Monday, August 31, 2009

Video of Aidan Walking

Here is a clip of Aidan walking:

Aidan Walking from Ryan Strauss on Vimeo.

Here is an old video of Ashley walking:

Pictures of Ashley and Aidan Playing Around the House

Kelly took 128 pictures this weekend of the kids. Here are a few of the better ones:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aidan started walking today

Well, today was a big day. The morning started off with Ashley and I spending some time washing the car. While cleaning, Kelly and I made the decision to swap out the rear facing bucket car seat that Aidan uses with a normal one that faces forward. We went out to get some lunch and Aidan was a happy little clam to be sitting forward feeling the wind in his hair.

Later in the day, we all took some time to organize the garage. Aidan was crawling around us as we straightened when we heard Ashley say "mommy, Aidan is walking". We both say "sure dear" and keep working. Then we look over and sure enough he is teetering from one foot to the other across the garage. Our jaws hit the floor. So we spent a good part of the rest of the day working on his new skills.

This might sound strange but I think the switch to a normal car seat earlier in the day made Aidan believe more deeply in himself and that if Ashley can walk and sit in the same seat as me, then I can walk too. Random but who knows.

I'll post some pics and video tomorrow.

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Aidan and Cousin Annie

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Friday, August 28, 2009

On the patio

Kelly and I are enjoying our patio after a nice BBQ this evening with some friends. Life is good to thestrausses.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Alexandra Pierce Nichol Born Saturday, August 22nd

Kelly's twin Katie and her husband Tom had a sweet little baby girl this past Saturday morning up in Chicago. Kelly flew up for the day to be there and said Lexi is just the most beautiful baby she has ever seen. Unfortunately, I haven't seen my new niece in person but I'm looking forward to the day.

Katie and Tom are posting updates and pictures to their website at Go visit and wish them well!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ashley and momma running

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

After church

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Swinging at park

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

You think Aidan liked dinner?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009


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Forest Park

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Dinner at the Boathouse

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Funny little man....

My friend, Lauren, brought her baby Liam over to play with Aidan. Liam is 8.5 months and Aidan is 10 months today. Even though Liam is younger than Aidan, he is MUCH bigger. So anyway, Aidan crawled up to Liam and was pointing at him saying, "bube"(baby). It made us laugh because little Aidan was pointing at big Liam and calling him a baby. It was pretty funny.

Speaking of talking, who would of thought that quiet little Aidan would be such a talker. He enjoys looking out the window at the bird feeder and says, "birrr." He now says, "iiiiii" (hi) when we go to get him from his crib. At the zoo this week, he said "EHH EHH EHH" for elephant and "burrr" for bear and "buhhbuhhbuhh" for butterfly. I am SOOOO pround of him because he was such a quiet little baby that all of the this early language is so unexpected.

ciao for now..