Sunday, April 13, 2014

birthday boys

we celebrated caleb's second year and bryan's thirty fourth with a day trip to wenatchee for the (currently) closest cafe rio and some sun and surf at lincoln rock state park:

happy birthday, baby boy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a perfect ten

sometime, somewhere long ago, being married for ten years seemed like a long time to me. like an achievement of sorts.

but now that we're here, it seems more like we've only just begun.

happy ten, wheelers!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014


last year, the swenson family introduced our kids to cascarones. and because who doesn't love smashing confetti filled eggs onto other people's heads?, we have made them an official part of wheeler wonderland's spring day festivities.

welcome spring!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

fool's gold

does anyone else find it a wee bit odd that if summer found a leprechaun's pot of gold, she would get a job or go to college?

 #parentingimaginationfail or #parentingresponsibilitywin?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

reasons why my caleb is crying

because he came downstairs this morning, and i had *already* emptied the dishwasher.

wondering how long he cried about it? thirty minutes.

wondering if he later cried for over an hour because i carried him down the garage stairs instead of letting him walk down them himself? 

well, he did. for over an hour.

ah, the twos: never one to disappoint.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

little linus

meet aye-aye.

caleb's go-with-me-everywhere-must-sleep-with-and-chew-on-and-drag-around-and-know-where-it-is-at-all-times blanket.

and if baby cay is anything like his mother, aye-aye will be an important part of our lives for at least the next ten years and then will be laid to rest in the old cedar chest at mere mere's house next to tattered and well-loved blankets of yore.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


as much as possible.

Monday, February 24, 2014

dally woo

here is what we know about baby dallin so far:

he never sleeps. i mean, obviously, not never, but mostly, like, *never.* i think he has slept for three hours in a row all of twice since coming home. typically, he's up every hour or two hours or so. and one horrible, horrible night, he was up every twenty minutes. every twenty minutes, people!

he is my fastest nurser. which is saying a lot because all of my kids have been fast nursers, but dallin brings home the gold clocking in at three minutes. three minutes, people!

he scored a ten on his Apgar, which is a bit uncommon (being that it's not very different from a nine on the Apgar). we're not really sure what it means, but we tell everyone we know, and if he doesn't score at least a 2400 on his SAT in seventeen years, we're asking for our money back.

his eyes are always open. his head is perfectly shaped. he is completely unimpressed with my singing and cooing and efforts to make him play with me. and he remains absolutely adored (sleepless nights and all) by all the people living here.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

summer writes some more

"My family had a new born baby. It was born on Thursday. My family can be together forever."

followed by an illustration of a family gathering we had not long after dallin was born:

i absolutely cannot get enough of summer's writing and her continually awesome family portraits.

just look at how fabulously tiny baby dallin is! bryan is finally taller than me! and what wonderful skin tone she gave anna and danton!

aside from a clean-shaven owen, everything is pretty much spot on.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

color my world

as i neared the end of my pregnancy, i decided that my very limited resources and energy would best be spent making over three hundred heart-shaped crayons.

a wise choice, don't you think?

after all, dinner time may come and go, but valentines are forever.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

do you wanna build a snowman?

seattle heard the rest of the country was busy being pummeled by snowstorms and wanted in on some of the action:

Saturday, February 08, 2014

nine days old

his parents call him "handsomes."

his sisters call him "charming."

his brother needs to know where he is all the time.

baby dallin has received a warm (and loud! and crazy! and smothering!) wheeler family welcome into the world.

our cup runneth over.

ps - regarding his name, we have noticed that a lot of folks have never heard it before. we actually didn't see that coming. culturally (mormonally?), it's a fairly well-known moniker because of this guy

Sunday, February 02, 2014

dallin's first bath

yes, there were seven of us who squeezed into the kids' bathroom for this momentous occasion:

in other news, the seahawks won the superbowl today :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

good morning, son

dallin bryan wheeler
born january 30, 2014 at 6:56am
9 pounds, 13 ounces

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

shared space

getting a little crowded in there, eh baby?

Friday, January 03, 2014


so bryan is always trying to up the adventure ante around here by encouraging his little wheelers (mama included) to eat more exotic foods. as an after christmas breakfast treat, he thought we might all enjoy a little dimsum in seattle's international district. or at least he thought *he* might enjoy it, and the children and i were held mercilessly against our culinary will (just kidding, we went along...willingly).

the scorecard came back as follows:

kudos all around for bryan, schmatto, anna, and danton.

summer was a good sport and tried everything at least once. she actually liked a lot of the delicacies (even the seafood). yea for daddy! a girl after your own heart. i mean, stomach. 

afton has a palate like her mother's and, not surprisingly, was thoroughly unimpressed with what dimsum had to offer. however, she did insist on ordering a plate of beef and noodles off the menu, which she sampled. 

caleb was the wild card. he's generally the best eater out of the three of them, but he played against type here and disliked everything about the food except the chopsticks. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

ice ice baby

every couple of years the kids beg to go ice skating.

and we take them.

to remind ourselves that by "ice skating" they mean sloughing around the rink for fifteen minutes until their feet get cold and then complaining about how they don't have any candy.