Well, Christmas visiting is over and boy are we bushed! The weekend of the 17th, we took our big trip to Topeka and Lawrance to visit Mommy''s side of the family for Christmas. Despite the major snow storm, we got to see everyone (except Uncle Will) and we had an excellent time. Kara did well on her first big trip (Mommy was pretty nervous about it)....only a few meltdowns but it turned out she was just too hot and quite a bit tired. Matthew and Allison had a great time and kept everyone busy with their stories, rough-housing, and laughter.
When we got home, it was discovered that a wreck had occurred on our corner (no one was hurt). A truck had hit a minivan and shoved the van into our beautiful limestone wall that Eric had so painstakingly made when we first moved in here. It is pretty banged up (only a part of it can be salvaged). Eric was pretty ticked off about it, but in reality, the wall kept the van from heading to our house......Eric said that would have been better: we would have gotten the new front porch we wanted then! Ha!
Christmas weekend was spent at home (for the most part). The Myers family came up from Texas and we tried to spend as much time together as we could. Christmas Eve morning was spent travelling the 45 minutes north to Grandma Haselhorst''s and later, to Aunt Pam and Uncle Kent''s. Matthew had to sing in the children''s choir at Christmas Mass in the evening...Mommy had to play in the bell choir. It was really beautiful. Christmas day was spent at home as is our tradition now, with the kids. They really enjoyed opening their gifts and seeing what Santa had left them. We a great time visiting with who we could.
Kaden (our nephew) has a birthday coming on the 29th, so we celebrated a bit for him on Christmas Eve. He got to open his birthday gifts before anyone could touch their Christmas presents and he looked just too cute....''course he was more interested in crawling as fast as he could to the stairs.....laughing all the way!
Mommy went back to work on the 19th....grrrr. But, in a way, it feels good to be back. Lots of changes occurring at the office; for the better, I might add. Things are going to be crazy there for awhile, but Mommy doesn''t mind, believe me.
OH! And BIG milestone for Kara! She is holding her head up VERY well now (shocking everyone around her considering she will only be 8 weeks old tomorrow)! We are so proud of her....we are also blessed with coos and big grins now. I can''t believe how fast they grow! It''s been established that she is a night owl, just like Daddy, and it''s nearly impossible to get her to bed at a decent time, no matter how early we start trying. Thanks, Daddy! Ha!
We are looking to have a quiet New Year''s Eve and hope that all of you have a good one, too!
Kara was baptized today at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend, KS. Her Godparents are cousin, Jennifer Short, and Uncle Greg Myers. It was a private ceremony officiated by Father Ted Stoeklein and was very beautiful. We missed the members of our family who were unable to make it (lots of sickness going around) but we knew that they were thinking of Kara today. Lots of friends and family did make it, however, and so our home was blessed with laughter, conversation, food, and good times with everyone. Kara was surrounded by love today (even when she screamed through most of the baptism as she was VERY hungry! :) ). We are grateful to have had this little girl enter into our lives and enter into Christ''s love through baptism. We look forward to many years of teaching Kara all about Christ. God Bless you little Kara. We know that your brother and sister were smiling down from heaven at you today.
We also celebrated Allison''s third birthday today (it was the 17th)! Mommy wasn''t feeling very well, so our celebration was small but we are really excited to have celebrated 3 years with Allie! It''s hard to believe that she is so big already!!! We love you, Allie!
HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY, ALLISON!!!!!! You are getting to be such a big girl and a realy help around the house....Mommy hopes that soon, we can go visit some horses together and have a ride or two! Love you, little lady!
Kara Therese Haselhorst made her debut on November 3, 2005 via cesarean section at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend, KS at 9:36 a.m. Her birth was picture perfect and she is a joy to finally have here! She has dark, thick brown hair and so far, her eyes are blue. She is such a good baby! Matthew and Allison are forever trying to help out with her but are already ready for her to start crawling, playing, giggling, and babbling! It''s hard for them to understand that she can''t do those things yet. But, they both kiss on her constantly and she isn''t bothered at all by all of the noise in the house! Mommy is recovering, slowly but surely. It will be awhile before she can stand upright without a grimace! Kara has her first doctor appointment on Thursday as she is dealing with a very mild case of jaundice (nothing to worry about). Mommy has her first post-partum doctor visit on Friday where her incision will be checked out and staples will be removed. It seems a bit more difficult this time around to recover from this cesarean birth, but Mommy is making the best of it and hoping she will be up and around very soon.
Thank you to all who have already sent gifts, cards, and food! We are so blessed to have friends and family who care so much and are celebrating Kara''s arrival just as much as we are!
Well, Everyone.....we have had a change of plans and our c-section has been moved to: TOMORROW!!! So November 3 will be "Little Bean''s" birthday! We are very excited and can''t wait to meet this little one. Matthew and Allie are really excited! Mommy is exausted from all of the last minute preparations today, but looking forward to tomorrow morning! Daddy has been such a help, getting things ready and straightening the house.
We will update everyone when we can......until then: IT''S BABY-TIME!!!
~*~*~*~CONGRATULATIONS~*~*~*~*~* to Grandpa Dave a ...
~*~*~*~CONGRATULATIONS~*~*~*~*~* to Grandpa Dave and Nancy J. (Grandma Arasmith)! They got hitched on Saturday, October 1, 2005, and it was truly beautiful! A good time was had by all despite some terrible rain storms going on outside (what is it with our family and weddings with storms? Ha!).
All of us got to spend some time with Grandma Nancy and Dennis, too. We had a great time with them, too......Allison and Matthew got to spend some time by themselves with Grandma and Dennis Friday night and had a ball. We look forward to seeing them again. Dennis is in our prayers as he battles some medical problems at this time.....
Got to see lots of family this weekend. Most of Grandpa Dave''s family were there as well as Aunt Anna, Aunt Amy A., Ema, Wenceslao, Uncle Will, and Cousin Elizabeth......we had a great time with everyone! Now, we have one more wedding next week (15th) for Daddy''s cousin and then we "hunker" down and wait for the arrival of "Little Bean!" Only 3 1/2 more weeks!!! Yeah!!
Mom and "Little Bean" had another doctor appointment today. Everything looks fine and we are all set up for a November 4 delivery! ''Course, if this baby does what her parents think she will do, we will be announcing her arrival earlier than that! We will see....Anyway, baby''s heartbeat was in the 150''s and Mom is measuring farther along than the 33 weeks the doctor said she is (he wouldn''t say how much farther). Mom was tickled to see that the scale hadn''t changed since the last appointment! Woo!Hoo!
FALL IS HERE! The temperature officially dropped into the fall weather range today and brought the blustery fall KS winds with it! We (well some of us anyway) are excited to see the hot weather go away for another season!
Hurricane Rita missed our relatives down south in Corpus Christi. We are so thankful that they were spared any of the devastation.
We were excited to get an e-mail from Uncle Garrett. He is in Egypt on training manuvers with the Army and he sent us an e-mail with some pretty cool pictures! All is well, and we look forward to welcoming him home soon!!
Had another doctor appointment yesterday and everything is fine......"Little Bean" was wide awake and her heartrate was in the high 150s! Doctor said that all measurements look really good and he is tickled and relieved that we have made it this far. He didn''t think that the baby''s bigger measurements during last week''s ultrasound was any big deal so he left my EDD at November 16. But that date doesn''t matter anymore anyway! We have a scheduled date to go to the hospital for "Little Bean''s" arrival! It will be November 4, 2005. We don''t have a time yet, but Dr. Marshall was estimating probably mid-morning. Mommy was really happy to finally have a definite date and is not upset at all that it is earlier than anticipated! Baby''s things are set up in Allison''s room and her bag is even ready to go (I know, I know, a little early for that, but I was bored the other day!). So now we just wait. Only 6 more weeks! Woo!Hoo!
Weather seems to be starting to cool off more and more.......moods are definitely improving because of it! Ha! Especially those of us who have to pay the electric bills! Allison has started Kindermusik and absolutely loves it! She''s definitely our little musician. And she''s excited for the new baby...she''s been practicing being mommy to all of her dolls! Matthew is enjoying 1st grade.....he''s even had a bit of his first homework here and there. He''s doing well in all his subjects--if we could just work on the talking thing! Oh well. He gets it honestly! We decorated the house for fall on Sunday so that''s got both kids shifting their attentions to picking out costumes for Halloween! But Matthew is looking even further and has been asking when the snow will start flying! Goodness! It''s still 90 degrees out!
Had another doctor appointment today with the OB/GYN. But, doctor had a family death so we didn''t get to see him (so, no official c-section date yet as hoped), but we did get to see the nurse for our scheduled ultrasound. Allie got to see her little sister on the "T.V" but seemed more interested in the buttons the nurse was pushing! Our little lady isn''t measuring so little! Doctor''s office says we are at 30 weeks....ultrasound measured her at about 32 1/2 (which would make the due date around November 2!). Her heartrate is normal (142 bpm) and she''s very active! The best thing about the whole ultrasound by far was being able to see her little face! It was so clear and sweet!
So, anyway, we still don''t know when we will "officially" be scheduled for birth but we did get some pretty cool photo''s (see Little Bean''s photo album). We go back to the doctor''s office on Monday (12th) so hopefully we will get some more info. then. Have a great week and weekend everyone!
Had a little excitement around here yesterday. A little after 4:00 pm we had a mild tornado rip across our town of Great Bend. Authorities are catagorizing it as an F1 tornado. It hit the airport, then shortly before city limits, it lifted up about tree top level and cruised over the top of town. They are saying that is what saved GB from a catastrophic situation. The tornado touched back down about 5 miles NE of town and plowed through a couple of farmsteads. The pictures of the thing are pretty impressive. Miraculously, our house and yard sustained no damage, but our neighbors directly across the street and down the street were not so lucky. Most damage was caused by large trees coming down, but there were a few roofs blown off around town. We managed to get to a neighbor''s basement (we don''t have one), and listened to the whole thing going on above our heads. Matthew started praying out loud: "please God don''t kill my family...." As shocking as it was to hear that coming from a 6 year-old''s mouth, we were proud of him for thinking of praying during a time like that! Little Allie mimicked him later in the evening when a mild thunderstom moved through that had lots of thunder that scared her.
We spent all day today helping neighbors dig out from under all of the trees. No one was hurt in our neighborhood that we know of. We may be spending tomorrow afternoon at Chris''s office, helping her bosses clean up there to get ready for patients Monday morning.
Our only damage was that we lost our garden and we had to throw out most of the contents of the refrigerator due to the lack of electricity for almost 24 hours and the high temperatures today. No big loss. We feel very lucky.
Ugh! It''s a heat wave!! It''s already 100 degrees outside and it''s only 1:00 pm! They are talking 107 by the end of the day.....Eric and Chris made sure to get all the outside stuff done before lunch. So now, it''s a lazy afternoon in the Haselhorst household in the air conditioning! So it''s a nice slow weekend for all of us.
Just wanted to tell everyone to keep as cool as possible today! We look forward to more visiting this summer!
Had another appointment today for "Little Bean." She is growing by leaps and bounds! The doctor is finally satisfied that everything looks perfect so it appears today''s ultrasound is the last one unless something else crops up, so that''s good. She is measuring right on target (at around 22 weeks), fluid levels are normal, and her heartbeat was in the 150''s. There has been lots of action lately for Mommy''s belly and Matthew has spent a lot of evenings this week watching Mom''s belly twitch and move! Allison is still insisting that Mommy''s belly button is a window to see the baby and she also thinks that she has a baby in her tummy! It''s too cute! Only 4 months to go, so we will soon be making plans for "Little Bean''s due date (planned cesarean section). Mom is frantically trying to get some painting done in the house before her balance gets too far off and before exhaustion sets in! Daddy is trying to help where he can when he''s not working at the bank or at UPS. We are beginning to dust off old baby things in the garage and are getting them ready, however, we are beginning to realize exactly how much we got sold or gave away, so this should be interesting. Thankfully, although there are those who think it''s ridiculous, a terrific and very understanding co-worker of Mommy''s is hinting at planning a baby shower to help with some of the necessesities that are either worn out or gone by now. Since we lost 2 babies, Mommy has adopted the opinion that ALL babies need celebrating, no matter what "number" they are in the family. So we''ve begun to register (as someone else suggested) as we so appreciate it when other parents-to-be register so we know what they do or don''t need, no matter how short the list. However, Mommy is still beginning to "stock up" just in case on things like diapers and onsies! Mommy is thankful that she kept a lot of Allison''s cutest clothes and Allie helped Mom pull them out, wash them, and put them in the baby''s dresser. We are all excited and can''t wait for November!!!! Whoo!Hoo!
Got to go to Topeka over the weekend and see Grandpa Dave, Nancy, Great-Grandpa Neil, and their crew on Saturday for Grandpa Dave''s birthday. We had a terrific time and Matthew even got to ride on the quartet''s big bus!! Cool! Earlier in the day, we went to Baldwin City and got to see and ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. The kids had a great time, although Mommy and Daddy were ready to leave after being in the heat and around all of those people! Ha! On Sunday, we got to celebrate Great-Grandma Isabelle''s 90th birthday with Grandma Nancy, Dennis and family. It was nice to see relatives that we hadn''t seen in awhile! Mommy''s cousin Crystal and her kids were there as well as Mommy''s Aunt Martha. We also got to see Uncle Will, Great-Aunt Harriet, Great-Aunt Virginia, Cousin Jean, and Cousin Judy and her husband Jim. It was a long trip home that evening, but we were glad that we had gone.....it had been awhile since we had been able to celebrate birthday''s on that side of the state!
Got to go to Bowie, Texas over the weekend to see Uncle Greg, Aunt Amy, and cousins Ethan and Kaden. We got to celebrate Aunt Amy''s birthday a little and the kids got to play in the really big dirt pile!!!!! Whoo! Hoo! Daddy and Uncle Greg got in on the act and turned the dirt pile into a large mud slide.....Mommy and Aunt Amy had never seen such dirty boys!
On the 4th, we drove back to Kansas with Aunt Amy, Ethan, and Kaden in tow (they are staying in Kansas for a week). We went to Grandma and Grandpa Haselhorst''s to sit in their driveway and watch the city fireworks. It was really beautiful! The mosquitoes, of course, were terrible, but with enough spray, we all managed to stay outside for the entire show.
Unfortunately, it seems as if Mommy and Matthew have come home from Texas with terrible colds. We are coughing and sneezing our way through the days this week. Both Mom and Matthew are looking forward to when the colds go away! Ha!
HAPPY FATHER''S DAY TO ALL OF OUR DADDIES: Eric, Greg, Jason, Danny, Garrett, Grandpa Dave, Grandpa Neil, Grandpa Dan as well as all dads, whether you''re uncles, godfathers, stepdads, or mentors!
We spent Father''s Day at a BBQ and also exhausted ourselves by swimming most of the afternoon. Our phone petered out that afternoon and we didn''t get anyone called but hopefully everyone got their e-mails! (Sorry!). We look forward to seeing all our daddies we missed later this summer!
To top it all off, Little Bean made her presence known to her daddy on Father''s Day......he was able to feel her move and kick. It was the best Father''s Day present!
Had another doctor appointment today for "Little Bean." They did another ultrasound on Mommy and found that everything is still normal! Some things that were intially were a worry are actually none existent and others are beginning to remedy themselves, so that was a relief! Our little one is measuring right on schedule and the heartbeat was 160 bpm today.
Oh yeah, we also found out what we are having! It''s another girl! I don''t think Allison still undertands, but Matthew was mildly disappointed as now he can''t share a room with a brother and "have a bunk bed so I can sleep on top!" Anyway, here we go again with ribbons, bows, dresses, and pretty shoes! We are so excited!
Well, Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Remembering loved ones, barbeques, family get-togethers....we are doing all of that. Got the floral arrangements made for Grandpa Joe''s and Justin''s graves yesterday. Will probably take those up today or tomorrow. They look really nice, and I''m hoping that they last for awhile.
School is officially out for Matthew. He''s been out for a week and we''re getting the impression he''d like to go back! Mom is O.K. to hang around with, but his friends are much more fun! He is missing his friend, Dillon, as he has gone away for the summer. But, Matthew is looking forward towards Dillon''s return late in the summer. Allison has figured out that warm weather means swimsuit time and insists on wearing hers all day long if it''s warm enough! Don''t know how Daddy is feeling about her little bikini, though! Ha!
Mommy''s pregnancy is going well. Allie is starting to understand that there is a baby in there and is always touching and kissing Mommy''s belly now! It should be interesting to watch her reaction when she feels the baby kicking the first time. Matthew never misses an opportunity to inform Mom how big her belly is getting (usually loudly....in public....where lots of people are around! Thanks, Son!)! Mom and Dad are busy with the yard (planting new grass) and the garden, so Mom is getting her allotted exercise and has actually lost a little weight (we aren''t complaining!).
Have a terrific and safe Memorial Day weekend, everyone! Enjoy this beautiful weather and enjoy each other!
More good news! Had a doctor''s appointment today with the OB/GYN. This visit was supposed to be our first attempt at hearing the heartbeat via doppler. As with all of our kids, this baby was to be no different and was not going to give up the sound of his/her heartbeat this early! So into the ultrasound room we went. Baby is implanted way higher than the doctor was looking (much to his suprise!) and almost mocked the doctor by seeming to wave at him! Baby moved around a lot, kicking and squirming. Everything looks terrific: good fluid amounts, hearbeat looked normal (although in our excitement, we forgot to get the heart rate!), and the baby is measuring at 13 weeks, 3 days. The size of the baby kind of threw the doctor off a bit and then he just shrugged his shoulders and said we just have a big baby. But Mommy and Daddy know different! We know when conception took place, so we know that baby is measuring exactly on schedule! Shhhhh! Anyway, we are excited and glad to report that everything is A-O.K. Woo Hoo!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY/ANGEL DAY, JUSTIN WYATT! I hope that you heard our prayers today and that you enjoyed your balloons! We miss you so much and wish that you were still here in our arms. Please welcome your Great-Grandma Donna as we said goodbye to her yesterday and already miss her more than words can say. It makes me smile to think of you, Angel Baby H, Grandma Donna, and all of the other babies and grandparents that you both are getting to see again.
I can still feel the softness of your skin and your hair, I can still feel the weight of your head on my chest, and I can still hear you sigh as you were placed in my arms. We love you and miss you terribly. God truly has an angel in His midst.
IT''S OFFICIAL!!! A new Haselhorst is on the way! "Little Bean" Haselhorst is due November 16, 2005 and so far, all systems are go! Mommy had an ultrasound on April 6, 2005 and we''ve got a healthy baby with a great heartbeat! Matthew is excited to be getting another brother or sister...Allie is announcing to everyone that she has a baby in her tummy, too! We look forward to greeting our new little bundle and can''t wait for him/her to get here! STICK, BABY, STICK!