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We made it through our trip to Chicago/Indy. We had a great time. It was Kaira’s first time on a plane and she did great. She got a little bored and anxious at the very end of the first flight, but other than that, she was perfect. Its hard to expect a 2 year old to sit still in a little seat for 2 hours anyway.

Wyl and Jo’s wedding was BEAUTIFUL! It was a lot of fun and I’m so glad we were able to get there. It was fun to get all dressed up and everything. Kaira just wanted to dance the entire time. She danced with Daddy…that made for some very cute pictures. I was also glad that Kaira got to spend some time with Anara, and she’s still asking where “Nara” is. Awww, cute little girls. :-)

We are now officially watching Jayden full time, so our house has been a little busier than normal. He’s almost 9 months old, and he’s a good baby…but I can see why people say that its hardest to go from 1 kid to 2. Its a lot different with him around, but we’re getting used to it, getting into a schedule, so I think it will work out. And it makes me happy that he’s not in a daycare, and that Kaira is getting used to not being an only child. Hopefully that will help her adjust whenever we have another baby.

I’m scheduled to start my orientation at the hospital in about 2 weeks. I’ll just be working about 20 hours a week, either evenings or weekends, so Chris will be able to watch Kaira. I’m excited to get started, I hope it all works out well!

Wendy and I are getting ready to go to Lincoln this weekend. We’re taking the kids to visit their grandparents and probably visit with some old friends. It’ll be a quick trip, so it’ll be nice to get away for a few days (although it feels like we just got back!). Hopefully I’ll remember to update again once we get back!



Aug

14

We’re in the process of planning two more trips, yay! I love traveling, although its a bit more complicated with all of Kaira’s gear, hehe. Our first (rather unexpected) trip is back to Lincoln again over Labor Day…to visit my parents, no less! Yes, you did read correctly. MY parents. First time in over 4 years. And we’re staying with them. I think it will be fun actually, and they’re obviously really excited to have us visit, its just a little “weird” still. Hopefully it won’t be like that for long. They want to take Kaira to the children’s museum and zoo there, so I think she’ll have a lot of fun. We’ve been wanting to do a zoo trip for a while now, and now that Kaira is learning the names and signs of so many animals, I think she’ll especially like it. The amount of information that she can pick up is amazing, and her vocabulary is starting to get sooo much bigger. I feel bad because I know a lot of times we just can’t quite understand her, which I’m sure is frustrating for her…but its getting better (for example “pacifier” is “sassy”, and “thank you” is “tank tu”).

Our second trip is to Chicago in October for Wyl and Jo’s wedding. So that also means Kaira’s first plane ride. I’m not really sure what to expect of that, but I think she’s old enough that she’ll think its cool. She just learned what an airplane is and will point them out in the sky all the time now (she calls them “hair-pains”). I’m really looking forward to that trip, I think it’ll be a lot of fun. Plus Chris will get to hang out with Wyl again, which is nice because I know he misses him. *tear*

Otherwise things are good, we’re keeping busy most of the time, which is good. :-) Kristine and Jayden will be arriving this weekend (yay!), and I’ll be watching Jayden while Kristine works, so that should give us something new and fun. I think it will be good for Kaira to get used to another baby being around. It’ll be good practice for when we have our next baby! I’m also looking into a weekend/night position at a hospital here, which I think would be awesome (only 20 hours a week!) so I’m reeeealllly hoping that works out!



Jul

18

We’ve had a pretty full summer so far, with still more to come soon.

First up, we had our family trip up in the mountains last month. It was a lot of fun!! I had such a good time seeing everyone again (everyone together!), and it was really hard when we had to leave. The nice thing though is that most of us already live in Denver already, soooo its not like we wouldn’t see them again soon. But still, its not the same as being in the same house. The house was interesting. It wasn’t quite what we expected, but it ended up working out really well for our group. The space in the house was great, 7 bedrooms, in 4 separate areas of the house. Chris, Kaira and I ended up in the basement, which was nice b/c it was quiet. It was FREEZING at night though. Man, it was crazy. We had to turn on the heat in our bedroom at night (and go buy Kaira long, warm PJ’s). And this was in the middle of June. Being up in the mountains makes a big difference in temps, that’s for sure, hehe. Anyway, we played A LOT of Wii, which was really fun with all the people there. And we had 4 controllers while we were there so 4 people could play at once. We also went hiking one day, which went pretty well. Kaira climbed a mountain!! Hehe. If you know Kaira, you know she doesn’t like to be carried, so she insisted on climbing up the trail herself. We had her little harness on her (so we wouldn’t lose her!), and that helped a lot with all her falling. She’s not used to walking on uneven terrain, but she still loved it. She was dead tried by the time we were done though. We also went on a big boat again this year. This one had a grill on it, so we got to eat out on the water. It was so beautiful out there! Other than Chris and Betsy’s sunburns (which weren’t TOO bad), that was also a lot of fun. And, of course, we got to meet the newest member of the family, little Jayden. Such a cutie!!! I can’t wait until they actually move here and we can see him all the time. Kaira wasn’t thrilled with mommy holding another baby, but she had enough friends there to keep her occupied most of the time. And we ate a lot of food. Really, a lot. We cooked everything there, and still had a ton of leftovers…mmmm, makes me hungry just thinking about it. :-)

This last weekend I did a quick trip to Lincoln. Betsy came along with me to help with Kaira, and then met up with her family in Iowa. It worked out pretty well! The trip was interesting, to say the least…lots of surprises kept popping up all over the place. All in all, I was glad to see so many people…my grandma, Tim and his new wife, TJ and Titus in their new house, Anh and Anara, Chisa, Cari, Ryan, Eric. I think that was most everyone. In the end though, I was very happy to get home and see my Chris again.

Coming up in the next few days/weeks, we have Chris’ mom and sister visiting, Kaira turning 2, and then a visit from Leslie, Alec and Blake. Its been SOOO long since we’ve seen them, so everyone is really excited about that. I think we’ll be spending the day at Elitch’s, so I’m sure that will be a lot of fun too…I hope Kaira cooperates. :-P I think she’s big enough that we can find stuff for her to do this year, so I bet she’ll have a good time too.

Other than that, things are pretty normal around here. Kaira is talking up a storm all the sudden and amazes me every day. She’s looking more and more like a little lady all the time. It makes me a little sad that she’s not such a “baby” anymore, but at the same time its so fun to see how smart she is getting and all her new little adventures everyday. She’s such a happy, good little girl…aww, I’m so proud. We just got her a little baby doll that coo’s and moves around, and you can give her a paci or bottle to make her be quiet. It almost made me want to cry to see her holding the baby and giving her a bottle, cutest thing ever!! I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next! :-)



So its been almost a year since my last post. Woops! Honestly I don’t really have an excuse for that, I guess it just kind of got lost in the background. I like the new theme (gracias a Chris), and we’re going to replace the flower pic with one of our own. I haven’t found the perfect one yet though.

We’re getting ready for our vacation, which starts on Wednesday. Woohoo! We’re going up to a house in Frisco with the fam…I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ve put a lot of planning into it so I think its going to be great. Hopefully relaxing too. :-) I’m excited about seeing little Jayden for the first time too! I know its going to make me want another baby though, hehe. We should have A LOT of good food too, it definitely won’t be a “diet” week! That reminds me that I have to make spinach and artichoke dip and puppy chow before we go…along with all the packing. Oh well, I don’t mind “working” for the trip!

Chisa and Lucas were here visiting this weekend, on their way through to Vail. It was so much fun seeing them again. We took them to the Melting Pot since they don’t have those in Lincoln. Really, we just wanted an excuse to go there again. Oh man, we ate, and ate, and ate. That place is so stinkin good! Its a good thing we only go there every 3 or 4 months, or we would be some very fat people. :-P I’ve decided that I like our method of skipping the meat portion, it leaves more room for the cheese and dessert courses!! There was also one other exciting part of the weekend with them…buuuut I need to wait a few more days about that.

My baby girl is growing up so fast. Its just amazing. Chris was saying yesterday that she’s looking more and more like a little girl and less like a baby. She’s a little person. She seems to be soaking up everything around her and learning more and more each day. She just started learning everyone’s names (which is a pretty big feat with all the names in our family…). Her new love is horses (pronounced: hor-SEEEEE). There are a couple old farms and a vet school a few blocks away from our house where we walk almost every day so she can see the horses. And Chris found her a HUGE pink horse at a garage sale, which I honestly didn’t really want (its huge!), but she loves it now. We really just need a whole play room for her so her toys won’t be taking over our house anymore. Overall she’s just a great little gal. She loves playing with her cousins all the time, and she gets to see them all a lot more since they’re out of school for the summer. She’s also getting into swimming again this summer.

I was thinking as we were shopping this afternoon that I should start making some goals and write them down so I’ll actually work on them. I sort of feel like I don’t ever focus on one thing long enough to really get good/understand it before I get distracted by something else.



May

1

We had a busy and fun weekend. On Saturday, we met Wendy and the kids and Javin and Ethan at one of the state parks that happens to be about 5 minutes from where we live. We went on a “hike” of some sort…we got kind of lost and ended up walking on the road, but at least we know where we’re going now. :-P We had lunch by the lake, and watched the kids go play in the freezing water. It doesn’t seem to matter how cold it is, they’ll still go in! Javin had his house inspection in the afternoon, so we split up while he did that. Then we all met up again for dinner at the park…and more freezing lake playing, etc. It was nice. The weather was so beautiful this weekend that we had to take advantage of it.

Sunday we decided to take Kaira swimming for the first time! She did okay, but unfortunately the pool was PACKED, and all the screaming, splashing kids really freaked her out. So for the majority of the time she was clinging to us, but by the end she had calmed down and was having more fun. I think once our pool opens at our condo, we can go a lot more often (and hopefully with a lot less people) and she’ll be able to have more fun. She was very cute in her swim suit though. :-)



Look! A hair thing! :-)
Look! A hair thing! :-)
Mommy loves this outfit :-)
Mommy loves this outfit :-)

Well, we finally found a place we liked…and moved. :-) We’ve actally been here about 2 weeks now, but with unpacking and Kaira…I didn’t get a chance to update! I’ve taken a few pictures of the condo to put up…I couldn’t get a picture of our bedroom because its still a mess. I’ll get to that someday! Anyway, we love the condo. Its still super close to the other house, so we still see everyone pretty much everyday. Whitney comes over and stays with us before school, which Kaira loves. Kaira thinks she’s soo cool. :-P

Kaira is 8 months old now, and (we found out yesterday) weighs almost 18lbs! No wonder she makes my arms so tired all the time. She’s doing great though. She has 2 teeth about to come in too. I took her to the doctor yesterday because we were afraid she had another ear infection (she was super crabby and pulling at her ears). Turns out, its teeth! The doctor said they’d probably poke through in the next few days. My baby’s growing up!

Kaira can pull herself up now, but hasn’t started crawling yet. She gets on all 4′s, stays for a little bit, gets tired and falls over. Poor baby. She wants to go…she just can’t figure out how yet. She more interested in standing up all the time though, so maybe she’ll just skip crawling and go straight to walking!

Kaira's rocking chair
Kaira's rocking chair



Well, actually…Chris is 24 tomorrow, but its close enough. :-) We had a little ‘party’ for him on Saturday. After our yummy chicken alfredo, we took all the kids (all 6 of them!) to see Happy Feet. Super cute movie! Kaira did surprisingly well, she watched the first half of the movie, was a little crabby for about 10 minutes and then fell asleep for the rest of it. We were happy that she did so well though! Chris got a bunch of presents, my favorite was his Starbucks gift card that we had Whitney’s ‘scary doll’ holding in a box. There’s a long story behind that, but basically, Whit has a doll that freaks us all out, but she really likes, so we can’t get rid of it. I’m not sure what it is about this doll, maybe its just too life-like, but something about it is just…off. We’ve hidden it twice since we moved here, but she keeps finding it! Anyway, we taped the Starbucks card to her hand, put her in a box full off tissue paper and then wrapped it up for Chris. It was hilarious, especially since that same morning Chris had told us that the doll reminded him of Chucky. Fun, fun. :-)

By the way, it snowed here again on Friday. School was cancelled, so the kids got to have a 3 day weekend. They, of course, were extremely happy about that. Personally, I’ve had enough of the snow!!!! After 3 weeks of storms, I need some sun! Hopefully that will be the last of it for the year (or at least the month!!).

I’m also posting a bunch of pictures of Kaira in her new red dress. I ordered this dress from ebay and its so adorable. She looks like a little model. :-P I’m thinking we may have her wear it for her 6 month pictures at this end of this month.

My favorite outfit!
My favorite outfit!



Jan

2

Well we survived the Denver holiday blizzard(s). We acutally had 2 bad storms, but the first one was the real blizzard. The second one missed us, other than about 10-12 inches more of snow. Luckily we had enough food to last until we could get out again, so other than the annoyance of being snowed in, it wasn’t too bad. (And not getting our trash picked up for over 2 weeks!!!) Chris got extra days off work (since the city basically shut down, no mail, no gov’t offices, no schools…). Wendy, on the other hand, didn’t get that luxury. :-P After getting stuck in our driveway trying to leave for work (and that was in a Durango), the hospital sent someone to come pick her up. The really sucky part was that they declared a snow emergency at her hospital, which means none of the employees can leave until its called off. So she was stuck there overnight and then working again all the next day. I’ve been through a lot of storms in Nebraska, but this was probably one of the worst I’ve seen…its kind of scary when you wake up to snow up to your waist. :-P Its supposed to be in the 40′s this week though, so hopefully it will melt.

These storms have also delayed (3 times now) our attempts to go up to Wyoming again to visit Chris’ family. We’ll make it someday…hopefully soon, we still have all their presents in our car. :-)

Kaira’s just getting bigger and bigger. I love playing with her little chubby legs…after being so little for so long, its so cute to see chubby legs. :-P She just turned 5 months old and she’s becoming so playful. She got a bunch of cool new toys for Christmas, and then we had to buy her 2 more new ones this weekend. :-P If we just buy everything for her, we won’t have to buy anything for our next kid (haha, yah right). If we could just figure out how to get her to sleep better at night (or more consistantly), that’d be great! She’s just a cutie though, we love her to death. :-)

This weekend (New Years) was a football disaster. The Broncos lost on Sunday, which means no playoffs, and Nebraska lost in the Cotton Bowl on Monday. Grrrr. So depressing. At least the Broncos won last week because Chris and Javin went to that game, in the snow…sooo, its a good thing they won that day, hehe. Next season will be better!



Nov

28

Well its been a busy couple of weeks around here. Kaira is just getting over an ear infection, so her sleep has been…well, a little off. But she seems to be doing better now, and she just finished all her medicine, so she better be healthy now, dang it! Other than that, she’s just getting bigger and bigger, and cuter and cuter. :-) We have lots of new pictures up, and we finally got a camcorder too…although we haven’t really used it at all yet. Once we figure it all out, I should be able to post videos too, yay!

Thanksgiving went very well. We had the big dinner here on Friday (Jared and TJ were traveling here on Thursday). And of course, we watched the Nebraska game, which was awesome, full of trick plays. It was a very entertaining game to watch. On Saturday, we took the whole family to get pictures taken. I was a little worried about how that would go (considering we had 6 kids) but it actually went really well!! They turned out really good. :-) And we got TONS, so we should be sending them out soon.

On Sunday we took the kids to see a movie at a movie/grill place. It was pretty fun, and they liked it a lot. I’m sure we’ll be going back there soon. :-P Sunday night we surprised the kids with tickets to a Nuggets game (the boys are obsessed with basketball). They were beyond excited, it was super cute. The game was fun, the Nuggets won. Kaira did pretty well, except she’d freak out everytime there was a big play from all the noise. Oh well, we bought her a monkey and she was happy. :-P

Chris started his new job yesterday. Ummm, I’m actually not sure what he’s doing…but its programming stuff like he likes. :-) That’s all that really matters! It seems like a good company though, so hopefully it’ll have room for growth. Its kind of sad to not have him around during the day now, but he’s been coming home for lunch, so that’s nice at least!



Nov

9

A few more random pictures…some from Halloween, others from dinner with Tara and family. I’ll update more later!

Whit and Dylan
Whit and Dylan
Dylan, Whit, and Deion
Dylan, Whit, and Deion
Dylan, Tara, and Kaira
Dylan, Tara, and Kaira