Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Can it be Fall if it's still 85 degrees?

It's October and we're ready for some Autumn fun! But can it be Fall if it's still 85 degrees?? I guess it can, but good new in sight it should be cooler this weekend. Jon and I wanted to make sure and see the Fall foliage so we took a picnic dinner up the canyon. It was fun to cool off for a little bit, see the colors and let Evan play. Dean slept.

Our little tree huger.

No picture can do it justice.
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Silly Evan

Jon and I just busted out laughing when we went to go to bed and found Evan laying like this, hands up in the air and facing horizontal in the bed. He must be taking after his Grandpa who has never been able to wake up in the same spot he feel asleep in.
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Dean's Cute Pajamas

I just love babies in soft comfy pajamas. This pair was a gift from Grandma Balke. They have cute sailboats and stars on them.

Sleepy boy Dean

He's working on a smile, give us a few more weeks.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

The wonderful harvest season is upon us. My in-laws love gardening thus we benefit from their bounty when the tomatoes come ripe. This year my father-in-law is out of town thus we have been given the bulk of the ripe tomatoes until he comes back and eats his 10 a day again.

The real question is what to do with this many tomatoes?

The answer is peal them, stick them in a jar, and process them to enjoy on a cold winters day some time come January. And that's just what I did yesterday. Now I know what you are thinking, crazy lady with a toddler and 1 month old, what are you doing putting up that many tomatoes? I asked myself that question about half way through all of this, and the problem was I wasn't thinking. It took me all day long!! But that's ok, I know we'll be eating fabulous lasagna or spaghetti with these yummy tomatoes in March. Some might ask, why didn't you venture out and do salsa or something. We'll we are leaving that adventure to next week when were sure to have more tomatoes. And a big thanks to my friend Michelle for letting me use her caner, I went to buy one and they were all out.

Now our own garden did, let's just say ok. Our zucchini was eaten by squash bugs and we only got 2 beans to sprout and only 1 actual bean to pick off of those. But our corn did great! We'll some of it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I caught a picture of Evan and Dean still in their pajamas this morning. I can't believe 3 weeks has gone by since Dean was born. I'm just trying to snuggle him as much as possible because before I know it he'll be as big as Evan is now. I'm also trying to catch random pictures. I never want to be accused of have a gazillion pictures of Evan (because he was the first) and not as many of the children to follow.

Dean at 3 weeksEvan at 3-4 weeks

Monday, September 8, 2008

Evan the Big Brother

The first week Evan wasn't so sure about baby Dean. Now he's a fan and Mommy's biggest helper. Whenever the baby monitor is on, and Dean starts fussing Evan says"baby", and if I'm in the other room he comes and finds me to make sure I know that baby is not happy.

So we've lived through 2 weeks with 2 kids. It hasn't been too bad, but I have to admit I had lots of help from my Mom and Dad last week. And people in the ward have been so nice and brought us dinners. And it helps that Dean is a dream baby. He eats good, sleeps good, and is generally a happy baby.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dean Thomas Barclay

Dean Thomas Barclay
Born: Sunday 24th August, 8:19 am, 7 lbs, 18 inches long

Saturday, August 23, 2008

40 Weeks + 2 days

Not very women can say they are 10 months pregnant. But I've hit that point. Thursday was my due date and I really had hope that this little guy would come. But here I sit 40 weeks +2 days. There is an end in sight, we have a c-section scheduled for tomorrow the 24th. So ready or not he's coming out. I guess I'm really lucky because I'm not sick while pregnant, gain a relatively small amount of weight, and carry full term, it's just getting them out that's been my challenge. I'm glad to live in 2008 instead of 1808.

So with my free time I thought I'd make my own little guy a quilt, since I've done so many others this summer. I really like this polka dot fabric and thought the blue stripe went well.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

The boys Swimming

These are some pictures from a few weeks ago. We went to the pool for a few hours in the afternoon. It takes Evan a while to warm up to the water thing, and just when he's liking it the pool takes a forced break.

Zayne loves the water and has no fear.

They didn't mind sharing crackers but didn't like being in the same chair together.
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Canning Green beans

I've kept myself busy these last few weeks. My mother-in-law has green beans coming out of her hair so she gave some to us. I froze a bunch but thought I'd try canning some too. Thanks to Michelle for letting me use her pressure cooker.

My little helper Evan.

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