To Clark’s Daddy

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Bob is a wonderful dad!  He loves Clark so much and it melts my heart to see the way he looks at him.IMG_0175

 

It is adorable when he says, “Look how cute we are!”DSC00107 DSCN1144

 

He loves to make Clark laugh!  Even if it’s by doing something mommy hates! (Most recently, Clark loves when Bob holds him up and spins him to make him dizzy!)  DSC01957

 

I think most of all, I appreciate that Bob takes care of us.  He works hard and sacrifices for us.  He is teaching Clark how to really be a good man!  A man of God.  I’m so thankful for that.DSC03061 DSC01986 DSC02888

Clark is lucky to have such a great role model and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful partner in this whole parenting thing!  I think we are a pretty good team and we’re doing alright!noname

With the holiday coming up, I have been getting so frustrated that I haven’t come up with the perfect gift to express how much I love and appreciate all that Bob does as a father.

I think he’s hard to “shop” for when it comes to gifts.  Sure, there are things he needs and maybe a few out-of-my-price-range treats that he would love (uh…hello new golf clubs!).  But when it comes to something really special and meaningful, it’s hard to surprise him.  I did get him a gift that I know he’ll appreciate and in addition, I’ve decided to (try) to keep the nagging to a minimum this weekend and let him just relax and watch TV or do whatever he wants.

Bob, I just want you to know that Clark and I love you so much!  You are a great dad and I hope you enjoy your holiday!!

“A righteous man who walks in his integrity – How blessed are his sons after him.” Proverbs 20:7

Easter

Two weeks late, but finally…the Easter post!

We spent Easter in Pittsburgh with Bob’s family.  It was a really special weekend since our niece was baptized AND Bob’s sister shared some exciting news!!

However, it was an exhausting couple of days!!  We stayed with Bob’s sister, Leslie and her husband, Kev and because of traffic issues on Friday night, we didn’t get in until a little after midnight.  Clark slept the whole drive and must have thought it was morning when we finally got there because he refused to go back to sleep until we brought him in to bed with us!  Not fun!

Saturday we woke up pretty early to take care of Bruno and then went to Bob’s parents’ house for breakfast with a bunch of the family.  Which also included our sister-in-law’s family (her sister and brother-in-law and their 2 kids).  Bob got to spend most of the rest of Saturday at a Penguins hockey game while I was on baby duty with a kid too exhausted to take a nap!!  At least I was in good company!

Saturday night, Bob and I got some adult time with some high school friends of his for a couple hours while grandma and grandpa put Clark to bed on the dining room floor.  (not joking, he passed out on a blanket and was more than comfortable there until we brought him back to Leslie and Kev’s house)

Sunday came with so much to celebrate!!

The Julius family has an easter egg hunt tradition.  This was the first year that I’ve experienced it AT the Julius house.  Here’s how it goes:

  • Each kid gets assigned a color egg to look for.  You only collect your color! 
  • Once all the eggs are collected, we open the eggs to find numbers inside.
  • The numbers coincide with our gifts.  For example, if your egg has number 3 inside, you open the gift marked #3!
  • There’s also special multi-colored eggs that have candy or some other kind of treat inside.  Those eggs are anyone’s game!

It’s really a TON of fun!!  Plus, I was lucky to participate after an unfortunate incident of accidentally posting pictures on Facebook of my mother-in-law that she had not pre-approved.  :-/

After the hunt, we all had breakfast, took some pictures and got ready to head to church.  (Bob, Clark, and I headed back to Les and Kev’s to let Bruno out first and Clark took that opportunity to catch some ZZZ’s)DSC03110After the church service, our niece, Taylor Rose, was baptized.  I can’t think of a more perfect day to perform this sacrament than the day we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation!!  And it was so sweet to have so many family members there to witness it.

We headed back to Leslie and Kev’s to pack our things and pick up Bruno, then went to Bob’s parents’ house again for a huge Easter lunch with most of Bob’s extended family.

When the aunts/uncles/cousins/etc. had left, I insisted we get a Julius family picture.  This was the first time all of us were together since Taylor and Clark were born.  There were a few complaints, but I think everyone is glad we did it!  Right?!?

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Back: Kevin, Leslie, Earl, Mary, Brian, Jason, Taylor
Front: Bob (with Clark), Kara, Lauren

 

We drove home that evening with full bellies, full hearts and REALLY tired eyes!!  It was a wonderful weekend!

…And who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.  Romans 1:4-5 (NIV)

1-Apr 3, 2013

Better Late than Never…

I know January is already half-way over so it’s kind of late to be saying…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

But, there, I said it anyway.  Our New Year’s Eve was pretty lame.  The thing is, we can’t even blame it on being parents because we haven’t gone out for New Year’s for the last few years!

3 years ago, we went to our dear friends, Marc and Katie’s apartment to ring in 2010.  It was just the four of us. We had dinner, played some Wii, watched the ball drop and went home.  Low key, just our style.

The following year was our first New Years in our house.  Since our upstairs bathroom was newly finished after it’s “gut-job”, we decided to paint it, and our dining room that night.  We even technically missed midnight that year.  Oops!

At the end of 2011, I was hugely pregnant and there was no way I was going to spend New Years eve with people who could drink while I waddled around trying to find new ways to stretch my lower back.  Bob and I got crazy here at home and worked on a puzzle on our dining room table (whose walls were beautifully painted exactly a year prior). 🙂

This year, we had the same plans.  My sister came to stay with us so that she could go out with some friends down in the city.  Bob passed out on the couch probably 45 minutes after she left (maybe 10pm?).  I woke him up in time to see the ball drop.  We toasted with the same flutes we used at our wedding.

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Cheers!
Waterford flutes – wedding gift from friends!

I’ve never been one to make resolutions for the coming year because I am well aware that I would break all of them come February (or sooner).

I do have some goals in 2013 for myself, the blog, and our house.  Hopefully I can see them through.

BTW, My baby boy turns ONE next month!  WHAT?!?!  How is that possible??  photo-10

I’ve had a theme in mind for his party since day 1 and I can’t wait to work on food and decorations for the big day!

Can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us!

Christmas Stuff

Merry Belated Christmas!!

I can’t believe today was the last day of 2012!

We spent the holiday in Florida with Bob’s family, but before we left, we had our annual Christmas Party.  This was our third year hosting it.  (The first year we had only been moved in to our house for a couple weeks and our upstairs bathroom was completely gutted except for the newly-installed toilet.)  But, it’s always such a good time.  Our recurring theme: “Ugly” Christmas Sweaters.photoMy brother, Sam and sister, Ellen.

photo-3Me and Bob’s brother, Brian. TWINSIES!!

Some people went rogue and wore footie PJ’s.photo-2The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Leggett!

Some people were lame and wore regular clothes :-)!ry=400-11

The future Mr. and Mrs. Bergdoll

Another tradition at our party is the white elephant booze exchange.  photo-4Unfortunately, I did not end up with this humongous bottle of wine, BUT…my sister did!

We also play another game.  Last year it was Minute-to-win-it Christmas games.  This year it was Christmas Pictionary.  Bob was the “game administrator”.photo-5Some more pictures from the night:ry=400 ry=400-7 ry=400-6 ry=400-5 ry=400-2 ry=400-1

 

Clark spent the night at my parents’ house, but we got our baby fix from these cuties:

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The night ended with a dance party in the basement.  It was such a fun night!  We already can’t wait until next year!!

In other Christmas news, this little guy was the star on our Christmas Cards this year.  So much cuter than Rudolph, don’t you think?DSC02673He didn’t look so cute/happy when he met Santa.  Apparently, bearded, jolly, fat men are not his thing:2283104578_001He cried so much, he made Santa upset!2283104578_003Thanks a lot, Clark.  I lost a bet with the photographer for this!

Christmas in Florida meant Clark’s first time on the beach:photo-7photo-8He loved it!  He also loved trying to eat the sand.  I guess that was to be expected…

Overall, we had an incredible Christmas season.  We couldn’t have asked for a better first Christmas with Clark!

I’m sorta sad that the year is over :-(…

Happy New Year!!!

Survey Says…

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I feel okay doing Christmas-y stuff.  My little sis is coming on Wednesday to help me decorate the house.  We did it last year together so it’s sorta becoming an annual thing!  It’s so fun.  We will put on Christmas music and drink hot cocoa while we deck the halls.

While we were home for Thanksgiving, my mom gave us all a survey to fill out.  Their church’s youth group is holding a Christmas Family Feud and we had a lot of fun answering the questions.  I thought it would be fun to put the questions up here and see what kind of answers I got.

Use the comments section to answer.  And remember, there are no wrong answers!

  1. What is the most frequently returned gift?
  2. What is the most common type of Christmas tree?
  3. What is the most common Christmas dinner main course?
  4. What is the most watched Christmas movie?
  5. What is the most common Christmas candy?
  6. What is the most common type of tree ornament?
  7. What is the most popular Christmas cookie?
  8. What is the most difficult decoration to set up?
  9. What is the most common Christmas Carol/Hymn?
  10. What is the most annoying Christmas song?
  11. What time do kids get up on Christmas day?
  12. How tall is the average Christmas tree?
  13. When do most people take down their Christmas decorations?
  14. How much does Santa Claus weight (pounds)?
  15. Name a Reindeer besides Rudolf.

I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers!

Fa la la la la…la la la la!

Thanksgiving

Tis the season to be thankful!  Here are some of the things that I’m thankful for:

My redemption in Jesus Christ and the church that God has led us to here in Baltimore.  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” Eph. 1:7

My husband, Bob and our marriage.

Our son, Clark!  BEST BABY EVER!!

Our home

Our awesome friends (pictures would probably be inappropriate :-))

Our parents and siblings!

We left on Wednesday night to head to my parents’ house.  When we got there, we were greeted at the door by my niece!!!

HUGE SURPRISE!  My sister and her family live in Memphis and weren’t going to be coming up for the holidays this year but because of work bringing my brother-in-law up next week, they decided to come a few days early and surprise us!

So thankful to be able to see these cuties hang out with each other!

Our Wild Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday!  Seriously, you can’t beat costumes and candy!

Disclaimer: This post has a LOT of pictures!

So much to talk about…

First – We get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood and since I had to take down my electrical tape spider web when we got our new doors, I wanted to put a little something else up to welcome them.  Another spider web.I did it by just using small command hooks (so they didn’t damage the paint on the brand new doors) and twisting string around them to look like a web.  Then I just hung the spider in the middle.

Easy Peasy.

Next up – Pumpkins.  We each got a pumpkin from Weber Farm a couple weeks ago, but we totally procrastinated on doing anything with them.  Let’s start with Clark’s pumpkin.I have mentioned before that I hoard keep tissue paper from gifts so I am always looking for new projects to use it.  I got my inspiration from this blog and this blog.  Here’s how I did it:

I traced Clark’s foot onto a “template” of cardstock.  Then used it to cut a bunch of feet from white tissue paper.

To apply them to the pumpkin, I brushed it first with Mod Podge, put the foot on top (upside-down to look like ghosts), then brushed the top of them with Mod Podge, making sure to press down the edges.

Then I cut out B’s and O’s (using cookie cutters) from purple tissue paper and applied them the same way I did the ghosts.Last, I used a black marker to draw two eyes and a mouth on each ghost.

I love it!  I turned out exactly how I was hoping.Bob and I just painted our pumpkins.  They aren’t our best work, but we had fun with it.Clark loves playing with all three of them!Speaking of Clark…

His costume was Max from Where the Wild Things Are.  We dressed him up while we handed out candy and he was such a trooper.  Adorable right?!?!

I “made” the costume out of stuff we already had.  The only thing I purchased was his tail (a pair of socks from the dollar store that I stuffed with a kitchen towel).

Bob and I were stick figures.

I can’t wait till Clark can remember this holiday!  I hope he loves it as much as I do!

Happy (Belated) Halloween everyone!

I’m already planning for next year. 🙂

 

A Webby Welcome

Halloween is going to be here soon!!!  WOO!  I’m sooooo excited!!  I LOVE Halloween!  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, spooky decorations…

So let’s talk about decorations.  I don’t go “all-out” when it comes to decorating for any holiday.  I wish I could, I just don’t have the stuff.  But I like things to at least look festive so I work with what I have.

I saw some really cute ideas on Pinterest with ways to decorate your front door like this one:

Or this one:

 

So I came up with a little something of my own.

What you’ll need:

  • a door
  • black vinyl electrical tape
  • scissors
  • a spider (I got mine from the dollar section at Target)

I started with 5 support lines.  I made mine off center.Then I made the web by cutting smaller pieces of tape, starting in the middle and working my way around in a circle.Basically I kept working until I ran out of tape.  I ended up having to cut that bottom support line shorter.Then I just taped the spider I got to his web.  I just laid the pieces of tape right over the tape that was already there.  I also made sure to keep the peep hole uncovered. (One time I got reprimanded by our contractor for covering it with a wreath.)Finished product:View from outside:It was so simple and I love it. (minus the dated storm door)

And it kind of matches the spider web on our mailbox.Yes.  That is a real spider web.  Gross, I know, but we figured it fits the whole Halloween theme so we don’t have to clean it off until November, right?!?!

**I used the electrical tape because it’s black but also because it won’t chip the paint off the door when I take it down.  If you have a black or dark colored door, frog tape would probably look really cool.

Now I need to get our costumes together.  Clark’s first Halloween!!!!  Did I mention I’m excited?!?!?!

 

Clark’s first Fourth

Enjoying the air conditioning inside on this hot day.  Here’s our little man sporting his red, white and blue.DSC00896

Minutes after this photo was taken, we had a wardrobe change due to a mega-diaper…

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Good thing we had a back-up onsie!!

Happy Birthday America!!  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday and staying cool!

Sail-abrating Father’s Day

Bob is such a great dad!  I knew he would be.  He takes such good care of us.  But at the same time, he’s still a kid at heart.  The three of us have so much fun together.  It makes me laugh whenever I hear him yell from another room,

Kara, come look how cute we are!  Take a picture.

It’s true that usually they are ADORABLE together.  Case in point:

They are two peas in a pod.

Bob wanted a pretty “chill” day.  I woke up and made him breakfast.  Hungry Man’s – his favorite.  Eggs, Bacon, English Muffin.  He opened the gifts and cards from me and Clark and we headed to church.

Bob had agreed to work at the Sailabration at the Inner Harbor for a few hours so we decided to get lunch and go down there early to walk around for a bit.

First stop, lunch at Chipotle.  Always a good choice!

The harbor was pretty crazy but we found parking in a garage.  Good time and place to teach Clark how to drive.  That’s always a fun father-son bonding experience.  Even at 4 months!

How cool are these sand creations?  They were huge!

We had about an hour and a half to walk around before Bob had to work the M&T tent.  Let me tell you…that was plenty of time.  It was cool to see all the tall ships and occasionally the Blue Angels would fly over head but it was über crowded!  As big as the Harbor is, you were pretty much forced to just move along with the crowd.

Clark and I walked around a little longer after dropping Bob off at his tent but it was so hot and crowded that we decided to just head home and pick up Bob when he was finished.

Bob finished early and when he called, he said he was just going to start walking because the Harbor was going to be so crowded. He just called me every 5-10 min. to give me an update of where he was so I wouldn’t pass him on my way in to the city.  Crazy guy walked almost to Johns Hopkins University!!  That’s like 3 miles!!

We were all so tuckered out from the long, hot day that we crashed when we got home.  Family nap for a couple hours then off to bed early.

It was a great day!  Bob- Clark and I love you so much!  We are so lucky to have you!!  Hope you had the Father’s Day that you deserve!