Eli- 2.5

Eli loves: swimming, watching tv, watching "Lightning McQueen", playing trains, pretending his brother is "getting him", wrestling daddy, eating snacks, his aunts uncles cousins and grandparents

Eli does NOT love: eating supper (usually), being praised, using the potty, going to take a nap, saying goodbye to daddy, having to do anything that is different than what he is used to doing

When he sees a picture of someone, he says (for example) "Mommy, es Josh. Just like you, Uncle Josh." 

Mommy: "Eli, where are you?" Eli: "I just comin'."

Still calls a Jayhawk a shecalk and still does it in public while pointing at people that are wearing one.

Often gets small and big mixed up and it's so cute. He tries to drive a truck under the couch and it's too big and Eli says "it's just too small".

He calls the color white "wipe" the cart at the store a "carpet" and his step stool an "upstairs".

One day when we were trying to potty train, I had him in a pull up and no pants. He literally went all morning running around the house like this and shortly before nap he lifted up his shirt and looked at me and said "pants go?" (where did my pants go?). 

"Daddy, you need shirt?"

I had to wash Eli's blanket that he sleeps with- he calls it his "night night". When it came out of the drier, I gave it to him. He said "Yay night night, you all better?".

Mommy: "Eli, where are you?"
Eli: "I just comin"

Eli to his brother "Micah, don't be cryin." "Micah, momma hold you." (when he's crying) "Hi Micah. I'm Eli and dis Mommy and dis Daddy."

On his play phone "Hello! Oh yes, I think so. Bye."

When he's hiding from me I say "where's Eli" and lately he's been responding "I in Colorado". 

Before we had gone to Colorado, Eli was so excited and would constantly say "I go Colorado" and then whine when we hadn't left yet. So I would tell him that we were going to Colorado on Friday. So for the rest of the week (and still) he says "I go Caw-wah-do in Fwy-day".

Mom: "Eli, are you lying to mommy?"
Eli: "No, I not."
Mom: "Eli, there is poop in your diaper, you were lying to mommy. God says we aren't supposed to lie."
Eli: "Mommy, you a puppy? Mommy, you a zebra? Mommy, you a tiger?"
(All this time he thought I was asking him if he was a lion.)

Making a cake for his half birthday together and we put it in the pans. He says "Mommy, I so proud of you!"

Today at lunch he asked for some cheese after I gave him his plate with the food on it. I gave him a little cheese and he said "Nice to meet you" and then started introducing the cheese to the rest of the food on his plate. "This strawberry, applesauce, etc".

Oh firstborn, we love you so much! You are growing up and gaining so much knowledge. You constantly make us laugh. You amaze us at your ability to remember people's names and other general knowledge. You like to do things a certain way and don't really like when your world is shook up. You have become quite the daddy's boy in the last few weeks (and I think Daddy loves it). We continue to pray that God will soften your heart towards him and that you will be used greatly for His kingdom. Love you, little bear. 


Micah- 2 months

Where did the last 4 weeks go? 

My baby is 2 months old today. 

In the last month...
-He took his first trip to Colorado and did wonderfully.
-Is wearing cloth diapers.
-Is starting to coo and smile. 
-Has started interacting with his big brother (which in turn melts my heart).
-Eats every 3 hours during the day and will go 5-8 hours at night.
-He's super strong (way stronger than his brother was at this age). If his feet touch any surface he stiffens up and wants to stand. He rolled over from his back to tummy once (although I don't consider it to be his first roll because it wasn't a completely flat surface). If he's awake and laying down he's trying to scoot and move.

Height- 22.5in (22%)
Weight- 11lbs 10oz (30%)

And if you're interested in comparing the Wichert brother's looks, here's the link to Eli's 2 month pics and stats

My teacher friend (from Muskogee) made this sweet quilt for Micah. Thanks, Catherine I think he likes it!


Wertenberger Family Vacation 2014

Estes Park - Glacier Lodge

And for the photo dump...

We left early Friday morning so we could catch up with a few friends that are in the Denver area. This is Jeff and Sarah. (The early morning should explain our appearance, right?)

And we saw our friends John & Shayley (and Layla & Brody). We were a little out of it at this point, and thankfully Shay took this picture otherwise I wouldn't have any! 

On the way up the mountain.

Eli throwing rocks in the river right outside our cabin.

Rhett and my dad playing some ball.

Hike time! About half of the group made it all the way up to the top of the mountain.

Probably my new favorite photo.

Brent and Eli

Swim time! And might I add that it was quite cool outside- good thing the pool was heated, but I still think they were crazy to get in.

Eat time.

Tynlee, Grandma, and Micah

More swimming- I had to put on a coat to take this picture.

Warming up after swimming- Rhett, Tyler, Drew & Leah

Go Fish

Dog pile!!!

The 3 big boys...how can they already be THIS big?!

Eli and Daddy climbing rocks.

Mountain number 2- this one we took a tram up half way and then hiked the rest.

Eli, Drew, Kyson, Rhett

My family

Just playing some put-put.

Bumper cars!

Erin & Rhett

Rachelle & Kyson

Ben & Leah


Tyler, Randy, Drew, Megan

And turns out...he hated it.

So blessed to be a part of this family.

Happy Father's Day

On Father's Day, I've started (the last 3 years) trying to take updated picture of our kids for Brent's office. In this case, it will be Micah's first pictures in Brent's office (poor baby). The following 3 are some of the better ones...man it's hard taking pictures of a 2 1/2 year old.

Happy Father's day to the very first father I knew. I love you so much and you will always be larger than life to me (and not just because you're tall). I love how you value family so much and instilled in us the values of team work and hard work. Thanks for making me always feel like your little girl.

And to father who raised my husband- thank you for raising Brent to be a man and for giving him your sense of humor.

And to the father of my children- oh how I love watching you be a daddy. I am thankful every day that our boys get to have you as their daddy. Thanks for always making us a priority and for leading our family to follow Christ. I love you!