We have now returned from Tell City and had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Grace especially enjoyed time spent with Grandma and Pop, Uncle Matthew, Aunt Vanessa, Great Grandma, Great Grandpa, John, Trevor, Trent, Grandma Mary, Bob, the Hartz family (especially Mason!), and the LeClere family! We are very thankful for such wonderful family and friends. Here are some photos of the Christmas celebrations. There are lots...but I will post separate pictures of our afternoon with the Hartz family and our Tacky Black-Tie Fondue Night!
We hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve and is able to ring in the new year with family and friends!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Gracie has just recently been interested in princesses and "girly" items. Boy though, now that it's here there is NO stopping her! She just loves dressing up now and playing Cinderella!! Here are a few photos in her dress up clothes...courtesy of Keegan! Very sassy, don't you think?!
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
After a few hours on Kirkwood, we headed to Bw3s to watch the Notre Dame / Washington, Penn State/Ohio State, and Alabama/Tennessee football games. We were all relieved to see the Irish pull out an impressive win, and Penn State prevail in the final minutes versus OSU!
We always enjoy Apple Day and every year are reminded of the wonderful tradition!! It has certainly changed from the days of picking apples, riding mechanical horses, and even picking pumpkins at Huber Winery. I'm anxious to see what the years ahead may bring...future spouses :), children, and who knows what adventures! Regardless, we're guaranteed that it will always result in fun!!! Here are lots of fun pictures from our weekend!
I also would be remissed if I didn't congratulate Matthew and Vanessa. This definitely deserves its own entry (which I will do), but wanted to send them a special congratulations on their engagement!! We are so excited to welcome Vanessa to the family and love her very much!! Congratulations you two!
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
We spent a great weekend at Kidders Cabin in Baldwin, Michigan. We started our adventure on Friday afternoon with Scott, Micki, Gracie, Sydney and Toby all piled in the truck. After an evening catching up with Tuff, Alys and Buddy, we retired for a wonderful night of sleep (I slept better than I have in MONTHS). Not sure if it was the new mattress, crisp fall air, or silence of the Michigan environment, but I awoke more rested than I have in a very long time! Saturday was filled with long walks around the lake, watching the dogs run and swim, walking through the woods, and observing the beautiful deer. We built a great campfire and played a serious game of scrabble! Gracie also shared her school toys with Papa Tuff and Grandma Alys. The kids take turns washing the toys over the weekend, and it was Gracie's turn this weekend! It was very cute! Sunday we went for a boat ride and explored the Pine River.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Last weekend we (Micki, Scott, Gracie, Clay and Barbara) traveled to Naperville, IL for a shower in anticipation of the births of the Nickoloff twins! It was so wonderful to visit with Sarah, Chris, and lots of our friends and families! Sarah looks amazing and it was so exciting to hear of the progress the babies are making, and to see and feel them move...independently yet so in sync with each other. We are incredibly happy for them and can't wait to meet little Baby Boy and Baby Girl Nickoloff!
It was great for Gracie to meet and see some of her friends as well...Keegan, Avery, Ethan and Libby! She hopes to see them again soon!
One quick and funny story about the babies...I asked Gracie the other day if her teacher, Ms. Cripe, had a baby insider her (she does). Gracie simply responded, "No Mommy...Cooper has babies inside her!"
Click here to view more pictures from the wonderful shower!
On a separate note, two of our close friends (Heather Glynn and Wendy Angst) are running the Chicago Marathon today. Good luck to both of you - we know you will do great!
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Friday, September 26, 2008
The framing is moving along very quickly, both the first and second floors are almost complete. Here is a picture of the front as well as a picture from the inside looking from the family room to the stairway. Grace was acting up so I sent her to her room and the third picture is her crying in her new room.
For the front door, we selected this craftsman style wood door.
Next up we will be working on the kitchen cabinets and hardwood flooring.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to be at the final round of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, KY and to see the USA win the cup for the first time in nine years. Micki's Dad secured four tickets and took us along with Matthew. It was truly an awesome experience (thanks again Clay!) and unlike any other event in golf. As Matt put it... where else can you cheer with excitement when a European golfer misses an important put!? The crowd was very loud and rowdy!
The tickets were great and included access to the member's pavilion where we could cool off and grab a drink while continuing to watch on one of the many TVs. Unfortunately there are no cameras or cell phones allowed into the event so we have no pictures to share, but here are a few of the memorable moments and some pictures and videos I found...
- Boo Weekly riding his driver like a horse - video
- Kim not giving Garcia any gimmies
- Sergio Garcia's walk of shame after sinking 2 balls in the water on number 7 - video
- Local boy Kenny Perry's dad showed up to watch in overalls - Picture
- Meeting Fuzzy Zoeller - What a great guy!
- Fans of Boo dressed in all camo
- Kim's diamond studded USA belt buckle - Picture
- Kim's challenge of Garcia's unplayable lie..."Do what you've gotta do" - Picture
- Micheal Jordan
- The roar when Mahan sunk his 40 foot birdie put on number 17 (We were standing on the edge of the green) - Picture
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
The framing of the house is now well under way. They have now completed framing the entire first floor and will begin on the second floor soon. It is great to see it taking shape and to actually be able to walk into the rooms we have until now only seen on paper. I was very concerned about the 11 inches of rain we received over the weekend (The most ever in South Bend), but the drainage tiles they installed around the basement swept all of the water away great and by Monday it wasn't even damp in the basement dispite not having a roof over the house.
We still have to finalize the exterior colors and then we move onto the interterior cabinet design.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Grace's Grandma and Pop came to visit over Labor Day Weekend and we all had a great time. Micki, Scott, Clay and Tuff went Kayaking down the Christiana Creek on Saturday while Barbara and Grace spent the day shopping. Then on Sunday, we spend the day in beautiful St. Joe Michigan enjoying the beach-side playground area. Grace got to meet a parrot for the first time... she didn't like it! Monday we took in the Marshall County Blueberry Festival where Micki met this hunky cowboy.
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Friday, September 5, 2008
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
The plans for our home were finalized in late July and we officially broke ground in August. They started by clearing the trees and staking out the house. They then dug the basement (shown left) and have since poured the basement walls. Framing is scheduled to begin next week and we are in the process of picking out exterior finishes such as paint, windows, door, shingles, and brick/rock. It has been very time consuming, but we are really enjoying the process so far. Here are the final floor plans and more pictures of the progress.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
It was a blast! The reception was held right in the park and filled with fun and dancing. Click here for more pictures.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
First, an apology is in order for the lack of posting throughout this summer. To say the least it has been a busy summer with a lot of major developments since our last post (Micki's birthday party)... Babies have been born; friends have been married; we sold our home; moved into a rental; travels have included Panama, San Francisco, and South Carolina; Grace has statred a new school; Micki has transitioned to a new job and we started building a new home just to mention a few.
Unfortunately, the blog we started to document life took a back seat to our life for the during this time. But never fear, if there is anyone out there is still checking our blog at this point, stay tuned because we plan to up date you in detail on all events from this past summer with a series of historical blogs.
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Monday, May 19, 2008
What a great weekend...Scott planned a fabulous 30th birthday celebration for me Saturday evening. Tons (well, okay 40) of our family and friends gathered for a bus "tour" around the best and most sophisticated establishments in South Bend and Mishawaka. Actually, we visited some dive bars, but they proved to be tons of fun!
It was the best birthday celebration I have had thus far. Thank you so much Scott for organizing a fun night; and a special thanks to all of my friends and family that helped me celebrate!
Click here for pictures of the evening. Also check out the Ditty's blog for a great video from the bus!!!
Thanks again everyone!!!
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I apologize for the lack of posts...between a Trustee meeting, Gracie's birthday and trip to Vegas, we have had a lot going on!!!! We are so excited though that our house sold last Wednesday! After only two weeks on the market, we are happy to report that we sold the home to a couple in their early 60s. They were looking for a ranch with a semi-private backyard, so it worked perfectly!!!
We officially close on June 5th, but because of my travel schedule we have to move out before then. So, we will be moving over Memorial Day weekend!
I just can't believe it...after 5 years in our first home together, we will now be moving out in less than two weeks. It seems crazy, but we also feel very fortunate to have sold the home so quickly!
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Friday, April 25, 2008
We are currently en route to Green Lake for a weekend getaway with the Hunts, Glynns and Berndts! We are very excited to spend a relaxing weekend at the lake with great friends. The trip has been great so far, with me being able to catch up on some emails (thanks to Verizon's tethering capabilities) while Gracie took her nap.
Boy have things changed in a year though...Scott and I were just talking about how one year ago we were headed to Milwaukee for a little weekend getaway. Still at that age, Gracie slept most of the time and was pretty quiet when awake. This trip on the other hand, she has constantly been chatting since she woke from her nap. We have officially entered the "Are we there yet" stage. The worst part, I think this stage lasts for about 15 years! :)
Nevertheless, it's been a great drive so far and we are looking forward to the weekend. We'll be sure to post lots of pictures upon our return!
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
It is now official...as of yesterday morning our home is now on the market!! Please keep your fingers crossed, and say a few prayers!!
Check out our virtual tour, and spread the word if you know of anyone looking for a home...http://www.realestateshows.com/show.php?id=281545&code=ceaf0d3d
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Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Our little Gracie is growing up sooo fast! Just this morning I was changing her diaper, and this evening... Well, this evening we got a letter notifying us that Grace has been accepted and is enrolled to take classes on Notre Dame's campus for the fall semester.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Last week we posted a picture of the "Smith Mansion". Check out the real progress of Brad and Michele's new home at the following link: http://theconstructionofthesmithhome.blogspot.com/.
Welcome to the blogging world...the house looks great!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
As many of you know, Scott and I are in the process of building a new home. We have really only just begun and have met with the builder and architect once. Therefore, we are still developing our list of "must-haves" for the home (if you have any ideas...please pass them on!). The other day Alys mentioned that she wished someone would make a faucet for your home that had foot pedals (instead of reaching up with wet/grimy hands and getting the faucet all yucky!). Well, low and behold they do make such a thing...it's the Foot Faucet! It looks pretty cool - and you can even install one in your current home. Wow - what will they think of next!
We are leaning towards installing one in the new home, so we'll let you know how well they work (a year from now!)
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Friday, March 21, 2008
Mom and Dad attended a rally for Hillary last night in Evansville, IN. Check out the photos...they were right behind the stage!
Here is a link to the story: http://www.courierpress.com/photos/galleries/2008/mar/21/hillary-clinton-campaign/
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While there is a lot to do on the inside, they recently finished the exterior. The Smith family is really excited because they've never had a home with this many levels and rooms.I only hope our new home turns out this nice! :)
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Gracie and Max have been boyfriend and girlfriend since their days in the nursery. While they have always been close, she decided today she would take things into her own hands. I think it's time we have a talk with her about being too aggressive with the boys!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tuff also made stilts...which we tried out Sunday afternoon. They are much more difficult to operate than you would think, although Scott and I weren't that shabby!
Here are a few photos of Gracie's fun weekend!
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Friday, March 14, 2008
We hope everyone is having a great week...with the NCAA tournament just around the corner, how can you not?! Although it's been a hectic week at work, I've also been fortunate enough to enjoy a few girls nights out, and a family night with Scott and Gracie today! I went to see "Definitely, Maybe" last night with Patty, Caroline, Ann and Clair. it was really cute - the perfect carefree movie you need mid-week.
Tonight Gracie, Scott and I enjoyed a dinner at Hacienda followed by a trip to Barnes and Noble. A funny thing happened as we were perusing the children's area. We kept picking up various stuffed animals and asked Gracie if she knew what / who they were. She got the usuals correct...Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Dora, Big Bird, Elmo, monkeys. We were shocked though when Scott held up a strange looking thing and said "Alpaca". Grace quickly responded with perfect enunciation..."Alpaca" I'm not sure how she did it...the girls can's say Scott or Grandma or Water correctly, but she sure can pronounce Alpaca!!!
We had a great visit with the Barrons last weekend, celebrating Libby's 1st birthday. Although I forgot my camera (again!), Alison got some great shots of the big celebration. Click here to see the birthday girl! Happy Birthday Libby!!
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