Friday, August 31, 2012


We've made some awesome friends in Milwaukee and love it when we see great things happening for such WONDERFUL people.  We just wanted to give a shout out to our "Auntie" Jenny on her new house!  We love you Jenny - congrats!

Flashback Friday

Since I'm so far behind in blogging we'll do a "Flashback Friday" to a weekend in May that we attended the New Berlin Safety Day with Connor.  It was a quick visit but an enjoyable one for Connor!  Here are a few pictures:

We're trying to convince Nana and Papa that CBW really needs one of these, don't you think it would be great?!? :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us! 


While in the hospital after my gall bladder surgery - Aunt Tracy and Dan helped me finalize the birth announcements and christening invites.  They were printed by Tiny Prints and we were so happy with how they turned out and to share the great news (and photos of Kendall) with our dear friends and family.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Newborn Photos

On Friday July 6th our friend Phil and Andrea of McConville Studio did us the great honor of taking newborn photos of Miss Kendall.  Here are a few of our favorites to share!

First Road Trip

Kendall's first road trip was a trip to Nana & Papa's house on July 5, 2012 so she could get her pictures taken by our friends Phil & Andrea (owners of McConville Studio).

We'll just go ahead and say she's not as good of a little traveler as Connor was - but perhaps it had something to do with the weather....

She does look a tad uncomfortable....

But on a positive note - she did have her first bottle after we arrived from Dad!  

More to follow on the pictures from McConvilles.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

4th of July

While we didn't hit Summerfest or any fireworks this year we did go with the Rose's to the 4th of July Parade in Delafield.  It was a nice little parade and the Rose's got us the perfect spot in the shade! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Monday

Long day of travel home from Seattle today....

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Boat Nights!

In early June - our friends Dave and Nicole invited us out to their house and for a boat ride on the lake they live on, Lac La Belle.  Was a beautiful night and Connor LOVED every second of it!  Can't wait for the next trip!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wedding Day!

We are in Seattle today for the day two of wedding celebrations of our good family friends Will & Anisha! 

Earlier in the week Connor was checking out his outfit for the Indian Wedding today and practicing his dance moves....will be sure I post some photos of the actual wedding too! ;)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Our dear friend Nicole (or "Cole" as Connor calls her) was is constantly our go to 'person' for anything we need help with, she's that kind of friend!  You know the one that you know you can call in the middle of the night when you need her and she won't ask questions and just come...yeah that's her!  Well she supported us a lot thru this pregnancy (and the many ups and downs) and was our go to person to either watch Connor or come to the hospital with me if I went into labor while Dan was traveling/working.  She was pretty much game for anything.  Well the c-section ended up being scheduled while she was in Denver for work and we know it was so hard for her to be away!  But she caught an early flight home on June 29th made a bee line to our place to meet the new addition.  We love you Cole!

Of course the brother wanted his picture taken too.....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


On Friday June 29th, Cousin Grace arrived with her Mommy (Aunt Tracy) to welcome baby Kendall.  They both enjoyed a visit - which included movies, pool time, a failed trip to the zoo, a stop at Stone Fire Pizza Company and lots of snuggle time.

Oh and did we mention that we are getting a baby BOY cousin in November?!? :) We are so excited and Grace can't wait to be a big sister!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thursday June 28th, 2012

On Thursday June 28, 2012 Kendall Ann was discharged from the hospital!  Her big brother was at Mandie's for the day and Nana/Dad were there to help us home.

Here are some pictures from her first trip outside the hospital:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Jack's Birthday

I've said it before and I'll say it again....Mr. Jack Staebler changed our life.  We wish we could take away the pain our friends feel as they miss him every moment of every day but we will continue to do our best to celebrate his memory, his spirit and embrace (and never forget) the ways he has impacted our lives.

On Saturday - it will be Jack's 2nd Birthday.  In honor of his 2nd birthday, his amazing Mom has asked (encouraged - motivated) everyone to do two random acts of kindess as a way to celebrate Jack.

Here is a link to Annie's blog for her entry on it -

I encourage all of you to do two random acts of kindness - whether you had the honor of knowing Jack, please consider participating and celebrating Jack and his spirit. 

I'd love to hear from you if you end up doing anything - giving is infectious!  (I'll report back on what the Paulsruds end up doing)

Happy early Birthday Jack - you will be in our minds and hearts tomorrow.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Big Change for Connor

Last week Connor's piggy banks were over flowing, so we decided to unload and take that change to the bank!

We got to the bank and Connor was a huge hit with the tellers. They were almost as excited as he was to see how much money he actually had in change!

He has officially started putting his money in the bank! Over $300 in change. Holy smokes, he has more money than daddy.

Til next time!