***Since it’s been forever since I updated, here is a family update that’s kind of like a Christmas Card.  And I even forgot to do a paragraph on Gene.  Oh well, he deserves a post all of his own. 

Elena has started Kindergarten.  She loves it. She does hate the bus drive though, and puts me on a guilt trip for not picking her up at school. I got to say I love having a school girl.  I love the schedule, the new school books, the learning stuff, and the new friends.  I’m hard pressed to find something I don’t like about it.  Plus, now she is full of wisdom like:  “Mom, I’m learning new things like don’t eat stuff that falls onto the floor.”  Oops, I guess I missed that one, Thanks Miss Peterson for picking up the slack.

                Brandt does not love Elena’s school days.  He has no clue how to entertain himself without his big sister to show him what to do.   He follows me around and whines a lot of the day when she is gone.

Also, he is Brandt.  That means he is kind of a mystery package that I am trying to unravel. (That sounds creepy, please don’t worry)  I did a little self-diagnosis, (don’t write me off) and came up with Sensory Processing Disorder.  Basically his sense of touch is very screwy and hypo-sensitive.  And his hearing and smell are just. a little. odd. It also means he lives a hard life.  So unless I get him evaluated by a professional, the diagnosis stands the same.

For us that means getting him dressed and going away is hard work.  He constantly says: “It doesn’t feel good” and “My pants are going to fall down,” even if the elastic is pulled so tight it leaves marks.  It usually takes about half an hour to get suitable clothes on him, and then we have to pack back-up clothes so we can give him the option of changing, when we go away.  The clothes he likes to wear are basketball shorts and t-shirts.
When we finally have him dressed, he is usually tired and has a little whipped puppy look about him.  I usually let Gene get him ready because he does a way better job of it.  I get frustrated, and feel like the time is ticking, and we need to leave, and just GOSHDANGDARNIT wear these clothes. (See how clean I cuss?)  Gene rolls in the room all fun and games, and basically makes a puppet show out of all the articles of clothing and Ta-da! A boy dressed for church.

Brandt  also likes to rough-house with Madelyn. Grabbing her neck, shaking her like a puppy and making her scream.  She yells and then whops him back.  Such loving offspring I have.

Sometimes I feel like I give so much of my energy to Brandt I don’t have much left over. Sometimes I feel like I’m closer to him because he takes so much of my time.  Funny how that works huh? Enter Mady.

She is sweet and spunky.  She knows that if she wants any attention she needs to demand it.  And demand she does.  She is great. She is super-huggable.  We all love her a lot. And we spoil her a lot.  Do you want to know a secret? She sleeps with us, in our bed. Shh don’t tell.  The goal is to get her into her own bed, we’ve tried, but it hasn’t lasted.  What can I say?  My ideals have dropped significantly the past five years.

Oh yes, and she likes to nibble on puppy biscuits.  Give her one and try to wrench it from her fist. It’s much easier to let her snack on it.

There you have it, a little of the Esh happenings. Here are some pictures, I am incapable of interspersing pictures throughout my post like some others can.  So I’ll have them all at the end.

Endless Summer playtime has come to an end


Excited for Day 1 of School


Classic: The kids are bathed, squeaky clean with hair washed. I send them outside for a tiny bit so I can finish cleaning up the house. The next time I look outside they are all climbing around on Gene’s dump-trailor of dirt. I need to  give them all baths again.


I spent way to long trying to get a good one year picture of her. Still don’t have it.

The other weekend in Ohio I got this picture of Dad with Madi and her cousin Ava. Love it!

My family in all our glory.


Have a good weekend everybody!

August passed us by

   For the last five weeks when I thought about posting for about five seconds, my next thought was, “Nope, I’ll go take a nap instead”.

If the wash is caught up, and the kitchen is cleaned, the baby asleep and the kids are happily playing, well, then I just want to sit and do nothing!  So I do.  And that ends my obligatory explantion on my lack of posting.

The biggest event was Madelyn birth on July 27.  She’s a sweet-heart, all cuddly, and loves to be held.  Madelyn (16)

My mom was here the week after she was born, throwing my laudry through the washer, washing my windows, keeping the kids out of my hair, making my meals, weeding the flower beds, and the list goes on and on.

I always love that first week, I just laze around and take it easy, hold the baby and sleep.

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I was prepared to have a huge adjustment and probably a mental breakdown too when mom left.  As always, it helps me to be pessimistic, because everything has gone much smoother than I expected.  Whew, PTL.

The kids love the baby, even Brandt, which is a surprise.  He loves her very much.  Unless he secretly hates her and that’s why he tries to smother her on a daily basis.

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Two weeks after the baby was born, Gene was gone, so Mom & Sherry came out to hang with me for the weekend.  Here is the whole motley crew, minus Madelyn.  We ventured as far as McDonalds in the whole two days they were here.

The rest of the time was spent drinking coffee, feeding babies and chatting. Mom kept trying to get work done, but

no, we weren’t to interested.  To get just this one picture took some doing. Just saying.

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 I took many many pictures of Madelyn and Ava together and yes, this is as good as it got.  Which is pretty bad I know. The middle pictue is Brandt and Wynn disrupting the photo shoot.

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We’ve had lots of family times this past month.  (Gene is ready for some friend time I think)

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Elena is now a photographer.  We take turns taking pictures of each other:

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We even got a day in at Cherry Crest with the cousins.  For Elena this is as good as it gets.  20 Cousins, (give or

take a few) a glorified petting zoo, lots of hay bales and farm centered activities, what could be better?

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Don’t tell her, but we’re gonna go again sometime this year.

Also this month my kids have developed an obsession for newspaper hats.  I have lost count on how many newspaper hats I’ve made for them.  Wouldn’t it be cute and funny to take a picture of them with their hats?

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 It was neither.

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