Monday, August 31, 2009

The "after" photos

Here was the finished product of the projects for the nursery...

The curtains that Mom made, the blinds that Ben and Dad put up.

The elephant artwork by Ben, made from broken tiles. The blanket that I pieced and Mom quilted.

The dresser/changing table that Ben sanded and stained

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ben's Baptism

This last Sunday was an eventful day for us, especially Ben. He was baptized!!!! The baptism was at a lake just north of Wichita at 4 pm. Both our families were able to witness this special event. We both became members at the service as well. I've been attending First MB since the fall of 2006, and Ben joined me when he first moved to Wichita in 2007. We really enjoy the church and felt that becoming members was the next step. 

the group the became members, we're on the end


the group that was baptized, Ben's the 3rd one in from the left

Afterwards, we had the family over for supper (thanks to Mom and Dad Sweigart who made everything!!). Minus the multitude of flies outside, it was a very enjoyable evening spent together. What a great day!

Christian is already 3 weeks old today..and growing!


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

More family to meet :)

Last Saturday we were in Hesston and wanted to introduce Christian to Ben's Bergey this is their first great-grandchild! We ate supper at Mom and Dad Sweigart' of many meals we have been spoiled with from them :) Thank you so much! 

Great Grandpa Bergey

Uncle Sam holding Christian

Grandpa H

I think Grandma H. was waiting very patiently to hold Christian!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Going to see Daddy work

This summer Ben has been painting when his schedule and weather allow. He had painted for a company last summer, but this summer he's had enough work lined up on his own. It has worked out nicely to have a flexible work schedule since he took a couple summer classes..and then with Christian's birth and all. Since the beginning of the summer, he has started quite the collection to better his "business". We bought his cousin Daniel Penner's pick up truck, then he bought a ladder rack off of craig's list (which was then "enhanced/welded"  by Matt Alison), and lastly he bought a 40 ft+ ladder, also off of craig's list. Oh, and the guy that he's painting for right now said he could have the ladder he's using for that job when he's done (it's another really tall ladder). I know he really enjoys painting, and hopefully each summer it will work out to have enough projects to last until the start of school.

Christian and I decided to visit Ben at the house he's been working on painting for several weeks. We took him out to eat afterwards. Unfortunately the pictures don't prove the significant improvement because he has already covered the areas that changed the most. He's painted one other house this summer and completed a couple other smaller projects for people. He had hoped to be done with this one by today, but the weather wasn't exactly cooperating this week.
This side was completed already

The back of the house getting primed and caulked


Mom's favorites :)

These are just a few of my favorite pictures so far...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

our first week

We left the hospital the day on Monday, Aug 3rd in the afternoon. That day "Grandma" S. came over and made supper and brought a variety of other goodies, then "Papa" came over to join us for supper. Mom stayed the night to allow me to get a little more rest in between feeding Christian. 

He has some room to grow in his crib!! Right now he's sleeping in our room in the pack n' play. He really does sleep fairly well at night. Since he was jaundiced, they recommended I feed him every 2 hours around the clock. I'm pretty sure he and I were both a little frustrated to have to do this, since we both would've rather been sleeping :) Every day we had to go to the doctor's office to get the bilirubin level drawn (that's what causes the jaundice). It made me quite sad to have to take him and get his poor little foot poked for the blood draw. Sunday was the last day we had to do that, we had to go to the hospital to get it drawn since the doctor's office was closed. I'm very glad the levels went down, and his skin color is now normal..not yellow.

His first bath at cute and clean!!!

Sitting in the sun to help with the jaundice. Whether it really helped or not, he didn't seem to mind the sun too much. 

Aunt Carissa came all the way from VA to see Christian. She had just returned from her month long trip to Paraguay on the 4th, and the 6th see was in KS holding her new nephew!

Uncle Mitch met Christian on the 8th..he was at class in Indiana for the week. Before he left he told us not to have the baby during this first week in August...I guess Christian didn't listen :) 

On our way to church for the first time, Christian was one week old exactly!!

Meeting Great-Grandpa and Grandma Hershberger! I hope he passed inspection :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Happy 33rd Anniversary Mom and Dad Sweigart! They took the three of us and Carissa out to eat at Scotch and Sirloin. I had never eaten there, and told Christian he must be something pretty special to be able to go out to eat at only 5 days old at such a nice restaurant! It was very good food, and glad we could celebrate with Mom and Dad. Thanks for the good supper..and for being a good example of a lasting marriage :)