A Chip Off The Old Block(s)


Oh, how my oldest child frustrates me, makes me laugh, and makes me proud. I see pieces of both her dad and me in her all the time.

Luca is by far our pickiest eater and always has been. She doesn’t like to try new things, doesn’t like her food to touch, and can change her mind about whether she likes a kind of food with no warning whatsoever. Brett and I were dishing up the kids Thanksgiving plates and he handed Lu her plate and she said, “I didn’t want gravy on my potatoes! I hate gravy!” We told her to watch her tone and her manners and I asked her if she had ever tried gravy. She said she hadn’t and reminded her about the time she finally tried bean and cheese nachos after avoiding them for months and after she tried one she said, “you’re right Mom! It is good to try new things!” and now it is one of her favorite foods. She continued to gripe and moan and every once in awhile piped up with, “well, now I can’t eat my corn because the gravy touched it”, and “Lincoln, do you want my roll…gravy got on it and now I can’t eat it”. We were all trying to ignore her and enjoy each other. Finally I said, “Luca, if you try it and you really don’t like it I will get you some new potatoes, but if you don’t at least taste it I am not going to get you another single thing for the rest of the night”. She looked up at me and said in her low grumbly voice, “well…even if I did like it I still wouldn’t eat it.” Brett and I and my brother Warren and his wife Sandi all tried to not laugh or respond, but it was just such a Luca kind of thing to say. The girl has got the stubborness of her mom and dad combined and we are both very stubborn!

All weekend Brett and I have been saying things like “even if I didn’t want to eat this piece of pie I still would”, and “even if I did want to get up early and make pancakes I still wouldn’t.”

Sudoku — A Total Time Killer…But A Lot of Fun


So I am slightly addicted to Sudoku Gridmaster for the Nintendo DS. While I was on bed rest and those nights I have had contractions and been up late timing them it has helped to kill the time and help keep my mind calm. The thing I don’t get is this. I have no problem with the easy puzzles. I fact, I have completed almost all of them now. I can get through the difficult ones too…but I end up having to start over on a lot of the medium difficulty puzzles and have not completed very many of them…that doesn’t make much sense to me. I am more confident I will get through a difficult one without frustration that a medium one.

It is a fun game though and I plan on taking it to the hospital with me to pass time since I can’t stand to watch television there without Tivo!

I noticed it didn’t have great reviews on Amazon, but I would give it four out of five stars if I were to rate it. A couple of reviews mentioned that they like the Sudoku that is on Brain Age better, but I feel the opposite. It has been so long since I even played the Brain age version I don’t even remember why I prefer Gridmaster, but I have been happy with it. My only complaint is that if you save a game you are working on you can’t start another without deleting the one you started. It would be nice to have more than one save slot.

I Can’t Wait to Have Another Little Guy Like This…

lincoln newborn

I washed my newborn baby clothes the other day and the smell of the Dreft gave me that excited butterfly feeling about the baby coming. I have been getting nervous about going through childbirth again, but looking at the pictures of Lincoln when he was born makes makes me not so worried…it is definitely worth it! It will be so much fun to have a baby in the house again.

Now it is just up to “unnamed baby boy Nordquist” to decide when he is ready! He has given us many false starts so far and really teased us last night and today, but is still holding out.

Picking Favorites

I would never say one of my kids is my favorite, of course, but I have to say each of my kids are my favorite for different things.


Anna is my favorite kid to nap with. If I lay down for a Sunday nap I can always count on a little warm body climbing up in my bed before long and curling up against my back. She falls asleep fast, she is quiet, she doesn’t move much in her sleep, and she is like a little hot pad on my sore back. She is also my favorite to cook for because she will pretty much eat whatever we are having and not complain about it.


Lincoln is my favorite kid to philosophize with. He has an interesting take on life and he likes to sit and discuss why we are here, where we came from, where we are going, and everything in between. He is also my favorite to watch a show with because he will sit and rub my feet the entire show if I say my feet hurt.


Luca is my favorite kid to play games with. She is really good at card games and we can play games that are challenging for both of us. She is also my favorite to organize with because she isn’t afraid to throw things out and we love to sit and chat and go through everything in a closet.