Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas card picture

Oliver looks so cute in his santa suit. This was his picture we used for our Christmas Card.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christy family picture time

Every year Mindy's family takes a family picture. My how the family has grown. You can see Caleb in the bottom row holding the famous "dial-a-plate." It seemed as if every year we all lined up for pictures and someone had to make the plate with the year on it. So, Larry welcomed himself into the family with the dial-a-plate. You can rotate the last digit in the year. What a genius. Props to Aunt Lori for remembering where she puts it every year. Just glad I am not responsible for keeping it.


Aunt Christy and Oliver walk down the steps to see what Santa has delivered. Were they good this year?

It sure looks like they were good. Santa wraps each person's presents in a different colored wrapping paper. By the looks of things, it appears that Santa is not wasting any time spoiling Oliver!
Here he is laying in all the presents!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Picture People

We took Oliver to the Picture People to have his pictures taken. Perfect timing for Christmas presents. Won't the grandma's be so excited! This is Mindy's favorite picture of him.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Annual Christmas Dinner

Every year all of our friends get together for a big Christmas dinner. This year Amanda and Steve hosted it. We are going to need a wide lens by the time all of our kids go to college.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Helicopter Santa

Larry's work hosts a children's Christmas party every year. All of the children eat pizza and cookies and run back and forth on yards of loud bubble wrap. The highlight of the day...santa flies in on a helicopter! All of the kids get an opportunity to sit on santa's lap and they even receive a present to unwrap.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

2 months

Oliver is two months old today! Look how much he has changed from his one month picture. Wait until month three!

He loves to smile!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas tree hunting

Larry is cutting down our Christmas tree. We walked all over the tree farm with our friends in search of the perfect one and finally found it.

Mindy and Oliver all bundled up. Oliver is dressed up in his snow suit, except there is no snow. It was really cold though! The baby Bjorn is wonderful to carry him in. Mindy has two free hands to work with.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Oliver's first Thankgiving. This picture was taken at home before we left for Indiana to spend the holiday with our family. Larry loves to take pictures of us!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

IU vs Purdue

should I finish? Who ever would have thought the Hoosiers would pull through and beat Purdue! Mommy was so happy! Daddy wasn't. Neither was Bob, Kim, Steve and Amanda...

Oliver is so excited that Indiana is going to a bowl game this year. Better yet, he is excited that they beat Purdue! Okay, maybe Mindy is excited, but lucky for him...Aunt Christy bought him this awesome onesie! Uncle Kevin...we might need a Purdue one soon!

Larry always says Boiler up. Mindy thinks it should be Hoosier Up!!

Mindy sent this email to all of her friends who wanted Purdue to win. Larry decided to modify it with his computer and redistribute the email. What was he thinking? Smarty pants!

Friday, November 9, 2007

1 month already

This is Oliver at one month. We hope to take a picture like this every month to see how much he changes over the year. I think we will be surprised!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Mindy, Oliver, Ryan, and Steve trick-or-treating. They were both pumpkins!

Baby's first Boo! Oliver doesn't care much for hats, but he was a trooper and wore this for a few pictures.
This year Oliver had two Halloween costumes. He was a pumpkin and a monkey. He looked adorable in both of them!!

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Every year Mindy's family has a pumpkin carving contest. Everyone creates a pumpkin (carved or decorated) and then grandpa votes for the best one. This year we dressed Oliver in his Halloween costume (which just happened to be a pumpkin). Unfortunately grandpa didn't know that he was part of the contest. We all think he should have won! Congratulations to Nick. His hamburger pumpkin won. Maybe next year Oliver will get the trophy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Meet my family!!

Grammy Pam (Mindy's mom)
Papa John (haha) Grandad John (Mindy's dad)

Grandma Sharon (Larry's mom)
Grandpa John (Larry's step-father)
Aunt Christy
Uncle Kevin
Mindy's grandmother, Lois

Mindy's grandparents Herb, Juanita, Mindy's mom Pam, and Oliver Larry's grandmother Elenora

Larry, his grandfather Bob and Oliver

My first vacation!!

Mindy and Larry's friends from high school at Laura's wedding. We had such a great time!

We traveled to Indiana for Laura and Judd's wedding. We wouldn't have missed it. Oliver is 17 days old. It took us 20 hours to get there. Everyone was excited to meet and hold Oliver for the first time!! He didn't even make a peep during the wedding ceremony. whew!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My first stroller ride!

Oliver went for his first stroller ride around the neighborhood. He seemed happy the entire time. When we got home, I took his carrier out of the stroller and sat him on the counter top. I couldn't believe the grin that he was giving. I had time to grab the camera and snap this picture of him. He looks like a little man, not a 15 day old baby.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First doctor appt

Oliver had his first doctor appointment today. Everything looks good and the doctor says that he is growing well. He has gained XXX ounces and grew XXX inches. He loves to eat!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Ready to go home

Our Happy family. Sophie is so excited to have Oliver home. She doesn't know what to think of him quite yet, but I can tell she is going to be very protective.

Daddy is driving us home. I think I am going to like my carseat!

All bundled up in my blanket. I wore a white collared t-shirt with a baby blue embroidered airplane on it. Grandma bought it for me because she said it reminded her of daddy.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


He finally has a name! We have chosen the name Oliver Karl.
Mindy has loved the name Oliver since she was 3 months pregnant. It took some definite convincing on her part to get Larry to agree. He really likes it now! We chose Karl after Larry's father who passed away when we were in high school. We hope that he will grow to know his grandfather, whom he will never get to meet. Now we can finally call him by his name instead of baby boy! He fits his name perfectly!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hospital Visitors

We were so lucky to have so many of our friends visit us at the hospital.

Amanda, Steve, and Ryan

Dave (Katie was on travel)

Jackie and Rebecca. Mindy's friends from work.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Photo Shoot

Mommy, daddy and baby boy

Look how tiny his little hand is.

All swaddled by daddy. Daddy definitely listened carefully in childbirth classes. He is the best swaddler!

He is finally here!!

Our family has grown by two feet! Our precious baby boy has finally arrived!

Baby Boy
October 9, 2007
7 pounds 10 ounces
21 inches

We are so excited that he is finally here!! Our little guy was due 10 days ago. We went to the hospital Monday morning to be induced and after 26 hours of labor, he finally decided that it was time to join the world. He is perfect in every way. We are so blessed to have him in our life. We are still deciding on a name. Stay posted....

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Baby's room

Crib with "vintage airplane" bedding, I just love it!

My big belly. Larry wouldn't let me in the
room when he was painting, so I had to sneak in when the paint was dry. Speaking of paint, Larry was "thrilled" with the colors and design I picked out. He tried to convince me not to do the stripes, but ended up being a wonderful husband as usual. It took a lot of time and planning, but the end result is awesome!!

The room is almost ready for our little guy. The curtains are being shipped and the wall decorations still need to be put up.

I really hope they are right. What will we do if it is a girl? I guess she will like airplanes!!!