A lot has been going on here to say the least! First off, we all went to Minneapolis for a few days for the NCAA basketball tournament to cheer on the Bison. They lost to Kansas, but represented NDSU well. There were tons of NDSU fans in the Metrodome. Green and gold were definitely the predominate colors. That was fun to see the support. The basketball season was so much fun.
Last week was a whirlwind. We came back to Fargo & the city was working to get ready for a flood. Predictions were for the river to get to an all time high, which it did on Saturday night at midnight. On Thursday night, they evacuated MeritCare - where I work. About 180 patients were sent to other healthcare facilities in the region. The hospital is only a few blocks from our house, so this all made me a little on edge. Since then, the river has dropped and they have reopened the hospital. The city is still on alert and they think there will be a second crest later in April when all of the snow melts, but all and all, the dikes and levees the city built should hold and prevent any major damage to the city. So we have been busy with all of this going on -- trying to get things moved up from our basement, getting our drains plugged and bags packed just in case. Ryan also helped a bit with the sandbagging in a couple blocks away near the El Zagel golf course. I was super busy at work trying to get all of our patients their IV medicine. Dealing with roads closing, UPS not delivering and whatnot isn't fun!
Congratulations are in order to friends Nicki (Lauf) and Jeremy. They had a little girl on March 28th. Welcome little Zadie Ardona! We can't wait to meet you in person.
In the mist of all of this basketball/flood/blizzard busy time, we are still getting some work done on the house. The kitchen is almost done. It has been so cool to see it go from the studs to what it has become now. It is going to have a great workflow now and plenty of room for kitchen things we once stored downstairs. The only thing left is hooking up the dishwasher, ice maker and putting up some trim. We’re so excited. Our master bathroom is also being redone. No shower, sink or toilet in there yet, but it is all tiled and painted and looks great! We are very happy with the work and can't wait until it's all finished. I’ll have to post some pictures when it’s all completed.
Andrew is doing great! We had him in for his 1 year appointment. He is got an A+ from the doctor and is and right on track. He is on the lighter side for his age, but following the growth curves just fine. He’s in the middle for height. He is going to be home with dad all week since NDSU is closed due to the flood, which includes dad’s office and Andrew’s daycare. He is really into walking around the furniture now. He can cruise pretty fast and barely hangs on at all. It shouldn't be long before he is walking. He already stands on his own for a few minutes at a time and will take a few steps before lunging forward. He really likes to climb up on things now, too. He likes to "share" his food by handing it to one of us, but likes even more if he can put it right into our mouths. In fact, he likes to share his toys and other things, too -- if it is HIS idea. If you try to take something away, he doesn't like that and still gets pretty upset. Andrew points over and over at something he wants to touch (like the microwave) or something that catches his attention like the lights or out the window. He also likes to wave both hi and bye-bye. Throwing balls and other toys is really fun. He will play by himself, but finds this really fun if someone will play catch with him. Andrew had his haircut again. It was getting a little shaggy around the neck and ears. It isn’t sticking up like it once did as he's getting thicker hair. It seems like he is going to have a lot of hair and so far it is staying that sandy blond color. I guess he takes after the grandmas with the lighter hair. Andrew is back to liking baths again, too after about 3-4 weeks of screaming through each bath, so that’s a relief. Bath time was not fun with a crying, wet little boy trying desperately trying to climb out. We are all done with basketball games for the year. Andrew went to many games, and stayed entertained by all of the action. I'm sure we will go to some baseball games this spring if the weather holds up. Hopefully the weather will turn around soon so we can get outside and not have to bundle up so much just to go somewhere.
Thanks for checking in. We are looking forward to getting the house back in order with the remodeling wrapping up in the next week or so and getting Andrew back into more of a routine with his daycare schedule again.