Thursday, March 23, 2006

Some light reading to start the day Posted by Picasa

The no-look pitch (just pray you don't hit the batter) Posted by Picasa

The grass tickles Posted by Picasa

Multitasking: Standing and drinking Posted by Picasa

Do you think cougars like Nemo fruitsnacks? Posted by Picasa

"I feel like on of the animal, strapped in" Posted by Picasa

It can get hot down here Posted by Picasa

Any way you look at it, I look cute Posted by Picasa

Ella: with mom, dad, and big sister Kate Posted by Picasa

Cousin Ben and Cousin Sam (Sam's a little camera shy) Posted by Picasa

Wanting to take part in Aunt Jana's Bio Lab Posted by Picasa

Jam Packed

That is what you could have called the last two weeks. Not a bad thing, but for sure jam packed. My mom flew in on March 9th, we had Maddie's 9 month check up. She is a healthy 18month old. She is still off the charts for height and right at the top for weight. Then it was time for some more visitors come Saturday morning. My sister, brother-in-law, dad, and two nephews came. We spent four days in Austin and had lots of fun. Took in the Zoo, the boys saw a UT baseball game, saw the Real World house from last season, and walked UT's campus. It was time to come back to Tomball for baseball practice and a game on Thursday and Friday. Saturday morning grandma, grandpa, Maddie and I flew to Chicago and stayed overnight. Sunday was niece's Ella's baptism. A small affair, but Maddie loved chasing Ben and Kate around. Monday was a "relaxing" day in Milwaukee with my parents and sister. Tuesday was more running around with cousin Ben and then seeing Chad's family. It was a quick two nights and so then it was back here to home on Wednesday afternoon.

We have today to clean up the house, do laundry, grocery shop, and then time for another visitor tomorrow. My sister, Jana is coming for a few days during her Spring Break. It isn't going to be 80, but they said by Monday it should be back to 75.

From today it is just 8 weeks until we go back to Wisconsin. We will be there for about three weeks and get to celebrate Maddie's first birthday up there. We have a feeling she should be walking by then. She is getting brave and starting to take a few steps by herself. She gets to about two and then decides it is easier to crawl. We will keep working at it. I'm not sure what cousin Ben is going to do for 8 weeks without her. They really have enjoyed being around each other for last few days.

Baseball is in full swing. District games have started. I am hoping the weather stays nice so Maddie and I can get out there to enjoy some of the season.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Could this face get in trouble? Posted by Picasa

Bubbles everywhere- we didn't even try to eat them Posted by Picasa

Just making sure the neighborhood hasn't gone to the dogs and cats(actually that is what we usually see outside) Posted by Picasa

Ode to Wisconsin (part 1) Posted by Picasa

Ode to Wisconsin (part 2) Posted by Picasa

Maddie got a chance to be Dad's offensive coordinator Posted by Picasa

"Maddie, which play should we run?" Posted by Picasa

13 and 1/2 Months

That's right that's what the age difference will be. Chad and I are expecting number 2 in the middle of July. We went for our ultrasound yesterday and everything looks good. I also saw the doctor while I was there for a check-up. That was Chad's first time going to the doctor with me for this baby and he got a little scare while the nurse was taking my vitals. It seems that this baby never wants to have its heartbeat heard and so it is always moving around and so the nurse had a hard time finding the heartbeat. She stopped and said that she would get another nurse or Dr. Russell to come in and do it. I got up and looked at Chad and he was a little white and I told him that it was okay, this has happened everytime I have been here. I said that whoever comes in next to do it will find it in like 10 seconds. So here comes the nurse to get the heartbeat, I counted and 12 seconds later there it was. A hearty 160. Chad a think was a little relieved. We did find out what it is going to be, but I have been pinkie sworn to publicly display it and only if someone inquires about knowing can I let them know. You can read all the legalities on Chad's blog

In other news, we have booked our flight for May and will be spending just about 3 weeks at home. Well Maddie and I will, Chad will have to come back here for end of the year meetings for 4 days, then he will be joining us again for the last 2 weeks.

Baseball has been going good. This week it looks like they will get their tournament in. It has been sunny and about 80 here. Maddie and I even got a little color as we were out walking yeaterday.

Maddie is doing great, she is starting to stand by herself for longer times and when you pick her up and then put her down she wants to go right to a standing position instead of a sitting one. She is starting to babble more and more. She can mimick a lot of sounds we say and faces we make. She also likes to sing when there is music on, that is great at home when we are listening to cds, but it can be a little distracting when we are at church and she starts everytime the organ starts or when the choir starts. We love the Curious George CD that Aunt Jana got us. Everytime is come on she starts bopping up and down and waving her arms around.

We have visitors coming on one week. Grandma Heff is coming next Thursday and even gets the chance to go to Maddie's 9 month check up with us. Then the rest of the gang comes on Saturday. We are actually scratching Lake Conroe and going to Lake Travis which is right outside of Austin. I know that the northerners are looking forward to some warmer weather, I think Chad is just looking forward to come time off from school, and I am just looking forward to hanging out and relaxing.