Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mother's Day to Father's Day

I am horrible about posting! I'll think of as many updates as I can while I upload this year's Mother's Day through Father's Day pics.

For Mother's Day we spent time at Estella's 7th birthday party, Andrew Klutman's Medical School graduation party, Horsemen's for the Kentucky Derby, and Rick's Boatyard for brunch!! The kids love playing outside and it's getting easier with Caroline walking. She follows Will around everywhere!!

Next on the calendar was Jaime's high school graduation. She is going to play basketball at Aurora University in IL. Our relatives from IL also made the trip, we love seeing them!

Random- Estella and Caroline : )

Family Picture at a friend's birthday party. And yes, Sam has a beard : ) He was growing it out for a while until he finished his job in Kansas City and he ended up keeping it for a while.

The triplets on Memorial Day! Julia is going to be a big sister in October : )

Trying to squeeze onto Grandpa Timmy's lap for a quick picture!

The Barcels, Sutkos, Hellers, and Gutzs all went to a Stormchaser game. It was a blast!! We sent home Caroline with Grandpa and Grandma when she was tired and the rest of us were able to stay for fireworks!

Sam and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary by going to a NASCAR race in Kansas City! It was definitely an experience!! After the race we went downtown and had dinner. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SAMMY!

Happy Father's Day to Sam, my father and my father-in-law!! We spent the weekend in Wisner and Columbus. Saturday was my Aunt Amy and UNCLE Kurt's wedding. The night before the wedding, Sam introduced me to a new way for the kids to sleep in restaurants!! Caroline had her own private area with two chairs and Will's was a little bigger in the corner : )

On Sunday we went on an adventure from Waterloo to Morse Bluff to Columbus. The Zatechka children and Gutz children all piled in one car with me while Tim and Dixie, Jon and Sarah, and Sam rode the Harleys. After lunch in Morse Bluff the boys went on a "Father's Day" ride and the girls took the kids to Columbus. The girls have another matching outfit : )

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


To say that I am "a little behind" is an understatement! My poor children have missed out on numerous blog-worthy posts : ) I will try my best to show many things that have occurred since JULY!!

Starting back in AUGUST: Family vaca to IL and MI : ) My Aunt Cindy and Uncle Gary have a cabin in MI and we spent a few days with the Rauchs and Bacinos. Will had fun swimming, making bonfires and getting ice cream at Gino's. I will admit that the car ride from NE to MI was more than 10 hours!! Next time we won't need to make as many stops I hope.

Then at the end of August Sam's cousin Danielle married Franklin. Will and Caroline were part of the big day. It was a beautiful wedding and reception!

Caroline had two ear infections within a two weeks of each other : ( And we hope she isn't going to have ear problems like Will.

We spent Labor Day in Columbus with all of Sam's family. Will loves the water and jumping off the dock. Caroline enjoyed laying in the grass and sleeping : )

On Monday, Grandpa Tim took all of the grandkids on a train ride. The little boys loved it.

The Hellers and Gutzs attended the Waterloo Harvest Festival. It was quite the carnival!

OCTOBER: We had our 2nd Annual Pooley's Pumpkin Patch trip. The weather was beautiful and Will loved the animals again!


As for Halloween costumes, Will was not happy. His choices were a fireman and a cheetah. He wouldn't wear either one of them for more than 5 minutes. On Halloween night he wore the cheetah costume, but didn't want to go trick-or-treating!! Caroline was asleep after our first house : )

On October 30th, we celebrated with Great Grandpa and Grandma Heller for their 55th Anniversary. Each child received a different t-shirt color to represent their family. It was fun seeing everyone again.

We also decided to sell our house and move to Bennington. Our new home will be right by my school : ) The plan is to start building in the spring!

Goodbye, Elkhorn!

Monday, July 19, 2010

No Camera : (

Ever since Caroline's baptism our camera has not worked properly. It has a few tricks . . . you have to replace the batteries every time you turn it off and on (so I'm better off leaving it turned on if I want to "catch" a good pic) and the screen is cracked so I can't see exactly if the picture is centered or if the picture turned out. To see the pictures I have to download them and keep the good ones! Needless to say I am getting a new camera today!!! Will's birthday is Thursday and his party is Saturday : ) There will be new pics up hopefully early next week.

We had a great time visiting Sam in Kansas City two weeks ago. We stayed with Greg and Mindy Hellbusch (their boys are soooo cute). Wednesday night we ate at the T-Rex Cafe and now Will loves dinosaurs! On Thursday we went to Deanna Rose Children's Farm with the Hellbuschs and Heather and Grant Sutko. Since my camera wouldn't work at all . . . I have no pictures! After the farm we let the boys play over at the Sutkos. They had a blast : ) On Friday we took the kids to check out Sam's job site. Currently there is a trailer in a field of dirt/mud. Let's hope the project sticks with its original timeline (April 2011).

Caroline's two month appointment went well: 12 lb 1 oz (73%) 22 in (30%) and head 49%. Dr. Dek told us everything is lookin' good! But when we went home poor Caroline hurt soooo much from her immunizations : ( She never cries and Grandpa Heller may think twice before watching her again!! After Tylenol she felt better and slept a long time. She will go back in about a month and I will give her Tylenol right after the appointment.

Anyway, I can't wait to get our new camera today!! I'm sure it will be quite the adventure at Rockbrook today!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baptism and Father's Day

Well we have a lot going on this month! Caroline was baptized on June 6th. Her Godparents are Sara Heller and Seth and Emily Gutz. After the service we had the family over for lunch and the kids went swimming. It was a beautiful day : )

Looking back at her newborn pictures (2 weeks old) I can't believe how much Caroline has changed. She goes in for her 2 month appointment next week . . . that means shots : ( She's such a good baby and Will continues to love her more and more each day! Caroline sleeps through the night and takes a good morning and afternoon nap. She's more alert and observant of everything around her too. It's so fun to see her smile and coo.

She's so CUTE : )

Will goes to daycare on Mondays and stays home with the girls the rest of the week. He has put some interest into potty training and goes 3-4 times a day on his potty (as long as he is sans diaper) He watches an Elmo potty song on YouTube, you should listen to it!!
Sam has been working in Kansas City now for 3 weeks and comes home once or twice a week. The kids and I visit my parents pretty much every night that Sam doesn't come home!! If you are free on Wednesday nights we are ALWAYS looking for company : )

For Father's Day we went back to Columbus and after a few thunderstorms the boys were able to get in the lake. The kids made Sam a photobook from Snapfish for him to take to KC, they even wrote him letters. Will loves the boat and jet ski. The next trip we have planned for the lake is the 4th, let's hope for SUN!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The First Few Weeks

We are adjusting well to our new lifestyle! It's definitely busy around the house, but we enjoy every minute and love having people over to visit. Caroline has met a lot of friends and family.
Will loves Caroline and is jealous of other people holding her! He is staying busy watching home videos and taking vacations with Grandpa and Grandma Heller (he is in Chicago visiting the Rauchs and Uncle David). It's nice spending time with Caroline, but we miss William!!

Last week, I took the kids to the salon. This wasn't Will's first trip, but it was fun to bring a girl in!!! Caroline had more fun than Will : )

Back at home with our new hair cuts!

We made our way with the Barcels to Syracuse for Tony's graduation party! Will loved the golf cart and playing outside.

On May 18th we celebrated with Seth and Emily at Evangeline's baptism. Seth and Emily will be Caroline's Godparents.

Grandpa Mike stops by frequently to say hello : )