18 December 2007
I remember after we had Bergen pretty much every parent told us "just you wait. . . he will be driving before you know it". Hearing that only hours after birth made me want to cry as I didn't want time to move that fast. But time is moving that fast. When I look back at all the hundreds and hundreds of photos we have taken of him - I am moved to tears. Such a bitter-sweet thing to watch our baby grow into this amazing boy but still wanting him to stay my sweet baby boy. While he isn't driving yet, I am afraid that he will be behind the wheel before we know it.
So, I put together a little montage of our family since we were married in 2000. Watching it makes me think a couple of things:
1. I feel a little like Katie Couric with all my changing hair styles over the years. Yikes, who knew I had so many.
2. How lucky we are to be parents in the age of digital photography, blogs, and other wonderful media tools like One True Media. I have been able to watch children of my friends grow without even being in the same town. . . or even ever having met them. And they in turn are able to stay connected to us. . . that is truly amazing to me.
3. While it is very hard to be sleep deprived and wishing that our baby girl would sleep through the night, before we know it we will be reminiscing about these horrible sleepless nights and our arms will ache with the long distant memories of our children as babies. . . .
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13 December 2007
01 December 2007
28 November 2007
06 November 2007
He now wants to take the next step and write out the words he knows how to spell. Writing is quite challenging for him and he keeps working on it, but he does have one word he can write: mom.
I am so proud.
27 October 2007
26 October 2007
So. . . since my last post, Lars has started his new job at KeyStone Search and is absolutely loving it. He has hit the ground running (as he does with everything else) and is extremely excited about the work he will be doing there. After a loooong search process of trying to figure out what his next step was going to be, he feels at peace with the end result. And you know what they say: a happy hubby makes for a happy home (well, it goes something like that)!
I continue to try to keep afloat between having an infant and a 3-yr-old who wants to do everything "by myself". It is a wonderful thing to see Bergen become more and more independent, but at the same time it can pull at every one of my last nerves as he wants to do everything on his own and won't accept the help when he so dearly needs it. I went to my first parent-teacher conference at preschool and he, not surprisingly, got a wonderful report. They said he is a very social kid that has a great sense of humor. They also said he is a "joy to have in class". . . but then again they told that to Cara (aka. Max's mom) too so perhaps at the ripe age of 3 there isn't too much to talk about at a preschool parent-teacher conference! Either way he is loving preschool and we couldn't be more thrilled. . . or proud.
Annika is growing so fast it makes my head spin. I can't believe how much faster time goes by with #2. We were getting her 3mo pictures taken the other day and there was a newborn there having her photo taken for a birth announcement. If my mother-in-law hadn't been there I probably would have started crying because I miss that newborn stage already. . . . there is nothing like it in the world and it is gone in a blink of an eye. . .
As of late I am trying to get her to actually take a couple of decent naps during the day - she seems to only take about four 30min cat naps which is pretty frustrating as I have no time to clean, no alone time with Bergen and no time to do other things like update this blog. She sleeps great at night but she is in a bassinet next to our bed. I think if I started sleeping her in her crib it would help. . . And I can hear my girlfriend Julie saying "get that girl in her own room!" So, this is the second promise that I make on this post today. I promise I will work on getting that girl in her own room. . . eventually ;)
07 October 2007
It was a beautiful weekend and we had a blast staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Not only did Grandma cook us a very wonderful breakfast in the morning, but we went on a walk around their house, took a drive of Waukegan (saw the house where Dad Leafblad, Uncle Tim, and Aunt Deb grew up), and had a fun pizza party with the Gillaspie family.
Annika joined us for the Saturday wedding. . . but Bergen spent the day with the Great-Grandparents and Aunt Deb. I was feeling a little worried that he might not want us to go, but judging by the way he was eagerly waving goodbye to us as we drove away yelling "see ya later!" any fears I had quickly vanished!
They took him to the Jelly Belly factory where you take a train ride tour to learn how they make those oh-so-good jelly beans and if that wasn't enough excitment,they also took him to Lake Michigan where he proceeded to run around and throw rocks into the lake for hours! He had a WONDERFUL day and I felt at ease knowing he was with our loving family! The wedding was very beautiful and it was great to catch up with old friends from college - some we hadn't seen in a few years. And when you get these guys together from good old Pod 76 it is like they haven't left college - and I think if some of them had their choice they would move back in tomorrow and start up the old foosball tourneys again.
All in all - we had a GREAT weekend and we are going to prove Grandma wrong when she asked if we would be 5 years before we are back to visit!!
Here are a couple of fun videos from the weekend. . . .
03 October 2007
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