August 9, 2006

Happy 4th Birthday to our Sweetie Brody-Boy!

Not sure who was more excited about the Pirate Treasure Hunt in the park…

I think the dad’s might have had just as much fun as the kiddos!

Can’t believe how fast our little one’s are growing…

Grandpa decided on a gift that might slow the process 🙂

Brody's brick with an adjustable chin strap!

What a perfect way to celebrate 4 years!


Moving on…

We had big plans for taking a family picture in front of our new house on the day we closed... or at least on moving day... sadly, this is the only picture we have of our new house (that's not even our car in front- ha!)

So far June has been one of the craziest months to date for our little family… as if bringing home our second baby didn’t throw enough of a curve ball in our schedule, we decided that moving two weeks later would really spice things up!  We are beyond thrilled to have found a new house and not only that but it is a little bigger, a little newer and REALLY close!  What we didn’t bargain for was having to move either 9 months pregnant or with a few week old  baby.  Turns out, once again God had the timing all worked out!  Our original close date was just 4 days before Noelle was born and even though we were so bummed that things just seemed to fall apart and our plans were totally messed up- it all worked  out beautifully.  We ended up getting to bring our baby home to our first home… one that we we can now affectionately remember as  the first place our family of 4 lived under one roof!  We might not have thought this would be the case but as we left our little town home, Kurt and I both found ourselves with tears in our eyes as we prepared to move on to the new house. I am left feeling very nostalgic about the many wonderful memories we will leave in that home but also very grown up and excited as we start down this new road  from a new address:-)

No matter how prepared you are for a move you never quite realize how HUGE a job it really is.  This experience has left me with gratitude coming out my ears for our lovely family and how much time, energy and love they poured into moving us.  It was a solid two days (plus a few more) of boxing, unpacking, cleaning and moving all with 2 little ones underfoot most of the time.  With the memory of it so fresh in my mind I can safely say that I don’t ever want to move again… and I think I can speak for our families when I say, they hope so too!  Thank you so much to those of you who put your lives on hold, showed up first thing in the morning and stayed until dark making sure we were settled and put away!  You guys are the best!

So… all this to say that since day 10, the last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy… here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to.  Hopefully our lives will soon find some kind of normal pattern and we can get back to some regular blogging and playing, dinner with friends and summer fun!

Oh did I mention that we are leaving on our annual Herig family vacation to Bethany Beach Delaware on Friday.  Four hour flight and a 3 hour drive with our 2 year old and our 4 week old… AHHHH! Guess we just LOVE the craziness 🙂

Right after Ellie's PKU heel prick. She woke up when they pricked her and then fell right back to sleep for all of the squeezing!

OH NO!! We might have a thumb sucker on our hands... whenever she find her hands this is where her little thumb ends up.

Making some banana bread with JoGi 🙂

Cookin' girl!

Happy Father's Day! And Ellie's first time in "real" clothes... so cute!

Big Cousin Brody and Noelle!

This is how Ava spent 'moving day' (asking (or telling) everyone who came over to help, "play with me.")

This is how Ellie spent 'moving day' (sleeping in various beds, cradles, cribs, swings, bouncers...)

Me and the gals on our first trip to the gym!

Kurt and I celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary on June 15!

Happy Birthday JoJo!

Girls Wine Date at Casa Rodena Winery to celebrate Jo's Birthday!

Gosh, I just love seeing my guy with his gals!

The tiniest Asper Kourt fan went to her very fist AK Show at Summer Fest- Uptown!

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

June 1, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday to our GIRL!

Noelle Bryce

June 1, 2010 at 7:11 p.m.

7 pounds 20 inches

And what a wonderfully blessed day it was!  We are so truly thankful for every prayer said in preparation for the birth of our sweet girl! Boy, were they answered… ABUNDANTLY!  After Ava’s birth experience (a 40 hour labor, a posterior baby, 3+ hours of pushing and a vacuum delivery), it is safe to say we were slightly traumatized and had a few nerves as we prepared to go through it again.  In the end we decided to be open to anything that would help us along and to just pray, pray, pray!

God took good care of us.  From the time my water broke at 8:00 a.m., we had an 11 hour labor!  The baby was in the correct position, we had a great midwife and 2 nurses who were there from beginning to end, a wonderful anesthesiologist (who is officially my new best friend – not only for the stellar epidural he placed in my back, but afterward he called me a “skinny girl”- even though he probably says that to all the girls, I couldn’t even help the grin that spread across my face- haha!), I pushed for 26 minutes, heard “it’s a girl!” from Kurt, and got to hold little Noelle the minute she was born!  I bawled my eyes out from the last few pushes on… not from ANY pain but from shear shock and joy that this was our birth story and how perfect it was!

Just got checked in- no contractions yet (obviously) but getting ready for our hour long walking tour of ABQ Health Partners Womens Hospital!

Taking a break from watching the Food Network to grab a picture (I think Kurt just woke up from his nap) 🙂

Our first family of 4 picture!

The first of MANY MANY smooches!  Ava is totally in love with “our new baby”!


Our little Ellie in her going home outfit!

She is just so cute… we can’t seem to get enough of her!

Vegas Update

Kev with his $100 chip after playing roulette . . . Kurt with his $25 chip! 🙂

Walking to Treasure Island after dinner in Paris!

Partying down the strip!

Firefly Bar in downtown Vegas!

Kurt & Mitch watching the Freemont Street show.

Picture time with newly made friends at the Mandalay Bay tram station!

Mink coats at the Minus 5 Lounge!!

Morning after breakfast at the Hash House . . . so much food!

Lounging by the pool at Treasure Island!

Our view for most of Saturday afternoon . . . 🙂

Trying to get ready for Cirque du Soleil!

A GREAT trip to Vegas for Kev's 21st birthday!!

March 26, 1989

Happy 21st Uncle Kev!  We were so excited to FINALLY initiate our baby brother into the 21 club!  Wow- makes me feel really old… Here are a few pictures from the before (Vegas that is) party!  Tugger took all his guys to Las Vegas for the weekend to really ring in the 22 year… we are all anxiously awaiting those pictures and hoping they are family friendly enough to post!

Kev and Mom

Kay, Kev, Ava and Bernie


Kev’s birthday cake request was for something resembling the old ‘dirt and worms’ dessert… anyone remember that one from like first grade?  Chocolate pudding, worms, whipped cream and oreo crumbs???

Kev didn’t really think through the whole blow as hard as you can to get all of your candles out… the table and photographer (me) were covered in those cookie crumbs 🙂

I wasn’t sure if everyone would be as enthusiastic about the gummy worm part of the pie as KT, so they just  hung out on top 🙂

When it comes to dessert I have a really hard time not improvising— so here’s my (grown-up) version of ‘dirt and worms’:

Wormy Pie

  • 1 package (8 oz) mini oreos, crushed
  • ½ sleeve graham crackers, crushed (set aside one ½ to one cup of the cookie crumbs to top pie with)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine crushed cookie wafers with melted butter and press onto bottom and up sides of a greased 9-inch pie pan. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.

Layer 1

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed (save the rest of the container to top the pie with)

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar and cocoa until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over crust. Put in fridge to set while you make the next layer.

Layer 2

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 package (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix

In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set.

Layer 3

(I think for next time I would do this layer closer to the crust- maybe after the cream cheese layer- because it sets up much firmer than the pudding)

  • 1 bar (4 oz) dark chocolate -I used Dove
  • Equal amount of Heavy Whipping Cream (about a third cup)

Put cream in a microwave safe glass bowl and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, until just about to boil.

Put chocolate in a medium sized glass bowl and pour hot cream over.

Let sit for a minute or two then stir until completely smooth.

Just freeze the ganache for a few hours until very firm, then whip in your electric mixer, about 5 minutes, until fluffy. Be careful not to over-whip the ganache, however, or you’ll end up with chocolate butter!

Refrigerate until set.

Layer 4

Spread remaining whipped topping over entire pie

Top with reserved cookie crumbs and (if you are making this for a child) Gummy Worms!

March 16, 1983

In case anyone was worried that Kurt didn’t get to celebrate enough or blow out a candle or two or three on his birthday OR get a special ‘funfetti-cupcake’ bonfire celebration in San Diego, here are a few more birthday pics 🙂

We love you so much Kurt!  Happy 27th!

The Big 2-7!

Kicking off Kurt’s 27th Birthday Week!

‘Thanks for the help guys!”

Dad and Ave

Mom, Ava and Baby S (see we’re growing!)

Ava and Brody (Harry Potter?)

Ready… Set… GO!!! (Ava needed a turn with the glasses)

Our poor pillows 🙂

But they had so much fun running…

and jumping…

and crashing…

that we didn’t mind a bit!  What a fun birthday party!

We love you Kurt!