Tuesday, December 30, 2008
On Christmas morning we opened presents as a family (Erin, Kale, Skeeter(dog), Harley(dog) and I). We all woke up and ate breakfast and opened presents in our PJ’s. Erin and Kale both wore their footie pjs! It was really fun! Erin and Kale did very well with Christmas gifts this year, I got a new pair of diamond earrings!!!
After opening presents we went back up to Erin’s parents house to eat left overs from dinner the night before. We then went to visit Kale’s Great Grandma Fischer in Buhler. We sat with her for a bit and wished her a Merry Christmas. We headed back into town and played Wii with the Dreiling family before heading home to bed!
The day after Christmas we loaded up and headed to Topeka . We celebrated at Grandma Swansons that night. There was a great turnout of family this year for Christmas! Kale made friends with everyone, he especially loved to play with all his cousins and their toys! On that side of the family he has many young cousins. Henry is the closest in age being only 4 months younger than he is. Gracyn is exactly 1 year older. Kaitlyn and Cayden were also there, Kaitlyn is a few years older, and Cayden is almost 1 year older. They all got lots of toys that Kale was more than willing to play with when they were not looking!! Nicole, Josh, Evan and Paige also got to come with us to Frankfort, they enjoyed playing with Gabe and Cody and all their new games. Stacy was there with her husband, Linda got to come but her boyfriend got stuck working back in Emporia so he was unable to make it.
We got home late in the evening so we opened presents with Grandma and Grandpa Smith the next morning. Nicole, Josh, Evan and Paige also stayed at Mom and Dads so we had a full house! Kale enjoyed watching and helping everyone open their presents! Evan got a new set of mind bender games which turned out to be a trick for the entire family! Nicole got one apart that none of us were ever able to get back together! There was even one that none of us could figure out how to get apart! Guess it was a sign we didn’t need to! Paige loved her new clothes and Pj’s! Kale got a new tricycle that he really enjoys playing on….even though he can’t reach the pedals! We will see how that fits back in the car!
The daycare also had a Santa come to visit. Kale seemed to like this Santa a lot better. Not sure if it was because he was getting used to seeing him or if it was because he actually knew the guy that dressed up as Santa! I am updating this from Topeka so I will add the pictures when we get back to town!
We ended up going to Monica and Michael’s house for Thanksgiving. Michael made the turkey, which was really great, and Monica and her mom made everything else. It was fun to have the kids together along with the family. Michael’s parents along with his niece and nephews came also, so there was a full house.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have started back to school now so I am trying to stay ontop of my work! The first class is not real exciting, it is kinda like being a freshman again our teacher treats us like we have never been in school before! O well it will be over soon then on to the next class!
Thanksgiving is coming up and we will be on the road alot. We are going to try and get up to Frankfort for lunch on Thanksgiving day. We really wanted to see both sides of the family however it is just not possible when they both eat at the same time, and are on different sides of the state! Maybe for Christmas we can see the other side!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Kale opened a few presents, he was more interested in playing with the toys once they were opened, than putting them down to open something new! He received lots of new clothes, a few new books, some new cars, a very nice blanket (handmade by Grandma Dreiling), some new pj's, and other small items. Erin and I got him an electric car which he loved. He has been riding it around the living room and some outside when it is nice!
He playing in the frosting of the cake, but never once tried to eat it! Which is fine with me, makes monitoring the diet much easier!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Kale posing with his pumpkin at Grandma and Grandpa Dreiling's house!
This is Kale and Skyler together in line waiting to go into trick-or-treat at Erin's office. There were hundreds of kids that went through. Kale had a great time checking out all the other kids costumes and picking the candy out of their boxes.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday and Sunday Erin worked at his Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds. The Swap meet had lots of vendors and car people selling all types of car related items. Some of the vendors had old car parts, or even cars to sell. Others had improvement items for the vehicles. Erin set up his Amsoil booth to meet people and talk with them about using the products. He meet some great contacts and even signed up a few new accounts. My dad came down for a few hours today to help him out and talk with a few people about the products as well! Sorry for no pics but I kept forgetting to take the camera when Kale and I went to visit the booth!
Today is Erin's dad's b-day! Happy Birthday! We didn't get to do anything today but plan to have a dinner later in the week to celebrate!
Today is also my parents anniversary! Happy Anniversary! Dad came down to Hutch to help Erin out with the booth but Mom was not able to come due to being sick! Not much of an anniversary for them today, but maybe when she starts feeling better!
We are busy trying to think of things to do for Kale's 1st Birthday party! It has come so quickly! I have the invitations done but that is about it! Not sure on a theme yet but probably going to be super hero's or cars! I will let you know when we figure it out!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Kale is growing up so fast! We are starting to plan his 1st birthday party we didn't expect it to come so quickly! He is walking now, farther and farther each day! I have a few videos but our computer has been acting up so as soon as I get them uploaded I will be sure to post them.
We went to the zoo for the first time a few weeks ago, Kale had a lot of fun checking out all the animals and feeding the fish and ducks in the pond. We tried to teach him the names of the animals but he just kept pointing to them and saying, "dog", o well close enough!
Last weekend we got to go back to Topeka to see my family for a while. We had alot of fun staying at Grandma and Grandpa's house! They have fun playing with him outside, although this time we forgot the bug spray and he got a lot of bug bites! Oops! Kale also got to see Great Grandma Smith, and Great Grandma Swanson, along with 2nd cousins, Sheri and Allen, and Great Uncle Larry. We had a great time although we wish we could have spent more time up there!
I took Kale on a little photo shot around Hutchinson about 2 weeks ago and got some really great pics! Most of them were taken at Carey Park but a few were taken at an old train station south of Main Street. I will be posting them soon also!
We have finally picked out a Halloween costume for him, we won't tell you want it is yet, but we will say that it has no feet or hat!! Those didn't seem to work out!
This weekend we stayed in town. Starting yesterday the roofers came and tore off our old roof and started putting the new shingles up. The were here bright and early this morning but got the entire house reroofed by noon! It looks great and we are happy to have it done finally!
This evening we went to a 25th Wedding Anniversary party for Debra and Alex Lizalde (Erin's Sisters Mother- and Father-in-law) It was a lot of fun and they had GREAT food! We had a lot of fun watching all the little kids play together! Kale was very worn out after a few hours so we decided to come home early. Well that is about all for now I will try and most more often in the future!
Love, Erin Steph and Kale!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Halloween is coming up so Erin and I thought he would make cute vampire with those teeth showing!! More updates to come!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
We have been to the State Fair a few times since its beginning. Kale really enjoys watching the animals and crazy people! We plan to go again tomorrow and walk around since it is the last day.
Mindy, Lacey, and Cathy came down today (my college roommates) and we spent the day together! We had a lot of fun today catching up on old times! Mindy works in Radiology at the Newton Hospital and is loving it there. Cathy is working at the Bank in Lindsborg, and Lacey is still working at the bank in Manhattan. Everyone is doing well and enjoyed spending a little time catching up! So until next time!
Friday, September 5, 2008
After that we took Kale to daycare for a few hours while Erin and I worked the HCC booth at the State Fair. We had a lot of fun talking and meeting with the people interested in the college. (This is something that I do each year and really enjoy doing! It gives me the chance to be out of the office for a while also!)
After our shift was over we went and got Kale from the daycare and went back to the fair. We walked around for a few hours going through the buildings and most of the outdoor exhibits also. Erin and I enjoyed many of the wonderfully fattening foods of the fair, and Kale really seemed to enjoy walking around and watching all the people!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sitting on the couch looking North
Standing in the hallway looking east, dining room table on the right couch on the left.
Looking south from the front door.
Tonight Erin is going to be out playing pool with the guys so Kale and I are going to get to work around the basement trying to touch up the trim and fix all the little blemishes the carpet layers made when they stretched the carpet out! So maybe tonight I will get the pics of the basement taken and posted for everyone!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Kale is just crawling all over the place now! He has a lot of fun moving around and getting into things. He is always willing to help when he can get over to you! That past few nights he has been more irritable than usual we assume he is starting to teeth a little bit. Hopefully it will be a quick process if that is what it is!
Friday, August 1, 2008
We also didn't take into consideration the smell the carpet would have! Yuck! So we will be staying at Erin's parents house for a few days while the house airs out. The carpet guys said Kale should not crawl on the new carpet either for at least a short amount of time. The furniture will be delivered on Monday so hopefully by then we can be back home and getting things in order!
Hopefully we will uncover the computer at home soon and I can get some pictures uploaded! Until then I will keep updating things from work!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Kale is recouping slowly from vacation but getting worn out again playing with Grandma and Grandpa Dreiling. Since Grandpa was on vacation this week they wanted Kale to come up and play during the day instead of going to daycare. Since they already babysit Marisa they have both kids all week. It is really keeping them on their toes but they are enjoying it! Kale and Marisa have gotten to go and play in the fountains at the water park, walk around Dillon Nature Center and walk to mall countless times, along with playing with all the neat toys at their house.
I haven't had a chance to upload any new pics lately cause we are trying to catch up on everything around the house from vacation. We are getting our carpet laid on thursday next week. So that means we have to have all the "stuff" around the house picked up and out of the way for them to work! Yikes! Kale is still not crawling but very close. We lowered his crib last night though cause he kept standing himself up and hanging over the edge!
Monday, July 21, 2008
I started to have some pain in my side on Thursday. I just assumed I had ate something that wasn't agreeing and with all the walking we had done, figured it would go away after getting off my feet. The pain didn't go away and was starting to affect my appetite. Sunday night we ended up leaving the final dinner a little early to get on the road a little faster. The pain only started to worsen. Due to being in the car I am sure it didn't help but we drove on to get home as quickly as we could to get home. We pulled into Topeka about 4:40 PM on Sunday and Erin and I decided to get all the way to Hutchinson so I could sleep in my own bed Sunday night. We got into Hutchinson about 8:30 PM and by 9:30 PM decided to head into the ER and get checked out. I was not sure what was wrong but thought maybe it was appendicitis or something like it. After getting checked in the Dr.'s ruled out Appendicitis but found the pain could be caused by my gall bladder. I ended up being moved out the ER and into a room about 3:30 AM Monday morning. Erin and I finally got to bed about 4:30 this AM. After waiting all day for the Nuclear Medicine appointment today to get one final scan I am finally able to have a liquid diet for the evening. I will be staying here again tonight and see a surgeon tomorrow to find out if they are going to remove my gall bladder or if they are just going to treat the inflammation (and possible infection) with antibiotics.
Kale stayed with his Grandma and Grandpa Dreiling last night and during the day today. Erin will be staying at home with this this evening then they will watch him during the day tomorrow, while Erin goes back to work.
If any surgery is going to be done I will keep everyone updated but it will be Wednesday if at all.
PS I will try and get the vacation stuff up one of these days!!!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Our itinerary includes:
Drive to Topeka and stay the night with my (Steph's) parents
Be in KC at Children's Mercy by 8:30 AM for Kales Dr. AppointmentsLeave from KC and head towards Clear Lake, Iowa (stay for the night)
Leave from Iowa and head to Superior arrive early afternoon and spend the day sightseeing Mom and Dad have a dinner to attend at the Amsoil Conference but we are free the first night
Check-in at Conference by 1:30 attend meetings until 5...spend rest of day sightseeing
Tour Amsoil plant
Attend final meeting and dinner
Start home about 8 or 9 PM
Spend night somewhere about half way.
Arrive in Topeka and drop off Steph's parents and then head back towards Hutchinson
We are very excited to go and hope that Kale enjoys it! Check back throughout the week I am going to try and update this as we go along so I don't leave anything out!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
When we got back into Hutch, we went and visited one of Kales other Great Grandmas. Great Grandma Fischer has been having some pain in her back so we went to help cheer her up! Great Grandma really enjoyed seeing him for a little while, and Kale liked to play with all the new things in her room!
Today has been a day of relaxation for Kale and a day to catch up with the house cleaning for Erin and I! Kale was really worn out from the weekend events because he has slept quite a bit today! Erin and I did alot of laundry to help get ready for our vacation next week, and even got grass planted and the rest of the yard mowed!
We had a nice visit from Monica and Marisa today, they were on the way to the store to do a little shopping! Now our day is winding down but Kale is fighting sleep so Erin is rocking with him to see if he can finally get him to fall asleep for the night!
On the 3rd we went to Bill's house (Stephanie's Co-Worker) north of town to eat dinner and shoot off more fireworks! Bill had lots of fireworks to shoot, they started shortly before dark with the smaller ones and the non-nighttime fireworks. Then at dark they started with the huge ones! Kale was very entertained with the lights and colors. He jumped a few times when there was a loud boom but never cried! The large fireworks went off for about 30 min and Kale watched all but about the last 7 or 8 min. He even slept through 750 Saturn missles going off!!! Once he was asleep there was nothing that could wake him up!
On the morning of the 4th Erin, Kale and I went for a walk down main street to kick off the parade and daily HutchFest activities. To our surprise the huge crowd that we had expected to join the walk was very small! We ended up being one of the last few to cross the finish line since everyone else was running or biking! Then we stuck around to watch the parade. We found Monica, Michael and Marisa along the way and sat with them for the parade! To our surprise the parade lasted for 2 hours!!!
The afternoon of the 4th Monica, Marisa, Erin, Kale and I went for a swim at the Salt City Splash pool! We had alot of fun watching and playing with the kids in the water! Marisa really liked the water and had great fun playing with Kale and his toys!
After Kale took a long nap! (much needed after his busy day) We went out side to watch more fireworks. Kale watched them for a while but was not near as close as we were to them at Bill's house so he was distracted by everything else around him. We went to the corner of 17th and Plum to watch the fireworks at the fairgrounds. Again Kale watched part of the show and fell asleep!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Well anyway today was a great day for a car show but it sure was hot! Kale and I walked around for a few hours and checked everything out! Along with the car show there were rides, games and even a petting zoo! The petting zoo was his favorite part.....(even though I wouldn't let him touch the animals)! Afterwards we went back and sat with dad at the truck for a while. We ran into Marisa (Kale's cousin) who was walking around with Monica (her mom, Erin's sister) and Michael (her dad). All in all, we had a great time, but we had to come home and take a nap cause it was getting really hot!
Tomorrow, we are planning on going swimming so hopefully we will get more pictures up!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Here is a short video of Kale playing in the water fountains!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Kale is doing well, still trying to get over his cough. He is really getting big and is ready to crawl any day now. He is great at getting up on his arms, but is still working on getting his knees underneath him. Right now, he is great at crawling backwards! So I am sure we are not far off! Still no teeth yet, but that is alright!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Also on Sunday we had a great time as a family in the pool! We put it up a few weeks ago in hopes it would start getting warm. It seems to be getting there but the humidity doesn't warm it as much as those hot sunny days! Kale got in for about 20 to 30 min but was ready for a nap! He really likes to splash in the water, but he is not a big fan of putting his belly in. As long as you hold him with the water at only waist level under he was fine! He seemed to be more interested in playing with his bath tub toys than taking pictures as you can see! But all in all we had a great time!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday we did some work around the house and got the basement all torn up. With a little help from Erin's dad they got all the walls and carpet torn out and off to the dump! Next step the waterproofer will come out and do his thing then the drywall can be hung!
Spent Memorial Day (Sunday) at Grandma and Grandpa Dreiling's house here in Hutch. Where Judy and Larry, Shirley and Don all came up to visit. We had a nice lunch and afterwards took some pictures outside.
Monday we all hung out around the house together and spent a fun day together. Erin and I played the Wii and tried to master our new Wii Fit game while Kale took a nap. Now we are all back in the routine of the week!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Erin and I would like to say Thank You to everyone who shared our special day, even if only in thought! It was a great motivator having everyone supporting us! The cards and gifts were all appreicated as well!
We have a few pictures of the special day, but because of the huricane-force winds we don't have any outdoor shots!! Thanks Nicole for taking all the shots!
Kale did well through the ceremony, he actually did better than some of the grown-ups! We know he was proud of his parents!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Kale is really getting big now! He is over 15 lbs now and just over 2 feet long!!! He is a real cool dude.....check out his shades! He really likes them a lot and never tries to pull them off!
Erin started his new job out at the office (Dillon's) as a investigator in the Loss Prevention Department. He is really enjoying it, and was recently awarded a "Gold Star" for his achievements in a recent case!
I am still working at the college in the Financial Aid office, it is going well but I am hoping to move up soon.
Erin and I will both be graduating from Friends University tomorrow with Bachelors degrees in Business Management.
Kale is doing well at day care. He seems to be a very social baby! Not sure which one of us he got that from!! :) He is babbling more and more each day! He is sitting for long periods of time now without falling over and is just starting to eat solid foods.
Kale has alot of fun playing with the dogs at home! He does have a habit of pulling on Harley's ears, but Harley really doesn't seem to mind! Skeeter thinks she is mom. She is always watching over Kale and running to him any time he cries!!