Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Anniversary!!

Three years ago today.......
I was getting my hair and makeup done with my bridesmaids
I was nervous about needing everything to be perfect
I was getting ready with Liz, Amy, Nicole, Jess and Caroline
I was imagining my life as a married woman
I was being given away to Luke from my dad
I was saying my vows to Luke
I was watching my Unity Candle catch on fire.....really.....it actually caught on FIRE...Dan blew it out and Brent re-lit it!
I became Mrs. Spence
I was kissing my husband for the first time
I was partying with my husband and family and friends
I was trying to figure out what I was going to do when I moved to INDIANA

I kissed my husband whom I love more than ever
I am playing with my little boy
I am cleaning my great house and getting ready to remodel it
I have made wonderful new friends and still dearly love my old friends
I have a whole new career that is challenging and fulfilling
I am going on a great date tonight for the first time in months
I actually love Indiana.....but I miss Iowa
I am really starting to figure out this whole wife/mother thing
I love the life that Luke and I have created together and can't wait to see what the next 50 years bring...

A look at the adorable baptism outfit that Great-Grandma Kaiser made for Jack
Daddy saying hi to Jack after 4 loooong days of being gone (it was 11:30 at night)
He's just cute...
I LOVE my Car!!!!

Today is my and Lukes 3rd anniversary! We can't believe that 3 years have flown by so quickly, we were sitting in bed last night talking about the last 3 years....where we thought we would be versus where we are. Overall our life is pretty on track (thus far) except for our wonderful little SUPRISE Jack David.....but, we have easily adjusted into happy family mode versus happy couple mode.

I know that I haven't written much lately...I'm a HORRIBLE BLOGGER....I think about posting, but unfortunately, there is never any really exciting things going on in the Spence household. Since I last posted Jack and I have had a few playdates which are always fun. We have run millions of errands. Luke has been gone an awful lot, luckly he is home for the next 5 1/2 days!!!! We had a ROCK BAND party with the girls at Lana's house, which was SO FUN!! Jack has a little rocker outfit with guitars and skulls on it....he is SO COOL! He also got to play with his girlfriend Mattea, they were pretty good together.

Our Memorial Day was lazy. Jack and I went on a walk with Daisy and played outside a lot. We have a sun and water baby. He LOVES being outside.

Jack is starting to walk behind his push toy, he is getting so grown up. He had a doctor's appt last Monday, he is 17 lbs (5th percentile) and 28 inches (50th percentile). We're trying to fatten him up, but he is just little. He is starting to realize what food is though, and will crawl after you if you're eating something that he may want. He is also starting to get table food, which he loves. No teeth yet, however I do see 2 little white dots on his bottom gums...maybe this week. He is talking a lot and loves reading books and dancing..

Today the Spences are coming and babysitting Jack overnight so Luke and I can get away. It'll be fun, but I am already having some anxiety about it. I know Sandy and Dennis will take good care of my baby, but I'll miss him!
They are also staying for the week and helping use rip out our carpet and put new laminate wood flooring in, I am SUPER EXCITED about that. I'll be a pain while they are working, hopefully worth it in the long run!

Remember, Jack's Baptism is June 22 and 12:15....all are welcome, e-mail me if you need details. We're cooking out afterwards at my house at 1:30. Hope you can come!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Car accident and trip to Illinois

Modeling at White River Gardens
Mommy and Met playing in the water
Peek a Boo Daddy!!

Daddy and me playing in the water

Mommy loves me!
I escaped when I was getting my diaper changed....looking for the mail
My first black eye......falling HURTS!

Still modeling

Me with grandma and grandpa Spence
I LOVE my car!

Flying naked.....doesn't everyone do this?
Check out those cheeks!!

We have had a pretty busy week and a half since I last wrote. First we took a trip to the Quad Cities to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Spence. Jack was great driving to and from, so Luke and I were relieved. No big problems. We had a great time visiting with Dennis and Sandy. Jack loves his grandma and grandpa. We had a really fun time on Wednesday night and met Luke's 2 sets of aunts and uncles, plus his cousin, wife and son. And we went to Happy Joe's...which was GREAT! For some reason, they don't have Taco Pizza in Indiana.....it's enough to drive a person crazy. Haha... We were there for 2 days and then came home. Luke has been working a lot this past week, but Jack and I love his company when he is home.

We went to the zoo last week, which is really nice. We bought a zoo pass and have been using it quite a bit. It is the perfect size for a nice walk. We also visited White River Gardens and took some pictures of Jack there. Our little boy is too nosy and wouldn't look at the camera, but we got a few good shots. Jack and I have also been meeting Betsy and Noura a few times to hang out or go on walks. Last weekend Luke, Jack and I met Betsy, Andrew and Noura for lunch and then the guys watched some of the Cubs game. It was really fun and we'll probably do it again sometime.

My Mothers Day was wonderful. Actually, we went out for dinner the Friday before Mother's Day because Luke had to work on Sunday. On the way to the restaurant we got into a 3 car crash. We stopped in the Trailblazer, the 2 cars behind us didn't. Thankfully everyone was OK, but the Trailblazer has $1200 worth of damage. The other car was a Cavalier and went under our bumper. Jack didn't even notice that we were in an accident, he was playing and talking in the back seat. Hopefully we'll get the car fixed soon.

On my first Mother's Day, Luke and Jack both got me nice cards and a beautiful necklace. It is a silver heart with diamonds with a mother holding her child inside of it. I LOVE IT!! Jack was a good boy for me on Mother's Day and we had a relaxing day at home.

Jack is growing faster and faster! He is full fledged crawling now and is FAST. I can hardly keep up with him....I couldn't imagine having twins, or more! He is interested in EVERYTHING. Our house is pretty well baby proofed, but it seems like he finds new ways to get into mischief everyday. He has the greatest giggle and loves giving and getting kisses. He easily pulls himself up in his crib (and on everything). He has had both a black eye and fat lip already...apparently he is graceful like his mother. He is daring and if he falls gets back up and tries again. I think that he will be walking soon, he cruises around objects like a master. He has this adorable car that Grandma and Grandpa Welder got him, he easily gets on it and drives around the house. He can't quite get it to turn yet though, so he gets stuck sometimes. He love the animals and laughs at them so hard. He loves the water and goes straight for the dog's water bowl if he has a chance. Luke and I love being his parents and are so grateful for him. He has been starting to wake up EARLY, 5 or 6, which doesn't' work for this lady who likes to sleep in, but we're working on it.

Still no teeth!! Betsy and I always joke if our kids are acting out of character or grumpy that "they must been teething", however my kid is almost 9 mos and hers is 10 mos (7 adjusted) and are still gumming it up. NO SIGNS of teeth anywhere....but they must come eventually...right?
Last night was BUNCO night with my girlfriends. I LOVE BUNCO!!! Probably because I win almost every time we play....seriously, i've won money at every game for the past 5 games or something crazy. I love bunco night because I get to see my friends who I barely see since I quit working. It was at my friend Andrea's house last night. She just had a baby, Riley Nicole, who is a DOLL!! Jack was flirting with her, but I reminded him that he has a few other girlfriends too....he LOVES his girlfriends!

I'll try to update again soon...I'm still not very good at this blogging thing. Also, write comments if you visit, I don't even know if anyone besides Luke and I look at it.
Also, Jack is getting baptized on Sunday June 22 at 12:30. Invitations will be coming out shortly, but I just want everyone to have the heads up. You don't have to come, but all are welcome. The more the merrier. We will have a party (probaly grill) after the ceremony!
Love, Stephanie, Luke and Jack

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Park and playing outside

Squishy Face
Yo, get me outta here!
I see you
I can sit up by myself!
Blue eyed boy
I can pull myself up to stand too....don't pay attention to all of my slobber around me!

No more pictures!

We have had a fun and busy week at the Spence household. The other day Luke and I took Jack to the park for his first REAL time. He played on the slide and loved the swings. Unfortunately, we forgot our cameras, but we took some with the cell phone, we'll see if we can figure out how to download them and put the up here. They are so cute. Jack was so good. The weather has been fairly nice, in the 60's, so we have been playing outside alot. Jack is finally CRAWLING!!!! He has been "army crawling" for almost the past month, but he is now primarily crawling on his hands and knees. We are so proud of him and excited. However, he has discovered the dog bowl and LOVES playing in the water. If I take my eyes off of him for 1 minute, he is heading into the kitchen to get into the bowl. I have been having to baby proof EVERYTHING, which is harder than I thought. The minute that I think that everything is done and "safe", he finds something else. Just wait until he is walking!

Luke, Jack and I met friends for dinner one night. We hadn't seen them in awhile, so it was nice to see them and visit. Jack was good, even though it was past his bedtime. Jack and I met up with Betsy and Noura for lunch the other day, it was fun seeing them. We haven't been able to hang out as much lately, so it was nice to have some girl time. Jack and I also met my friend Jessi for lunch on Friday, which was great. I try to get out and about, otherwise we get SO BORED staying home. Luke has been gone for the past 4 days and gets home tonight, which we're excited about. It will be nice to have someone to distract Jack so I can get things done. Overall, he is still a very good boy. He STILL doesn't have any teeth. I keep thinking that they should be coming, but don't. He's eating everything though, and getting bigger.

We FINALLY got his baptism schedule, it is June 22 at 12:30 pm. All are welcome and we hope some are able to come. Afterwards we'll have a party at our house, it'll be TONS of fun! I'll be sending out invites sometime soon.

Here are a few pictures of our little man. He's getting bigger, but the outfit that I have him in is since 0-3 months......he's 8 months, just so you know.....I think that the sizing is off, because it still fits and looks cute.....oh the life of tall and skinny babies....