Friday, December 31, 2010

The little munchkins

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Mommy and Aidan

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Sledding

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thanksgiving

My brother Lee is just talented. No other word to describe him. See the pictures and video he created over Thanksgiving. FYI, the password to view the video is "strausshaus".

Strauss Thanksgiving2010 from Boathouse Productions on Vimeo.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

Beautiful Fall Day

Kelly took the munchkins out to the park this past Thursday and it was beautiful out. Almost hit 60 degrees!

 

 

 

 
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cousin Lexi

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aidan Saying Prayers at Dinner

Here is a little video that Kelly took last night at dinner. Aidan said the prayer which goes like: "Dear Lord, thank you so much for dinner. And thank you so much for horseys. Amen." So cute.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

4 wheeling.

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Riding

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Trying to fish but there is a disturbance in the water.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Aidans new bike

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Let's go Rams?

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Beautiful day at the ball park

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rest In Peace Chuck Strauss aka Grandpap

So Kelly and I headed from the lake into Pittsburgh to be with my grandpap yesterday. It worked out amazingly well because we had Kelly's parents in town so they were able to babysit Aidan and Ashley all day.

We arrived around 10 am and right when I walked in, the first thing he said to me was "white russian". It was awesome. So Sue and Kelly headed out to the local bar to pick up some white russians for us to sip. They brought some back and we all raised a glass and toasted grandpap. For me, it was by far the hardest part of the day seeing him in his condition, looking at him in the eye and knowing this could be the last toast we'll ever raise together.

We then proceeded to sit around and tell stories. Grandpap faded in an out of focus. A lot. He wasn't breathing well. It sounded like he was breathing through water but he didn't want people to leave. He wanted his last party. I dealt a few hands of poker for him and he watched as we "played each other". We showed pictures. He wanted to hear irish music and wanted someone to sing to him. One of the nurses found a cd player and a cd of 25 irish hits and we listened to it on repeat the entire day. He breathlessly requested songs so we all sang together. He mustered up the strength to tell us some stories which was amazing because color rushed to his face and he propped up a bit. Where he found this energy, enough to even raise his voice, had us all completely awestruck.

We had to leave around 7pm and we told him how much we loved him and gave him some hugs and kisses. You could tell he was grateful and then he mustered up the strength to motion to Kelly to come near and he gave her a kiss. It was really sweet.

Below is a picture from July 10th of last year up at the lake.

Grandpap, you will be missed. Hopefully you are having a white russian, eating "Mike Ryan's lobster" (said this was what they will serve in heaven) and most of all catching up with Aunt Ruthann and Uncle Chuck.

Cuddle time with cousin Lexi

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Uncle Tom and Lexi

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17th hole at Firestone North

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Conversation with Mommy

Aidan ate an oreo cookie today and it got everywhere. We went to take a picture w/ Kelly's phone but he started talking. Here is the video:

They both had a popsicle and this is how it turned out. More like his father everyday!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ashley and Nanny

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Aidan driving the boat with Popeye

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dos amigos

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Its hot already.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Eddies 4th Birthday

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The Storm Trooper

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Evening swim

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Swim Time

Here are a few pictures on the way to the pool last Monday evening. These 2 monkeys LOVE to swim and play in the "big pool".

 

 
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpap!

Today is my Grandfathers 87th birthday. He is an amazing man and I so wish we could be in Pittsburgh with him today. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with my him. His hardwork (worked in the steel mills) and his strong family values are characteristics I try and put to practice everyday.

Love you Grandpap and hope you have a wonderful day today!

And yes, that is Aidan in the middle of a tantrum which we couldn't snap him out of. Great timing buddy.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Playing in the rain

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Crawling around in the grass

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