Sledding Time

On February 23, 2010, in Family, by scott

After a long, stressful, and emotionally draining weekend, we attempted to return to our normal lives as best we could. Crystal went to the doctor to get something to help her FINALLY kick the cold that has been bothering her for the past week and a half.

When we were eating breakfast this morning, Gabby mentioned that we had a lot of snow outside. It was then I decided we should try to get out and enjoy some of that snow today. I asked her if she wanted to go sledding, and the idea never left her head.

Dilemma: Trying to find a sled in February = not an easy task. If one were to, say, want some beach toys, no problem.

I took a gamble and went to a local sporting goods store… and the gamble paid off!

A Sled!

Now the fun began. Kids + sleds + snow = many good laughs and a few good wipeouts! The only camera we had was my phone, but that is more than enough to show the joy on our two precious children’s faces.

Gabby Getting Ready to Go

Gabby Getting Ready to Race

Brendan in His Sled

Brendan did ride down the hill with me. We also did a trip with Gabby, Brendan, and me in the sled at the same time!

More from today.

Smiles

My Angel

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Christmas… in February

On February 7, 2010, in Family, by scott

No, the title isn’t a typo. Last week, Michael, Kelly, and Madelyn all came over to FINALLY celebrate Christmas.

It was a great time. We don’t get to see each other as often as we would like, but when we get together it is always fun.

After the presents were opened, Scott and Mike enjoyed some Wii bowling. Crystal and Kelly enjoyed talking and playing with Play-doh with the girls. As you can see from the photos, the Play-doh is something that is taken quite seriously.

Merry Christmas (A couple months late, but better late than never!)

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Brendan at Dinner

Play-Doh Time

Madelyn

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Lesson Learned

On January 28, 2010, in Family, Miscellaneous, by scott

In an effort to increase my overall physical fitness and lose some weight, I started running last fall. I took the program up a notch at the beginning of January by following the Body for Life eating plan. This workout and diet lifestyle plan has worked for me in the past, so I figured why not go back to what  works?

One of the things I did was to stop drinking any form of alcohol. I wasn’t a heavy drinker, but I did enjoy a beer or two a couple of times a week.  Oddly, the nights I would have a beverage, one of the kids would have a horrible night resulting in a long morning the next day.

By cutting out the alcohol, mornings have seldom been difficult. The kids have also been doing well sleeping through the night.

Then… last night.

The temperature outside was too cold to run. Crystal and I had been contemplating a cheat night with the diet. After we put the kids to bed, I got dressed to hit the bike downstairs for a few miles.  Five minutes after that, I was dressed in regular clothes and headed to the store (no workout).

When I returned, I had a caramel fudge brownie for my beautiful wife and a beverage (Bombay Sapphire) with a diet mixer for myself.

As I was half way through my second glass, it hit me.  I hadn’t been drinking in a while and I was feeling pretty darn happy. Crystal was working on her grades and we were enjoying some great conversation. Couple time. The two of us.

We went to bed a little later than we normally would. By this point, both of the kids had been sleeping for a while.

Early morning, Gabby is screaming “MOMMY!” Gabby threw up all over her bed, mommy’s doing what she can to take care of Gabby, and daddy’s not waking up too well. I eventually woke up enough to help out, get Gabby dressed, and in bed with us for the rest of the night. (Brendan ended up sleeping until almost 8!)

I’m not saying it is because I had a beverage last night, but it sure made for another long morning.

Coincidence, or a little message from God? I am leaning toward latter.

Lesson learned.

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Happy Mother’s Day

On May 10, 2009, in Family, by scott

We have now lived in the new house for two whole weeks.  In that time, it’s rained quite a bit. We’ve had to replace the sump pump switch, fertilize the lawn, replace every aerator in every sink, hang the microwave over the range, and random odds and ends.  To make a long story short, we LOVE the place.

This past weekend was Mother’s Day weekend.  On Saturday, Grandma VanWalsum came out to visit for steaks on the grill.  The next day (Sunday), Grandma and Grandpa Tazelaar and Uncle Dustin came over for brunch.

It was a wonderful weekend of relaxation and family. There are a few photos of the kids this from the past week posted in the gallery.  Here are a couple from earlier today.  Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Brendan’s Laughing

On January 15, 2009, in Family, by scott

As we were getting the children in the bath, I put Brendan in front of the mirror and he started laughing.  This was the first time we’ve seen him laugh, so I grabbed the video camera.  Here’s what followed.

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New Year

On January 9, 2009, in Family, by scott

2008 has come and gone.  It was a wonderful and challenging year for our family.  It brought great joy with the birth of Brendan, as well as a few, shall we call them minor, frustrations.  

Crystal received her Professional Teaching Certificate, as well as received a total of 18 credits toward her Master’s Degree (half way there!), all while being pregnant!  She is planning on returning to work at Waverly High School on January 20.

Gabby continues to grow and amaze us every day.  If you look in the gallery, as well as on Scott’s Flickr Page, I’m sure you can see how big she has gotten over the course of the year.  Yesterday, I had the luxury of playing in the snow with Gabby, and this is one of the shots I captured.

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Brendan has also grown quite a bit in two months he spent with us in 2008.  He’s now our little boy that likes to kick and smile while laying on his back.  He’s full of expressions, smiles, coos, and happiness (with a share of crankiness every now and then.)

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Scott’s (my) company seemed to be one of those hit by the economy.  In September, Continental parked somewhere around 60 airplanes and furloughed 147 pilots.  While he still has a job, his seniority in Cleveland went down considerably and his quality of life has suffered a bit.  Working through Christmas did present quite a bit of stress, tension, and loneliness.

Enough of the sad stuff.  Life has been good and God has blessed us with two beautiful children. We look forward to watching them, as well as our family grow (not expand). 

Happy New Year! Here’s to a new year and new adventures. Let’s enjoy the ride!

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The Christmas Season

On December 26, 2008, in Family, by scott

Wow, I didn’t realize how long it has been since I have posted an update.  For the long delay, I apologize.  Things in our home have grown a bit more hectic.  I (Scott) have returned to work with a less than spectacular schedule.  Crystal is busy trying to keep up with Gabby while keeping Brendan calm, and the cats are appreciating any attention they can get.

Last week, before I left for work on Christmas Eve, we did have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with my mother.  It was a great time!  All three grandchildren seemed to have a wonderful time playing with each other.  There are quite a few new photos in the gallery, including a Christmas 2008 album.  I will do my best to post more as time permits.

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas, and wish everyone a very happy New Year!

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A week of Firsts

On November 6, 2008, in Family, by scott

This week has been a crazy and interesting week.  Gabby’s first chance at Trick-or-Treating in a neighborhood, our first African-American president was elected, and Brendan had his first bath.

The previous post talks about Halloween, so I’ll leave that out of this post.  I’d just like to mention that Gabby is STILL eating her candy.

Last week, Brendan was introduced to his little bath tub.  He took to it a bit better than Gabby did originally.  After he gets over the shock of being naked and not cuddled up to us, he’s actually all right in the water.  

Through all of this, Gabby has been more than willing to help clean her little brother! (although right now she’s battling a cold so we’re trying to keep a bit of distance between the two of them)

On election day, we took a family trip to vote.  In our little town, there was no line to vote and it went rather quickly.  Gabby was really happy that she got a sticker and proudly wore it.  Daddy and Gabby also ended up in the MLive web site with the photos you will see below.  

 

A week of firsts and a lot of changes happening.  Gabby is getting bigger every day, our little Brendan is almost a month old, and our government will soon not look anything like it did last week.  Change is good!

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Crazy Halloween

On November 3, 2008, in Uncategorized, by scott

Trick-or-treat.  That’s what Gabby woke up saying.  The first thing she asked me when I got her out of her crib was, “When can we put on our costumes and go trick-or-treating?”  She had a blast.

It was a longer day for the family.  We went to Grand Haven to visit with Crystal’s cousins who were in town for a family emergency.  While in town, Don, Dustin, and I went up to deer camp to clear out our blinds and get ready for deer season in a couple of weeks.  

In order to keep things from being too crazy and risk Gabby missing her trick-or-treating, we decided to stay in Grand Haven for the candy getting.  

Her pumpkin ended the night very full.  We had a blast watching her walk up to the houses and saying “Trick-or-treat.”  We had practiced what to say so much that she forgot to say thank you as we were leaving; all she would say was, “Trick-or-treat!”

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Pumpkin Carving and Photo Shoot

On October 27, 2008, in Family, by scott

Last weekend, the family ventured out to Grand Haven to the Grayson family’s annual pumpkin carving party.  Brendan and mommy made a short appearance. Gabby and daddy stayed, carved pumpkins, and had a good time playing with the others.

We also completed the photo shoot for Brendan’s birth announcement.  The photos for the actual announcement will be in the gallery AFTER everyone receives their announcements in the mail, but below is a sample.  Thanks to Jim Kiewski for lending us the lenses for the shoot. Enjoy!

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