Tuesday, December 22, 2009


This is my handsome brother Joel

And this is his friend Nick, who hates having his picture taken...

and called me a camera Nazi every time I got my camera out

After some hard work it was time for play

This picture actually looked really life like

And this one would have but Judah was laughing so hysterically that he forgot to duck down

The show off

wrestling had to be incorporated into the fun as well. The ever faithful camera girl caught it all

This is the house there building, It's pretty awesome

Judah showing mom the blue prints

One of the best pictures of the day, It took quite a few thrown boards to get this shot
And the post would not be complete without a picture of the Author and her awesome brother The End

Friday, December 18, 2009


Anja and I have been working for the past week on Christmas crafts
Our first project were vintage angels made from shells and bits of
lace and cloth.

This is one of Anja's gorgeous creations

The next project we did were little pine cone elves

Now for some of our traditional Christmas decorations. This is a ceramic nativity mom made a when she first got married

Four of mom's fifty five bears that she has collected over the years, we take them out at Christmas each year.

An adorable manger scene that Anja bought this year in Washington
And our beautiful Christmas tree

Friday, December 11, 2009


Once upon a time there was a raccoon who decided to make his home above the children's bedroom ceiling at the Bauman household. The passageway was inaccessible to any human and so every night Judah and Anneke would go to bed with a loud scratching noise above their heads. Finally, Anneke could no longer stand the commotion ( not to mention being kept awake all night) decided to make her bed on the couch. We considered different methods of getting the animal out: putting a dog up there to kill it, but the dog would probably not drag it out which would leave a rotting animal up there all during the Christmas season. Finally we decided to set a trap! Yes, you're all wondering why it took us so long to think of that. Sorry, we're a little thick. Anyway that did not work. Anneke, hearing that raccoons hate loud music, taped her sisters speakers to the ceiling( don't tell Anja) and blared the loudest, rockiest music she could find. But the music was not loud enough so my dear father went and borrowed a boom box from our neighbors and, piling up many tables, magazines and boxes, wedged the speaker up to the ceiling. Needless to say we all went shopping in the afternoon because we couldn't stand the noise. But it worked and we blocked up the hole he was getting in and I finally have gotten some full nights of sleep. P.S. for the courtesy of the house guests who will be staying with us over
Christmas the animal is gone and shall not bother you. THE END