Tuesday, October 19, 2010


When I have a vision of what I am going to create in my head and I take a cut and immediately say oops, it is never good.  When I am cooking it is fixable because I can just piece the food back together and make it work.  When I am sewing I can just sew it together or buy a new piece of fabric and everything is okay.  But when I am cutting Connor's hair, and the first cut is directly in the middle of his forehead - it is not fixable.  You just have to keep going making an even bigger oops.  I guess it is a good thing that hair grows! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Five Jamisons and . . .

. . . A Canoe!

We went out a week and a half ago, on the canoe, all five of us.  Angela and Brian paddled, Connor played and I held Emeric.  It was a lot of fun!  The best part was - no one fell in.

Monday, October 11, 2010


This past summer when I went back home I got to do something fun and new. I learned how to can sauerkraut. My mother-in-law is a wonderful lady and she is the one who taught me how to make and can the sauerkraut. I am not sure that I like the stuff, but Brian really does so why not learn how - right? It was a lot of fun and it didn't taste too bad, I think it might grow on me.

Since I wanted this skill to stick in my mind, what better way than, to do it myself. This past week Brian and I tried our hand at making it.

I got myself a new toy for making it, a cabbage shredder.

With that and four heads of cabbage, we were ready to go. I decided to do four, because I thought that was what we did this summer and it made quite a bit. Also, because it was not too much and I still do not know how much my crock will hold?

Brian spent his time with the shredder,

while I spend my time mixing the cabbage with the salt. There is not as much salt in sauerkraut as I would have thought there would have been.

I stuffed it deep into the crock and you could hear it popping and sizzling. It was almost like the snap crackle pop of Rice Krispies. It was such a fun sound to hear. It also had nice foamy brine on top. I was so excited to see how it was looking. Even though I am not sure if I really like the taste of it, I did like the look of it.

Lastly we sealed it up with a bag of water and now to wait. I have a month (or so) to wait and then it should be ready to can.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

September - Photos of Kids

Here is September's edition of the kids (just a little bit late).

Rollerblading on the newly paved alley.
Playing in a laundry basket with Emeric.

Riding his truck down the newly paved alley.

Playing in his tunnel with Connor.
Sitting in a diaper box being carried around by daddy.  It is kind of like Oscar getting carried around in his trash can.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Emeric Turns ONE!

Well as they say time flies when you are having fun.  Emeric turned one on September 19th, 2010.  The five of us spent a fun day just hanging around the house. 

At his doctor's appointment (a few days after his birthday) he was 19 pounds 15 ounces and 29 1/4 inces long.  They said that he was in the 10th percent for his weight which seems weird to me because he seems so big.  He is a pound heavier and an inch shorter than Connor was at one. 

Emeric on the left and Connor on the right.

Emeric pulls himself up on the furniture, but doesn't really walk along them yet.  He will let go and stand on his own for a little while.  He still does a funny crawl, but much more often he does a normal hands and knees crawl.  He has nine teeth with one more just about through.  He eats just about everything put in front of him and he got to have milk for the first time once he turned one.

For the most part he sleeps through the night, or at least I don't hear him if he wakes up.  He is still taking two naps a day.  Bedtime is about 7:00 PM or just a little sooner and he often wakes up between 7:00 and 7:30 AM.  He enjoys playing outside, crawling around playing with toys, swinging and playing in the sandbox.  He is very vocal when he is not getting what he wants.  He will spend most of the day screaming at me if I am not holding him.  For his birthday he received some clothes, a boat for the bathtub, a toolbox, a train, a puzzle, a blanket and some trucks.

He had a number one shapped carrot cake which he wasn't shy at getting into. 

Brian held it close to him while we sang and Emeric was scraping the frosting off of it. 

Then he was clawing chunks out of it.  Brian broke him off a big piece and sat it on his highchair tray.  He picked up the entire piece and tried to shove it into his mouth.   

He really liked it.  It was a blessing to be able to watch him grow this first year.  I am really looking forward to the joy of watching him over this second year.