Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Two Little Girls
Allie - 2.75 years
Maggie - 9 month
Love them!

Side note - I spent WAY too much money on the animal print outfits, but I think we know the return on my investment speaks for itself...

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Grandpa

My Grandpa Harold passed away on Oct. 1st.  He was a wonderful man and my cousins best described it in their talk representing his 18 grandchildren.

42 births, 25 First Communions, 24 high school graduations, 20 weddings…countless swim meets, golf tournaments…football, baseball, wrestling, and track events. Not to mention the myriad of concerts, plays and musicals, award ceremonies, and school Grandparents’ Days. No matter which state we lived in, Grandpa could tell you about each of and every one of these events he supported us at.
He could also tell you something special about each one of his grandchildren-in-laws and his 17 great-grandchildren, never struggling to keep us all straight. Grandpa kept a running list of all of our spouses, girlfriends, or boyfriends…their first and last names and places of birth. We later learned this list was Grandpa’s prayer list…he prayed for each of us every day. Once you made the list you stayed on the list…so to this day Grandpa is still praying for all those high school boyfriends. J

Grandpa’s voice could always be heard at any family gathering or singing in Church. Yet despite the loudness and laughter Grandpa could slip away for a snooze right in the middle of the room. I guess after raising 5 girls he had to learn to cope.

Grandpa was our human atlas—always able to give advice for the best route for the upcoming road trip, whether through the Midwest, down to Florida, or out to the West Coast. He knew the best rest stops and where to fill up with the cheapest gas.
Grandpa was the one adult who offered us a second helping of dessert, or maybe even a third. He was the one who taught us portion control: we learned to ask, “Do you want normal size or Grandpa-size?” And of course we wanted Grandpa-size, which meant heaping bowls of ice cream and watermelon slices bigger than our heads.

Grandpa taught us all kinds of things: Red on game days and Church on Sundays. Vote for the “good guys” and not the “crooks.” He even taught us catchy phrases like “Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you…” I’ll stop there and let you fill in the rest.
Perhaps our fondest memories are the numerous trips to the zoo, hikes through Fontanelle Forest, afternoons at the Joslyn or Durham museums. Grandpa shared his passion and his humor in all things we did.

Grandpa, we know you’re watching over us from heaven, your booming voice saying “Hey ya squirt!” You’re probably doing your daily crossword puzzle, reading National Geographic, and getting ready for the big game on Saturday. You have left us with so so many memories; you’ll be impossible to forget. We couldn’t be prouder to continue your legacy. In honor of this legacy, we made up a song to Grandpa’s favorite tune…(all Grandkids stand up and sing)

 Grandpa’s Fight Song (a rendition of the Husker Fight Song)
There is no man like Grandpa,

Dear old Grandpa you.

For whom the horses race fastest,

And the Huskers fight hardest,

Of the greatest legacy I knew.

There is no man like Grandpa,

For whom respect ensued.

We all stick together,

In all kinds of weather,

For dear sweet Grandpa you!

I am proud and blessed to be part of his legacy.  I love you Grandpa!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall is here

I love everything about the season of Fall!  The weather is gorgeous out, KSU and Chiefs football every weekend, and my favorite activity of all...THE PUMPKIN PATCH is open!  I dragged Nick to the Pumpkin Patch when we first started dating and now we get to bring two little girls along.  I love the hayrack ride to find that perfect pumpkin and then sitting down with some cider and donuts afterwards to celebrate finding that adorable/big/small pumpkin to take home and place on display!!

Happy Fall everyone!

Friday, September 20, 2013

First Full Week back

So I thought this 2nd time around would be a lot easier going back to work w/ having already experiencing it once and knowing what to expect...  It actually is a lot harder!  When on maternity leave Allie still went to school, so I spent the day with Maggie and giving her that individual love, so when sister came home, I was able to focus more on Allie.  Now I want lots of time with each of them and I only get 3 hours now each day...and I guess I also need to pay attention to my husband too!

On a positive note, I got a nice raise/promotion/better parking spot when I came back.  Some motivation to keep up this working mom gig :) 

My blog post wouldn't be complete without a few pics of my little angels!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2 weeks left :(

I can't believe I only have two more weeks to be home with this little sugar plum!

Time is just flying by!  Our Miss Maggie is being an overachiever with 99% Height, 99.99% Weight.  As the Doc told us Maggie would be in 2nd place if there was 1000 baby girls in a room.  Pretty impressive :)  She is one healthy eater, but it is making this momma exhausted!  She is smiling more and more each day and loves the attention when she can get some!  Big sister, Allie, is starting to turn a corner and realizing she has to share mom/dad. 

So sad to go back to work so soon, I want more time at home with my girls!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Allie & Maggie

So in the hospital when they gave me Maggie, I thought, I know this baby...  It was a little deja vu for me.  I felt like I got a 2nd little Allie! Maggie is breaking away from Allie's looks and getting her own beautiful look!

Here are the Hospital Professional pic

Allie Nicole
Maggie Elizabeth

I think you can all understand why I thought Maggie was a little Allie.


So similar, but definitely there own person.  So excited to see these two girls grow :)  I love their two smiles the most.  Allie has a huge, outgoing smile that is constantly there, where Maggie has a more suttle smile, that sneaks up on you and melts your heart when she flashes it to you!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Welcome...Maggie Elizabeth!

Our 2nd daughter is here!  We are so blessed to have a happy, healthy baby girl.  It has been a crazy 6 weeks!  Hence, why, I am just now posting about her :)

So here is the start of blogging...

Day 1 - 6.26.13
I was overdue by 5 days and Nick and I decided to induce to get our little girl to meet the world.  We showed up to the hospital at 6am and they weren't ready for us, so they told us to take a walk around the pond and get some breakfast on the hospital.  I MUCH rather of slept more, but we did as we were told.  So we got back up to the maternity floor around 7:30 and checked in, waited to hear from the doc, etc.  That was about 10am...  Talk about more of the waiting game!  They hooked me up to IVs to get some antibiotics before we started labor.  FINALLY at 12:45pm, my doc came in and broke my water and got labor started.  The gave me the pitocin and once the contractions were there, I did not mess around this time and got that epidural.  Drugs are good :)  At 4:45pm it was time to push, after 3 pushes, she was here!  5:10pm.  4 hour labor!  I guess it was good to have a little bit of a wait time because Nick and I finally settled on the name of our little one. I know, crazy, to not the know the name of your child til the day of.  But we are happy with our final decision of Maggie Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is my grandma's middle name.

First pic of Miss Maggie

 We made sure the first visitor to meet Maggie was Miss Allie.  She was in love! 

And then came the grandparents!

The hospital stay was nice and the nurses treated us well!  Maggie was good to Mom and Dad and was a good eater and maintain a good weight, NO triple feedings.  We thought we got an "easy" baby.

Day 3 - 6.28.13
Bringing Maggie home.
"Easy" not so much...Miss Maggie brought another challenge to us.  Days and Nights screwed up.  Talk about some sleep deprieved parents!  I know you want to spend quality time with your new born, but I prefer 1-4pm not 1-4am!  And to top it off, Allie stop sleeping through the night, she thought she needed to get up with baby Maggie and keep her company.  Nick was sent in the car with Allie a couple of times at 2, 3, 4am to get Allie to fall back asleep.  Luckily that was short lived and Allie is now sleeping through the night again.

The first 2 weeks were just a blur!  We were in survival mode!  But we made it!  We had lots of visitors, manage to go to a high school reunion, and I turned the big 3-0.  Having a week old did not make it a crazy night at all, so we will do a redo next year when I turn 3-1 :)

Allie's favorite thing to do, hold Maggie