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This month flew by. Some days are so fun I don't want her to go to bed at night. And other days I don't know if the whining will ever end and I seriously wonder why we are having another child. But then she snuggles in for a hug and gives me some pats on the back and I forget that her whining is annoying.

This month she's loving: shaking her body to "shake it off", her first taste of macaroni and cheese, her lego blocks, stirring things in her kitchen, seeing and saying DADA very emphatically.
She is officially done nursing and has been an absolute champ letting us take her contact in and out. She just lays still while we pop it in and out.... it's really unbelievable. It was almost as if she woke up one day and decided that she was okay having someone touch and poke at her eye. It was an answer to prayer, and a reminder to not worry, babies are incredible and adaptable and come to things on their own terms.

I've noticed we both do better when I have mult…

Lucy's Promotion

We're all pretty excited!
#2 is due in July and we can't wait to meet him/her. I've been feeling good and we can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl. I still can't totally wrap my mind around being a family of 4, but we are beyond grateful for this gift and are praying for a healthy pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby!
xo,  the carlsons: sten. erica. lucy. and baby!

Aunt Nancy's Rye Bread

Aunt Nancy's Rye Bread

2 medium potatoes + 2 C of potato water
2 Tbls yeast in 1/2 C warm water
1/4 C margarine
1 Tbls salt
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C dark corn syrup
2/3 C evaporated milk
4 C medium rye flour
6-7 C white flour
2-3 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp anise

Boil potatoes, mash and mix with 2 C potato water. Let cool to lukewarm.
Mix all ingredients together. Knead. Let rise in greased (covered with towel) bowl. approx 1 hour. Form into 4 round loaves. Let rise 20-30 mins. bake at 350 for 40 mins.

 ingredients  after the first rise... WHOA!
split into 4, let it rise one more time, then toss it in the oven! VOILA!
This is a favorite bread of mine. I wish you could taste Nancy's because it is SO good. Everything she makes turns into food gold and when I try to replicate, it doesn't look nearly as beautiful and perfect.
This recipe is really pretty simple and if you are in the mood for a warm loaf of delicious bread you should surely give this a try!

We had a very wonderful…

15 months?!

How is this turkey 15 months??

She's started to really have a mind of her own and has officially been getting into EVERYTHING. I cannot leave her alone because she finds anything and everything that she shouldn't be playing with. I'm a bit late on my update, but she is a healthy, happy baby (weight: 22lbs 6 oz, height: 31 inches).

she loves:
being carried
her mom
dada coming home
blueberries, cheese, milk
putting things in things and then taking them out again

she doesn't like:
being told no
not getting picked up when she says "UP"
her patch

Some days are long at home since she is the worlds worst nap-er, but this girl is happy and loveable and so much fun!

xo. erica

Favorite 2014 memories

Lucy growing was my favorite memory this year :) It has been a blast to watch her figure things out, move around, smile, laugh and give kisses. she's our greatest joy and we are thankful everyday that she is our girl. these 3 were a huge highlight of 2014. watching them grow this year has been so special to me. even though we live in 3 different states and don't get to see each other nearly as much as I'd hope to, I have loved EVERY picture, every FaceTime and every story. I hope these 3 are pals forever. making the most of winter, and frozen Lake Menomon and going on winter walks to get us through the brutal winter. The installation of Friday burger night at home. I think we went on a stretch where we NEVER missed a Friday and it has easily become one of my favorite traditions. I can remember this day like it was yesterday. The FIRST nice day after the worst winter EVER. Sten and I were outside ALL day, we went for a run, a walk, walked to the grocery store and bought li…

Christmas + New Years

Christmas 2014 The entire month of December was filled with so many fun memories and traditions. So happy we got to celebrate with both families and make some memories as a family of 3. I was sad to take down our tree this year as the lights and decorations make winter less bleak. Now it's the new year and we are excited to see what adventures come our way in 2015.  if you can't tell we tried to bribe these little rascals with donuts. mouths full, hearts full.  lucy, mom, dad, and of course her baby  giving Olive lots of love  We celebrated Christmas with my family the week before. It was a jam-packed day in Menomonie and a favorite memory for me. We went to LogJam for lunch, nap time, took a tour of the Wilson House, made apps and opened presents, then put the kids down and played games. These 3 make Christmas all the more joyful.  We then headed to Chicago to be with Sten's family. Lucy had SO much fun with her cousins, aunts, uncles and Grandma! .... so did we!!  Grah…