Thursday, June 30, 2011

Never too old....

for a little slip and slide!

A few more of  the kiddos enjoying themselves:

And my all-time favorite picture of the day!

Thanks for having us over to the Rose Family!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Guess who is flying to Milwaukee today?!?

Yup - that's right...all the way from San Diego....... Jacob and Nolan (and their mommy & Grandpa) are about 30 minutes for touch down at Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport!  We've got a big weekend planned!  Can't wait for them to get here.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


We spent Easter up north this year with Dan's family and it was a great weekend! 

The weekend started with a pool party at a local hotel on Saturday! The kids were having fun with our underwater camera - but let's just say there were plenty of shots deleted ;)

Then on Sunday we had a wonderful breakfast at Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Mike's Church and Connor was definitely spoiled by that Easter Bunny!

The day was capped off with a little skyping with Andy, Jill and Mimi! 

Thanks to Mike/Diane and Cheryl/Mike for the wonderful holiday memories!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Way back 18 months

Connor celebrated his 18 month milestone in Arizona this year!  (March) But alas vacation always ends and we get back to the nitty gritty of everday life.

I'm backtracking from my blogging vacation so I don't lose track of these fun stats and photos!

On March 17th at Connors 18 month doctors appointment here were his stats:

29 lbs. 6 oz

33 inches long

Such a big boy!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer or Fall

Mother Nature is just not sure what season it is anymore.  This is what listed yesterday:

Really?  We go from 90+ degrees to 50 degrees overnight!  But I guess one good thing is our little guy could sport his delightfully handsome clothes from his Auntie Jenny (and Joe) one more time before he'll likely be too big! 

Remember how I said we've been pumping out the 'pond' in our backyard only to have it fill up again as we wait for our turn on the landscapers list?!?  Here is the progress:

Memorial Day Weekend - Scott (my brother in law) emptying the 'pond':

After Memorial Day weekend - we went on a 10 day stretch with no rain and we were completely dried out and just praying the landscaper would get to us!

Then this morning.....

So thank you Mother Nature.....

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

One Year Ago

One year ago today (at virtually this exact time - 7:58 AM) this world said good-bye to a phenomenal man.  It's been sort of a surreal year without my Grandpa - there are times I really feel him with me though and it's like there are these moments where I see something and it just reminds me of him. 

2010 was a year filled with up's and downs.  I lost my Grandpa in June and my friend Annie lost her son Jack in December.  It gave me a serious gut check, it made me think about Heaven in a way I've never done before.  Annie had read this book, Heaven is for Real and so I picked it up one night on my Kindle.   It was a turning point for me - I won't ruin it for those of you who have not yet had the chance to read it (which by the way go out and buy it ASAP) but it makes me feel good about where my Grandpa is today.

I recall many a times pouring over the many photo albums at my Grandma and Grandpa's house - always one of our favorite things to do.  I remember Tracy always commenting about how handsome Grandpa was in his Navy Uniform and oh how it brings a smile to my face to think of my Grandpa in heaven where he is seeing all the colors of the rainbow, without pain and probably looking as young and dapper as he did in those pictures. 

I miss him.  I miss the rough touch of his hard working hands.  I miss the smell of his after shave.  I miss the buzz of his hearing aids.  I miss watching him pour his OJ on his morning cereal.  I miss so many things.  But of all the things I miss - they are just selfish - he is in a great place, a place I will work hard and dream to be one day. 

Here is the poem I read on the day of his funeral - a good reminder:

Death is Nothing at All by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.

This is the photo on my desktop everytime I open it - a moment of pure happiness and bliss.   Oh and can I end this with a little laugh - I'll never forget when I called to tell my Grandparents I was pregnant - my Grandpa answered the phone - I told him the news and he said "oh my, you better talk to your Grandma" - hahaha!  Just kind of makes me laugh thinking about it. 

Missing you today and everyday.  Keep showing me signs you are with me Gramps!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Grace (and her respective parents) came to visit us on Memorial Day weekend!  Speaking of getting haircuts...Connor and Grace got their hair cut when we were all together.  Connor has only ever had his haircut by my friend Hillary and this was Grace's first cut!  We went to a salon in New Berlin that has a little kids area - which proved to be a good distraction. 

Here is Connor before (hard to really get him to look at my phone/camera but you can see his 'big hair' in the photo):
She asked what I wanted done - I said - just a trim - I like to keep the curls...and then...she started cutting and then...she buzzed around his ears....
And then...I realized all my curls were gone!  (ok being a little dramatic but it was a littler shorter than I expected)  He definitely looks like a little boy now for sure!

Grace really wanted to get up on the motorcycle - which I think is hilarious!  This was her before picture:
And after her FIRST HAIRCUT (5.28.2011)

So now we've all got our summer "do's" - lets hope those curls grow back fast ;)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pool Party

Finally a nice, warm day with no plans!!  The morning started with haircuts for Dan and I both (I'm about 8 inchs lighter in hair), naptime and then pool time!  Dan had a wedding today he was DJ'ing so Frkol came over and kept Connor and I company.

I think this is how Saturdays are supposed to be?!?  I'm not normally home to just do as we please and I have to was kind of nice.

Enjoy our little pool boy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Parks Parks Parks!

So we are within walking distance to two great parks!  Last night was a great night so we had dinner and then hit up one of them.

The teeter-totter was a BIG hit!

Here is a little video - the first one I took is actually better but I was actually going up and down on the teeter-totter so I'll spare you the blair witch of home videos at the park.