Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas 2009

Where do I begin? Christmas, Christmas, Christmas... was so magical this year. We are blessed with a crazy little boy who was so unbelievably cute Christmas morning trying to hand us his presents. He can say Santa, he can tell us what Santa says (insert HO HO HO here), but I'm not totally sure he really understood "Christmas" this year. However, once I showed him how to open his presents the train left the station and didn't stop until he opened his presents and anyone else's that were under the tree!

Once all of his presents were open, he quickly learned how to operate them. Did I tell you that he is one smart cookie? And he plays hard... there's no stopping him when he want to play. This past Sunday night he literally pushed one of his new tractors on my bed, while his head bobbed up and down like he was bobbing for apples, until he feel asleep. Our boy is definitely determined! He's growing up so fast. He's starting to repeat everything we say and he's beginning to understand emotion. He's been walking or should I say running and he doesn't sit still for a second. But we love him. We love him so much it hurts. I can only speak for myself when I say, our son has really helped me to understand how important family really is and how you really can't love them enough.

We tried to love on most of our immediate family the weekend before Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and the Sunday after. So, like many of you, we were busy. Really busy. It's not like I was slaving in the kitchen making cookies or anything like that ( don't worry, I eat plenty of cookies)... it was the working, trying to shop, and the keeping up with a 20 month old while trying to prepare for company/going for visits that kept me busy. And SWOOSH! Just like that, Christmas has already come and gone. And even though I am tired, so tired.... I am already looking forward to next Christmas and memories that will be made.

Lots and lots and lots of Christmas pictures:

Now, onto the New Year. I hope to spend more time with family and I hope to change some habits, like my eating! lol... So, I have once again joined a weight loss challenge to help me hold myself accountable.
Click here Sisterhood for details about the challenge and leave a comment if you want to join.
Rethink Your Shrink!

Monday, December 21, 2009

In Memory of My Grandmother


SCHILLING BARBARA SCHILLING (nee Sandoval), age 72, left us December 19, 2009 to be with the Lord in her heavenly home for Christmas and reunited with the love of her live for 53 years, the late David G. Schilling, Sr. Beloved mother of David, Jr. (Jeanne O'Malley-Schilling), Denise (Luis) Afanador, and Renee (Joseph) Mueller. Dearest grandmother of Greg, Steven, Christopher, Robert and Danielle. Great-grandmother of Eddie, Izabella and Arianna. Dear sister of Marylou Dallas and Frank Sandoval. Retired Operations Manager, Food Service Division, Cleveland Board of Education.

My grandmother was strong, brave, courageous, and ever loving to all. She helped to mold me into the woman I am today. She supported me in all my endeavours and treating me like one of her own.
I will never forget you grandma! I pray that you are resting in peace next to grandpa. I love you.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Holiday Festivities are Full Steam Ahead!

We've been nonstop over here at the Alberts household since the day before Thanksgiving. Like last year, I took our little man to get his picture done with Santa the day before Thanksgiving. We met grandma and grandpa Mueller for breakfast and then off we went for our second visit with Santa. This year was unlike last year in that our little man cried when I put him on Santa's lap. Amazingly, we were able to get him out of his funk. Even Santa couldn't believe he bounced back!
Thanksgiving day was spent at grandpa and grandma Mueller's house with family. Our little man finally got meet baby Bella- his second cousin once removed by marriage I think! Anyway, she is adorable and our little man enjoyed giving her a kiss!

Here's proof:

My hubby left for hunting the day after thanksgiving, which left me and little man home to spend some quality time together. We pretty much just stayed home over the weekend and got some rest. Monday we went to grandma Alberts for dinner and then Tuesday we went to grandma and grandpa Mueller's for dinner. Wednesday we came straight home after work and Thursday we did dinner with Santa at the school district that grandpa Mueller and I work for, which was so super cute. We are looking forward to dinner with Santa next year for sure! The hubby came home Thursday night and Friday we just hung out! Saturday we through a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband's sister and Sunday we went on a Christmas train ride with grandma and grandpa Alberts. The 40th birthday party was a success. The birthday girl had a great time and our little man had an even better time, running around with 8 other kids and eating cookies until his little hearts content. The train ride on Sunday was also a success as long as the train was moving. Our little man might have still been to small for that one but I really think he did enjoy it, especially when the horn blew and when Santa came in to give all the kids their goodies.

Here is a slide show of the snapshot of events I just rambled off!!! I had much more detail to share about all the gatherings/activities we have been doing but after working a full day and coming home to take care of our little man.... I was just to tired! Thank you everyone for making our last couple of weeks together so memorable!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Natural Gas

How would you like to be woken up out of a deep sleep by your husband saying, "shhhh, there's a ton of natural gas in the house open up all the windows!" Um... hello!!! "What did you just say?" I frantically jumped out of bed and right away wanted to call the fire department instead of opening all the windows. I just kept thinking forget about the windows... we need to get out of here. And we did just that. I grabbed the baby and took him over to my in-laws house. Thank god they live right around the corner. Meanwhile, my husband stayed behind to fumigate the house. He called about two hours later and said, "come home, the house is all cleared out there's no more gas." Reluctantly, I put the baby back in the car and drove home. We all slept together last night and thanks to the hubby our house was a safe place once again. Needless to say, we are on our way to babies r us today to get child proof knobs for the stove. I'm not even sure if it was our little man that turned the knob or my big ole butt bumping into it... all I know is that nothing happened to us because the hubby/daddy saved us!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my da da's birthday!!! Don't worry da da mommy didn't forget about you, I've just been keeping her really busy these days.

I thoroughly enjoyed blowing out your birthday candles with you. I love you.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

I took our little Frankenmonster out trick or treating into our desolate neighborhood last night. Poor little guy didn't get to see any other kids in their costumes. I think we had a total of three trick or treaters that came to our house :( All the neighborhood kids decided to hit the other neighborhoods where the houses are a little bit closer together. BOO BOO!!! I have decided that future Halloweens will be spent at Grandma and Grandpa Alberts or Grandma Dresp's house... most likely the Alberts since their five minutes away and to many drunks are out on Halloween!!! Anyway, we enjoyed our evening with our little Frankenmonster. He looked so cute!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Boo at the Zoo

Last weekend the hubs and I took our little man to meet grandma and grandpa Mueller for Boo at the Zoo. Our little Frankenmonster was in awe of all the kids in costumes, activities, and animals, now that he can see them and point to them saying, "I touch." He especially enjoyed the petting the big stuff puppy with daddy that was station near the Zoo entrance, walking through the maze with grandpa Mueller, and the dinosaur exhibit. The weather was actually perfect for adults but a little on the chilly side for an 18 month old. We will definitely be going back in the future when our little man can run around on his own!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Patterson Fruit Farm

As we drove to the Patterson Fruit Farm yesterday, I realized how much I appreciate the change of seasons. And also, how much I am just like my parents. I found myself saying the exact things I would hear my parents (more so my dad) saying when I used to sit in the back seat as a child. I made reference to the changing color of the leaves many times and by the third time I just had to chuckle because I thought OMG... I'm just like my parents!!! Anyway, we took our little guy to the fruit farm for a wagon ride, pony ride, the muddy corn maze, and much more. There were so many things for our little one to do and he pretty much tried all of them with the help of mom, dad, and grandma Dresp. We will definitely be going back next year and I will make sure we are geared up in play/mud boots/ heavy duty coat type clothing!!! And that goes for all of us.

Here is a slide show of our day:

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Yesterday, we took our little man to the pumpkin patch for the very first time. He picked out his own pumpkins, ran up and down the aisle of pumpkins, and went for a short wagon ride with his pumpkins. We also bought apple cider while we were at pumpkinville and tested it out once we arrived back home. The cider got a thumbs up in this house hold!

Here are some pics:

Today we celebrated one of our little man's girlfriend's birthday. We looked forward to going to her party ever since we recieved the invitation. However, right before we were about to leave I checked our babies temp and what did it say?? 101.7??? It's never been that high before. So, I called my girlfriend and told her we were not going to come and she said it was up to me and that sometimes when Madilyn wakes up from a nap she is really warm and has had a fever like temperature. Do kids wake up with fever like temperatures after taking a nap? Someone please answer that question. So anyway, then I went back to the barn to talk it over with the hubby and he said that our little one looked fine and that he was probably just cutting a tooth again. I preceded to go back and forth, and back and forth because he's just never had a fever that high. Then, I checked his temp again and it had gone down some.... so off we went to the birthday celebration. We were there for about an hour and a half, which was plenty because I just knew my baby wasn't feeling good. We gave Madilyn her presents, had a little to eat, talked with our friends and out the door we went to get home and into our pj's. When we arrived back home I checked our little man's temp again and this time it read 100.4, which means that it went down a whole degree. So What? It was probably just the Tylenol kicking in.... any how he crashed earlier then usual and is sleeping peacefully. I just hope we wake up tomorrow fever free and pray that it is just his teeth and not an ear infection. But I have a sneaking suspicion that it's not the teeth and that he's getting sick. Poor baby.

The birthday girl:

My little man absolutely loved this ELMO poster. He kept trying to kiss it!
And he enjoyed pushing Madilyn' s baby around.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Brief But Fun Visit

Today was way to nice of a day to sit around the house. And since both the baby and I have been feeling better, we decided to make the best of our day together. We went to watch the cousins soccer games!!! Our little man had so much fun trying to run on the field and kick the soccer balls. I can tell already that he's got athleticism running through the genes. He really looked liked one of the kids on the soccer field when he was dribbling one of the balls. He also enjoyed hanging out with his cousins!!!

Here are a few pictures of our brief but fun visit:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Grandparents Day

Where do I begin? The weeks are a blur, my son is growing like a weed, I can't remember one day from the next, and although we are always together I feel like I just can't get enough of my son, of my husband and of my family!!!
Since the school year has started we've been back into a really good routine. One thing I really enjoy is being around family and we've done just that. Our last three weekends have been spent with family. Three weeks or so ago, I took our son to my school districts home opener football game where we ate cookout type food with grandpa Mueller. Our son really enjoyed the marching band and I have a feeling he will like going to football games on Friday nights. The Friday at that I took our man to the kiddie park, with grandma Dresp, and then we went out to eat at Applebee's. This past weekend (LABOR DAY) we took our little man up to my husband's families cabin on the mountain tops of P.A.! It was our fist trip as a family together and we all enjoyed our time thoroughly... even though I was sick most of the trip. Our son loved pushing his mower up and down the mountain and my husband and I enjoyed riding our dirt bikes. It was also nice to spend time with grandma and grandpa Alberts!!! And then that leaves this weekend. With all the craziness and running around, I 've come down with a cold. And then I gave my cold to our son. It started last weekend when we were up at the cabin and it just hasn't gone away. So needless to say, we've bunkered down this weekend in hopes of getting rid of this nasty cold. And wouldn't you know? It just so happens to be Grandparents Day. We hope all grandparents are having a terrific day! And we wanted you all to know that we love you and have enjoyed speding time with you!!!!

Football game with Grandpa Mueller:
Kiddie Park with Grandma Dresp:
Hanging out on the mountain tops of P.A. with grandpa and grandma Alberts: