Happy 4th of July!!!!

July 5, 2009

What a busy weekend!

I had a half day off work on Thursday, so we had a nice 3 1/2 day weekend together as a family – and boy did we make the most of it!  Thursday night, Jeff and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and took Max, Wes, and Rex for a long walk through the park, eventually making our way to the local pizza joint for a NY-style pie (to go).  We walked back home, ate our pizza, and skipped bathtime for storytime (YAY!!).  Max and Wes learned all about “The Duck in the Truck”, and I learned that when you read books that rhyme to babies that sometimes you make up little songs to go with them.  LOL!

Friday we piled up the boys (the 2-legged ones) for a trip to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.  We walked around, enjoyed the sunshine, and met up with Grandma and Grandpa M for a bite to eat at Kona Grill.  The boys were very well behaved for their grandparents, and mom and dad got to eat a nice lunch (thanks again Art & Sue!).  Once we left the restaurant, we went back to Cherry Creek North and walked around some more…that is, until the skies turned gray and gave us little to no warning that it was about to DUMP rain!  Thankfully (seven blocks later), we got to the parking garage without getting Max and Wes too wet, and headed home.  The rain was so bad on the drive back to our house that our windshield wipers could barely keep up and Jeff said he couldn’t see more than 10-15 feet in front of the car!  We got out of there just in the nick of time!

Saturday we went to Marty and LeAnn’s (and Asher’s) house for a little while to hang out and get some pictures with Max and Wes’s favorite cousin, Asher, and then we headed to Ryan and Jaime’s 4th of July party.  We had the boys there for a little while, but it started getting late so Jeff took them to his parents house for their first overnight stay!  We eventually joined them there (his parents live just a few minutes away from the party we were at), and woke up to two happy babies and a nice breakfast cooked by Jeff’s mom.

Here are some pictures from yesterday…

Our little firecrackers and I

Our little firecrackers and I

Daddy and Max

Daddy and Max

Doesn't Max look concerned here?

Doesn't Max look concerned here?

My favorite nephew, Asher, and I

My favorite nephew, Asher, and I

Aunt LeAnn holding Max up in the wagon

Aunt LeAnn holding Max up in the wagon

Wes was almost too big for the wagon!!

Wes was almost too big for the wagon!!

Cousin Asher giving Max loves

Cousin Asher giving Max loves

This afternoon we drove up to Loveland to meet our friends, Tara and Jesse (and their girls, Megan and Ryan, and Megan’s friend, Katie) for lunch at Rock Bottom.  After lunch, we headed to the Carters outlet (dangerous, I totally couldn’t resist the low prices and ADORABLE clothes) and Daveco, the biggest liquor store in the WORLD (according to the Guinness Book of World Records).  Overall, a super fun day!  Wes was being a little fussy, so I kind of forgot to snap a picture of him with Tara, but here are a few of Max with Megan and Tara (minus the double chin, plus a cute baby) at lunch.  Thanks again for buying you guys – next time it’s our treat!

Megan and Max

Megan and Max

Tara with an indifferent Max

Tara with an indifferent Max

Kerry

I am so sleep-deprived and dingy these days that I totally forgot to wish Jeff’s mom a happy birthday last Thursday.  Oops.  =(  So before I forget (again), happy birthday, Sue!!!!
Grandma M with Weston

Grandma M with Weston

J&K, Max & Wes

Grampy!!!!

June 2, 2009

My Grampy was in town briefly (he made a pit stop here before heading to New York with my Aunt Jan), so I had to take the opportunity to capture a few pictures of him holding his great-grandsons.  He just couldn’t believe how big Max and Wes were (he hadn’t seen them since they were a month old), and didn’t stop smiling the whole time he was holding them.  I love my Grampy!!!

Gramps holding Maxwell

Gramps holding Maxwell

 

Awwww!

Awwww!

 

Grampy and I with the boys

Grampy and I with the boys

 

I was afraid Weston was going to be fussy...

I was afraid Weston was going to be fussy...

 

...but he ended up giving his GG a big smile!

...but he ended up giving his GG a big smile!

 
Kerry

Happy 7th anniversary to my beautiful sister and her amazing husband!  And many more!

Wasn't she a beautiful bride???

Wasn't she a beautiful bride???

We love you guys!!!!

Kerry & the boys

Happy birthday, Daddy!

May 21, 2009

Today is my Daddy’s 62nd birthday, so I wanted to give him a shout out –

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!!!!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Kerry

For my Mom…

May 11, 2009

My Mother's Day cards and flowers from Tara - thanks everyone!

My Mother's Day cards and flowers from Tara - thanks everyone!

My Mother's Day gift from Jeff - a "Max & Wes" necklace

My Mother's Day gift from Jeff - a "Max & Wes" necklace

Wes asleep at the end of a feeding
Wes asleep at the end of a feeding
A wide-eyed Max

A wide-eyed Max

The boys playing on the floor

The boys playing on the floor

Rex making sure the boys are playing nice

Rex making sure the boys are playing nice

Max just doesn't know about his auntie Mo

Max just doesn't know about his auntie Mo...

...clearly Wes doesn't either!

...clearly Wes doesn't either!

Max pooped after a hard day of being cute

Max pooped after a hard day of being cute

Wes showing his true colors

Wes showing his true colors

Is that enough pictures for you tonight, Mom?  I love you!!! 

Kerry

A special visit

April 22, 2009

Grandma and Grandpa Mastera came over to bring us dinner and visit the boys on Monday, and I forgot to post a picture (Wes is on the left, Max on the right).  Grandma was even brave enough to feed Max, and he was such a good boy for her!

Edited to add – our pediatrician was off today, so we didn’t get any word on whether one or both (or neither) of the boys is getting off oxygen.  Hopefully we’ll know something more tomorrow!

grandparents

Kerry

Weekend in pictures

April 20, 2009

Last weekend was so much fun!  The boys, Jeff, and I just loved having my family out for a visit – and being semi “snowed in” was even better!  We had plenty of food, beer, wine, and fun with Max and Wes.  The boys really loved meeting their Uncle Joel for the first time, and seeing Aunt Kristy and their Grampy again.  My Dad left on Saturday because he started feeling under the weather (feel better soon, Daddy), and Mom, Kristy, and Joel left yesterday.  We miss them terribly!
Here are some pictures from the weekend! 
Uncle Joel giving Max his bottle
Uncle Joel giving Max his bottle
Grammy and Grampy feeding Max

Grammy and Grampy feeding Max

Max staring at his big brother

Max staring at his big brother

Wes being a shy guy

Wes being a shy guy

Tubby time for Maxwell

Tubby time for Maxwell

Our clean boys and their loveys (thanks Katey)

Our clean boys and their loveys (thanks Katey)

Squeaky clean Max

Squeaky clean Max

Aunt Kristy cuddling a sleepy little Weston

Aunt Kristy cuddling a sleepy little Weston

Rex wondering why nobody is paying attention to him

Rex wondering why nobody is paying attention to him

And finally, a couple of before and after pictures of our new living room furniture, thanks to our first tax refund in YEARS (thanks IVF)!  I’m so glad it looks a lot less cluttered now, and we finally have some floor space for when the boys start “tummy time”.  YAY!  Thanks to Jeff’s brother, Marty, for helping us move the furniture!

Living room - BEFORE

Living room - BEFORE

Living room - AFTER

Living room - AFTER

Jeff is off work this week, and this is my last week at home before going back to work for the first time in almost 4 months (I’m working from home next week, back in the office the first week of May when Jeff starts his 12 weeks of FMLA time off).  Thankfully, we are going to have weather in the high 60’s and 70’s all week, so Jeff, the boys, and I plan on spending a lot of time outdoors breaking in our new strollers.  I’m a little conflicted with the emotions surrounding going back to work – on one hand, I’m super excited to be back in the land of the living – I really have missed my friends at work, and can’t wait to get back to doing something other than laying around the house and changing poopy diapers.  On the other hand, I’m a little sad that I’m going to miss out on spending every waking minute with our new family, and bummed that I’m probably going to miss a lot of “firsts”, like one of the boys’ first smiles (that aren’t followed by a toot or a poo).  It’s going to be very bittersweet, but I’m ready.  I can’t believe I haven’t worked in almost 4 months!!!  I hope I remember how to do my job…

Kerry

Grammy and Grampy!!!

April 16, 2009

Wes napping on Grammy

Wes napping on Grammy

Max sticking his tongue out at Grampy

Max sticking his tongue out at Grampy

Kerry

WOW.

Forty years ago today, March 22, 1969, my Mom and Dad were married in a nice ceremony in Valentine, Nebraska.  My Mom had the shoulder length bob that was so in style in the 60’s, and wore a beautiful gown with a fancy hat and veil.  My Dad had a cleanly shaven face (not the norm for him), horn-rimmed glasses, and looked very dapper in his tuxedo.  I have a picture of them on that day, cutting their four-tiered (!!!) wedding cake, right next to the picture of Jeff and I cutting into our wedding cake 5 1/2 years ago.  I guess I like those pictures next to each other because I look at my parents’ marriage as the one I want to have 20, 30, 40+ years from now.  I know that no one has a “perfect” marriage, but I know my parents’ journey has been damn close to being perfect, and I can only aspire to be as happy with Jeff when we celebrate 40 years together as my Mom and Dad are today.

I remember on our wedding day, just as my Daddy was getting ready to walk me down the aisle, he gave me some of the best advice I’ve probably ever gotten from anyone in my entire life.  He said –

Today (meaning the day we got married) isn’t the day that you will look back on to define your life together.  Your wedding day won’t even matter in the grand scheme of things.  It will be the day after your wedding day, the week after that, a month later, a year later…then ten, twenty, thirty years later that will be the ‘most important days of your life’.”

I mean, how true is that?

I was one of those weirdos who didn’t really care how or where I got married.  I could have married Jeff in McDonald’s, just after ordering a #2 with no pickles and a Coke, and I know we would be just as happy today as we are.  My Dad was so right.  As much as I did enjoy being around friends and family on our wedding day (and as much as I loved giving Jeff the wedding he wanted), that day doesn’t really hold much significance to me just a few short years later.  The days that really stick out in my mind now?  The day we closed on our first home, the day we found out I was pregnant, the day that our beautiful boys were born.  Those are the days that “matter” to me now.

My Mom and Dad are still so ridiculously in love today that it gives me so much hope for Jeff and I’s future.  I think one of the keys to my parents’ marriage, and why they are still so much in love, is that they really like each other.  They call each other the most adorable “pet names” (don’t worry, Mom and Dad, your secret is safe with me), and every once and a while I’ll catch my Dad playfully smacking my Mom on the butt.  While I don’t like to let my mind wander too far (ewww), I can’t help but smile when I see stuff like that.  So many couples who have been married for a long time don’t have that fun, playful aspect of their marriage anymore, and that just makes me so sad.  Call me a hopeless romantic, but I hope that when Jeff and I celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary we are still calling each other “punkin” and “sweetie weetie”, and I’m still getting an occasional butt smack.

So thank you, Mom and Dad, for setting the (marriage) bar so high for me that I never just settled for any of the completely-wrong-for-me guys I dated in high school, college, and after.  I think I can thank you on behalf of Kristy too, since she also dated some doozies.  =)  Thanks for being such good marriage mentors to both of us, and for loving us so much, and for raising us to be the women we are today.  And thank you for being such amazing parents – the kind of parents that I can only hope that Jeff and I will be to Max and Wes. 

I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kerry