Tuesday, April 22, 2014

bunnies & treasure eggs!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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over the weekend, we hid some easter eggs filled with bunny grahams for wilder. i can't say that he really got the whole egg hunt thing, but he really enjoyed eating those bunny grahams! basically, he is all for this whole fertility rabbit/chicken eggs/bunny cookie holiday. ;)

easter is a day that many celebrate the Lord Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and although i did not grow up celebrating the Lord's resurrection with easter eggs and egg hunts, loverboy and i celebrate and are so thankful for the resurrection of our Lord, every day. right now i suspect wilder is more thankful for fertility rabbits and the cookie-filled eggs they laid all over our living room, but we hope that one day he will understand that although we don't want to deprive him of bunny grahams, the reality of the Lord's resurrection means so much more to us.

at the church meeting on sunday morning i had a fresh appreciation for praising the Lord. in the meeting, someone spoke about Paul and Silas, praising the Lord in a Roman prison. how there was nothing outwardly, seemingly, to make them happy and full of praise, and yet, the Lord gained their praise anyways! they had been beaten, their feet were in stocks, they were deep in a Roman prison. and yet! they were able to praise and sing! what a defeat that is to the Lord's enemy. what a testimony and a victory for the Lord. in all my circumstances, whether they are outwardly good or not, i want to learn to praise the Lord like this.

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there is a shiny tear tracking down his cheek in the left photo. our poor bunny is so sick and was so grumpy, until he discovered what a bunny graham was!
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very well-hidden eggs, as you can see. you'd be surprised how long it took him to find them even still.
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papa was needed to open every egg for him.
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bunny grahams!
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what with bunny grahams and birthday cupcakes, i'm afraid the introduction to sugar is well underway.
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who knew bunnies could lay such delicious eggs!
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egg hunting is tiring business.

Monday, April 21, 2014

wilder in 2014, week 16

Monday, April 21, 2014
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i didn't have a chance to post last week's portrait of wilder, so here you go! i know this isn't a great photo, but i kind of like it anyways, because he still looks like a baby here. lately, he has seemed so big and grown up, and last night, while looking at old videos of him (from the night he was born even!), i felt so teary for my newborn wilder. here he is, not newborn, but not full-on toddler yet either. or so i like to think. ;)

and that little pucker, too.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wilder's Birthday Cupcake

Friday, April 18, 2014


on your very first birthday around here, you get to have birthday cake and birthday cupcake, apparently. ;) we gave wilder a cupcake on his actual birth day and made a little movie of him demolishing it. hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pre-Birthday Party Goat Farm

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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before wilder's party, we took the little guys to the Yellow River Game Ranch which is actually really close by, for a little petting zoo experience. it was very well-stocked with wildlife. as in, it had bears? and coyotes? and a red fox?! i really felt bad for them, even though i didn't feel bad at all for the goats, alpacas, rabbits and what not. i don't know. there is just something about caged up bears that seems not right. and also, scary. those black bears are not as small as i thought they were! i can't even imagine what a grizzly or a brown bear would be like up close.

anyways, it was a good time. wilder mostly enjoyed holding a carrot and wishing he were just a little more steady on his feet so he could run off and get bit by a donkey (family joke). we will have to come back and let him do that when he's older. it was such a gorgeous day, i almost wish summer would never come!

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who knew the wild was in our backyard? yeah. 
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feeding some goats. i think that's a goat?
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the little goats kept escaping. they were all over the place.
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i actually found these bears incredibly sad. i don't think they should be caged up like this; it's just not right.
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and peacocks!
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carrots! haha. wilder was way more interested in keeping his carrot. and maybe eating it.
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there was also a coyote and a fox, caged up. :/
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see? goats all over the place.
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and one very wise old goat. we had to pay him a toll for his wisdoms. 
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can you believe pigs get this big? i kind of like him.
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and an albino peacock to complete the show.

Monday, April 14, 2014

a birthday party

Monday, April 14, 2014
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over the weekend we had a little party for wilder. just the grandparents and one good little buddy to help wish him a happy birthday. it was so simple and fun. my favorite part was of course watching him dig into his own cake, which, as is tradition (apparently??), was way more cake than any little needs (at least it was mostly healthy!). his face digging into it was so perplexed and serious. it's my favorite face.

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i had so much fun decorating for this party, even though the very little i did took me SO long! 
i suppose i'd know that if i'd ever decorated for anything before...we must really love this little man;)
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"a whole cake just for me? say wha'??"
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mmm, smushy.
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tasty too!
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oh my gosh i'm so tired, where's my nap?
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the cardboard is really the best part don't you know?
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literally stuffing his face with cake.
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and sharing, too.
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his very own pony from grandma & grandpa!
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totally not sure what's happening.
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opening presents is fun for the wrapping mostly.
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and a real grownup cake too, because otherwise it's not a party, duh.