So much for blogging more. As indicated in the previous video we are expecting a baby due to arrive in May. I’ve felt like I was in survival mode for the last several months with extreme morning sickness and then back pain started in. This blog became a very low priority but I’d like to get at least one post up before this baby arrives in just a few weeks.
We had another triple birthday party for the boys back in August with a Lego theme and everything was awesome. We had friends and family come over for food, cake, games, and a balloon drop. Oliver, Isaac, and Augustine had a great day and we are so blessed to celebrate their lives!
We had been talking about making a trip to Disney World for several months but for one reason or another it kept getting pushed aside. In April, we finally decided to make a trip happen before Augustine turned 3 (because he’s free) so we booked a trip to go the day after school wrapped up for the year.
Around Easter time we told the boys we were going to Disney World with Mickey outfits and their Magicbands. They were not very surprised by the announcement since we had been hinting/talking about Disney World in front of them for weeks prior, but they were very excited. We had them watch some videos of Disney World rides so they had an idea of what they were in for.
Anna joined us for the trip and we left at 4 am on Saturday May 18th to get to Orlando.
We made a couple of stops along the way and arrived just in time for the vigil Mass at the church that David and I met for the very first time 9 years ago!
We got to our hotel with enough time to brush teeth and go to bed. The next day we checked out of that hotel and checked into our Disney World resort suite where we’d stay for the next 4 nights. We brought all our bags to the room and then caught the next bus to our first park of the trip: Epcot.
Augustine was too short to ride a lot of rides at the parks but they had a rider swap option that allowed for one adult to stay with Augustine and the other adults took Isaac and Oliver on the ride and then switch. That meant that on most of the rides Oliver and Isaac got to go twice, which they loved. Up first was Test Track, which ended up being one of the favorites of the entire trip.
We went on a couple more rides and then went to have a character lunch. This was the only character meal that we did on our trip. While eating lunch, characters will come around to the tables to interact and take pictures. The boys enjoyed seeing Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale, but that also meant not a lot of eating took place.
We did a couple more rides after lunch and then walked around the World Showcase before heading back to the resort for dinner in the room and getting to bed because the next day was going to be an early one.
Day 2’s Park was Animal Kingdom and we had the ability to get there early before the park officially opened. This time ended up being spent in line for a Pandora ride that only Oliver was tall enough to ride and I think that set the day off on the wrong foot. Oliver got sick of standing in line and Isaac and Augustine got bored waiting to go to another ride. After lunchtime we were able to all enjoy the Safari ride but the boys were hot and tired so we decided to leave this park by mid-day so we could enjoy the resort’s pool.
Anna offered to get the boys dinner at the hotel and put them to bed so that David and I could go back to Animal Kingdom for dinner and the evening lights and water show.
Day 3 was spent at Magic Kingdom. This was the park that Augustine could ride most of the rides so we did a lot of them.
We were wiped out by suppertime so we again headed back to the resort for food and swimming.
Day 4 was spent at Hollywood Studios. We really wanted to let the boys see at least one of the night time shows so we planned on only staying until lunchtime and then took an afternoon rest at the hotel.
After a nice break we felt rested and ready to return to the park for another couple of rides, dinner, and then Fantasmic!
The morning of our last day at Disney we packed up our stuff and checked out of the resort. We then spent our final day back at Magic Kingdom.
We spent the morning on rides that we hadn’t been on from the first day and then in the afternoon we went back to some of the boys’ favorites. Before leaving Disney World we let the boys each pick out something from the gift shop.
It was a hot trip (but it could have been hotter). The parks were crowded (but they could have been more crowded). All in all it was a really great trip. The boys had the best time and ask all the time when we’re going back (not for a very long time). I’m so glad we were able to make the trip happen. It was a great way to start the summer and when we got back home we were able to take it easy until the summer birthday season began!
Below are pictures that were taken either by Disney Cast Members or on the rides themselves.
We decided that along with having a newborn, Oliver starting preschool, throwing a huge birthday party (next blog post) and David traveling for work we should also do some home improvement projects. Thus the reason for the absence on the blog. Since Augustine was born we’ve ripped up carpet in the dining room and “Big” room, laid tile in the dining room, painted the dining room walls and trim, created a doorway between the play room and big room, painted trim in big room, and laid laminate in the big room. Still to go: ripping up carpet in the playroom, painting playroom walls and trim, laying the laminate down, and building/installing a barn door for the new doorway. WHEW! I’d say we are about halfway done, maybe more but probably won’t be completely done for a few more months. I’d like to write a separate post on the updates when they are all finished but below is a video of the almost finished dining room and the start of the doorway. (Taken a few weeks ago) David has been working tirelessly to get these projects done. I have helped where I could but mostly just try and keep the boys out of his way. I’m looking forward to when everything is done and I’m sure David would agree.
Augustine is getting to be so smiley and I love it. He’s on the verge of laughing making little “ha’s” here and there. He sleeps pretty well at night, going for 5 hours to start before waking up. I put Augustine in the super seat just after hitting three months and he seems to enjoy sitting up and looking around. He also seems to be more okay with sitting in the car seat. He is our most content baby so far, only getting fussy when hungry.
I had every intention of writing a post in the next few days regarding being close to my due date and wondering if everyone had guesses on when baby’s birthday would be. I figured I’d complain a little bit about still be pregnant and uncomfortable and just wanting to meet our little one. I made similar posts with Oliver and Isaac around 40-41 weeks.
Instead my post today is to announce the arrival of Augustine Matthew Riederer. He surprised us all by arriving almost two weeks before his due date on Sunday June 12, 2016 at 5:52 in the morning. He’s are smallest baby weighing 7 lbs 3 oz and is 20.25 inches long. Every time I look at him I change my mind on who he looks more like. At some times he looks like Oliver and other times he looks more like Isaac. Take a look and decide for yourself.
Augustine (pronounced a-gus-tin) is a mellow baby so far and we are all adjusting to our family of five.
Spring is in the air. With that comes seven birthdays between both of our families to celebrate, some serious yard work to get done, and two boys who are keeping us on our toes every second of the day. Instead of trying to make several separate posts to include all of our spring time happenings I’m going to condense it down to one and throw a bunch of pictures at you. Enjoy.
Here we are only a couple of months away from Isaac being a year old. Isaac has another tooth, making that 7 total. Just a few days before turning 10 months old Isaac stood on his own, it was only for a couple seconds but he was definitely standing without support. He’s done it a couple of times since but still only for seconds at a time. Isaac continues to eat anything in sight and most people who see him comment that he’s “huge” He’s a big boy. I’m pretty sure Oliver weighed the same amount at one year that Isaac did at nine months. Isaac loves to get into whatever toy Oliver is trying to play with which can get Oliver just a little annoyed. We are working on sharing and taking turns for both boys. There is nothing new to report on Isaac’s sleep habits aside from slightly better day time naps. Each month proves to be more difficult to take his pictures so we’ve got some real winners to show you.
I wanted to get up at least one more post before the 40 days of Lent begins this Wednesday. We have chosen to give up internet for this time so there’s no need to check back here until Easter. Isaac is starting to scoot around, mostly backwards, and likes to plank. Isaac continues to not be very interested in solid food, especially when it’s pureed and spoon fed to him. He seems to be more aware of specific people. He loves watching Oliver play and entertain him and lights up when I walk into a room. Isaac still wakes up several times at night and is happy with cat naps during the day. I hope that in his 8 month post these things change. Poor Isaac had a cold on the 11th so he wasn’t feel great during the photo shoot. Prayers to everyone for a blessed Lenten season.
My brother Derek and his wife Laura came to visit us back in September. This was their first time to Louisiana so we tried to give them the local experience. With Isaac being a new baby the Louisiana experience ended up being lots of baby holding and Oliver entertaining. They were such a big help around the house and allowed me to get more day to day tasks done, including catching up on this blog. They even offered to babysit one night so David and I could go out on a date. Even though I put them to work they were able to eat LOTS of seafood and I figure they’ll just have to come visit again to do the more touristy stuff.