Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Last year I didn't really have Zoie go out in the snow because she was too little, not walking, and generally would consider it an awful idea. The first good snow I did take her out. At first she thought it was great, it was fun to be outside again.

Then she touched it...and it wasn't fun anymore. She wouldn't wear her gloves and the cold snow was something she didn't like. She'd get some on her and she'd say her classic "stuck, stuck" as she'd quickly try to wipe it off. She was content to just run up and down the freshly scooped sidewalk and driveway.

Interestingly enough, she hasn't asked to go outside since.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Zoie and her blocks

Zoie loves her blocks. She loves build towers and plays with these a lot. She also plays with duplos and other blocks.

As you can see, she also likes to knock them down. This has caused a little tension in our house. I let her make quite a mess with blocks and even considered getting more. Mark would like to hide the blocks because they make such a mess. Let's just say since I'm the one picking them up 85% of the time...we still have them.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Baby it's cold outside

But Zoie doesn't care. She still wants to go outside to play. So here is what we do so Zoie can enjoy the outside.

As a note, we even went swinging at the neighbors despite the fact it was 30 degrees and windy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Visit from Uncle Nicholas and Aunt Diana

A couple of weeks ago my sister and brother-in-law came to visit. Diana had a baby shower for a friend in the city, so Nicholas hung out with us and then they both stayed to watch the Ohio game and have pizza. It was a lot of fun.

I don't get to see my sister nearly as often as I'd like, so I was so glad it worked out.

Zoie was too. When they first walked in the door, Zoie shouted "Nick" and ran to him with arms wide-open. He then carried her around for a while much to her delight

Later when Diana returned from the shower, the same big greeting with a "Da nana."

Come again to visit!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cutest Giraffe Ever

Here are some pictures from Zoie as a Giraffe this Halloween. She thought this was great. She got to wear a fun costume (which she loved) and she got a fun purple pumpkin that only got cooler when people started putting candy in it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just like mommy and daddy

Wearing mommy's shoes
"Helping" push the cart

(ok confession, Lorriane was actually the one cleaning)

Wearing mommy's head band

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bee Prepared...coming in March

a new Vercler is on it's way.

Brian, Amber, and Braden had the best shirts on Sunday that showcased their coming arrival.

Let's just say Aunt Laura is really excited.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


We have been actively working to teach Zoie the names of her family. She does best with the shorter names. Here is her saying "Joel" with a little treat at the end.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Baking Bread

My friend Kasey M. introduced me to a wonderful book, Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. It is a great book that shows you how to make bread dough that you store in the fridge and only takes minutes to prepare fresh homemade bread. And it is FABULOUS!! I'm hooked.

I baked my first loaf today. We dipped it in Olive Oil and seasoning (which it hardly needed). Mark and Zoie agree...more tomorrow mom.

You can do all kinds of breads with it and it's so easy. Since you keep the dough in the fridge, it's easy to make it for dinner (not that our loaf made it that long).

My first loaf
Thanks Kasey for the tip...I think I'm the next unofficial member of the marketing team.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


If you've talked with either Mark or I over the past year, you have undoubtedly heard about two things Zoie and our basement project. Well Zoie is just as cute as ever but the basement project took a massive step forward this week. We hired someone to come put up the drywall and paint our basement (normally we would do the paint ourselves but he offered us a pretty sweet deal, so we took him up on it).

The first picture is the basement living room in the "after state" the next 3 are "before" and the final 3 are "after"

Family room and kitchenette area

Family Room & kitchenette area



Family room



Thursday, September 30, 2010

Her or the floor?

My loving husband comes up to me with a slightly puke covered baby at church and asks ever so sweetly....her or the floor?

Zoie had not quite chewed up her entire last carrot. She of course gaged on it and hence gave us some of her lunch back. Thankfully she isn't sick or anything...just needs to chew and swallow her food before she plays.

I chose the floor.

Monday, September 27, 2010

4 years ago (and a couple days)

Mark and I celebrated 4 years of wedded bliss on Friday. We had a wonderful day

I first got up with him in the morning before he left for work (he gets up at 4:30, so yes usually I stay in bed). Then Zoie and I met him at Jimmy John's for lunch. Finally, Brian and Amber watched Zoie while Mark and I went to the Melting Pot for a fabulous dinner. I of course took absolutley no pictures from the day...but it was wonderful.

Happy Anniversary baby! I love you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thanks Uncle Joel

Zoie's Uncle Joel bought her this little black and white bear at the Gateway Woods Sale. Zoie is fortunate to have so many aunts and uncles who love her. We sent Joel a note to say thanks but thought we'd share here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yum Yum

Probably the issue that I'm the most lax about that annoys Mark a bit is Zoie's neatness (or lack there of) when she is eating. Since I'm the one who would be most likely to spoon feed her, I pretty much let her go at whatever she is eating and figure I'll clean her up later. She can feed herself pretty well which allows me the pleasure of enjoying my meals warm.

Here are a few shots for fun

Ice Cream Snickers Bar
(yes she ate the entire thing)
Spaghetti and Green Beans

Getting the last of the spaghetti

I don't even know what she is eating here but she looked cute in the hat

Brownie bowl spoon

And the ever popular banana

Monday, September 06, 2010

Cousin Emmett Comes to Visit

Matthew & Renae also came of course

Zoie is very excited that her cousin Emmett is going to live nearby as Matthew and Renae make their move north. While they were looking for houses and awaiting their move, they are spending some quality time at our house.

Zoie has had a few jealousy issues with the new baby around but she's doing better. Here are a few pictures of fun times with Cousin Emmett.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Unzicker Family Reunion

Part of the Lindberg family visit was the Unzicker reunion. This is Grandma S. (Mark's mom's mom) family. Mark had to work so Grandma kindly picked Zoie and I up and off to Wisconsin we went. You know you have a great "in-law" family when they let you come to the reunion...sans the actual relative.

The reunion was at a resort with an indoor/outdoor waterpark in Wisconsin Dells. It was lots of fun. We stayed in this amazing condo which was the central hub for the activity...thanks Grandma.

Here is Grandma with most of her siblings (Dallas couldn't come)

Grandma and her kids (minus Joan)

The pool table in our condo

playing cards

On the bus to the waterpark

Our "room"

At the waterpark

Our little family

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Short Child- Brookfield Zoo

To celebrate my sister Amanda's birthday, we spent the day with the "girls + Braden" at Brookfield Zoo. We then met up with Brian at Adoke, a Japanese Hibachi grill. It was a fabulous time but I think the pictures will demonstrate that.

The water/fountain play area was Zoie's highlight of the visit. I didn't know the thing existed so I wasn't exactly prepared. But we just stripped her down to her diaper and off she went. As you can see the look of happiness on her face, she loved it!

My lovely sisters and mom.

Aunt Amber loves Zoie enough to share her treat.

Dinner at the Adoke...lots of fun and yummy.