Sunday, December 30, 2007

Goodbye 2007....HELLO 2008!

Wow! 2007 has been a wonderful and exciting year for the Kruse Family. At the beginning of '07 there was only two of us. And now at the end of '07 we are very proud to be a family of three! It is so hard to believe that when we woke up on Christmas morning our Alex Matthew was 7 months old. He is doing so many fun things right now. He is sitting up on his own, crawling all over and getting into EVERYTHING!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year, traveling all over the state of Nebraska in order for Alex to spend the holiday with both sets of his grandparents. The trip to Mullen from Omaha was a very long one, with Alex not wanting to be in his car seat for at least 80% of the trip. It taught us how to truly "block out the crying."

We finally did make it to Mullen after being the in car for 6 1/2 hours and only stopping 4 times! But it was worth it. Alex loves being around Grandpa Don and Grandma Jane. Alex would only give kisses to Gpa Don and Alex loved receiving kisses from him as well. Gma Jane loved to pamper him...lets just say that Alex was given the royal treatment in the Sandhills.

While in Mullen, Alex was able to see his Great-Grandma Elva again. This was the second time the two have been able to see each other. Grandma Elva will turn, 99 the end of January. Alex did not get his picture taken with her this time, as she was already laying down getting ready for her mid-morning nap.

On Christmas Eve morning, we loaded A-Man back up in his favorite car seat and headed to Nana and PopPop's in Randolph. He did much better this trip as he was able to sleep most of the time. Mommy and Daddy did have an experience as we stopped at a small town gas station to change a diaper. We went in and first of all there was only 1 uni-sex restroom. To our "city-thinking" surprise, there was no diaper changing station in the restroom. Mom held Alex in the air while Dad attempted to put a diaper on and get him dressed again. It was a success, but may have been the longest diaper change of Alex's life!

When we arrived in Randolph the whole family was waiting anxiously to play with Mr. Alex; Nana, PopPop, Uncle Derek (who made it safely home for break from Dominica!), Aunt Tiffs and Uncle B. We spent time at Great-Grandma and Grandpa Hoesing for Christmas Eve Dinner. So much of the family was there. After that Alex made his first appearance at Midnight Mass. Mommy had to stay home because she got sick, but Daddy said he did great and loved the sight of the church and especially the choir!

Baby's First Christmas!! It was finally Christmas morning. Alex was all decked out in his Santa suit that Grandma Jane bought him. By the time Alex got to his last present he was finally in the hang of how to open them! In the picture to the left, Alex is playing with his new John Deere Tractor PopPop of course had to get him! We had Christmas dinner with Uncle Brian's family - the Ebberson's. It was a delicious Prime Rib meal with all the trimmings. We are so blessed to have such a big, wonderful family! Big A was spoiled rotten by everyone in Randolph, it all barely fit in our Escape on the way back home to Omaha!

We are now home in Omaha, and Mommy is enjoying her time with her 'Lil Al' before she has to go back to school and while Daddy and the rest of his family get ready to go skiing in Colorado.

We are so blessed with all the gifts we have received in our life and especially in 2007. We can only image the wonderful blessings to come in 2008, and wish you all the same.

Take care and come visit us! God Bless each and everyone of you!

The Kruse's
Chad, Maria & Alex
Please check out our slideshow of pictures below. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Our First Blog...

The Kruses are now offically part of the modern communication era. I've been wanting to get this started for just about 4 months now. (That's how old Alex is...) Our friends, the Chalmers, introduced us to this site. They've been using it for a while now. You don't realize how long it has been since we've seen each other until you get an email that reminds you of it! So, now that Alex Matthew is here in the flesh, we've decided to try and keep in touch with all of you that we care for and are thankful for having in our lives.

I'm sure through some avenue or another you all know about Mr. Alex. His birthday is May 25th. That makes him just shy of 4 months old. He is an amazing kid! Baby is probably a closer term, but the boy is very strong and his little personality is already showing. His family spoils him greatly and he doesn't lack any loving that is for sure.

Alex was brought right into the craziness that is the Kruse way of life. Always on the go and always something to do!

We traveled to Mullen to visit with Grandpa Don and Grandma Jane.

We went to Randolph to be with Aunt Tiffy for her wedding. (Because he hasn't perfected walking just yet he was named "honorary" ring bearer!)

We went to the lake with our friends the Faltys.

We even experienced camping with Nana, Papa, Uncle D, Aunt Tiff and Uncle Brian.

Now that the greatest time of year has started, it includes Husker Football. Alex experienced his first Husker Saturday a couple weeks ago. The big red was in Lincoln for the first game of the season against Nevada. He was pretty excited! (His dad was too.)

And that was only a few highlights of the summer activities! As I mentioned, we're entering our favorite time of year. (At least it's Chad's) There'll be pumpkins and falling leaves. It means cool, crisp football weather. Maybe even a touch of frost!
Here is a collage of pictures over the past few months. Enjoy!

Summer Fun!

Well, I think we'll sign off and close this blog as the first of many to come. We can't wait to see all of you soon! We miss you Derek! Stay Strong!

Take care and God Bless Everyone.