Sunday, March 30, 2008

If the videos are not playing back smoothly for anyone you can always download a copy of the original in the bottom right hand corner of the video's website under the "downloads" section. You can save it anywhere on your computer to play on your own media player. It gets choppy unless your internet connection is really fast as it is a lot of data to stream. Other times it is because there are just too many people using the service. Some of you will not be able to play the file you download due to not having the correct codec. We used an xvid codec to do the encoding. Just click the link below to download and install the latest version so your media player of choice can do the decoding. Let me know if you have any problems.
Ok, I know it has been a really long time since I actually have posted something. I don't have a good excuse, I have just been lazy. Plus Mike has been trying out new software for the videos, so he has been doing the updates.

Kendal has been enjoying the weather we have had lately, cold one day nice the next. Kendal loves the snow, especially as a snack. We will probably have to get a snow cone machine this summer so she can have her snow cups she enjoys. We have been going on a lot of walks in our new wagon. Maddy and Ben usually come along, but we don't make it very far before the girls are fighting over who gets to pull Ben in the wagon. So much for exercise, since we usually only make it around the block one time.

The kids enjoyed a night out on Sat at Castaway Cafe and got to hang out with Shrek and Puss-n-Boots. I had to work so Mike and his parents took Kendal. Maddy, Jaclynn, Ben, Greg and Sarah also were there. From what I heard the kids had fun running around. Maddy and Kendal made it to the top of the play structure and rode down the big slide with Mike. When they got home, Kendal was telling me all about the kitty and Shrek while I was getting her ready for bed. It is amazing what can come out of this kids mouth.

We have been getting ready for Baby #2. Kendal has her own baby swing, stroller, and pack-n-play that she can put her babies in. We have been working on holding the baby dolls with Kendal. Sometimes she is good other times not so much. I was down in the basement and Kendal was up stairs, I heard a thump thump down the steps. Kendal was standing at the top of the steps and her baby was down stairs. She told me, "Baby downstairs now." I tried to tell her that we don't throw babies down the steps, and she just laughed at me. We are all set for the new baby now we just have to wait. We think that Kendal will be good once we are home with the baby.

Sorry no belly pics, I don't let people take pictures of me. We will keep you updated as our waiting continues. We should start a poll on when Baby #2 is going to arrive and how much she will weigh. I will have Mike start that. Lots of recent pictures and videos below:

Kendal and Maddy Dancing

Kendal and Maddy going down the slide!

Ben's Turn

Greg takes Ben!


Maddy's turn with some slow motion replay...

Jaclynn takes Kendal and Maddy

Kendal and Maddy one more time...!

Kendal's mullet

Kendal and Maddy sharing... Very rare!

All the kids eating at the Kreider's

Maddy giving Kendal a hug goodbye

Kendal's Pretty's...

Ben at Castaway Cafe a few weeks ago with Kendal

Ben and Kendal sharing the baby pack-n-play

Kendal watching TV in the baby stroller

Kendal borrowed Ben's bandana

Jaclynn with all the kids

You think Maddy will be a cheerleader?

Kendal and Maddy sharing again...

All grown up heading into Shrek Night at Castaway Cafe

Kendal and Grandma Schmidt


Kendal and Grandpa Schmidt

The kids posing for a picture...

Maddy sneaks a kiss... oh no!

Ben showing off his guns!

Jaclynn taking Maddy and Kendal down a slide

Kendal, Mike, and Maddy up top!

Grandpa Schmidt showing Kendal Shrek... all the kids were afraid of him!

Kendal and Daddy getting a picture with Shrek!

Kendal and Mike ready to go home!

Kendal gives Ben a hug goodbye!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I walked in the door from work yesterday to find Maddy and Kendal both sitting in the toy Pack 'n Play for Kendal's dolls. I have no idea how they got in there together but when Kendal had enough, Maddy gave her one more squish! They truely are just like sisters. The video and some funny pictures are below:

Kendal and Maddy in the Pack-n-Play

Kendal and Maddy in the toy Pack 'n Play

Ranch Mustache for Maddy!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

My parents came to visit this weekend and we took Kendal to Castaway Cafe this morning. It's the biggest indoor playground in Michigan and only 5 minutes down the road. We got there at 11am when it opened; by 11:15 the place was packed. Kendal had a great time interacting with all the other kids. After watching some of the older kids take on some of the smaller slides, she finally took the plunge all by herself! A video is below... I even put a little slow mo in there for ya. She was a little scared going down the first time but after that she was hooked. She was worn out in no time. Other pictures from this weekend below as well...

Kendal at Castaway Cafe!

Kendal and grandpa having a tea party! ha,ha Paps

Kendal reading a book

First one through the door!

Kendal at Castaway Cafe


Saturday, March 01, 2008

Kendal built her first snowman this weekend (with daddy's help)! She saw Ben's snowman next door and had to have one for herself. Pictures below. There is a funny video as well of Kendal sliding down a snow pile we made. This kid can't get enough of the snow. I'm trying a new video hosting site that claims 1280x720 playback in full screen mode (click the "full" button on the bottom right of the video). I have my doubt's so bare with me and give me some feedback on how it plays. Enjoy!

Kendal Snow Slide!

Kendal helping daddy shovel the driveway.

Kendal making her first snowman!