Omi and Ogo

Every time the first grandbaby is on the way, the future grandparents decide what they are going to be called.  So starts a series of conversations on which ones are “too old sounding” or “not me.”  This is what my parents did during my sister’s first pregnancy.  My dad starting  joking around about how the baby should call him “Oh Great One.”  Now if you know my dad, this does not come as a surprise! =)  My sister and I jokingly said, “Oh, and they can call you Ogo for short?”  May I remind you that we said that JOKINGLY!  But he wrote back saying he loved it!!!!!  My sister and I were shocked!  How can we expect our children to call him that?!?!?!  Then my mom joined in saying she needed something cool too.  We talked and talked about what could possibly go with Ogo…then she found it.  My mom is German so as she was looking up names; she found what she was looking for…Omi.  Omi is German for “Grandma” so it work out great!  So now, we have Omi and Ogo and we love them!!!!

Unfortunately, Omi and Ogo live in Nebraska so they don’t get to visit us as much as we all would like so the time we do get to spend together is very very precious.  Omi was able to visit when Camille was two weeks old and it was love at first sight.  Ogo and Omi came out for a week this past summer to spend some more time with us…well mainly Camille =)  We were able to see them this past Thanksgiving and will be able to see them for my brother’s wedding this March. 

This past week, Ogo came to visit!  He works for York College in York, Nebraska.  He travels all over talking with alumni about what’s going on at York. There were some alumni here in our city and he got to come out here to visit with them.  The choir was also performing close to us, so he was able to see them as well.  He was able to stay a couple of nights and spent some time with Camille.  We were lucky to catch a bit of it on tape…


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Year in Review

Since I haven’t updated on “family life” since September, I figured I’d give a quick summary of October-December!  Here we go!

Unfortunately, the month didn’t start off very good.  Camille came down with a nasty stomach flu.  It hit her pretty hard.  We ended up having to take her to the hospital for dehydration and thank God that was all!  She recovered quickly after getting some fluids in her, but I can honestly say I never want to have to go through that again.

But on a more joyous note: we celebrated Camille’s first Fall season and Halloween!  We took her to a pumpkin patch, fall festival, and trick-or-treating!  She made not have known what was going on, but we had fun! 🙂

Camille turned nine months in November!  Wow!  The wonderful Libby Barker Photography took her pictures and they turned out wonderfully!  Libby has taken our pictures since pregnancy.  I highly recommend her!  We love you Libby!

We also celebrated another milestone…Camille’s first airplane ride!  We traveled to New Mexico to stay at my sister’s house.  My side of the family all met there to celebrate what we’ve called “Thanksmas.”  We celebrate Christmas every other year with my family…the years we don’t, we get together at Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, she got sick before we left (104 fever!), so for most of the trip, we were dealing with her, but it was good to see my family!

December proved to be a very busy month for our family!  Between Christmas shopping, parties, and family…it seemed that December just flew by!  We tried the Santa picture…did not go well!  But we got the classic crying baby with Santa picture!  It was also Camille’s first Christmas and she saw snow!  A Christmas miracle!  New Year’s was spent with our favorite people…our small group.  What a wonderful way to end 2010…Here’s to 2011!

New Year New Goals

I’ve fallen off the tracks and that is not okay.  It has been too long since I’ve written something and it makes me sad.  So many times I have thought of things I want to write about and I don’t.  That is going to change.  The premise of this blog will remain the same, but I will write more about my journey as a wife and mother.  I hope you will still enjoy it!

New Year’s Day brings about all sorts of resolutions in people.  I think it’s always a good idea to do this, and my husband and I do…just a little different.  Every year, we  sit down and write down our goals.  These aren’t just any goals.  There are several different categories that we use to help us think over what we want from our life in the next year.  The categories include career, family, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual.  It may seem like a lot, but it challenges us to think about all the different aspects of our life and see how we want to improve it and us.  I always enjoy doing this every year.  This year, we’ve decided to hang our goals up in our bedroom so we will be sure to see what we want to accomplish this year.

~ One of my career goals is to keep up with this blog.  Now you may not think of this as a career, but I disagree.  My career is being a wife and mother and this blog is about that adventure.  An adventure that I love.  An adventure that I’m learning more and more from every day and I love it!  Why not share it?
~ One of my physical goals is to lose the rest of my baby weight (and more) =)
~ One of my spiritual goals is to find a bible I love and to be more in the Word
~ One of my family goals is to be more domestic (yes, still) =)

Why do I share these examples with you?  To keep me accountable!  There are obviously more and these are just a few I felt like sharing.  I encourage you to do the same thing.  Make a list with the categories listed above and think about what you want for your life.  You don’t have to fill out every category, but at least try! =)

It’s a new year and I’m a new (and rejuvenated) person!

Here’s to living out your goals!
Here’s to 2011!

Just a few pictures from the past couple months.  Hope they bring a smile to your face!