Archive | June, 2009

Eleven Months Old

30 Jun

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This is our dear Adeline at eleven months old.  Every day we realize more and more what a blessing she is to each of us and to us as a couple. 

At eleven months she is walking/running everywhere!  She prefers walking over crawling (which she rarely does now) and running over walking!

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She says , “mama”, “dada”, “day-duh (Reagan)”,  and “I deed aht (I did it)!” She knows some of her signs, but can’t do them yet.    020

She likes to talk on her phone and ours.  She understands the process of dialing, putting the phone to her ear, and talking.

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If you say “please,”  she will give you whatever is in her hand – but expects you to give it back immediately!

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Basically she is a genius and we adore her.  Does that sound biased?  Well at very least, we adore her!  Next month we will have a one-year old!  Simply unbelievable!

Greek Fest

29 Jun
Matthew, Adeline, and I headed into Milwaukee this weekend for Greek Fest.  We were slightly disappointed that there wasn’t more that we could do.  Adeline couldn’t ride the rides yet (but next year she will!), the rigged carnival games were not in the budget, and there was no way Liners would sit through the Greek dancers.

Listening to the music together.
Listening to the music together.
Greek Pastries (FYI - Baklava is disgusting!)

Greek Pastries (FYI - Baklava is disgusting!)

Eating her first gyro.  Don't let the face fool you - she liked it!

Eating her first gyro. Don't let the face fool you - she liked it!

 

See!

See!

 

 We really did have a great time! Matthew and I realized on the way home that our criteria for a “great time” has changed drastically over the last year.  Now if Adeline doesn’t scream, smiles a few times, and doesn’t spill something on herself or us, it’s a great day!  Opa!

New Apartment

26 Jun
So, I’ve made good on my promise to not be posting much. Here’s a quick little look at the new apartment we’ve moved to just down the road from the old one.
We're the ones on the right.

We're the ones on the right.

 

The view from the door.  Ignore the mess and lack of decoration!

The view from the door. Ignore the mess and lack of decoration!

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

Dining room/Living room

Dining room/Living room

I won’t show you the second floor as it is still in disarray.  The baby and the pets have adapted well and we are learning how to best use the space we have.  I love that I can now work in the kitchen and see Adeline toddling around – I can get dinner on the table much quicker these days!  Not having to go into a dungeony basement to do laundry is awesome, two bathrooms is a plus, and a little sewing area in the basement is a huge blessing.
Now that we are in the Peaks, we also see our friends a lot more. Playdates are a little more spontaneous.  You can view one such playdate below!  I stole this video from my friend, Julie.  Adeline loves Robert and visiting his little pool!

A Big Happy Father’s Day to My Father

21 Jun

I’m sure my dad doesn’t want the press so much, but in the interest of equal time-sharing, I must write for Father’s Day. It wouldn’t be fair to share with you only my mother.
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While my mom is very supportive in encouragement and exhortation, my dad has a much more practical manner of support. He knows about so many different things, that it’s very easy to call him up to ask about whatever. When Jenny and I bought our first (and, I pray to God, last) house my dad was an unexplainable help. Because basically Jenny and I bought something of a money pit, and things were always going wrong; you know, little stuff like flooding basements and wrecked walls behind wainscot panels. Oh, and flooring that happens to be under 1.5 inches of other flooring. But he’s not just practically handy! He’s a really talented woodworker, too. He fully refurbished my Last Rite set (splendidly, I might add) and he rebuilt an old dresser and just gave it to Jenny.

Sidenote

When Andrew and I were just little guys, Dad worked shifts at the power plant that also happened to have him home during the day with us. It was a fun experience, as much as I can recall 22 years ago. I remember these little excursions we made down Snake Alley, or to this little diner for hot dogs, or going to the library – before cards has codes and instead had some metal band thingy… One time I cut a hole in my t-shirt on accident, and then blamed it on some mean kid at school. Dad was supremely angry, I guess, because we swung back to school. Even at seven years of age, I realized that things had quickly spun out of my control, and it’d be best for me to keep quiet. Dad (in concert with the principal) gave the kid hell. Let this be my bedside confession, so to speak.

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While that is all important, I’m most appreciative for the countless lessons I got on being a man. I learned how to work hard, and make sure that my family is being taken care of. I also learned when to not run my mouth, although I’ve rarely cared to follow this lesson. And seeing him as a grandfather is really edifying. It’s good to know that he’s caring for Adeline the way he cared for his own children.

Thanks for the pizza I ordered when grounded while you were out mowing the lawn. Or the time you came to my rescue when all the neighborhood kids ganged up on me and kicked me in the crotch. Or the especially fun time when the tornado tore through our neighborhood. You had definitely had your work cut out for you.

So here’s to you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day. I love you.

'Just a Cumulus, huh Deb?' Five minutes later we lost the canopy and antenna. I was doubled over laughing (out of his earshot, of course).

'Just a Cumulus, huh Deb?' Five minutes later we lost the canopy and antenna. I thought it was pretty funny. While Dad was hollering and cussing, I was doubled over laughing (out of earshot, of course)

Happy Father’s Day, Papa!

20 Jun

Adeline got this awesome photo book from Shutterfly for Matthew for Father’s Day!  It came printed as a hardcover book.  Way easier than scrapbooking! Just click on the link below.

Click here to view this photo book larger

A quick post for Sleepless in Sheboygan

16 Jun
"I hate swinging now"

"I hate swinging now"

"Mama sat me on the ledge to wash my face and brush my teeth...I'd much rather recline in the sink!"

"Mama sat me on the ledge to wash my face and brush my teeth...I'd much rather recline in the sink!"

" My new toy!"

" My new toy!"

"Yes, that's avocado in my eye."

"Yes, that's avocado in my eye."

 

"It certainly was not me who just pushed all of the dining chairs around the whole dining room"
“It certainly was not me who just pushed all of the dining chairs around the whole dining room”

 

"That's me in the background SCREAMING!  And Reagan in the foreground getting right in Mama's face."

"That's me in the background SCREAMING! And Reagan in the foreground getting right in Mama's face."

A little quieter than usual

14 Jun

Hey friends, we might be just a little quieter than usual for a week or so.  A) We don’t have our own internet connection as B) We just moved down to an apartment in the Peaks so we’ll be a bit busy for awhile.

Picutres and more blogging to come…sometime!