Monday, December 29, 2008
Samuel and Katherine both were involved in the Christmas program this year at church. Their first formal Christmas program-the program itself was an awesome celebration of the Jesse tree - and the best children's program I've seen in my thirty plus years. It included a "hand sign" dance, vignettes, songs by each class, dancing and narratives, as well as a couple of solos. All of this put together in one week by Dan and Megan Dyrland. This photo is of the children eating a half dozen of sugar cookies in between performances. The 11:00 service had much more energy. We feel very blessed to have found a church which offers so much to our family.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Our little princess turns 4 this weekend and Chris turns 34. Lots of cake and celebrations.
The wintry weather mix of rain, snow and cold arrived just in time for the celebrations to begin. Nana and Ken bravely drove to Cedar Rapids from St. Louis to spend the weekend with us. Kate began asking at noon on Friday when they would arrive. It continued all afternoon until their arrival around 7 p.m. It's always wonderful to visit with them and to have an extra set of hands to help out.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
SAM ATTENDED HIS FIRST BIG 10 FOOTBALL GAME ON SATURDAY AT KINNICK STADIUM IN IOWA CITY. ARE YOU ABLE TO TELL WHO WAS CHEERING FOR WHICH TEAM?
Chris and I have been talking to Sam alot about team hopping or jumping on the band wagon and being a fan just because a team is winning. So Sam and I had a very intense discussion about how Sam likes both the Badgers and the Hawkeyes. He wanted to cheer for both teams and said he'd be happy no matter which team won the game. I told him it was okay to cheer for both teams and in a situation such as this it was very difficult to have to choose, especially when a little six year old boy is so lucky to be able to go to the game and sit in box seats, nonetheless. These tickets, by the way, were given to Chris by his general manager at work! I looked into buying a ticket so I could go to the game - way out of my price league for a football game. I had much more fun taking Kate to urgent care for an ear infection! Moving is never fun, but both Sam and Kate appear to be comfortable cheering for the Hawkeyes! Sam did wear Chris' Badger jersey to school on Thursday. I forgot to ask if anyone teased him, because he was all about Hawkeye gear for the game!
Sam and Chris also had a very special welcome during the first break of the first quarter.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
No tears in sight for Miss Katherine as she started preschool. She loves school. After seeing Sam go off to school for the past few years, she realizes it is finally her turn. Katie is in the Tuesday/Thursday preschool at St. Paul's United Methodist from 9-11:30. She will go to a preschool plus program from 1130 until 1:00. On her first day, she went from 9-10 am and read a book about a giant ogre! She quickly learned the routine and she hangs her coat at the red rectangle. Her teacher's name is Mrs. Wielage and there are 15 kids in her classroom. Chris and I will be volunteering in the classroom here too!
Sam marched off to first grade. He is in Mrs. Foley's class with 25 other boys and girls. Chris and I are still trying to figure out the routine on the days I work at the hospital. It's going well. Some days we drop Sam off early and he eats breakfast at school, again. This fall he is playing flag football and basketball. We are excited to become more involved at Pierce and to meet the other teachers, students and parents.
We will probably never travel over Labor Day weekend again. Chris hit a deer on Highway 29 going from Eau Claire to Farm Country. Chris was not hurt. The deer was hurt. The van was damaged. Thus we turn into a one car family during the beginning of the school year. Chris meets with the adjuster on Monday. The collision center estimates one week to do the repairs.
Monday, August 11, 2008
One of the many rides enjoyed by us all!
Sam in his new and improved catching pose.
We spent three wonderful nights in St. Paul last weekend. We visited the St. Paul Children's Museum, the Science Center, Como Town Amusement Park and the Mall of America. Very busy. The kids braved the roller coasters at Mall of America and loved it. Sam even went on the spinning roller coaster car! The favorite ride by far though were the carousel swings. Chris and I rode on many of the rides too, and Chris survived the Tornado, barely. During all the time we lived in Eau Claire, we did not take advantage of the closeness of the Twin Cities. We had a wonderful long weekend there!
In other news, over the weekend Sam mastered "catching the baseball." He is doing an awesome job catching and playing the catcher position! Kate's clothing of choice is still her ballet leotard! I guess she will be taking fall classes.
Friday, July 25, 2008
It's been a busy week! Sam finished his last week of soccer and baseball! Kate finished up at one of her ballet classes. The chauffeur schedule is lightening up a bit, right in time for me to start a new job! Kate loves ballet and tap dance. We are still deciding if we are going to commit to a year of dance for her. The cost is $32 per month, so it's a financial commitment. With preschool, we might just take a year off from The Dance Academy and keep her in a class through the rec department. We are looking forward to a quiet Saturday. Sunday we are going to St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Marion. www.faith-life.org We've heard good things about this church and it sounds really similar to Peace, where we worshiped in Eau Claire, so we have high hopes! Once we find a church home, we will really be settled! The Lord has been good to us and we are counting our blessings!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
With a heavy heart, a clouded mind and lots of tears, we are packing up our home to move to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My husband Chris, has accepted a position as the morning and noon anchor at the ABC affiliate there. This means we will have dad home at night and more time together as a family! The one thing we are looking forward to the most is family dinners each night!
The Chippewa Valley has been an awesome place to raise a family! We are leaving behind so many fantastic friends and neighbors. Thank you to the support, love and guidance everyone has shown to us over the past three years. There are so many people we want to thank and acknowledge. Working at RCU Investment & Insurance Services with Bill McCullough and Karla Fiedler has been one of the best experiences of my life. You won't find two better people and we have made a fantastic team! Chris leaves an awesome staff at WEAU TV-13. Thank you to the staff there and to all of the viewers who watched each and every night and sent notes or made phone calls wishing us the best of luck.
As a mom, I have made fantastic friends through two groups, MOPS and Mom's Club West - wonderful, caring, supportive people! As a family, we have spent plenty of time at the beautiful city parks and pools, including the parks and rec programs, the Eau Claire Children's Musuem, the Family Resource Center, the YMCA Gymnastics Center, the Indoor Sports Center, ECCT events at the arts center, Saturday mornings at the Farmer's Market and Library and much more. The staff at each of these places is top knotch and we feel blessed to have been able to visit them with our children. I want to give special acknowledgement to Pastor Mark and Pastor James and the members at Peace Lutheran Church! What an awesome place to worship with some amazing people. Lastly, I want to acknowledge Principal Joe Sanfelippo, Ms. Nett , Mrs. Becker and the staff at Roosevelt School who provides our son, Sam (and the other students) with a fabulous learning environment that has established a superior foundation for them to continue to excel in education.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We had a delightful Easter. On Saturday we went to an Easter Celebration party at Epiphany Lutheran Church, just up the street. A wonderful time. ...I would highly recommend it. The event boasted several craft activities, such as sand art crosses, stained glass marker windows and scrape art crosses...there were snacks, decorate your own cookies and of course an Easter Egg Hunt! We had a really fun time AND I won the grand prize, a $25 MEGA grocery store gift certificate. Later in the afternoon, after trips to Target & Shopko, separate ones, of course, Chris took the kids to see the lambs at Boiven's meat and berries. The Boiven's offer a nice petting zoo type barn with baby chicks, pigs, cows, horses and baby lambs, mama lambs too. Kate, of course, wanted to bring a baby lamb home, but we successfully convinced her the babies needed to stay with the mama and daddy sheep. Church on Sunday resulted in many nice photos of Sam and Katie in their Easter finery! We were determined to break in our new camera.
Friday, February 29, 2008
On to the big bad and ugly: Our car needs new front brakes, new rear brakes and a transmission flush. To the tune of $500. Ouch. To top that off, our 14 month old new oven/range sparked and scorched at the electrical circuit, so a $100 call to the Home Warranty Company will be on today's agenda! Double ouch. I guess this is the government's way of taking our savings! :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sam had his last night of basketball on Monday night. "Defense is Desire!" He chants. We will have to find another sports program for him to enjoy for the early spring.
Lots of babies in the works: Congratulations to all. Vinnie is three months pregnant. Tracy is six months pregnant with a baby boy "Jack Connor." Chris' stepsister Jen, is newly pregnant too!
Kate has school today at the Family Resource Center. She is very excited to take her unicorn for "favorite teddy bear day." She's not been napping, but falls asleep at the drop of a coin when bedtime comes around. She's learning all of her letters and loves to play with Sam.