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Coming into my own

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May CalendarApril showers bring May flowers...but lots of other good things come with May as well! We will be celebrating Hale's 8th birthday on May 23rd, along with several other family birthdays - our niece, Emma, turned 10 on May 6th, our sister-in-law (Emma's mom), Jodie, celebrates her birthday on May 16th, Kevin's mother shares Hale's May 23rd birthday, and our nephew Ryan will turn 11 on May 27th. But perhaps the most important date in May for us is May 20th, on which Kevin & I will celebrate ten years of marriage!

Ten years has gone by in what sometimes seems like a flash. However, when I think about all that we've done and accomplished and how much we've grown in these past ten years, I am simply amazed! Our greatest accomplishment is our marriage itself. We work hard on it. We struggle in it. We can't imagine life outside of it. We praise God for it.

After ten years as a "real life grown up", I feel like I've finally come into my own. I am no longer trying to be my mom. I don't mean that disrespectfully...I just believe that I have come to a point where I have gained the confidence to be who the Lord wants me to be, to use the gifts He has given me, and to follow the path He has for ME. I feel comfortable in my own skin, I feel empowered as a wife and mother and I know that it all comes from the Creator!

These days I also find myself with SLIGHTLY more time on my hands. No more diaper-changing or potty-training will do that! So I'm really enjoying doing some things that I've put on the back burner for quite a few years, such as cooking and crafting and decorating and reading! The internet is my #1 source when I'm looking for a project idea, instructions/recipe, or item to purchase. My favorite food blog and the source of recipes for the majority of our family meals these days is Cooking with Krista. I love this site for a couple of reasons:


  1. Kevin personally knows (and I have met one time) this blogger, Krista. She is the granddaughter of a dear friend of ours, and Kevin also works with her dad. So there is a familial connection there, not to mention the fact that she features down-to-earth, family-friendly recipes and her writing style is entertaining and easy to follow. Gotta love that!
  2. Wait, I think I listed all my reasons under point number one....

I've also been inspired by another friend-of-a-friend and fellow blogger, Ashley, to beginning crafting again. Not so much "crafts" as much as items for my kids. Ashley is a very talented mom to two beautiful girls and she has started a side business in which she designs and makes-by-hand hair bows for little girls. I recently placed an order for 4th of July bows, and I've already received them! As I told Ashley, they are adorably perfect! Each one is unique for my three unique daughters! Ashley is taking a "production break" while she prepares for a move, but if anyone is interesting in seeing her work, I'd be glad to put you in touch. ANYWAY, the point to that was that I've been inspired to make some special things for my kids, starting with some shirts for 4th of July (hence the need for coordinating hair bows)! I made shirts back in 2008 for the fall season for the kids, using an idea from Family Fun Magazine. They turned out great and I'm looking forward to doing more! I'm also going to try my hand at some real sewing to make some sundresses for the girls. If they turn out well, they'll be featured in our family vacation photos! Fingers crossed!

Kevin surprised me with a KitchenAid classic stand mixer for Mother's Day! What a gift! I have wanted one for ten years, and I'm THRILLED to now own one! I've already made whipped cream and chocolate chip cookies with my new mixer. I'm looking forward to making mashed potatoes later this week (today's rain and cool temperatures put me in the mood for soup, so I'm making family favorite Cheesy Potato Chowder for tonight's dinner)! Cooking is another area in which I feel as though I've come into my own. I am excited about cooking, something I never would've imagined a few years back! I think there's something in the fact that I just feel good about preparing home-cooked meals for my family to enjoy together each evening. Of course, there are still the occasional evenings when Pizza Hut calls out to me, and I can't fight off the urge! But I do enjoy trying new recipes, changing up old ones and enjoying those that are best left as they've always been! I think I'll start posting some of my favorites on here....hmmmm, definitely something to consider.

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Catching up

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Not sure what happened to the last two months...they have flown right by, that is for sure! I guess we can officially say we survived winter! Here we are almost two weeks into April already! Spring cleaning & organizing has taken over my life, but I'm happy to say we have accomplished a LOT! We've even completed a makeover of our basement and are really enjoying it as a cozy family space.

We had a very happy Easter holiday again this year, remembering the sacrifice that was made for us. The kids & I have been on our own quite a bit as Kevin has been traveling each week. So we filled our time with various activities such as egg coloring, treat-making and when the weather permitted us to do so, playing outside!! We have discovered that park visits are going to be so much easier and pleasant this spring/summer given that Reid has gained a little more independence over the winter months!

Today was the first day back to school for Hale & Addi following Spring Break. They started their break off with a sleepover with Kevin's mom. We then traveled to Shelbyville to spend a night with my parents before heading further south to the Big Splash water park at French Lick, IN. This was a surprise for the kids, and it was a big hit! They had a great time, everyone traveled and slept well and it was just so nice to have some family time together before Kevin had to get back on the road for the remainder of last week.

We wrapped things up with a cookout at our house over the weekend, welcoming some of my dad's extended family, as well as my grandma who hadn't been to our home before. Unfortunately, Kevin was also wrapping up his time on the road, so he missed out...but other than some day trips this week, we should have him home with us this week, and that puts a smile on all of our faces : )

Countdown to Spring!

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The Super Bowl is over, and while we were disappointed for the Colts, we were a little happy inside for our fellow Boilermaker Drew...he was the QB when Kevin & I were attending Purdue...either way, it was a fun game to watch! Hale was super disappointed that we wouldn't let him stay up to watch the entire game. Maybe in a few more years, but since it's on a school night (and by the way, WHY is the game on Sunday night?!), we think he needs a few more years under his belt before he can stay up that late on a school night. Sorry, buddy : (

Now we're counting down to spring! Unfortunately, our countdown looks like it will be hampered by another blast of winter weather. We're predicted to receive several inches of snow over the next couple of days. The only good thing that could come of that would be a snow day, especially this week! Kevin is traveling the entire week (in warm, sunny Georgia), so Mama J could use a day "off" with the kiddos! I'd settle for a two-hour delay even...those always make our mornings so much more pleasant!

The month of February already has, and will continue to keep us busy! Aside from the Super Bowl party we attended last night, we have plans with our small group for a Valentine's party (kids are heading to Nannie & PaPo's for the night to have a little party of their own). The following weekend is the annual Father/Daughter Dance sponsored by our local parks department. Kevin has taken Addi since she was 2 years old, and this year he is taking both Addi AND Sydney! He will have his hands full with Miss Syd, but she is SURE to have a great time! She loves to "shake it" (dance) and does so with great gusto! I have put together some sweet new outfits for the girls (and Daddy even gets to wear a new tie, to coordinate with both of his girls), and I'm really looking forward to seeing them off for their evening of fun and bonding! Hale & will be going on our own special date to Bob Evans for dinner, and Wal-Mart for some after-dinner shopping (his choices)! I can't wait! Reid will be having her own little playdate with Nannie at home, and will likely be in bed before the rest of us return home from our adventures!

Speaking of Nannie and PaPo, we are so thankful for the role they play in our lives! They are always so willing to step in when we need help or just want to take a little break. The kids adore their Nannie & PaPo and look forward to spending as much time with them as possible. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time to see them cry and reach out for their grandparents as their time together ends. Thank you Lord, for giving us these days together!

The Littles (Sydney & Reid) are beginning to bed for lunch, so I suppose it's time to close this entry and get back on task! Until next time...

Sunday morning...

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I'm typing this while Reid naps and all the others are at church. Reid has been dealing with a very persistent virus/cold all week, so I opted to keep her home and let her rest. The snow is falling outside (again), but despite the cold weather, today is a great day, because our friend Shawn has accepted the Lord into his heart and is being baptized this morning! The angels are singing!!

The kids marked their 100th day of school last Wednesday! Their school kind of makes a big deal out of the 100th day, and I was able to join Addi's class in their celebration by helping out with their learning stations. My station consisted of stringing together 100 Fruit Loops to create an edible necklace. Addi had hers eaten by the time she had completed the next two learning stations! I also stayed and had lunch with Hale & Addi, but this mama decided it was too cold to stand around on a playground for recess this time! I'm looking forward to helping with the Valentine's party in Hale's class in a few weeks as well! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be in their classrooms, getting to know their teachers and peers.

I need to be flipping through recipes and making preparations for next Sunday's Super Bowl Party...so until next time, STAY WARM!

Predictions for 2010

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Let's see... the last time I did any predictions it was 2 years ago and here's what I said:

+ we will have a baby girl and she'll be our last for at least many, many years
+ Jill will have a new vehicle by the end of the year
+ Sydney will walk by February
+ baby Reid will sleep through the night in the first two weeks she's home
+ we will have a snowfall of over 18" in one day this winter
+ we will have a terabyte of storage for photos and movies by the end of the year (currently we have about 1/4 of that)

Going down the list, we did have a beautiful baby girl, Reid, who has been our last. Jill did get a new vehicle, Homer, the Honda Odyssey. I can't remember if Sydney walked by February or if Reid slept through the night during those first 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure we didn't get the 18" snowfall in one day. We did and do have the terabyte of storage thing, which just seems so huge to me. Between movies and pictures it really eats up the hard drive space.

Now for this year, I predict:
+ I'll loose 20 pounds
+ Reid and Sydney will both be able to make it all night without going potty (almost there!)
+ Jill will start work on her book that I've encouraged her to write
+ We'll get our first solid state drive for a computer
+ We'll get a car paid off
+ Addi will become a great reader
+ I'll be challenged with more opportunities to lead others to Christ than ever before
+ Hale will write his first computer program

Counting down...

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Mama J could NOT be more excited....yesterday I booked our 2nd consecutive family vaca!!! We had such a wonderfully relaxing and fun time in St. Augustine, FL last summer, so we are going back! Last year, my mom was willing and able to go down with us. Apparently our many pictures and stories made PaPo quite jealous, because this year they are BOTH going with us! We are so very excited that they are going! The big kids are beside themselves with anticipation of the good times we will have with Nannie & PaPo on the beach, in the pools, visiting the historic sites of the city, and just chillin' in the condo(s) with a fantastic, grilled, FRESH seafood dinner!

I see KJ has yet to post his 2010 predictions. In his defense, he has had a ridiculously busy schedule lately. The kids & I have seen very little of him this past week. I am going to do my best to pin him down to complete this task tomorrow. He will have a little time after he & Hale go to the barbershop for much-needed haircuts, and to our church to give blood (Kevin, not Hale!).

HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Hale & Addi received their report cards today for the second grading period. As my dad often says, they are just so boring (tongue in cheek)...straight As again for Hale and all Ss for Addi. YAY!!!!!!!!! Hale has been working really hard this grading period. His teacher spoke with us about challenging him more, and she stuck to her word! His homework has certainly been stepped up, but he is hanging right in there and doing great work! Likewise, Addi had done a remarkable job! She is reading books to Sydney & Reid that I STILL can't believe she actually can read by herself! We are certainly thrilled with their accomplishments!

Reid will celebrate her 2nd birthday next Thursday! It's hard to believe, but then again...the Terrible Twos are quite evident to prove her age! She leans toward the side of what you might call "high maintenance," although she has very recently begun to cling to us like a little monkey when she wants some lovin'. Her communication skills are amazing for a girl her age...there isn't a thing she can't or won't say/repeat, so WATCH YOUR MOUTH when you're around her!

I think the kids & I will bake some cookies tomorrow. We are having friends over for the Colts game tomorrow evening, and even though the kids will already be in bed by the time the game starts, they can at least celebrate a little pre-game activity! Hmmmm...wondering if I can free-hand some horseshoe cookies?? And where can I find BLUE sprinkles in this town?

Happy 2010!

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WOW - 2010 is here! I have already heard it many times from others...this past decade seemed to fly by! We've stayed busy the past 10 years! I graduated from Purdue, we've lived in two states, bought three homes, Kevin earned his Masters Degree, adopted and have managed to keep up with two dogs & two cats, had four beautiful healthy babies, collectively have had five jobs, have stayed connected to dear old friends and have made lots of new wonderful ones...to God be the Glory for all of those blessings, and for what is to come!

I will have to remind Kevin to post his predictions for the year 2010. I don't think he's done that for the last year or two, so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with for this year. Some things we're looking forward to this year are: SPRING AND SUMMER, Reid turning two on January 21st, Colts winning another Super Bowl Championship, Boilermakers winning their first NCAA Championship, our 10th wedding anniversary in May, all the kids growing and learning new things, perhaps a family vacation with my parents this summer and most importantly, being a light for Jesus every chance we get!

I saw how one friend put 10 years into perspective and I will copy that here by saying that another 10 years from now, we will have a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 13-year-old, and a 12-year-old. YIKES!!!!!

My kids rock!

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Yep, that's right, MY KIDS ROCK! They are awesome little people, using the skills the good Lord has blessed them with to accomplish BIG things (the things that are considered big in a kid's world, that is)!

Since my last entry, they've completed one grading period and begun another. Hale made the straight A Honor Roll, and although Addi doesn't receive actual letter grades in kindergarten, she basically did the same -- the straight 'S' Honor Roll! It was a happy day at our house, because even though we don't pressure the kids to make straight As, we are very proud of their hard work and accomplishments. Kudos also to all of their teachers, whom we feel do such an amazing job with these kids. I can't begin to imagine how they accomplish all that they do, and we feel so blessed to live in a community where we have faith in our educators!

In addition to their academic honors, Hale & Addi have both been recognized for good citizenship. Hale has earned extra points on his behavior reports every single week this school year, for things such as holding doors open for others, helping others with certain tasks, waiting patiently & quietly, etc. So apparently those lectures on manners that we give are paying off! Good to know! Addi earned a Spirit Award this week for being kind to others, helping others and treating others with respect. Not only is it cool that she is doing that, but I think it's very cool that the school recognizes these things in a way to show the kids that their good deeds are appreciated!

Reidie Sweetie is officially potty trained (during daytime hours anyway)! The process went very well, just as well as it did with the older three kids. It may seem trivial, but I'm really proud of Reid for figuring out this process quickly, and working hard to please Mommy & Daddy in this regard! She relishes her own success -- you should hear her scream with enthusiasm, clap for herself and do her little happy dance when she's "all done!" It's so liberating to be forever relieved of DIAPER DUTY!!!!!

Sydney...well................Sydney hasn't been spanked today. Er, wait...yeah, she did get spanked today for turning on the television after she'd been told not to. So, let's see...Syd's accolades recently would include sitting still for her first haircut (which I guess is a pretty big deal according to our stylist friend who did the cutting!), and........hmmmmmm, I guess that's about it for Syd! She isn't too much into the people-pleasing at this point (unless you consider HERSELF to be the "people" she's pleasing!), but she really is a cool kid and we enjoy sitting back at the end of each day and recounting her silly antics!

While Kevin & Hale take in a Ball State basketball game this evening, Addi & I are about to begin our evening of girly activities...mani/pedi for Addi, popcorn and a movie! Looking forward to it, as soon as she finishes up her nightly marathon shower!

I can't wait!!!!!!

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There are so many things going on this time of year that get me all excited, cold weather NOT being one of them! As most of you know, I do not hold an appreciation for cool temps, and my many-times-a-day washed hands are feeling the dryness & pain of the season. I am advocating a southern branch of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co. Just sayin'....

Cold weather aside, I AM excited for all other things that this time of year brings: birthday celebrations (too many of my family & friends to list!!!), holiday entertaining and awesome outreach events to name a few! I do enjoy a party (please, keep your comments to yourself!), so my brain is working overtime these days...so much planning to do, so little time!

Kevin & I have a lot of things going on right now, so voluntarily adding more might seem a little crazy?! But we love our family, we love our friends, and we LOVE to spend time with all of them! So we have some good stuff in the works! I am (in the words of my dear friend Krista) SO PUMPED to share all of this good stuff with all of you! I am going to do my best to update this the way we USED to, because it is such a cool method of remembering, for us even, when all is said and done.

One of our most cherished traditions is creating our family holiday greeting card. We have finalized our design for 2009 and are so excited to share it with you!!!

I'm so blessed to be married to someone who can turn my ideas into reality! From kids' birthday party invitations to beautiful coat racks to amazing photos that he takes himself, KJ is the brains AND the braun! He must be the most hen-pecked man of all time, and even admitting it, I still don't feel sorry for him!!! Did I just say that?! I think we make a great team! I could never accomplish half as much as I do without him, and I appreciate that about him SO MUCH!

Kid update:

Hale (7 years old) is in 2nd grade, which is incredibly hard to believe! He is pushing the boundaries more than he ever has, which really isn't saying much because he has always been an ANGEL and continues to be pretty close to that!! Hale is just a cool kid. He sticks to his guns, knows what he wants, has an innate ability to snow his grandparents into GETTING what he wants, looks for the good in everybody, forgives those who have wronged him in an instant, is thoughtful beyond his years, still considers Addi one of his best friends, and loves video games :) Hale is an honor roll student, loves school, and loves McDonald's chicken nuggets! His two favorite colors have been the same since before he was two years old - orange & green! He is way into Legos, Jeeps, and of course, TRAINS! I would give this kid the moon if I could...he has been my buddy, my helper and my FAVORITE boy for over seven years, and I don't see that ever changing!

Addison just turned six on Tuesday! We celebrated for like five days! She is just like her mama - LOVES her birthday! Addi loves animals, horses & dogs to be exact. She is saving her money to buy a real horse some day, and she has taken it upon herself to feed and let out our two dogs each day. She has the sweetest disposition, much to our surprise given her "stink-attude" when she was a toddler! Addi is in all-day kindergarten, loves it, and seems to be friends with pretty much everybody! Her favorite colors are pink and dark yellow (she's very specific about the DARK part of the yellow) and she is her daddy's clone! Her curly hair & adorable dimple set her apart!

Sydney is two, going on 16! This girl is a riot! She loves furiously, telling us she loves us MUCH several times a day! Sydney is going to make her mark, that is for sure. She is absolutely hilarious, even when she isn't trying to be (which she usually is!)! Syd spends the majority of her time with Reid, and whenever Reid does something Sydney doesn't like, she tells me that Reid needs to take a nap! Syd was our late-talker, but she is making up for lost time now! She knows her alphabet, counts, knows her colors...but seems to be hard-of-hearing when someone is telling her 'no'...???? She is a beauty, loves to talk to her Nannie on the phone, is obsessed with horses & cookies, and will sit still ONLY if you are rubbing her back, arms, legs, feet or face!

Reid Sophia, our baby girl!! She started potty-training today! Reid is our diva. She is truly a high-maintenance baby! Teething has been quite traumatic for her. We just assumed she would be content & flexible, being the youngest...not so much. Having said that, she is truly a joy to our family! Everybody loves Reidie Sweetie! Hale is especially attentive to her, and has been from Day One! Reid is adventurous, loud and SMART! She loves books, horses (notice a theme with our girls?), her daddy and pizza! We may not have planned on Miss Reid joining our family (at least not the timing!), but the good Lord knew that we needed her to complete us. She is completely healthy, beautiful and super fun!

Okay, that's it for tonight. I'll be back :)

Cardmember Service - US Bank

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I got an interesting message today on my cell phone from an unlisted number asking me to call back regarding some suspicious activity on my business Visa card. First thing I did was to search Google for info about the 800 number she had left and it turns out it is legit -- US Bank's fraud prevention line. With that knowledge, I called right away.

Seems that a couple of small Apple MobileMe charges were placed over the last couple of weeks, which, since we rent movies on iTunes every now and again I didn't really pay any attention to. But, as the specialist I spoke to mentioned, these charges were different than those that are through iTunes. They resembled charges for buying applications through an iPhone, which we don't have. Anyways, those two charges went through and added up to all of about $3 bucks. According to the specialist, the hackers might have been just cycling through all of the possible 16-digit numbers placing small charges and collecting the numbers they "hit" on. Then they followed up several weeks later to see if my card was still active - it was. Then yesterday, they tried to make a big purchase: a $1,200 order for online supplements that, thanks to Big 'US Bank' Brother, was denied and triggered the call from fraud prevention.

The specialist I spoke to was very helpful and professional. She walked me back through the recent charges and tried to identify good from bad. Ironically we'd had a couple of Internet orders recently through PayPal (an eBay auction and Field Notes from Coudal Partners), one for Pandora (we were over our free hours this month), and one getting our new camera from B&H... so even without the fraudulent charges our usage was out of the ordinary this month.

I am very pleased with the fraud prevention team! I feel pretty blessed that all we seem to have lost (as far as we could tell) was less than a 5-spot. Some paperwork and a new card is headed this way.

Reid Sophia

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Reid Sophia

I promised a story and photos soon, and it has since been three and a half weeks since Reid's arrival! Time flies with all these kids moving around!!

I was admitted to the hospital shortly after midnight on January 21st. We began the initial induction process at about 1:00 a.m., and I immediately began contracting quite vigorously!! I received an epidural at around 4:00 a.m. (I think...my memory of the timeline is a bit vague). Unfortunately, the epidural was on a "push button" which the nurse was apparently unfamiliar with, so my pain relief was very short-lived! My water partially broke on its own, and around 8:00 or maybe a little after, the nurse finished the job per doctor's orders. Well, that did it -- Reid was on the move at that point! She was so quick, in fact, the doctor was in the parking lot when she was born, on his way up to my room! My attending nurse was absolutely fantastic, very calm. We found out afterwards that she had never delivered a baby on her own before, but you never would've known that from her actions! I'm very thankful for the smooth delivery...one push and our beautiful Baby Reid was here!

Reid Sophia weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces (a great size, especially considering she was born three weeks early), and she was 19.5 inches long. Dark blue eyes (for now!) and some brown hair, a double chin and chubby cheeks! She's a doll, and we love her to pieces!

Baby Update

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Reid ultrasound

The amniocentesis went very well on Monday; Baby cooperated and the procedure went quickly and smoothly. Per the results, however, Baby's lungs weren't quite at full maturity at the beginning of the week, so Doctor prescribed two steroid shots to speed up the process of maturing the lungs. So one shot was administered on Wednesday morning; one on Thursday morning (yesterday). Doctor also checked me while I was there for my shot yesterday and was surprised at how much the baby had dropped in a matter of days. He said to be prepared for (but not counting on!) going into labor on my own this weekend. If that does not happen, we will check into the hospital on Sunday night and be induced Monday morning, giving Baby's lungs a full week since the amnio to be fully developed.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! We can hardly wait 'til Monday to see our baby girl! Hale and Addi are so excited for their new(est) baby sister, and Sydney just lives in Sydney Land, which is just fine! She deserves that, and she is such a good little girl!

Birth story and baby photos to come....SOON!

The Family Truckster: Part Deux

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The Original Family Truckster is being retired...she served us well for four and a half years, but it's time to move on to more reliable transportation (I speak on my behalf only...bring this subject up with Kevin at your own risk).

2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L

I have been enjoying our new (to us) Honda Odyssey (I can't wait to hear the name Kevin comes up with for it, as he lovingly refers to his Ford Explorer as "the Exploder") since Monday of this week, when we made our way to Michigan to look at an Odyssey being sold by an individual seller. That one didn't quite pan out, but we happened upon a much better deal at the Honda dealership in Ann Arbor and alas! Mommy and the kids are stylin'! This ride includes a few more options than we were looking for - the most obvious one being a DVD player that the kids can't wait to use. We have set down some strict usage rules for that one, such as the shortest car ride in which the DVD player will be used is to Shelbyville. So guess where they've been asking to go all week??!

The option I DO appreciate, as we near the arrival of our fourth child, is the eight-passenger seating in contrast to seven-passenger seating in the good ol' Montana. This will allow for continued carpooling from school, as well as enough room for Nannie & PaPo when we travel together!

And on the subject of Baby #4...

During our most recent visit with the Fetal Maternal Medicine specialist in Indianapolis this past Tuesday, we learned via ultrasound that "Baby Reid" is growing quite large -- weighing an approximate 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring at 36 1/2 weeks gestation rather than the calculated 35 weeks that I was. So that prompted my OB to decide today that an amniocentesis will be performed on Monday to make sure Baby's lungs are mature, and if so, labor will be induced next Friday morning! We are very much looking forward to our baby's arrival, and since this is to be our last, I am doing my best to take it all in and lock it away in my memory.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year 2008!

Last year I made several predictions which I'll repeat here:

+ We will still be living at 542 W Park St Ext (barring catastrophe) in 2008
+ Sydney's hair will be straight
+ We will have grass in our front yard instead of mud
+ Jill and I will finally eat at Eddie Merlot's

Got them all pretty much right. We are still living at the home on Park Street; Syd's hair is mostly straight, although it might be curling up some; we do have grass in the front yard except for where I drove through the snow last week; Jill and I did eat at Eddie Merlot's, but won't be going back.

2007 kids photo

As for the present... Here's a picture that we took the other day with the kids in their "Christmas clothes" -- looking good!

Now for the future... I predict that:

+ we will have a baby girl and she'll be our last for at least many, many years
+ Jill will have a new vehicle by the end of the year
+ Sydney will walk by February
+ baby Reid will sleep through the night in the first two weeks she's home
+ we will have a snowfall of over 18" in one day this winter
+ we will have a terabyte of storage for photos and movies by the end of the year (currently we have about 1/4 of that)

I don't go too far out on a limb, as you can tell.

Before you go, check out our family page with this year's updated pictures!

2007 Christmas Card

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

2007 Christmas Card

Here is the image we used as our Christmas Card this year, which is actually made up of many smaller images. The software we used, called MacOSaiX takes a base image and then scours a source of images (in this case it was our iPhoto library but you could use Google Images or Flickr) and tries to tile the images together in a way that approximates the look of the base image. It takes a pretty long time and looks better the more images it has to work with.

In our case we had about 4,500 images to draw from, which is probably on the small side. In addition, we decided to make the tiles somewhat large so that you could at least kinda see them. Obviously you can't on this shrunk-down version. We did like the overall effect and decided to use it.

Hope you had a great Christmas and an upcoming New Years filled with friends and family.

iTunes download vs. DVD

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Ratatouille

Last Friday night Hale's school hosted a family movie night showing Ratatouille, a charming movie about a tiny rat chef. I was out of town, the kids were sick, and it just didn't work out for us to go. Hale was a little disappointed, but with a sick family and me out of town there wasn't any way to go there (or anywhere) and have an enjoyable experience. So we compromised.

I'll interject here in the story that I have always opted for DVD or CD options over just downloading the equivalent online because of the "secure" feeling of having my movie or music on a physical platter instead of in my computer where a bad hard-drive or inadvertent keystroke could prevent me access to this thing I purchased. And of course the pretty packaging and occasional DVD extras were nice. The reality is that the packaging gets torn up quickly in our house and the DVD extras get watched once, so they are really of negligible value. And did I mention that DVDs get scratched to the point of worthlessness?

And so I talked Jill through the purchase of Ratatouille through the iTunes Music Store and subsequently through the transfer of the file to our AppleTV. It took 3 hours to download the 1.27GB movie over our DSL line and what we ended up with was a 640px x 268px H.264 compressed MPEG-4 video that looks fantastic. It cost $12.99 -- $7 less than Amazon but is without the following:

Deleted scenes, All-new animated short: Remy & Emile in "Your Friend the Rat", Fine Food & Film, Animated short film: "Lifted"

Missing those things doesn't bother me. And, most importantly for the situation we found ourselves in, Hale got to have movie night after-all without having to take sick kids out to the store.

Story's Autumn Party

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Well last night was the Story Family's annual Fall party and it was a really fun time. Made more enjoyable by Jill breaking out the turkey costume she made for Hale years ago. It fit her well and she was the hit of the party -- winning the best baby costume contest!

I just noticed that I haven't posted a single photo album in 2007 so I went ahead and uploaded the rest of the photos from the party. You can find them here.

Predictions come true

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This is just an update to Kevin's January 1st entry, namely his predictions.

+ We DO have grass in our front yard now...no more mounds of mud! Thanks go to our great friend, Jeremy Freeman for improving the view!!

+ Kevin and I DID go to Eddie Merlot's last week to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful gesture on Kevin's part to make reservations and take me out, but we both agree that this place does not live up to the hoopla. We prefer a more down-to-earth atmosphere (and menu prices)!

- Sydney's hair looks like it might be curling up...sorry, Kev. I guess this proves you're not really pyschic.

How long's it been?

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Sad to say, I just checked the website and noticed Kevin's entry from last month...has it really been that long since I last visited? Well, yes. It has been TOO long, but I'm going to take this opportunity - while Kevin is sitting in a hotel room in Omaha, Nebraska and while our three beautiful babies are soundly sleeping in their beds - to make note of things I think are worthy of this public forum (wasn't that Kevin's terminology?).

First of all, we began this website a little more than five years ago, as we were preparing for our first bundle of joy to arrive. It is almost impossible to believe that Hale will turn five next week and will begin kindergarten in three months! He is suffering from the "I wants" and much of that list consists of anything Spiderman, NASCAR or Hotwheels. He is the sweetest almost-five-year-old boy I've ever encountered, standing in as my "protector" when Kevin is out of town. He brings a smile to my face every time he greets his littlest sister with "How's my little girl?" and "Addi, you're cute AND cool." For those of you who haven't heard the good news, Hale is engaged to his best friend, Gracie; they are going to get married after Hale plays football at Purdue and becomes an astronaut.

A-D-D-I. Addi finally figured out that it's not spelled A-D-D-D-D-I. Kevin has cracked her code and somehow has her learning her alphabet and numbers. She really is a smart little thing, she just wants us to work for it! Her obsession with horses continues and she is looking forward to all the summer horse shows across the street at the fairgrounds. PaPo introduced her to the world of horse racing, appropriate considering she says she wants to be a "horsie rider" when she grows up. I can't tell you how many little toy horses she has around the house, but I CAN tell you how many of them are named Spirit....ALL OF THEM! Addi is our beauty and she just cracks us up every day!

Miss Sydney, everyone's ray of sunshine at the ripe old age of (almost) five months! We all just love her so much and it's no wonder -- she is so easygoing and happy. Sydney officially became Addi's roommate earlier this week and so far it has been a smooth transition. Addi loves having someone in her room (which of course has prompted Hale to want "someone special" to share his room as well). The only problem was making room for two girls in Addi's closet! I can only imagine the battles that are to come!

Kevin and I just wrapped up leading an 11-week course at our church called Starting Point geared towards starters, seekers and returners to the Christian faith. It was a great experience for us, and now we are looking forward to reuniting with the small group that we previously led. Kevin will be co-leading that group with our good friend Dave through the summer. In about three weeks I will be wrapping up the Wednesday evening Bible study that I lead, and with our Sunday night activities on hiatus for the summer as well, we are looking forward to more free time for a few months so that we can re-charge our batteries and celebrate seven awesome years of marriage!

On the agenda for this summer includes the Second Semi-Annual Cousins Campout. We have planned a HUGE surprise feature to this event, an outdoor screening of a movie at dusk. I'm pumped about this, as I think all the kids (minus Sydney and Tucker) will get a big kick out of it. For those of you who may have lost count, here's the list of "cousins" that make up the Jordan family: Tyler, 11; Kaylea, (almost)11; Ryan, (almost) 8; Spencer (almost) 8; Emma, 7; Hale, (almost) 5; Brayden (almost) 5; Jarrett, 3 1/2; Addison, 3 1/2; Tucker, 8 months; Sydney, (almost) 5 months.

Also on the agenda for our kids: swimming lessons and Zoo Camp.

I guess that's enough catching up for one sitting. Here's to Summer '07.

Happy New Year

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A new year is upon us -- Happy New Year 2007!

As usual Jill and I have been talking about what may or may not happen in the year to come. I predict the following:

+ We will still be living at 542 W Park St Ext (barring catastrophe) in 2008
+ Sydney's hair will be straight
+ We will have grass in our front yard instead of mud
+ Jill and I will finally eat at Eddie Merlot's

That's the best I can come up with today as far as predictions. However, we did take some time and prepared our end-of-the-year photos that we are chronicling on our family page. Comparing the kids year-to-year is really neat, and it is great that we get to start a new row for Sydney. Enjoy.

Sydney Claire

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Sydney Claire

Last Friday at 12:01pm Sydney Claire was born at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Delivery, by Jill's account, was much different than Hale or Addi's -- much easier. We're just happy to have her home.

The stats were: born December 22, 2006; 7lbs even; 18 1/2 inches long; due January 10, 2007.

Just for fun, here are the links to the entries for Hale and Addison.

2006 Christmas Card

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2007 Christmas Card

For those of you that aren't on our Christmas Card list... well, you all might be on there... anyway, here is our Christmas Card for this year. A take on the Brady Bunch!

Next year we'll really be able to fill out the matrix. Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For those that don't know everyone, from the top left: Chip, Kevin, Ross, then Hale, Baby Sydney, Addison, then Wiley, Jill, and Dave Jones.

Pictures added

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I've uploaded some pictures from Addi's Birthday last month and my Father's Birthday this month into the albums section of the website. Take a look.

I also snapped a few pictures around the house including this picture of Hale in his mother's arms. Our kids seem to have a photogenic quality that was lost on me!

It's a....

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After MUCH debate and consideration, Kevin and I (mostly I) decided to find out the gender of our baby via ultrasound this week. Having waited to be surprised with both Hale & Addi, this was a new experience for us, and we knew we'd be thrilled either way, boy or girl. So we are are extremely pleased to announce that IT'S A GIRL!!!

Hale and Addi are both very excited about the news, although Hale says "next time" he thinks we should have a boy!!

Why am I here?
"I know what you're thinking."

That sentence, spoken by Tom Selleck as Magnum P.I., is what I hear when I look at this picture.

"I know what you're thinking."

Maybe you do, Tom. In the picture I am nearly done with the quarter-mile swim in the 2006 Warsaw Optimist Triathlon this past weekend. And I'm ready to be done by this point. Having never participated in this type of event before I knew nothing of what to expect as I walked out into the water Saturday morning and began my strokes. I expected the water to be cold; at 73° it felt fine to me. I expected to get bumped and kicked a couple of times; I had no such trouble. I expected to be able to set a pace and stick to it; yeah, right.

"I know what you're thinking."

I remember exactly what I was thinking at the time of this photo: "At this point I can walk in to shore faster than I can swim it." I was exhausted. While I do feel a little bad about saying this, in all of my years in organized sports I have never given as much energy during an event as I did last Saturday. I have never had recovery after an event consisting of 30 minutes of "am I going to puke or am I going to pass out?" before starting to feel better. In my defense, I have never tried to do so much with so little training either, but that is a lousy excuse.

"I know what you're thinking."

What I am thinking now is how appreciative I am of Jill and the kids coming to root me on, and for my tri-mates Dave and Joel for making up for my horrible start. I can't say if I'll do the triathlon again next year, but you know I'll be thinking about it.

And Baby Makes 5

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It's been three years since I wrote an entry like this, and I have to say, it's just as exciting the third time around! Kevin and I found out last week that we are expecting Baby Jordan #3 and we couldn't be more thrilled! After my first OB appointment later this week, we will have a better idea of when we can expect our latest bundle of joy to arrive. For now, we are just basking in the joy of this third miracle.

Also, Kevin has added an album to the website. We still have lots of photo updating to do, but for now there is at least one fun album to enjoy, pictures taken last week when Kevin took the kids over to our neighborhood lake for "fishin' and froggin'" (in Hale's words).

Father/Daughter Dance

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Addi and I went to a Father/Daughter Valentines Dance tonight at the Eagles Nest and had a great time. She may have been one of the youngest daughters there, but she was on her best behavior and made her daddy proud.

Uncle Randy and Uncle Joe were there with Emma and Kaylea, too. A great meal, great dancing, and great fun was had by all.

Check out the new album from tonight.

Christmas kittens

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Addi with DaveForget the zoo...just come to our house! As of last week, we are the proud (?) owners of two tiny kittens, a Christmas gift to the kids. That's right, we have two dogs and two kitties in the house (not to mention Popeye, the beta fish). I'm happy (and cautious) to report that so far, we have not had any scuffles between the four furry beasts, although Ross has taken to sleeping with one eye open (literally) so as not to miss out on what the kittens might be up to! Thanks to the frisky kitties, the bottom quarter of our Christmas tree is now devoid of beads and some of the glass balls that we had hanging from the branches but otherwise, we are quite pleased with their behavior.

So from our house to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Kevin, Jill, Hale, Addison, Ross, Wiley, Popeye, Orange Chip & Dave Jones

Ronald's our McDonald

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One of the little known benefits of working where I do is that I work with Ronald McDonald's wife. Seriously. I'll skip over the details about how her last name isn't McDonald (or his, for that matter) and just tell you that we had a great time the other day when the Ronald-mobile stopped in at Schrader's for a meet-and-greet with his clownship, Hale and Addi.

True to form, we did partake of lunch at McDonald's after our time with Ronald so I guess the marketing works! The boys and girls at the elementary school where he was headed next apparently did not have the same luck. No doubt they had fun anyways.

Thanks for the pics, Ronald!

UPDATE: I've added an album here of pictures from our time with Ronald.

Renae's jewelry

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Sample of Renae's jewelry

Recumbent Exercise Bike

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Reebok 450 Not that I'm in the market for an exercise bike right now, but if I were this one looks like it would be awesome! The same site ranks it #1 on its list of recumbent exercise bikes, which I guess is probably good since they likely know more about these things than I. The real surpize for me was the name: Reebok. Didn't know that they were into making (more likely licensing) anything but shoes and apparel...

Anyways, here are the specs:

Heart Rate Monitor

The RB 450 comes with an EKG pulse grip. An easy and convenient way to measure your heart rate by just placing your hands on the crossbar to get an accurate heart rate readout

Silent Magnetic Resistance

A smooth and frictionless resistance system that allows you to adjust your workout intensity according to your target specific goals

Workout Programs

8 PreSet Programs: 6 Smart Programs, 2 Pulse Driven. The RB450 offers workout programs designed to motivate and provide the ultimate in fitness technology. The RB450 offers entertaining programs and 2 heart rate programs that allow you to workout in your desired pulse range

Time readout

Displays the amount of time that you have been riding

Calories burned readout

Shows the number of energy calories that were burned

Resistance readout

Shows the level of resistance you are riding against

Pulse readout

Keeps track of your heart rate for training in your target heart rate zone

Adjustable seat

The adjustable feature allows you to customize your pedaling position for optimal comfort

Bottle holder included

Reebok's advanced Club-Tech Console delivers motivation and allows you to control your workout. 2 LED windows provide feedback of Speed, Time, Distance, Calories, Pulse, and Resistance Level. The 5 x 8 workout profile matrix allows you to track your progress. The two LED windows makes your workout feedback easy to read. You can easily control workout intensity, check your pulse rate and track the digital feedback of your workout. The RB 450 features self-generating electronics and eight preprogrammed workouts

The Reebok RB450 recumbent also comes with an adjustable "CoolAire Workout Fan". Keep cool while you exercise with this built-in workout fan. Since the fan is built into the bike, there�s no need to attach and reattach it, and the fan adjusts to accommodate a variety of users. Whatever your exercise regime, you can enjoy this convenient way to cool off

Dual position handlebars

Two sets of handlebars allow you to ride with your hands by your sides or in front. The contoured handlebars feature durable foam for added workout comfort

I'm going to have to see if some store in Fort Wayne has one of these things!

Green with Addi

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Today the kids joined my mother and I on some errands that landed us at a John Deere dealer in Huntington. The nice thing about this dealer was that all the equipment on the lot was unlocked -- providing great fun for us!

I've added an album with pictures of the kids and the (green) tractors, combines, and mowers. Enjoy!

New Albums

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I've added some albums from this summer to the site. There are pictures of our trip to Florida with Dave and Kristen, pictures from our friend Grace's birthday party (with horses), our trip to see the pigs at Ron and Nancy's and more!

This summer has been such a pleasant one; I think we've all enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. As work starts to pick up for the fall season we'll enjoy looking back over these pictures and the fun times had.

On the homefront

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WARNING: This entry contains non-technical information.

Addison Paige, at 22 months, is potty-trained! (After having drilled it into her mind several months ago that she MUST stay in her big girl bed and not get out, we now can't get her to get up when she has to potty at night, so she isn't completely nighttime potty-trained yet, but we're working on it!). She also has finally conquered those pesky incisor teeth - all four have successfully broken through, after MANY painful months of teething! Her speech has improved tremendously since potty-training began, and she is learning colors, letters and numbers all in one fell swoop! She LOVES her PaPo, french fries, Coke, and imitating every move her big brother makes. And if she tells you to "DIE," take no offense...what she is really saying is "BYE!"

Sir Hale has spent his summer learning new things as well. He can swim underwater by himself, ride his bike (with training wheels, of course), sing songs, hop on one foot (while playing "hotscotch"), and name every single train in the Thomas the Tank Engine collection! He can spell and recognize his name, and his memory is like a steel trap - NOTHING escapes him! He will thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart as you are departing the store, and generally puts a smile on your face every time he says, "I wuz you!" He loves to chase our dogs, go to the park (or any fastfood restaurant with a slide!), go fishing, open mail, eat at Pizza Hut, and get his hair cut at "Larry's."

It has been a really fun summer, and we're looking for all the fun things that the fall season has in store for us!

Happy Birthday, Jill!

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Addi, Hale and I spent the whole day trying to share a little appreciation for the person that takes care of us all.

Thanks, Jill, and Happy Birthday!

Miss Madison has arrived!

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madison.jpgMany miles away in a land called Nevada, a baby girl named Madison Carol was born a week ago yesterday (June 27th). This baby girl belongs to my cousin Shari, and her husband, Mike. Congratulations, Shari & Mike!

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As days go by...

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I was just reading the archives of this website, and remembering "the good ol' days" when our evenings consisted of relaxing on the front porch swing. My, how times have changed! We are so incredibly busy these days!

Kevin will complete his Masters Degree from Ball State University at the end of this month. Until then, he is driving back & forth to Muncie every day, Monday through Friday, for class. On top of that, he is working full time, teaching an adult small group at church, doing homework at night, and always being a top notch dad to Hale & Addi. I'm so proud of him, and just thinking about his schedule makes me tired!

The kids and I are definitely enjoying our freedom this summer. With the end of school came the end of my babysitting gigs! We have lots of fun stuff planned for the summer, including a vacation (our first one since the year before Hale was born!), trips to the zoo (Fort Wayne & Indy), the Children's Museum, Cousins Camp, and of course, many trips to Shelbyville to the Ingle Waterpark located on Doran Avenue!!

We'll try to keep the website as up-to-date as possible given our busy schedules! Rest assured that our camera pretty much goes wherever we go, so we will have plenty of visual memories from our summer adventures!

Twelve new albums

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Addi the beautifulJust wanted to let everyone know that we added twelve (12) new albums to the website today. We've got a little of everything there, including fun & sun, trains & games.

We've also got some great pictures of Addi that I took the other day at Momo's house. She was playing on the slides and took a minute to strike several poses. If these photos don't convince you that she's adorable, I don't know what will.

Enjoy!

Hale's "FREE!"

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In Hale's pronunciation, he will turn "free" (three) on Monday! It seems he is taking after his mom in his excitement over his birthday. He had to call Nannie tonight to fill her in on his big plans for his birthday weekend - these plans include eating "a bunch of birthday brownies with 'prinkles (sprinkles)!" As for this wish list, it includes trains, birds and ducks. Go figure!

This week also marks a very happy fifth wedding anniversary for me & Kevin! According to our life plan five years ago, we would just now be starting our family...interesting, huh?! Five years, one apartment, two dogs, two houses, and two kids later...

Well, Happy Anniversary, Kev! I couldn't be happier with the way our plan has changed! You...

Gone Fishin'

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hale_and_daddy_fishing.jpgAfter a long day of fun and sun, Hale, Addi, Mommy and Daddy wound up at our friends' the Scrader's for some frog hunting, fishing, and rock throwing. Did I mention the snakes and the mice? And we had hot dogs too!

Check out the new album and see what you think! This picture is one of my favorites from the bunch. It looks good, but we didn't catch any fish this time.

Been a while...

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As with recent history around here, the posts are feast or famine -- you've happened upon a night of feast. Congrats.

So much has been happening around our household that we've hardly had time to live through it, much less record it for posterity. As if having two great kids wasn't enough to keep us busy, I eluded earlier to the fact that I took a new job -- and I suppose it is a little more permanent now. Through faith, patience, and Larry's sudden passing, I was well positioned to take over an office and some responsibilities for Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co. I finished up my RE license and passed the state exam in the past couple months as well. Fun stuff.

All the while Jill has been doing great things with our kids and helping some of our friends as well. I truly feel that even though it sounds like I have more going on, she is much busier and her work is much more taxing (and important!). I suppose it takes both of us to make things work around here.

Anyways, should any of you out there be wondering whether or not you can follow your heart and leave good jobs for the unknown... you can. If you're wondering whether you can make it on one salary even though things might get tough... you can. If you're wondering if you're kids can turn out great if you just take the time to work with them and show them love... they will. So, get out there and do it! Make that change -- stretch yourself. And then take a deep breathe because it will be a wild ride.

Writer's flock

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Have you ever had the sensation that you really had something to say|write, but couldn't put a form to it? I have had that feeling for quite some time. It isn't at all that there aren't things to be talking about -- there are! So many great things, but somewhere in my head there is/are topic(s) lurking that I need to uncover and discover. Stay tuned. In the mean time I'll do a little exploratory blabberghasting:

I was sitting at work earlier this week -- my makeshift office is a large storage room -- when a "coworker" walked in to tell me that he was praying for me. "Thank you," I said, slightly taken aback. "What about?" My work at this point is somewhat tenuous in some respects. I don't really work for the company, I do work for them. I don't have paid benefits, I'm self employed. I don't know the future direction of our business together, I'm taking it one day at a time. This person recognized that these things, put together, might be a little unnerving and decided to hand it over to the Lord. I did that a long time ago, but it still plays on the nerves a bit.

I haven't felt too stressed, but last week between services at church I had my blood pressure taken (as I always do when the nurses are there). At 165/97, that makes three straight trips where the opinion has been that I need to see a doctor. I don't disagree with the prognosis, but haven't made an appointment yet. The funny thing (to me) is that my pulse is usually so low -- 43 bpm at this particular sitting. There is no doubt that there is stress in my situation. But what are you going to do? For me, I guess I'll just try and take deep breathes whenever I can, and give it over to the Lord. Well, that and take all the prayer my flock can get! (Thanks, Wes!)

Life is an interesting thing. I don't think you can make breakthroughs (personal or professional) without going through struggles. I feel like this path, while difficult, will lead to both.

Basketball in heaven?

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Lone basketballThat was the question posed by the minister Sunday afternoon as a recent friend of mine was laid to rest: will there be basketball in heaven? If so, Larry will be there on a court waiting for me.

We left our competition tied 1-to-1.

Addi's big girl bed

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addisbed.jpgAnother transition in the books at the House of Jordan: Addison has been sleeping in her big girl bed for about a week and half, and it couldn't be going any better! We were a little concerned about this event, given Addi's reckless and somewhat defiant nature. But much to our surprise, she has followed in her brother's footsteps, who is ever-the-pleaser when it comes to making big changes. We're so proud of both of our kids!!

New albums from December

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Hale's making cookiesWe've been busy over the past month, and now you can enjoy some of the pictures! Take a look at the six new albums.

The Christmas Holiday went off well, complete with family, presents, travel and snow. Shelbyville actually had 20 inches of snow to give us our white winter mornings.

Hope each of you had a great Christmas, and are enjoying this first day of the New Year.

UPDATE: I also added our 2004 family mugshots to the site so that you can compare us to years gone by. The change in Addi and Hale are obvious and awesome!

'Tis the season...

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The holiday season takes on an entirely different meaning when you have small children. Some of you know exactly what I'm talking about, and you understand that we just haven't had a lot of time to keep up with our entries on this website. So in case we don't get back to it before December 25th, Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

family-photo-2004.jpgWe have so much to be thankful for as 2004 draws to a close, and we hope that all of you do, too. As Hale plays and replays the video of himself in his first Christmas program, we are reminded of the reason for the season, and we are humbled by the gift of our Savior.

UPDATE: I added this photo from our Christmas collection. It isn't the one that made it onto the Christmas card, but we like it!

Happy Birthday, Addison Paige!

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Addi PaigeOne year ago today, our beautiful baby girl came into the world! What a busy year it has been, and what fun we are having with Addi!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

UPDATE:
Added a picture from this week along with a bit from her birth story:

[October 13, 2003]

8:03 pm - Addison is here! After a very short bout of pushing, Addi decided it was time. She is so beautiful. More later... 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

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9:30 pm - I'm thinking about Hale right now. How good of a big brother he'll be. (even if we have to beat it into him :) Addison was 18 inches long. Just perfect.

"Valisimo!"

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HaleHad some fun with pictures tonight, using a technique from way back. Anyone remember animated GIFs? They were big in the pre-Flash, pre-Shockwave, pre-Javascripting days. This particular one was created in Adobe's ImageReady.

I just imported the different pictures as layers and then asked it to create frames for each. Set the timing, export as GIF and voila!

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I love this set of pictures. Jill snapped them tonight and they really capture several of Hale's different moods all in one setting. That's my boy.

Happy Birthday, Anniversary

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Jill and AddiToday was Jill's twenty-something'th birthday and we had a ton a fun. Thanks for another great year, sweetheart. And, as she reminded me, it is also the fourth anniversary of our moving back home to Indiana from Illinois. My, what we've packed into those four years...

"Goats eat pockets!"

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Thanks to our generous (and brave) parents, PaPo, Nannie, Kevin, Hale, Addison and I made an adventurous trip to the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday of this week! indy_zoo.jpgIt turned out to be a beautiful (although a bit WARM) day, and the kids behaved exceptionally well! Even Miss Addi seemed to enjoy herself, despite being confined to her stroller most of the morning!

Hale's favorite exhibits included the monkeys (especially the baby monkeys), the dolphins who "spash" in the water, the train ride and most of all, the beloved goats! A previous encounter with the goats at the Fort Wayne Zoo has left quite an impression on Hale, and he often recounts the story of how the goats ate the pockets on his khaki shorts (yes, he knows which shorts are khaki shorts, which shorts are jean shorts, etc.). And although the goats at the Indy Zoo did not eat his pockets, he associates them just the same.

Keep your eyes open for a new album filled with pictures of our fabulous trip to the zoo. The pictures are sure to put a smile on your face, and bring back memories of your childhood trips to the zoo! Thanks, Nannie & PaPo, for sharing this experience with us!

UPDATE: You can see a couple more images from the zoo in our album section.

scannerWell, for the last time we've shuffled our prints into the scanner for a couple of new albums from the month of July. Please enjoy!

From now on we are skipping the analog stage and keepin' it digital -- with the help of our Canon Powershot SD10. This is one of the smallest digital cameras I've ever used. Surely we'll write a little more about it after we've put it through the paces.

Until then, again, enjoy the pics.

First pic of many

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first_pic_with_camera.jpgWe've decided to join the digital photography age. It is the about time, we know. More info about the how's and why's later. For now, the first pic.

UPDATE: Jill and I bought our first digital camera -- a Canon SD10 (bronze). The camera is as great looking a camera -- and small -- as there is available today IMHO.

Our big girl!

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Last week was one of a lot of "firsts" for Miss Addison. On Friday, she crawled for the first time, although she only went a few "paces" before flopping on her belly! On Sunday morning, we found her sitting up in her crib, and then later she demonstrated to us how she is able to go from a laying-down position to a sitting position all by herself! Then on the way home from church, she called out her first word, "Da Da!" What a perfect Father's Day gift for her daddy!

Exciting times!

Important week that was

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They weren't mentioned here (other than on the calendar) but last week was packed full of important days in our family -- Hale's 2nd birthday, Mom's XXth birthday, and our 4th anniversary. We've got some great pictures of Hale's party that -- when I make time for it -- will find a spot in an album. We also have a couple of movies of the kids (including Hale blowing out his candles) that are just too cute.

NOTE: removed link to calendar.

Picture Perfect

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Check out the latest album, with pictures recently taken at The Picture People!

Potty Training 101

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0764554174.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpgThe time has come to get serious about potty training! So I'm seeking advice from anyone who has successfully completed this task...

Anyone?!?!?!?!?!

Update: Here is the book (right) that has been the most helpful and motivating: Potty Training for Dummies by Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist. We're trying not to take offense.

Happy 1/2 Birthday, Addi Paige

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Gigi and AddiMiss Addison turned six months old today! Wow - time flies! She is growing and changing each day, as expected. This morning (after sleeping in until well past 9 am), she rolled halfway across the livingroom while I was warming her bottle. So watch out...SHE'S MOBILE! It won't be long before she's cruising around on her chubby hands and knees, then toddling around upright! For those of you who haven't yet met her, Miss Addi has a winning smile that warms your heart. Kevin, could you please paste a picture beside this entry? [Done!]

HAPPY 1/2 BIRTHDAY, ADDI PAIGE!

Going back to school

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Bell Tower at BSUIn what we hope is a wise choice, I'm preparing to work towards a masters in Secondary Education from (I think) Ball State University. I went to BSU yesterday afternoon and met with an advisor who -- :) -- advised me against doing a transition-to-teaching program. He based that recommendation on the fact that I don't really want to teach, but rather that I'm working toward an administrative position. My goal is to be a superintendent within 8 years, unless the Lord steers me otherwise.

So, what does that mean? Well, it means that over the next few years Jill and I will be busy -- as if we aren't already. It means that I'll be spending some time on the road going to and from classes. It means Jill and I (and Hale and Addi) need your prayers!

I think we'll know soon enough if this is God's will for us. The decision came because I could only take so many people telling me that I would make a good superintendent -- including a man that knows a thing or two about that job: Ralph Bailey. I've asked him time and time again if he seriously thinks that Jill and I can pull this off and the answer continues to be, "Yes!" Our prayer is that God is using Ralph, and will use us to allow His will to be done in all of this.

Two of a kind

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Anything you want to be

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Hale and Kevin at Ross AideHale and Daddy look out over Ross Aide Stadium, Purdue University

Friendly Face

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I made the front page of The Post & Mail on Monday -- in their Friendly Faces column. A few mistakes in the article, most notably the "Family in Whitley County" question, of which I have more than just my immediate family. Problem was, she never asked that question! Mom jabbed me a couple of times for herself and Randy's family, but I survived.

You can read the article here.

Not only did I get interviewed for the paper, but I also got to tour the newspaper offices and printing area. It was a lot of fun! They have a rather ancient looking press that was moved from the downtown building a few years ago. That must have been a job! I tried to compare it to the press at the Indianapolis Star -- which I'd also like to tour -- and it came up just a bit shy. (Can't find a link to an article about Gannett's new facility... )

The Post & Mail has a circulation of about 9,000 Wednesday through Monday; 27,000 on Tuesday (free paper).

Four months and growing...

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Miss Addi went to the doctor this week for her four-month well-baby checkup. How times flies!! Her stats are as follows:

weight: 14 lbs., 2 3/4 oz.
length: 24 in.

Addi continues to awaken herself by rolling over; fortunately for us, the frequency of these roll-overs has decreased!

Hale recently learned how to open his bedroom door, so naptime has taken on a new spin! And this morning I woke up to the sound of him calling out, "Mommy...Mommy...Mommy..." as he stood right outside his door. We put a gate up so that he can't fall down the dark stairs in the middle of the night, so at least he was somewhat confined until I made my way out of bed and up to his rescue!

As one of my old favorite songs says:

"These are days...to remember."

Our Family -- 2003

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Just wanted to let you know that I updated the family page with our 2003 photos. The one of Hale is a filler because I couldn't find the right picture of him after the iBook died. Nannie, if you still have it on your camera, please let us know!

Enjoy the changing faces; no snickers, of course.

Floppy McTurnover II

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It was June of 2002 when Kevin wrote an entry about Hale's experiences with learning to roll over. Here we are a year and eight months later writing about Addison's same experiences...

Funny how something can be so cute and exciting the first few times it happens, but quickly loses its novelty and becomes somewhat annoying! Addi has taken to rolling over in her sleep, thus waking herself up, unable to resume her favored belly-sleeping position. This has happened about five times this afternoon, not to mention at 4:30 this morning!

I'm hoping that the next phase of Addi's development includes an ability to make a complete rollover!

Just For This Morning

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Jill and I were doing a little (early) spring cleaning the other day and found the following poem. It was either penned or found by my Aunt Jan, and is really touching as I reflect on our young kids.

Just For This Morning
Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face
And laugh when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you wake up softly, all rumpled
In your sheets and I will hold you
Until you are ready for the day.
Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear,
And smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry
And pick you and take you to the park to play.
Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink
And let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off
And sit in the backyard and blow bubbles.
Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble
When you scream and whine for the ice cream truck,
And I will buy you one if the truck comes by.
Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be
When you grow up, or second-guess every decision I have made
Where you are concerned.
Just for the afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies,
And I won't stand over you trying to fix them.
Just for the afternoon, I will take you to McDonald's and buy us both
A Happy Meal so you can have both toys.
Just for the evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you
A story about how you were born, and how much I love you.
Just for the evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
Just for the evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch
And count all the stars.
Just for the evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours,
And miss my favorite TV shows.
Just for the evening, when I run my fingers through your hair as you pray,
I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given,
And when I kiss you goodnight, I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then I will thank God for you, and ask Him for nothing.
Except for one more day.

You asked for them...

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It's about time, right? Some new albums would be nice, you say? Well, we've finally delivered! Kevin added several new albums to the site last night, so check them out and enjoy!

Family...

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Check out the "Family" link on the menu of the website. Kevin has added a collage, which consists of a head shot of each of us. We started this "tradition" last year so that we can more easily vizualize how we have changed over the years. We will be adding this year's head shots soon, which will include the newest addition to our family, Miss Addison Paige. For the sake of our sanity, we hope that next year we will still only be a four-person family!

Missing Addi, but looking good

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Hale, Jill and Kevin

Merry Christmas, 2003

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Thank God for His son, and thank God for each of you that touched our lives this year.

Ho Ho Ho-ly cow -- Hale's mad!

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It really wasn't as bad as it looks...Hale experienced a brief moment of terror when it came time to sit on "Claus'" lap, but just as quickly as his mood changed from excitement (when he first saw Claus) to horror (right in time for the "click" of the photographer), he was comforted by a big green lollipop! Miss Addison, on the other hand, was indifferent to the entire situation.

And as for "Claus"... well, he wasn't the jolly ol' elf we expect him to be.

Tax refund... in December

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Jill and I got a nice surprise this week -- a tax refund! Apparently the state auditor decided our bill was higher than it should have been and gave us a small break. They even included 5 dollars worth of interest!

Bizarre, but we'll take it!

Tools for HaleAs we enter this holiday season, it'll be fun to see which toys and gifts our kids like the most. That seems to be the problem, doesn't it? Will your son or daughter like the gift more than the box it came in?

Because this will no doubt happen to us at some point, I wonder how many parents pick out the perfect gift for their kids, only to have them hate it. I bet it happens more than you'd think. Or, what may be worse, the expensive gift that gets played with on December 25th and then recedes into the dark recesses of the closet.

But our kids will love the presents no matter what. :) We'll just have to remember to hide the boxes as soon as they're unwrapped.

The Growing Years...

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Hale & Addison went to the pediatrician today for their 18-month and 1-month check-ups. Here are their stats:

Hale:
27 lbs., 3 1/2 oz. (70th percentile for weight)
33 3/4 inches (85th percentile for height)

Addi (actually 6 weeks old):
10 lbs., 8 1/2 oz. (90th percentile for weight)
21 1/2 inches (60th percentile for height)

As you can see, our babies are growing all-too-quickly. But it feels good to know that they are healthy and developing normally.

Lullaby and goodnight...

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We're proud to announce that Miss Addison has finally figured out the difference between day and night! She has slept for over 8 hours straight the past two nights, and I couldn't be more thrilled! (I remember when 13 hours was a decent night's sleep, but those days left with graduation day from Purdue!!) It's amazing how 6:00 a.m. doesn't seem so bad when you haven't also been up at 1:00, 3:00...etc. Yeah for Addi Paige!!!

The Picture People

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Today was an interesting day, as I ventured out (ALONE) for the first time with both kids! We made our way to a photo studio called The Picture People to have a photo taken of the kids in Hale's playgroup...five 18-month-olds...Hale, Evan, Jack, Claire and Kylynn!! Add Addison to the mix, and it makes for quite an unruly experience!

Was it successful? Check out the pics and decide for yourself!

Still feeling icky

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We're sick. I don't know what this stomach bug is, but we're having trouble getting rid of it. Our whole family has been ill for about a week now with no sign of letting up. I'm sick of being sick! Addison told me yesterday that she's sick of it too.

This bug has (apparently) come from some friends of ours who've seen the same sort of lingering effects -- you're sick, then better for a day or two and then sick again...

I don't like it one bit.

New photos from the hospital

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Take a look at our new photos. These are the times surrounding the birth of Addison.

Here's a list of Hale's current spoken word vocabulary. He knows more words than this, but these are the words he can say right now at almost 17 months.

Addi, baby, ball, Dad, Daddy, eggs, glasses, go-go, hi, juice, jump, Lambo, meow, Mommy, Mom-o, moo, Nanny, O's, outside, pee-pee, please, potatoes, puppy, roar, Ross, row-row-row, shoes, spish-splash, stars, tickle, tractor, trash, truck, tweet-tweet, uh-oh, waffle, Wal-mart, Wiley, yes

I think that's pretty good!

Addi, Mommy and Daddy

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This is part of our first album of pictures of Addison.

Addison Paige Jordan

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Born: Monday, October 13, 2003 8:03 PM
Length: 18 inches
Weight: 7 lbs, 1 oz.

You can also see the same picture on the baby parade site at the hospital.

Update: you can read our journal from the hospital: part 1 and part 2

Baby, oh baby...

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Friday is usually my favorite day of the week, because it's the end of the work week for Kevin and we get to have a few days of fun and relaxation. Today is an exception...kind of....

I have been in some sort of weird phase of labor since Tuesday evening, and quite frankly, I'm a little tired of it! So while I am still very happy that it is Friday, I'm more looking forward to Monday when I go back to the doctor and find out what in the world is going on with this kid!

Does anyone have any suggestions for kicking this labor into full gear? Be warned: if you tell me to just be patient and let nature takes its course, you're putting yourself in danger of a severe lashing!!

Happy Birthday, Bud

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Happy Birthday, Bud. We love ya!

pregnant girlsA few months back, Kevin was asking me if we were going to register for baby gifts for this child like we did before Hale was born, and if people would have baby showers for us again. The answer to both of those questions, of course, is no (much to Kevin's disappointment...I think he enjoyed using the scanner at the baby store when we registered for Hale). So we were quite pleasantly surprised and touched when we received baby gifts last night at a shower that we hosted for two other pregnant couples!!! It certainly was not the receiving of gifts that was so heart-warming to me, but the fact that these friends of ours wanted to do something special for our new baby. So when he/she starts complaining in a few years about how Hale got everything and the second child always gets the shaft, I'm going to bring up the story of what occurred last night.

So...

Thank you Brady & Shawna (& Emily) and Chuck & Erin (& Evan) for the generous gifts that you "showered" us with. And best wishes to all of you as you welcome your first little ones into the world in a few weeks! We are looking forward to being parents with you!

Hale's big boy room

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Tonight's the night - Hale will be staying in his big boy room for the first time (notice I didn't say that he will be SLEEPING in his big boy room)! The room is decked out in a nautical theme, and with so many new things to look at and freedom from the confines of a crib, we are sure we're in for quite an experience! Thank goodness for baby gates!


"Sweet dreams
Sleep tight
We love you
Goodnight."

15 months and growing....

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We haven't been good about getting new pictures up, but we do have an update on Mr. Hale...

At his 15-month appointment this past Monday, Hale weighed in at 26 pounds,
1/4 ounce and was 32 1/2 inches tall. And with two brand new molars as of last night, he is looking and acting like a full-fledged toddler (that makes a total of 12 teeth)!

In addition to all the growing Hale has been doing this summer, he is also looking forward to the arrival of his new baby brother or sister. We're about 6 1/2 weeks away from Baby Day! Hale will be moving into his Big Boy Room in about a week and a half upon installation of new carpet. Can you picture him in a big boy bed? I'm having mixed emotions about it...what happened to my little baby boy??!!

The family truckster

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montana.jpgChalk another one up to Kevin & Jill making the transistion from ultra-cool (as you all know we are) to ultra-practical. That's right...we traded in the wagon AND the Cougar for a sleek, sporty (as if) mini-van! It has all the creature comforts that we're used to, but comes with enough practicality to haul around a couple of carseats, a couple of furry beasts (dogs, not kids), some luggage and other travel necessities. And us, of course! Did you ever think you'd see the day? I know we didn't, but in our quest to conserve our coolness, we realized that we'll be cool no matter what...it's all about the attitude, after all.

Happy Zero-st Birthday!!

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JarrettCongratulations to my brother Randy and his family on the birth of their latest and greatest: Jarrett Jesse Lee! He's what you get when you cross a race driver, an old bearded man and an orange car -- and that's just his name. (rim shot)

Again, congrats!

PS. Here is the link to the hospital webpage. I'm not sure how long it will be active.

New albums!!!!!!

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I know, I know...we've been slacking on this website. Why don't YOU try to move (with a toddler and two dogs), go on vacation, live without a washer and dryer and keep up a website all at the same time! HA! I'm not complaining (I can hear Kevin saying, "Yeah right!"), but the fact remains that we have been extremely busy. Nevertheless, new pictures are up and we hope you enjoy each one of them. We're sure you'll agree that Hale Bop is just as cute as they come!

My mom relayed a joke this morning. I thought it was funny.

Apparently a teacher has been arrested for being in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a straight edge. He claims to be a member of the al-Gebra movement bearing weapons of math instruction.

[rimshot] That's all, folks.

Happy Birthday, Hale!

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Hale is celebrating his first birthday today -- with a party! We are so excited to share this with him.

Happy Birthday, Haley!

3 years ago today

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Today is a great day -- the third anniversary of our marriage. That Saturday years ago started out overcast, but ended up with Jill and I clearly entering something wonderful and sacred.

Now, three years and 1.5 kids later, that fact remains. Thank you, Jill!

A special day

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Happy Mother's Day to our moms, Jodi and Jerilyn. We are so thankful for you, and for all you do for us.

We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin & Jill

A week of friends

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bradyandhale.jpgWe had the good fortune last week of spending time with some friends: Brady & Shauna and Matt, Amber & Jaron.

Brady let me borrow his digital camera and I snapped this picture of he and Hale in our living room.

The weather has just been great the last couple of days! Jill sat out yesterday reading her book and got lobster-ized. This time of year is notorious for a cool breeze masking the harsh sun. We both think back fondly to the days when we could be outside all day with no sunscreen, leaving us only with a warm brown tan. These days it's the deep red skin express!

Baby Boy Jordan

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It's official (as official as an ultrasound can be)...a sixth Baby BOY Jordan is on the way! Congratulations Randy & Jodie!

Score:

6 Boys
2 Girls

Kevin & I are feeling the pressure to add another player to the Girls Team! But either way, we're sure to hit a home run!!!!

Oops, I did it again...

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That's the title of a popular song from a couple years back. As it goes, "Oops, I did it again. I played with your heart. Got lost in the game..." The song, to an extent, makes light of breaking someone's heart. But as most of us know, this kind of thing is not a game.

Someone I love more than life itself had his heart "played with" yesterday. I wish I could erase the experience for him, but I can't. Nobody can, not even the person that said the hurtful words. And that is my point: we can't take back words, we can't undo the damage that hurtful words cause. We can't make excuses for ourselves when we lose control.

We all make mistakes, sometimes irreparable ones. But we must admit those mistakes, learn from them and choose not to repeat them. When we choose to hurt someone, we move into dangerous territory, and often we pay a hefty price.

haleboy1.jpghale1.jpgHow about a couple pics of my boy? Sound good?

Here's Hale on a recent visit to GrandBud's office in Shelbyville. He was a little sleepy, but still managed to impress the crowd with his stair climbing abilities. He has many admirers there, but none as wonderful as his grandpa.

Credits for the pictures go to Tonya and her digital camera. Thanks for sharing!

Things, they are a'changing

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As the days get longer, Hale's schedule seems to do the same. Gone are the days when he went to bed at 7:00 pm and woke up the next morning at 9:00 am. Now it's more like 8:30 pm to 6:30 am, and Mommy is none-too-pleased! As Kevin can confirm, it takes me awhile to wake up in the morning, and until I do, I'm not the most pleasant of people. Fortunately for me, by the time I'm finally awake enough to function properly, Hale is ready for a nap which gives me time to get some stuff done around the house.

And speaking of longer days, it sure has been nice to enjoy some evening time outside taking walks with my boys!

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Halloween baby?

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After visiting the doctor on Friday, Kevin and I learned that the new addition to our little pumpkin patch will be arriving later than expected. An ultrasound indicated that Baby Jordan is due to arrive on or around October 27th. Sorry, Uncle Jeremy, but you might have to celebrate your birthday (October 26th) in Columbia City!

We'll be posting Baby Jordan's first pictures soon, so don't forget to check out the albums section!

Double the trouble

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Our poor little man was diagnosed yesterday with a double ear infection. Mr. Grumpy Pants wasn't being grumpy at all, just not feeling well. But Dr. B took care of him and he's now on the road to recovery. Hopefully this will be the last of the sickies for the season. Our website says it's spring, but I'm just not feelin' it!?!?!

New pictures!

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We've got new pictures in our photo album here on 348north! Check 'em out!

Baby...Oh, Baby!

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For those of you who haven't yet heard the good news, Hale is going to be a big brother! The new addition to our family is expected around the first of October (GrandBud is hoping for October 2, his birthday). Although we were quite surprised by the news, we are thrilled beyond words! We're quite certain that Hale is going to be an excellent big brother, and I am having a great time making plans for his "big boy room!"

Fruits of Labor

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Hale.jpgOn the right is a picture of Hale -- the fruit of Jill's Valentine labor.

To coincide with these pictures (including the one of Hale and Jill together), I have added a "pictures" section to the menu on the left. There are little thumbnails that, when clicked, open up a new window with a little larger version of the picture. This will be better for printing or whatever you want to do with it.

The picture will pop up without a toolbar on it, so just press CTRL-P to print it.

Don't forget about the albums section, though. That's where we'll keep most of the pictures. The menu will hold special pictures that I love to gaze at. I hope you enjoy them too.

Happy Valentine's Day

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Jill-and-Hale.jpgHappy Valentine's Day to you! I hope that you had some time today to tell the ones you love just that, that you love them. Jill and Hale had a special surprise for me when I got home from work: pictures!

Here is a wonderful shot of Jill and Hale. They are both very precious.

My mom was in on this picture party, as were our friends Shelby, Jackson & Brooks. Under the pretence of "a trip to Walmart," they all packed up and headed to Fort Wayne and the mall -- home of The Picture People.

Several hours, a few tears, and a ton of pictures later you see the fruits of their effort. I love this picture. These two are CUTE! Don't you agree?

There is another pic of just Hale that I will add later.

Again, Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Joe's Website -- New Pictures!

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m_IMG_0660.jpgMy brother Joe's website has been updated with a plethora of new pictures and a Python-powered picture tool. Sssounds sssuper!

Check out his homepage here or jump right to the photo albums.

Mama's boy

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Well, it's official - Hale is a mama's boy! Not only does he cry when I leave the room or hand him off, he now is having trouble sleeping when I don't put him to bed myself. I can't help but feel googly-moogly inside about it. I need to remember these times, because fourteen years from now, he won't want to be seen with me!

On a different subject, is anyone interested (or know anyone who might be) in buying a '99 Mercury Cougar? We've got one for sale! She's all shined up and ready for her next owner!!

Also, we've got a friend who is seeking good homes for labrador puppies, due to be born this week. If you're interested, let me know!

What is this - the classifieds??!!

New (Years) Album!

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Just wanted to alert you daily readers that we have a new picture album available. Check out pictures of Jackson and Brooks back at Aunt Jill's house, as well as pics of our New Years get-ups. Enjoy!

Poor little Hale

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Well, it finally happened - Hale's first ear infection. Poor little guy has been battling a cold and teething, and now he has to put up with this nuisance. He's such a trooper, though, giving his doctor big smiles and "helping" her manuever her stethoscope! He was so smiley, in fact, that Nurse Bonnie was inclined to ask, "Are you sure he's sick?"

I'm sure he'll be fine after a week or so of antibiotics and TLC from Mommy & Daddy. Until then...

Fins up!

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I think the stretch between New Year's and springtime is really a test of will. We get up to the darkness each morning, and eat dinner in the same. Work is... well, work.

So what can break up this monotony? Hale!!!

For the next month or two, Friday morning is swimming practice for Haley at the Huntington YMCA; Huntington is about 25 minutes away from where we live. This is the way to start your weekend, let me tell you! Other than the fact that I was the only dad there last week, it is a fun bunch of parents and kids singing silly songs and splashing about. Jill and I are both thankful we can go as a team.

One week we will remember our camera, so you can get the "real" feeling for what it is like through the pictures. Will the camera's pictures portray how cold the water was (last week)? Let us hope it doesn't have to!

31 years and counting...

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This day, 31 years ago, my incredible parents were married and thus began their lifelong journey together. I'm so proud of them! I wish I could be there to celebrate with them, and to let them take us out to dinner with them!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend, Mom & Dad!

Congratulations!!

Crawler

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While at Flip and Amy's home last evening we made a great discovery: Hale can now crawl! Before, the process was up on knees, rock back and forth, fall down on belly. Now it is up on knees, rock back and forth, and away we go!

Of course, we are very proud parents.

EXTRA! EXTRA! SEE ALL ABOUT IT!

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New albums have arrived at 348north.com. Check 'em out! They're great! They're stupendous! They're wonderful!

Enjoy...

The daily grind...

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Well, it's back to work today...for all of us. As Kevin is preparing to leave for the office this morning, I am awaiting the arrival of Jackson and Brooks. Hale is still sleeping soundly, but before too long, this house will be filled with the sounds of three young boys! It is such a rewarding (and exhausting) experience to spend the days with these little men. I am so fortunate to not have to put up with office politics, grouchy co-workers and all the other rigors of working outside the home. Thank you, Kevin, for making it possible!!

It has been a very relaxing and enjoyable two weeks of "vacation." I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Yeah for 2003! And yeah for 2-hour school delays!

All I want for Christmas...

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"...is my two front teeth." Well, that's how the song goes, but it took a few days past Christmas for Hale's first tooth to arrive, with another coming in any day now! It was just this morning that we discovered the "break through" of the tiny tooth (much anticipated, I might add) - lower right front. Kevin and I are both very excited, but I'm sure Hale is wishing that this teething business would hurry up and get over with! He has been quite a trooper, though, and seems quite proud of his "accomplishment!"

By the way -- new albums!

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Two days ago we got back 3 rolls of film (and pics on CD) and posted five new albums to the website. I went a little overboard in some places, but hey - I can't bring myself to delete pictures of that cute boy.

I hope you all understand.

More firsts...

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The holiday season has brought about a few more firsts in Hale's life - obviously, his first Christmas, but other quite exciting events worthy of mention: learning to wave bye-bye, "blowing kisses," and giving high fives! Although he is still not officially crawling, he is building up fantastic upper body strength as he rocks back and forth on all fours and scoots around. "Da-da" is his favorite phrase, as he has seemingly completely forgotten how to say "ma-ma."

Lastly, we think we're in for it - at seven months, Hale had his first sledding experience today with some families from our Sunday School class - AND HE LOVED IT! He was quick to beat on the sides of his baby sled to remind us to get it going again if we dared to stop!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all of you! This is Hale's first Christmas, and I must say: He's excited that it has arrived. So excited, in fact, that he had trouble sleeping last night and got up (way too) early this morning. No doubt, this is a harbinger of things to come.

And, Hale got a gift from Mother Nature this morning -- it snowed 4" here in Shelbyville last night. We had been dreaming of a white Christmas so we shouldn't be surprised. I hope that the purported 8" of snow a short drive away from us in Indianapolis will not keep us from lunch at my brother Brad's home today.

Well, the gifting hour approaches so I will bid one last Merry Christmas to all.

Woo-hoooooo!!! It's Friday, December 20, which can mean only one thing...the last day of work for the next two weeks (for me and Kevin, at least)! I am thrilled at the thoughts of having two weeks with my two boys. Whatever will we do to fill the time?? Well, tomorrow (Saturday, December 21) begins our round of holiday get-togethers. It's off to Dad Jordan's early afternoon, then our "Friends Christmas" tomorrow evening, where Hale will enjoy playing with his best buddies Jackson, Brooks and Ian. Then Sunday it's Mom Jordan's and the ever-growing Jordan clan; Monday is a private 348north Christmas with just the three of us; and Monday evening we'll be loading up the wagon and headin' down to Shelbyville for the traditional Ingle Family Fun Night, which will take place on Tuesday (and Wednesday and...). So as you can tell, the first part of our vacation will be very busy. But I'm looking forward to it all the same and can't wait to experience Hale's first Christmas with family and friends.

Merry Christmas to all; and to all a good break (from work)!

And they're off

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stamps.gifThis morning at around 9:00 am, 68 little envelopes of joy started a journey from a small home on North Line Street in Columbia City to locations far and wide. While petite, these envelopes pack a powerful punch of holiday cheer! Look for one in your town -- possibly addressed to you!

They're coming soon to places like Indianapolis, Noblesville, Shelbyville and Frankfort; Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida too. One lucky sole will even open an envelope arriving in Japan! (Take a left at Alaska, a right at Hawaii, and you're there.) We're worldwide.

Have a Merry Christmas, and the Happiest of Holidays.

"Great" great-grand-kids

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Taking notes from Joe, I ventured into the land of montage/panoramic photography... I'll let you decide how it went.

In my defense, Grandma has so many great-grand-kids, regular lenses just don't stretch wide enough to get everyone in.

And baby makes 8...

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Congratulations, Grandma Jordan, on the announcement of the impending birth of Baby Jordan #8! No, Kevin and I are not expecting again (not yet anyway!) - but brother Randy and his wife Jodie clued us in on the news of their pregnancy by hanging an 8th stocking on Grandma Jordan's fireplace mantle yesterday when we gathered together for lunch. Congratulations to Randy, Jodie, Tyler & Emma! Due July 30, 2003 - it will make for an interesting Jordan Family Vacation with an either VERY pregnant Jodie or a new little bundle of joy!!!

Family Picture

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kevin-jill-and-hale.jpgIsn’t this a great picture?

Jill, Hale and I arranged some time together with Uncle Buzz Arney — photographer extraordinaire — for a short shoot. This is one of our favorites from that day.

Buzz and Mary Jo (my father’s sister) live in Shelbyville, Indiana; near Jill’s parents, coincidentally. Buzz is “retired” and is an amature photographer, doing weddings, parties, and senior pictures mainly. One brisk day this Fall he worked us in. Also, Mary Jo is working on her RN degree, and is finishing up early next year. I’m very proud of her for this!

Congrats to Mary Jo for her ambition, and thanks to Buzz for the pictures!

A white Thanksgiving...

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Our bags are packed and the dogs have begun their usual fit of anticipation...it must be time to head for The �Ville! We�re looking forward to an extra-long weekend of food, fun and Christmas tree decorating!

With Hale on the verge of learning to crawl, I wonder if Nana & GrandBud will leave him on the floor long enough for him to get it figured out? Somehow I doubt it!

And what an exciting holiday for Great Grandma Louise in Frankfort - all 16 (?) of her great grandchildren will be together for Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Our Family Home website

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ryanandkaylea.jpgI just wanted to add a link to my brother Joe and sister-in-law Jeanette’s family website: http://home.dejazzd.com/jjjordan

If you haven’t been there, check out the pictures from November — including some neat ones of Kaylea and Ryan out in the leaves. Those pictures conjured up memories of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for me, a video that is a Halloween staple.

Thanks for sharing, Joe and Jeanette!

Also, the whole Jordan family is getting together at Thanksgiving later this week for the first time in many years. The Thanks-Christmas at Aunt Jan’s is going to be jam-packed! Thank you, Joe, for agreeing to drive Kaylea and Ryan all the way here from Pennsylvania for half a week, and thanks to Jeanette for skipping her return flight yesterday. It’s going to be GRRRRRRRR-EAT! (with special emphasis on the EAT!)

Turkey for me, turkey for you

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From a great Seinfeld episode, The Merv Griffin Set:

[Celia�s apartment]
GEORGE: More wine and turkey? [Pours Celia more wine]
JERRY: So when I saw George on the street with an 18 pound turkey and a giant box of wine, I thought: ... What a coincidence. We�re just about to eat.
CELIA: What is that stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy?
JERRY and GEORGE: Triptaphen.
JERRY: ... I think. Have some more wine.
CELIA: What video did you get?
JERRY: Oh, George brought home movies of his boyhood trip to Michigan.
GEORGE: Four hours.
JERRY: More heavy gravy?
[Celia is sleeping]
GEORGE: [playing with toys] Yes! Touch down! Your turn, Jerry.

For those of you who cannot (or don�t want to) picture it, that�s George and Jerry trying to get a woman named Celia to fall asleep so that they could play with her toy collection � which included a white, handheld electronic football game which we used to have. That brings me to my point: what is it about turkey that makes you sleepy?

It is the week before...

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... Thanksgiving, but I am already anticipating next week�s festivites! Our plan, as it stands, is to head to Shelbyville early on Wednesday afternoon, arriving in time for a wonderful dinner at the Ingle household.

After an anticipated night of blissful slumber we will awake to Hale, hilarity, and hospitality both there and in Frankfort - which will be our destination in the early evening. This Thanks-Christmas celebration is a yearly favorite. (Now if I can only find that perfect man�s gift.) Then back to the �ville for a night or two. It will be a great week!

MORE PICTURES????????????

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Check out our latest album entitled "One Fun Night," featuring none other than...you guessed it...Hale! We just love capturing Hale's silly smiles and other antics on film! Anyway, we hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do. Until next entry...

Yep, the rumor is true! Kevin and I decorated the house for Christmas this weekend! We are of the mind that it's never too early to begin celebrating the greatest of all the holidays. We love the way our house looks at Christmastime....so cozy! And our new paint job is making all the difference on the outside. It's not quite finished yet, but we're getting there, and we are loving the new look of 348 N. Line Street.

Happy holidays!

Our Little Turkey

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Hale's first Halloween came and went, but we have enough pictures of our little turkey to last a lifetime! He sure had fun trick-or-treating, and he will definitely enjoy all the treats he received from his friends and family! Thank you for sharing these firsts with us...we can't imagine going through them without all of you!

November is here!

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Welcome to November! (Inarguably the best month this side of December)

I wouldn't make such a big deal if November was only the month I was born, but its got a lot of other things going for it:

  • Thanksgiving officially starts the holiday season.
  • We'll put our Christmas tree up sometime this month. (tonight, honey?)
  • Ordinarily, I'd say "the first snowfall of the year," but that happened during this last week.
  • Christmas at Aunt Jan's.
  • "Free" days off of work.
  • Our house painting project gets completed. (keep your fingers crossed)
I know there is more, but that's enough right there to keep me happy all 31 days!

With Grandpa Jordan's birthday coming up in a few days, Hale decided to take him out to El Arriero for dinner. Isn't he a thoughtful little guy?!

�Feliz Cumplea�os, Grandpa!

A season of secrets...

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As the holidays approach, deception is running rampant in the Jordan household! It's the fun, innocent kind of deception that is necessary when attempting to purchase the perfect gift without being found out. Kevin and I have enjoyed this game for four years now! You would think that he would know by now that I always win, but as usual, he is trying (and miserably failing) to throw me off track.

In the meantime, Hale is preparing for his first Halloween. Keep your eyes open for an album commemorating this exciting event! ....and the goblins will getcha if ya don't watch out!

You all said it would happen, and you were right - Hale is already 4 1/2 months old and growing so quickly! He is continuously changing and learning new things. According to the "Four-month Milestone Guide" that our beloved pediatrician gave us at his most recent check-up, he is right on schedule (even ahead of the game in some categories).

Just yesterday afternoon Hale began sitting up with only the help of his boppy pillow (a semi-circular, over-stuffed pillow used either for breastfeeding or helping babies sit up)! It won't be long until we can pack the boppy away with all the other stuff he has "outgrown."

Hale is now a formula man. He made the transition easily and is guzzling about five 6-ounce bottles a day in addition to his fruits, veggies and cereal. And on top of all that, he is such a happy little guy! We couldn't ask for a better (or more handsome) baby. We love you, Hale!!

What a pair...

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What a week it has been for the Ingle family! We're so glad GrandBud is at home and recovering (you'd never know he went under the knife if you could see him now!) and stirring things up as usual! Unfortunately, Nana took her turn under the knife as well, to have a cyst removed from her posterior exterior. We knew she was going to be okay when she came back home from the doctor's office and had stopped to get her jug re-filled!

I heard Mom (Nana) say that she and Dad (GrandBud) just wanted to get themselves fixed up so they would be ready for the next 30 years together. And hence the title of this entry....WHAT A PAIR!

We love you guys!

Happy Birthday Bud!

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Just wanted to wish (Grand)Bud a happy birthday! As some of you know, its been quite a week for Jill's father - he had his appendix taken out on Monday. The good news is, as a present, his doctor has agreed to release him today. You're going home Bud!

Happy Birthday!

Kissie boy

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It is apparent that Hale is taking after his father, as he has learned at a young age to give kisses! Watch out next time you hold him - he's bound to plant a big wet one on your cheek, chin or even smack on the lips!

It's season premier week and with that comes our weekly Friends Night! Hale is excited to hang out with the boys tonight...Jackson, Ian and Brooks. What a crew!

Hale's first bachelor party??

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Yes, it's true...Hale attended his first bachelor party last night! Actually, it was a co-bachelor/bachelorette party, but Hale was definitely getting more attention than the bride and groom-to-be. As you can imagine, Kevin and I were the only ones who showed up with a kid, and we were the first to leave, but it we like to think we are setting a good example for our friends that kids like to get out of the house every now and then, too, rather than finding a babysitter at every opportunity!

To Hale's grandparents:

Don't worry - we made our exit before the REAL party started!

The REAL story...

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Actually, poor Shelby was in "pre-labor" for about a week. How soon we forget about the uncomfortable few days leading up to delivery!! She was a real trooper and we're so proud of her.

Along came a little Longenbaugh

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Tuesday night, after (a mere) three hours of labor, Shelby and Kent had a bouncing baby boy!

At 9:48pm, Tuesday, September 3rd, Brooks Kenton was born. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21-1/2 inches long. He is a little slice of heaven, with light complexion and his mother's nose. Thank the Lord for a safe and speedy delivery!

Congratulations, Kevin!

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Just wanted to share a bit of good news with you all. Kevin interviewed for and was offered a full-time position with Whitley County Consolidated Schools! Up until now, he has been working there on a consultant basis, and while that worked out well for us this past year, a regular position affords him a greater degree of job security. We feel so fortunate for this opportunity. Thank you to all who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers throughout this situation. Yeah, Kevin!!!!

Media debut...

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Thanks to Grandma Jordan, Hale and his baby cousin, Brayden, made their debut in the Columbia City Post & Mail (our local newspaper). Take a look for yourself at The Post & Mail under "Community." Thanks for putting together the announcements, Grandma! (And thanks for swinging Hale to sleep yesterday - he needed that nap!)

Ahhhh....a long holiday weekend is approaching and Hale is looking forward to visiting Nana & GrandBud. That is, if they ever get home! After two weeks in sunny Florida, they began the trek home last Saturday. Unfortunately, even new vehicles are suseptible to car trouble and they became stranded somewhere in Georgia. While waiting for replacement parts, they have passed the time by walking to a nearby Cracker Barrel, playing cards ($4 for a deck of cards - that's highway robbery!) and reading, thanks to a donation of books from Aunt Sue!

Anyway, we're anxiously awaiting their arrival home so we can visit for the long weekend. Hope you're ready for some company after your EXTRA LONG vacation, Nana & GrandBud!

Wedding bells are ringing...

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Congratulations to my good friend, Lori, and her new husband, Dale as they begin their new married life together! It was a busy weekend in Shelbyville preparing for and attending the wedding. Hale handled the festivities with a sense of ease as we shuttled him around from place to place. He got to spend lots of quality time with his daddy, as well as his G.G., Great Aunt Bon and Cousin Shelli, who were kind enough to sacrifice a few hours on Saturday to stay with him during the wedding ceremony!

It was so great to see friends again this weekend. I love you guys!! Hope to see you all again very soon!

P.S. Hale & the puppies REALLY missed their Nana & GrandBud, who are still in Florida on vacation. It just wasn't the same being at their house without them. Kevin and I missed them, too!

He floats!

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Last night was our Sunday School class party, which we co-hosted at the local pool. It was two hours of fun, which included Hale's second swimming experience - but, the first with both mom and dad. He did great! It is my hope that he remains as open to swimming in the years to come as he was last night.

Of course, last night he had no choice!

Two months and growing...

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Check out our latest pix of Hale and family. We're looking forward to some "action shots" as Hale gets older and begins moving around more, but for now, we think all these pictures of him just kickin' back are pretty cute! What do you think?

Growing like a weed...

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Hale had his 2 month check-up on Friday and just like I thought, he sure is getting big! He's weighing in at 13 lbs. 1 oz. and is 23 1/2 inches long!

I do...

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Hale had the pleasure of visiting hallowed ground this evening - we took him to our wedding site, which by the way, is for sale at the bargain basement price of $254,000! Hale seemed to be very impressed by the whole experience, so much so that he cried when it was time to leave (or maybe that was just because he hates riding in the car)!

The Indiana Jordans are looking forward to welcoming Mom Jordan back home. Kevin will be picking her up at the airport tomorrow evening and Hale is so excited to see her - I wonder if she could be persuaded to make a stop at our house before heading home??

Last night Hale got his first (but not last) bedtime story: A Snowman Named Just Bob

It wasn't the happy-movie-ending reading, unfortunately, as Hale cried through half of the story. All was not lost, however, because I think Jill enjoyed listening to the story, and I know I enjoyed reading it.

The irony was not lost on us either, sweating in the heat reading a story about a snowman. Is anyone else looking forward to Fall and Winter? I am!

Have you seen him?

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As Jill posted previously, my oldest brother Joe and his wife Jeanette had their third child on Friday: Brayden. Joe, using his new digital camera, has already posted a couple of pictures on his website of everyone - new and old.

My mother planned her trip to PA (where J&J live) perfectly, and apparently is enjoying herself quite a bit. But hurry back mom, Hale misses you!

Here's hoping everyone reading has a wonderful weekend!

It's a boy!

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Congratulations to Kevin's brother, Joe and his wife, Jeanette, on the birth of their third child! Brayden Joseph Jordan was born today at 11:10 a.m. weighing in at 6 lbs., 12 oz. and 19 1/2 inches long. Mother and child are both resting comfortably while Grandma Jordan takes care of big sister Kaylea and big brother Ryan. The Pennsylvania Jordans have made July a busy month - Jeanette & Kaylea also have birthdays in July!

Boys night in

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Kevin & Hale enjoyed their first "boys night in" together while I went shopping with a couple of friends. They have been alone before, of course, but not for an extended amount of time. But apparently all went well. Our sweet baby was sound asleep in his crib when Mommy got home and we didn't hear a peep from him the rest of the night. I guess all that playing with Daddy tuckered him out!

I found lots of cute things that I would have purchased for Hale, but his closet is already overflowing with lots of cute things from Nana, so I shopped for myself instead!! Thanks, Nana!

Well, the neighbors have finally fired off the last of their fireworks (thank goodness) and Dairy Queen has ended their holiday half-price sale (shucks). Hale made it successfully and pleasantly through his first Fourth of July! Our friends, Kent & Shelby Longenbaugh, hosted a cook-out at their house, most of which Hale slept through! Guess he was resting up for his visit with Nana & GrandBud, who came to visit on Saturday (of course, GrandBud took advantage of that half-price sale at DQ)!!

Hale took his first swim in a pool today - he seemed to really enjoy it and he looked SO CUTE in his Little Swimmers swimpants! Keep your eyes open for an album commemorating this big event!

Congratulations to Jessica, Scott and A.J. on the arrival of their three bundles of joy! Welcome to the world Isabella Rose, Arianna Renae and Sophia Irene. We're very anxious to meet you!

New pictures!

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After a slight mishap with the photos (had a bad photo that messed things up) we have added 4 new albums to the site. These include the Old Settler's Days parade, which was a fun - albeit long - event for friends and family alike.

Among the photos you may also notice our friend Jessica and her son AJ (the boy in the blue hat). Well, on July 4th AJ got an Independance Day delight: three sisters! Congratulations to Jessica, Scott and AJ! As far as we know the triplet treats are doing terrific. There are fun times ahead for that crew.

Now, let me see - three girls born a month after our boy. For Hale's sake we'll keep track of them!

Big smiles!

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Hale is changing every day, and from the looks of things, he's a happy kid! He has big smiles for us every day, especially right after diaper changes and feedings (who wouldn't be happy to have their pants changed and their bellies filled?)! Check out the new albums - coming soon - to see great pics of Hale's adorable grin...

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend! Kevin and I are looking forward to our first post-baby date, thanks to Nana & GrandBud who have given us movie tickets to enjoy. Could it be they are just trying to get rid of us so they can have their Hale Boy all to themselves??

Turning the other cheek

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It happened last Sunday, but not since - Hale flopped over twice from his stomach to his back in a spectacular show of strength and agility. Or it may have been a fluke; he hasn't done it since. Regardless, his mommy and daddy are proud of him!

Way to go, Floppy McTurnover! (aka Hale)

Growing up is hard to do...

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Hale had his one month doctor's appointment today - he is growing up so fast! He already weighs 10 lbs. 14 oz. and is 22 inches long! He's not too cracked up about getting shots, but his Sesame Street band-aid sure looked cute on his pudgey little leg! Now that is he can focus a little better, he likes to look at his mobile and other toys. He has the cutest smile, too! Can you tell we're having tons of fun with him?!

Big boy

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Well, it happened already. Our little -big- boy has moved out of his basinet in our room. Now he has his own room, and his own bed, er.. crib. Tuesday night Jill decided it was time and we changed sleeping arrangements, not knowing who would cry first. Well, it wasn't quite that tramatic, but our room did seem emptier. It was kind of sad.

We still keep an ear on him with the baby monitor, and he is doing so well. He's a cutie, no doubt about it. Any of you remember making this transition? Please tell us about it.

Lots of new pictures!

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Well, we just got two rolls of pictures developed - and twenty-two made the grade. Check out On the Porch and Firsts, Etcetera.

On a side note, I think we need a digital camera. Scanning the pictures has become a labor of love. Anyone have a digital camera that they would recommend? Post a comment and let us know about it!

Thank you

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Just want to thank all of our friends and family for their extreme generosity! Our little boy has been showered with gifts, cards, visits, phone calls and well wishes from many of you - thank you! Stay tuned for some "Hale-acious" updates!!

New look

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As of this morning, things look different around the website. The dogs weren't getting enough attention, so I decided to put a big picture of them on the top of every page. Do you think it will make them feel better? I doubt it. What has made them feel better is a visit from Jill's parents - the dogs love them! But I digress...

What hasn't changed: the picture albums and calendar are still here. Take a look.

What's new: the journal you are reading, and the archives of all past entries - of which there aren't many. You can also post comments if you want.

Have a great day!

Good sleeper

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As our house is filled with the sweet sound of a baby's cry, I am thankful for two things: Hale's naps, and Jill's hard work. I expected to be a zombie at this point - Hale is 2 1/2 weeks old - but sleeping is basically business as usual. Jill can't say the same, but I think she would say that in general things are going great!

Thanks for all the calls and visits! Don't stop!

A Boy Named Hale

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Our baby boy's vital statistics:

name: Hale Aaron Jordan

born: 8:41 PM, May 23rd, 2002 (due May 21st)

weight: 8 pounds, 11 ounces

height: 20-3/4 inches

How it happenned

With our due date passed on Tuesday, we checked into Dupont Hospital Wednesday evening and prepared for a busy Thursday. Awake at 5:15 AM, Jill began the induction at 6 o'clock. Labor began shortly thereafter. Almost 15 hours later our baby boy was born.

God did surely have His hand on the delivery as Hale came into this world.

Thank all of you who have called or stopped by. We look forward to all of you having a part of our son's new life.

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