Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Back to Ohio

We made it back to Ohio safe and sound after a few extra days in Colorado because of the blizzard. It was great to spend extra time with my parents. The boys were AWESOME (again!) on the plane and shocked all the passengers around us. I was so proud and thankful!

I have a million photos and fun stories to share but will get to that when things mellow out. We are all trying to get used to being home and back on Eastern time. Poor Lucas went to preschool this morning looking like a zombie but seemed pretty happy to go.

More to come...

Friday, March 27, 2009

What Lucas Thinks of His Parents

We are weathering the Denver blizzard and have actually postponed our flight until Sunday to avoid total craziness at the airport today. It was a crazy storm and we were happy to be inside a warm cozy house. The snow sure is beautiful but it's hard to enjoy with freezing temps. However, this weekend should be beautiful!

Anyways, I had a few minutes and read my friends blog this morning. Amy had a cute post on asking questions to her 2 year old about herself. I decided to give it a try. Many of you have seen this list of questions on other blogs or facebook recently. Basically, you ask your child the questions and get some telling, and often humorous, answers. It turned out to be pretty fun. Here's what Lucas thinks of his Mommy and Daddy (Axel had no comment but one big poo...mmm, what does that mean?)...

Mommy Questions:

1. What is something mom always says to you? make sure you're not crying when I'm on the phone

2. What makes mom happy? when I don't whine and cry

3. How old is your mom? how old are you?...you know mommy...I'm three...you're nine zero!

4. What does your mom do when you're not around? goes to a meeting

5. What is your mom really good at? coloring new letters

6. What does your mom do for a job? work, work at home

7. What is your mom's favorite food? tamales

8. What do you and your mom like to do together? go to places

9. What does your mom like best about your dad? I don't know...cause he's nice

10. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? dinosaur store with lots of dinosaurs

Daddy Questions:

1. What is something dad always says to you? to giggle around while climbing

2. What makes dad happy? playing with him

3. How old is your dad? how old is he?...you know mommy...three nine

4. What does your dad do when you're not around? work at his school

5. What is your dad really good at? teaching me how to ice skate...he likes to climb

6. What does your dad do for a job? work

7. What is your dad's favorite food? chicken

8. What do you and your dad like to do together? play Go Fish

9. What does your dad like best about your mom? I don't know...dancing with you

10. Where is your dad's favorite place to go? swimming

Too Fun!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Yes, the blog has been a little quiet this past week.

The reason? SPRING BREAK!

Daddy is on a much needed Spring Break climbing trip with his brother after a very busy end to his school quarter. Mommy, Lucas and Axel are in Colorado visiting Grandma and Grandpa Jakulewicz for 10 days! I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with family and friends in Colorado. I do wish I could visit everyone but it would just get too crazy. Sorry to all our friends who we can't see this visit. We miss you!

I'm sure you're wondering about the plane ride with a 3 1/2 year old and a 5 week old. I'm happy to announce that we had the best trip ever and I couldn't have asked for a better flight. I'm so proud of my boys, they did awesome!

The biggest challenge was getting 2 bags, 2 carseats, a stroller, a diaper bag, oh yeah, and 2 kids checked in. Keep in mind, this was after me going to the store to buy snacks, forgetting my wallet in the car, going back in to pay and leaving all the snacks at the store, only to realize it after returning home. Luckliy, Kristina helped us get to the airport and double checked that I remembered not only my wallet but my two kids too! (Thanks Kristina)

After checking our bags, Axel slept in the Baby Bjorn and Lucas got a free stroller ride to the gate. You know how it goes, we got all sorts of looks in the terminal and I'm sure many people were hoping they didn't have to sit next to the lady with a toddler and newborn. Little did they know that my boys ROCK! :)

Axel woke up to eat on take off, poo and slept the entire flight until landing when we repeated the eat/poo process. Lucas sprawled out (we had three seats to ourselves because the plane was under booked...when does that ever happen?) . He had two seats and kept himself busy telling stories and playing with whatever he could find. Not a peep out of either of them. The extra seat was a perfect diaper changing spot too!

Not until about 20 minutes from landing did anyone bother to talk to us. Now they want to be nice! People are funny and I guess I can't blame them...I was a little nervous too!

It was a treat for sure and made my life way easy. I know we still have another flight so that could be a whole different story but I'll take what I can. Positive thoughts for part two.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Catching Up

Today, I realized that I'm a little behind in my blog posts. I guess that's part of life with a newborn, time goes by and you really haven't done much. :) Okay, that's not a fair statement because having a newborn is hardly "not doing much!" I'm just not doing much of the things I used to be doing. :)

I digress...

So, today is Catch Up Day! Enjoy the photos and thoughts.

Baking bread has been really fun for me. Sometimes successful and sometimes not...just ask Mike after my Turkish (hard as a rock) flatbread that showed up on the dinner table and then took a quick dive in the dumpster.

Here's a success...
Yummy Challah Bread. I'll have to get the recipe posted but that might not happen today.
We bought some bagels the other day which have quickly turned hard despite putting them in the freezer to preserve. This morning I woke up around 5am with Axel and had an "ah-ha" moment...I could make baby french toast out of those dry bagels! It was a huge hit for Lucas and was so tasty too! I was very impressed with my new creation.

Axel had a smile the other day and this one occurred when he was looking at Daddy. Of course, once the camera was out, the smile was gone. We're still not sure if it was technically a "real" smile but will take what we can get.
Now he's looking at his Mommy...or probably the big camera flash! Either way, it's exciting to know that smiles and looking at all of us is just around the corner.
Here's Daddy and his boys. Puzzle time for Lucas, ceiling fan time for Axel and multi-tasking time for Daddy. Mommy was so proud of her boys.
Our friend Kristina had a birthday last Sunday so we celebrated with a tasty brunch. Here's part of the gang...Janelle, Lucas, Kristina, Mike and Axel.
The other part of the gang, Jill and Amy.
Lucas has figured out that birthdays are fun even if they aren't his. It's cupcake time! We woke up somewhat early to bake these and Lucas was in charge of the frosting and tasting too. Oh, we didn't forget the card either...Lucas-made with stickers and all. He loves cutting out hearts ever since Valentine's Day.
Such a big helper!
Axel celebrating in his own way.
Two weeks ago, Mike gave a slide show at our local climbing gym, Urban Krag. He showed a few movies and lots of photos of his glory days climbing in Zion National Park, Utah. It was a good turn out and the boys cooperated...for the most part. :)

Mr. Serious getting ready...
and his fan club eagerly waiting. Lucas was thrilled to get to use his little green chair and sit with the big kids. He wants nothing to do with the camera most of the time...little stinker!
Here's Axel checking out his favorite window...

and here he is losing interest in the window.
Axel post boobie...so happy now.
Lucas and Axel getting to know each other. This is so fun to watch!
Look at that belly!
Just content.
I love my family!!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

One Month Old?!

Oh my, has it really been a whole month with Axel in our home?

Can he really be a month old?

Did I make it a whole month with less than normal sleep?

Has Lucas been a big brother that long?

Did Daddy really miss out on changing all those diapers while attending class? :)

The answer is YES!

Happy "Month Old" Birthday Axel. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!

I can already tell you will be I'll grown up before I know it. Please slow down just a little. :)

If I really do have a month old baby, that means I also have a 3 1/2 year old "big boy" too!

Lucas, you have been a wonderful big brother to Axel. Thank you for your extra help and patience while we all get adjusted to a new life. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Adventure is My Middle Name

Leave it up to our friend Kristina to find a wonderful, Adventure Perfect gift. Now keep in mind, Kristina is supposed to be finishing her Masters Degree Thesis. Instead, she has been surfing the Internet and finding more ways to procrastinate! We must be related, I'm pretty good at procrastination too. I'm also good at being a hypocrite..."Get back to work crazy lady!" :)

I have to admit, we are glad she's such a procrastinator. She found four great baby outfits for our little Adventure Bug!

1. "Life is an Adventure"
2. "I Climb Oregon"
3. "Adventure Brat"
4. "Rock Climber by Day, Deadly Ninja by Night"
Have no fear, Kristina would never forget Lucas who absolutely adores her! She found a perfect shirt for him too, although, I think he was a little disappointed her present was not a cool toy or kitchen appliance. :)

The front:
The back:

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone else who has sent thoughts, prayers, dinners, cards and gifts. We truly appreciate it!

He is doing great and I'm amazed at how fast these little critters grow and develop. He had his two week check up last week and weighed in at 9lbs 13oz and is in the 74% on the baby charts. A little different from Lucas who never officially made it on the chart until he was over two years old. Looks like we have a big boy on our hands!

That famous TUMMY TIME, such a strong boy.
Oh, but it's so much work too! He opted just to lay his head down and watch everything going on in our busy and messy living room.

Above Photo: Downtown Portland Oregon Bike Ride

The Danger Zone needed a little update to include not only LUCAS DANGER, but also his little brother...AXEL ADVENTURE!

Welcome to our family blog now known as:

DANGER and ADVENTURE Around Every Corner!!