We had our first ultrasound on Friday and we found out that baby GIRL Thielke is doing great! Yes, you read it right, we are having a girl. So exciting! The due date has stayed the same - April 29th, 2010. I will post a couple more ultrasound pictures.
It has been wonderful to hear from many of you through the Christmas cards, letters and pictures. Ours are being sent out today. You should receive them tomorrow or Wednesday.
Take care and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
What an awesome November this has been! It is so nice to still be able to take our PE kids out to do outdoor activities, to see the daycare kids playing outside at Fran''s house when I pick them up at 5:30 (even though it is completely dark out,) and be able to enjoy many beautiful fall runs outside. I love it. I wonder how much longer this will continue? :)
The kids are continuing to stay healthy and enjoy their activities that they are involved in.
Mason is still loving preschool. They have continued with the alphabet and are learning how to make lower-case letters and how to sound the letters out. Mason is also beginning to recognize what words begin with what letter. They are also continuing to work with their numbers, colors and shapes. They wrapped up the month of October with having a Halloween Party and dressing up in their favorite costume. We only had like 10 to choose from and Mason still chose to wear his Spiderman costume from last year. That was what he was last year for Halloween. Every Halloween event we took the boys too, they were a different character. Variety is the key! I was glad we could make use of the costumes, thanks to Auntie Alisa. She was also so kind to purchase many more for next years Halloween, yeah! I hope they fit. For the month of November, it has been pretty low key. We have parent-teacher conferences this week and then it is getting ready for their Christmas Program and Party. Mason already has all 6 songs memorized.
Preston has made huge strides on potty-training since I last wrote! Yes! I ran out of diapers a couple of weeks ago, so Preston and I had the chat about how I wasn''t going to buy anymore and all that I had left were pull-ups or underwear. From that point on he just made up his mind that he didn''t like a wet/dirty pants and that he wanted to be big boy like his brother. All this past week, he has went #2 in the potty. That is a huge breakthrough for him. Granted we have to celebrate with ice creams after each time, but it works! Today the ice cream cone came at 11:20am, just before lunch...oh well. It is so cute to see the excitement on his face and in his voice after he goes potty. I wish I got that excited over something like that. Ha.
Thielke #3 is doing great. I had a Dr. appt. on Wednesday and the baby''s heart rate was in the 150''s and it was extremely active. It was funny to see my Dr. move the doppler around on my belly to follow the baby''s heart beat. I am at 17 weeks and we have the ultrasound to look forward to in 3-4 weeks. We can''t wait! What is it going to be??????
Justin and I are continuing to do well. Busy with work and the boys, nothing new. Also, I can say, that my sister and I (mostly my sister) have been decorating for Christmas. The inside of the house is complete and she began working on the outside yesterday and is coming over tonight to finish up the rest. It is so amazing. I don''t know how she does. I just wish I had one little ounce of her and my mother''s talents. (My sister and I both need to put our decorations up this early because we have so much stuff...we need to enjoy it for a long time to get the money''s worth. Ha) The last two Friday''s we have been taking the boys to Lifetime to go swimming and I think we will make that a ritual. We usually go from 5-6:30pm and then we shower up and then grab some food and bring it back to the house and then we pop a movie in and the boys (and me) are out between 7:15-7:30. It is so nice and quiet and relaxing. Ha. They have a water slide there that the boys go up and down a hundred times. They make me exhausted just watching them. We have to get them into swimming lessons, they are so ready. I am not sure why I have been procrastinating that one, but they both have showed they need to be in them because they love the water.
We have a short work week this week and then it is home to Hancock for Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to spending time with the family. We will go home Wednesday night and stay with my parents. Thursday noon we will go to Grandma Thielke''s and then Thursday evening to my parents. From there, not sure what is going to happen. My sister and I would like to come back to the cities for some Black Friday shopping but haven''t finalized anything. Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Fall/Winter is surely upon us. Gotta love waking up in the morning and never know what season it is. The last two days have sure been beautiful.
Since school has started, we have been extremely busy with everyone''s schedules.
Mason is now 4 1/2 years old and has started preschool. He attends the Joyful Noise Christian Preschool two times a week with 3 other daycare friends. We are so glad that it worked out for our daycare provider to transport the kids otherwise Mason wouldn''t have been able to attend. There is no busing available for the kids. The school district does a great job to accommodate working parents - NOT. It all worked out though. Mason is having a blast learning about the alphabet, words associated with each letter, numbers, colors, shapes, seasons, etc., etc. The class took their first field trip to Berry HIll Farm. They were able to take a BIG yellow bus, they went on a hay ride, and each student was able to pick out a pumpkin to take home. Mason couldn''t stop talking about it. Thanks Fran for the adorable pictures. And... let the fundraising begin...grrrrr. Already, as preschoolers this begins? So we are selling Butter Braid pastries if anyone is interested, they are very good and make a great breakfast item. The money raised helps to fund the preschool center. Some items to look forward to for Mason our - class pictures, fall party the end of October and parent-teacher conferences mid-November.
Mason also started Sunday School this fall. Lets say, it hasn''t been as enjoyable as Preschool that is for sure. (In Mason''s mind anyway.) The biggest issue is, he doesn''t know any of the kids and his teacher. The last 4 weeks have been a constant struggle where Justin brings him back to his class and like clockwork he begins to tantrum and freakout. Justin would stay with him for a little bit and then try to leave and then Mason would put on the death grip. So today, mean mom takes him back and he freaks out and starts screaming. He make it through singing and then it was time to go to their classes and there is another 4 year old class and I know the teacher. Georgia sweet talks him and then death grips him (because he is still screaming) and she tells me to go. I didn''t worry and headed back into church. When we picked him up at the end of the service, there was a huge smile on his face and he couldn''t stop talking about the wonderful time that he had and everything he learned about Mary receiving word from the angel that she was going to give birth to baby Jesus. What a relief! Thanks again Georgia!
Then there is little Preston who will be turning 3 on December 26. He is for sure a little Justin in every single way - looks, mannerisms, eating habits, stubbornness, watching tv (Diego), etc., etc. It is cute. He is really enjoying daycare and his daycare friends. On Tuesday and Thursdays, he sometimes gets to ride along with Fran and the preschoolers to do drop off. Preston still loves to get in Mason''s business by doing everything he does, destroying what Mason''s creates with legos, puzzles, etc, and just being that little devilish child that loves to get into trouble. Ha. I would love to say that Preston is potty-trained but, nope, not yet. It has been a frustrating process. He totally knows that he can do it, but is just not interested and doesn''t want to follow-through with it. Little stinker. We are trying to be patient and we know that when he is really ready, he will get it done. Lets just hope that it is by his 3rd birthday or by the time #3 joins us.
Yes, we are expecting #3 if you haven''t heard. I am officially 12 weeks and 3 days along and I am due April 29th. We are extremely excited and blessed. This pregnancy has sure thrown me for a loop compared to my last two. Mason and Preston were easy from start to finish, this one, not so much. The first 8 weeks were miserable with constant nausea and extreme tiredness. I am so glad that has passed. I am feeling so much better and it feels good to have more energy back. We will continue to keep you updated on this baby''s progress.
Thanks for keeping in touch. I am going to try extremely hard to do a much better job of updating then what I have in the past.
Well, I see it is about time for an update. Sad. The Thielke 4 are doing very well. Here is a quick recap.
- Still attending Daycare Full time until next week. Loves daycare and all of his daycare friends. We are waiting for the phone call from our daycare provider when she has her baby. She will be taking 3 weeks off when that happens.
- Fran took all the preschool-aged kids to Vacation Bible School at her church. All kids had a wonderful experience and compliments to Fran for hauling all of those kids every day.
- On Monday and Wednesday evenings, Mason is involved with T-Ball (it is live pitch and no T) he loves it. It has been fun to see him interact with different kids and it has been fun for Justin and I to meet many new parents. This will continue until the end of July.
- Mason learned how to ride his bike without training wheels on Memorial Weekend. He caught on so quickly. It is crazy to see him take off on 2 wheels and become more independent by riding up to the cul-de-sac or up and down the sidewalk. He loves to ride with his buddy Myles.
- Mason is still really involved with anything having to do with sports. We love it. He has also shown interests in Star Wars stuff, Legos, and any types of crafts. With the weather being so nice, the neighbor kids are into playing with water guns. It is fun to see them all interact and keep themselves busy.
- Towards the end of July and into August - we are looking into swimming lessons and a basketball camp for Mason. It is just to keep him involved :)
- 2 1/2 right now and is "Monkey See/Monkey Do" with his brother. He continues to do and repeats everything that Mason says. Obviously, that can be good and bad. Ha. I feel like Preston has grown up too fast because of his older brother. He can pretty much do everything that Mason does (except ride a 2-wheel bike) and he wears all of his clothes. Yes, they are pretty much the same size 3-5T. Sad.
- He is very interested in potty-training right now. Goal: by the end of the summer, completely done with it. It takes a ton of bribing of candy, ice cream and stickers and threatening of never seeing Grandpa again or throwing away tractors...but it is working. ha. No, we are not that bad. I hope that we can continue to make progress. He hasn''t shown interest in going #2 on the potty yet...I hope soon.
- Continues to love all sports and loves to play with his tractors and farm with Papa.
- Steady, busy at Spine and Sports Institute
- Plays co-ed softball in Roseville Tuesday nights
- Busy running Mason to T-ball on Monday and Wednesday nights
- Just finished basketball camps
- Waiting to become a full-time mom when our daycare provider has her baby. I am looking forward to going to the beach/pool every day.
Have a great summer! Keep in touch.
Ugh...Our oldest has turned 4 today! Yikes. How time continues to fly. Happy Birthday to our little Mason! I will post more later as we have a series of events that are going on today...and they start in about a 1/2 hour.
Thanks for keeping in touch.
Well, where do I begin? Talk about a long drought of not updating this site. I was even threatened by AMB that they were going to drop my site by March 18th if I didn''t update it soon. Ha. It has been a very busy winter. Here is a little breakdown as to what all of us have been doing this long winter season.
The boys have kept both Justin and I very busy. Justin a little more, as I was coaching this winter again. The boys continued to enjoy going to daycare and being the social and playful butterflies that they are. Fran kept them very busy with her Clifford the Big Red Dog curriculum, games, projects, creative play, reading, sewing, painting, baking, going outside, etc., etc. Fran also does a traveling program where a music teacher visits every other Thursday and then a Traveling Tots teacher comes in to teach the kids about different countries and does games and activities accordingly. So much variety, the kids never get bored. After daycare, we enjoyed our evenings by bundling up and playing outside more, playing board games, putting puzzles together, farming, reading more books, playing a lot of indoor basketball and football and attending basketball games. Mason and Preston did attend a couple of hockey games with his Uncles Chris and Scott and Auntie Tracy and loved it. NO, NO, NO! :) Since the weather has been nice, the boys have been playing hockey in our driveway for about 30-45 minutes a night. I better study up on this sport and stop spending and begin saving for the future. We will have to see where there interests will lead them.
Mason will turn 4 on April 4th (yeah his Golden Birthday). He is growing up so fast. It is scary to think that we are going to have one attending pre-school next fall. He had his pre-school screeening on Monday and he was so nervous for it. His buddy Myles did a great job of reassuring him that everything was going to be just fine. Once we got there, the ladies in charge did a great job of communicating at his level and making him feel very comfortable. It was cute, once he finished with a particular test, the lady would then go through his results with me and she would talk to me like she was talking to Mason. I suppose, after doing that all day, I would probably do the same thing and have no idea I was doing it. Anyway, Mason did awesome and passed all the tests with flying colors. We do have to work a little more on pronouncing our f''s, k''s and g''s at the beginning of words, but other then that, he is cleared to begin school next fall. Yeah. Mason will be attending the Joyful Christian Pre-school in Maple Grove with his other daycare friends who are the same age. He will be attending Tuesday and Thursdays from
Preston turned 2 December 26th and has turned into a little man (he is not my little baby anymore) :(. He continues to do whatever Mason does and repeats everything that Mason says. Preston is also pretty much wearing all of Mason''s clothes as well. Preston catches onto everything so quickly but I think that is probably normal for anyone that has a older sibling. Preston definately has an attitude to him and when he wants something he goes full force and doesn''t let up or give up - he is very persistent, determined and goal-oriented. He loves to tell Justin and I that we are naughty, to Stop It, and to go to Timeout - do you think he hears those phrases often? Ha. He is a lot of fun to joke around with as he takes everything so serious and of course, we like to get him worked up :)
Justin''s practice has continued to excel. He has been seeing 50+ patients a week. That is a lot of patients for one person. He continues to love his job, the people he works with and the difference he is making in the lives of many. We are so proud of him. He recently rewarded himself (which he never ever does) and purchased a 42 inch flat screen tv. He is pretty proud of his purchase. He also arranged a trip to Mexico for us which is coming up this weekend. My brother and his wife Jolene will be attending with us as well. I will be dropping the boys off at Grandpa and Grandma Thielke''s on Friday night and they will stay there until Monday morning and then they will bring them to my parents for the rest of the week. The boys are super excited...they love to go back home. We are pretty lucky to have such wonderful parents who are capable of helping us out with situations like these.
With the basketball season ended, it has been nice to just sit back and focus on my little ones who are hanging on my legs and grabbing my hands and calling my name every 2 seconds and saying, "Oh mommy, we have missed you, we love you, can you come play with us?" Makes you just melt. Once again, I feel like I missed so much these past 4 1/2 months. I am on spring break this week and it has been nice to be able to get caught up with a few things around the house with cleaning, laundry, packing, transferring spring/summer clothes in and fall/winter clothes out. It has also been nice to focus on myself with getting some appointments taken care of, shopping completed, working out, etc.
Stay in touch and thanks for checking in.
Happy New Year!
My favorite time of the year has passed by so quickly! The story of our lives. The Christmas Season especially, reminds me how we have to slow down and find the time to make the most of each and every moment we are taking part in and to just let it soak in instead of having that feeling like we are just going through the motions and taking each moment for granted. With that being said, My New Year''s Resolution is be a better wife/mother/friend/teacher/coach and to just "Find The Time." I will let you know how it goes :)
This Christmas Season was an enjoyable one even though it went by very quickly. I would like to send all my hugs and kisses to my mom and dad and to Justin''s mom and dad for all your help with the boys these past 2 weeks. We would have never been able to do everything we needed to do without you. You are Amazing! My mom and dad came down on Thursday, Dec. 18th to watch the boys on Friday and then they came to my game that evening. They woke up and took the boys home to Hancock and just beat the bad storm that we had on that Saturday. They boys have been in Hancock since. Justin and I were able to get some Christmas shopping done, a Christmas picture ordered, a long, lengthy Christmas letter written :), house cleaned and organized (even though my mom and sister did a lot of that before they left), basketball stats caught up, etc.,ect. It is amazing what you can get accomplished when you do not have two little munchkins running around. Justin and I then to work on Monday and Tuesday and then I went home Tuesday night and then Justin came Wednesday night after work. It was so much fun this Christmas to see both of boys get into the Christmas Spirit. It all started with a double church service on Christmas Eve...yeah, you heard me, 2 church services with a 3 and a 2 year old. They actually did very well. Will we do it next year? Probably not. We had went to our church and then we went across the street to my brothers church to watch Cousins Courtney and Cody in the Christmas Play. We then came back and celebrated Christmas with my immediate family. It was so much fun to see the boys get into the gift opening this year. The expressions on their faces when they asked me who this present for and I would tell them it was for Mason or Preston they would just get so excited and tear into it and then a bunch more of adorable expressions came out when they saw what they had received. I just wish I could have caught all of them. They were just so appreciative with showering the giver with many hugs and kisses and thank yous.
After we opened presents, it was time to lay out the cookies and milk for Santa. We had been playing up Santa for about a month now and now the time had come. Mason, still wasn''t so sure about it until the next morning when the cookies were eaten, the milk half gone, a letter was left and more presents. Mason was absolutely stone-faced and couldn''t believe what he had witnessed. Again, I just wish I could have had that expression on video. Mason did end up on the Nice list, it was close, he really stepped it up on displaying positive behaviors the week of Christmas :)
Christmas Day we headed out to mom and dad Thielke''s for lots of food, fun, and fellowship. It is always (fun)crazy when all the kids and dogs get together. Again, the gift giving was way too generous and the boys came away with a toy store. I am still trying to find room to place all of this stuff. It was that night when we celebrated Preston''s birthday since I had to leave on Friday morning to go back for my basketball tournament. I can''t believe our baby turned 2. He is such a smart, fun-loving, determined little guy. It was too cute, the kid really doesn''t like to be in the spotlight, that is the conclusion that Justin and I have made. We all started to sing "Happy Birthday" to him and he turned to look at us and at the top of his lungs he yelled, "STOP IT, STOP IT!" Then he would put his head down, scrunch his forward, and then cover his eyes with his hands. Grandma T. made a delicous cake that we all enjoyed, especially Preston, as he dove in with 2 hands. After that, Preston did have fun opening more gifts. Lucky guy.
Friday morning, Preston was up with Grandma as he had slept with her and papa. I came up the stairs and he ran to me and gave me a big hug and told me it was his birthday today and that he was two. Too cute. We then listened on the local radio station to see if Preston would win the birthday cake and sure enough, he was the lucky winner. Just what he needed, more SUGAR. I then had to get on the road to get back for practice and then Justin stayed home until Sunday and he attended my mom''s side of the family Christmas on Saturday. I was bummed I had to miss that one. Thanks again Oksendahl family for all the wonderful gifts that you gave.
Justin then came back on Sunday afternoon. It sure was quiet that weekend and then these last few days, but at the sametime we were both so busy with work and basketball that it has worked out great for the boys to be in Hancock. They have been snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, attending basketball games, and being spoiled like crazy. We are going to have to detox our kids for a month! Ha. We are actually going home this afternoon to pick them up and celebrate Grandma Thielke''s 50th birthday with her. We are super excited to see them, I just hope they are just as excited to see us :)
God Bless and keep in touch.
Happy Thanksgiving! Talk about beautiful weather for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Justin and I hosted as we supplied the house and sleeping quarters and everyone else brougtht all the food. What a deal! My mom and dad, grandpa and grandma Oksendahl, Gail and Jim, and Auntie Alisa and her friend Brad Solvie and his son Braden were able to join us. They all came to us because I had basketball practice on Friday and Saturday. It worked out well. Thanks again for coming down. The girls were able to spend time Christmas shopping and the guys went to the State Football games. Everyone was happy.
Yes, we are still alive. It has only been a month and a half since I made an update...what a terrible mother! Basketball has taken up a lot of my time the past couple of weeks because I kept the normal practice times of 3-6 for tryouts and I needed the longer times to get everything in. The 6am and only one and half hour practices begin tomorrow. I am excited for that. We have our first game at home versus Tartan on Tuesday and then we play on Saturday at 8pm at Becker. We feel really good where we are at with the team. A big thank you to Auntie Alisa, Auntie Tracy, and Al for helping with the kids the past couple of weeks, it was greatly appreciated and very helpful.
Justin continues to excel at his profession. The patient load continues to increase and he is seeing between 40-50 patients a week. Yeah. Please keep the referrals coming to Spine and Sports Institute in Maple Grove. He is very busy with a 7:30am-7pm work day. (Keeps him out of trouble.:)It is so great to hear all the wonderful testimonials that his clients have shared with him on how his treatment methods have them feeling 100% again. Good work honey, we are proud of you!
The boyz...again, where should I start? The past month, Mason has really been testing his father and mother''s parenting skills and whether or not we are going to follow through with things. Smart kid. When Mason doesn''t get his way or get what he wants he will throw a tantrum for awhile. If he wants something and we say, "NO," it sounds simple, all he needs to say is, "Okay." He will ask again 5 more times and we continue to say, "No," then he gets mad and throws a fit. Mason, all you have to do is listen and cooperate with us. We are working on it. It is a stage, right? Ha. Besides a little pushing and tackling to his little brother, he has been a lot fun too. He is really into coloring right now. I will have to admit, he does a great job of staying in the lines and he likes to use multiple colors when coloring a page. He is also really into his workbooks. He has shapes down, he recognizes all the letters of the alphabet and he does a pretty good job of counting to 30. When daddy gets home from work, there is a routine of playing hide and seek, playing football, reading books or putting puzzles together. There are about 10+ books that he has memorized thanks to Fran. "Go Dog Go," "Have You Seen My Mother," are both 60+ pages long and he is pretty much on cue with every page, it is amazing. He puts so much expression into his reading too, I love it. He is also really into Superman, Batman and Robin, and The Wiggles movies.
When I sat down and asked Mason what he wanted for Christmas this was the response I received, "Nothing." What a easy gift. Then that answer shortly changed a minute later, "Well, I would like more John Deere tractors, and one of those big motorized ones that you can ride on the sidewalk, a semi-truck, a Wii, his own dvd/vhs player for his room, Magnetix, Legos and, and, and, and...." Then we couldn''t get him to shut his mouth :) We will see what Santa will bring him, is Mason on the good list or the naughty list?
Preston is our little brutus. The kid weighs a ton. For how big he is, he has such a soft, sympathetic side to him that I just love. After he has done something wrong, like hit someone (which he has been doing lately,) I will obviously discipline him and then he will come up and kiss the spot where he hit you and then give you a big bear hug. I love it. Anytime that he gets an ouchy, he always comes up and makes me kiss that spot and then it always feels better. His vocabulary has continued to explode and he forms a lot more complete sentences and questions. It is crazy how quickly they pick up on things. His favorite 2 words, "Stop It." We will say it to him, and then he will say it back to us with much expression, one can''t help but laugh. Preston still loves to get into Mason''s business. He wants to do everything Mason is doing and Mason responds with, "Preston leave me alone, I want alone time." Ha. Preston is into playing with Play Dough, he loves to have books read to him, he is getting into putting puzzles together, he loves to play football, and make his brother mad. :)
Take care and keep in touch.
Where has the time gone? Seriously, over a month since I last wrote? Where do I even begin? I am not even going to go there and try and remember all that we have done. I really haven''t posted any pictures either to help me through this drought that I am in. I apologize. I am not sure it will get any better now that the school year is in full force and the basketball season is creeping upon us. Speaking of basketball, what I thought was going to be time to step down and resign, the administration had other plans. Being a wife to a husband that works long hours, a mother of two busy, busy boyz, a full-time teacher and basketball coach it was just getting to be too much. I couldn''t play SuperWomen anymore, I am just worn out and the basketball season hasn''t even began. The plan that the administration and I worked out is that I would stay onboard, but my goals were, 1. I wanted more family time. 2. I need to be able to pick up my kids from daycare by 5:30pm 3. More time for me to get things done before I pick up my kids from daycare so I wouldn''t have to do all of that after I pick them up. Such things as, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, making the dinner, practice planning, film watching, creating scouting reports, my workouts done, ect., etc. So here are the changes, practice from 6-7:30am in the mornings on Mondays and Thursdays, Wednesdays we are always after school from 3-4:45pm and then Tuesday and Fridays are games. We also will be going only 1 1/2 hours of practice. Talk about having to be more efficient and productive. I also get to go home right after school to get all my tasks done before I get the boyz and then ultimately, more time with the family in the evenings. We will give it try and see how it works. I am really excited about this new change as well as my coaches, the parents were really supportive and the girls, you have some that are really excited about it, as well as some that are not-so excited but are going to make the sacrifices anyway. When they get to go home at 2:40pm on Mondays and Thursdays I don''t think they will be complaining too much.
Justin''s practice has really picked up. We are so thankful and blessed for that, especially with the way this economy has been. It is really quite scary. Continue to keep the faith, that everything is going to be okay! We are so proud of JT for how far he has come in one year of being on his own. We hope it only continues to keep improving.
Mason, where do you begin? He continues to sprout on us. He put on a pair of 5T jeans the other day and there was only about an inch to spare. Obviously, he inherited some of his father''s genes with all tall he is going to be. He continues to enjoy being at Fran''s house and hanging out with all of his friends - especially Myles. Whatever Myles does or has, Mason wants to do and have - anything to do with the Star Wars Theme, Legos, Transformers, etc.,etc. We do not have anything related to those three toys. The only thing we have around our household are sports items or tractors. Do you think we need to maybe broaden our sons horizons and purchase some of those or is it okay just to play with the neighbors when we see them? Yeah, I agree, that is the joy about having so many friends who have different interests and different toys to play with. No need to purchase. Ha. :)
Preston too continues to sprout on us and is wearing 3T clothing. He will be 2 on December 26th. He is in the 100% for height and weight. Yeah. That a boy. We don''t mess around here in the Thielke Family. Preston''s vocabulary has continued to explode. The lastest words or phrases you will hear: Awesome, no thanks, thank you, your welcome, thats okay, I am hungry, I want cereal and muffins for breakfast (every morning), where is papa, where is my nukky, he counts to 3, the alphabet is coming together quite nicely, and many others. He still continues to have quite the attitude and I am not sure where that is coming from :) He is very fiesty and tends to be a little bully. Ha. It is a phase right?
We are in Hancock for the weekend to celebrate Great-Grandma Lois''s 80th birthday, Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma Oksendahl''s 60th Wedding Anniversary and of course, my big 30. Please tell me, it isn''t that bad? I heard it is the new twenties. I will go with it. I will let you know more on Tuesday how it feels to get out of bed and then complete my workout if there are any differences. :)
Take care and we hope all of you have been enjoying the fall and we hope to see or hear from many of you soon.
Happy fall! Nothing like a late summer and early fall this year. It was quite chilly stepping outside all last week with shorts and t-shirts on. I guess I will have to begin to change my work attire to carpris or jogging pants and long-sleeve shirts. Oh well.
It was ''official'' last week, I have adopted roughly 150 Seniors for this trimester. After recalling the day on Wednesday afternoon, it looks like I am going to have a great group of kids who will be hard working, dedicated and wanting to have a lot of fun. The Seniors will participate in activities such as Golf, Heart rate training, GeoCaching, Archery, Tennis, Rock climbing, Street Surfing,Dance, Cardio Conditioning, Biking, Bowling, etc.,etc. We will also bring in guest speakers once a week where we will be in the classroom to inform the students for the next step -- College or life after high school. We will give them helpful tips to make good choices. Now, don''t you wish you were a Senior in high school again and 1) you had to take a Required Senior PE class and 2)go through this awesome curriculum. Yes, I have a pretty rough job, just playing every day!
It feels pretty good to be back in a routine with me back to work, the kids back to full-time daycare, Justin doing the dropoff, me doing the pickup, etc.,ect. I love doing the pickup and having the boyz run to me with open arms and yelling, "mommy, mommy, we missed you," and grabbing each of your legs so that you can''t walk. Funny. This last week, after I picked them up from daycare, we took a bike ride to a park a couple of different nights and then played outside with our neighbor friends Myles and Holly. I am still pretty amazed at how quickly Mason and Preston are growing up physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The things that they do and say, most of the time my jaw drops as to, "where in the world did that come from?" (Majority of what comes out of their mouths is good stuff, just to remind you.) An example would be Wednesday night, beginning to say our prayers and Mason says, "I don''t feel like praying to Jesus tonight." I asked, "why?" He responds, "I have been praying and praying and he doesn''t seem to show up. Where is he mom? When will he be sitting on my bed? When will I get to meet him?" WOW. So mom obviously had to do some explaining that evening. I was pretty impressed though with his questions. We always have to prepared, that is for sure :)
This weekend has yet again been very quiet around our home. Uncle Tony came to the Cities from Osceola, Wisconsin and picked up the boyz Friday night and took them back to his house. Can you believe it? What a great Uncle and to take both of them! I am impressed to say the least. Tony told us to be ready for a phone call on Saturday to maybe meet him halfway just in case Friday night, Saturday afternoon didn''t go so well. The only phone call we got, was the boyz wanted to say hello and then that didn''t even happen, Tony was feeding them dinner and they didn''t have time to talk. According to Mason, "we are too busy to talk now mom." Little stinkers.
It actually worked out good to have the boyz gone. Friday night after Tony picked up the boyz, we got a call from our friends Terri and Matt to go over to their house and play Quelf (great board game if you haven''t played it before) and the Wii. Our friends Angela and Ryan were their as well and we just had a relaxing time. Well, I will have to admit it was a little stressful at times. I have come to realize that I suck at video games and there is a reason why we do not have them. I didn''t think a stupid, handheld, controller could get the best of you, but it did me! Grrrrrrrr. Anyway, it still was a fun time. Saturday morning, I was able to go to Lifetime for a couple of hours and workout and Riley and Justin began putting up shelving in our garage. It took them from about 9am to 5pm, but they did a great job. It is so nice to have a lot more room in my storage room in the basement and in my closets. We moved all the rubbermaid bins and baby stuff to the garage. Justin was in heaven yesterday with all of Riley''s tools. It was fun to see him get excited after using the circular saw to cut his first 2x4. Good job JT! Riley, thanks again for all your hard work and quality work around our home with the shelving and the mailbox. While they were working on that project in the garage, I was out airating the lawn. I am not sure if I spelled that right, but it is this monsterous, beast of a machine similar to a push mower but 3-4 times the size and it wasn''t user friendly. Nothing like getting a 4 hour workout in that day! Our neighbors rented it and asked if we wanted to do it and just split the cost. Our lawn needs all the help it can get, so we did it. Then I went and got fertilizer and grass seed but it started to rain so I hope that I will be able to get to that today in hopes that we will have a beautiful lawn this fall and next spring. Ha. That is funny.
I suppose, off to church and then to meet Uncle Tony to pick up our little ones.
Have a great week.
Playing Catch-up Again!
Here I go again, I have to try and remember all that has happened the past 3 weeks. Grrrrr. As I take you back to 3 weeks ago, I am sure many of you saw pictures from the County Fair with my niece and nephew Courtney and Cody showing their animals and their cousin Jacob as well. Also that weekend, Justin and I were able to get away for the weekend with no kids and go to one of our friends cabin in Zimmerman. We sure had a blast with skiing, wake boarding (attempting I should say), many pontoon rides, singing karoake at the local bar, playing bean bags and Kubb (great game if you haven''t played it). Good times. Then that Sunday I came back home to pick up the boyz and I was going to head right back to the cities and my vehicle wouldn''t start. Dead battery as someone (my dad) left the key on. So my brother and dad came off the field from combining and hauling wheat to help me out and get me on my way. As soon as they pulled into the yard, my Uncle called on the radio saying there was a fire on the wheat field and it was heading towards our shed and pig barn. So we rushed out East (5 miles from my parents house) and what a fire to witness. No one was hurt, the shed and pig barn were saved, and we lost about 45 acres of land. (Thank the Lord for insurance.) It started from the round baler and when the bale was released then that was when the field caught fire. After it was contained by the Fire Department, we had left and then about an hour later it was round two as some flames weren''t completely extinguished from a round bale earlier and then it went into the ditch and for luck someone was driving by and called it in and then the Fire Dept. was back and all was good.
The boyz and I did end up staying in Hancock until Tuesday afternoon and again from the pictures you could see they were in heaven with riding with Grandpa in the combine, riding with Uncle Darby in the semi-truck, helping us freeze 135 bags of corn, etc., etc. We just may have to Future Farmers of America on our hands. I am okay with that. When it was time to go, I only ended up coming back with 1 kid (Preston) and Mason was able to stay a couple more days with grandpa and grandma and help grandpa finish up combining the wheat. He was pretty lucky that he was able to do that. My family then came down to the cities Thursday evening as Courtney and Jacob earned State Fair trips with their pigs. We were at the State Fair all day on Friday and again had a great time. The kids were good sports through the whole pig show and then it was their time to let loose with watching the parade and going on a ton of rides. They were sure pooped out by the time 5:00pm rolled around and fell asleep within 5 minutes of getting onto the bus. It was too cute, I should have had a picture of it.
The rest of the weekend Justin and I just hung out with the boyz and Saturday night we had our neighbors over and my brother Darby and his wife Jolene and Courtney came to spend the night too as they were going to take the boyz home to Hancock for the week. I started back at work on Monday and our daycare provider was on vacation this week so that is where they have been. It sure has been quite around here. The plans for the weekend are, we are suppose to go home this afternoon to pick up the boyz from grandpa and grandma Thielke''s place and then stay their the rest of the weekend. Now it sounds like they are coming down here tomorrow morning (Saturday) and we are going to go to the State Fair, Como Zoo, etc., etc. and just spend a ton of money. Sounds great, huh????
Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend, it sounds like the weather is suppose to be awesome. Yeah.
Another week behind us...I can''t keep up on this blogging thing. I wish I was better at reporting what happens daily or better yet, every other day because it takes too much effort to try and remember what we did last week or the week before and then have to try and update all of you. It will get better, school is starting in a couple of weeks. Ha. I don''t think so. :)
Last weekend, we were home in Hancock (or I should say in Holloway) where Grandpa and Grandma Thielke live to help celebrate Grandpa Nohl''s 90th b-day. It was so fun to see many family and friends who I haven''t seen in awhile and reminisce about the past. Grandpa Nohl was sure popular, I think Grandma Lu said we served about 325+ people. Grandpa Nohl''s kids did this party up right with serving pork loin and prime rib sandwhiches, beans, potatoe salad, raspberry salad, etc., etc. Delicious. We had to be at the Fellowship Center at 3:00pm for professional pictures and then we didn''t get home until 9:00pm. We all pretty much crashed after that. In the morning, Tracy and I went with Terri Jo and her In-laws to Wilmont, SD to go bridesmaid dress shopping and I think she found a style and color she liked. That was fun. So no wonder we were all exhausted.
Sunday was Justin and I''s 6th Wedding Anniversary. It was great. I was served breakfast in bed, I received 2 dozen of red roses, and I got an hour long massage...just kidding. Wouldn''t that be nice though :) Instead, Justin went and played in a softball tournament in Holloway and Auntie Tracy and Auntie Jo and myself went to Terri and Matt''s cabin and just lounged. Both of us were doing what we love to do, so we were both happy. FYI honey - thanks again for being such a wonderful and dedicated dad and husband to us. We truly are very fortunate and blessed. We love you! We didn''t end up leaving their cabin until 9:00pm that night and of course, we all had to make a stop at the DQ in Glenwood, demanded by Matt Nesvig :) He really had to twist all of our arms, especially Mason and Preston''s. Thanks again guys!
This week, the boyz were at daycare on Tuesday and Wednesday so I was able to get some things done around the house before we made our trip back to Hancock lastnight. It was quite a ride home as both boyz weren''t interested in watching their movie, they both were so antsy. Preston was slamming the counsel continously, trying to take his shirt off, trying to get out of his carseat, screaming for his nuk, yelling at Mason saying, "Stop it Mason," and then Mason would say, "No, you stop it Preston," because Mason was trying to hold down the counsel so Preston wouldn''t slam it anymore. It was quite annoying and probably even broken by now. Mason was asking every 5 minutes, "Are we to Papa''s house yet?" That started at Clearwater, I knew it was going to be a ride from ----. Ha. 2 1/2 hours later, we finally made it. Boy, was I happy to see Grandpa and Grandma Greiner - please take these crabby kids. They were so excited, we had fish dinner waiting for us, then we took the boyz over to Uncle Darby''s place to ride and drive the tractor around the yard and then we came back and had a bath in the jacuzzi tub and then when they came out, Grandma Marcia had oreo malts for them. I am really not sure they deserved them, but when you are at Grandma and Grandpa''s house everything is easily forgotten no matter what behavior they display and then followed up by some type of a reward. Must be nice.
It is the Stevens County Fair this week so that is why we came home for a couple of days to watch my niece and nephew show their animals. Uncle Darby picked Mason and I up this morning around 10:30am and we got to help (watch) them unload the cattle from the trailer. Mason absolutely loved everything about it. I wish we would have been a little bit more prepared and a little more helpful with unloading the cattle and washing them but we both wore flip flops. Talk about city slickers! I should have known better I was in 4-H for 10 years. Tonight when we go back, we will be much better prepared. I did get a lot of good pictures of the kids with their animals, that was about the only thing I could do. Ha. Tonight, we will meet up with Auntie Jolene''s family and go on a bunch of rides, it is wristband night, so I am sure the boyz will have a blast. I will see if I can catch a few of their expressions.
Tomorrow is the big show day for Swine and Beef. We will have to report to the Fair Arena by 8:00am. This is big time. We hope that Courtney and Jacob will do well and earn a trip down to the State Fair next weekend to show their animals again. I will then meet Grandma Lu tomorrow afternoon and she will be taking the kids for the rest of the weekend as Justin and I and the rest of our softball team will be going to a cabin in Zimmerman, MN for the weekend. It sounds like the weather is suppose to cooperate, so I am really looking forward to it.
Have a great weekend!
I can''t believe it has already been 3 weeks since I have last posted an entry, it is August and I have received my letter from school saying when I need to return back to work and everything that is going on for Workshop Week at the end of August. Boooooooo. :) Oh well, what do you do? My husband said it is time for me to go back to work because I have been spending too much money. Huh - shopping, garage sales, (2) speeding tickets in the last 2 months (something I am definately not proud of to say the least), yeah - that could do it :) Both speeding tickets were only a mile from my house and I didn''t have the kids with me, I wasn''t on the phone, I wasn''t in a hurry, just me with a lead foot. I use to be so good at talking myself out of them, I am not sure what has happened. Ha.
The last entry I was informing you about Preston''s nap and bedtime struggles. Well, since that week, Preston has settled into a routine of napping in his room and then sleeping with Mason (on a twin bed, one on each end of the bed) for bedtime. It has worked out pretty good. We are actually looking for bunk beds to make it a little more ideal situation for the two of them but we haven''t come across any yet that we like and that are within our price range. If any of you know someone that has a set or you know a good furniture place, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be great.
Our big (little) Mason continues to amaze us each day with what he says and does. He is really beginning to grow up into an independent, little boy. He loves to dress himself in the morning, brush his own teeth, help himself to breakfast, and help mom clean-up and organize the house. He loves the outdoors...we have enjoyed many walks, runs, stroller rides, wagon rides, bike rides, scooter rides, skateboarding down the sidewalk, the many trips to Elm Creek Beach with many friends and their kids, trips to LTF pool, playing and hanging out with our neighbor friends, we have enjoyed visiting the Farmer''s Market on Wednesdays. I can''t forget our daily fundamental lessons on all sports, beginning with baseball, then we take to the hoops for some form shooting, then it is onto football, we take a little break then it is onto shooting hockey pucks into the net, then we work on driving and putting for golf and that about concludes our morning routine. He loves it. I hope that Mason remains this driven and determined a few years from now.
Then there is our little (big) Preston. Like I have said before, he repeats and demonstrates everything that Mason does. His sentences are getting longer and much more clearer. The ABC''s and 123''s are what we hear in our house as Mason has been trying to teach Preston them. It is cute. The fine and gross motor skills are coming along with his ability to color, write (scribble), paint, put his own shoes on, etc. He is sure enjoying learning all the different sports right along side of Mason. We have Preston hitting a ball off the T, shooting a basketball, throwing a football, and he is learning how to handle a golf club and hockey stick. There is not much teaching going on by Justin and I, Mason has taken over. Preston just watches and catches on so fast. I am sure many of you will find this out with your second child how quickly they catch onto things. We continue to enjoy his constant smiles, hugs and kisses, his look (when he is not sure about you or when he is mad at you), it is cute.
Justin continues to be a busy body at the clinic and doing triathalons with his 2 other co-workers. They did one in Duluth this past weekend and Justin had to run 5 miles this time. To say the least, he did survive, that is all that matters :) Good effort Daddy, we are proud of you!
As for myself, my contact time is done with my athletes, so I am just going to try and enjoy the month of August with getting some things done around the house, going to the lake, and enjoying time with friends and family. I have done a ton of garage saling this summer and have hit some great ones. I love when you get lucky and come home with some great prizes for the boyz and myself.
Last night, our neighbors The Johnsons and us arranged a 1st time neighborhood gathering to celebrate National Night Out. It focuses on prevention of crime and drug activity and is held the first Tuesday of August every year. We had a great turnout with about 40+ people. We supplied all the meat and then had everyone else bring a dish to pass and their own beverages. It was great food, fun and fellowship. Thanks again Johnsons for the wonderful hospitality and all your hard work helping to organize this wonderful event. It was fun to have Fran (our daycare provider) their as she pulled out her paints and did arm painting for all the kids. We also had the Champlin Police Dept. visit our neighborhood and they allowed all the kids to check out the car and take pictures with them. The kids were in heaven. I told Mason and Preston that this better be the ONLY time that you will ever be in the back of that squad car. They just looked at me and laughed. Ha. I will post some pictures when I get some from Andrea.
Thanks for checking in. Stay in touch.
Recap of week and the Never Ending Entry :)
As you have probably already seen from the pictures, we have had another busy and eventful week. Last Thursday, I picked the boyz up from daycare and we made our way to the Maple Grove Days Parade. The parade started at 6:30pm and ended about 9pm. We were near the front of the parade and we just got showered with tons of candy, hats, frisbees, beads, coozies, water bottles, freezes, coupons, etc. It was amazing all of the stuff that we came home with. The boyz loved it. We sat by some really generous people that helped me with the boyz and also gave us all of their candy. (They were adults with no kids.) Ha. To say the least, the boyz were in heaven! The boyz really loved the marching bands. We actually sat at the right corner where all of the judging was taking place so we got to see the bands do their fancy marching. The boyz did a lot of clapping and dancing.
Friday, my sister joined us for part of the morning and we took the boyz to the Maple Grove Lifetime Fitness Pool. They had fun cooling off on such a hot and humid day. Both were extremely tired and took good afternoon naps and I was able to clip off the yard. We then attempted to play outside for an hour and about suffered heat exhaustion so then we decided it was time to move inside and play some indoor activities. I knew Justin was going to get home really late because he was working the pre-registration for the big Lifetime Fitness Triathalon so I decided to take the boyz to Culvers. We all inhaled our butterburgers, fries and sundaes and then headed back home to get ready for bedtime. Culvers has such good food but they are so dang expensive. I forgot to bring my lifesavings with me.
Saturday was party day! It begin with our daycare provider having all of her families over to her home for lunch. She had a Hawaiian Theme with great food, games, and fellowship. The kids especially enjoyed Fran''s latest purchase a Little Tikes Inflatable Jumping Gym. That was the first time that she had brought it out. All the kids expended a lot of energy in their. We were there from about 10-1pm and then it was time for naps to get ready for our next gathering at 4pm. It was our neighbor and daycare buddy Holly Johnsons 1-year-old birthday party. She was all decked out in pink for her Strawberry Shortcake Theme. I really think Holly took in the moment from all the pictures that were taken of her, to eating her cake, then to opening all of her gifts and justing watching the kids run around the yard and climb playhouses and trees, etc., etc. She was pretty exhausted when 7pm came around. It was a beautiful evening and when Holly went to bed and the rest of the guests left, Andrea, Erik, Justin, myself and the boyz - Myles, Mason and Preston continued to celebrate around the fire. Good times.
Sunday came and we went to church and then Justin and Erik took Myles and Mason to the movie, "Kung Fu Panda" and had a blast. Myles has been to about 6-7 movies and Mason this was his 2nd I believe, for the most part he did a good job. He just wanted to talk quite a bit. Preston napped the whole time the boyz were gone so I went over and visited Andrea and Holly for an hour and then came back and made a couple loaves of banana bread. Delicious.
Monday was a gorgeous day so a few of us decided to meet up at the Elm Creek Pond. Thanks a lot for joining us - Al, Reese, Isaac, Ang, Dana, Georgie, Erika and Grant. We look forward to the next time we can get together. We were there from 9:30-1:30 and when we got into the vehicle, the boyz were out within 5 minutes and slept for the next 3 hours. It was nice. As the evening was coming I upon, I wasn''t looking forward to it. I am not sure if I have mentioned this in previous entries but for the past month Preston has been crawling out of his crib. It has been fine in that, we would lay him down for his naps and bedtime and he would usually go right to sleep and then when he would wakeup he would crawl out of the crib, open his door and come upstairs and be all smiles when he would see us. Adorable. Well, Sunday night we put him in the crib, he put up a fit and gave the scream of death and crawled out, we did that about 5 times. We just kept putting him back in. No luck and we were tired so we brought Preston into bed with us. It is not something I want to start with Preston. Mason slept with us for many months and for daddy and I it was many restless nights with him hogging the bed and kicking us. Well, same thing happened and we ended up having him sleep with us again. We did actually try him in Mason''s room but he didn''t want to stay in their either. Grrrrr. Bedtime use to be so calm, relaxing and uneventful and now the past 2 nights have been so frustrating and really not sure what has gotten into our little Preston.
Crazy Tuesday - I had open gym in the morning and then I had to drop our truck off to get some parts put on. So after the shuttle brought me back home, I decided to go for a run. I was only out for about 20 minutes and then decided I would go rollarblading for a 1/2 hour. Well, my 1/2 hour all of a sudden turned into almost 2 hours. I went out on the Elm Creek Trails and I thought I knew where I was going and obviously I didn''t, so it sounds from my neighbor who is really good with the trails that I possibly covered the whole 17 miles or pretty darn close. If you remember, it was really hot and humid on Tuesday, I didn''t have any water, or much sense of direction. Those maps on the trails are a little confusing to comprehend and thank the Lord that I came upon a couple of good samaratins who helped to guide me back to home. I was completely exhausted, dizzy, shaking and dehyrated when I finally returned home. That was quite the adventure on a 90 degree day. WOW. Lessons learned - have a good knowledge of the route before I go, carry a waterbottle and a cell phone and do not exercise in humid weather :) After recuperating for a couple of hours I had the shuttle come and get me to pick up the truck and then I went grocery shopping. While I was grocery shopping, the lights went out for a minute or two. Crazy. You couldn''t see a thing. When I got into the truck to head back home, all the traffic lights were out on 169. What a mess. When I got home, I clicked my garage door opener and nothing. Great. No electricity. I have all of these groceries and now I can''t get into my house because I do not have a house key on my keychain and all of my windows and doors are locked up. Grrrrr. I went and hung out with Fran and the boyz until 5:30 and then we all just sat in our yard until the electricity would come back on. It was 6:23pm and we had a softball game in Roseville at 7pm. We knew we weren''t going to make that so we decided to head to McDonald''s (later find out that they didn''t have power either) and Justin tried the garage door one more time and sure enough it went up. So we quickly unloaded the groceries, I packed dinner for the boyz, got our softball gear on and made it to the game at 6:57. Perfect timing. We would have been short if we hadn''t made it and we played an awesome team and we won. It was fun. Lesson learned: always carry a front door house key. (I had a key to the door inside the garage.) The chaotic and crazy day continued again into the night with Preston putting up a fight not to sleep in his own bed. Result = with mom and dad.
Wednesday was pretty low key until nap time. I converted Preston''s bed into a toddler bed (which I do not think you are suppose to do with this crib, but it worked) and so him and I are laying in his bed (crib). Fun site to see. I was just waiting for it collapse. When I thought he was under, I quickly crawled to the door, opened it and it squeaked really loud and he woke up. Grrrrrrr. So then I sat outside of his door and held the door shut for a hour and 15 minutes and just let him cry. (Bad mom I know. Can you see how determined I am though that he sleeps in his bed and that we do not give in to him?) The intensity of the cry never let up. I gave in, rocked him and after 2 hours of crying he was finally out and I laid him in his bed and he slept the next 2 hours. We enjoyed a beautiful evening with the neighbors again and then it was time for bed. I laid him in his crib, read books, I sang to him, I thought he was out, I began to quietly get myself out of his bed and then there was this death grip on my arm and the scream. How in the heck! So I went out of his room and held the door shut for about 15 minutes and then we found him on the spare bed out. So precious. We should have kept him there and surrounded him by pillows but Justin decides to move him to his bed and then the death grips and screams came again. Justin laid with him for awhile and then he was out and then he woke up about 4:30 and so did Mason so Justin put Preston into Mason''s room and they fell asleep together. It was adorable. This morning when Justin was gathering them up to take them to daycare, they were both playing with each other in Mason''s room and Justin asked Preston if he wanted to sleep in Mason''s room tonight he said, "Yes." Because Preston totally understands what we are asking of him - ha. Anyway, I am not sure what we will do. If any of you have any suggestions please let me know. We could use them. I want to get back to the uneventful bedtime. That is much more enjoyable.
What a fun 4th of July weekend!
We headed home to Hancock, MN to celebrate all the town''s annual festivities. We arrived on Thursday afternoon around 4:00pm. Just in time to help grandpa water all their new evergreen trees with the big water truck. The boyz of course, were in heaven. It turned out that their trees were being taken over by a dust mite from the dust of the gravelroad that they live by and so they needed to first be rinsed by water and then the next day we had to take a soap and water mixture and spray them down again. Fun times but it had to be done. We were glad that we were around to help them out. That evening we didn''t do much but had a fish fry and just sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful scenary on my folks patio.
Friday came early as I did a 5K run around Page Lake - that was beautiful and it was out in the country too on a gravel road, you do not see that often. I tried to get Justin to go with me so that we could do our first 5K together but he wasn''t up to the challenge. Oh well. When I got back we treated the trees, played with the boyz out on the lawn and in the dirt and then it was time to go to the parade. It was a very nice parade for such a small town - the boyz loved it as they came away with a large bag of candy. Of course, my camera was dead (even though I had it all charged up and ready to go) so I couldn''t get any shots of them running all over the place with permanent grins on their faces. After the parade, we went back home as Preston was ready for a nap and grandpa Gary and Mason were off to watch the Tractor Pull and Town Baseball game. During the parade, I had received a text from my friend Terri Jo that we should come to the cabin and spend the rest of the afternoon. We didn''t turn that down as mom and dad generously offered to take care of the kids. Ha. Justin and I drove to Lake Minnewaska to spend time with TJ and Matt and the rest of the Nesvig/Gustavus crew. They sure know how to have a good time.
Saturday morning came too quickly as Justin had to go back to Starbuck to play in a softball tournament all day and then grandpa gary, the boyz and I joined him a little later. They won it all. Justin got so burnt poor thing. The boyz did a great job with watching and cheering and playing at the park the couple of hours we were there. Then we decided to head on home for lunch and a nap and then we headed out to my parents friends the Erdman''s for a gathering.
Sunday we woke up and we all went to church and then came back and grilled out and then went back to Terri and Matt''s cabin for the afternoon. We left there around 5:30 but we should have stayed another couple of hours as traffic was terrible and kids were antsy. Mason pulled the, "I have to go bathroom really bad Mommy." The next closet exit was 5 miles away and we weren''t moving. We told him he had to wait, blah, blah, blah...you can do it. "No mommy, I have to go now" - so we just pulled off the freeway and away he went. He was definately relieved. Too cute. I suggested that he use my water bottle to pee in, but Justin didn''t think that would go very well. Ha. We finally made it back into Champlin around 8 and we were all hungry so we made a stop at McDonald''s. It was really fun to hear the boyz interact on the way home. Preston is beginning to put 2-3-4 words together and most of the time he is just repeating what his older brother is saying - lets hope that Mason can maintain his clean language use and not develop a potty mouth anytime soon otherwise we will have 2 boyz firing away inappropriate language. Ha. Preston''s favorite things to say, "What is that?", "What do you have?" "What is happening?" I love that one. "More apple juice pease." "More gum pease." Yes, we do give our kids gum. Shame on us. Mason absolutely loves it, so of course, that means that Preston loves it too. They are quite the pair.
I can''t believe that the 4th has come and gone. As an educator, it always seems like when the 4th of July was over that our summer was over. I am really not sure why many of us think that though. Probably because when August comes around, then the teacher workshops begin. Yuck. My summer just started, please let me be able to enjoy a little more of it :)
Let the Summer begin!
It has been a crazy couple of weeks around here as I just wrapped up the last of my b-ball camps. We had another great year with high participation levels from all grades K-12. When Monday rolled around, it was nice to sleep in until 6:30, sit out on the deck and drink my coffee, listen to the birds chirp and wait for my little cherubs to wake up. No more rush, rush, rush all over the place. Ha. That is funny. It all started at 7:30am when the boyz woke up - there is no down time with them. That is okay, it is a different type of crazy-fast paced lifestyle that I wouldn''t change for the world.
The past 3 weeks nothing major really happened. The weekend of June 14th we went home to Hancock for wedding. The pictures that I posted were from that weekend. I couldn''t post them until now, because I had accidentally left my camera at my folks place and we didn''t see them until this past weekend. I missed out on 3 weeks of picture-taking, bummer. Oh well. As you can, the boyz are infatuated with their grandparents homes, all the lawnmower and tractor rides, Mason also getting to drive them all himself, a couple of dozen kitties to play w/, sprinklers and pools to play in, the I will give you anything you want syndrome, etc., etc. :)
The weekend of June 21st - Auntie Tracy and Uncle Chris offered to take the boyz home for the weekend since they were going home for their 10 year reunion anyway. It worked out well, as we completed many little projects around the house and yard that needed to be done without any little hands getting in the way and wanting to help. Justin and I even had a little date night with going to the movie and out for dinner afterwards. That was really nice, we haven''t done that in years.
This past weekend June 28th, we had our Annual Camping Trip with the Thielke Family at Tipsinah Campground in Elbow Lake, MN. If you knew the history behind this tradition, you would probably say, why do you continue to do this and maybe you should think about renting cabins or even getting a camper. Well, we pretty much got rained on all weekend except for Sunday when we had to let everything dry out and pack up and head home. The joke around the campground for that particular weekend when it is always raining; the Thielke''s are here tenting! Ha. But you all know, Thielke''s are tough, and we do not let yearly rainfalls, strong winds, and severe storms hold us back from going each and every year. The crew that attends each year, we have such a good time and many good laughs and we always make the best out of whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Thanks again everyone for a great time. We are already looking forward to next year :) I apologize as I have no pictures to post of our camping trip. My camera was dead and the weather obviously didn''t cooperate. Next year.
This week, the boyz were home with me on Monday and we just hung out at the house and recuperated from the weekend. They played with the kids next door all afternoon and we even decided to finally bring the pool out. Mason and Preston helped me blow it up and fill it with water. They enjoyed wading in it. Later that evening, our friends the Johnsons came over and we enjoyed watching the kids having fun splashing in the water. Good times. Yesterday and today (Wednesday) the boyz are daycare. I would have to say that I have did a whole lot of nothing. I know that sounds weird. I am reading a great book, enjoying the outdoors, working out, doing a little housework here and there, but that is about it. Today I am going to finally use a gift certificate at Lifetime Fitness for an hour massage that Justin gave me 2 1/2 years ago for Valentine''s Day. Can you believe that I have waited that long to spoil myself? Ha. I can. I am really looking forward to it.
Our webpage had a major facelift! Thanks to Ms. Dana for the amazing and beautiful photos that you took of our boyz. I thought I would share a few. I hope to soon post the 170 other photos that she took :) Thanks again Dana for your wonderful touch in so many ways!
Have a great weekend. We are heading out of town and back to Hancock as we have a wedding to attend. It should be a good time.
The excitement of last weekend was watching Justin and 2 other colleagues of his participant in the Ramsey County Triathalon. We didn''t get to see Dr. Dave do the swim portion, but it sounded like it was quite entertaining to witness. I didn''t think we were going to make it in time to watch Justin run, but thank the Lord that Dr. Josh got a flat tire (Ha.)and we were able to see the exchange between the two and watch Justin run. If Dave wouldn''t have spent the extra time trying to get his wet suit off in the water while swimming (because he got too warm), and Josh wouldn''t have gotten a flat and all 3 would have trained for their particular event they would have done so much better then 2 hours. Us 3 wives decided that next year it is a competition between them and us. We are not too worried though:) Bring it on.
Monday came and it was a big day for Preston as we went to the Dr. to take care of his 1 year and 15 month appointments. (Preston is now 17 months, talk about being a bit behind.) Yes, bad parents. So poor Preston had to suffer the consequences by getting 4 shots and his blood drawn out of his big toe. He truly showed his size and that he is a big boy and handled it all really well. I just had to shove some food in his mouth after it was all said and done and then he was good to go! Here were the results from his appointment: Head circumference - 49.5cm (92 percentile for his age), length - 2''11" (99 percentile for his age), and weight - 31 lb. 13 ozs. (98 percentile for his age). We do have to go back next month for his 18 month check-up and get 2 more shots. Grrrr. Preston is not going to be very happy with his mother.
Yesterday, Tuesday - It was Mason''s turn for his appointment - the Dentist. I am surprised my boyz still love me after these last 2 days. Ha. We had been talking this up to Mason for the past week on what he needed to do at the Dentist. You know - sit like a big boy in the chair, listen carefully to what the hygenists tell you, keep your mouth open wide, etc. etc. He was so excited for this day. So we arrive at the clinic and Mason doesn''t want to get out of the truck, he just stays in his car seat, crosses his arms and says, "I don''t want to go to the Dentist." Of course, after a few minutes of trying to bargain with him, he finally budges. Once inside he was fine and became infatuated with the big sword fish that was hanging on the wall and then he just began to fire away a ton of questions as to where the fish came from, why type of fish is it, did papa catch that fish, did Dr. Colbert catch that fish, is it real, etc., etc. Too cute. Then Mason was called back and he refused to sit in the chair by himself, so of course, I had to lay down in the chair with Mason laying on my chest. Grrrrr. (The thought haunts me as I do not like going to the Dentist myself.) From then on, Mason did awesome. He just needed mom right by him and then all was good. No cavaties which is a plus. Great job Mason. He was so excited about the new toy he received, toothbrush, floss and sticker that they gave him. I think he will be excited for when we return in 6 months. We will see.
Last night we had softball and we brought the boyz with us. They loved every moment of it. Especially after the game was finished and they both had the chance to take some hitting and run around the bases. Too funny. Thanks everyone who helped out to watch the boyz while we were playing. We do hope to find a regular babysitter for Tuesday evenings so we do not have to burden you with them anymore :)
We have officially wrapped up the 07-08 school year today. I am not sure where it went, but it went by extremely quick. The way that I would sum up the 07-08 school year and basketball season would be - definately challenging but rewarding and an overall a great learning experience for myself and my student/athletes. I am really looking forward to not having to spread myself too thin and I can just focus on being a mom and wife for a couple of months. I still have to get through the whole month of June with basketball camps, then once July roams around - it is relaxing time with going to the pool, beach, parks, etc. (Although, it isn''t always relaxing, it is a lot of work hauling 2 kids around, supervising them, refereeing them so that they do not kill one another, chasing them around, etc., etc.) Ha. Fun times. This summer, the boyz will still go to Fran''s 2 days a week. It is still important for them to have that social interaction and to keep in touch with their friends. It will be very nice for me to get a few things done around the yard and the house on those days as well. We do not have any major plans or events this summer so we hope to get to the lake more often to see the grandparents. That is, if the weather cooperates.
As you can see from the last 2 posting of pictures, we have been spending a lot of our time with our colleagues and neighbors. Memorial Weekend - we were able to get a lot of yard work completed, spend time with the neighbors and go to a Water Park in Elk River with the Sandell''s. We all had a blast going down the waterslides. Mason went home with Auntie Alisa to the lake to spend time with grandpa and grandma greiner. Preston absolutely loved his alone time with mom and dad. He loved having all the attention, not being pushed around or having toys taken away from him all the time.
Last weekend, Roseville had their Graduation on Friday night which I went too and then a bunch of my colleagues went out, Saturday we bummed around the house again and then I had a wedding in Roseville, then Sunday we went to church and then we met the Sandell''s out on Lake Minnetonka. We were out there for about 5 hours with 3 boys under the age of 3 and they did great. We all even went swimming! It was cold. The kids handled it much better then what I did. But, once you got use to it, the body just went numb and then everything was fine after that. Ha. Mason, Preston and Grant were sure brave souls. That must be the boy in them. Dang risk-takers :)
This weekend we are just going to hang low, I think. I am exhausted from the school year coming to an end and now I need to quickly get re-energized for the upcoming weeks of basketball camps and these hyper-active Little Raiders that are enthusiastic about the game of basketball and that want to learn anything and everything about the game. It is sure cute but exhausting. Sunday, we have a graduation and Justin is doing a Relay-Triathalon so we will probably attend that. It should be cheap entertainment :) Go Daddy!
Take care and make sure to keep us updated as well with how you are doing.
Memorial weekend is almost upon us and I haven''t even had a chance to talk about what I had experienced last weekend. As you can see from the pictures, I participated in my first road race - a half marathon (13.1 miles) with a couple of friends of mine. It was held in Fargo, ND. It was one of the most exhilirating and amazing experiences I have been through besides getting married and going through labor twice. :) I am still in awe of the whole thing! The amount of runners (13,000), the amount of spectators along the whole route, the start and finish lines, the encouragement from other runners during the race, me just finishing it, etc., etc. I finished in 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has got me really excited to try another half or maybe even try for the full marathon. Ang and Al, you let me know if you are on board. Great job girls on an amazing race!
Justin did make the trek with me but the boyz didn''t. The in-laws were in Rochester on Thursday to watch Auntie Tara play softball and they stopped through the Cities on their way back and picked them up for the rest of the weekend. It worked out great. Justin and I left for Fargo Friday evening and stayed with my Cousins Rachelle and Brett, it worked out perfect. We then had to be at the FargoDome by 7:15am with the race beginning at 8:00am. Justin hung out with Jackie, Steph, Andrew, Jason, Bryan, Reese and Isaac and they cheered us on at mile marker 1 and 12. It was extremely comforting and an extra motivator to see people that you knew to keep you going. We then showered up at Steph and Ryan''s place (thanks again for that) and we were off to Park Rapids to go camping with my Aunts and Uncles. Justin and I were looking forward to beautiful, warm weather, relaxing on the lounging chairs and drinking plenty of fluids. When we arrived it was like 60 degrees, cloudy, and extremely windy. We were bundled up in many layers sitting by that campfire. Oh well, it still was great fellowship, great food, and a ton of fun. Thanks again guys for treating us like royalty!
We then got up bright and early, had breakfast, and then headed to Alexandria to meet Grandma Lu and Auntie Tracy to pick up the boyz. It sure was fun to see them and their excitement for us when they saw us. Before heading back to the Cities, we went and visited Cousins Shane, Carter and Parker. The boyz play so well together. With our short stay, the boyz got to ride and drive the Jeep around, take some hitting and have snack time. When we got home, all of us were beat and sore I might add - the quadriceps were burning. When all was said and done, it was nice to have the race behind me and my own bed.
Mason''s latest happenings:
- Too smart for us. :)
- Loves to pee outside ( I wonder who taught him to do that!)
- He started my truck up when I ran inside to grab something. (He was suppose to be in his carseat.) Talk about scary.
- Loves all sports - football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, etc. But continues to remind us that he is going to play, "football, basketball and baseball when he gets older." Not hockey. Good boy.
- Has many books memorized - He reads to mom and dad at night and puts us to sleep. (I can''t believe how his little mind works.)
- He loves to play farming before bed.
- In his own bed for about 6 weeks now. Such a big boy.
Preston''s latest happenings:
- Talking like crazy - please, thank you, sorry, mine, no-no, mommy, tractor, choo-choo, says his colors, knows his animals and the sounds they make, etc., etc.
- Getting into everything in the house and garage
- Attempting everything his brother can do that Preston can''t quite do but still trys and trys again.
- Always eating - he has his father''s appetite
- Loves to be outside playing with his brother and the neighbor kids
- Always smiling and giggling.
- Loves to throw toys (which usually end up hitting Mason or mommy in the head - not fun)
- Still infatuated with his NUK and Blankie (This summer, the NUK is gone - the Wicked Witch will snatch it away.)
Lots to catch up on.
Last weekend, we were without daddy. Daddy and his 3 college buddies get together once or twice a year and take turns going to each others home; and this year it was to Winner, SD. What did mommy do with her boyz? Well, we stayed very busy. My parents were down to help babysit on Friday and decided to stay until Saturday until dad got the phone call from my brother that he needed to come home ASAP and plant the wheat. When dad got the phone call, mom, Alisa, Mason and I were garage saling over in Maple Grove and having a blast. Well, that ended quickly when dad said we needed to be home by 9:30am. We got mom back and they headed back to Hancock, we were sad to see them go, they were such a big help. After great naps, the boyz and I ended up playing outside with the neighbor kids. We were going to do a photoshoot of the boyz since I haven''t taken any professional photos of the two of them since Preston was 1 month old (now 16 months) terrible mom, but Dana thought it was a bit chilly, so we decided to wait until Sunday evening to do them at Como Park. The rest of the evening we went for a long bike ride, ended up at the dinosaur park and then drove around for an hour and then ended up at McDonald''s for dinner. When we got home, the boyz had baths and then were put to bed. They were exhuasted. Sunday morning, everyone was up by 7:30am, so we ended up going to 8:00am church and then to Lifetime to workout and then to Target to get some odds and ends and then home for lunch. The boyz again had great naps and when they woke up, daddy was home. What a nice surprise! We then got the boyz ready for their photoshoot and headed to Roseville. Dana did such a wonderful job with the boyz. I didn''t get to see much of the session as I had to stay away because the boyz wanted me. The pictures are adorable. You will have to go onto the following web address to check the pictures out. http://picasaweb.google.com/DanaWidmanDesigns/MasonPreston02
It was about 6:00pm and the boyz were pretty much uncooperative majority of the time, we later found out that Mason wasn''t feeling good. Dana still got many great shots. Thanks again Dana, you did a wonderful job. I am not sure how we are suppose to choose. Tough.
I can''t believe that this week is already over. We were busy with softball Tuesday and Wednesday nights and then tonight I went golfing for the first time in 4 years with Terri jo and the Nesvig brothers - Matt and Steve - it was a great time. Daddy was home with his boyz and everyone was in bed when I got home. I am sure Justin was exhausted. When we picked up the kids from daycare today, Mason had a huge bump and scrapes on his forehead and chin - I guess he really biffed it today when racing on the sidewalk. Poor kid, I will have to try and snap a picture of it. On Saturday, the same thing happened when him and Myles were riding there toys down the sidewalk and Mason hit an uneven crack and went flying off his toy in a Superman pose and got a little goose-egg on the same spot. The first thing that he said to me after he went flying off and through the tears, I want to do it again, I want to do it again. That a kid. I will have to post some pictures of his latest injuries.
Well, to all of you mothers out there have a wonderful Mother''s Day - I will be thinking and praying for each of you.
Fun times again this weekend! Friday we just hung out as a family by watching movies and eating homemade popcorn. The boyz and I were pretty worn out as we were out in the cold raking the leaves and cleaning up our yard. Mason and Preston were actually a ''big'' help. They both love to help mom out; whether it is outside in our yard or in the house cleaning, cooking, baking, doing laundry, etc. I wonder how long this will last? I love it, I have them trained :)
Saturday, the weather was a bit cold so we went to Lifetime and worked out. The boyz enjoyed playing in the Child Care Center for an hour. Daddy ended his workout early to go and get the boyz and play some basketball with them in the gym. Of course, they were in heaven. We then came home and had some lunch and then decided to go driving around (since gas is so cheap) and we ended up in different car lots looking and admiring all the vehicles. No, we didn''t purchase. We then came back and the boyz took their naps and then Uncle Chris and Auntie Tracy called and they wanted to take Mason and Preston skating - so we went again this weekend and then invited our neighbors to come with as well and we all had a blast. We sure had some good laughs with JT taking some good spills - too bad I didn''t have my camera in hand. Everyone then came to our house afterwards for some Papa Murphy''s, chips and salsa and some beverages. We were happy to have Terri Jo join us as well - solo again. Matt stood us up again. Ha.
Sunday - Mason was up at 6:30, never does that happen, but of course, we had a late night (11:00 ha) last night so of course we wouldn''t want to sleep in. I was in the bathroom with him and he just began firing away about what he wanted to do today, we were going to go bike riding, go to the park, play baseball, play basketball, get together with Miles, go skating again etc.,etc. I told him the most important thing that we must do today is go to church and pay our respects to Jesus. It was great, then he began to share with me everything he has learned about Jesus - raising from the dead, dying on the cross, and he lives way up there and he was pointing to the sky and he said that he looks after my family, etc., it was way too cute. I just sat there and just shook my head in amazement at everything that was coming out of that little mouth. He is such a little sponge - just soaks everything in. Then after church, we got home and Justin had to go and play in a flag football league in Burnsville so the boyz and I just hung out - we went bike riding, to the park, took some hitting, played stomp rocket, shot some baskets and then I noticed it was 12:30 so we came inside and had some lunch and then the boyz went down for their naps and were out for 3.5 hours. When they woke up they were ready to go. They had their popsicles and then the neighbors came over and played and then we ate dinner and Mason wanted to go for another bike ride, so we all went and then our neighbors were going as well so we hung out with them again by going bike riding and to the park. They are so much fun. Thanks Johnsons - I hope you are not too sick of us.
Speaking of naps and bedtime with Mason - he is finally out of our bed. He has slept in his own bed by himself for 6 nights now. This is huge. He was in his own bed at 15 months up until Preston came along and then there was a little jealousy with Preston in the bassinet next to our bed so Mason jumped in too. We were one big happy family, that is for sure! The big turning point was Monday night when he was tantruming and he tipped over my big, antique dressor. We are still not sure where his scrawny body got the strength to do such a thing. We are just so glad that he didn''t get hurt. The mirror broke on it which is minor - but we still can''t figure it out - his stress response really kicked in. (It was a heavy dressor.) Justin then told him he had to sleep in his own bed and there was no bike riding until Saturday. We didn''t regress...what a turning point. We are so proud of him.
I can''t believe that we survived the weekend! It has taken us all this week just to recover from it. Well, I should say Justin and I :) Mason would be happy to celebrate his birthday everyday! Ha. All the cards, Spiderman/Cars packaged presents, cake/cupcakes, outdoor games, pinatas, all the people, sugar, sugar and more sugar. It was crazy, but it was so much fun to have many of our friends and family with us to help us celebrate. We can''t thank all of you enough for helping Mason share in his special day. You all have played such an integral part in his life and ours as well. Thank you again for attending, your beautiful cards and fun gifts. It all was greatly appreciated. Thanks to my family and Justin''s family for helping to prepare all the food and help decorate, you guys are the best. (I apologize that I didn''t post more pictures, my camera battery died, what was the odds of that happening on a special day.? For luck, my sister had hers with so now it is only a matter of time before I get them.
Sunday came and we were hoping to relax, but I had my Basketball Banquet that I had to finish preparing for. Of course, it went very well. It was a beautiful evening. My parents stayed the night to help watch the boyz so that we didn''t have to take them with. When we got home, dad was frantic when we entered through the door saying he was trying to call us because they couldn''t find Preston''s nuk anywhere. We tore the house apart and couldn''t find it. I then went to the storage room and dug one out from one of my showers that was suppose to be for a newborn...it has worked ever since. He really only takes one when he naps and at bedtime. I hope that we are getting to the end...we have lost 2 in one week, it must be a sign.
Our little Preston is obsessed with his older brother. Preston tests his limits everyday by doing everything that Mason does and says. He loves to run, dance, play basketball, ride his 3-wheeler, go for wagon rides, eat, give hugs and kisses, and be a chatter box. Preston is really talking, the latest words - Please, Thank You, Luv You, brush (toothbrush), Nason (Mason), puppy, many other animals and noises, colors, etc. It is so much fun to see their minds working.
Well, time to sign off. Brace yourself for the beautiful weather that we have coming...NOT. I am so sick of snow. Grrrrrrr. Good Ol'' Minnesota. You gotta love it.
Happy Birthday to our dear, little Mason! We cannot believe that we have a 3-year-old already. The time has really gone by so quickly. He has been celebrating his birthday since Thursday and it will continue through Saturday as we have invited about 25-30 people over to our house. It should be a great time. I will write more later.
I see that I am again slacking on keeping up our website. I am hoping that things will begin to settle down now that the basketball season is over, our trip to Mexico is done, we wrapped up another trimester from school and are one week into the new trimester, it should be clear sailing from here and we can all breathe :)
Yes, you read it! We spent a week in Playa del Carmen in Mexico with our friends Terri and Matt, Terri''s mom and dad - Roy and Ginger (Justin''s aunt and uncle), and my brother and sister-in-law Darby and Jolene. We had such a blast. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, that was the way to go. Thanks again to Terri and Matt for arranging the whole trip, everything went so smooth. We are already looking forward to next years trip! (Matt did the deal go through? Are we going again next year with all expenses paid?) Ha. We did just a whole lot of nothing, it was great. We needed it.
We got back around 2:30am Tuesday morning to a bunch of snow, that was nice. I then had to get up for work since it was the 2nd day of a new trimester and I had already missed the first day so I had to go. I survived on a few cans of diet coke! I then had the opportunity to pick up the boyz from daycare. We hadn''t seen them since the Sunday befpre when we brought them to my mom and dad''s place. They were so excited to see me and likewise. It seemed like forever. They were with my parents from Sunday to Wednesday night and then Justin''s parents picked them up Wednesday night to Sunday and then they brought them down to Chris and Tracy''s house from Sunday afternoon until Monday night. I guess everyone had a blast with the boyz. That is good. Thanks again everyone for all your help. You are the BEST. We Love You!
This weekend we decided to stay down in the cities as we are trying to get caught up on some sleep and then today the both boyz came down with runny noses and coughs. I am sure from all the running around that they did as well. This morning we paid a visit to see my assistant coach and her husband in Woodbury as they had a baby boy - Evan Robert Bierscheid. He sure is a cutie and a beautiful bundle of joy. Congratulations you guys!
Happy Easter to all of you. What an amazing time as we get to commemorate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
March Madness is upon us! One of my favorite times of the year.
I apologize for how late I posted my photos. I attempted to get the Super Saturday photos uploaded last Saturday, Feb. 23rd and then the site was down. I then didn''t get time to do it during the week, so here you have it, enjoy the photos from last week. Ha. The story of my life.
Super Saturday was crazy! We received word right away in the morning that Isaac Duane Axness entered the world at 5:30am. What a great way to start the day and what a wonderful blessing. Congratulations Axness Family! At 9:00, I had to run over to Osseo High School for our Basketball Seeding Meeting - we got seeded #5 and played #4 Maple Grove at Maple Grove on Wednesday, Feb. 27th and lost. That loss ended our season. It is really weird being done in February, we have always been so spoiled to be playing well into March. But, it just wasn''t meant to be this season. After the seeding meeting, I picked up the rest of the family and we went to work out at Lifetime. I then dropped them off at home, and then I went to go and meet Isaac. I then came home for 10 minutes to pick up the family to go to Myles'' birthday party at McDonald''s in Anoka. We had a blast there, the kids had so much fun. Thanks again for the invitation Andrea and Erik - I hope you have enjoyed our gift :) Myles loves Spiderman, so one day at daycare I asked him what he wanted and he said real webbing - well, that is what he got from us. Ha. Then we took off from McDonald''s and headed to Acapulco''s in Blaine to meet a bunch of friends for dinner and then after dinner we went to Brunswick and bowled. The Thielke Family was exhuasted when we got home at 11:30. We were excited for our heads to hit the pillows and then a couple of hours later, we are up the rest of the night with Mason who is puking up all of his sugar loaded fun from Super Saturday...talk about too much excitement and junk food in one day. He felt better the next day.
Mom, dad, Grandpa and Grandma Oksendahl came down to my game on Wednesday night and they stayed the night and then took the boyz home with them for the rest of the weekend. Justin and Tony left for Hancock this morning to play in a basketball tournament with their dad and some other Hancock friends. I stayed back as my Assistant Coach had a baby shower today. I went shopping all morning, went and worked out, went to the baby shower and then went shopping more and then to LeeAnn Chin''s for dinner. I think I might have maxed out the credit card. Shhhhhhh - do not tell Justin. I am not sure if many of you know, but Justin surprised me with a trip to Playa de Carmen for Christmas. We are leaving next Tuesday and we are going with Terri and Matt, her folks Roy and Ginger and my brother Darby and his wife Jolene. We have been waiting to do something like this together for a long time. So I have been without the kids for 4 days and then I will be away from them another 7 in a week. I miss them so much. They will continue to be spoiled by their grandparents and aunts and uncles during that time.
Happy Valentine''s Day! I can''t believe that February is half over. The basketball season is really winding down with only 2 regular season games left. Even though it was a rollarcoaster season with many ups and downs the season still went by extremely fast. We hope to be playing some great basketball beginning next week and going into the Sections. I have really missed my boyz throughout this b-ball season, I feel like I have missed out on so much of their development. I can''t thank Fran our daycare provider, Justin, Alisa, Scott and Jo, and Chris and Tracy for all of your help these past 4 months and helping to keep these crazy Thielke boyz in check. I am not sure what we would do without you. We love you and can''t thank you enough.
We are looking forward to spending Valentine''s Day with my parents. They are coming down tomorrow (Thursday) to pick the boyz up from daycare and then take them home on Friday. I do not have a game this Friday so I am going to go and scout Section opponent Maple Grove. My cousin Anna Gerdes plays for them so Justin and I will watch her at 5:45 and then stay and scout the varsity team. Saturday, we will be heading home to Hancock as a few of us former Hancock
b-ball players will be honored at half time. It should be a good time.
Another weekend has come and gone. Friday night, Justin dropped the kids off at Uncle Chris and Auntie Tracy''s house to spend the night. They had a great time as usual. Then Saturday morning at 7:30am, Auntie Alisa called and was wondering if she could bring Mason home to Hancock with her. Of course, we said yes because all he ever talks about is when are we going to go to papa''s house. About 5:30pm, Uncle Darby called and Mason was on the phone, he preceded to tell me that he was ice fishing with Uncle Darby and Papa. As we were talking, the tip-up went up so he had to go. Too cute. Justin, Preston and I just relaxed all day. I made some hotdishes and froze them so that the boyz could eat off of them for the next couple of weeks, I did some baking, laundry, and of course, some cleaning. That is what you call the definition of relaxing for Gwen... We did make an attempt to visit our friends Tonya and Bryan Weiss and they were busy as usual. She had bought some cookie dough from me so we finally dropped that off and had the opportunity to visit them for about a half hour before they were heading to Bryan''s parents for game night. We are looking forward to seeing them more often when softball begins in a couple of months.
Today the 3 of us went to church and then came home and I went to run some errands and then around 2:00, Mason was back. It was so good to see him. We were welcomed with a huge smile and many hugs.
Preston has really become the talker. His favorite word - Football! Other words that he is saying - papa, nana, yellow, cracker, and many animal sounds he can make. He sure is catching on fast.
Happy New Year! We (or I mean I) am just a little behind in writing and keeping you all up-to-date with everything that has been going on with the Thielke 4. I am still working on the Christmas letter and picture and arranging a birthday for Preston who turned 1 on Dec. 26th. Needless to say, life has been a little crazy for us. I don''t even know where to begin to fill you in, it has been over 2 months since I last wrote a journal entry.
Mason continues to grow and mature in so many ways each and everyday. We are proud to say that he is now fully potty trained. It is such a great feeling to have one out of diapers. Mason loves that he is done with diapers/pull-ups as well and enjoys wearing all his new Spiderman underware that he had received for Christmas. He says, "I am a big boy now." We are getting closer to being a big boy, the reason I say that, he is still sleeping with us and until he begins to sleep on his own he isn''t a big boy yet. Ha. Mason''s main interests as a 2 1/2 year-old are: anything Spiderman, John Deere tractors, anything sport-related, he loves to color, sing and dance to his new CD player, to build, to bake, clean, do dishes, do the laundry and tackle his brother. Mason is a talking machine as well. Sometimes we can''t ever get a word in edge wise...I wonder who he takes after.
Preston turned 1 on December 26th. We haven''t had a party for him as we had to return to the cities for basketball practice and then I had a Holiday Tournament in Apple Valley. We are still hoping to get the family and friends together for party within the next of months, we will let you know. Bad mom. He loves to get into everything now that he is full go with walking. It is also so nice to have him done with bottles. They are such a pain in the butt. He has really become a chatter box as well. Some of the words or sounds that you will hear are: bye-bye, football, moo, baa, oink and many others that we are still trying to interpret. He definitely has developed a personality and begins to whine when he doesn''t get his way - it is hilarious. He must have learned that from his older brother. Preston also loves his food, if he keeps up at the rate at which he is going he will be a defensive linemen for sure. Preston loves to get into all of Mason''s stuff and that really bothers Mason. It won''t be much longer and Preston will be tackling and taking his brother down left and right. Pay back time. Justin and I are looking forward to that.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! That holiday just came and flew by so quickly as usual. My parents, my Uncle Jim and Aunt Gail from Hallock, Mn, my Uncle Dave and Aunt Pat and Cousins Taylor and Anna from Maple Grove, and my sister Alisa all joined us for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was really nice as it was all catered by my mother. I didn''t have to do one thing :) Thanks again mom and dad. While they were here, my house also got cleaned and all decorated for Christmas, it looks beautiful. Good job Alisa and mom - I love when you leave your special touches in my home. We couldn''t go home for Thanksgiving because I had basketball practice on Friday and Saturday, it would mount to too much running. This was also one of the first years that I didn''t participate in the ''black'' Friday shopping. I just cannot get myself in the mood quite yet. I have a feeling it has been because I have been under the weather. Maybe we will have to go out today for a little bit.
News on Preston -- He is walking! It all officially began last Monday, I apologize for not reporting it sooner. It has been a crazy household the last couple of weeks since b-ball has started. It is pretty cute how he ''Frankenstein''s'' around the house with his arms straight out and his legs staying straight and kicking out in front of him. I will have to try and capture some video on it. We can''t believe that he is going to be a year old! I want him to stay this age, he is so much fun. Never a tear, always a smile and a laugh, it is crazy. We look forward to watching him getting into everything this holiday season.
There isn''t much to report on our little ''Mason the Menace.'' We love when he is so sincere, cuddly and happy but then there are times when the light switch gets switched and ''Chucky'' comes out and he tantrums when he doesn''t get his way. Wow -- those are fun times. Screaming, kicking, his body becomes dead weight...yeah, fun times. Spoiled, little thing. They mainly happen after Grandpa and Grandma leave, I wonder why? Oh, they give him everything he wants and then we have to break the bad habits...again :)Anyway, Mason is growing up into a little gentlemen. He is doing so well at daycare and he is learning so many new things every single day and making a lot of creative projects at Fran''s house that he has brought home. I can''t believe some of the things that they do there. She is awesome.
Okay - time to sign off. We have our first basketball games this week - Anoka on Tuesday and Mpls. South on Friday, look us up in the newspaper if you get a chance. Thanks and please, keep in touch.
I see that it has already been a month since I last posted a entry. That is terrible. I can tell you now, it isn''t going to get any better. B-ball season began last Monday and it has been some very long days and nights this past week. I will admit, it is very difficult trying to balance school, b-ball, being a mother and a wife. The toughest part is just not being able to see my kids for more than a hour a night. Preston goes to bed around 7-7:30 so I got to see him a total of probably an hour this week and then Mason 2 hours. I am really truly fortunate to have an incredible, hard working, and patient husband who has really stepped it up so that I could coach this season. He does dropoff and pickup every day, feeds the kids, gives them their baths, plays with them, does the dishes and the laundry. Everything is usually done when I get home, it has been very helpful. When I do come home and the boyz still happen to be awake, the expressions on their faces are priceless when I open that door to the house - they come running with open arms and huge smiles yelling, "Mommy!" I love it.
I suppose I should do a little recap of what has been going on this past month.
Halloween: Beautiful Wednesday evening...As you saw from the pictures, Mason was Spiderman and Preston was a Tiger. They both looked adorable, although I am a little byassed :) We all had a great time going out with our neighbor friends and their kids going door to door and watching the kids run up the steps and yell, "trick-or-treat" was just a blast. Mason loved the whole "trick-or-treat" thing. He was a professional with it and he was so considerate after he received a treat. Preston was just taking it all in and had a smile on his face the entire time.
Then that Friday following Halloween, we had an adult and kid party at our house. I am sure you could see from the pictures that a good time was had by all. Look at how high the bar got raised for next years costumes. Mason is still having nightmares about Brian Axness'' Elmo costume. I was laying him down for a nap today and he said, "Mommy, please put the side rail up, I don''t want Elmo to get me!" I just had to chuckle. We hear that a couple times a day. Thanks Brian!
Last weekend, Auntie Jo got married to Uncle Scott Grabowska (Chris''s younger brother). Mason was the ring bearer in the wedding and he was such a little, gentleman. We were so proud of him. He survived the whole day without a nap. Okay, I lied, he slept for about 15 minutes through the ceremony in Uncle Chris and Daddy''s arms in front of the church. It was cute. He told me he wants to do it again sometime soon. Hmmmm, who would that be? Tony????
This week we are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We are hosting but really not sure what I am making. It sounds like everything is coming from Hancock - the turkey, potatoes, wild rice hotdish, etc., etc. My mom and dad, grandpa and grandma and Aunt Gail and Uncle Jim from Hallock and my sister Alisa are coming to spend Wednesday through Saturday morning with us. How fun. I will be busy with Friday morning b-ball practice from 10-1 and then on Saturday from 9-12. That is okay, less money to spend then, right? Ha. The house is ready to go, my sister came over early this morning, we went to church and then began to decorate for the Christmas Holiday. It really looks nice around here. She sure has a great touch. Thanks Auntie Alisa.
Have a great week everyone!
Finally, I updated some pictures for you from over the last week. I have been terrible lately. Just wait...in a couple of weeks when basketball begins, you will not be hearing from me. Justin did mention that he was going to take over on updating the website weekly since he will have so much more free time on his hands. Ha.
The Thielke Boyz are still the fun-loving, silly, crazy, aggressive little boys that we have been updating you about. Mason continues to grow like a weed on us, I am really not sure how that is happening because he eats like a dang bird. Ha. His speech continues to improve daily. He is speaking so clearly. We are so amazed at all the new words that come flying out of that little mouth daily. Luckily, they have all been good things so far! He definately has the gift to gab like his mother :) Mason is doing really well at Fran''s house (our new Daycare). They do so many fun activities. This month they have focused on the fall season and he has been coming home with many amazing projects that they have completed. It is fun to look around our home and see Mason''s Masterpieces. This past weekend my parents came down to help with some more painting, lawn work, watching the boyz, etc. It was Saturday evening and we were all sitting around the table for supper, we were just finishing up and Mason dismisses himself. We all just continued with our conversation not knowing what Mason was doing and all of a sudden we hear, "Mommy, I went poppy in the potty!" Yeah right, he has been doing it at Fran''s house for about a week but we could never get him to go for us. Sure enough he did his job. We all went up and congratulated him and then had ice cream. It was so cute. He went all by himself. At Fran''s house, anytime the kids go poop in the potty they get a sucker so we are beginning to think that he knows how to work the system now. He has had a clean pants for about 3 days now, lets hope that it continues :) Great job Mason!
Preston just turned 10 months and he is almost walking. He has got a lot more daring... he will let go of the couch, the tv stand, my legs, etc. to walk to you without assistance. He continues to be a great baby...always happy and smiley. We love it. He is such an easy baby to please. We have tried him on whole milk and he really likes it. A couple of weeks ago, he wasn''t taking to his bottles and we were worried that he wasn''t taking in a enough liquids, so we tried whole milk. But now he is taking his bottles again so we will probably try and stick to formula for a couple more months as they say you should wait with cows milk until they are after one. I am not sure if we have followed any of the rules with Preston...oh well.
We are really looking forward to Wednesday evening to go trick-or-treating with the boyz. Mason is going as Spiderman and Preston has a Tiger. We had their costumes on tonight and they looked adorable. We will post pictures after Wednesday.
Fall is truly here...cold temperatures, leaves falling, allergies, sick children, etc., etc. Mason has been doing well so far but Preston has had his second cold in 2 weeks. Luckily, it hasn''t been more than just a cold. Last week/weekend I had the head cold but I did manage to feel good enough to travel home to Hancock to spend some time with grandma and grandpa. We hardly got to see grandpa as they were harvesting but we did manage to get out to the field and ride a few rounds with Grandpa in the combine. Mason was in heaven. The only thing he was disappointed with was he couldn''t figure out why Grandpa wouldn''t let him drive the combine. (Hmmm, I wonder why?) Ha. Because, Grandpa lets him drive the lawnmower, the 4-wheeler, and everything else... Also, this past weekend, Preston took 5 steps two times without assistance and I didn''t witness either of them. Daddy, Cousin Courtney and Grandpa all saw. They would tell me to come, so I would quickly grab the camera and then of course, he wouldn''t budge...every time he did that. Preston knows that I am NOT ready for him to be that mobile :) We will have another walker here soon. WOW.
This week has deemed pretty uneventful so far. Monday night the kids and I went to Target for unnecessary items, Tuesday we made homemade waffles and egg bake and went for a nice long bike ride in our garage, tonight we went for an actual bike ride around the block and met Auntie Tracy at Super Target again to go shopping for Auntie Jo''s bachelorette party this weekend that Tracy, Cousin Amy and I are putting on. Then it is to Hancock on Saturday for Jo''s bridal shower. Busy weekend lies ahead. Daddy will have lots of quality time with his two boyz this weekend.
I can''t believe that it has been a month since I have last wrote a journal entry. Does that tell you that we have been a little busy? This new Physical Education Class that we implemented for Seniors has been keeping us very busy not only within school hours but outside as well. Then of course, we have 2 very active, little boyz who just keep you on your toes at all times so that equals not much down time at all. Oh well, I wouldn''t want it any other way. We love the craziness around here :)
Daycare has been going great. The boyz have really adjusted well. Fran is so good to the kids by taking them on field trips, baking, sewing pillows, doing curriculum work, potty training, etc, etc. We couldn''t be any happier. The smaller setting is nice as she only has 6 kids and they only live about 7 houses down from us which is really convenient.
Mason continues to grow and grow and grow. He is wearing 3T clothing and Size 8 for shoes. He is still really scrawny through (compared to Preston anyway.) Mason really loves to help me with the housework - he loves to vacuum now, he likes to dust, he is obsessed with doing the dishes now (which doesn''t bother me one bit), and he likes to help me put the clothes from the washer into the dryer. He sure has gotten to be the pro with helping me bake muffins too. He loves being outdoors and going for bike rides with dad, going to the park, playing with his neighbor and daycare buddy Miles, and playing baseball in the yard. Each and everyday he continues to amaze us with his growing vocabulary. You really need to watch what you say when he is around you because it most likely will be repeated shortly after. Ha.
Preston is 9 months old now and is a husky, little thing. We can''t believe his physic when comparing him to Mason at that same age. Believe it or not, Mason and Preston pretty much weigh the same right now. Crazy! Despite the size, Preston is a cruising maching on all 4''s. He has also accomplished going up the stairs on his own and is now attempting to work on going down them. Preston has gotten a little more daring with learning to walk. He will let go of the couch and walk a step or two to us. His balance has really improved. We actually thought he would be walking by now but maybe this next month. No rush though :)
Happy Labor Day! Summer is officially over for me and the boyz and it is back to school for all of us. What a fun summer we had together. I am really going to miss it.
Speaking of missing them, we came home once again for the third time this month without our boyz. They have been in Hancock since last Sunday. They stayed with my mom and dad till Tuesday of last week and then they stayed with Justin''s folks from Tuesday until today and now they are back at my folks till Wednesday. It sure has been crazy. The reason the boyz were with our folks is because we were in the process of switching daycares. The craziest opportunity occurred when one of my neighbors came by a couple of weeks ago and said that the daycare that her children go to had 2 openings. We jumped on it and she accepted us and we start on Thursday. Fran and her husband Rob are on vacation till Wednesday so we are fortunate that our parents pulled through again for us. You guys are amazing. Thanks again. It sure is difficult leaving those two cuties behind. When we get home it is just so blah and boring without them. Then to pass the time, I just come on here and look at all of their adorable pictures all night. I will be meeting my mom on Wednesday at St. Cloud to pick them up. I can''t wait.
We had a fun weekend at home. We stayed with Grandpa Randy and Grandma Lu the whole time and we gave their house a new face lift with painting their living room, kitchen, and entry way. It was so much fun. My mom came and helped on Friday and we just cruised through the living room. We kept Grandma Lu busy with babysitting the boyz. Mason was busy helping Grandpa with digging in the field, driving the lawnmower, and taking care of his new kitty named "Tootsie." Very cute, but I am glad that it is staying on the farm!
Grandpa and Grandma Greiner arrived Thursday afternoon around 3:00. They brought our little Mace back to us. We were welcomed back with tantrums, tantrums and more tantrums. We asked my parents what the heck did they do to our child and they responded by saying, "he was a little angel the whole time for us." Of course, because you gave him everything he wanted and let him do whatever he wanted to do. Great! Back to reality Mason! Ha. Thursday night - We took the boyz for a wagon ride to the park and then came back and grilled some steak. I then got a call from Auntie Tracy saying they needed an extra player to play basketball so I did that. It was a bummer, we ended up losing to the NDSU/UND team! Grrrrrr. Oh well. It was fun to play again.
Friday morning came quite early as we needed to be to the pig show by 9:00. We drove to Roseville and stopped at the Roseville Covenant Church and took the Park and Ride. That works out so well. We got to the fair by 8:30 and then we sat and watched the pig show for about 3 hours, watched Courtney and Jacob show their pigs, visited with Jolene''s family and then we were off to dodge all the people. My mom and dad did a good job of trying a few different foods - deep fried snickers, salt and nut roll covered in chocolate, cheese curds, and a dairy malt. I did good with only having a garlic chicken pita - it was awesome. The boyz were fantastic. They had so much fun just watching all the people, trying all the different foods and then going on the kiddie rides. Mason had a ball as he started out on the Fun Slide, then he went by himself on the Water Crocks, then him and Auntie Alisa went on the Rollarcoaster which he absolutely loved, then it was to the Fire Trucks with Grandpa Gary and then we ended with the Race Cars. It was then time to head home. By 4:00 we had had enough.
Saturday - Justin and I had softball at BeBops Bar and Grill in Blaine. We lost our first game at 11:30 and then had a 7 hour break and played at 7:30pm won that game and then played right after that and lost that game. It was a late night. During the long break - mom and I got all the shurbs and bushes trimmed for fall, it looks so nice. Thanks for your help mom!
Then today, well, it is quite quiet and sad around our household again. The boyz have went home with Grandpa and Grandma Greiner again. The boyz were suppose to start up at the Learning Center tomorrow because I obviously start school, but an unique situation has approached us and we have to wait it out this week and find out more information and then go from there. Thank you to our dear parents for your continued help and support for us. We really do not know what we would do without your lending hands and encouraging words this past summer. We love you!
It sure was quiet around our house this week. Our little Mason went home to Hancock with Uncle Tony as he had a dentist appt. on Monday morning. I then worked it out with my folks for Mason to stay with them until tomorrow (Thursday)so that I could take Uncle Tony to Woodbury this past Tuesday so that he could have surgery done on his nasal septum. Uncle Tony was with us until 4:30 today and then his sister Tracy came and got him as we had company coming tonight and tomorrow. Uncle Tony has a severe headache from the anathesia and we have been keeping him in a cool, quiet, dark room the whole time. He has been miserable. We sure hope that it passes soon. Bummer. Needless to say, it would have been a little tough to have Mason here during Uncle Tony''s stay. When I called home on Tuesday evening, Mason didn''t even want to talk to me. He was having so much fun with grandpa and grandma that there was no time to talk to mom. It made me sad :( We are sure looking forward to seeing him tomorrow. My family is coming down for the State Fair this weekend. My niece Courtney and her cousin Jacob on the Thielke side will be showing their pigs at 8:00am sharp on Friday morning. I sure hope that the boyz will cooperate. I am sure that they will be in their glory with all the animals and all of the people.
Preston (and mommy) have really enjoyed the one-on-one time this week. Sunday night he was really confused and was looking all over the place for Mason. We came to the conclusion that he missed his brother. It was sooo cute. Then when Monday came, he was okay with it as mom was by his side at every little squeal. We sure did a lot of cuddling this week! Preston is the crawling machine now, there is nothing stopping him now. Tonight, he climbed up two steps. Yikes - just what we need. But, I guess the quicker he catches onto that the less we will have to worry about putting gates up and him falling. He is also making a clicking noise with his tongue. He thinks it is so funny. He really likes it when I start doing it and then he joins in. We are working on "So Big" or like Justin would say, "Touchdown", clapping, and some sign language - ''more'' and ''eat''. I found out today what Preston''s version of ''more'' is -- slamming his hands on his tray table and having a wide-open mouth. I guess that will work!
Another week behind us! Only 1 more week of vacation before school starts. Yikes.
Last Sunday, Auntie Tracy and I went home to Hancock after our softball game to pick up the boyz who were at G and G Thielke''s all last weekend. It was again fun to see the expressions on their faces when we showed up. A couple of things happened with Preston while he was at the grandparents house - he learned how to crawl and he is sitting up from the laying down position. We can''t believe that he is on the move. Well, then again, he has to keep up to his fast-paced brother! Also, all Preston wants to do is stand up and walk with assistance. We think it will only be a matter of time before he will be walking. That could get a little crazy around the Thielke household when that happens. Preston has no interest in baby food anymore, he eats all table food and then some. We think he did come back weighing another 10 lbs - the nickname "Bubba" has really stuck now. Cute.
This week the boyz and I didn''t do a whole lot. We went to the Elm Creek Park Reserve on Tuesday with Al and Reese and then to Lifetime Fitness a couple of days, but other than that we have continued to be busy with our learning time in the morning - working on recognizing letters of the alphabet, colors, numbers, doing some tracing, learning important names, addresses and telephone numbers, etc., going for walks/runs, bike rides, and playing baseball. Today, Andrea and Holly stopped by to visit and we sat in the grass and enjoyed the beautiful day.
This weekend we are pretty much booked solid. Tomorrow (Friday night)I will be attending a Rodeo with the rest of my coaching staff and colleagues to watch a colleague of ours compete in it. It is at Clearwater and we are all looking forward to it. Saturday and Sunday we will be at a cabin in Zimmerman with our softball team. It should be a great time.