Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lot to say

From the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to sleep... talk,talk,talk, and more talking.
He just rambles on and on and throws in a few real words here and there. He can now say Mama, Dada, Up, Bye, Baby, Hello, Yep, Yes, No, Ball, Papa (grandpa), Thank You, Hi, Bible, GiGi, baba (bottle/cup), roll (from patty cake). He parrots almost anything we say. Watch out world we are going to have two chatty Schindler kids!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

WOW! What busy fun Christmas week. We were honored to be able to have all the Grandparents come for Christmas. The kids were thrilled…and that includes the two big kids (Nick and I). We filled the days with…

eating…check out the tablecloth I sewed and the new Christmas tree napkins I made to match.

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You know these two didn’t miss a meal!

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We spread our gift opening throughout the days.

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Beauty shop time..every princess needs fancy hair.

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3-D tv watching. This was a movie about the Corvette factory.

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Going to Christmas Eve Service.

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Somebody sure was excited to go to Big church. She did have to bring her lipgloss and Mac the dog.

William loved the music but really wanted to do a bunch of talking. He is loudest thing. Finally we gave him a sucker and he was messy but quiet.

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This way too hard Christmas puzzle from Costco kept everyone busy and wasn’t completed until right before people started leaving. It wouldn’t have been finished at all if Nick hadn’t stayed up until midnight the night before.

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Finally Christmas was here! This was the year of the princess for Madeline. Princess dolls, princess dresses, princess EVERYTHING! The highlights for here have been the dress up clothes, the fingernail polish (what was Santa thinking), and her Bolt doll.

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This was the year of cars and balls for Will! He loves driving his cars all over the floor and making the vroom sound. He also is very happy carrying a ball around and throwing it. He is ALL boy.  BUT… box climbing and paper tearing was his favorite!

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The best part of new toys was the fact that there were so many people here to try them out. Grandma Linda even had tea parties with Madeline under the dining room table.

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Do to somebody (I won’t name any names…ERMA) waking up Maddie so early she was a little tired and cranky. We finally got her to take a nap and then Christmas fun could continue.









Madeline and Will got a HUGE tunnel and ball pit. It folds up so small but fills our entire basement!

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Here is the puzzle finally finished..if you see it at COSCO think twice about buying unless you have 7 people and at least 3 days to work on it.



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Merry Christmas! Thanks everyone for driving all the way to see us. Hope you guys can all make it next year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today Madeline and I made our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake. We decided to try out the Cricut cake for the first time. Not too bad for beginners.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Maddie's turn

Today Maddie has been super busy planning a girls only party. She even made this sign for her door with only pictures if boys. I was super surprised that she wrote the word NO. Then I was double surprised when she wrote her name. She is growing up too fast.
(Yes, she dressed herself for the party. It must have been a summer party theme.)

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Tickle tickle

This is what happens after your one year old eats too many cinnamon rolls. He starts tickling himself. How do you like the morning crazy hair?

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Homemade cinnamon rolls...just practicing for Christmas morning.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rams game!

Today we headed into Saint Louis to watch the Rams play the Bengals. Due to the Rams disappointing season we were able to get cheap tickets and close parking. Will joined in all the clapping, Maddie lived being able to yell inside and Nick was thrilled with the Bengal win. I was disappointed that Sam Bradford was injured and didn't play. But it was a super fun day and I sure hope we get to do it again!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Jesus Birthday Party

Today we went to a Baby Jesus Birthday Party. It was so much fun. We played pin the hay on the manger, made a craft, had a cookie devotional, and ate cake. There might have even been a bit of princess dress up at the end. Here are some pictures of our fun.

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Maddie waiting in line for pin the hay on the manger.

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Will hung out in the playroom with his best buddy Payton (just a week younger). He had a great time crawling, walking, and playing with all the toys. George (Payton’s daddy was in charge of the little guys.)

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Will did have to squeeze in a little office work during the party.

The girls were super excited about the cake!

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Can you believe Becky Cole made this cake! I think she could have a second job! It was a super fun time and great way to put the focus back on the true meaning of Christmas.

Happy Birthday to you!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa 2011

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Madeline was very excited to tell Santa all about the princess things she wanted. I think Will is just getting Coal in his stocking. A little different from last years picture.


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby Steps

Look who is loving his push cart! I think we might have a walker by Christmas.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

One Year Old Check-up

We were finally able to get Will in for his 1 year
Well Baby Visit with Dr. Doyle.
Here is our Little Man’s stats…
27.11 pounds
20 inch head circumference
31 inches tall (but he was really squirmy for that so we aren’t too sure about the accuracy of that number)

The bottom line… HE IS HUGE! He is in the 100% and 98% or off the chart in all areas including cuteness. O.K. maybe the dr. didn’t say that part about the cuteness. But she did get a kick out him wanting her to hold him, hiding his eyes for patty cake, talking all about the baby in his book, and trying to kiss her face off. He wasn’t one bit shy!
We did have a bit of drama getting his blood drawn for his 1 year old iron level test. His arms were so chubby they couldn’t find a vein (after they dug around a bit). They finally did a finger prick. So he was not very happy with the ladies in the lab and then we followed that fun up with five shots! He is a super trooper and is doing great!
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We love you Will and couldn’t imagine life without you. Thanks for making us laugh everyday! I still can’t believe you are 1.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Grandpa Ross and Grandma Jenna came to visit for Thanksgiving. We had a great time working on Will’s stair climbing skills, playing cards, eating, and even taking a trip to Costco. Here are a few pictures of our time together. What a nice relaxing holiday!

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Thanksgiving yumminess! It did taste pretty good if I do say so myself.

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I couldn’t get a holding still picture of Will once he sees his bottle. It is about to be sad times around here with the ending of bottles. But Grandpa and Grandma sure learned pretty quick how to get on Will’s good side.

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This big smile is following a round of peek a boo.

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A warm beautiful day at the park! Did you notice that it is impossible to get all 4 people smiling at the same time?

Thanks for coming to visit Grandpa and Grandma! Can’t wait to see you at Christmas. Maybe I’ll remember to take more pictures that time!