Lizzy's 9th Birthday

Because I'm essentially a lazy person, I had put off thinking about Lizzy's birthday. We do every other birthday with friends and this was a friend birthday. So barely a week and a half before her birthday I started planning. (I need pressure to complete things, sometimes you just have to make your own pressure, right?) Thinking about my creative daughter I decided to throw an art party! Hooray for Amazon 2 day shipping! I decided to try my hand at Tie-dye. Lizzy's very first party she was invited to when she was a baby was to an 8 year old's tie-dye party. We had a blast. So armed with this vague happy memory, I blissfully ordered a tie-dye kit and white shirts and waited for the packages to arrive.

In Case You Didn't Know

Most of you know that Daniel and I are expecting our 5th child in September. For those who didn't know...Surprise! Another Bartholomew Boy,(name to be determined). As I contemplate this experience I had a few thoughts on our family planning. If this is a subject you do not wish to read about, please skip to another post, (no hard feelings) but since this is my blog I thought I would share my experiences. So if you are still with me remember this is my personal story and in no way is meant to underscore or demean anyone else's family planning. You know what is best for you and I respect that. Whew, if you are still reading then you deserve a medal. So here goes....    Growing up I always wanted four children. In my head one child was practice since you don't have to deal with the joys of sibling rivalry or division of attention. Two children was not enough, three was odd and four was perfect. I have 3 siblings and have felt close to all of them. I had heard stories of la…


For the first time since 2008 we had a significant snowfall. More like a snow dump. In a single night we gained 12 in. Having not seen such a sight in a few years it was magical!  Here it is coming down:
The kids loved it. Then as it didn't go away it began to lose it's magical sheen. I think they only played in it 3 days. Of course since it hardly ever snows here we didn't have the basic accouterments, shovel, snow gear or sled...  We survived it! The kids missed six days of school, so they may be in until the fourth of July, but we survived it! We only had one incident, the boys left a pillow next to the wall heater and it charred it. I got to it before the smoke alarm. Lizzy wanted to do our fire escape route, looking back we probably should have, oh well. Adventures!

 The icicles were quite impressive.

Our Camilla was bowed in half!

Halfway Out Of The Dark

It's the seasons of holidays and family get togethers.   We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with my sister. And her famous Christmas Cookie Exchange! It was fun and small, but we had a blast. We played a few games and had Italian sodas. Yum! Christmas eve we made cookies and went caroling in the rain. I love Washington! I find less and less people venture out to carol each year, but it is a favorite tradition of mine. We go 2 or 3 times in the month and everyone loves it. I love seeing the people's faces light up when they realize we are caroling! Last year we added a few more houses and one lady about cried she was so happy to get carolers. She hadn't had anyone come by in years. We made sure to keep her on the permanent list.
  But I digress, After caroling we put the kids to bed and finished the last minute wrapping. This is fun too. Christmas was on Sunday so we went to church before opening any presents. It was hard on the kids, but it made for a smooth morning.…

Flying Around

On Friday we visited the Pearson air museum. I had always wanted to go, and now was the time. It was so fun. We had the place to ourselves and we took full advantage. Later while the kids played at the park, Jessica, Charly, Charles and I went to tour the Marshal house. It was fun.