Visiting Purdue and the old House

We drove down to Purdue on Saturday to meet Little Ms. Ivy Dean and see Iris.  Amazing Kathy came down by herself to wrangle two kids. (I saw it, but I still don’t know how she did it!)  Ali and Lucy Goosey met us at PU while Lana and Bryce drove down with Olivia and I.  It was great to meet Ivy Dean – she is so cute and tiny.  Iris is talking already and she is beautiful.

Olivia just followed her around and tried to play with whatever she was playing with.  Iris introduced her to a stroller buckle that she became obsessed with.  She wanted to play with it so badly, that I was the mom on the sidewalk trying to pick Olivia up but would stretch out her arms and scream so I couldn’t grab her.  When I finally got her, she would scream and try to get out of the stroller…all bc she wanted to play with the buckle.

Not only did the “stroller brigade” look funny on a college campus, but it looked even funnier when we tried to have lunch at a bar, Jakes.  The aisles were, thank goodness, wide enough for us to park our strollers and take over 2 booths!  Olivia and Iris wouldn’t sit still but Lucy Goosey, Ivy Dean and Mr. Bryce were just fine.  Finally, after lunch and some attempts at shopping, they fell asleep…all of them…thank goodness!

The campus has changed so much, though our old house (from the outside) looked exactly the same.  We couldn’t get into the house.  It’s always fun to go back, but this was the first time I really walked through the campus since graduating.

Visiting Melissa and Corey and meeting new friends

Melissa was visiting from Charleston, so we went to Corey’s house so Olivia could meet all the kids.  She met and tried to hang with the two big boys, Eli and Gibson, and met their younger siblings, Jude and Phoebe.  All the kids just entertained each other, which was nice.  Olivia jumped out of my arms as soon as we walked through the door.  Jude and Phoebe are so cute and smiley, and the older boys were so much older and taller than the last time I saw them.

Here’s a clip of Melissa teaching Olivia how to be a monkey: 

We wished Melissa and the boys lived closer and need to see Corey and the kids more often!

Meeting Luke Wisker

We met Luke this past weekend, and he was just adorable.  He actually hung out with us and was awake for part of the visit.  Baby Bryce made it out too.

Anna turns 22!

Well another year has gone by and I’m still with the love of my life. We spent a nice evening together and have plans of our little date night. It may be 14 years we’ve been together but we still continue to love each other more and
more… She is the most amazing wife and mother.. Happy birthday!

Special gift


We took Sejal out to a belated birthday brunch, but Olivia received the special gift – a hand-knit blanket!!  One of Matthew’s surprise skills is knitting…and he’s very good at it.  Brian and I were in awe when we saw the blanket and the work that must have gone into it.  He said it took him about 6 months on and off to get it done — wow!

See the blanket in Sejal’s hand?  It is not a very good picture, so we will have to take a better one…

Don’t worry, Matthew, we are using the blanket and it is not being used as decoration!

It’s finally over!!

School, that is.  Getting another degree took a couple more years than I expected; an extra year for prerequisites, an extra year for the masters and then an extra semester because I decided to take classes in lieu of writing a thesis.  But it is finally over and I can now include 4 extra letters after my name, MS RD!

Kudos to parents that take classes while raising children, because trying to find enough time to study while watching Olivia was very tough.

I am done with school…for now.

Babies, babies and more babies…(Updated 01.07.09)

(No, I’m not talking about Brad Pitt and Anjolina Jolie’s family.)

So many of you are pregnant right now, that I had to make a list to keep everybody’s info straight:

  1. Rebecca Goldkamp is pregnant with #2 and due in April.  Also, her twins (Otis and Louise) just turned 1 today!
  2. Angie Wisker is pregnant with her #1 and due on May 26 and she is having a BOY
  3. The Cozad’s just sent us an email that they are pregnant with their second son!
  4. Amy Hazer just had baby #2, Levi Alexander.
  5. Kathy Bartels is pregnant with #2 and due in April…another GIRL!
  6. Lana (Mc-Daddy-Corkle) Rafferty is pregnant with #1, due Cinco de Mayo and she is having a BOY!
  7. Ali May is pregnant with #1, a Valentine baby (Feb 11) and sex is unknown
  8. Ande (Sundwick) Schultz is pregnant with her first, and KATHLEEN IS HERE!
  9. Corey Welsh just delivered #2, little Ms. Phoebe Clair and pics will come soon
  10. Cheryl Tsai is pregnant with #1, a girl, and also due near Valentine’s day on Feb 13.
  11. Whitney Myers is pregnant with #1 but due date is TBD.  Check out her pic – can you tell how far along she is?  You can find out on her blog:

Am I missing anybody out there?  I hope to join you all soon (not very soon, but sometime).

I get excited whenever I hear somebody is pregnant, partially because it reminds me of being pregnant.  It is hard to forget the feeling of the first kick, growing (stretching belly), bumping into things, frequent urination and anticipation.  Of course, we moved while I was pregnant…it got me out of lots of unpacking (thanks, Brian)!

We can’t wait to meet them all!