Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas

I can't believe Christmas is over already and we are getting ready to celebrate the new year. Time goes way to fast. We had a great Christmas minus all of the snow and horrible weather we had. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning with the kids in Primghar. It was SO nice doing that so they could wake up at our house for Santa presents. We love that our family is complete and we are starting our own traditions now! Friday afternoon we took off for Swea for the rest of the weekend. We spent the weekend running here and there visiting family. We had a great time and I think my kids got plenty of toys to last a LONG time. They also got lots of clothes so I don't have to worry about buying clothes anytime soon! I still don't know where to put everything! Just think Camden's birthday is in 3 months and Maeci's is in 6 months....oh boy more stuff! I posted Christmas pictures on Facebook.....Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Preschool Program

Last Wednesday Camden had his program at school. It was so cute and all the kids did a great job! They are were so FULL of energy!! You would of thought they ate pure sugar before the concert! I am not sure how their teachers have that much patience somedays. It takes alot of patience to have 20 kids so full of energy!!
Here are a few pics.....


Playing Bells
He was a sheperd

Something must of been funny. That's a pretty big smile!



So grown up!









Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's been awhile.....

I seemed to be lacking on my updates lately but this time of year seems like it has been so crazy for us and it's only going to get worse with Christmas just over a week away!
Anways here's what has been going on in the Stevens' household....
Camden- Seems to be a busy little boy lately! A couple weeks ago he had to have surgery for tubes again. We are hoping this is going to be the last set of tubes and once again we are hoping he is going to outgrow this. We thought he was outgrowing this because he went without tubes for about 7 months with no problems and then it hit again. Brad and I both had ear trouble when we were young so we figured our kids would have problems. He was a trooper the day of surgery. This time he seemed to know what was kind of going on. He was trying to act so brave but you could tell he was scared. I guess if I was 4 I would be scared too. We got to walk with him up until the OR hallway and then he was own his own with the nurse. He started tearing up but did very well. I can't imagine going with people you don't know into a scary room (OR) with big machines and a little bed. Surgery took only 7 minutes and doc said everything went well. He was having trouble once he got back to the room with throwing up, probably from mucus in his throat and the anesthesia. We ended up having to give him a suppository for nausea and after that he only threw up a few more times and then he was good to go! And no he was not happy with the suppository, he fought it and I hated having to hold him down! When he got back to the room the first thing he asked is "When am I going to get my tubes in my ears?" He didn't even know they were already done. The one thing he remembers is the smell from the mask he had to wear to go to sleep. Well he was referring to the gas they used to put him out. After we got discharged and got home you couldn't even tell he was any different from any other day. Thank goodness with getting tubes there is really no recovery time after surgery, just eardrops we had to put in for 10 days!
Last Sunday he had his church program and did very well. He is always excited to have us come and watch him during his programs. Tomorrow night he has his preschool program and is very excited for that. I keep asking him what he is going to be singing and he just keeps telling me that I will have to wait and see:)
Maeci-Wow, can you believe that she was 6months old on December 5th? I don't know where the past 6months have went! She is a busy little girl! She is rolling all over the place and getting stuck in places and gets ticked off when she can't keep rolling over. I had to put things away already that is she is able to get. I am not ready for her to start crawling or walking! She is a very happy girl and a very good baby! She always has plenty of smiles for you. She loves her big brother and somedays it's so funny to watch him make her giggle:) I just had her in for her 6 month checkup and she weighed 20 lbs and was 27 inches. (I can't remember the other stats) She is still a little chunk but really is starting to thin out as she seems more active.
Brad and I have been busy with work and going here and there! We are trying to get ready for Christmas, it seems like it snuck up on us very fast this year. Usually I am done Christmas shopping by now but I still have a few things to get. We celebrated Christmas with Brad's extended family last weekend and then we will be celebrating all the others Christmas day/weekend. It's going to be a very busy Christmas weekend going here and there! I love Christmas but some years it gets to crazy!!! Hope everyone has a good Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Updates

Thanksgiving-Brad had to work so we headed to Cherokee to visit Jolleen. We were lucky that we also got to visit with Jamie, Aaron, & kids and also got to see Justin, Mandy, & Maddox! It had been awhile so it was nice to see them again!
Weekend-The weekend seemed like a busy one for us. Friday night we got together at the Bahrenfuss's with some of our friends. The kids ran wild! It was a fun night! Saturday morning Brad went to get our new fridge since our old died on us. Once he got it home and in the house he realized it wouldn't fit under our cupboards. When we went down to Sears to order it they had a smaller one and then a bigger one. We ordered the smaller one because it would fit to the dimensions we needed and the bigger one was obviously to big. Well the Sears guy messed up and ordered the bigger one....GRRRRR!!!! I did not want to haul it back to Sioux City and return it because it seemed like a pain in the butt! On top of that if we wanted to reorder the smaller one it would take another week to get here. Absolutely not!!! I was not going another week without a fridge!! So we ended up knocking out the two cupboards and in that process the nails and screws left some major holes in our wall and our wall started to crumble. We were trying to be very careful but if you would of seen the space we were working with we had no other options. All of our walls in our house are terrible! So after all of this the fridge is now in and I will get a newly painted kitchen. Saturday night we ran to Spencer to get some groceries since I obviously didn't have much with not having a fridge. I had a long day and didn't feel like cooking once we got home so we decided to eat out over in Spencer too. The kids were SO good the whole day so that was nice!!!
Sunday afternoon we spent the day cleaning the house and getting all of our Christmas decorations out! I always enjoy getting the decorations out and now it's fun to watch Camden get excited when he is helping!:)
Hope everyone is having a good week!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giving away to children in need......

Last night we talked to Camden about going through his toys and giving them to some children who didn't have much to play with. He was all for it and was happy to be giving his toys to some little boy that didn't have much! Along with giving some of his toys he wanted to give all the little boys money too. He is thinking in a good way but I told him we would just have to give some toys! Today we went through all of his toys and I for sure thought he would have a hard time giving some of them up. Nope, he had no problem at all!! There were some things I told him that I think he should maybe keep and he said "Mom some little boy doesn't have this and I think he would like it." We also have adopt a families through work and I signed up for one so he also wants to go shopping with me to find them presents for Christmas. Very proud of him for doing this! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Weekend

What a busy weekend we had!! Friday morning we headed to Swea for a busy, busy weekend! We had a great time visiting with all of our family! Friday night was Stac's 40th birthday suprise party at the bar. The kids stayed with Paul and Connie so Brad and I could go. We had a good time helping her celebrate her birthday! :)
Saturday I was busy getting ready for Maeci's baptism and running here and there picking up things. Sunday Maeci was baptized and it was a great day! After baptism we had a nice dinner up at Loofts on 9 and everything turned out great! Thanks Stac for all your help and letting us use the station for the dinner. It was great to have some of our family there to help us celebrate. We were all pretty tired from a long but great weekend! I will post the pictures on facebook of our weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Where are you going to live?

We were eating supper tonight and some of the things that come out of Camden's mouth are crazy! He is really starting to learn more about God by going to church and they also learn about it in preschool. The thing he has been talking more about is living in heaven someday. He understands what heaven is to a certain extent but it's hard to explain to a 4 year old all about dying and going to heaven. He told me today that heaven is a good place but he was not sure he wanted to go there when he gets old! I asked him where he was going to live someday when he gets older and he shrugs his shoulders and said probably just live at the nursing home with the old people! Oh boy the things kids will say!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Park fun

The weather today was perfect for an afternoon at the park.Camden went to the park yesterday with Ashley and was so excited because there is new equipment. So he insisted we go check it out again today! Here are a few pictures!
Camden
climbing the rock wall


Having to much fun

Maeci just taking it all in



Happy baby




Friday, November 6, 2009

Last weekend was a busy, busy weekend! Friday afternoon we went to Sioux City to Maeci's peds appointment. Her ears have cleared up from ear infection which is a good sign! We also are going to continue her allergy medicine as long as it's helping a little. After the doctor we went to the mall and a few other store's to do some shopping.I was in need of some new clothes and the kids were too. After shopping we headed home in time for me to have a girls night out! It was so much fun sitting around chatting, laughing, and having a few drinks. Saturday morning we had the kids pictures taken. Boy that was interesting! Maeci was so crabby she would NOT smile for anything...she is always full of smiles!!! We got maybe one or two decent pics of her but none with her smiling.Oh well she wiill have pics done again in a couple months. We also took pictures of the kids together for Christmas cards and that didn't go so well either. Camden would smile and Maeci would either cry or be looking away! We maybe got a picture of both of them looking at the camera but not smiling! So that was interesting! Saturday afternoon we all took naps before going ot trick-or-treating. Camden of course loved going house to house and getting candy! Maeci made it to a couple houses and then slept the rest of the time! After trick-or-treating we went to the Bahrenfuss's for a party. We all had a good time and were very tired by the end of the night! Sunday we just hung out around the house and watched football. This weekend we are not doing much. I am thinking we need a quiet weekend. Brad has to work all weekend so he won't be home much!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

GOOD LUCK EAGLES
Brett #61 Oz#4
OZ




Halloween Party

Last Saturday night our friends Rob and Wendy had a Halloween party for the kids. Brad had to work so the kids and I went out and had a great time. We had so much good food, fun, and great company from all our friends! I think the kids enjoyed it too. The biggest hit was the Pumpkin pinata full of candy..aka- Pure Sugar!!:) We also enjoyed watching the Hawks come away with a heart pounding win. Whew that was a close one. I think the house shook from everyone cheering and yelling after that play. All of the moms took the kids up to the Hospital scavenger hunt at the school that night also. Linda and the hospital did a great job of putting this together! There was different themes as you walked the halls and at each one the kids got candy. Some of the themes were: graveyards, people dressed up in scary masks/costumes, winnie the pooh and tigger, rodeo, jail, old mcdonald, rock-n-roll, etc. All the decorations were awesome and all the people that helped put it together did a wonderful job! What a fun night we had!! I posted some pictures on facebook of last weekend!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sports

It was a good weekend for sports in the Stevens' household! Eagles won, Hawks won, Packers won, and the Vikings lost!!!!
I will blog more about our fun weekend once I get a chance!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's been awhile.....

I feel like I have been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to blog. Here is what has been going on with the Stevens' family.......
**A couple weekends ago Brad and I went down to Iowa City to the Iowa/Michigan football game. We had a great time with all our friends and we have so many laughs from that weekend. It was so much fun!! The kids stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Stevens. It was my first time leaving Maeci and it was hard but I made it through the weekend. I still have a hard time leaving Camden and he is 4. The kids were great for Paul and Connie so that was nice!
**Last weekend Brad had the weekend off and it was a great weekend! Saturday Mike and Brad went to Bubba's to watch the Hawks come away with another win! Anne and I decided to stay at our house with the kids and watch the game. Later that night we took the kids uptown and had a nice supper. We love hanging out with Anne, Mike, and their kids! Sunday we didn't do a whole lot but lounge around the house and watched football. It was great to see the Packers get a W!! We were hoping the Vikings would lose but they seemed to also win by a missed field goal by the Ravens...darn it!! Oh well!!
**Today Brad took the kids back home to Armstrong to visit some family. Brad's great grandpa is leaving for the winter so he wanted to get a generation picture with Maeci before he left. They will be staying overnight and will be back in the morning. I had to work this morning and decided I was just going to stay here and relax! I have been busy cleaning and tonight I am doing absolutely nothing!! It's so much easier to get stuff done in the house when the kids are not here.
**The kids....
Maeci turned 4 months old on October 5th..hard to believe! I just had her in for her checkup and at 4 1/2 months she weighs 17lbs and is 26 inches. She sure is a chunk! Camden at 4 months old weighed 17lbs 7 ozs and 25 1/2 inches. So they were pretty comparable at that age. She is "talking" more and more each day. It's so fun to watch her laugh and smile! She loves her big brother and when he talks to her she is so full of smiles and giggles:) She has been sleeping through the night for about a month. She usually goes to bed around 8 and is up between 6 and 7. We had a couple days where she decided that she was going to be up for a couple hours during the night..usually around 3:30 am! That was not so much fun! She is playing with toys and loves to be on her tummy. When on her tummy she kicks her arms and legs like she wants to start crawling...especially when she can't reach a toy that is in front of her. She will be crawling before I know it..not sure I am ready for that! She still has been getting this darn stuffy/runny nose on and off. She is on a allergy medicine once a day and it seems to be helping a little but we need to give it a week or so to see if it is going to work. She started baby cereal about a month ago and loves it! We also just this week started her on some vegetables. She loves her food. I don't give her much of the vegetables yet and she gets so mad when I stop feeding her or when I am not fast enough getting the spoon to her mouth. She is totally different from her brother when it comes to baby food..he hated it and didn't eat much!
Camden is a busy little boy! Always talking and wanting to be on the go! He is enjoying school and going to WWW. (wild worship wednesday) The last couple weeks at WWW he has been learning about God rested on the 7th day and Jesus is the Messiah. Each week he comes home we talk to him about what he has learned and he will tell me about the bible story and explain his papers..I am glad he listens!!! At preschool this week he is learning about fire safety and he is so excited each day he comes home to tell me what to do in case there is a fire! So we practiced the stop, drop, and roll and taught him how to use the phone to call 911 if there is an emergency. He knows now to tell them his address, his name, his dads name, and what the emergency is.
He sure is getting excited for Halloween this year. We bought his costume about a month ago and it's killing him having to wait to go trick-or-treating. I keep telling him it will be here soon! To a 4 year old that should mean right now!!!
Well that pretty much sums up our life right now!! Have a good rest of the week and weekend!:)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weekend

Why do the weekends go so fast? It's already Monday..ugghhh!!!
Brad had a 4 day weekend so that was so nice that he was home with us!! Friday we had Maeci's peds appointment in Sioux City and she ended up having ear infection and they put her on some allergy medicine to see if that would help with her constant stuffy nose. After the appointment we went and did some shopping. Camden has outgrown most of his winter clothes from last year so I needed to get him some new ones! Also I didn't have much winter attire for Maeci so she as well needed some new clothes. After shopping and eating supper we headed home and by the time we got home, unloaded, we all were so tired and went to bed!!
Saturday we went to Mike and Anne's house to watch the Iowa game! GO HAWKS!! They came away with another win!! We spent most of the day there watching football and just hanging out.
Sunday we cleaned the house, got groceries, and watched some more football!
Tonight is the BIG game!! Packers and Vikings! I can't wait to watch the game!! Brad made some of his famous chili for the game so it's going to be a great night watching football!!! GO PACK!!!! Oh yeah I need to throw in a GO TWINS!!!!:) Have a good week!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Weekend

Friday night Camden and I traveled to Ruthven to watch the boys play football. They both played very well and won the game 54-3. I love watching them play sports and I only have the rest of this year watching Oz and 2 more years of watching Brett. :( It's hard to believe they will soon be graduating!!
After the game dad and Oz came to our house to spend the night so they could get up bright and early to travel to Omaha so Oz could attend a Creighton baseball recruitment camp! Brad went along with them and they were out the door by 5AM Saturday morning. It sounded like it was a pretty intense camp and Oz said he learned a few things. They had about 80 baseball players attend the camp and 7 of them were from Iowa. It was a great opportunity for Oz to be invited to this camp and I am glad he was able to attend.
The kids and I did nothing all weekend. We lounged around and watched movies! It was kind of nice to do not a thing!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Well I haven't had alot to blog about lately because we haven't been doing a whole lot around here! We have been staying home because both kids are still getting over there colds. I was planning on going to the Spencer fair sometime this week/weekend but I am not sure if we will make it there or not. Tomorrow night Camden and I are going to the Oz and Brett's football game in Ruthven. I am excited because it will be the first football game I have been to so far this year! I have heard they have been playing pretty good! After the game dad and Oz will be coming to stay at our house overnight. Early Saturday morning dad, Oz, and Brad are heading to Omaha for Oz to attend Creighton baseball recruitment camp. A couple weeks ago he got a letter for him at the school about them interested in him attending this camp. What a great opportunity for him to do this! I am sure he will learn alot from this camp.
The kids and I are just hanging out at home this weekend and maybe make it to the Spencer fair! Well that's about all that has been going on lately around here! Have a good weekend!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Maeci

Maeci is still battling this cold and can't seem to get over it. We took her to our family doctor here in town yesterday and he said she is still pretty congested so we will be trying out a stronger antibiotic. If she is not better by next week he is recommending we take her to her Peds doc in Sioux City to have them check it out. Reflux babies tend to get chronic colds there first year of life and I have a feeling that is what we are dealing with. Doc said when they reflux it can go up into there sinuses and even into there lungs causing upper respiratory problems. And since her reflux doesn't come up it just goes back down that could be the problem. I remember Camden's first year he was sick all the time with colds. I guess most babies are since there immune system is not built up yet. This cold could just be the normal cold and she has a harder time getting over it. I think to it's because she just started daycare and about the time she started she got a cold.(Imagine that) I have heard alot of daycare moms complain that there child is sick right now with a cold so I know it's going around daycare! I am just hoping she gets over this fast!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Preschool


Today was Camden's first day of 4 year old preschool. He sure has been excited and ready to start back up with preschool. He told me last night he didn't think he would sleep very good because he was so excited to go to preschool and see his friends! This morning when I woke him up he had a good luck at school card waiting for him from his dad.He was pretty excited about that. Brad had to work all night so he was sleeping when we were getting ready for the day. I took him to daycare and all the preschool kids ran up to Camden and they were all jumping up and down that they were going to preschool...too cute!:) Sounds like he had a good first day and is already to go back tomorrow!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Weekend

Family Picture...We have not had a family picture since Maeci has been born.(I guess we have but it's one of me in the hospital after I had her and I looked doped up) Camden needed to make a train car with a family picture in it for his first day of preschool tomorrow. He is so excited to tell about his family!!
So sweet! Give it a couple years and they will be fighting!!

Camden and Trevor playing at Sutherland park


Bounce House



Camden and Mikayla waiting for the parade to start...nice smile Cam!




This weekend was just the kids and I home. Brad left for the Iowa game Friday afternoon with Michael and Bubba in the RV. Sounds like they had a good time and the Hawks came with a win...ok barely but it was a W! The kids and I didn't do much but lounge around the house and I got caught up on all my house cleaning. Maeci is still battling this nasty cold and is having a hard time getting over it. I think if it's not better in a couple days we will be taking her back to the doctor. Just as she was sleeping 8+ straight hours at night she gets sick and wants to be up every 3-4 hours now. I can't blame her though when she is not feeling good. Of course she has been at daycare for a month and she has already came down with something. Sounds like alot of kids at daycare have had colds/flu in the past couple weeks. This weather sure doesn't help either!! Hopefully she can get over it and get back to herself. Even being sick she still has lots of smiles for us!! :)
Today I took Camden down to the Sutherland Labor Day celebration. We enjoyed the parade and playing in the park with some of our friends and there kids. We are all pretty tired after the weekend and now it's back to the work week...oh joy! Hope everyone has a good week!





Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Camden

Camden is finally home!! My dad has been wanting to take him for a weekend this summer and this past weekend seemed to work out the best. I dropped him off Saturday morning with my dad and Brad met my dad this morning in Spirit Lake to pick him up. It was a nice break but boy did I miss him! It was to quiet around here! Everytime Brad usually comes home from work Camden always meets him at the door and it was a little different him not being here and doing that! Sounds like he had a good time with his Papa, the boys and visiting the rest of the family! Grandpa bought him a sling shot so they went up to the lake and shot bullets and I guess he really enjoyed that..typical boy!!!The spent alot of time playing outside and messing around in the machine shed. He also got to spend some time playing with Cassie which is always fun for them. The couple times I talked to him he was playing video games with the boys or trying to get the boys to let him play:) I got home from work today and he was constantly talking about all the fun things he got to do. Dad said he was always on the go and went from one thing to the next. I am glad he was able to do this and spend time with my family!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Maeci

Today we had Maeci's doctor appointment in Des Moines with the specialist. Everything went very well. We were very happy with the doctor and he checked her over very well. He said that she is having reflux which 90 percent of babies have at some point. She is just having it a little worse and it's not coming up which is causing her to have heartburn. He explained to us that there is 3 categories for reflux babies that need to me on medicine or have treatment. She fell into one of the categories and we decided to continue the medicine at a higher dose. We will give this a couple weeks and see if it helps and if it doesn't we will continue with this doctor and talk about what to do next. If he does work we will just have to go back for a re-check in 4 months. He said many babies go through this and they usually grow out of reflux by the age of 12 months. Camden had reflux but he spit up everything and he grew out of it by his first birthday. We are so thankful nothing else was going on with her and it's just this. It was a long day and ride down but we are glad we did it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Weekend

It was Maeci and mommy weekend and Camden and daddy weekend! Brad and Camden headed out early Friday morning for Green Bay to attend a pre-season game. It was a long weekend for both of them but sounded like they had a good time. It was about 7 hour drive time with a little extra for stopping to stretch and for lunch. Camden did very well in the car watching movies, reading books, and playing with all the toys he took along. Camden said "Mom it was 6 miles to Green Bay from our house!" Yeah we could only wish it was that short of a distance!!:)Friday night Brad treated Camden to one of Camden's favorite places to eat, Chuck E Cheese. Saturday they did some shopping and walked around Lambeau and then that night headed to the game. Camden said "Mom the Bills beat the Packers really bad!" HAHA! Actually Green Bay won the game. Brad said he enjoyed the game but after about 1/2 hour he was ready to go do something else. I guess I can't blame him, he is only 4. They stayed for most of the game and both headed to bed to get ready for the long drive home. Overall they had a goodtime!!
Maeci and I spent the weekend back in Swea. We did alot of visiting with all of our family. Saturday we helped Brad's gpa celebrate his 95th birthday with alot of his family. Later that day Tab, Cassie, Brett, Oz, Stac, Maeci and I went to Mankato shopping to do some school shopping with the boys and I guess we all did shopping for ourselves too!! We found some good deals and I got a few winter clothes for the kids. We were all exhausted by the time we got home that night. It was a great weekend to spend with our family!!:)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Boring weekend!

We did absolutley nothing all weekend. I don't think we even left the house. That is unusual for us because we always seem to have something going on. It's probably a good thing because this next week is going to be a busy week. Brad and Camden are headed to Green Bay on Friday for a long weekend to go to a Packers game. Starting this weekend Brad will be gone almost every other weekend to the Iowa games and Packers game. So that means the next 2 months are going to fly by with being so busy and him being gone!
Maeci and I are going back to Swea to visit family, help Grandpa Pulver celebrate his birthday, and take Oz and Brett school shopping. It should be a fun weekend! Hopefully she is good!
She has been actually doing pretty good and the past couple weeks her fussiness at night has seemed to improve alot. She is also sleeping better. She goes to bed between 9 and 10, sleeps until 3 or 4, goes back to bed until 7 or so. Usually after her 7:00 feeding she usually is up just a short time and will go back to sleep for a couple hours. She always takes good naps during the day too. I don't mind the one feeding a night we usually have. Now last night that is NOT what she did. She seemed to be fussy on and off after supper and she did not go to bed until almost midnight and she was up twice and each time she thought she should stay up for about an hour after her feeding and smile and talk! I loved the smile and talking but didn't like the no sleep!! I really hope it was just last night and we are not back to the fussiness at night and getting up more at night! So hopefully tonight goes better. In 2 weeks will be heading to see the GI specialist with her. She is still having problems drinking her bottles. One day it seems better and the next we are back to the same thing. We have tried everything with her and I mean literally everything! I hope we can figure this out once we see this doctor! I have a feeling he is going to increase her reflux medicine to a higher dose to see if that helps.
Camden is going to be starting school up again after Labor Day. He is very excited and ready to start again.We are going to be going school shopping sometime and he is excited to pick his stuff out. It's hard to believe he is starting his 2nd year of preschool. I am excited to see how much he learns and improves from last year in school. The kid amazes with me with all the stuff he knows and has learned. He is a smart little boy and he doesn't forget a thing!
Well that's about all that is going on around the Stevens' household! Hope you all have a good week!:)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend

It's hard to believe we are into the month of August already! But it sure seems like we are finally getting some summer weather! I think I liked the cooler weather we had before and not this humid weather! Our weekend seemed to go by pretty fast as we were on the go! Friday night we went to our friends for supper and a fire. It is always nice to get together with friends and Camden loves it because there are lots of kids to play with at these get togethers! The guys get there guns out and practice shooting clay pigeons and the women sit around and chit chat!
Saturday we headed up to the lakes to Paul and Connie's place and spent the day with them. It was so hot and we really didn't feel like even being outside but we did go to Arnolds Park and walked around for a little bit and went to the car show. It was nice that Connie offered to stay home with Maeci so she didn't have to be out in the humidity! Camden loves to be outdoors but he even was complaining that it was to hot to be outside! We also went to the harley store because lately my husband has been stuck on wanting to get a harley...Oh great!!! He has talked about it alot but now he seems to be more set on getting one!! He likes the regular motocycles but really likes the trikes(sp?). Oh boy just what we need!! He is thinking maybe next year!!
Overall it was a great weekend to spend with family and friends. Today we are just relaxing and getting caught up on house work!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kim and Drew came to visit!


This past Friday my friend Kim and her son Drew came up from Altoona to stay with us for the weekend. Brad had to work overnights the whole weekend so it was nice to have them here. Saturday we went to Spencer and did a little shopping. It was interesting going with 3 kids but it was nice to get out of the house for awhile! The rest of the weekend we just relaxed around the house and the kids played. Camden had fun with Drew but he didn't really understand he is only 1 and he wanted him to do all the things a 4 years does. We don't get to see them much so it was nice of them to come up!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maeci-2 months

It's hard to believe that Maeci is 2 months old already! It fun though now because she is smiling like crazy and starting to talk and coo all the time! Today everything checked out ok with her at her appointment. She is a chunk weighing in at 13 lbs 10 oz and 24 inches long. Just a week ago she weighed 12 lbs 8 ozs and was 23 inches at the pediatrician appointment we had...2 different scales so it won't be the same. Camden at 2 months weighed 14 lbs 11 oz. Last week we took her to the peds doc in Sioux City because we are continuing to have problems with her taking her bottle without getting uncomfortable or crying. They ending up putting her on prevacid once a day for the "silent" acid reflux and had us change to a formula that had some rice starch in it to see if that would settle her tummy! It's not that she spits up, it just comes up into her mouth/throat and then goes back down and it bothers her and she gets irritated. They told us to give this medicine/formula a week and if it hasn't got better than we would see a Pediactric GI Specialist. Well the medicine seems to be working a little but she is still have tummy issues and can't get through a bottle without becoming uncomfortable. So I called back the peds doc and she decided we needed to be referred to the specialist just to make sure nothing else is going on. There are not alot of those type of specialist around here and the ones that actually are in are not covered in our insurance network. Brad has pretty good insurance but when it comes these docs I guess they are not covered. We found numerous pediatric specialists in Des Moines that are covered under our insurance so we have an appointment down there August 31st. I wish it was sooner but I guess it takes a long time to get into these kind of docs since there are not many of them around! Anyways we are hoping nothing major is going on with her and we hope this gets better! But overall she is doing pretty good! She still is sleeping alot during the day but I can't keep her awake. She still sleeps pretty good through the night too. She usually sleeps the first 4 1/2 hours and then after that it's about every 3 hours...we have had our fair share of bad nights though where she wants to get up every 1-2 hours! Well I am back to work tomorrow and I am dreading it! The kids don't start back at daycare until next Monday! It's going to take awhile to get back in a routine of getting the kids to daycare and going to work! Ahhhh this past 8 weeks went way to fast!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

50th anniversary

Gma and Gpa Angle on their anniversary
This past Sunday the kids and I headed back to Swea City to help my grandparents celebrate their 50th anniversary!! It was a very nice day to have the party outside and in the garage! It was nice to see some family and some of my great aunts that I haven't seen forever!!! Other than that we didn't do much this past weekend. Brad had to work all weekend so it was just me and the kids. This week is a busy week for us as we have had some doctor checkups, swimming lessons for Camden and the fair is in town! This week will go by fast! I will get some more pictures up eventually on facebook from this past week!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Baseball

Well the season for NSK has come to an end:( The eagles took a hard loss to AR thursday night, 2-1. We did not play like we have all season and couldn't do much that night and AR took advantage of that. Congrats on a great season Eagles and I am proud of my "little" brothers as they both had a great season!!! With baseball being my favorite sport I am already for next season to start!!! It's hard to believe Oz will be a senior and Brett will be a junior next year. Only a couple more years of watching them in sports:(

Monday, July 13, 2009

Maeci

Maeci is growing like a weed and changing everyday. The first 3 weeks after she was born she was a very good baby and seems like in the past 2 weeks that has changed a little. She has been starting to cry during all her feedings and has such a sensitive stomach along with lots of gas. She will start drinking her bottle and then after a bit she tenses up and starts crying because of her sensitive stomach. She also has a little bit of silent acid reflux. She spits up maybe once or twice a day but when she burps it comes up and goes back down and she gets a little fussy during that. It is so hard to deal with the feedings because we maybe get through one bottle a day without her crying. After she eats a little and starts crying she can't eat anymore because of it. The doctor has had us change formula's a couple times and nothing seems to be working. My gosh there is a ton of different formula's for every symptom a baby might have..I wish one would work for us!! She has a fussy time at night to from about 7:00-9:00. We took her into the doctor today and they had us change formula's again and wasn't to concerned because she is still gaining weight..she is up to 12 lbs 11 ozs! Doctor also said she has an under developed sensitive stomach which can cause some colic, fussiness, and gas which usually happens around her age. It's just something we have to deal with because they grow out of it and her stomach will get better. I wouldn't say she has bad colic because she cries on and off during her fussy time at night and it's not for a long time. Some of our friends have had colic babies and they said their baby would cry straight from 6 at night until midnight and they would not stop and they couldn't console them for anything...oh god I would go crazy!!! So we are hoping this formula will help her tummy because I feel terrible watching her try to eat and I can't do anything for her:(

Okoboji/Arnolds Park

Saturday we headed up to the lakes for the day. Our friends and their kids also went along with us. Paul and Connie were at the lakes with Brad's aunt Denise and cousins, Charlotte and Caroline from Chicago. We decided to leave Maeci with Connie at the trailer because it would be to much for her down at the park and it would give us a chance to get away. Brad's dad, aunt, and cousins also came down to Arnolds Park to enjoy the afternoon. The kids had a blast riding the rides and playing the games. After the park we walked down by the lake for a bit and then decided to go to the Barefoot Bar. The kids played on the swingsets and the adults relaxed. It was a great day to be with our friends and to be able to spend time with Brad's family! I will post some pics on facebook once I get around to it!

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July weekend

Twins game...it's funny the way he is posing for this picture
Camden and the Hooters girls

Nickelodeon Universe


Swimming



Zoo




We headed out on a small family vacation to the cities last Friday. It was a fun weekend but we were all very tired and ready to be home last night. Here is how our weekend went....

Friday-We headed out Friday morning early and made a stop at the outlet mall in Medford. I found alot of good sales and got a good start for the kids for winter! After shopping for awhile we headed to the zoo. Camden was excited because he loves animals and could not wait to get there. The weather was great and we all enjoyed the zoo. After the zoo we headed to our hotel to hang out and go swimming. After swimming we relaxed and called it a night!

Saturday-We headed out Saturday morning to spend the day at the Mega Mall. First we hit up the Nickelodeon Universe. This place is so fun for kids. We will for sure be going back there. Camden enjoyed riding the rides, playing in the arcade, and shopping at the Nickelodeon store. I didn't know if he would ride the rides or not but he did and made his dad ride with him:) Brad also enjoyed some of the big roller coasters.There were some rides there I would never get on. After Nickelodeon Universe we went to Lego Land. My kid LOVES legos, so of course he enjoyed playing there. After Camden enjoyed his fun we did some more shopping and again I found some great sales. After a long day of fun and shopping we headed back to the hotel for supper and bedtime..we were all very tired!


Sunday-We enjoyed the afternoon watching the Twins come away with a win! Camden had a goodtime but did get restless towards the end. He was so excited to go and he wanted Joe Mauer to come and give him a high five. He loves Joe Mauer! Overall the kids did pretty well and we had a good/busy weekend!


One last thing...When we were at the Mega Mall we decided to go into Hooters and have a drink. Ever since Camden was in the Hooters in Green Bay, he loves going there!(Just like his dad) He had his picture taken with the Hooters girls. Later that night we asked him what his favorite part of the day was and we thought he would say Nickelodeon Universe or Lego Land. Nope, he said his favorite was going to Hooters...GEEZ!!!





Anyways here are a few photos and I will post the other ones on facebook!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

It has been another busy week for us! Brad has had the whole weekend off so it's been nice! Friday night we headed to Paullina to Mike and Anne's to hang out with them for the night! It was nice to get together with them since we haven't seen them much since Maeci has been born. Saturday we got up early because the kids had there pictures taken. They did pretty good with pictures except for the fact that Maeci really didn't really want to wake up at first. I am excited to see them once she gets them done. Saturday late afternoon we headed down to Paullina for there fun days parade and they had fun games and bouncy things in the park for kids. Camden had fun running around with his friends, Trevor and Mikayla. After the fun in the park we went back to our friends Brooke and Aaron's house for pizza and to let the kids play some more. It was a busy weekend for us and seemed like we were on the go constantly but we had a good time! The weather was perfect all weekend and it was not as humid like the weather we had last week. I have been wanting to go to some more of the boy's baseball games but it's hard to take Maeci when it's so hot and humid out. Hopefully we will make it to a few more before the season is over. Today we are going to hang out and relax. I am going to take Cam swimming this afternoon...he is becoming a little fish. He has private swimming lessons the end of July so it will be interesting to see how he does with. We are also excited for next weekend. We are taking a small family vacation to the cities. We are going to the Mega Mall to shop and go to Camp Snoopy(i think thats what it's still called) and let him go to Lego Land. He absolutley loves legos so he will have fun there. We are also going to the Zoo, a Twin's game, and going to make a stop at the outlet mall. I am excited to get away!!! Well that's about all that is going on around here for now!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Busy last week

Our last week has been pretty busy. Last week Brandi came home from Aurora to visit. I didn't tell Camden she was coming and he was sure excited to see her when we picked him up from daycare. He kind of just looked at her like what are you doing here and then ran to her and gave her lots of hugs! We just hung out around the house while she was here. She kept Camden entertained outside while I took care of Maeci, which was very helpful! They had fun playing soccer, having water fights, and just hanging outside! Last Thurday night we packed up the kids and went to the Oz and Brett's baseball game at Milford. I didn't know how Maeci would do during the game but she did well and pretty much slept the whole game. It was my first game I had been to this season. It was great to be able to go and they came away with a win! Friday Brandi headed back to Swea to spend the rest of the weekend up there. I was going to go back on Friday but decided not to leave until Saturday morning. This weekend was Brad's first weekend back to work since I had Maeci so it's been just the kids and I most of the weekend. Friday night we headed to our friend's for a BBQ since I did not go back home. It was fun to get together with everyone that night and Camden enjoyed playing with all his friends. Our friends have a little girl also that is almost 2 weeks older than Maeci. Saturday morning I packed the kids up and headed to Bancroft for the baseball tourney. They won there first game and ended up winning the tourney that day! Again it was nice to be able to see another game. After the first game we headed to Gma and Gpa Beadle's to visit with them and the Roman's who were home from Wisconsin. After spending the afternoon visiting I packed up the kids and headed back to Primghar. It seemed like a long day but it was nice to visit family and watch baseball. Thank goodness Camden and Maeci do well in the car especially since I was by myself. Today we are just lounging around at home while Brad sleeps. After he gets up we will do the whole father's day thing! Happy Father's Day to all you dads!!!!
I will post some pics later otherwise I usually post all the pics on facebook!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Doc appointment

Maeci had her week check-up yesterday. Everything went well and doc said everything looked fine. She came home from the hospital weighing 9 lbs 9 ozs and yesterday she weighed 10lb 8ozs. I was happy to see she gained weight instead of losing it. Doctor said she is a very content baby because she just layed on the table and slept for the most part during her check-up. So we were happy to hear that everything looked good. I was just saying yesterday how good she was and her sleeping was good during the night. Well last night she decided to she wanted to be up for 3 hours during the night and she is fussy today. Boy I sure hope it was just last night and today because I am already used to her being such a good baby and can't imagine her starting to be fussy all the time. She gets so gassy and gets tummy aches easily so I think that has been some of her problem today.I guess everyday won't be the same with her. We also have been trying to keep her awake today and that is not easy!! Anyways that's about all that is going on right now.....Oh yeah my sister is coming here tomorrow from Chicago. We are excited to see her! Camden does not know she is coming and he is going to be so excited to see her!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Well Maeci is now a week old and everything is going pretty good. She is a very content baby and sleeps all the time. She sleeps all day but she still does pretty well sleeping at night. Most nights she will sleep for 5 hours at a time. She is hard to get back to sleep after she wakes up but she will eventually go back to sleep. I guess I can't complain considering she is only a week old.
I am still breastfeeding her and I am thinking I am about ready to give that up. The past couple days I am just pumping but I feel that is all I am doing! I guess people were right when they said how demanding and time consuming nursing is! So we will see how this week goes with it and I will go from there!
Yesterday we headed back home to visit all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles! It was a long day but it was nice to see everyone. Camden enjoyed playing with Cassie and the boys and was worn out by the end of the day. Maeci literally slept all day. I think everyone maybe got a peak at her eyes but for the most part she was sound a sleep. I will post some pictures from the last week either on here or facebook!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our first day/night at home with Maeci....

Well I wrote this post once but for some reason it didn't post....
Our first day home with Maeci went pretty good. We are all just trying to get settled in and get a routine started. Brad has been busy doing alot around the house and getting stuff putt away...he is such a great husband and dad! Oh yeah and he is taking care of me since I am a little layed up from the surgery!Camden is starting to adjust a litte better. He does not like it when she cries really loud...like during her bath last night! He got very upset because he didn't understand why she was crying!He held her for the first time last night and fed her a bottle...boy did he love that!! He has been giving her lots of kisses and hugs:) Maeci slept alot during the day yesterday and I wasn't sure how last night would go. She went to sleep around 7:30 and I finally woke her up around 11:00 to nurse her before I headed to bed. She went right back to sleep so I went to bed thinking this could be a long night since she had slept ALL day. She woke up at 1:00 and she took a couple oz. of formula and went right back to sleep and slept until 6:00 this morning! I about died that she slept that long! I figured she would be up for the day after I fed her. Nope she ate and went back to sleep and is still sleeping and it's 9:00! I know it's the first night but I hope she continues to be a good sleeper! I will probably have to maybe wake her up one more time in the night to nurse since 5 hours is a long time to go without me nursing or pumping. And she really needs to really eat every 4 hours since she was losing some weight in the hospital and newborns just need to eat more often! Well the rest of the household is getting up so I better get going!

Our first day/night at home with Maeci....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Daddy went home :(

Brad just left a little while ago to go home for the night to pick up Camden. Camden was pretty excited because daddy and him were going to the movie today in Spencer and were going to go buy some toys for Maeci! He had a hard time leaving but we thought it was a good idea for him to spend some time with Camden before we get to come home tomorrow. I hated to see him leave too because it's alot easier with him here to help me since I am having some pain still, I guess I will just rely on the nurses...which I hate asking for help all the time!
Maeci is doing pretty good. Dr.Caldwell, the peds doc, came and checked her out this morning. She is a little concerned because yesterday she was down to 10lbs and today she was down to 9lbs 9ozs. All baby's usually lose some weight but she has almost lost a lb. So we are going to see what she weighs tomorrow before we go home and we may have to take her to the clinic back home and get her weighed for a couple days to make sure she is starting to gain and not continuing to lose the weight! She seems to be eating good though so we will just have to watch her. She is a pretty good baby so far, obviously likes to sleep alot. Her dad and her love to nap in the hospital chair already. Her color is really good and everything else seems to be going pretty good. This is something new I have never heard before but on her eyelids and right between her eyes she has a couple "stork bites" I have seen them on lots of baby's before just never hear of them called that until the nurse told me yesterday. I guess they are a type of birthmark and something with the stretching of blood vessels in the area where they are located. They are flat and not raised. I guess it's common in baby's and most commonly go away completely or at least fade by the time they are 18 months old. It's nothing serious at all but I guess I just learned something new yesterday! Well she is ready to eat so I better get going! YAY we hopefully still get to go home tomorrow!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day 2.....

The night went pretty well last night. I had her in here one time to nurse her and the rest of the night I was able to sleep because she was in the nursery and they bottle fed her. This morning she did good nursing and throughout the day has not been so good. She is having trouble latching on or if she does she falls asleep about 3 minutes into the nursing and it's hard to keep her awake. My milk has not come in yet but the colostrum(spelling?) is there so she is getting a little of that. It is frustrating at times but I guess if it don't work out at least I can say I tried it with her. The nurse thinks we will be fine because it does take awhile to get used to it!
I am also having alot more pain today than I had yesterday. I am trying to keep ahead of that with pain meds but they make you so loopy and tired and I hate feeling like that but I guess that's what I have to do. I am also having that neck pain again that I had after I had my spinal before surgery yesterday. So hopefully tomorrow will be a better day with the pain control. Other than that we are just hanging out and enjoying our visitors! I will probably put some new pics of her up on Facebook later tonight or tomorrow. She looks different today than yesterday because some of her swelling has gone down. She looks alot like Camden did when he was a baby. The nurses look at her and can't believe she is over 10 lbs, they say they think she looks smaller than that! Brad and I think Camden looked bigger at birth than she does! She is still a little chunk though!Hopefully everyone is enjoying there weekend:)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Maeci Esta Stevens

Well she is here and doing great. Maeci was born at 7:38 this morning weighing in at 10 lbs 6 oz and is 22 inches long. She is a little chunk! She is already daddy's little princess! This morning on the way down here I started having contractions and when I got here they hooked me up to monitors and sure enough I was having contractions. So even if I wouldn't of been coming down for the c-section today I would of probably had her this weekend somtime..Crazy how that happened! The morning started of kind of shakey with not being able to get an IV in me. I was poked 3 times and finally they got it in....they sure DO NOT feel the best when you have to get poked that many times. I went into OR around 7:00 am and they gave me my spinal to numb me and I instantly got nausea and really bad pain in my neck and upper back...they gave me some medicine to take care of that so I was feeling pretty good when doc came in to start the surgery. He came in and started at 7:25 and I had her ata 7:38...it went pretty fast!! Once I got back to my room I started the neck and back pain again but it's under control now and I am hardley having any pain at all. I am on a liguid diet right now until I can keep stuff down. Everytime I eat Jello or drink somthing I have been vomitting it back up so I am a little dehydrated. If this continues they will have to put another IV back in to get me some fluids through that. THey took it out a little while ago because it was bothering me so bad when they put the IV and my machine would constantly beep. So I am hoping I can keep all this water down that I have been drinking so I DO NOt have to go through another IV attempt! Well that is about all for now. I posted some pics on facebook so check them out! Oh yeah bare with me as some of this might not sound right or spelling might be a little off, I am still a little doped up from some of the medicine!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quick update on BB game tonight....

Tonight NSK traveled to Buffalo Center to take on undefeated North Iowa. Brett was the starting pitcher. We got an update at the end of the 4th inning and the score was 0-0. I thought maybe we could get the last inning on the radio here and we could hear bits and pieces of it on 98.1 but we had to keep driving back and forth in the drive-way. Dad and I were very nervous not sure what was going on in the last inning with Brett pitching. We ended up winning 6-2 and Brett got the win. From what we could hear on the radio both boys also had some hits and I guess it was a heck of a game!! Way to go boys!!:)

The Big Day...

Well tomorrow is the big day for the arrival of Baby Stevens'. I am SOOO ready to be done. This past week I have been very uncomfortable..I swear the baby has double in size in the past week. I have been battling headaches and backaches the past couple days! But tomorrow that will all be over with..thank goodness. We have to leave for Sioux City a little after 4 in the morning tomorrow...it's going to be an early morning and I probably won't sleep tonight! My dad is coming down this afternoon to stay with Camden in the morning and bring him down to the hospital after the baby is born. He can't wait til his Papa gets here! So tomorrow we will be letting everyone know once the baby arrives!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend

Like usual our weekend seemed to be pretty busy......
Friday-We headed down to Paullina to Mike and Anne's for a BBQ. We had lots of good food, fun, and the weather was perfect. It's always a goodtime getting together with them and there kids!
Saturday-We went to Spencer to do some shopping, got groceries, and to get a few last things for the baby. After we got home we relaxed for awhile because I was exhausted and with it being hot all weekend I was swelling up alot! That night Camden and I were supose to go with Mike and Anne to the rodeo in Cherokee but Camden decided he wanted to go to the races. It was probably a good thing we didn't go because I would of had a hard time sitting through the whole thing! So after relaxing for awhile we headed to the races here in Primghar. The Jaycees group here in Primghar sponsor and put on the races. We are members so Brad was working there that night. Last year Camden didn't like them so much because it was so loud and his ears are sensitive to loud noise but this year it didn't seem to bother him as much and he really enjoyed them!
Sunday-It was such a nice afternoon so we spent alot of time outside and were able to get some yardwork done!
That pretty much sums up our weekend....I will post a few pics later!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Baseball

I hate it that I am not able to go to Oz and Brett's baseball games yet. If they were a little closer I would for sure be at some of them. Dad usually calls after the games to tell me what happened during the game. It sounds like Oz has been playing shortstop again this year and is also doing some pitching. I think he did a little pitching last year too. Dad says he has had some good plays and is hitting the ball well. Brett is playing left field and also doing some pitching. They played a double header tonight agaisnt Bishop Garrigan and the first game Brett got his first official start as pitcher. Dad said he thought he was a little nervous and the game started out we were down 9-0 but ended up coming back to win 13-9. Brett ended up pitching the whole game. Dad said once he started to settle down a little and everyone else started making plays, we got back in the game and Brett was fired up! I so wish I could of seen that! I am so proud of him!!! The second game we ended up winning 4-3. So with this being the first week of baseball I would say from what I have heard they are not doing to bad. Sometimes it takes a few games to get everything figured out and everyone playing together! If the boys are going to be doing some pitching this year I am going to be even more nervous, you all know how I get at games. I don't think either of the boy's really did any pitching growing up or did much in the past couple years so I am excited to see them pitch once I can make it to some games!! I believe after tonight there record is 3-2 and they still have games Friday night and Saturday.

Baby Appointment

Well today was our 38 week checkup and doc said everything is great so we DON'T have to go back for a checkup early next week...just c-section on Friday..YAY!! My blood pressure was good and I am swelling still but last appointment I didn't gain any weight and this apointment I gained just 1 pound so doc is not so concerned about the swelling. I measured today at almost 39 weeks so nurse said I am now a little ahead but it's obviously because this baby is going to be a BIG baby! I am measuring a little early but we are still going with June 5th as the big day and not any sooner unless I go into labor! Doc had us do a stress test today and baby was not under any stress and heartbeat was great! Well that's all I have to report today!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Weekend

Memorial Day weekend was pretty quiet around our house. Brad had to work all weekend so Camden and I just hung out around the house and relaxed. We did run up to the lakes Sunday afternoon to meet my Gma and Gpa Angle. My mom bought us a new playpen so Gma and Gpa brought that over to the lakes when they came over for the weekend. After visiting for awhile we headed back home. Sunday night after Brad got off work we went to our friend's house for a bonfire. It was fun to get together with a bunch of our friend's and Cam had fun running wild with all the kids. It was fun even though we didn't get home until 1:30 in the morning and I was SO tired!! At least all the kids were passed out way before that. After sleeping in Monday morning we got up and did some yard work and finished hanging the decor in the nursery. I think we are officially ready for this baby to get here. We go back to the doctor tomorrow so I will report more on how that goes later. We are hoping it's our last appointment since a week from this Friday is the c-section but we will have to see I guess!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Doc appointment

Holy Moly...2 weeks from Friday and the big day will be here! We had another apointment today and again everything went well. The only concern is that it is getting hot out and my legs and feet are starting to swell alot! I am going to continue to work this next week since I only work about 3-4 hours a day and next Thursday's appointment we will see how the swelling is doing and go from there. At least with this pregnancy I have had no protein and blood pressure has been great! I think we are all ready for this to be done and Camden is beyond excited! He has been a great helper and wants to help us when we are getting things ready for the baby to be here. He just told me the other day he wants a sister now so he can find her a good boyfriend when she grows up...the things he will say!! On that subject.....Camden came home from daycare the other day and Brad asked him what he did at daycare and he said I just played all day with my friends. Well then he proceeded to also tell us when they were playing outside he kissed both of his girlfriends in the little playhouse thing they have outside! He also told us alot of other boys kissed the girls and the teachers didn't see them do it! I told him he was to young to be kissing girls and he said "Mom, 4 year olds can do that you know!" Oh geez!!!!
Well hope everyone has a good rest of the week!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Keeping warm at the track meet
Not sure what he was looking at....

Weekend

Our weekend seemed to be pretty busy and went by pretty fast. Friday night we headed to Laurens for Ozzie's district track meet. It was freezing and rainy throughout the whole night. I hate it that it is on Friday nights now instead of Saturdays. The track meet started at 4:00 and we assumed Oz would be doing the long jump and we got there a little before 4:00 and they decided to not have Oz do the long jump due to his knee hurting him. He was running in the
4x100 and 4x200, one of his races was right in the middle and one was the very last race! So we got to sit for awhile until he was running and on top of that after all field events there is a mandatory 45 minute break! So he did not end up running the 4x200 until about 7:15...it got to be SOOO long! The 4x200 started off great and we were in first place at the beginning until the baton was dropped during an exchange....whew, Oz didn't have anything to with the dropped baton. So we got to see Oz run even though they were disqualified. We ended up not staying until the last race because it already was getting to be a long night! Well now it's on to baseball.....YES I can't wait! Baseball by far is my favorite sport to watch them play! I have alot of the summer off so I am hoping to make it to alot of games, pending my recovery from having the baby!
Saturday morning Brad ran uptown to get some things he needed and ended up coming home with the rug doctor. We wanted to have someone come and do it for us but the guy who usually does it is so busy this time of year it probably would of been another month before he got here. So Brad cleaned the carpets himself and it actually did a pretty good job! So that is just another thing to cross off of my to do list! Saturday night we had to go to a retirement party for one of Brad's co-workers and Camden stayed home with Ashley. It was a fun night but I was so tired by the time we got home. Sunday we pretty much just relaxed the whole day. It was so dreary, cold, and windy so we didn't feel like doing much. Today is beautiful outside and sounds like the rest of the week is supose to be pretty nice too!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tonight Camden and I had to run up to Brad's office to take him his uniforms so he could get them to the dry cleaners. We were getting into the durango and Camden said out of the blue "Mom do you have your license?" I said "It's in the house in my purse." He freaked out and said "Mom, you have to have your license to drive the durango, if you don't you will get in big trouble from the cops!" He was so serious when saying it and had a look of worry on his face! I have no idea where he got that from! Yeah I am bad and I rarely have my license with me when I am driving just in town...I guess my son is already watching out for me:)
Well now we are officially down to going weekly to the doctor. I will be 36 weeks on Friday and we have just over 3 weeks left to go...thank goodness! Today's checkup went well. The heartbeat was good and I am still getting some fluid but blood pressure is good and I actually lost weight since last checkup so doc is still not concerned about the fluid and swelling. This last month I think is going to kill me. I am so uncomfortable..I never was this uncomfortable in the last couple months with Camden...but I guess that's why they say every pregnancy is different! Well that's about it for now! Hope everyone is having a good week!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

We didn't do a whole lot this weekend and of course the weekend went by so fast! Brad had to work overnights the whole weekend so it was pretty much just Cam and I hanging out. We ran to Spencer yesterday to get some flowers to plant. Most years I buy alot of flowers and this year I decided I wasn't going too...I am sure I will be back to it next year!! I also have a couple bushes in my front yard that are not coming back for some reason this year so I need to find something to replace them.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's!! I love being a mother and I have a pretty great son! We didn't do a whole lot today since Brad had to sleep most of the morning and then has to be back to work at 6 tonight. Brad and Camden made me a nice dinner and the rest of the afternoon we spent outside playing soccer, baseball, and just relaxing. As Camden was learning last week in school that it was going to be Mother's day this weekend he kept asking me why we don't call it parent's day? After I explained it that there is a mother's day and father's day he realized why we don't call it parents day. He is so funny! Hope everyone enjoyed their special day!:)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Preschool Concert

Doing actions to a song
Dad and Cam before the concert

Introducing himself


"Why do I have to take my picture again, let's just go to the concert!"


Last night we had Camden's Spring concert. It's hard to believe he is done with his first year of Preschool next Wednesday! It was such a cute concert last night with all the songs they sang! He officially got his award that he passed 3 year old preschool so it's onto 4 year old preschool next fall:) He had a good year, learned alot, and I could see improvement throughout the year on certain skills.He loved bringing home his weekly papers to show me what he had learned or what they were studying about that week.I told him that preschool is over next week for the summer and he wasn't to happy about that! He loves to learn and I am sure this summer I will still see him at his desk at home writing his letters, numbers, or doing his homework as he calls it!

Clip of a song

This video is sideways for awhile, then I realized it and flipped my camera in the middle of it. I don't know how to rotate it the right way after I download them!HA! I just need to remember to tape the right way!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy Weekend

Here it is...I look crabby in this pic but I really wasn't....I think I wasn't so thrilled about taking a picture of myself! Just over 4 weeks left...I swear there is no more room for this baby to get bigger! Everybody keeps saying "You are going to have a big baby!" I want to say "Yeah ya think so, I already figured that out!"





The weekend of course went by so fast! Friday Brad and Camden headed back to Armstrong to Brad's parents for the night. He went back home because Saturday morning he had to go pick up my dad's new lab we found for him in Minnesota. It is a black lab and is almost 10 weeks old. I talked to dad and he said they haven't picked out a name yet but the pup is fitting in just fine around the farm! I guess Brett and the pup were laying in the grass napping yesterday afternoon! I decided I wasn't going to make the trip home this past weekend as I wanted to get some things done around the house and it was nice to have some time to myself. My friend Anne and I went out Friday night for awhile, which was long overdue!! Saturday I got up and went to Spencer and did some shopping. After shopping I came home and did some cleaning. Brad and Camden came home later that afternoon. We pretty much spent the rest of Saturday outside doing yard work because it was so nice out! Sunday we went to church and out for brunch with Anne, Mike, and their kids. After visiting for awhile we headed to Spencer to get a new dresser for the nursery and some fishing supplies. After we got home we went down to Paullina to Mill Creek to do some fishing. We had a couple bites but didn't catch anything. I don't think anybody was catching anything yesterday. After fishing and playing at the park we headed home to spend a little more time outside. It was such a nice weekend to spend time outside!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sunday School

Last night was our last night of Wild Worship Wednesday Sunday school until next fall. We had a pizza and roller skating party for the kids. Camden had a blast!
Just starting to figure out how to do it on his own...My friend Anne's boy in the background, Craig. These skates were heavy and a little hard to figure out!
He was one of the last kids out there roller skating, but he did have to take a break every so often! Here he has the plastic kids skates on and it was alot easier for him.

About ready to fall, but caught himself. He had plenty of falls though!


Ashley and Tayla showing him how to skate when he first got his skates on! Such nice girls helping him!:)



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

34 week appointment

Today we had another checkup and everything went well! I have been having alot of pressure in my belly but doc said that it is normal around this part of the pregnancy.My legs and feet are swelling also but my blood pressure is still good and I didn't gain any weight since my last appointment so doc is not to worried about the swelling at this point! I swear everyday I wake up and I think my belly has gotten bigger. It's for sure going to be a big baby and we still have 5 more weeks to go! My belly feels like it is all baby! Gma Beadle told me last weekend that I am for sure growing a BIG baby! We go back again in 2 weeks and then we will start going weekly! YAY we are almost done!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rusty

My dad's chocolate lab Rusty has been missing for about 6 weeks now. I didn't realize this until we were at my dad's yesterday. I thought it was weird when we first pulled up to my dad's and Rusty is usually the first dog that meets us at our door! Dad said one day he just didn't come home and has been missing since:( Dad usually would let Shooter and Rusty off the chains during the day if he was at home otherwise if he was gone one had to be put on the chain. At night he had to have one on the chain also. This dog was a smart dog but didn't have any training at a younger age. My dad put many hours and alot of his time into training this dog. He loves his dogs and was always worried about getting them taken care of if he was gone! This dog has become a very smart and great hunting dog. Dad thinks someone shot him or took him. He also thinks that coyotes could of got him too. Rusty would go crazy at night when he would hear the coyotes so it is possible that he went after some and they attacked him. Who knows though! Dad said he has put many miles on looking for him and pretty much has given up. I guess you don't realize how close sometimes you get to a dog until they are gone:(
I came home and was telling Brad about what happened and our friend Matt I guess knows someone that has a purebred black lab that someone is trying to get rid of. This lab's parents are hunting dogs and we think it would be great for my dad to be able to train another lab because he is pretty good at it. I called dad last night and told him I got him another lab and he said he would let me know today if he wanted it! I really hope he says yes!!:)

Busy, Busy

I feel lately that we have been going nonstop around here! Last week it was so nice out so we were outside as much as possible and of course this weekend has been so cold and stormy!
Friday night we went to our friend's house to play some sand volleyball in there backyard. It was a nice during the day on Friday but quickly turned cold that night when we played volleyball. I guess I didn't play and it sucked just having to watch. Last summer we started going over there and playing quite a bit and this year they decided to put sand down. I am bummed that I probably won't get to play all summer considering I will have to have a c-section and it is an eight week recovery...ugghhh!!
Saturday Camden and I decided to head back home to visit some family. We just went home for the day but it was nice to stop and visit both sets of grandparents and my parents! Camden always enjoys going home and visiting even though it can get long going here and there. He enjoyed going to Burt Lake with Oz and Brett and seeing the carp at the dam and then trying to skip rocks like the boy's did! It was cold and windy though so didn't stay to long. We hadn't seen some of our family for awhile so Camden got a few more late birthday presents and Easter baskets so he has been having fun today going through them. Brad has been busy at work so he didn't get a chance to go back home with us yesterday. Brad loves this weekend because it's draft weekend. I love football but really don't enjoy watching the draft so much. I can only watch so much of it. Speaking of football Brad just recently decided to go in with one of his buddies for Hawkeye season tickets. His buddy has 2 tickets and was trying to get someone to go in and buy the 2nd one with him so Brad decided to. Since Brad works every other weekend he thinks he will probably only will be able to go to 4 games since he is not going to take every weekend off. His buddy will just sell whatever remaining tickets Brad does not go to or have his wife go. I am excited he is doing this because I haven't been down there for a couple years and I am sure I might go down and go tailgating with everyone!!:)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What a beautiful day it was today!! I got home from work at noon and we spent the afternoon outside. Since it was so nice I figured I should get something done outside. We had a really windy day a couple days ago and I swear our yard got all the leaves and corn husks. I accomplished raking the yard and getting my outside windows washed. Brad got the yard mowed and got the lawn fertilized. Every year I plant lots of flowers and this year I am debating if I am going to do it again or not. It is alot of work but I do enjoy doing it but we will have to see! Camden is feeling better so he got to enjoy being outside all afternoon riding his bike, playing baseball, etc. I don't work tomorrow and it sounds like it's supose to be another nice day..YAY!

Monday, April 20, 2009

This was Camden's favorite clown act...2 clowns boxing..it was hilarious!
This is a picture of a guy driving a motorcycle on a high wire and a girl is hanging below it doing stunts...Camden thought the motorcycle was pretty cool!

Elephants


At the circus with his light up sword he got



Not feeling so good last week....He never takes naps anymore and this day he napped for 4 hours and 3 hours after that he was back in bed for the rest of the night! I knew you wasn't feeling good!




Saturday, April 18, 2009

Measles In Spencer

I am sure most of you have heard about some kid having measles in Spencer last Saturday and Sunday. I of course am freaking out because we met the Stac, Cassie, and the boys over there last Saturday. I looked up online where this kid had been and the times she had been there to see if we were at any of the places at the same time. The only place was Walmart and we were there that morning and she was there later that night! This kid had been all over at an easter egg hunt, churches, nursing home, etc. Yikes that is alot of exposure to other people! I think we are fine but it's just the thought if it and Camden has been sick all week! There is 2 doses of the MMR vaccination and you have one at 15 months and another with your kindergarten shots. I called up Camden's nurse and she said he should be alright considering he had his first shot and his second one is not required until his school starts but she said we could go up this next week and get the second dose. I guess though there is a 6 day exposure time so if he got exposed last Saturday the shot will not help him. We are going to go next week anyway and get it taken care of and not wait until school shots!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Circus/Sick

With Camden being sick all week with a cold and fever I wasn't so sure we were going to be able to make it to the circus today. Last night he just had a low grade fever and this morning he woke up feeling good and no fever. There was no way he was going to miss it so I figured with no fever we could go. He liked the circus but during some parts he got pretty bored. I think if it was all clown acts and animals he would like it better. He got bored during the dancing, juggling,etc. His favorites were the motorcycle act, all the animal acts, and clowns!
After getting home from the circus he ran around all afternoon and acted like he was back to his normal self but all of a sudden it hit him again tonight and his fever went up again and he was passed out on the couch by 7:30. It is also a battle with him to take medicine, he absolutely hates taking it and sometimes will spit it out and refuse to take it! That part is not fun! Yes I have tried putting it in juice or food and he is pretty smart and knows it is in there! I called the doctor on Wednesday to see if I should bring him in and they said I should because Influenza A and B are going around like crazy. The strains that are going around are not covered by the flu shot!! At that point they didn't think he had Influenza because he didn't seem or act that sick he just had a temp. They said it is probably just the common cold and it would have to run its course. If he is not better by Monday then I will take him back in and I am sure they will do the Influenza test! I think he has passed his sickness on to me because I feel like I am starting to get a head cold! We have been pretty healthy in our house. Camden was pretty sick his first year of life and battled with ear infections and colds but in the past couple years he has hardley been sick. He usually never runs a fever either when he is sick. He has probably had a total of 3 fevers in his life. So we will let it run it's course the rest of the weekend and see how he is on Monday! I will post some Circus pictures later this weekend!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

32 week checkup

Today we had our 32 week checkup and everything went well. I will be 32 weeks on Friday..hard to believe! The heartbeat was good and I am measuring just over 31 weeks! I am getting more fluid and swelling up but my blood pressure is great and I don't have any protein. When I was pregnant with Camden at 34 weeks I had border line preclampsia but everything turned out fine. I hope I don't start with this one. I will post some belly pictures once I get around to taking some!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pictures from last weekend

Enjoying the nice weather and riding his new batman scooter
Easter Bunny A.K.A -Brad

Look I found an egg!


Camden and his babysitter Ashley with the Easter Bunny