Monday, December 28, 2009

Weekend With GK



After a wonderful Christmas lunch, my mom headed back home, with the little man in tow. It was his first weekend away with GK. After a few minutes of homesickness, he settled in and they had fun seeing movies and playing with Leo's new Lincoln Logs. He's already gearing up for the next stay, but I bet GK needs some time to recuperate first!

Christmas Morning



We had an amazing Christmas this year. Lindsay was old enough to rip some paper, empty bags and get into everyone else's gifts. Leo actually asked for a few specific toys and Santa was kind enough to bring them. Erin wasn't able to be here with us, but sent gifts that were extra special. (I have ugg boots now!) We are very blessed in our family!
Lindsay having lots of fun with the dogs Christmas toys
Lindsay and GK
Cute Christmas kid torture my sister sent

Why does Mom insist on capturing this on film?

In the Spotlight


Leo was in his first musical program at school earlier this month. Each class had a Mary and a Joseph. Leo was the Joseph for his class. He was turned around talking or playing most of the time, but it was cute. He told me afterwards that he loved being on stage. Hmmmm, I wonder what he'll be when he grows up?

Christmas Trees

Our Christmas Tree (with way too many presents under it)




The Christmas Tree Leo made for me out of pretzel goldfish

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

SNOW!!!!






On Friday of last week, something happened here that doesn't happen often, we had snow fall! It lasted for about 30 minutes and once it was over, you couldn't tell it had ever happened. It was fun to take pics of though and got a great one of a snowflake on Trinity's nose.

Friday, December 4, 2009

We're tired.....Let the kids do it!



Every year it's our job as parents to do all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, and decorating. Well, we're tired and we decided if the kids wanted Christmas decorations, they needed to take care of it themselves. We'll see how is goes, I've already noticed some communication issues between Leo and Lindsay. He says he just can't understand her, maybe he's just not listening hard enough :)

What Little Boys Do With Sand




Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving

We had a very nice quiet Thanksgiving Day, it was special because:
My mom came to visit



We had delicous food

Time with family enjoying the food
But, like any other day, the kids were the comic relief!





Monday, November 16, 2009

More Box Pictures



Lindsay just loves to sit in this box! She made some funny faces that we've never seen before, so I had to post them. She is too funny!

Chili Pfest 2009











Over this past weekend, our little town had one of its many pfestivals. (No, I didn't misspell festival, here in Pflugerville, all words with an F get a P too!) This one was Chili Pfest and even though 45 mins before judging the chili was done, they were sold out of tickets to try the chili, we had fun. We're still not sure how you sell out, don't you have more of those paper ticket things? So, we paid way too much for a gyro, quesadilla, and italian sausage (at the Chili Pfest, where we ate NO chili) and had some nice family time. The best part was watching the kids ride a train/car thing. Too cute!

Birthday Celebration

Trying out the scooter we gave him
I love Auntie Erin!


Jump!

Leo and Chuck E.



The little man didn't have an official party this year. My sister flew in from New York, my mom drove in from College Station and a few friends stopped by to wish him a happy birthday. He had a friend, Cooper, join in the fun at Chuck E Cheese for lunch and then jumpy time in the front yard. It was a nice intimate celebration and he had a great time!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Six Years Old!!!!


When he tucked his arms and legs up, he was the size of a beanie baby. Thank you GK for his very first beanie baby!


After a couple of weeks we were able to hold him and try skin to skin contact which helps promote healing in premature babies

Our handsome six year old. Happy Birthday Leo!




Six years ago today at 9:33 am I gave birth to a tiny little miracle named Leo Edward Angele III. He came into this world weighing in at 2 lbs 4oz and 14 in long. I had spent 5 days in the hospital with doctors trying to stop my labor and give his little body more time to grow. Well, it wasn't God's will and so he was born at 27 weeks gestation, or 3 months early. We were warned that his little body wasn't ready to be here and there were likely to be many hurdles that we would all face. Normally babies born prematurely aren't able to be released until around there original due date. Even then it can be longer depending on their prematurity issues. We watched the monitors and held our breath when he stopped breathing or his heart stopped beating for a second or two. We waited in agony over every brain scan and blood culture. Even though he had ups and downs as expected, Leo had his own ideas about things, he was only intubated for 24 hours and came home 4 weeks before his due date. He amazed the doctors and nurses in the NICU with his strength and determination to get home. After being told of all the complications that can arise, blindness, lung disease, deafness, heart problems, we are happy to say, Leo has none of them. He is bright, funny, energetic and doesn't have any ideas that the deck was stacked against him 6 years ago. To him, he was born just like any other baby and he continues to grab each day with both hands and live it to the fullest. We love you little man and thank God for you each and every day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween 2009

Leo and Cooper


Punk rock biker princess


Hardcore kids


Visiting Daddy at his pirate ship (aka work)




Going along with Leo's big purchase this year and our new found love of the open road, we dressed the kids up as cool little bikers. Spray painting their hair was a blast although the little man fell asleep before we could wash his out and his scalp is still a nice shade of red. They both had lots of fun and I have to say a huge thank you to our dear friend Cyndy for sewing both the vests for us. They made the costumes for sure.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Walking Tall

Lindsay took her first tentative steps one week ago and we wanted to share a video of those first days. It's only been 7 days, but she's now a pro and practically running through the house!


video

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Say what?

Lindsay woke up early as usual this morning, 6:00 am to be exact. Even though its early she's so awake and ready to start the day I can't help but be happy to see her little smile. As I rocked her for a few minutes, she pointed to her foot and said, "Foot". Okay, so maybe it was more pphhffuuut, but we both knew what she meant. Ahhh, little surprises!

Monday, September 14, 2009

She's ONE!!!!!
















Lindsay had her first birthday on September 7th, Labor Day. We celebrated with a big BBQ bash with friends and family. Our little princess had a great time and we loved sharing her birthday with everyone. Although its gone faster than I'd like, she's growing and changing just as she should be. At birth she was 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches. Now, she's 22 lbs 10 oz and 28 1/4 inches. She is a happy baby who smiles lots, loves to explore and doesn't like to take no for an answer. We can already see her girl attitude and "drama" showing through. She's extremely loud and vocal and usually at just the wrong time. She hasn't mastered timing just yet. Her vocabulary includes mama, dada, kitty cat, and her favorite, bread. Most everything she eats is bread (at least that's what she's named it). She's been sleeping through the night since about 4 mos old, we've finished breastfeeding about 3 wks ago and now she drinks regular milk. She takes it fine from a bottle but throws a cup if it contains milk. We're working on that. She's walking everywhere with a little help from the walls and couches, it won't be long before she's off on her though. Basically, she's healthy, intelligent, and absolutely beautiful. Lindsay is a joy to our house and truly a blessing from above.