Kate Eloise

Written by Jeff on July 6th, 2014

Kate Eloise Anderson arrived on April 28 at 10:38 am. She was 7.01 lbs and 19 inches. And she came into the world with a bang! I was one day overdue and woke up early with strange pains. You would think that this being my third baby I would know what labor felt like, but no, we are learning that with Kate nothing is comparable! Jeff went to work and I got up around 8 to make coffee. In the middle of getting a filter out, my water broke! Again, something that never happened in early labor with my boys, so I was again pretty confused! After calling the doctor I decided to get Jeff home to drive the 45 minutes to the hospital. The boys were excited, not so much about baby sister, but that they got to spend the day with their friends! After the long car ride, we arrived at the hospital at 10:15 am (note her time of birth!) I was checked and told I was at 4 cm, but from there things are blurry. The nurse basically jumped on top of me, hit an emergency button, and I was rushed to the the operating room. Turns out I had a prolapsed cord, which means my cord was presenting before the baby’s head through the cervix. If my labor progressed any more, oxygen and blood would be cut off to baby, so an emergency c-section was necessary. Jeff got to hold and snuggle baby Kate first since I was in recovery for a few hours getting stitched up and waking from the anesthesia. The whole experience was quite a shock, but we could not stop counting our blessings and thanking God for the timing and decisions leading up to that morning with her. Our original birth plan was to have a natural birth, waiting at home as long as possible. But since my water broke so early our plans changed- thank goodness!

Kate is an absolute blessing, and such a sweet girl. The boys love holding her and trying to “help” out as much as possible. She has already gained 5 lbs at her 2 month check in. She is smiling and coo-ing more each day. We are a lucky, blessed, happy family of five.

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Movin’ on up - to KANSAS!

Written by Jeff on July 6th, 2014

Well its safe to say we are settled in Kansas just in time to start thinking about our next assignment.  The first few months here have been great other than the bitterly cold weather we arrived to in Jan that lasted thru the end of March.  My school with the Army has been going great, I’ve meet some fantastic Army officers and I’m learning a lot about how the Army works but also very thankful that I chose to join the Air Force.  We are right in the middle of the school year and getting ready for a summer break and then we’ll finish up in December.

Charlie and Luke are doing great.  Charlie finished pre-school a few weeks ago after meeting some great new friends and did really well in school.  Next year he’ll start Kindergarten!  Crazy!  Luke got to enjoy some quiet time with Mom while Charlie was in school and he’s getting ready to start part time pre-school next year.

We’ve been trying to stay busy and enjoy Kansas as much as we can during our short time here. So far we’ve made it to Legoland, a couple of Royals baseball games, and the Schilterbahn water park.  Charlie enjoyed a brief t-ball season this spring on post, and swim lessons at the YMCA. The post pool has kept both boys busy too with weekly trips after my class is done and on weekends. We’ve also enjoyed being so close to Pa Andy and Grandma Mary, making several trips to see them.  The boys love going over to their house especially since each trip ends with chocolate ice cream for all the boys (which I also, throughly enjoy).  There’s plenty more on our calendar for the rest of our time and we’ll be sure to post about it all!

Our next post will be about our most exciting event yet, the arrival of Kate Eloise!

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Fall 2013…a little late

Written by Elizabeth on May 5th, 2014

We wanted to finally catch up here on our website…since it has only been 8 months since our last post! We enjoyed our last few months in Utah, and as you can see in the pictures, we tried to visit our favorite places and cross off the last ones we’ve been wanting to see before we left for our year long adventure in Kansas. Some of these things included- camping in an RV for the weekend (check out the picture with the stars!!!), going up the gondola again at Snow Basin, Jeff completing his first 50 mile run (AMAZING HUH?!), going to our baby shower where the host (my awesome friend Dawn) revealed to US that we were having a baby GIRL, a trip to Arizona to hang with the fun and fabulous Uncle Mark & Aunt Mauri, Charlie’s last day at Montessori school, Christmas lights in Ogden with the Shaw family, and ending it all with a bang…a trip to Chicago & South Bend to see Jeff’s brothers and their amazing wives & kiddos before settling into life in Kansas. Whew! Enjoy!

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Time flies…

Written by Elizabeth on September 1st, 2013

It’s true, time does fly when you are having fun. And lots and lots of fun was had this summer. Our “little” babe Luke turned TWO. Seriously, where did the time go??? Charlie turned 4 a few days later, so in between we squeezed a fun little neighborhood birthday party for the boys. They were spoiled with toys and gifts and cake and candy. Good times! Mid summer Jeff ran the Epic Relay. He was on an Ultra team, which meant the same milage as last year (205 to be exact) but half the team members (only 6!) The team did a relay from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY. We turned this into a mini vacation by renting a cabin inside the Grand Tetons National Park and exploring the area for a weekend. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We look forward to returning to the park when the boys are older so we can kayak, hike and bike ride. The hot air balloon festival returned to Antelope Island this year, so we went to see the balloons launch early this morning. We made it a date by inviting our neighbors, our good friends The Shaww family. Their kiddos, Boomer, Hannah & Cameron, have become family to us. They are all my boys talk about, and Charlie is just convinced they are moving to Kansas with us in December. That is going to be a tough move for all of us, but we are grateful for this “bonus” time we have here in Utah with them this fall. After the launch, we decided to finally take a drive up Francis Peak to a weather station that we can see from the highway near our home. We attempted this drive two summers ago when we first moved here, but the road was shut down due to a landslide in the spring. Now that it is finally opened, we decided to take the drive before the snow hit. Enjoy the pics!

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Little Travelers

Written by Elizabeth on September 1st, 2013

We had a great spring, and yes, we are aware it is almost FALL. What can we say? Life is busy when you love to travel & explore new places & things! We were very lucky to celebrate Jeff’s grandfather’s 90th birthday in Kansas City with his family. “Pa Andy” as we call him, had a wonderful birthday surprise. Family from all over the country came to wish him a happy birthday. Since we will be moving to Kansas this winter, we took the opportunity to explore Ft. Leavenworth and the surrounding area. We are excited for our next adventure.

Our sweet Reagan was having a rough spring and finally passed away in April. She was the best dog a family could ever ask for. We got her one lucky spring morning in 2006, and later that day Jeff proposed to me on Navarre Beach in Florida. She was the beginning of our family. Reagan turned 14 years old this past December. She had a good, long life and we will always cherish our memories of her.

My parents traveled out from Boston for a week long visit in May. We had a quite the time traveling down to Zion National Park together and also exploring Bryce Canyon for the first time. Charlie is eagerly planning a trip to travel on a plane and go see Grammie & Supa in Massachusetts…

Other fun things we did this spring included a visit to the Salt Lake Zoo, dinosaur park, a local fair, neighborhood block parties (yes plural), hiking, swimming at Pineview Reservoir, and my first triathlon. Definitely a good start to the summer!

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TGIS- thank god it’s spring!

Written by Elizabeth on April 7th, 2013

Finally the snow has melted and we are enjoying the great outdoors again. We are all happy to be outside playing with neighbors, going on walks/ runs and bike & scooter rides. Jeff & I have really appreciated our little cul de sac, and now as a parent we truly understand why people long for a home on a dead end street. Luke & I visited Charlie’s class for a small Easter party. As you can see, Luke was really enjoying hanging with the big kids. Our neighborhood organized an Easter egg hunt for the children. And as the pictures show, our small street is not lacking in the kid department!!! The boys had fun exploring their baskets on Easter morning, especially their egg shaped cake pops. After Easter, Jeff & I got to splurge on a kid-free getaway for a night to Park City. We met Jeff’s Uncle Mark & Aunt Mauri for a day of skiing, shopping and eating (lots of yummy eating!) while the kids hung out with our favorite babysitter. We all had a great time and are looking forward to our next vacation as a family coming up soon!

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Christmas, snow & the first ER visit

Written by Elizabeth on January 30th, 2013

We have had a great holiday season. Jeff had a well deserved two and a half week vacation in mid December. It was fun to lay low and relax as a family. On Christmas morning we were all spoiled by friends, family and good ol’ Saint Nick. As you can see the big hits of the day were Charlie’s digital camera, new busytown cars & trucks, pretend phones, dream lites & a four story police station/ fire house. After the holidays passed, the snow began. I would say we have had about 35 inches of snow since Christmas! Charlie has been asking lately why the snow is not melting, and when he does see the faint glimmer of the sun he starts talking about going to the splash pad and park. Poor guy! We have a long winter ahead of us; what a change from last year! Jeff finally decided on a new truck and the boys are loving driving around with him every chance they get.

Charlie had his first trip to the ER after the now famous “bowling ball incident.” The little guy had his finger in a splint for almost 2 weeks and to anyone that asked what happened, he would respond with this exact word for word statement, as loud and fast as he could: “Thebowlingballsmashedmyfingeropenandbrokeit!!!!” He is a trooper, after dropping a bowling ball on his index finger, he received 4 stitches and broke the tip of the bone. He is slowly healing, though if you ask him it is not any better because “it isn’t white like my other fingers.” Included below are some family portraits we had taken just before the snow hit, thank goodness! Hope you are all staying warm!

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Catch up

Written by Jeff on December 16th, 2012

It is almost Christmas and we have a lot of fun pictures to post before we overload this page with our holiday activities. In this set of pictures we have our own garbage truck and garbage man to show off. Charlie was very insistent that he wanted to be a garbage truck for Halloween, so Jeff & I did our best to create a realistic truck for him. We were pretty proud of the final product and Charlie even won first place in the base costume contest! Luke was sporting quite the mullet for his costume, and we finally decided it was time for his first haircut. As you can see in the photos, things started well, but took a turn for the worst rather quickly. His cut turned out really well though and we will probably try to trim it at home next time. We have had a few snowfalls and the boys have enjoyed building snowmen, sledding and playing outside with the neighbors on our dead end street no matter the weather. Enjoy the rest of the pics, and we hope everyone is having a good holiday season!

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Hello Fall

Written by Elizabeth on October 27th, 2012

It is hard to believe, but Charlie had his first day of “school.” We enrolled him in a two day per week preschool program at a nearby Christian school. He loves his teacher, “Miss Lexy” and is enjoying being one of three boys in class room full of 15 kiddos. He is learning letters, numbers, a little writing and also memorizing bible verses. His independence is blossoming, though at home he is still my little shadow. We have been enjoying the fall colors by taking quick trips on weekend mornings through the mountains. It’s amazing that this beautiful landscape is 15 minutes from our home! Enjoy the pictures which include a school field trip to a local farm where we picked our own pumpkins, went on a hayride and enjoyed the hay bail slides over & over & over & over…

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Goodbye Summer

Written by Elizabeth on October 27th, 2012

It is hard to believe summer is over. We had a great time exploring and taking advantage of all Utah has to offer since this was most likely our last full summer here. Enjoy our pictures of from August and September. We explored a few new lakes in the area (Trail Lake & Pineview Reservoir), the Ogden farmer’s market, a hot air balloon launch, a nature center, and The Museum of Ancient Life.

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