Grammy and G'pa were here to help usher in the fourth glorious year of life...and cake.

It's a Teddy Bear Picnic!!! Thank you, Gramma and KooKoo!!!

Note to all Teddy Bear Picnic hostesses: When in a pinch, little sisters can double as T-bears with a little creative accessorizing.


Hello! Quick update from the Winona and Jezebel team...

W: I'm introducing Jezebel to the finer things in life, like Berenstain Bears literature...

J: ...and I'm entering into the world of SOLID FOODS! Rice Cereal is the first thing on my menu. Not terribly exciting compared to what I see the rest of the family eat, but I'll get there. I'm pretty luke warm about the whole thing, really.


W: I pledge allegiance, to s'mores... We celebrated the gorgeous fall weather by heading out to the arboretum for a fall festival, featuring Smokey the Bear, art projects, tree climbing and three campfires over which we could roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The guys giving out the food were funny, bellowing things like, "Hot dogs and marshmallows--we promise not a single trace of nutritional value!" "Come get your sugar and filler! Don't tell your parents!"

I happily obliged.

Then we got to pet horses...and take a nature walk. Great day!

J: I'm just over here getting bigger, stronger and more vocal. I've discovered my high vocal range which I thought would come in useful this morning to be sure that mom was awake. Yup. She was. She must like it because she said something about being lucky I was so cute...
Last night we had Kid Party Fun at our house while our friends' parents went out to a concert. With 6 kids under the age of 5, we didn't get a chance to take any pictures (!), but we had a blast!


Aunt Jenny, This one's for you.