Friday, July 3, 2015

Nomadic Children

Happy 4th of July!


We have officially hit
a due date for one of our children...
and still no baby.
Due date was July 3rd.

Walking in the parking lot to get some food - cute family selfie holding hands.

Ali was 2 months early,
Jake 6 days early,
and
the soon-to-be
will be determined at a later date.

Meanwhile,
Jake seems to be showing signs
that he knows a change is coming.

He has completely
undone any sleep habits we
instilled in him.
He used to sleep in his bed all night.

2 months ago, however,
he started getting up 2-3 times a night.
Now he wakes us up and
he sleeps on the floor in our room.

Tonight we locked our door
so he could not get in there.

What does he do?


Wish us luck world
heading into the world of 3 children
where we go to zone defense
and let every man fend for himself.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ruidoso Memorial Day

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We had a great vacation at Ruidoso, NM
during Memorial Day Weekend.



We are thankful for the many
that made the ultimate sacrifice for
our freedom.


The biggest highlight probably was...

Ali got to ride a 
PONY!!!



The night sky from Ruidoso from our condo.


The views during the day.



We also went to Ruidoso Downs to
watch some of the opening day races.

The kids were enthralled.





Jake with Grandpa Westenhofer


Ali, as always, holding
Uncle Allan's hand.


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Earlier in April we also went to
the March of Dimes walk
to submit our money that we earned
from raising money for our 5th year.

On the way
Jake showed us some dance moves.


The walk was in Albuquerque, NM.
And there was a large group of walkers.
It sure was cloudy and cold
and
it started to sleet a little.



We have raised over $5000 total
over the 5 years we have walked for the March of Dimes.

We are so grateful that our daughter survived her premature birth,
and
we hope the donations submitted can help
support more premature babies like her.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

5k and March of Dimes

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Thank you so much for all that have donated
for the March of Dimes!!!

We have raised over $2500 over the past 5 years.

The Insane Inflatable 5k
was really fun.



Thanks again to everyone that has participated
and helped us reach our goal.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Bowling and Burgers

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For Valentine's we went
Bowling.

Granted it was on Thursday
and not
on Valentine's Day,
but it's all the same...
right?

Well, the bowling alley here
has a small grill,
which normally in most
bowling allies...
it's not amazing.

However,
This one had one special burger the
chef makes from scratch.
(or at least he said he did).
12 different chiles,
ground up,
with homemade pickle slices,
and pepper.

The result:
The Pepper Burger.


It was
AMAZING!

To give credit where it is due...
it was my idea.

As for the total on the points
from 3 games:


To give credit where it is due...
I won.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

It's a Boy!

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An ultrasound was done
Friday,

and it's a BOY!


He was laying down on the placenta,
head on it's side and arm along the placenta.
Like a body pillow for him.

He did not feel like moving at all
during the ultrasound.
Sound asleep.

We are so excited for this 3rd baby of ours.
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Jake Haircut

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Jake finally got a haircut.


Here he is with his long curly-curly hair.


He did really good for his first time.




The final hair-do...


The next day he sported his new hair cut at church,
and
he found a new way to worship at church...


The kids continue to grow
at a rapid pace, 

and

they always bring smiles
to our growing family.



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Friday, February 6, 2015

March of Dimes - 5th year

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Every year we share this story
for a number of reasons
which we will share later.

Ali was born

October 27th, 2010...



She was born
11 weeks premature.




She weighed 2 lbs 6 oz.


The hospital was not able to confirm
what caused her premature birth.
They suspected a possible infection

She started off with help breathing for 24 hours
and then was quickly able to take her own breaths
She then used a nasal cannula
to get increased oxygen.


She was tiny and fragile.
We went to see her every day
for the next 2 months while
she was in the NICU.


Jodi holding Ali's hand one of the many times visiting her.

This was a hard time for us
and a time for prayer.

Looking at these pictures
bring back difficult memories and feelings;
however, it reminds us of the
humility,
faith,
and trust in God
that helped us through the time.

Since Ali's birth
we have honored Ali's fight to survive
through the March of Dimes.


We walk for her
and
we walk for the future children yet to be born.

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick.

We ask
families,
individuals,
caring parents,
hopeful parents,
and others
to donate at least $1.00
in honor of Ali.

To date, we have raise
$2,004.00

 Our March of Dimes Page

The March of Dimes
helps moms have full-term pregnancies
and research the problems that threaten the health of babies
like in Ali's case,
prematurity.


Our 5th anniversary of
raising money...
we will be doing a 5k.

The Insane Inflatable 5k
in Lubbock, TX.

Our goal is to raise
$500

If that goal is met
Adam will wear a captain american shirt

with...
matching tutu for the race.


ALSO,

This year we will be giving out a prize
as a thank you to the many
that donate to our team each year.

For every $1.00
we will put in 1 entry for a

FREE photo session -

for family, couple, senior pictures, or individual
by Adam Westenhofer.
Enhanced/Edited photos on CD to make prints to your desire.
**Must be in Clovis, NM and surrounding area to be eligible for this.**
Only participants in this area will be entered to win.

So help us raise money for the many children in need,
and see Adam run in a Tutu.

DONATE HERE AT THIS LINK: March of Dimes

Share this blog page and story on Facebook
and help us raise money for the cause.

Come join us for the 5k in Lubbock as well.


Read more about Ali's story and the day she was born: 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Snow...

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Snow melted...

And then it came back.



Jake got out and played in it this time.





We made a small home for
"animals" (snowballs)
to go in.


Ali drew a picture
of Daddy in the snow.



Ali is still funny.
Like here she was wearing her glasses
during lunch time, and
while holding her orange she said,
"It's a PUMPKIN!"

She wears her sunglasses to peel her orange so the juices don't squirt her in the eyes.

She also wanted pancakes tonight.
We asked her what kind of pancakes.
She said colorful ones.
So that begged the question, what kind of color.

Well,
she said blue.

Therefore...


Jake is very active.
You will see in the next picture a nice
skid mark on his head from outside.

He also has decided to start eating lots of
bananas lately.

He was nice enough to share tonight
with his mommy too.




Have fun in everything you do.

When you get snow...
play in it.

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