Thursday, May 13, 2010


Conley Berendt
Born May 7th at 5:00 pm
4.1 kilos (9 lbs)
59 cm (23.2 inches)

We feel very blessed and humbled to have another sweet child come to our family.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Auburn update

I really meant to write an update when Auburn turned 18 months, but somehow it just never happened. Now she is 19 and half months old. Here are a few of her (and our) favorite things:

She likes to call Daddy. She will pick up any phone and say "Dad" and then tell him about her day. She sometimes gets upset when I am on the phone and it is not Simon. Apparently, once when I was gone she called me.

She now asks for soccer games and the ball.

She will bring you her blanket and saw "snuggle" (we both love this!)

She asks Simon to "tackle" her. He throws her in the air and she just laughs and laughs.

She loves her bears and dolls. She started feeding them her sippy and crackers and has asked to put a diaper on them. I didn't think this would happen until after the baby was born, but I was wrong.

Her new favorite songs include: Wheels on the Bus, 5 Speckled Frogs and If your Happy and You Know it. She does the actions and will ask for each of them by name. She will even have her dolls and bears do the actions as well.

She still loves the swings, slides and now playing in the sand.

She has become very independent. I hear "self" a lot these days. She wants to eat, drink from a big girl cup and walk by herself.

She is a very good helper and will help clean up.

She helps me cook (she stirs and plays with the bowls while I cook). The other day I asked her what she was doing and she said "help dinner". I asked her what she was making and she told me "pasta". I guess that is her favorite.

When she really likes some food she says "yummy".

Simon speaks only Spanish with her and her Spanish is coming along really well. In fact sometimes I have to ask him what she is saying if I haven't heard him use the word before. I guess I need to learn Spanish.

She still loves books and repeats almost everything. Her vocabulary grows everyday, it just amazes me.

We just love her so much and are so grateful for our Auburn! I have been meaning to put up some new pictures of her, I just have to take them first.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Germany road trip - part 2

Here is the second part of our trip. I figured that since I am this baby is due next week, I better get this finished.

Schloss Wernigerode
It was a nice little castle that looked over a very picturques town.

Auburn enjoying the Wolfsburg game.

We took a ferry ride in Hamburg to see the city from a different view. Auburn loved the boats.

We saw the Rathaus, the Dom and the Bremen town Musicians. Simon even got to see some mummies in the crypt.

Daddy and Auburn at the Bremen game.

You are probably wondering why there is a picture of windmills. All over Germany there are windmills and Auburn kept asking about them. She learned the word the first day and kept asking for them the entire trip. One night in the car she kept asking for "more windmills" and was really upset when we couldn't magically make them appear.

We drove over to Poland, just to say that we been there. There was much over the border, you really had to drive to get to the bigger cities. We did stop and have some Goulash and it was really yummy!

Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate

Reichstag (Parliament building)
You can actually walk up to the top of the glass dom in the middle for a great view of Berlin.

Auburn stretching her legs at the Berliner Dom

East Side Gallery
Some remnants of the wall that artists have been able to paint.

Dom in Dresden

Royal courtyard in Dresden

We went to this really cool national park called Bastei. It was kind of a foggy morning. The pictures don't do it justice, but it was quite beautiful.

We had a wonderful time on our trip!