Sunday, December 11, 2005


On my way home from work this weekend the baby was kicking to the beat of the Christmas music. I thought...Wow, what a smart baby we have already! After about a minute, I realized the baby had the hiccups, that just happened to be in tempo with the current jingle! Good news is, the baby is head down(according to the "musical" kicking position)!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Our First Christmas Tree!
This tree was proudly plucked from our back yard. We were advised to thin our trees out before they start to grow into each other. I figure we have about 4 years worth of Christmas trees out there. The tree was a bit on the large side, I don't think we will ever get it back out the door! I was at work for the blessed event, but Kevin and Elena had lots of help. Alex, Christine, Grandma Audrey, Todd and Dana all helped get the monster standing in our dining room (we probably won't do much dining in this room until after Christmas!)
Elena and Maya loved "helping" with the mashed potatoes. Mary managed to keep their hands out of the bowl...most of the time. The two girls spent most the the dinner prep time chasing each other and playing hide and seek. Oddly enough, they both ate more mashed potatoes than anything else that was served. Next year they will have to help with the vegtable prep!

Elena loved Halloween, I'd have to say it's her favorite holiday. She still asks to go trick or treating. She sported three costumes this year, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Cheerleader(as you can see), and a unicorn for the big trick-or-treating outing. We made it around the block and then had a full basket. So we headed out to see some friends and Elena fell asleep immediately. She woke up three car rides later, just in time to share her candy with Grandma and the Carlsons!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How we spend our days...

Dad and Elena playing dress up.Mom and Elena's Fall Clean-up. Just found this pic on the computer, Elena and Kevin must have had a fun morning! The fall cleanup. We finally had enough leaves to rake into a pile and play. Now we have more than enough to do this all day. We said goodbye to our dog, Missy, this week. Had another incident with her being short with Elena. So she went to stay with her grandparents until Dave returns from Iraq. Its quiet around here without a pet, I keep hinting at a cat to Kevin, but he hasn't given in yet.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Look who's 3!

Elena had a great time at her birhtday party. Thanks for all the noisy toys everyone! The cake Emily Ross(auntie) made was delicious! Elena has a case of Birthday party hangover now - in the form of a croupy cough and fever. We have been taking it easy in front of the TV for the past 2 days and she actually fell asleep in my lap reading books at 8 pm last night! She hasn't done that since she was about 15 months old.

The Gophers

The Gophers actually win when we go to the game! As you can see, Elena didn't like this outing at all!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Elena at the beach in Oregon

Okay, here's the first pic. We spent lots of time in the sand on the Oregon coast. The kids would have stayed out all day long!


Following in the footsteps of the Sorensen's, I thought this would be a good way to keep everyone up to date with our family happenings. If I can figure out how to post pics it will be a great way to send out some smiles. Kevin is in his second week of school and ROTC, and feeling a bit overwhelmed. He is also still training and preparing to go to Iraq. And working mornings at Imation. He should be contracted by the end of the week with ROTC - this will finally releave him of his duty for Iraq, about a week before he would have been deployed.

Elena is back at Hope Church on Wednesdays. This is our version of preschool. She is in a small class of 3 year olds. Elena will be attending her 2nd dance class tomorrow. I enrolled her in the Just for Kix program at Redeemer Lutheran in WBL. It is just Elena and the instructor's daughter in the Tuesday morning class, so she will be getting very close attention. She has already shown me some of her new moves.

I am still working the 11am-7pm shift at work. I have been trying to figure out which days will actually work with Kevin and Elena's schedule, and have decided I just can't work. Unfortunately, the mortgage company didn't quite agree, so I have been doing some trading at work to find times to fit into our schedule. Elena continues to visit with all her favorite ladies when Kevin and my schedule overlap. She enjoys picking flowers at Linda's, playing with Deb at church, joining Beth and her family in their busy days, eating ice cream with Maya and Grandma Laura, and painting rocks at Grandma Audrey's house.

The newest member of the Ross family is a Mini: Rotweiller, Doberman, German Shepard mix named Missy. Missy's dad left to Iraq last week, so we are filling in while he is gone. I always wanted to do foster care, I just never imagined it would be for a 7 year old pup! She has fit in quite nicely. Elena has already introduced her to the many adventures of a 3 year old sister!

I am hoping we will have our little fish tank up and running before the arrival of the new baby, but with my recent project follow through times, that may be an impossible feat! The baby is 14 weeks along. We confirmed with ultrasound that there is only one! I was afraid there were two, three, or four little projects in the making when I gained so much belly so early on. That has plateaud now and I am feeling good most of the time. Kevin is amused and frustrated with my pregnancy forgetfullness and mood swings(not that I suffer from either of these!) Baby should arrive just in time for Spring midterms (EDD=March 15).

I will try to get some photos on the site soon, they are always the best part of blogs!