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A Joyful Journey

Lydia May 19, 2009

Filed under: Family,Video — martyschmidt @ 2:51 pm

Last week was Toby’s amazing week but don’t worry. Lydia had her share of moments as well. Sadly for Jenny most of her moments happened to be around the toilet. For example – there was the time when she threw an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet and the Toby decided to go number 2 on it. Or the time when Toby put a washcloth in the toilet and Lydia flushed it. Not all of her bathroom moments end in chaos. There are those times of celebration after she goes potty on the big girl potty. We are the parents who reward each success with some kind of candy. Lately it has been jelly beans. Here is the most recent footage of Lydia’s joy getting her jelly beans.

Lydia also is quite fascinated with Blythe. She enjoys giving her – her pacifier, kissing her head, and occasionally holding her. Sometimes though – she wants to be the baby. Recently she wanted to be swaddled like Blythe.

Lydia Swaddled

Lydia Cuddles with Lion

Another recent activity Lydia has taken on is helping in the kitchen.

Lydia Messy Mouth

Lydia the Baker

And when all of those things don’t keep her entertained. She somehow takes great joy in just laughing.


Toby’s Amazing Week May 14, 2009

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This week has been amazing for Toby. It started on Monday night when we had two piles of dirt dropped off in our yard. He didn’t go to sleep until 11:30 because he knew Paul was coming in the morning.

Toby and Dirt

6:30am on Tuesday he woke up wondering where Paul was. Paul showed up a little later and Toby was glued in on the bob cat moving all the dirt. Later he got to sit in it which was pretty awesome!


Later in the morning we got a phone call from a friend who said they had some big construction trucks at their place and they invited Toby over to take a peek. He got to do a whole lot more then watch. The picture below is him in the bulldozer!


Here is some video footage of Toby actually moving the levers and driving the bulldozer. I was (and still am) jealous.

Wednesday was mostly an inside day but we did have a special treat of some popcorn. Here is a video of Jenny and I predicting the very thing that would happen.

Shortly after Toby came in Lydia showed up yelling “POPCORN”!

Popcorn Time

Today Toby spent some of the day outside working on the garden. Then after nap it was time for his big surprise. Here is a picture showing his excitement.

Big Smiles Toby

And here is the video footage of the reveal.

WOW – What a week. While I am downstairs typing this I can over hear Toby talking to his drums, “I’ll be right back guys, I’m going to go get a snack.”


Family Stuff February 2, 2009

Filed under: Family,Video — martyschmidt @ 1:48 pm

The above pictures include:

Mommy went the dentist so Daddy and Toby figured out a way that he could play the drums.

Lydia was sizing up to Winnie the Pooh.

Lydia likes to move the stool in the kitchen saying bubbles which means she want’s to do the dishes.

Toby is on this kick of saying “my favorite in the whole world” – This statement was attached to his new truck fruit snacks.

When Toby isn’t ready to go to sleep he asks to play with his scoops. Toby loves his scoops!

Toby on a little jam session.

After not realizing Lydia had left the living room we went on a search for her. We found her in the kitchen and she was helping herself to some pop tarts. What I love about this video is that it clearly illustrates her confusion between yes and no. No means yes!


December Family Pics Round 1 December 11, 2008

Filed under: Family,Video — martyschmidt @ 1:39 pm

I’ve taken a couple stabs at writing our Christmas letter and really haven’t liked the way they are coming out. I would much rather send out the link to the video below and say we get to enjoy things like this all year. Merry Christmas.


Thanksgiving Week & Family Recap December 2, 2008

Filed under: Family,Video — martyschmidt @ 3:17 pm

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my folks in Minnesota. The trip up was a bit crazy. Lydia took a 45 minute nap and Toby didn’t take one. We were planning on that being 2 hours of our trip. Below are a few pictures from November.

Toby has been delighting us with some new quotes.

Recently he informed Jenny that, “My brother Jesus taught me how to spit.” We have no idea where this came from but I believe it is quite biblical. After all Jesus did say these are my brothers and sisters and he also has been recorded as one who to hock a loogie.

He is quite repetative with the question “why.” A recent conversation I had with him was –
Marty – There’s a bus!
Toby – Isaiah likes buses.
Marty – Yep
Toby – Why does Isaiah like buses?
Marty – I don’t know – I guess it’s sort of like you like scoops (his word for bulldozers)
Toby – Why do I like scoops?
Marty – I don’t know, why do you like scoops?
Toby – Why not!
Marty – Very good point

Lydia is expanding her vocabulary. She loves getting in a yelling match with Toby with the word “NO” She also enjoys emphasizing the “oh” sound in Dad-o.

A few nights ago we made the switch of Toby being in Lydia’s room and Lydia in Toby’s room. This in preparation for the baby. Toby woke up for his nap yesterday and Lydia loves going to see him. So she raced up the stairs and darted into what is now her room and was quite confused to not find him.

What I love most right now is her hugs. Lydia loves to give hugs!

Ok here are some pics.



The Guitar October 1, 2008

Filed under: Family,Video — martyschmidt @ 12:07 pm

Toby likes to give people a jam session every now and then. Here is one from last week while Kate was babysitting.


Late Night Dance Party August 27, 2008

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Who lets their kid run around in a diaper?