princess Gabriella

Gabriella has become a princess. She will even tell you herself. She goes around and tells everyone "I'm a princess" She has been favoring Sleeping Beauty lately which comes out sounding more like "dirty". Another favorite is Snow White. She will only wear dresses, and if she could, only the costume princess dresses. I have to hide them sometimes so she will wear a regular dress.  

The other day I hear "help, help" coming from the baby room and I see Gabriella stuck in the up-side down glider ottoman.  And of course I run for the camera to take a picture instead of helping her out :)  Notice she is wearing a princess dress.
Today I walked into the baby's room and I see Gabriella just sitting on the window sill looking very sweet and cute.  Had to take a few pictures of it.

Olsen is showing off the little squirrel a teacher painted on his hand at school. 
He actually sick tonight and fell asleep during prayer.  It was pretty to look over after the prayer and see him passed out with his arms folded.  No wonder he was so quite during the prayer.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sleep time

Olsen is a funny sleeper. He likes to have about 5 blankets with him at all times. Lately he has been making a little nest with them. He surrounds himself with the blankets and pillows. It was so cute I had to take a picture of it.

Just thought I'd share a cute picture of Gabriella too.
I'm so proud of my husband.  He is building this deck single-handedly.  He got this far on Saturday.