Monday, December 21, 2009

Bjorgaard's 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Eric aka Cosby & Me

Not Family just came in off the streets.
Chris wears lady sweaters!!!

Char & Randy played it safe with these sweaters.

1st Annual Bjorgaard Christmas Sweater
Contest Wiener!!!

St Louis Park Bjorgaard's
Family shots the kids will be proud of one day!!
Cheri, girls, and Daisy the dog.

The Hopkins Bjorgaard's

So this year I thought it would be fun to do an ugly Christmas sweater contest. I checked a couple Goodwill's store and didn't find anything good. I ended up getting mine on EBay but it just wasn't good enough.
Chris and Deb hit Ragstock and found the mother load. They ended up with full festive outfits not just sweaters. So next year I'll be hitting up that store for a good laugh and a sweater.
It was pretty much unanimous and Deb was crowned the wiener of the 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. The winner recd a traveling trophy (didn't get a picture of that) and a Caribou gift card.

I think the pictures tell the story!!

Bjorgaard Christmas come early

Chase in his Christmas p.j's and new golf game.
Opening Gifts! Adults gift opening. The dice game.

Chase opening a gift. He gets it this year.

The (7) nieces and nephew.
We celebrated the Bjorgaard Christmas a week early this year. Eric's sister Cheri and her girls came down from TRF on Saturday afternoon. I decided since next year I'll be a tired mother of 2 I would host the Christmas this year. Dinner turned out great and there is still ham left over.

The kids enjoyed opening their gifts (after doing the dishes). And the adults played the dice game. The most wanted gift this year was Best Buy gift cards.

Winter Chase

Eric styled his hair that morning!

I thought this one was funny. Doesn't look like he has legs.

4-5 year old hat!!!

Chase is loving the chance to go outside in the snow. He doesn't mind putting on the gear to go outside. I think he enjoys wearing the hat. Here's some shots of him with his hat and gloves. (had to buy a 2nd hat since the first one was too small) I think this one is a 4-5 year old. He also loves wearing my boots around the house. I haven't got a chance to get out in the snow with him yet. Hopefully after Christmas. I did buy him a sled and shovel now to entertain himself while out there.

Grandpa Mike Vists

My dad came down last week to spend some time with Chase. He had a couple days off so he brought down my Christmas dishes (just in time) and did a little shopping himself. Not sure what they did during the day but here's a couple shots of them putting a leaf into the table. Chase liked hanging out under there so much we might have to turn it into a fort this winter.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chase's Turkey hands

On the left 2008 Turkey/Right 2009 Turkey

Chase and his Turkey friends (19 months old)
Picture of us from last year. (7 months old)

Last year for Chase's 1st Thanksgiving we made a Turkey out of his hands and feet. We did the same again this year. And there has been a little growth. He didn't quite double but close. Here's some shots of Chase and his Turkey's.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Parker, Chase, and Addy enjoying their movie

Aliyah enjoying her fudge puddle treat!

Addision and her sugar cookie
O.k. so I'm a little behind on my posts. And I'm a bad mom because I didn't take any photos of Chase on Thanksgiving Day. We spent the whole day in Hastings at Char's house. Great food and a very nice relaxing day.
I was going to get up for early Black Friday shopping but never got out of bed in time (Eric had to work at 8). Chase and I ventured out mid-morning and we were able to get the deals I was looking for. Thank god for the dum dum sucker the lady at Kohl's gave us while waiting in line. Chase looked like a smurf when finished with it but it kept from any melt downs while in line.

On Saturday Chase and I along with Sarah, Addy, and Parker drove down to Rochester to visit the Alby's at her mom's place. For the 2nd year in a row I've went down there and we did some Christmas baking. Krista and Sheryl had everything thing bought so we went to work right away. The kids played well together and Chase loved their clock and by the end of the day had Addy saying "Clock" like him. We made fudge puddles, some kind of chocolate thing, and sugar cookies. (I made my batch a little thin so they turned out more like sugar wafers than a sugar cookie)
We watched the Rislov kids on Saturday night and all went well with 3 kids. They all played very well but you could tell what kid has never been to daycare. He took pretty much every toy away from Addy but she just moved onto something else.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Baby News!!

So most of you already know but I figured I would put word out there for those that don't. We are expecting another little one come May. I'm 16 weeks and at my appointment yesterday everything was good. We figured let's get this kids stuff out of the way and also figured Chase needed a playmate. (He's not a huge fan of Fonzie and feeling is mutual)
My due date is May 19th but I'll be doing a c-section so will be going earlier than that. Our next appointment is the ultrasound but we won't be finding out the sex again. So at least we will have some surprise come May.
I'm doing much better these days. I was a mess most of fall. From the sickness (all day long) and no energy. I can tell you it was tough to work all day and than go home and be a mom. Not like the first time around when I spent my nights and weekends on the couch all day. But bouncing back quickly. Just in time for Christmas!!! I'm starting to show and won't be long before maternity clothes will have to come out.
We are looking for names as right now we have nothing. I'll be sure to keep everyone in the blog world posted on the latest news.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Last Day of Vacation

We decided on our last day to hit the ocean for a dolphin cruise. It was just us and the captain on an hour and half cruise. For most of the trip we seen other boats and snow crab traps. In the last 10 min Eric spotted a dolphin along side the boat. I thought for a second I won't see him for myself but the captain turned the boat around and found the little guy. The dolphin followed in the waves of the boat. Giving us a little show. Jumping and turning around in the water. It was a great ending to a great vacation!!
Thanks to Jack and Patty for letting us stay at your great place. It was perfect and such a great location. We hope to bring others with us next time to help fill the place up.
Chase did better on the flight home. He slept for almost an hour so that was a nice treat. Not much room for a highly active little boy. We arrived back to MN at 4:00 pm on Saturday. Now it's back to real life dishes, laundry, and work. Thankfully it's only 3 days for me this week.
Here are some photos from the dolphin cruise, the Bjorgaard's at the beach, and Chase (his fav new toy his bus) and I on our last night out for dinner.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beach Days

We have spent the last couple days of vacation at the beach. Chase gets us up early each morning and we eat breakfast and play on the deck. Than around 10 we head to the beach. He's really enjoying playing in the sand, running in the water, and kicking a ball around. It's not crowded so he can run free!

We head back around nap time have a bite to eat and than take naps (Chase and I do at least). Eric rented a scooter one day and drove around the island looked pretty darn fun but no room for a baby on those things. We have also found some parks too so we have checked those out a couple times. We mostly head out for dinner and end the evening with a swim in the pool.

Can't believe this is our last full day already. Tomorrow we are doing a dolphin cruise before heading back to Tampa to the airport. Back in Minny around 4:30 tomorrow.
Here are some shots from the last couple days. The parks, mini golfing (he didn't get this ideal), Eric's scooter, Chase burying Eric in the sand, Chase kicking the ball around, and a shot of our mornings on the deck.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Busch Gardens-Tampa Bay

We decided Monday morning to head up to Tampa and go to Busch Gardens. Since it's only an hour drive we figured it would be better than the 2 hour drive to Orlando. Since we have a little one there wasn't much riding going to be happening. There was plenty of other things to see at the park. A lot of different birds, tigers, zebras, and other things you don't find in MN. Chase did really well all day. He mostly naps for 2 hours in the afternoon but he decided to nap on the 40 min train ride we took around the park to see the animals. It worked out perfect. The only melt down was when we went to the 4-D pirate show. We thought he was getting scared so we walked out but I guess he wasn't scared because once we left the tears came a flowing.

Chase mostly enjoyed chasing all the birds around the park. But our other favorite was the white tiger. He was right at the window for us all to see. I put Chase up by the glass to get a closer look and he got scared. It was pretty funny.

We stayed at the park until close which was 6. We had a bite to eat and than headed back home. Chase even stayed up for the hour drive home. He did so well all day long!! I'm sure he slept extra hard that night. I know Eric and I did.

Here are some photos from the day at Busch Gardens.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Vac Day 2-Sunday

We had the nice fortune of Chase sleeping in on the official 1st full day of vacation. We are thinking he was a little jet lagged. We spent Sunday morning looking for sandals for Chase. You would think it would be easy to find sandals down here but we had 2 strikes against us. It was early Sunday morning nothing was open and the kid has wide feet so what we did find really didn't fit well. We found something for a temp fix.
Sunday of course means football to many (not me). So Eric's boss told him of a bar a couple blocks away that would put the Vikings game on for him. So he headed there (he even walked there) and Chase and I headed to the back yard for a little pool action. But even with the warm sun the pool was to cold. So we kicked some beach balls around for a while and than Chase had to take a nap. I took the opportunity to lay out and catch up on some gossip magazines. I fell asleep in the sun after about 10mins of reading my magazine. No burn or tan though. Darn sunscreen!
Eric returned from watching his game and took a nap. Chase and I headed to the beach for a little sand fun and to catch the sunset. The sunsets around 6 here which is 5 MN time. So that sucks it would be nice to catch a little more sun each day. We had dinner at home and headed out for some ice cream. A nice relaxing day!
Here is Chase poolside kicking around his ball. My pool side music entertainment. (no longer a band and drinks now a kids toy and juice). Look Chase spelled his name out in the sand!! Chase and the sunset and Chase and I on the beach.