Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Hardwood Floors

The second coat of polyurethane was applied today. We're going to be able to play basketball on this sucker.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Video Chat w/ Sissy


Aidan in the sling.

Weekend w/ My Parents

My parents (who Ashley call's Nani and Popeye) came into town this past weekend to help with the house and kids. We sanded, painted and spent some time w/ Ashley and Aidan. Good times!


Aidan is actually always happy and barely cries but when he sleeps he looks angry.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sue and Tom in STL

Aidan Napping

Ashley Sleeping

This is how little bear sleeps. So cute. (had to wake her up to pick up my mom and dad from airport)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Babies In The Air

I'm not sure what is in the water but this past week my network of friends/family has seen 3 new babies enter the world.

One of my clients at work had a little baby girl this past Saturday. Ashleigh Grace Tate was born at 2:20am and weighed 5lbs, 10oz.

My boy Walker had a son this past Sunday. Jack Thomas Walker was born at 5:11am and weighed 7lbs, 11oz.

My cousin Chaz had a daughter just a few hours ago! Anna Louise Strauss was born at 11:17 AM and weighed 6lbs, 1oz. Here is a link to his site:

Congratulations everyone! These are great times.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Oh my Jura. What would I do without you?

Hands down the best appliance in my house.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008


Aidan is heading to bed. Night everyone!

Friday, October 17, 2008

House Remodel Update

Hot off the presses: pictures of our house remodel project. Pushing this bad boy forward, slowly but surely.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Start of new garage columns

Another pic from my phone.

Outside of house

Here is a pic from my phone of the outside of the house. We put up shutters and flower boxes this weekend in addition to starting on the new garage columns.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

St Louis Pumpkin Patch

What better way to spend a sweltering 85 degree fall day? Why pretend like it's crisp and cool and visit the local pumpkin patch!

Here are some pictures from the day:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Small Person



Ashley and daddy are having lunch together.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Finally Home

We are all safe and sound and back from hospital.

Packing Up 2

Another picture.

Packing Up

On our way out of the hospital.

Saturday w/ Aidan

Things are well w/ Aidan is nearing the full 2 days old mark and is a perfect baby, literally. He is a dream nurser, barely ever cries and sleeps so soundly. Ashley on the other hand was the opposite end of the spectrum.

Kelly is feeling much better today. She had some pretty strong contractions throughout the day yesterday but they gave her some pain medication which helped. We both had no idea that after your second baby, the contractions the second day are almost as bad as during the birth! Ugh.

Here are some pics from yesterday:

Saturday, October 4, 2008


My mom and dad have arrived from Ohio!

Day 2

Good morning world! I had a good night sleep but had to be woken up throughout the night for feedings (every 2 hours).

Friday, October 3, 2008

More Pictures of Aidan

Wow, what a day and what a successful birth. Momma and baby are both healthy and recovering as we speak.

Here are some random pictures from the day (


Sorry, spelled name wrong.

156 pm

Ashley meets her little brother for first time.

Aiden Thomas Strauss

The name has been decided!

123 pm

We've been moved up to the recovery room.

1142 am

7lb 13oz healthy baby BOY has entered this world! The name and better pictures will follow!

1130 am

I have never felt so helpless.

1110 am

Water just broke naturally.

1026 am

Still playing the waiting game. Women are STRONG creatures.

950 am

Kelly is doing jumping jacks. I'm working on my basket catching drills. Dear lord.

854 am

We are 7 to 8 cm dilated so in transition. Baby will be here before noon.

846 am

Moved into the labor and delivery room.

819 am

They are starting the IV and have said today will be the day.

801 am

Contractions have slowed so we are about to go walk around hospital.


We just got to hospital due to strong contractions. We'll see what happens!