Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Enjoy some (what we think are) fantastic photos!
Web site: www.mcconvillestudio.com and click on the "Proofs" link. You'll find his gallery there and the password you'll need to enter is: Paulsrud09
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Other than the party - I cannot even remember what else we did yesterday, ha!?! Today we went to church, had lunch with the Stoddens and then tonight I made dinner and the Komareks and Benac's stopped by for some visits.
Tracy and I are in Peru until Tuesday - Grace is getting some photos with the McConville's on Tuesday and then we'll head back to Milwaukee. Grace and Tracy fly back to Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Hopefully I'll have more pictures tomorrow and be thinking a little clearer to type something witty! (or at least be able to remember what happened during the day!)
Have a great week everyone
Saturday, September 26, 2009
So we had dualing criers and then Connor decided his lunch wasn't setting to well. He proceeded to get sick all over himself and then Grace made a mess in her diaper. We had to think quick and the first person that came to mind...Becky to the rescue! We called Becky (who lives in Chicago) and by some grace of God she was on her way home. We got directions and hit her apartment like a tornadoe. Let's just say that Becky and Nates lovely condo was christened with two infants in a matter of minutes. Connor had his first bath at Aunt Becky's - both had several diaper and clothing changes. On a positive note - Aunt Becky got some additional time with Connor and got to meet Miss Grace. (and got the chaos that accompanied them!)
Connor fresh from his bath!
Look at Gracie smiling at her Aunt Becky!
I'll spare everyone the details of the dramatic drive home after we left Becky's. Let's just say that we left Becky's condo at 3:30 PM and arrived in Peru (normally about a 1 hour 45 minute drive) just before 10 PM. We had more vomitting, dirty diapers, outfit changes, hungry babies, and hungry mothers. Tracy and I kept our sense of humor for just about the whole trip but needless to say when we arrived my dad and Dan came out and got them both out of the car and Tracy and I just stayed in the car...catching our breath and sitting in silence. To say our patience had been tried might be the understatement of the century.
But with that - I'll leave you with this last picture - which is the reminder of why we have patience and why we can just laugh about the day we had and chalk it up as one heck of a wild adventure. (That won't soon be repeated!)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tomorrow Tracy and Grace will be flying to Milwaukee. Wish Grace good luck on her very first flight! Be a good girl Gracie - we need you to be a good little flyer for all those fun trips we are going to take together! We'll be heading to Chicago to visit with Tracy and my Grandma who is still in the hospital there once they arrive and then eventually on to Peru. Saturday we will join our family friends to celebrate Imogene's 90th Birthday! Will be a big weekend for these two little cousins - let's hope they are as good of travelers as their parents!
Ok - this kid will kill me someday for even having this picture let alone posting it but look at all that super cute peach fuzz/back hair! :)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have also decided that while I LOVE being home - I am not used to NOT running a million miles a minute. With that - I'm raising money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in loving memory of Alyssa Pape who is the sister (and sister in law) of Dan and my dear friends Matt & Mollie Pape. So I'm focusing some extra time on a fundraiser that will be at a local bar/restaurant here on 9/30. The fundraising is affliated with the Brigg & Al's Run here in Milwaukee - we're a part of the "Rally for Aly" team.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Other than that - my mom arrived home very late last night from the hospital in Chicago where my grandmother had surgery yesterday. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers for her. Yesterday she received a new hip (this is now the 3rd hip device to be put in since June) and extensive repairs to a broken femur were complete. She is currently in ICU and my Uncle Dan/Aunt Penny are in Chicago with my Grandpa for the weekend. Will be good for my mom to be home for a few days to re-charge.
Here are the only other pictures I have from the last day or so - enjoy!
Have a great weekend - get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We drove right to the nursing home in Mendota, IL. We got about 30 minutes with Grandma before my mom and Grandpa arrived to prepare for the journey to Chicago. Its safe to say he got his Great-Grandma's stamp of approval. Grandma will have her 5th surgery since June 18th tomorrow. We continue to pray for her and her healing. She's at Weiss Hospital in Chicago and we are thankful she is with some of the best doctors. Please pray for her.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We had more visitors today! Becky Komarek (who I grew up with - she calls my parents her 2nd parents and I call her parents the same for me!) was in Europe when Connor was born. She got home on Saturday night and she drove up from Chicago today; we were so happy to see her! Then our dear friend Stefanie Severson came over after work today. She brought us some yummy pizza and got some quality time with Connor. Dan had an appointment with a couple who's wedding he is working at so Stef helped keep an eye on Connor while I walked Bree!
Tomorrow will be Connor's first road trip. (His parents are crossing their fingers considering we are two people constantly on the go!) We'll head to Peru at some point tomorrow. Andrea and Phil McConville who own McConville Studio photographed our wedding and on Thursday morning will shoot Connor to get some great infant shots. They are two extremely talented individuals and we're thrilled to get a chance to work with them again. If you are in the Illinois Valley (or even Chicago area) they do awesome work - definitely check them out and consider them for any needs you might have. http://www.philmcconville.com/
In the typical crazy schedule of Dan - he'll come with me to Peru tomorrow and on Thursday afternoon will drive back to Milwaukee, DJ a party on Thursday night and then on Friday bee-line it to Duluth, MN where he'll race in the Duluth Inline Marathon on Saturday. While I wish we could go to be there in Duluth, I think the trip would be a bit too much for Connor right now. I know Dan is looking forward to going - our original due date is Saturday and I think secretly Dan is happy Connor came early so he'll be able to go. Its one of his favorite races and we're glad he won't miss it. (Though don't get me wrong- had Connor not arrived he was more than happy to stay here and wait for his arrival. Just want to be sure I don't have you all misled!) Keeping track of Dan's schedule I swear could be a full time job! I know several of his family members have inquired on here about when we'll make it up north - to that I guess I will say.....let me consult Dan's calendar. I want to say he is DJ'n or video taping a wedding every weekend in October.....hopefully it won't be much longer!
I think it might be funny to do an outfit count daily - considering right now we are going thru clothes like its my job. Connor did pretty well today - Outfit Count: 3
Here are some pictures from the day:
Ms. Bree is anxious to be home with her momma. Look at those sad puppy dog eyes....
Ms. Stefanie and Connor
Our friend Jenna came to visit last night along with Aunt Nicole. We finished off the most amazing Chicken Pot Pie I think I've ever had - Julie Baima made it for us and we had cooked it on Sunday and have had it for every meal until it was finished off last night. Seriously so good - Dan says she should sell them. I think we'd be one of her biggest buyers -really good! Thanks Julie! We also had one of Dan's favorites "Apple Pie in a Bag" from the Elegant Farmer. http://www.elegantfarmer.com/ If you live in the Milwaukee area and have never been - you absolutely need to go. Its a really neat place and their apple pie is to die for. Our friends the Rose's went on Saturday with their kiddos and they got us a pie. Abby, Nate, and Eric dropped it off yesterday. Come to think of it - I may just have a piece for breakfast. Hey, it has apples in it so its sort of healthy, right? ;)
Today Dan is staying home - we are going to see an Ear Nose and Throat doctor in Menomonee Falls for Connor. He's got an extra membrane under his tongue that our peditrician would like to have taken care of sooner rather than later. So wish us luck - the ped seems to think they'll 'snip' it today during the office visit. Breaks my heart to think about it - but we'll see what happens. So far he's been a champ.
Ok - off to get that piece of apple pie and get ready for another day, another new adventure.
Pictures as always are below - ENJOY! Happy Tuesday