Janie and Brian Mauter's web site

Easter 2015

By Janie on April 5th, 2015 at 12:02 pm without comments

We started our long Easter weekend with some egg dyeing.  Don’t mind all the scaffolding and ladders in the background.  It’s a never-ending construction site at our house.


On Easter morning, the Easter bunny was clever in hiding baskets.  The girls searched and searched for their baskets.  Samantha found hers first.  It was in the dryer.


Ellie could not find hers.


But all of us pitched in to help her.  She was finally successful!  It was in the oven.


In taking this family shot, I think it was the quickest I have ever taken Easter pictures before in my life.  No one cried.  No one was mad.  No one stormed off in a dramatic fashion – it was unlike all previous Easter family pictures.


Sadly, this will be one of the last pictures with this big oak tree (behind Brian).  About 3 weeks later, it fell.   There’s that drama.  I thought it had skipped us.

Potato Head Family

By Janie on March 9th, 2015 at 5:00 pm without comments

Who knew that the Potato Head family was catholic?



By Janie on February 19th, 2015 at 2:48 pm without comments

Happy Birthday, big brother!


Welcome home, mom and dad!


By Janie on January 25th, 2015 at 5:58 am with one comment

There is a certain 4 year old at our house who is obsessed with Rapunzel.  It started when she was about 3 and has been going strong since.  Nothing is off limits, but currently, we have an abundant supply of dolls.  She loves them.


I remember when Samantha had a Lightning McQueen obsession at around the same age.  Hers did not last as long as this one has.

1st Grade Nativity Play

By Janie on December 20th, 2014 at 7:15 am with one comment

Samantha was a Narrator for the 1st Grade Nativity Play.  She was very nervous, but practiced and practiced.  It was quite a production, and the entire school attended.  She did such a great job!  I was proud at how well she enunciated and read her lines.