Tuesday, September 30, 2008

She's Trying!

Looking at our blog I realized that it is all pretty much about Maggie. For the record, we do have other interests and thoughts but this blog is pretty much to show our family how she is growing. Much easier than sending huge photos via email right?

The weather here has started to cool down and we have had some perfect days! I can't believe it is almost October and Maggie is almost 7 months. The spring and summer flew by and before we know it we will have a crawling baby on our hands!! She rolls around the room and can get where she wants but has not been able to push her body weight up onto her hands and knees (chubby baby). Rob thinks she will be crawling in a week or so though-I will keep you posted!

We took Laura Leigh and baby Reed to the hospital today for his 2 week check-up (Ben had class and driving is still difficult for her). She is doing a great job and is way more brave than I was at 12 days out! We even went for breakfast at Cracker Barrel after the hospital and Reed slept the whole time-sweet bear. Maggie was her usual loud self and had us laughing the whole time. She really liked the applesauce we ordered for her (can we say sugar high???). I feel so lucky to have girlfriends who are in the same season of life as I am. We did not expect to have such a great time at FLW and I blame it all on these gals. Here are a few recent pictures of my acrobat baby-SO flexible!


uh-oh I think I'm stuck

NOT as funny as it looks-her teeth are sharp!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Faces

Introducing Maggie's new faces! Here are a few she has started to use on us recently. Katie D was lucky to see some today in the Commissary and I thought I would share them with everyone else. Surprised, Frustrated, Happy and Silly-Can you guess the emotions?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Its Fall!

It's fall in Missouri! Our favorite time! Now we just have to wait a few more weeks for October Fest and Pumpkin Patches. Here are some recent pictures of little tiny! Have a great week.

High chair fun


Thanks Auntie Megan for the cute outfit!

Playing with Elizabeth at Wednesday Lunch at our house

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Strength At Home

This is an article written a few years ago for the Wall Street Journal by Ben Stein. On this 7 year anniversary it is fitting to say thank you to all of my military friends. Most of us didn't realize how the events of 9/11 would affect our life today. Thank you for your service, courage and grace during these uncertain times. I am grateful and honored to be one of you!!

Dear Karen,

I have a great life. I have a wife I adore, a son who is a lazy teenager but I adore him, too. We live in a house with two dogs and four cats. We live in peace. We can worship as we please. We can say what we want. We can walk the streets in safety. We can vote. We can work wherever we want and buy whatever we want. When we sleep, we sleep in peace. When we wake up, it is to the sounds of birds.

All of this, every bit of it, is thanks to your husband, his brave fellow soldiers, and to the wives who keep the home fires burning while the soldiers are away protecting my family and 140 million other families. They protect Republicans and Democrats, Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists. They protect white, black, yellow, brown and everyone in between. They protect gays and straights, rich and poor.

And none of it could happen without the Army wives, Marine wives, Navy wives, Air Force wives--or husbands--who go to sleep tired and lonely, wake up tired and lonely, and go through the day with a smile on their faces. They feed the kids, put up with the teenagers' surliness, the bills that never stop piling up, the desperate hours when the plumbing breaks and there is no husband to fix it, and the even more desperate hours after the kids have gone to bed, the dishes have been done, the bills have been paid, and the wives realize that they will be sleeping alone--again, for the 300th night in a row.

The wives keep up the fight even when they have to move every couple of years, even when their checks are late, even when they have to make a whole new set of friends every time they move.
And they keep up the fight to keep the family whole even when they feel a lump of dread every time they turn on the news, every time they switch on the computer, every time the phone rings and every time--worst of all--the doorbell rings. Every one of those events--which might mean a baseball score or a weather forecast or a FedEx man to me and my wife--might mean the news that the man they love, the man they have married for better or worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, is now parted from them forever.

These women will never be on the cover of People. They will never be on the tabloid shows on TV about movie stars. But they are the power and the strength that keep America going. Without them, we are nothing at all. With them, we can do everything.
They are the glue that holds the nation together, stronger than politicians, stronger than talking heads, stronger than al Qaeda.
They deserve all the honor and love a nation can give. They have my prayers, and my wife's, every morning and every night.

Love, and I do mean Love, Ben.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Block Party

I got Maggie some new blocks today and she had a great time playing with them! She stayed interested for almost 30 minutes (she usually has a very short attention span). She especially likes to bite them and bang them together. Silly goose!

Recent Pictures

Here are a few of the troublemaker from the past week! Enjoy!

Trying on my new Halloween costume for size

Monday, September 8, 2008

Checking In

So not too much is new with the Crowe family. We had a pretty relaxing weekend. Friday night we checked out a new place to eat with the Delafield Crew (Crazy Jacks was not that great). Saturday (mom's birthday) we took Lucy swimming with Sally and Rachel and their dogs and kept track of the MSU score via Internet. Sunday was pretty laid back with some naps and a drive down Y Highway (not much to do around here-I know!!). Maggie is teething again and has had some trouble sleeping during the night but she went to playgroup this morning and enjoyed seeing all the kids. The fire drill however, she did not enjoy. We also booked our tickets for Thanksgiving in Philly after several tries and much swearing at my stupid cell phone provider. AT&T is seriously close to meeting my fist!! We will be having turkey with the Crowes and possibly spending some time with my family if they head to the east coast as well. Rachel is coming over tonight for dinner and a movie-fun!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Happy 6 month birthday Maggie Moo! We can't believe how much you have grown and how fast the time has gone. Hooray for all the amazing things you can do and the wonderful personality you are developing. Mommy and Daddy love you sooo much!!

Playing on the floor with Mommy!

If you look really close you can see my first tiny tooth.

Little Spartan

Maggie getting ready for the game on Saturday. Sad day in California but we will get them next time!!