Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Paulsruds!

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday!  (If you happen to be a loyal follower you might just be reading our 'news' before people get the actual cards since they just went in the mail today - opps!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Tuba Christmas

We've been working on learning our musical instruments here in this house - which actually has been a total blast.  And thankfully the use of technology allows us to learn what an instrument is and then go on YouTube and listen to the various instruments!  What fun! 

Well when (soon to be) Aunt Sarah posted on Facebook that it was a Merry Tuba Christmas at her place of work (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC) which included 300 tubas playing Christmas music we were wishing we could share it with Connor.  Not 30 minutes later we got a text from Uncle Keith that we could live stream what the show on the Kennedy Center website.

Here is Connor's reaction:

He probably sat there and watched it for a good 5 minutes which for an attention span of a 2 year old that was pretty good! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

This year was the first year we have been able to have a "real" Christmas tree and we were going to take FULL advantage.  We hit the Cozy Nook Farm just west of town the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it will definitely be a family tradition moving forward!
 Here's our pick waiting to get the trunk cut!
 A certain little someone really enjoyed exploring the trees and farm!
 Almost ready to head home!

 The tree actually looks tiny on Dan's big truck!
 So happy!
 Daddy and his 'helper' getting things set! 
 And she's in and ready to be decorated!  (no drill bit in the drill Connor is holding up to Dan's back - yikes, that looks bad!) Perfect size for the space, don't you think?!?
On this particular day we rushed to get the tree in and set because we were off to surprise Connor with a trip to see Elmo at Sesame Street Live!  More to follow on that....

Monday, December 12, 2011

I can see clearly NOW...

Well we've got a lot to catch you up on my lovely blog follwers!  Amongst the fast paced nature of our lives this time of year - we also have a new addition for Connor....GLASSES!
 At first when trying them on he thought he was going swimming - he thought he was wearing swim goggles, which made this Mommy laugh at a moment she felt like crying. 
 He is severly far sighted and right now hardly using his left eye at all - it is so weak. His prescription is so high the doctor says he will not grow out of his needs for glasses, contacts or vision correction in his lifetime.  Let's continue to pray for the researchers and doctors who continue to work on the best options for vision correction.
 Many people have asked how we knew to get his eyes checked - well the truth is we started to notice on occasion his left eye would start to cross.  It wasn't all the time and many people have said they never noticed it.  Apparently the eye crossing starts to happen when they are trying really hard to focus. 
 We will be going back to the Pediatric Opthamologist in January where the strength in his left eye will be measured again.  If significant progress has not been made he'll start to wear a patch 4 hours per day to force him to use his left eye to strengthen it.
 It hasn't been the smoothest transition, but in typical Connor fashion he sort of just goes with the flow and despite a little unhappiness seems to be starting to adjust.
In the meantime, my uber cute red-headed love is getting LOTS of attention for his fancy new specs, what do you think?!?

Monday, November 14, 2011


Should have been on a flight to San Diego on Wednesday morning...(instead was on the jet bridge and telling husband I can't fly and we must turn back)

Could have seen the ocean on Wednesday afternoon....(instead got to see the inside of West Allis Memorial Emergency Room)

Would have spent an amazing week and weekend with my Aunt and Cousins going to Disneyland, spending the Day with Thomas, doing my first 5K in years, cheering Dan on during an inline half marathon....(instead kept praying this flu would go away, my baby's chest cold would heal and thanking my lucky stars we did not get on that plane)

Wasn't the week/weekend we had expected and planned.  But they say all things happen for a reason and today we are just thankful we listened to ourselves, I think the Lord was telling us despite our desires and sadness for not making the trip...we needed to be home to heal.

We're in recovery mode - will blog when we can.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


The tattered and torn 'summer hat' has been replaced by a new and stylish 'winter' hat ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Trick or Treat

Halloween night meant skipping music class for trick or treating in Waukesha!  A lot of the surrounding cities had their trick or treating on Sunday and it poured rain so the kids were out in full force on Monday in Waukesha. 

Connor's painted pumpkin was proudly displayed
 First stop - a treat at home before we left
 A mischevious smile from the double-fisting puppy dog!

 Yeah not sure the sign worked - either way there was no candy left when we got home which was fine by me ;)
 Heading to his first house!
 Trick or Treating Group - the Snow WhiteS, Spiderman and the cutest puppy on the block!
 Buddies holding hands
 "Nate, are you sure this is a good  idea?"

 Last house and little scared, tired and not sure what's going on!
Happy Halloween 2011!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Educate Yourself

Did you know that strokes CAN and DO occur at any age - please take 2 minutes and read thru today's blog.


Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Read more about stroke treatment.
Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible. Click here to download the FAST Wallet Card to keep a reminder of stroke warning signs with you wherever you go!
Stroke symptoms include:
  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

First Three Years of Halloween!  More pics to follow of trick-or-treating TONIGHT! 

Hope you have a Spooktacular Day!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday at Home!

So this is the kind of things people do when they get to stay home for a weekend?  Actually have a clean house?  Actually have a lawn that is mowed before it 'needs it'?  Plant trees? Grocery shop? Do laundry?  See friends? Have people over?  Enjoy good food?  Enjoy even better company?

I could get used to that!

Saturday night we hosted our first outdoor movie night!  I think this will be the first of many to come!

My favorite moment from the night was walking outside to see my little Abby Rose all snuggled in her sleeping bag, sitting on a chair by the campire, drinking warm apple cider and watching Toy Story.  It's a moment I'll have etched in my mind as a night of perfection!

Thanks to all who stopped over!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Angry Birds?

Have the Angry Birds entered your life?

Thankfully ours just really enjoys the music....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Welcome Orin!

Welcome to the World to Connor's "Cousin" Orin Glenn Bean - born 10/17/11, 11:11 am, 7lbs, 3 oz and 19 inches.

Proud little brother to this little beauty, Mimi!

Congrats to the whole Bean family on the new addition to your beautiful family!

Another Wordless Wednesday

Because Amy blogged it so well....

Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Come on Ride the Train....

A few weeks ago Dan was flying in late from a work trip and we needed to pick him up so Connor and I hit the mall nearby to kill some time. Lucky for Connor they have a pretty cool train that he got to ride. Though I'm not too sure how much he enjoyed it. What do you think?

All done! (still not sure if he's happy or not?!?)