Monday, December 29, 2008


We are finally enjoying our first totally free day since the holidays began! We might take Cy out to lunch or wander a mall or go for a walk outside (it's 45 degrees here!)
The holidays were a lot of fun -- but we really did a lot of running around! Quick recap: We started out by going to mass & then a holiday party at the Emmers in Victoria on xmas eve. Earlier that day we had hustled and packed up the whole car and then completely cleaned and staged our condo in case of showings. So Christmas morning we piled into the car and made the trek to Milwaukee. With only a few hours to spare we arrived, rested & then headed over to a xmas party at my grandpa cy's house. Got back late & spent the next day celebrating xmas with my family. Three days in a row of christmas presents was really fun! Then on Saturday Mike, Patrick & I rented a hotel room in Milwaukee at this super cool new hotel and went out and hung out with old friends!
So finally we are enjoying patrick's time off work and just chillin today! It's so nice to have him home (so I can do things like play on the computer!) and so we can do fun adventures while we are here in Milwaukee. Today is his last day of being 33! Tomorrow he turns 34 and we are going to go out for a nice dinner and maybe a movie.
I can't get my pics up right now for some reason but I will try to add some in a bit!
Hope you had a good holiday too! See you in '09!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy birthday to both grandma's!

Grandma Nan -- today & Grandma Lynn - tomorrow!

Happy birthday!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas photos

Here are some holiday photos Annie took this week. We went to the Christmas display downtown! We always have a 'xmas day' each year and usually end up doing some sort of kid activity so it was nice to actually have a kid this year to bring with. What a great day... probably was extra fun because we had a glass of champagne at lunch (ok, 2.) Cy loves Santa. He sat on his lap on Monday when my mom & I took him. He asked for lots of breast milk (preferably not after champagne) and something to chew on...
Also this weekend my poor dad was put to the test. He worked many many hard hours to help us fix up the condo. Little things like lowering the crib turned into big, full day projects... one side of the crib was a little warped and needed a brace put in, new holes drilled, blah blah blah. Anyways, it seemed that every little thing turned into a big project that neither Patrick nor I had any clue how to do. We were very lucky to have his help! And grateful. Thank you Dad!
By the way if you were the lucky recipient of our xmas card (also pictured above) I can confirm that it most definitely was A JOKE people! We bought xmas sweaters for $10 secondhand. Katie K snapped the photo. Little old aunties in far away lands are already telling us how cute our card is. Opps. Anyways, we decided if we were going to do the stereotypical family card, we might as well go all out and look like the Cleavers. We even had Katie snap a few pics in front of the minivan but they didn't turn out quite as well.
Happy Holiday! Get your shop on!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

helping mom and eating dad's hair

gearing up for the holidays

Hi! We aren't just getting ready for the holidays around here -- we are also gearing up for the days of crawling! My parents are coming up tomorrow and my dad is bringing his drill, saw and all his tools & he is going to turn our condo into a childproof fortress. Wow, it's nice having a dad who is crafty sometimes! Anyways, Grandma Nan is on her way - and I am going shopping! Wow, shopping without a stroller is going to feel wierd. Where do I put my jacket and diet coke? I hope to get as many xmas presents as possible today in one big swoop!

The outfit in the pic above is also from grandma nan. thank you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Not sure the spelling.. but my grandpa Cy always does this beeble leza thing to us -- well 'did' it to us when we wre babies. He does it to Cy now. Story: When my cousin Catherine was living in Slovenia she went to the market one day with her baby Eleanor. A woman in the market came up and started doing the beeble leza thing to Eleanor! It is a Slovenian rhyme that means the crawling bug... Grandpa Cy's parents who were 100% Slovenian used to do it to him! My mom is 100% Slovenian. I am 50% so Cy is 25% Slovenian. Family tradition!
PS: I also posted a few pics today in another post!


We are back from a great long weekend! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day dinner at the Emmer family home in Victoria and then we headed up to the cabin in northern Wisconsin for a relaxing weekend. We made it out of there just in time! They got a TON of snow when we left! Today Cy & I went down to Linden Hills and went on a cool winter walk with our friends Kat and Camille. The fresh air was so good for them. Cy slept for a nice long time when we got home after a big meal. Here are some pics I took today. I didn't take any at all over Thanksgiving. Probably because both Grandmas had their cameras clicking so often I couldn't find a free moment to capture ;)

Monday, November 24, 2008

getting ready for the holiday weekend!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

first snow

Friday, November 21, 2008

just hanging in our onesies on this cold day

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For the first time

Well, I just realized that for the first time in 6 months I do not have a single baby picture on my camera from the past week! That's because we went to Wisconsin this weekend and Patrick & I had our very first night away. Romantic night out, you ask?! No, my friends... Wisconsin Football!! We dumped the kid & dog at my parents house and drove up to Madtown for a night out with friends. Although the game was very cold, the spiked hot chocolate and the high intensity game kept us occupied and content. Afterwards we headed to the KK to play tippy cup... an old college drinking game. Ah, what a night! Click here if you care to see 30-something-year-olds trying to be in college again. Our friend Joe rented a coach bus & filled it full of alumni friends & they came down from Mpls. We all hung out like old times!
Nevertheless I did manage a quick video this week of Cy trying out his new big boy shoes - a gift from Patrick's friend Danielle.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

off we go

Hello there. Happy hump day! Here are a few pics from this week.... we had our neighbor Susan & her son Jasper over for dinner. Jasper is about 2 weeks younger than Cy. Cute Cute kid. And now we are off to Wisco! Go Badgers!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

just a test

We finally got a new computer! I am trying to learn real quick how to upload vid's....

Friday, November 7, 2008

like father like son

The doc visit went smoothly yesterday. Cy was a little toughie. Even the nurse was impressed. Cy is in the 80-90 percentiles for both height and weight! He is 19 pounds. And, like dad, he is in the 60 percentile for.... head circumference! Patrick wears a smaller baseball cap than I do! Hee hee....

Last night Patrick and I went on a great date for sushi. Thank you sooooo very much for babysitting for us last night Katie! It was so much fun!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cy's Friends

Cy has been busy the past week hanging out with his friends! Above is a picture of Kat & Camille McMillian. Camille is 2 months old already! Little cutie. We went to their house on Halloween.
The other pictures are of Patrick & Anne Kelly and their baby Danny; Tommy & Katie Sullivan and their baby Michael. We were in childbirth class with the Kelly's and Tommy is Patrick's cousin... so Cy & Michael are related! I think they are second cousins?! We all had dinner tonight at the Sullivans. The babies had us laughing the whole night-- both with & at them! Danny is 7 1/2 months old. Cy & Michael are both just about 6 months old. Michael is 1 week younger than Cy. Keep your fingers crossed for us tomorrow... Cy is getting his 6 mos shots!

Friday, October 31, 2008


We have a showing for our condo today -- the 4th in a week! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Funny things that have stuck

Here's a few funny things that the grandmas have said that have 'stuck.'
Grandma Nan once commented on how all of Cy's different toys are like "circuit training.' He does one for a few minutes and moves on to the next one. Now, almost every day we do "circuit training!"
Grandma Lynn once said that Jackson (the dog) is like Cy's "Furry Clown." It is so true. Cy is always watching Jackson & laughing at him. So we call Jackson the "Furry Clown" and sometimes he is even the 'Furry Nanny.'
Grandma Lynn also said last week that "Babies work is play" and that Cy's Exersaucer is his "office." Now we always tell Cy that he has to go to work for a while... and then we play! We sometimes he has to work in his "office" (which is where he is right now.)
Finally, Patrick loves monkies. We have been calling Cy the Little Monkey since he was born. I just read the other day that babies should be recognizing their name anytime now. I betcha he'll recognize "Monkey" before Cy!
Above are some pics of the Monkey "working," "in his office," and hanging out with his "Furry Nanny."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

more pics

back safe and sound

hi! We're back in Minnesota - just in time for the cold!
We were in Wisconsin for a week. It was a lot of fun. I got to see some old friends - Pam in Madison and Joanna drove up from Chicago to spend the day. She and I had lunch & got pedicures and then she came to my parents' house and spent some time with Cy.

My cousin Kara, her husband Mark and her 8 month old son Henry and my grandpa Cy came over for dinner one night. It was so fun to see Henry. It prompted me to immediately start looking into childproofing because Henry can crawl and man does he move fast. A foreshadowing of things to come. It is always great to talk with Kara because she does all the research and I get to ride her coattails. I basically just follow her lead when it comes to baby things like solid foods, teething and now babyproofing. Thanks Kara!

We also spent a lot of time with my parents - Grandpa Dick and Grandma Lynn. We went to the park almost every day to walk the dogs, we went shopping and to restaurants and we went down to Milwaukee (they live in the suburbs) and spent the day at Discovery World and Old World Third Street. We went to the Ambrosia chocolate store and a cheese store. Heaven! Like I said earlier, Blue Moon icecream is the best!

And we went to lunch with my Grandpa Cy and my uncle Jim. Gpa Cy goes out to lunch every day and my mom & dad meet up with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays at one of his favorite restaurants "Vickies." All the waitresses know him by name and they know what he likes to eat. It's pretty funny. He got to show off his great-grandson & his namesake!

Other than the super long car rides (it took me 7 1/2 hours each way - it is usually about 4 1/2 or 5) the entire trip was a blast!

I am happy to be home. First thing I did today was start looking into more activities for this winter. I am a little worried that both Cy and I are going to get bored when it starts getting cold out since we spend a lot of our time outside. I just found out that our new gym has a "Rock N Stroll" exercise class once a week. Moms come with their babies and strollers to workout. And I also am signed up for "Pilates with Baby" at our friend Adrienne's studio called Align. I am also going to sign up for baby swim lessons (basically you sign songs & splash around) and maybe an ECFE class just to meet some more people who are around during the day -- and to get out of the house!

Time to hit the hay. Tomorrow the Emmer grandparents are coming over to 'sit while Patrick and I go out for a bit! g'night!