Archive for August, 2009

The Icing Was……blue

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2009 by katiejessen

We cut the cake tonight and the icing was blue. So, we’re having another boy! I’m so excited that Oliver is going to have a new best friend. The evening was so exciting and special.


Oliver started crying as soon as the cheering began. Poor thing was traumatized as you can see below.




Great Grandparents

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 by katiejessen

Last week, we took a trip to “the busiest community in northeast Nebraska,” Bloomfield. We had a wonderful time visiting Grandpa & Grandma Jessen, Uncle Dan, cousins and second cousins. It was such a special time with G & G Jessen because they got to meet their great grandchild for the first time and since we don’t seem them very often, we spent as much quality time together as possible. Grandma is a great cook and baker and I couldn’t resist any of her delicious desserts. In fact, I think I gained all my pregnancy weight in one week because of it. Oliver got to try a lot of new things this trip (mostly foods but other things as well).  I think he’s going to take after his mom and love desserts….this week spoiled him a little but that’s to be expected at the grands house.

His first plane ride was not as easy as we had imagined. Not that he was horrible, but just not like his normal easy self. The next morning I noticed that a new tooth had emerged on the bottom row in his mouth and another one on the top was coming through. Thankfully after the few two days, G & G got to meet the “real” Oliver.

First plane ride

First plane ride

The boys fell asleep

The boys fell asleep

Gettin a little stretch in during our layover

Gettin a little stretch in during our layover

Proud Great Grandpa

Proud Great Grandpa

Getting a little play time after dinner. Chris would put Oliver in the grass but he kept wanting to go back to the sidewalk and bear crawl.


I got to live in the sixties for a bit.  Forgetting my hairdryer was the best thing I could have done, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to experience this!


Second cousins: Oliver and Jake. What would a play time be without sharing a sucker?DSC_0545

More after dinner play time. Grandpa Great taught Oliver how to climb the front two steps.


Traveling to Yankton, South Dakota for lunch (or dinner as they call it) and a little Wal-Mart action. There is a small country market in their town but every couple of weeks they’ll drive to S. Dakota for more groceries. Later we traveled back into Nebraska over the dam and visited Uncle Dan in his beautiful home that overlooks the lake. Who would have thought Nebraska is hilly?



Enjoying the beautiful afternoon in the back yard. Oliver is wearing his “Oliver” tractor shirt. Too bad they don’t make those anymore, otherwise I’m sure we would have seen them. Oliver couldn’t figure out why Grandpa’s ear was buzzing.



The wind is always blowing in Nebraska so you see windmills everywhere. The government has actually built these huge ones on farmland to create energy….they are massive.


We played a lot of cards and games. Oliver was over it so he decided he would play with the DVD player. By the second day of telling him, “no touch”, G & G let him do it. Every time he would press the eject button and then push the tray back in. So smart.



This is the barn where Grandma grew up. Her brother and his wife live their now. We were able to chat with them for a minute and then it started raining out of nowhere. I snapped this picture before we jumped back in the car. Unfortunately, so did 12 or more flies. Luckily, they keep a fly swatter in the car so this kept us busy for the rest of the car ride back to Yankton, South Dakota. It was comical and gross at the same time.



Oliver sat on his first John Deere mower with Daddy.


Our last morning before heading home.



Thanks Grandpa & Grandma for an unforgettable trip to your home. We love you both very much!


Chris is 30

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2009 by katiejessen

Chris and I celebrated his birthday with an overnight to our friends lake house in another friends borrowed Jeep Wrangler.  We had a blast swimming in the lake, going out to dinner and then my favorite, going to the drive-in movie in the Jeep. I highly recommend drive-in movies but even more, drive-in movies in a Jeep. The only picture I got was on the way home when we picked up Oliver from his mamaw’s house. This was his first ride in a jeep and he liked it.


Here is a picture of Daddy and son. I took a similar picture one year ago but Oliver a only a week old. Hard to imagine.

DSC_0468(this is the cutest cake stand that my best friend got me. it sings happy birthday while it spins.)

Oliver is 1

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2009 by katiejessen

I can’t believe a year has passed. I’m amazed when I think back over the past year and how much Oliver has grown, learned, changed is now becoming a little man. We love you much O!

When I was growing up we always had pancakes on our birthday with candles in it. Since we never had sugar cereal in the house, syrup on pancakes was a special treat. Oliver wasn’t much of a fan. I think it’s a texture thing.


We celebrated Oliver’s birthday in Ohio three weeks early with my family. He loved the icing.



Then we celebrated with family in Knoxville last Saturday. Again, Oliver loved the icing but this time he wanted to do it hands free.



DSC_0412I love the look of determination on his face as he opens the first gift (yes that’s right) from me and Chris. Thankfully he loves his Bee Bop Band.


Boy or Girl???

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2009 by katiejessen

We’ve decided to find out if we’re having a boy or girl. Our big ultrasound is August 28th. We have to make it a little interesting, so we plan to have the tech write it down and then  seal it in an envelope. I’ll then give the envelope to my neighbor so that she can decorate the inside of a cake for us blue or pink.  Later that night our family and friends will be with us to find out when we cut into the cake. My good friend Natalie just did this a few months ago and loved it. I’m a big fan of dessert but there hasn’t been another dessert I’ve dreamed more about 🙂

Don’t worry…I’ll let you know.

Here is a picture of Oliver in a tutu. I can just picture what our girl would look like can’t you? There aren’t many things that upset Chris but things like this do…I LOVE IT.


He Says “DUCK”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2009 by katiejessen


Oliver can say duck. He loves his Daddy lately so that’s been his favorite word to say but duck comes in a close second.

My mom came to visit this week and taught him to turn on and off the light and fan in his room. She also taught him how to smell the flowers from that page in the “Pat the Bunny” book. We turned it into “smell mommys neck” by spraying on perfume and then teaching him to sniff my neck. He giggles every time. I think he has my sense of smell.