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Friday, October 24, 2008

Will at the pumpkin patch

William James Schwalm
One year old                    Birth
19 pounds 4 ounces        8 pounds 9 oz
30 inches long                 20 1/4 inches
head circumference        45 cm 34.6 cm

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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Will's baptism

Will's baptism, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

The whole family helps with Will's baptism. Walker held the water and then helped pour it into the baptismal bowl, Maggie stood there and looked pretty. Will did well. When Pastor Toby put the water on his head he squealed and looked at him like,"Hey, mister - I already took a shower today. What are you doing pouring this water on my head??" He was very puzzled by the whole ceremony, but didn't cry.

What birthday cake?

, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

Will devoured his birthday cake. He's got his dad's sweet tooth. ha ha ha


Hayride, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

Some of our guests on the hayride to the pumpkin patch.

William James

William James, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

We tried and we tried but we couldn't contain him in the back pack a minute more. We let him on the sand and he loved it. He explored the textures of stuff on the beach and never once went towards the water. He had a blast and was such a cutie. Don't ask how he got that mean scratch on his face. He wasn't awake 20 minutes and all of a sudden someone says, "What happened to Will?" He never fussed or cried but had this giant red scratch on his cheek. Poor guy. Add that to the red spots next to his mouth . . . the downfall of having alabaster skin!

The race is on

, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

As per tradition during our Columbus day trip to Mayville, we headed to Dunkirk, NY and hit the beach on Lake Erie. Traditionally, we search the rocky shoreline for unique stones and tumbled lake glass. Chet and Maggie entertained themselves for a bit with a game of chase. It was such a warm and beautiful day that the children were allowed to take off their pants so they could put their feet in the water. Plus, I forgot to bring a change of clothes, so if they got their pants wet, they were done for! it was a really fun day.

Dolly Madison Schwalm

Dolly Madison Schwalm, originally uploaded by Jenniferschwalm.

Meet the newest addition to our family, Dolly Madison Schwalm. Erik was working at a therapeutic horse center yesterday and discovered this extremely friendly and docile kitten. He claims he brought her home to be a mouser for the barn, but I have a feeling she's a pet. I predict seeing Dolly in a baby carriage being pushed around by Miss Maggie. Maggie has already claimed that "Me is her mommy" so this kitten has no hope. She really is the most adorable thing - all puffy and furry. Her fur is so long you can barely see her legs so she looks like a midget kitten running around.

Will's first birthday cake

Well, as much as I tried to prevent it, Will turned one. We celebrated with a first birthday party on Sunday and Will got to enjoy a giant cupcake all to himself. We started the day with Will's baptism at church, then enjoyed a luncheon here at the farm. I had really wanted to have the party outside, but it was too chilly. The children in attendance LOVED playing outside and exploring the farm. After we ate cake, our wonderful friendly neighbor, Mr. Burtner, brought his tractor and hay wagon over and we took a hayride to the other neighbor's farm - Harlo Farms, and we allowed each child to pick a pumpkin. They were very generous to us and gave us a great deal on the pumpkins. The only rule for the kids was that they had to be able to carry their own pumpkin. This was a helpful rule for the parents since everyone there had at least 2 children! All in all it was a wonderful day and I couldn't imagine a better party for our little guys first birthday.