Friday, January 16, 2009

Good, albeit chilly, morning!

Everyone is talking about how cold it is these days. I've heard -14, -28, -40, etc. We're a toasty -2 here! Despite our warm temperatures we have been staying inside at lot lately. Andrew is building cabinets under the stairs and Dad is building closet doors for the loft. They alternate days between heating the garage and working out there and filling the living room with tools and working in here. The kids usually take some encouragement in the mornings to go feed and care for the animals. After that they pretty much disappear into the loft for the day, doing school, playing with their homemade little people and doing board games. If it's a little warmer (or sunny) out, they'll go out and sled too, or wait until the evening when Andrew finishes his work so he can go out and tackle them into snowbanks in their nightly football games. Johnny usually follows them around but it seems like lately he's been on my coat tails more. I guess watching me burn and cut myself in the kitchen is more entertaining than watching Michael do math. I'm still finding plenty to do in Mom's absence, learning a lot of cooking skills in the kitchen, like what's hot and how things burn when you leave them on the heat too long... lol. I'm getting some much needed practice, not only in the kitchen but in all lines of domestic duty. I've found it suits me just fine too, and I would be perfectly content to do it the rest of my life if that's what He wants... The girls are filling their days with baby sitting. Not only with dear Donna Marie, but with the little neighbor boy that we're always baby sitting too, so his Mom can work. They're both cute as buttons but even buttons can be handfuls. We've been picking up our instruments more now that we're inside a lot. It's fun, but after 5 months leave, we stink! We've all been thoroughly enjoying Donnie's babyhood. She's a month old today, and such a precious princess!! It's been decided that she most resembles Annie, with Theresa's eyes. Pretty cute.

Donnie and Johnny. Big brother is happy to finally be a 'bigger than somebody' in this world!:

Donna hasn't really smiled yet. In fact, usually she just looks at us like this:
Should we be alarmed? Really, I didn't think we were that crazy of a family...

The ponies love every fresh snowfall. They have to run and kick up a cloud of the fresh snow behind them at each new addition of whiteness to their pasture.

"Whaddya, *pant*, lookin at, *pant*?"

Signing off with a cool picture of Stephen's that he took of the house the other night when we had a huge full moon and the kids were playing outside:

My nice brother took the hint and is almost finished with a slideshow of Donnie.... should be up soon.

Until then!


  1. Great photo's and what a darling little girl. I enjoyed reading your posts about your family. Sounds like a great way to live.

  2. Okay, I am ready to I would go crazy being inside that long! I am for sure an outdoor person. Even if I had to dress like I am going to the north pole, there is no way I would stay inside :)


  3. It's wonderful! Your writing is exceptional, photos are great, and your little sister is a doll! I grew up in the U.P. and am now in the Lower Penninsula.

  4. Another beautiful post, Mary. We're waiting patiently for that slideshow!!

  5. That look on little Donna's face is just PRICELESS! I love it! What a sweetheart! And what a lucky mom to have you to do all the cooking! Also was wondering who took the picture with the moon at night? It's BEAUTIFUL! We just can't wait to move up there... We are loving your life; even being trapped indoors in winter! Have a good weekend!

  6. Your pictures are outstanding. The close-up of Donna is priceless. Thanks for sharing!

  7. it's good to see that stephen has been doing some thing productive : P donna looks so nice with theresa : ) i was going to take a movie of us on the snowmoblie (pulling the kids on the snowboard )

  8. That closeup of Donna is great! She's definitely got that "what is this crazy place and who *are* all these strange people???" look that newborns have. :)



  9. You have some really beautiful pictures. God is so good to bless you with such a family too.

    Have a great day!


  10. It is a difficult decision but I'll go with the House at Night.


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