Monday, June 27, 2011

Doctor Updates!

Ethan and Ella had a doctors appointment today and are both doing well. Ethan had his first eye exam and he wanted nothing to do with it. They said with what he did he has 20/25 vision. If he actually tried I have no idea what it would be. He also did a hearing test and had the same amount of interest in that too. Ethan now weighs 28 pounds (25%), his height is 37 1/2 inches (50%).  His blood pressure is 108 over 58 (who knew they did this for 3 year olds?!?) and his BMI is 14.1 Ethan also had to get some medicine in his leg today. He was not so fond of his shot. Ethan had a very rough day today, just too much going on with too little sleep and not recognizing he needed to eat more. Tomorrow is another day. :)

Ella was awesome at the doctors office! She listened well and did all the things the doctor asked her to do. Ella is in great health. She is 21 pounds (25%) the same she weighed at her 12 month appointment. Ella is a big eater but she also plays really hard. The doctor is not worried all as she watched Ella play and climb all over the room. She is 31 1/2 inches tall (80%) and her head is 18 inches (49%). Finally, her head is catching up to the rest of her body. Ella had 3 shots on her little legs today, but only cried for about 30 seconds before she was distracted by the butterflies hanging from the ceiling. Yea big girl!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


 Ella going potty and loving it!

 If only this was a every day occurrence.

Ethan flying. This is an every day occurrence.

Mmmm... blue frosting. Ethan was helping me make his blue cake for his birthday party. Ella helped out too. On Ethan's birthday, he requested to go to a play land. We played, ate noodles and ran around. He had a great time that ended with an ice cream cone. That night, Daddy took Ethan for french fries. What more could a 3 year old ask for?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Busy Times at the Krueger's

Lots of things have been going on at our home this past week. Thank goodness all of them have been wonderful. We put up two new swings in our yard and the kids couldn't be happier. Now we have 3 swings to choose from and one Mommy and Daddy can use too. After renting a power washer, we have cleaned everything possible outside with it. Those things are fun :) We have planted a garden full of vegetables I am trying hard to keep up with this year. Those 5 foot thistles in the raspberries are just a hoot(insert sarcasm here).

Ella has two new teeth. The first popped through on Monday, June 13 and the second on Wednesday, June 14. She is now up to 9 teeth total. Ella has many new words including cookie, Brick-o(Briscoe), mine, Moweeee(Molly), pease(please), peas, Eeeeee(Ethan) and chise(cheese).

Ethan went to the dentist for the first official check-up today. The first time he went to see the dentist, he had lost a tooth in a tricycle accident. Ethan was a little apprehensive, but I told him he could wear Spider man and he was cool. Overall he did a great job. He was even able to bring home a blue tooth brush and a sucker. Ethan has also been a great helper and just an overall sweetheart. Lots of random hugs and kisses for all, including his sister.

Monday and Tuesday, Lily played with us all day and the kids were able to go to Lily's Wednesday night to play too. Tim and I went to the Twins game that night and finally got to see them win in person this year. Thank goodness. Allison and I went on the Bridesmaid Pub Crawl for Operation Glass Slipper. This organization helps to provide dresses and accessories for prom to those who could not otherwise afford to go. All you need is an old bridesmaid dress and a wristband. What could be more fun?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Please Pray for the Shannon's Tragic Loss

Please read below about a family both my brother and I knew well in high school and beyond.  Pray for them as they work through this tragic loss.

Ryan Shannon's family hopes he's remembered for so much more than the window-washing accident that took his life at 25.
Bob Shannon wants his son remembered as much more than a window washer killed in a tragic accident.
Ryan J. Shannon, 25, of Roseville, was identified Sunday as the man who died Friday when he fell from the roof of a St. Louis Park apartment building, where he was working with a window-washing crew.
Shannon's energy and passion for music were his defining traits, his father said Sunday. He recalled what happened when the family bought Ryan an electric guitar when he was 12. "A big light went on," he said.
Ryan learned to play it, along with drums, banjo and piano.
Ryan Shannon grew up in Roseville and graduated from Roseville Area High School in 2004. He'd recently earned a two-year degree/certification from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In addition to working as a window washer, he was an admissions counselor for Record Now, a recording arts school in Falcon Heights.
Shannon's latest project was a band formed with friends last year called the Wize Bison.
His older brother, Bobby Shannon, lead singer for Wize Bison, said the band mostly did rock covers, but Ryan had started to write original songs. "He was a big rocker -- he had so much energy, so much spirit," his brother said.
Both as a child and an adult, Ryan Shannon also loved to play soccer, his family said.
To earn extra money, he'd been cleaning windows with the Squeegee Squad for about a year, his father said, adding, "Window washing was just something that he did to make a few bucks in between his music."
At 2 p.m. Friday, Ryan fell from the roof of the eight-story Knollwood Place Apartments in St. Louis Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled his death an accident. An investigation continues.
Joe Antonello, owner of Twin Cities Squeegee Squad franchises, said in an e-mail Sunday, "We are deeply saddened by Friday's tragic accident," calling Shannon a "highly esteemed" employee.
Services are tentatively set for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Church of Little Canada, with visitation to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Roseville Memorial Chapel.
Shannon is not the only Twin Cities area resident to die in such an accident in recent times. In September 2009, Bryan Prairie of Plymouth fell to his death at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Six months earlier, Jacob Jennings, 20, of Coon Rapids, fell to his death while working as a window washer in Bloomington.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ella is 15 Months Old Already!

Ethan and Ella helping to clean up after Mommy frosted the cake.

A day at the zoo with Janelle, her mom, Alexis and Marek. Ethan is checking out the chickens.

 Now he turned into one.

 Riding one too.

 Now he's got Ella doing it too!

 Switching up the animals.

 Ella too.

Hanging out on the tractor. This was when they told us to go into the buildings as there was an animal loose. Shortly after they informed us that we could leave the building, but to stay clear of the Northern Trail. It was only after we left did we know that the wolf was loose and that he was killed. So sad. Janelle and her mom suspected it was the wolf as they were just inside the wolf building and something looked a little odd.

Ethan was in the water just long enough for me to take this picture.

 Stroller time. Ella is deep within thought.

 This was the third time we visited the tigers while at the zoo. As some of you know Ethan likes to be a lion which quickly turned into a tiger. Ella does the growl now too. What goofballs!

 So BIG!

 Ethan is Spider man.

Action shot. This was pure luck taken at 6:30am. He has been "Piderman" all day.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day

 That is quite the look Ella. Eating watermelon at Grandma Betsy and Grandpa Rick's camper. 

 Ethan and Daddy chillin' in Grandma and Grandpa's camper.

Ella playing golf.


 This picture was actually taken a couple months ago in Lily's room. What a little stinker, but to be fair it is the one thing in there that is close to her size.

If you look closely, Grandma Betsy has a tail...

 and ears.

 Happy 6th birthday to Miss Lily!!!

Ethan and Lily playing with one of Lily's birthday presents.

 Dark skies made us think rain was coming, but the umbrellas were mostly just for show, thank goodness!

 Golfing in the yard.

Ella walking to the park with Grandma Betsy and Daddy.

Happy 6th birthday to Lily! We had ice cream cake and balloons. All the kids had a great time. What a wonderful weekend!

 Big kids riding their bikes.

Lily and Ethan playing catch together.

Ella enjoying the spinner thing at the park. 

A BIG thank you to Auntie Allison for bringing her camera and remembering to use it to get all these great photos! What a fantastic weekend!!
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