Thursday, February 26, 2009

Frequent Driver

We are back in Indiana. Yes, we made it back to Iowa on Monday, but one of my uncles (my dad's older brother) passed away on Tuesday so Katie, Dallas, and I came back on Wednesday. Doug was able to change his flight, and he flew into Indy this morning. He will be able to ride back with us on Sunday. The viewing is tomorrow evening and the funeral is on Saturday. Please keep our family in your prayers as we go through the next few days, weeks, and months.

Until next time...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back Home Again... Iowa!

Dallas, the boys, and I made it back to Iowa today. Doug was to return tomorrow morning, but he called this morning and said that he has been delayed. There was a problem with some of the nursery in Chile, and he won't be home until Thursday morning. So...a few more days of single-parenting for me.

I have lots of pictures from our Indiana trip, but you will have to wait another day to see those. I'm going to bed.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Date Night

Dallas had a date this evening. He took his GG out for dinner. We went to Max and Erma's. It was delicious! Everyone had a great time. I only have a couple pictures that GG sent me. (I don't have the transfer cable for my camera.)

Until next time...

Dallas has found the joy of reading magazines and newspapers while staying at Grandma and Grandpa Robertson's. I was able to catch this little video and picture.

Until next time...

Pictures from Chile

Doug sent a couple pictures from his travels in Chile. I thought I would share them with you all. On Sunday, Doug and Gema spent the day at a national park. Doug said they did a lot of hiking and rock climbing to get to these waterfalls, but the pictures were worth the efforts!

Until next time...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Another Back Home Again in Indiana Post

Dallas, Charlie, Fred, and I made the trip back to Indiana this weekend...and we're still here. Doug is in Chile for work. He left on Monday and will be back on the 24th of February. After 5 days of single-parenting, I decided it was time for Dallas to be spoiled by the grandparents and aunts.

We arrived Friday evening. We made it in time for supper with Grandpa and Grandma R and Aunt Lisa. On Saturday, we went to visit the Rosenfeld family. Everyone was very surprised to see Dallas and I there. Today, we are spending the day with Grandpa and Grandma R and their friends to watch the Daytona 500! Grandpa is trying to see which driver Dallas is going to root for. Only time will tell...

Until next time...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Tooth!

Dallas has tooth numer 7 making its way through. I felt it yesterday when I was digging part of a book out of his mouth. It is on the bottom and to the right of the ones he already has. When it comes through a little more, I'll take a picture.

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

11 Months Old!

Yes, that is right. Today, Dallas is 11 months old! I can hardly believe it myself. He is quickly getting away from being a baby, and turning into a little man.

He loves to laugh and play peek-a-boo.
He loves to stand and cruise around on what ever he can.
He loves to be where the action is.
He loves his puppies, even if they don't always love him.
He loves to feed the dogs at dinner.
He loves to blow raspberries, and he loves to explore.
Luckily, he still loves to cuddle!

Dallas has developed some great skills lately, including successfully using a sippy cup!
Like I mentioned, he loves to cruise ... and with that, he got his first black eye.
He got his first taste of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream last weekend. At first, he wasn't sure about...but he ended up helping Doug polish off the bowl!
Oh, I forgot to mention that Dallas still loves tractor rides
On Sunday, we met my family at Red Lobster in Peoria, IL, for lunch. Grandma had to do some bribing with chocolate and ice cream...
The gang!
Playing with Grandpa and Grandma
All gone!
What's the matter? What are you staring and laughing about? (That's a green bean on his face)
Until next time...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Apparently, I am becoming a once-a-week blogger. So, to make up for my lack of post, I have videos! I hope they all work for you! We had a beautiful day...a high of 62 degrees. It set a new record!

This video of Dallas riding his tractor he got for Christmas from Grandpa and Gram Bergman

Check out Dallas' crawling...he just finished cleaning off the bookshelf in the background.

Like I said, it was a beautiful day, so we went outside to enjoy some winter swinging!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


I promised pictures, so here they are. I appologize for typos...I currently have a sleeping baby in my lap, therefore typing with one hand!

How big is Dallas?
A beautiful sunrise over the weekend
Getting cleaned up after a snack
Dallas likes to help Mommy in the kitchen
Dallas has discovered the things on the fridge come off!
Until next time...

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Until next time...

p.s. I'm working on pictures, I promise!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Really...where does the time go?

I'm going to start off with asking for forgiveness. I don't have pictures to put up with this post. Therefore, I don't blame you if you navigate away right now...

Alright, for those that stayed with me! Our weekend was full of events. Friday morning, Doug arrived home from Memphis. His flight was about 20 minutes delayed because the pilot told them, "the lavatory is a little full, and I'm afraid it might spill on take off." Doug was not bothered one bit to have a delay for that reason! After Dallas and I picked him up, we did a quick Wal-Mart run and then came home. Doug ended up going into work for the afternoon, Dallas napped, and I started laundry.

Saturday morning, Doug took Dallas to a toy show in Montezuma (about 45 minutes southeast of here). I had a chiropractor appointment, so I couldn't go with. Doug said that Dallas did great, and some of the vendors were trying to convince Doug that Dallas needed some toys. Somehow, Doug didn't give in!

After we all got home, we went into town for the Benefit Dinner and Auction for our neighbors. It all started at 11 a.m., but it was 12:15 before we got there. It was AMAZING how many people were there! We could hardly walk into the church. We "quickly" walked through the (almost 200) silent auction items and made our way to the soup line. It's wonderful when a church puts on a meal...those little ladies are the best cooks. When we finished eating, it was time for the live auction to begin. We finally found two seats, and watch over 100 items sell. It was incredible to see the things people in the community donated for such a wonderful cause. Unfortunately, we didn't come home with anything. We tried bidding on a couple things, but were quickly out bidded! Which is a good thing.

Sunday morning started with church, where Dallas was a little cranky. He kept throwing his toys and crying, no matter what we did. I finally took him downstairs, nursed him, and changed his diaper. He was a completely different boy then. We were able to make it back to Mass in time for communion. I'm sure this is just the start of having an antsy boy in church.

After church, we all took a nap before heading to some friends' house to watch the Super Bowl. This was the 4th time we have gone to Brad and Tamara's for the Super Bowl. (It is hard to believe we have lived out here that long!) They were our bowling partners our first winter out here, and they are HUGE Steeler it was a very intense evening at their house. I don't know about you all...but I was somewhat disappointed with the commercials last night. There were a few good ones, but a lot could have been better.

When we got home last night, I thought to myself as I walked through the door..."It's a little chilly in here," but I went about my business of changing Dallas into his PJ's and took him upstairs for bed. When I opened the door to his room, and the cool air hit me, I knew something was wrong. (Dallas' bedroom is always warm) I yelled at Doug to check the thermostat, and the temp was down to 60, but it was set at 68. Not good. There was a fuse blown on furnace so we decided to ride out the night and Doug could get a new fuse in the morning. Luckily, we have a small space heater that we put in Dallas' room, and I put another blanket on our bed. When we woke up this morning, it was a little below 50 in the house...that will wake a person up! Doug got out our portable heater and set it up in the front room, so the downstairs would be somewhat warm when Dallas woke up. That little thing did great! By the time Dallas woke up, it was the regular 68 degrees in the living room. Doug took an early lunch, changed the fuse, blew the fuse, and called in a professional! The repair man came right after lunch...the diagnosis: we need a new "door/panel switch" and new burners. Not as big of a problem as I had imagined. Thank goodness!

So, that wraps up our weekend. I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend.

Until next time...