Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sleigh Ride with Santa

It was fun to go on a sleigh ride with you Santa. Next time can the reindeer pull us so we can fly instead of a horse?  I liked it anyway.

Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,
Although I have told you 3 times already, I want to remind you that I have been a good boy most of the time.  I would like an electric tooth brush and a Geo-trax train.  My brother, Kyle has been good too but he can't talk to tell us what he wants.  I think he would like a bouncy ball or maybe a toothbrush like mine because he likes to be just like me.  Are you resting by the fire with Ms. Clause or are you helping the elves make the toys.  I hope they know how to make an electric toothrush.  I saw one of your reindeer running in our yard to check up on me...I will try harder to be good. Love, Andrew.

Tree Decorating and Sleep Over





Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Which would you rather have???

A clean house that is quiet and empty?  or A cluttered house where the people you love live?

I choose the later.

I spent Sat. and Sunday organizing the house.  I am not completely done, but I got a lot done without Andrew and Ryan around (they went to WI to our nephew's baptism...Landon). So, the house was clean when the boys came home tonight.  Well it isn't anymore.....YET, I go to bed tonight not caring that the house isn't as tidy, because I would rather have a messy house filled with laughter, little kids and joy than a clean, perfect house with just me in it.  I am thankful for their safe return and the fact that we were able to spend some time together tonight.

Side note: I spent intentional time with Kyle and he is a smart little boy (I guess this gets over looked considering Andrew is older and learning so much).  He dances so cute on the fireplace, plays peek a boo with his hands, points to his eyes/nose/mouth, runs towards me with open arms, picks up the phone or the remote from around the house and hands it to me, etc. Anyways, it was good mommy/son bonding. Andrew came in the door and cried because he missed Kyle and he wanted to play....Kyle ended up waking up and Andrew was the most gentle, loving, considerate and genuine brother I have ever seen him be. Praise the Lord for moments like that!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!




I wrote this e-mail to a friend, but thought it would be a good memory of what we did on Thanksgiving..... We were going to go to WI but decided that a quiet Thanksgiving here would be more fun. (Ryan didn't want to preach and get in the car and drive all Thanksgiving day). Ryan preached, then I made the turkey will ALL the fixings and we enjoyed a day at home with us 4....eatting, playing games, napping, eatting again, having a fire in the fire place. It was nice to be home and not have to travel, but missed being with family.

On Friday we got up at 3 am and went black Friday shopping (yes, the boys too)...it was fun and a little tradition for us. Then napped, worked out and put up Christmas decorations. We had friends over (Hubmeiers) to finish the turkey and then us 4 had a sleepover in the livingroom...this is a tradition that the night that we put the tree up we all have a sleepover. Good memories!
Ryan and Andrew then went to WI on Sat. (7 hour drive) and came back on Sunday....crazy drivers. Ryan was the God Father for our new nephew, Landon. Kyle and I hung out, I cleaned/organized and had some special mommy-son time.

Good Night moments

Sometimes after a long day, when I question my mothering skills, and the kids are pushing to see how far I will go, all I need to get back to my Happy Life is their cuddles and kisses at night.

Kyle recently started to "sing" when I sing to him at night. His cute little voice/hum that comes from him is so inocent and pure. Sometimes I feel as though I ignore Kyle because Andrew needs more attention, so I have been intentionally spending more face to face time with Kyle and we are both loving it. At bed time he has created a new little routine...Diaper change with fun little games, lotion massage, and PJ's. Then he turns off the light switch, and on goes the turtle that shines stars and moons on the walls. Then Kyle points at all the animals (decals on the wall) and I say "good night Monkey," "good night elephant" (elephant is his fist animal sound and action). Then we sing while I hold him and sway back and forth and he puts his little head on my shoulder. I just love those moments. The other night I kissed him 20 times just because I could and someday he won't want all those kisses. He holds on pretty tight. Sometimes during that all, Daddy and Andrew come in the room and we pray together (Now I lay me down to sleep) and then I put Kyle in the crib, on a small doggie pillow and put on the glow worm that plays music. I have been rubbing his head and back untili he falls asleep (which takes between 5 and 15 minutes and my back starts to hurt), but lately I leave the room, he cries for 3 minutes and he is asleep. The bed time routine isn't the point, it is the bonding of a little boy and a mommy that fills my heart with love for my little buddy Kyle.

Meanwhile Daddy and Andrew are putting on PJ's, going to the bathroom, brushing teeth and reading, reading and reading. (I am so glad Andrew likes to read). Once I am done with Kyle Andrew is normally waiting for me to cuddle and read books in his room. Although he can get crabby before bed, once his head is on the pillow he is my sweet little Andrew again. He lets me rub his hair and he gives really good good-night kisses. Sometimes he is so talkative, and he will talk for 15 minutes...more if I don't put a stop to it. But the nights that I don't rush bedtime I really enjoy hearing what he has to say. He is totally funny and has this growing imagination. He sometimes puts up his army men before bed to protect him, but I keep telling him Jesus will protect him and he says well the army guys can help Jesus.

My favorite part with Andrew is when I leave the room I make two kissing noices with my mouth (just like my mom used to do) and he does it back. We exchange our I love You's and my mind erases all the back talking and disobeying that occured that day (well, maybe not all of it).

My buddies are sleeping...I have a grin on my face...God is good!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Farm Fun 2010



Height: 30.71"
Weight: 22 lb 11 oz
HC 46.5 cm

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Syped with Babka

Babka wrote...."Kristy & boys skyped me for 45 minutes this morning and the Andrew called back for another 7 minutes, so Whew! Where do I begin?

Andrew surprised Mommy out of the blue this morning and came out of his bedroom and said, "I made my bed" so proudly! Mommy went in and looked and sure enough, he did a great job and even had the pillows on top! As Babka watched, mommy got Andrew clothes and he dressed himself , from head to toe with the cutest proud grin on his face. We are all so proud of him:)

Andrew showed me his 3 bedtime buddies that he always sleeps with, "Wow, Mac and Worm" (Lion, Doggie and Catepillar). He took me in the kitchen and showed me how the coffee pot has a cord on it and you follow it along the wall and it goes to electricity(Poppy will like this one). Andrew was talking so nicely.

Kyle walked and wobbled so cutely, and gave me a sloppy kiss. He looks sooo much like Kristy when she was little, that I think I am playing with Kristy. How sweet!

Kristy took the skype around the house to show me all her newly framed pictures of the boys -- so pretty--all in black frames. The house was also cutely decorated for halloween -- wow, didn't know she had so many cute decorations. They will probably schedule their Oct 31 arrival to go trick or treating here, cuz it is late afternoon in Wildwood also, but they will find different activities to do on Fri and Sat.

Kristy worked on Mon and Wed afternoon this week. Every week K has Wed morning bible school. On Thursday, they worked around house cutting bushes, hanging newly framed pictures, chinese lunch, etc. and 8 neighbors and their 7 children came over for a neighborhood party. This weekend ARKK are going to a circus Friday tonight, saturday morning family time, saturday afternoon Ryan has wedding and then will leave for Madison where he will sleep overnight at Erica's house that she rents out, but no renters right now. On to the Packer game on Sunday and for supper and overnight at Mom and Dad Peterson.

Next tuesday - thursday they are gong camping (if weather is too cold, they will go to a condo instead)

Sandi is on bedrest and she has slight preeclampsia and baby is due soon.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents FUNundrum

Discount ticket Code for all those who want to save a buck or two. The circus was so much fun last year...I am sure it will be same this year!

MOM code is up and running for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents FUNundrum. This show is running from Oct. 14-Oct. 17 at Scottrade Center. Please enter MOM when you go to purchase tickets on Ticketmaster and this code will default to Opening Night Prices on Thursday Oct. 14th as well as $11 on Friday at 10:30am and $4 off all other shows. This code will be active until Oct 17th. Includes everything except Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Smile Boys!


These 2 little boys have kept us so busy. Having fun raising these two...no time to update my blog. Hugs and kisses to all.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Andrew


We love you more!!! We are so happy that you love life! Thanks for making us laugh. Oh Andrew, sweet little Andrew!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Why? How come? How? When?

Andrew is a few days away from being 3 and his curiosity and vocabulary has reached a new level. He is so inquisitive and has been asking so many questions. He has recurrently said...."let's talk about jail." Ok, lets....and so we do.

Today I said to him..."2 more days until your birthday." He responded..."how many days until I die?" Um....ok Mommy of an almost 3 year old, you better start thinking on your feet. We talked for about 4 minutes about death and answered all of his what? when? why questions. Then he bluntly says "lets talk about something else." He is becoming such a big boy before our eyes and I am so lucky to be able to stay home with him so we have the opportunity to have these conversations.

Then....we were having quiet time (We both sit on the couch with our bibles for 10 minutes and when the timer goes off we can talk). Well, he was done early so I told him to pray. He said out loud..."Dear Jesus, Please send your holy angles to look over my bed. Keep me safe. Thank you for the whole world. Amen." Oh my, he is so smart. :)

I know that every other child in the world asks these things, but it is so heart warming when it is your own. It's pretty cool to have a child grow up right in front of you.

Oh, the word of the day was humongous. We got a lot of laughs out of that too.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Andrew: My Sunday School Teacher

Andrew sat me down to go to Sunday School...

He said...
"I am going to read you a story. It is about Jesus Christ. He lives in your heart. And if bad guys are at your window, do not be afraid because Jesus will protect you. And if you see shadows or monsters it is ok becuase Jesus has his hand on you."

Oh my...I was beaming. My little boy is a little preacher boy. I am so glad he is digesting something that he is learning at home and at Sunday School. Way to go Holy Spirit!

Earlier in the day he told me how Moses saw a bush onfire and how he hid and took off his sandles. God is good!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Where are you going?


Kyle Vomitting Just in the Morning and at Night

Kyle has vomitted for 2 mornings in a row and 2 nights in a row? Diarrhea during the day today. He is in fine spirits during the day otherwise. Has anyone ever heard of this? I have been researching on line and have found articles and other people say that their infants have also only vomitted in the morning and at night (some were going on 9 days in a row...we are only at 2), but I found no reason or solution. If anyone has any insight, information or knowledge please let me know. I feel so bad for my little buddy.

Andrew's fever or 101.0 today is down to 99, so hope he is good to go by tomorrow.

Keep both our buddies in your prayers.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

To be a MOM and to have a MOM

I am feeling pretty blessed at this moment...Couldn't be more fulfilled by my 2 little boys! What little rascals they are and boy do I love them!

And My MOM...the most selfless and caring person I know. I admire her and am so lucky to have a friend who is only a phone call away. She will always be my "big one" and I will always be her "little one."

And how cool is it that I have a loving Mother-in-law too. She treats me like her own and loves her little grandsons too!

Godmother Amy and Godmother Lisa to Andrew and Kyle...I am so glad that the boys have ladies in their lives that are committed to praying for them. Thanks!

Great-Grandma Schlict (Ryan's side)...Three Cheers for you two. We love your sence of humor and the joy you bring to life.

Mother's day also reminds me of how special my Grandma Zeman and Grandma Gebhardt were to me. I was G.G's little bulldozer and I can even remember the Grandma smell in her house. She always had some little treat for us. And G.Z. I can remember her laugh and her sitting in her chair. Kisses sent to heaven for you!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Go Cardinals...Our Little Sluggers





This is Andrew at 6 Months

This is Kyle at 7 Months