Monday, December 28, 2009

Grandma Hoover and Stuart

December 2 489copy, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.
Video of Grandma Hoover singing to the girls.  Same songs she sang to me, only she can't get the words out right anymore.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Family card

Family card, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Love, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.


Sweetness, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Monday, December 21, 2009

December Snow

December Snow, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

December Snow 2

December Snow 2, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

3 Weeks

3 Weeks, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hanging Baby

Hanging Baby, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Little Peanut

Little Peanut, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

I've Been Using The Same Christmas Wrapping Paper For Years...and this is why

One year when I was teaching school, I bought the guys soccer balls for Christmas.  I am thinking it was like 8 of them or maybe 12.  I knew that wrapping them was going to be a nightmare.  I was at Bon Ton buying other things like a purse or gloves or something fun that you can buy for yourself when you are single.  Shopping was different in those days.  By the register there was a display of Christmas wrapping paper.  I thought it was a good deal.  Something like 3.99 for a pack of 3.  Or so I thought.  They were in packages of three.  And in each package I really liked 2 out of the 3 papers.  After all these years I am still thinking about blushing as I tell this tale.  I'm going to say I bought like 6 or 7 or I don't know maybe 8 packs of 3.  I seriously thought the soccer balls would use up all of this wrapping paper.  I wonder what I got the girls that year.  Thing is they charged me $3.99 per roll and I was too inferior to say, "Hold it! I do not want this wrapping paper" like I would now.  You do the math, this was a lot of cash for a school teacher, probably more than I spent on the presents.  I still suffer every year when Nate informs me, "We do NOT need Christmas wrapping paper" He has seen the stash in the attic.  And I suffer as I wrap my children's presents in those ugly rolls of wrapping paper that are left.  Even the ones that were pretty, would no longer be pretty to me.  One of these years we can get some pretty paper.  I can't wait!

Monday, December 7, 2009


Feet Blog, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.
Stuart has long fingers and toes. Toes like his Uncle Tristan and his Great Grandpa Amos. He is in the fifteenth percentile for everything except his length, 75%.
He is doing great these days. Very content. Also sleeping so nice and long at night. Nate's Mom wondered if I get up to check on him.
He gets lots of kisses. We feel so blessed.

Two Weeks Old

Saturday, December 5, 2009

What's In The Box?

Box, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.
Cute box huh? Oh what a fun gift this is! My cousin's wife gave these cute cute socks to Stuart! She knew I am a fan of Trumpette Socks. Thanks Yvonne. So sweet.


Here is a munchkin for ya.

Monday, November 30, 2009


November_369, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Today is the first day of getting back to normal.  Nate went to work and the girls are home again. It's a good feeling. 
Ellie is enormous... I'm sure she gained 5 lbs while she was gone. She  seems more grown up. Also a bit sassier.
Mia begs to hold Stuart all the time and is frequently heard saying, "I love him SO MUCH" or "He is so cute, isn't he cute?"
Stuart is doing fine, he does keep us up for a few hours each night.  Either it is getting better or we are getting used to it, I'm not sure exactly.  Those night hours tend to blend together.  Do not underestimate the power of a good comfy rocker in your nursery!  

Friday, November 27, 2009

Baby Days

Three Days Old

Meeting Stuart

Ellie and Her Daddy

Checking Out The Toes

Great Grandma Minnie and Aunt Ruth Meet Stuart

Stuart's First Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Finally Here

Finally Here, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

13 days late. Sweet as possible. Perfect little everything.

I Spy Great Grandpa Reuben

Little Green Hat

Little Green Hat, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

It is a Boy!

Stuart Finn
7lbs 9 oz
7:05PM November 23

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Still Here, Still Waiting

Mia, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.


Bunny Hat Little Green Hat

Girl or Boy?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's Saturday

Goofing Off, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Nate's working at remodeling the bathroom. Things are really flying up there. I'm scared to go look. So I'm baking cookies and goofing off with photoshop.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wouldn't a Friday be a nice day to have a baby? Or a Thursday evening for that matter? Oh, how I wish. How I wish. Do not ask me when I am due as that is so tricky to explain, but it would not be fair to complain about being overdue without actually mentioning when it really is supposed to all happen. I was due the 16th until my midwife mentioned she has me down for the 10th. I brushed it off and later ran the calculations myself and um... the 7th. But really, none of this means anything as the baby will come when it is time. Or so it has been said. I for one am terrified that I will be pregnant forever. What if?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Burk Family

Burk Family, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Smile & Rug Burn

A Smile & Rug Burn, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Last nights blogging got cut a little short due to the Phillies game. We ended up going to bed early anyhow and I had Nate asking me at 2AM this morning "Did the Phillies lose?" He can ask me these things because I don't sleep the whole night through and catch up on stuff like that at 2AM.
Ellie took a terrible fall down the steps last week. Thus the rug burn under her nose. Ouch.
Last night we went swimming! Indoor pool that our neighbors put in. Very fun family outing for these cold days. Well, until you go to leave and it's cold outside. That is rather strange. We told them we would be out by 8:30... imagine our surprise when we left and realized it was only 7:30... The clock in the pool room is still set wrong. Something like that can make you feel so out of touch with reality.

Fall On Our Front Porch

Notice the paint on their legs. They were happy to get into Grandma's paint again yesterday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Only Tree She Can Climb

The Only Tree She Can Climb, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Today I learned how to meter. I've tried so many times to understand this, and today it clicked. Whew. And now it seems so silly that I did not understand this before.
Monday my Mom, Dorcas, and I took in a photoshop seminar in Philly. We use it a lot at work. Mom and I. Ate yummy cheeseteaks from Reading Terminal Market.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rachel Brown Came To Town

Rachel Brown, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Rachel Brown. Was so good to see her again. She lived in the basement of the house we stayed in, in Grenada. We shared a washing machine and a phone line for three years. Good times. She is currently at SMBI for a term and then heads back to Grenada to finish out the school year there.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Dear, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Skipper and Dorcas Jane

Family Threesome

There is nothing like family! Tristan found himself the sweetest wife... I am so thankful for her. And that little Adrian, love him. He makes me smile every time.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Cousins, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Mia and A.J. Good pals.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Hudson, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Another Canadian. Charming. Very tall for his age. Well, compared to my children, which isn't saying much.


Keshawna, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Last weekend we had company from the Frozen Tundra. Ok, Canada. Always fun to hang out with old friends.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Canning and Freezing with my Mom... we might not start till 3 in the afternoon.  To me, this is life.... it makes my friends laugh.  They tell me how their Mom's would be started by 7AM.  For some reason this works for us.  I must say having our husbands stop by on the way home from work to help clean up and eat supper with us,  sure is fun!



Mother Dear

We Like This Apple

Dorcas Jane

Nater Makes Applesauce


Friday, October 9, 2009

October Evening

October Evening, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Overnight Bag

Overnight Bag, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.

Family Pictures

Family Pictures, originally uploaded by LydiaJo.