How She Got Here

My water broke at 6:40 p.m.  Mike and I got all three kids situated and got to the hospital. 

Hattie Cecile joined us just a few short hours later at 1:21 a.m. on November 13.

She was a smooth and easy delivery and has been a smooth and easy baby ever since!

November 12

We spent November 12 like this.

Hanging out, watching George's two soccer games while Mike worked.

We snacked and played.

I was almost a week overdue with Hattie, so Vince and Denise came along to give me a hand.

George played well.

And Carli Grace had a great time playing with all of us.

She may have known what was coming that day because she gave Uncle Vince some baby care lessons.

And was sure to prove herself as an awesome big sister.

Seven hours water broke and November 12th became and even better day then it had started out as.


Introducing Miss Hattie Cecile

Weighing in at 9 pounds 8 ounces and 21.5 inches long...

...she joined our family on November 13, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.

Happy Birthday Princess

Today is Carli Grace's third birthday.  When I look at her next to Hattie I just can't get over how grown up she is and how much I remember her being SO little.

This is the first year Carli Grace completely understands birthday.  She knows that, as of this morning, she's 3...and she knows which fingers those mean.  She picked out treats to take to Ms. Kelly's for her friends, she's getting a special dinner and treat tonight and she knows...oh, does she know...that there will be presents.  

So, as I do on each kids birthday.  Three things of interest this year:

This year my big girl has gotten over being shy.  We started this year with a girl that wouldn't talk to anyone but us, wouldn't go outside if someone was mowing their lawn within 3 miles, and wouldn't go on most things at the playground.  Well let me tell you...that is no longer the case.  Between her dance recital, trick or treating and her introducing her "new baby sister" to every stranger in Target she has definitely moved past being shy and reserved.

This year my big girl has become independent.   Sometimes we roll our eyes and shake our heads at her sass, but let me tell you...secretly, I'm proud that she knows what she wants and even prouder that she knows how to talk you into also wanting it.  I'm sure this post will come back to bite me in the years to come, but I still just can't help smiling every time I hear her reason with one of "her boys" or Daddy.

This year my big girl has fallen in love with her new baby sister.  It was immediate and it is beautiful to watch.  I'll be honest.  I worry about the huge responsibility it is to raise two little women...sisters.  But when I see how Carli Grace gravitates towards Hattie I just feel like it's all going to work out just fine.  That my Carli Grace has it under control.

Happy birthday my princess!  I love you more then you can possibly know until you're a momma yourself.

Happy Hump Day

Did you know if you pound this really, really loud you can actually drown out Wednesday?

Happy Hump Day

How would you like it if somebody left you down here, alone, on a Wednesday!?!?

Lady Driver

So I'm just do you feel about younger men?

Halloween 2011

Everybody got to draw a pumpkin for Daddy to carve.

George carved his own for the first time.  He was so proud!

Mike did his best with what Carli Grace drew.

Our little kitty cat just wanted to show everyone her tail.

And our girl who used to be SO shy has really exploded out of her shell lately.  She figured out how this whole thing worked quickly.

And then RAN to the next house "with a light".

Carli Grace's First Dance Recital

My girl's first dance recital was a success.

She did not just stand there.  She participated...and even made herself a star of the show.

Mark and Carli Grace after the show.

Happy Hump Day

Hold on...I think Wednesday is trying to sneak up on me.

Grant's Farm

Last month we spent some family time at Grant's Farm.

Everyone fed the goats.

We thought Carli Grace would be apprehensive and want Daddy's help.
But she quickly corrected us.  "I want down."
After feeding the goats we walked around and saw all the animals, had lunch and snow cones and went through the stables.


Daddy!  Daddy!  Give me back my bike!!!


Today marks ten years since my Dad died.  My brothers and I decided that since our spouses (with the exception of Angela) and all of our kids had never got to meet my Dad it would be fun to get together some folks that knew him and have dinner and story telling.  

The theme of the night kind of revolved around the idea that - "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."

Unfortunately the night we chose for the event turned out to be a bad night for many folks, but we still got to hear some fun stories and I think Mike and Denise got a taste of the guy that they've only heard about.  Thankfully Denise remembered to pick up my camera since I didn't.  Here's a few pictures.

Carol - Lydia - Carli Grace

Lydia - Bridget - Charlie - Danny

Lydia - her Great Grandma Kruse

Bobby - Charlie
My boys - Bobby - Vince - Me

Deborah - Grandma
The entire "Kruse" clan...SO glad this happened.

George - Grandma Kruse (or great to the kids) - Me - Carli Grace

Grandma - Lydia - Angela

Vince - Grandma - Denise