Wednesday, August 31, 2005


There is our growing boy! He's almost two months old and we're already putting him in some of his 3mos clothes!
Monday Nate had a doctor's appointment. He weighed 12 1/2 lbs! What a chubbster! I didn't know what the appointment would include - I thought it was just a check up. But we got surprised with him getting his first set of shots... we both cried. And the doctor didn't warn us that babies tend to cry alot, run a fever and sleep alot after getting shots. I wish they would have informed us a little better. Apparently its "widely known" that you're supposed to give your baby Tylenol just before getting the shots to minimize the discomfort and aftermath. Well obviously it wasn't widely enough known because neither Isaac or I had heard about it. Anyway, Nate is back to his usual happy-go-lucky self.

We're off to the lake again this weekend. We're hoping to take my siblings with us. We'll have to break out the tube when we go out on the boat! Whoo hoo!

Here is a pix of Nate and Jett, who is a month older. Aren't they a cute pair? Jett's hair stands up like a mohawk and his dad calls him Rooster!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Congrats Shan & Eric

Well, after weeks of planning and preperations Shannon and Eric's wedding went off without a hitch! Everything went very smoothly, looked beautiful and most imortant of all, Shannon seemed very pleased. We had a good turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time. I did the pictures and all in all I think I did ok for this being my first wedding gig (even if it was a freebie). Even though it stormed for awhile we were still able to get some great outdoor shots! Yeah! Here are a couple of my favorites.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

6 weeks

Nate enjoys bathtime. He's such a cutie! We haven't found many things that he doesn't like, he's such an easy going baby! We're so blessed by him, I can't even describe it. As you can see from the picture, he is filling out rather nicely. When we went to the doctors' office Tuesday for our 6 week checkup he was 11 and a half pounds! I got the thumbs up from our CNM, she said even though the birth wasn't exactly as planned, we had a practically perfect pregnancy and recovery. She said everything looks good and she is sad that we won't be coming back anymore. We'll miss her - Kandy was great.
I've been helping my mom finish up the decorations for Shannon's wedding. Its the day after tomorrow! Ah! Things are coming together... pray for good weather because I really really want to get some outdoor pictures of Shannon and Eric at this beautiful garden area I found down the road from the church. I'll let you all know later how everything goes.

Per "Aunt" Cindy's request... here is the pic of the 3 generations of Penrod men by the Oakwood tree.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Nate's 1st Oakwood Trip

This weekend was Isaac's dad, Dane's 50th birthday. We had a full house at the lake with visiting friends and family. There was a big BBQ in his honor and lots of game playing (Dane loves playing games of any kind). This was the first weekend that we had 3 generations of Penrods together at the lake and we got a picture of Dane, Isaac and Nate by the Oakwood tree. Above is a pix of our growing family by the same tree. Nate seemed to enjoy being at the lakehouse for the first time. He was the highlight of the party - he got more attention than the birthday boy!
Final plans for Shannon's wedding will be falling into place this week (thats the plan anyway). So please keep us in your prayers! Hopefully all will go well and nothing awful will go wrong. I found this great botanical garden area to take pix! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

State Fair Fun

Last night we went to the State Fair and a Switchfoot concert. We got the tickets given to us at the last minute (thank you Edens!) and really enjoyed wandering around the fair, the good show that Switchfoot put on, and of course the great fair food - Isaac was psyched about getting his fried turkey leg... and I must admit, I liked it too. We found a nice gift for Isaac's dad's 50th birthday which is this weekend. Nate was such a good sport, he was a sweetheart most of the night. He was pretty tired and ready to go by the time we left though.
Last Sunday was my sister Shannon's bridal shower. We kind of threw it together at the last minute but it ended up coming together nicely. It was nice to visit everyone, especially all the babies. The wedding plans are coming along also. Only a week and a half left until the big day! I think the planning process has brought us Stahlhut women a little closer. Its been nice, us working together to make Shannon's special day happen.
We're going up to the lake this weekend. It'll be Nate's first trip up there. And it'll be a busy weekend with a full house due to Dane's big birthday. We're looking forward to relaxing and hoping for good weather... so far this year its rained every time we've gotten to go to the lake, darn.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Cousin News

Yesterday Isaac's brother, Zach and sister-inlaw, Janice found out that they are having a baby boy! They are due in January and we are all so excited that the the boys will be close enough to be buddies! The ultrasound pictures were very clear... there is no question that they are having a Jeremiah instead of a Naomi... he's very proud of his manhood. he he

Here are a pix of Nate today... still as cute as ever!! Here's a big yawn!!

Monday, August 08, 2005

One Month B-day

Nate is one month old today! We had a great weekend of visiting friends. In the pix above is "Aunties" Cindy and Julie with the little guy. He has grown so much - he's chubby now! We're still getting up alot at night but he is a really good baby... he usually only fusses or cries when he's hungry or dirty. I'm really enjoying being at home with him. But I don't think we've had a day alone yet! The plans for Shannon's wedding are coming together, we're having a bridal shower for her this coming Sunday at my house... wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Settling In

At 3 1/2 weeks - We're both doing well. I'm healing and am happy to say that I'm down below my pre-pregnancy weight... not exactly the same shape and size anymore but down in weight! Yeah me! Nate has grown so much already! His little face is filling out - he has the family double chin going on, and a pot belly on the way. He is such a joy. We're getting settled into our roles, he eats, sleeps and poops... Isaac is on a new schedule at work so he can be home with us in the evenings... and I'm getting used to being a new mom. There are certainly trying times... while he has no problems sleeping during the day, we've had a few nights when Nate doesn't want to sleep... just eat. Plus even when he does sleep at night - he is a noisy sleeper! So I'm constantly waking up thinking he needs me when really he's just grunting and groaning in his sleep. The nights wear me out a bit. He has been more awake during the days. He looks around at whats going on and takes it all in. We get smiles every now and then (probably just gas but I insist some of them are real). He is unbelievably cute! Everyone loves him. This child can never claim he isn't loved... he's got it coming from all directions!

We've been helping with the plans for my sister Shannon's upcoming wedding. We worked on the flower arrangements on Sunday, Isaac might be playing guitar & singing for the ceremony and I'm hoping to do their pictures. We're looking forward to being a part of that at the end of the month.

Also some friends of ours just got engaged! Congrats to Karyn and Isaac#2! They are such a wonderful couple and we're looking forward to seeing them grow together as they prepare to be married next April!

The photography business is good. I am doing pix for a wedding next April (besides a few potential gigs in the works). I'm not doing too many pictures right now, but I'm slowly working on doing more. I did some baby pix last week for my Aunt's new baby and I'm doing some Senior picutres this week. I hope to get my name out to the Avon seniors through this girl. This is a pix of my cousin... he's a month older than Nate... they'll be buds as they get a little older!