Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Erin visits & Matt flys a kite

Karl's sister Erin came to visit for a week and the boys had a blast with her. She was a big help and even baby sat all three boys (Luke included) for a few hours one night. Matt and Micah love having Erin read to them. Thanks Erin for spending your spring break with us!

Matt got a kite for his birthday and we finally got around to flying it at the park. He was proud that he was able to do it all by himself. It was a boys afternoon at the park while Andi and her Grandma cooked at the house.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More birthday pictures!!

Here are more pictures from Matt's third birthday party that I promised.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bad weather keeps us inside

100th post!!!!!!!!!!!

We had 50 mph gusts all weekend and rain on Sunday morning. Karl aerated the yard Saturday afternoon. It is going to take some work but he is determined to get the grass growing well. We had the Crane's over for dinner Saturday night for salmon and crab! Matt and Micah both liked the crab. Karl too Matt's picture in this old Twin's jacket with the plan of taking each boys picture in it every year. Micah also wanted his picture taken so the next picture is of him saying "cheese." The last picture is of Matt dancing to "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John. The keyboard has prerecorded songs and he knows the numbers of the songs he likes. He also likes "In the mood" by Glenn Miller (he calls it swing music). He asks Karl to play the "real" Crocodile song on the computer (itunes).
Stay tuned for more birthday pictures.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Our Baby is THREE!!!

Happy Birthday to Matt! Today is was Matt's birthday although we had his party yesterday. We had a good turn out and for over 2 hours our house was filled with kids age 3 weeks to 4 years! The party theme was "Matt's Carnival." The kids had a great time jumping in the bouncer we rented. The pinata was a hit, although it was the world's toughest pinata and finally had to be ripped open by hand! The kids also had a great time at a craft table decorating a circus scene picture and playing pin the nose on the clown.
I have never seen Matt so excited when the man came to set up the bouncer on Sat morning. Matt was so overwhelmed he couldn't speak (and that is huge for Matt!) His face was priceless! He had so much fun in the bouncer! About 20 minutes before the bouncer was to be picked up we tried to prep Matt and explain in 3 year old terms that the bouncer was going away. It broke my heart how upset he became. Surprisingly, when Matt got to watch the man deflate it and pack it up this was great closure for him and he was fine with it all and no longer upset. He is such a sensitive kid.
My brother took most of the pictures and I have not seen them. The battery in our camera died early into the party so these pictures are not the best. I will post some better ones in a week or so.
Jeanette, Jack, Raina, and the new baby, Brayden, drove from Vegas on Friday. It was great to have them here. Karl and I were so proud to show off our new house. We always LOVE to have family stay with us. Brayden is a cutie and seems to be a really good baby. Matt loved to "help" with the baby.
Jeanette, Jack and Raina left this afternoon. It is always a little sad when family leaves. We had such a great time with them. Matt and Micah love their Grandma, Uncle, Aunt and Cousin very much. This evening we took Matt and Micah out for ice cream. Matt said he just wanted ice cream for dinner but we compromised and got pizza along with the ice cream! Tomorrow the Stutelberg family starts detoxing!! Feb and March are full of birthdays and lots of cake in our family.
Karl and I celebrated our 6th anniversary today! We went for a 7 mile run together. Our run conveniently ended at Cold Stone so we shared an ice cream. We then got coffee and walked home together. I think I enjoyed our little date more than if we had gone to a fancy restaurant to celebrate! I think I am the luckiest girl in the world! To be married to my best friend, have two beautiful little boys, and have an amazing supportive and loving extended family are blessings I can't explain in words.
This year had flown by. It seems like yesterday Karl and I were driving to the hospital to visit Matt as we prayed to God that he would grow, be healthy and come home with us. Life is unbelievable! I can't help but sometimes just stare at my kids in awe! Happy Birthday, Matt. Your Mommy and Daddy love you very much!
Enjoy the pictures and I will try to get some better ones posted soon.






Sunday, March 8, 2009

Moving in and getting settled

We did the BIG move last weekend and and started living at the new house Saturday night. As of today we have been in a week and are still busy unpacking boxes and organizing. We unpacked the important boxes first (see picture below). Matt is now sleeping in a twin bed that was Andi's when she was a kid. When he saw it he forgot all about his toddler bed. We added a bed rail and he loves it. Micah also likes his room which is covered in trucks, cars, and has an airplane fan. Karl used his lawn mower for the first time today. The lawn is going to need some work to get it ready for the summer. The boys love playing inside and out. We are preparing the house for Matt's third birthday party next week. There are lots of little odds and ends to do.