Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kulinarische Wanderung

Today we did a Kulinarische Wanderung. Basically, a "culinary wander." It was a 6 kilometer hike through farm country with 7 stops for food and wine. We purchased the 5 euro souvenir cups which came with nifty around-the-neck holders! These could be filled at each station for only a euro. Very easy to have too much wine- as the nursing mother, I was automatically the DD, but plenty of wine was drunk by the rest of the adults!! :) The food was also amazing- lots of wurst and other German cuisine. One of the stations also had face-painting and a bouncy castle for the kids. The kids did very well on the long hike, Emma had a few meltdowns, but the bouncy house and some apfelsaftschorle helped her attitude a lot!
My in-laws showing off the cool souvenir glasses!
at the start
soo beautiful!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Crafty Kiddos

Harry had to complete this poster for school- I helped him add some color and printed the pictures, but he did everything else!! He's getting so good at writing his letters!
Emma also decided she was going to write her letters. Next step: convince her that "Emma" doesn't start with "H"!!

Captain Crabapple
He has not had a good attitude the last 2 days... I think he's still adjusting, but Mommy's ready for some sleep... :(

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Family of 5!!!

My Beautiful Family of FIVE!!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Beautiful, Gorgeous... Wish You Were Here!

Gramma took this picture of the kids walking around the village- how beautiful is this??? :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Such a proud big brother!!
Love these big smiles- Emma looks SO tall!!
Proud big sister- she BEGS to hold him all day long!
They were comparing hand sizes... so sweet!

She was teaching him to "snucky"

Monday, September 6, 2010

In Honor of Labor Day....

I really really loved this post by another blogger that I found today, and being that I so recently had my second c-section baby, thought it very appropriate.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Nothing warms my heart quite like seeing my boys like this. Harry tells me at least 5 times a day how happy he is that he finally has a brother. :) I guess if I had a 2 year old little sister, I'd be quite happy with a sweet baby brother too!

They're so beautiful. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Welcome Baby Johnathan!!

He's FINALLY here!!!
After a very busy and eventful pregnancy, our sweet little boy has finally arrived! Monday morning, I went into L & D after having contractions for the last few days. They were starting to get regular and pretty painful, so I wanted to get checked out and make sure that everything was okay. I was scheduled for my c/section on Weds morning, but was eager to get things rolling. However, my in-laws were scheduled to arrive at 11am on Monday and the kids had their first day of school on Tuesday, so I wasn't completely prepared either!
After monitoring me for a few hours, the dr made the decision to go ahead and do my c section. Thus began the scrambling to get a taxi arranged for the Butterfield grandparents and childcare for Harry and Emma set up, and everything else taken care of in less than 30 minutes! Turns out, we had a little more time as several other mothers in the ward decided to have their babies that morning too and as mine was a surgery, they kept pushing me back on the list.
About 10:15, it was finally my turn. I was prepped for surgery with no problems and at 10:49 am, our sweet baby boy made his way into the world. He squawked for a minute or two and as soon as he heard Jay and my voices and was wrapped up, he calmed right down.
Johnathan Jay Butterfield
7 lbs, 7 oz
10:49 am
Landstuhl RMC, Germany

He loves to make grumpy old man faces, its so hilarious!

Harry and Emma are ECSTATIC that he is finally here! Emma has told everybody she's seen or talked to that she has a new beautiful so cute baby brother. She has a little cold, so we've had to keep her away from him mostly, which has been VERY hard on her. She's been content to be "helpful" by bringing me things so far, but I can tell soon that she's going to want some contact. She's very ready to be a great big sister. :)
Going home from the hospital

First bath!
He looks SO much like Harry!!

Chilling out in his swing- he's still pretty squinchy and curls up whenever possible. Its so sweet and I love to cuddle him. :)