Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's birthday central at our house

For some reason, our family seems to clump birthdays. Last Friday was Eric's dad's birthday. Yesterday was Conor's birthday. Today is Eric's birthday. Holy birthdays, Batman!

To celebrate three generations of Olson men (or in Conor's case, little man) birthdays, I've decided to try my hand at some haiku. (Please hold your applause until the end)

Birthday Haiku #1)
Jack Eric Conor
Our three Olson birthday boys
Party hard you guys

Birthday Haiku #2
Oh birthdays you're here
One babe, two men celebrate
Blow out the candles

Birthday Haiku #3
Three birthdays arrived
Wonderful men, we love you
Everyone parties

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Almost 1

Tomorrow is Conor's first birthday. One year ago from right now, we had no idea this sweet baby boy was so close to entering our lives. We have been incredibly blessed to have him in our lives. Today, we had a little celebration to wish Conor a happy birthday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Out of the mouths of babes

Last night, the four of us were sitting at the kitchen table eating dinner. We were dining on chicken, steamed broccoli, and homemade corn bread. Eric turned to Annika and asked her what her favorite part of dinner was. She said, "eating it."

Eric and I practically bit through our lips to keep from bursting out in laughter. We expected a specific item to be named... that's what we get for trying to anticipate a 3-year-old's responses!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Riley 1999 - 2011

We are very sad to announce that our sweet boy, Riley, has crossed the rainbow bridge and is now playing with Cooper and watching over us from on high. Riley was a fantastic dog who loved his family ... almost as much as he loved peanut butter. We were incredibly lucky to have had him as part of our family for almost 12 years. Eric and I have found comfort over the past few days thinking back on the tender and funny stories that involved Riley. We find ourselves waiting for him to come around the corner at any moment and feel and emotional sting when we remember he isn't here any longer. His old body just couldn't take any more and he told us it was time to go; as hard as it was, we had to let him.

Riley, we miss you so much, old man. Thank you for all of your companionship, funny antics, and unwaivering loyalty.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Annika's Cake Cookie

Yesterday, the kids and I were at U. Village and decided to get some new cookie cutters... just for fun. (Lord knows it isn't because I have a shortage of cookie cutters.) We got a cake shape, a circle (Annika's choice), a Fleur-de-Lis, a crown, and an ice cream cone.

After getting home, we whipped up the dough, cut out our lovely new shapes, and baked 'em right up. Annika could hardly wait to decorate her cake cookie, but decorating a warm cookie just doesn't work out well. She FINALLY got to get her hands on the royal icing and dinosaur sprinkles and had a marvelous time making her masterpiece.