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    Archive for March 2007

    Spring Fever

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007

    We've been so busy enjoying the beautiful weather lately that we haven't had time to blog or upload pictures! There are a couple new pictures on flickr from the last couple of days and we hope to have a great video of Benjamin uploaded soon!

    Benjamin is just amazing. He learns so much in a day; he is always surprising us! He has always loved to look at books, but now he is very into listening to the stories. Every single night, without fail, he asks to "rock??" He really prefers it if Daddy rocks with him, but he settles for Mommy occasionally, too. He loves to have us hold him in the rocking chair in his room and read him books from his collection. We play some soft music and put a low lamp on and before you know it, he's ready for bed. Mike participated in a series of classes at IBM about early childhood literacy and development and as a follow up to what he has learned in the class, they've asked to come to the house to film "rocking time." Benjamin is joining his Mom and Dad in the multi-media-celebrity world!! Heehee.

    Grandma and Grandpa Andrews are coming up for a visit this weekend, hopefully the warmer temperatures continue! The next weekend is A.J.'s 2nd birthday and Easter, so it will be a full weekend of fun!!

    Some cute pictures

    Sunday, March 18, 2007

    Here are some really cute pictures from this weekend. We spent some time with Mike's family up in the Twin Cities. Benjamin was able to be crazy with his cousin and see all of his Uncles and Aunt as well as Grandma and Grandpa! Mike, Dan and Katie also ran the St. Patrick's Day Human Race in St. Paul. It was a very nice weekend.



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    Is it spring yet?

    Wednesday, March 07, 2007

    Winter is dragging on. Everyone seems to be looking forward to warmer weather, us included. We long to be able to hang out on our deck or let Benjamin ride his bike up and down the street while our neighbors stop by to talk. Summer cannot come fast enough!!

    The truth is that I actually attempted to write this entry once before, last week, but the program totally spaced out and I lost everything I wrote. Is there anything worse than composing a witty, informative blog only to have it wiped away?!? So, here is my second attempt:

    We enjoyed a nice quiet couple of days at home this past weekend. We were able to start our most recent home improvement project (redesigning our upstairs bathroom) and spent some quality time together playing and just hanging out. The previous week threw us for a loop with two huge snowstorms that left behind feet upon feet of the cold white stuff. Grandma and Grandpa Andrews drove up in the first of those storms and made it safely to our house Friday night. On Saturday, Mike and I drove up to Minneapolis during day 2 of the storm for the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience, which we really enjoyed. We were able to taste a myriad of beers, wine and foods from local and national companies. Local chefs were on hand to give presentations on cooking and local foods. The biggest celebrity chef there was Rick Bayless, who I had the pleasure of sitting next to as he got ready to give a talk on Mexican food and beer pairings. I talked to him a bit, but unfortunately Mike was somewhere else tasting foods, so he missed out! Grandma and Grandpa were able to stay an extra day to be at our annual Oscars Party and also to accompany Benjamin and I to music class on Monday! It was a treat for us all.

    Here is a video that G&G took of Benjamin reading aloud (notice how he keeps looking up to make sure that he's being watched!).


    Of course, we are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Boston in April. Mike will be running the 111th Boston Marathon and has been training for the past few months.

    Grandma and Grandpa Schmitt will be visiting us this weekend. I have class on Friday and Saturday and Mike has a big training run scheduled for Saturday morning, so we will be quite busy. Next weekend will mean corned beef and cabbage for us!! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!