Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another Memory

Yesterday we drove to Bloomington, and J said, "Hold on" as we accelerated onto the highway. That reminded me of Gram...she used to say, "Hank (not a typo) on to your hats!" She'd also jokingly say, after making a turn close to another vehicle, "It's ok, they were on your side."

I learned today that Grandma Kazenske's (J's grandma) middle name was Elizabeth. I already knew that J's other grandma's name was Cleda Belle. Our someday daughter, whose name I liked before we were even married, will be named after both of them. I only wish our children could know more of their great-grandparents. We're so grateful to have Happy (J's grandpa) around and part of Adon's life. We have an awesome picture of the four generations. What a heritage!

Why did you pick the names you've given your children? What do they mean?

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Gram used to make lemonade from those little packets of yellow "fake" lemonade powder. She'd always mix it with a wooden spoon and just rinse it off (not really washing it), because it was sugar-free. Gram let me lick the container after I poured the contents into the pitcher. Tuesday night we had company, and I made "fake" lemonade. I licked the container, and it reminded me of Gram.

Gram LOVED Raisin Bran Crunch cereal. She loved to get it at Target when it was on sale. She would stock up. And we would eat Raisin Bran Crunch at her house. We bought some Raisin Bran Crunch on sale recently. Every time I eat a bowl, I remember Gram.

It's funny what little things will trigger a memory. I'm glad that God wired us that way. Those little memories will keep Gram in our hearts for a long time.

What memories do you have? What triggers memories for you?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympian in Training

Adon is ALMOST mobile! In this first video, in honor of the Olympics, he's practicing his floor routine!

He's also been practicing for the bars. He can pull himself up on this bar and has been caught almost falling out of his bouncy seat when the bar is not in place.

Then back to the floor...

Then some tummy time with a little added flair...rocking on his hands and knees!

And last, but not least, he's been doing a phenomenal ab workout and can now sit up!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lots of big news!

This week, Adon has started giggling and has started rolling from his back to his tummy. Just a few minutes ago, I saw him on his hands and knees rocking! Look out, he's nearly mobile. The other morning, I left him on his play mat to take a shower and when I got out, he was several feet away from the mat!!

Adon has his 4 month check up...about 3 weeks late, because of all of the back-to-school physicals. He's 15 pounds and 4.75 ounces, which puts him in the 65th percentile. He's 27 inches, which is in the 97th percentile...surprise, surprise. The doctor says he's developing on schedule if not slightly ahead of schedule. Adon got his first polio and meningitis vaccinations. Dr. Knight and the nurses were very supportive of our alternative vaccination schedule. This took so much pressure and stress off of me! He said we could start introducing cereal any time, but we'll probably wait until his next visit...around 6.5 months. That way, he'll still be nursing strong and I'll almost be home full-time and will have more time to devote to helping Adon learn to eat.

Now...for the biggest news...that has had me floating on cloud nine for 3, I'm not pregnant. We can't say much about it, but I will say this...we got some potentially VERY good news about the next season of J's schooling. We'll post more as things begin to work themselves out. Praise God for His ever-faithful provision!!

July in Review

We celebrated the Fourth of July in Bloomington. Jamie went with us and we had so much fun. Adon had to wear BOTH of his red, white, and blue outfits.

While he didn't RIDE the tractor, he did sit with Pa Pa on the John Deere. We also rode the 4-wheeler. Jamie & I drove up and down the block, and J enjoyed when I screamed as we jumped the driveway! Click on the link above to see the rest of the pictures and some of the videos!

We went to Dad & Jayne's on the 6th to celebrate Independence Day with the Shindel side of the family. We got to visit with Aunt Madeline and Uncle Lynn. We had some yummy food and Tara brought some awesome pies. Dad and Jayne gave me some pointers on starting our garden...see their garden in the background? Then they sent us home with a head of cabbage, which I used in Asian Beef Stir Fry. Mmmmm.....

Adon had his second trip to the zoo. This time he and I went with some moms and other young kids from church. It was kinda like a stroller parade. :o) I had fun catching up with Melissa (standing next to me) and Faith! He didn't sleep through as much of this trip as he did the first time!! It was also much cooler that day, because we went in the morning.

Adon also went to his FIRST CARDINALS GAME!!!! J's best friend Caleb, from Springfield, got a good deal on tickets. Caleb picked up Adon and me and drove us to the Metrolink station. The three of us took the Metro and met J downtown after J got off of work. Adon was totally decked out in his Cardinal jersey/romper, Cardinal tennis shoes (courtesy of the Phipps' hand-me-downs), Cardinal blanket, and red bucket hat!! It was so much fun, even though the Cards lost.

We also learned why Adon wasn't born on Easter, which is when we wanted him to be born. Gram (my Grandma) started a Lutheran Girls Sorority called Phi Beta Chi a couple of years before I was born. She was so proud of the sorority and tried to get each of her granddaughters to become members or to start a chapter at the college she would attend. The sorority girls always checked on Gram to see how she was doing. Phi Beta Chi was always near to her heart. After battling some complications from a hemorrhagic stroke early in 2007, she passed away just days before Mother's Day. The girls from Phi Beta Chi have been so kind to honor and remember her. They've kept us involved when they do. In July, they introduced a new award, called Order of the Mantle, in honor of Gram. Aunt Barb accepted the award for Gram and introduced our family. She explained that in the year since Gram passed away, four great-grandchildren were born. She named the great-grandchildren and their birthdays. After introducing Adon, one of the coordinators stood up and asked who caught Adon's birthday (March 26). She said that March 26th, 1978 was the Phi Beta Chi Founding Day! The tears welled up in my eyes as I realized that God knew before the foundations of the earth that Adon would be born on such a special day. I wish Gram could have met Adon. She would have been so proud that Adon was born on the 30th birthday of Phi Beta Chi.

Though Kari and Jake have been engaged for over a month, Jake gave Kari her engagement ring after the awards ceremony.

Adon helped J study a whole lot! He also started sleeping in his crib for naps, and we took the bassinet layer out of the pack-n-play. Here are some of my favorite pictures from July. This month, Adon turned 4 months!