Friday, July 23, 2010

Ain't No Sunshine

Well what a night it was last night! July 22,2010 broke records for rainfall in Milwaukee. According to our newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The rain fell so fast and furious - more than 7 inches in a couple of hours - it unofficially broke a one-day Milwaukee rainfall record set during a flash flood in 1986."

So our night included two tornado warnings, multiple trips to the garage/basement to ensure we were flooding, flashlights pulled from closets, lost power and lots of watching the news/radar. We'd get a loud boom of lighting and Connor would sort of look at us like - should I be scared? We'd laugh or smile and he'd go about his business. Funny how you are forced to sort of make light of situations that would even normally make you a bit uncomfortable.

I pulled some pictures from the Journal Sentinel (our newspaper) so you can see the type of damage we're talking about here - just INSANE!

I'm guessing this is why we had tornado warnings

This is a large sinkhole at the corner of North Avenue and Oakland - not far from our old apartment. I've taken many of you to my all time favorite pizza place in Milwaukee, the Pizza Man and this is right outside their front door. (Well would have been there front door had it not burned last year but thats a whole different story!) The driver (thankfully) walked away from this with just minor injuries.

Parts of the freeway were completely shut down yesterday where flooding occured. Cars sat for HOURS as officials tried to find ways to re-direct traffic. It's moments like these I'm thankful for a short commute

This is the baggage claim pick up area of Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport. Runways were flooded as well - right now the airport is still closed. It is slated to re-open around 12 PM but we're also expected a 2nd round of storms.

Some of you might remember last June our basement/underground parking flooded in our apartment building. Both Dan and my cars were totalled as well as a lot of our personal items that were stored in the basement storage unit. It was a pretty devastated experience - especially when we hadn't anticipated buying two new cars just 2.5 months before our first child arrived. We are extremely thankful to the owners of our complex and the City of New Berlin which completed an almost $500k project outside of our building to form a retention pond and develop a path for water in the event of heavy rainfall. There is no doubt in my mind that without this - our night last night would have been much different.
Prayers go out to my friends and many co-workers dealing with the ramifications of the storm. Let's all hope todays storm is not as bad as they are expecting.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We are Family

Family Means you have an unbreakable bond

Family means breaking bread together

Family means sharing (even the good stuff like Coconut Flan)
Family means never losing your sense of playfulness

Family means experiencing new things together

Family means remembering to cherish each and every memory

Family means there is always someone to help you learn to fly

Family means never being alone

Family means we claim you...even when we think you're a bit strange :)

Family means being surrounded by teachers

Family means they still think you're adorable...even with bed head

Family means you have your own built in cheerleaders Family means you get to be yourself

Family means you're never alone in exploration

Family means our love for you is more than skin deep

Family means you know what faces like this mean

Family means some of the best memories are made in your pajamas and a good cup of coffee

Family means unconditional love

Family means we cannot wait to watch you grow and flourish

Family means 4 babies under 11 months and a GG in a wheelchair will not stop us from making memories

Family means we cannot imagine life without you

Family means enjoying the beauty that surrounds you

Family means there is always someone to help push you along

Family means a daddy's job is never done Family means making memories accessible to everyone is important

Family means accepting one another for who they are

Family means you are never too old to keep learning

Family means you're never too busy to take a moment to say how much you love each other

Family means you'll never go hungry or thirsty

Family means we'll support your independence

Family means we suffer through the bad (and hot) for the moments of greatness
Family means a smile can cure all pain

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. "
- Jane Howard

Thursday, July 15, 2010

And he's moving!

For the last few weeks Connor has been trying to figure out how to make his arms and legs work together to crawl and I think yesterday, July 15, 2010 he finally figured it out! When I picked him up from daycare last night Mandie put him on the floor and said "go get your mom" and he crawled all the way over to me!

Enjoy this video - I'm sure his Dad will do something fancy with music and such but since he's in Philly we want him to see this today!

Connor Crawling from Julie Coughlin on Vimeo.

And I couldn't get him to crawl in this one (I'll keep trying tonight) but the Grandparents will probably still think it's cute! This is his new favorite thing...and no, you aren't allow to judge the video titles you'll see in the collection (You mean not everyone has 8 minute Abs on VHS in their 2010 video collection?!? - ha!)

Connor 7.15.2010 from Julie Coughlin on Vimeo.

Sunset Zoofari!

Last night we hit the Milwaukee County Zoo with a few of our favorite people for a special summer series called Sunset Zoofari! On select Wednesdays during the summer the Zoo becomes the backdrop for a few of Milwaukee's most popular bands! The evening activities go from 6 PM to 9 PM - it's a great thing for us since we're never in Milwaukee on the weekends and the zoo isn't normally open after our work day ends! Last night was a band called 5 Card Studs! Hoping we can make a trip back when Connor's Grandma and Grandpa Paulsrud make a trip down to visit us in a few weeks! We're anxious for them to get here already!

Connor and Audrey sharing a ride in Audrey's wagon

Aunt Nicole and Audrey

Becky and Connor enjoying the music

Audrey is calling her people to tell them to call Connor's people to see if we can have a playdate soon!

Happy happy boy!

The two little monkeys in the Monkey House!

Lot's of people finding a good spot to watch the band!

Best shot I got of the band - 5 Card Studs!

Two peas in a pod!
Audrey got a ride (or two) on the carousel!
Two of my favorites!