Gwenyth at 1 Year


We went to visit our awesome pediatrician, Dr. Secory, last week and got two thumbs up on our little Gwenyth!


Height 30 1/4 in 85%

Weight 21lbs 68%

Head 47 1/2cm 97%

She is now able to eat anything under the sun (and probably would!) and can drink cow’s milk too! She is drinking that out of a sippy cup as she never did quite take to the bottle very well. We are down to two nursing sessions a day and hope to be completely weaned in a week or so. Gwenyth is still just rocking four teeth with no new ones in site. Makes for a very cute smile!!

Two days ago, G took her first steps! She still prefers to crawl, but can take about three very wobbly steps in succession. She enjoys standing and will just pop right up in the middle of the floor.

Trouble is coming! 😉


Our Little Gal is ONE!

We just put down our baby girl to sleep for the last time as a baby! She will be one tomorrow! Am I the only one who feels like even though I spend all day with my baby, that in this whole year, I still feel like I am just now getting to know her?

She is so sweet and understands so much of what is going on around her. She loves her daddy and has learned many things from him such as clapping and blowing raspberries. She will often dance (bouncing on her bottom) when she sees Jason walk in the door after a long day at work. She has quite the admirer in her daddy and melts his heart on a daily basis.

She loves her big brother and her kitty. Toodles, if allowed, chooses to sleep with G. I have woken up to G’s giggles at 2am, knowing she discovered that her precious feline friend is in her crib. Gwenyth wants to do what ever it is that Max is doing. She loves his shoes, toys, blankets, cups, and even underwear… :/ Max does a great job of tolerating his little sister getting into everything, even when she sits on his train tracks.

Gwenyth is now standing up by herself, even in the middle of the floor with nothing to hold on to. She has been creeping around on couches for quite sometime and I feel like walking will come any day now! She has her two front teeth, two bottom, and more coming in. Her two front teeth are big for her mouth and make her toothy, drooly grin absolutely irresistible. Her hair is so blonde and well, lets just say that it hasn’t quite filled in yet. 😉

There are so many more things I could say about Gwenyth Nancy. She is a joy and delight to our family. She loves me and lets me know it. When she is happy she makes sure everyone knows by shrieking and giggling. When she is sad or offended, she also lets others know. Jason and I lovingly refer to her as our little piglet because of her heavy breathing, squealing, and her healthy eating habits.

It has been such a wonderful year being the mom of two wonderful kids. I am truly a blessed woman to have such an amazing family. Two sweet kids and an outstanding, hardworking, loving husband. Thank you, Lord!

I was going to select a few of my favorite photos, but I couldn’t choose!


30 Years! Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my parents! Tomorrow marks thirty years of marital bliss! Thirty years ago, they tied the knot outside of Cleveland, Ohio and today they are living the married life in Adel, Iowa. It is so exciting to think about thirty years! In that time, they have had three kids, and now have four grandkids! They have lived in two different states and have had too many pets to count.


Mom and Dad on their wedding day, July 20, 1984

It is such a blessing to live close to my parents and to be able to see them often! It is wonderful for our kids as well! Max loves going out to the farm. The last time he was there, he got a tractor ride with Grandpa Bob, and the time before that, Grandma Karen let him ride several horses! What more could a kid ask for!


The “Fab Five” circa 1990

My dad works close to my house. About a month ago, the kids and I were able to go to lunch with him. Now every time we pass by grandpa’s office, Max asks if we are going to eat with him!

Often times, Max will want to call someone on my phone. Grandma Karen is always a good candidate and cheerfully answers! She has even facetimed with us on occasion!


Dad, Mom, Brody, and Hailee on Brody’s “birth day”

I am so thankful for my parents and the example they have set with their 30 year marriage! They have loved on us kids and now our kids and their love for each other has always been very evident. They are such a wonderful pair!


Mom and Dad with all of their grandchildren on Easter Sunday 2014 (Also Dad’s 50th birthday!)

Congratulations on 30 years! Excited to see what the next 30 brings!!

Independance Day

The Rude family had such a great 4th! It has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the sense of family without the stresses that come along during the fall and winter holiday season.IMG_4475 IMG_4474 IMG_4472

This year we started out by going to Dunkin Donuts as a family of four (good idea, Jason!). I think this will be a new holiday tradition as it was a big hit with all of us! After donuts, we went to the Urbandale parade. It was great! Max was so happy to get candy and even left his post at the street’s edge to go sit on the blanket and enjoy some candy a couple of times.

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We finished our 4th by heading out the church camp, eating, listening to the band play some patriotic songs, lighting sparklers, and of course watching the fireworks! Grandma Kay, Grandma Karen, and Grandpa Bob were able to join us! With Jason’s parents there as well, my kids were able to celebrate with two grandpas and three grandmas! What lucky ducks!

Gwenyth really enjoyed the band and clapped and clapped for them! She even tried to contribute by singing! Fireworks were overshadowed for Max by the sound of a distant train whistle. He was certain that Thomas was out there puffing along the tracks! 😉




Meet the newest member of the Rude family, Toodles.


Toodles on her way home from the Adel Vet Clinic.

Toodles has been with us for almost two weeks now and she is making herself right at home! Both the kids enjoy her, probably a little too much. It will be a great opportunity to teach them how to be gentle. I also look forward to teaching Max how to feed, water, and clean out her litter box. It will be nice to teach him some responsibility (and also not have to do those chores… 😉


Max and his new pal.

She has been such a good kitty but my only complaint would be that she can be a little too friendly. When the kids go to bed, Toodles likes to snuggle up to me or Jason. She really has sought out Jason on many occasions and purrs while circling around his neck and licking his face. I guess she knows who she needs to impress. 😉

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She has been found more than once in G’s crib. Mixed reactions from G have led me to keep Toodles behind closed doors during nap and sleeping times.

It is nice to have another four legged friend around the house.

If you are wondering about the name, you have not seen Mickey Mouse Club House as much as Max and I have. “Oh Toodles” is very fun to say! 😉

G Full of Firsts!

Gwenyth has been so busy growing up! At 10 1/2 months, she has her two top and two bottom teeth. They decided to all come in at once, so it was rough for awhile, but she is good now!

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Gwenyth trying to pull herself up on the couch.

Also, Gwenyth learned how to crawl. It was last Tuesday and watching her now, you would think she has been doing this for years! She moves so well and so confidently. She is already starting to pull herself up on things as well, well at least trying to.

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G’s crawling in action.

Another first was for her to get her nails painted! We attended a friend’s wedding on Saturday and I thought this would be a perfect time to paint her chubby little toes. My friend Liz suggested to put her in an exersaucer so she would be contained. I thought this was a fabulous idea, but we only have a jumparoo. I thought this would work out the same but did not take into account that G loves to jump! She was happily jumping the whole time, so her toes are slightly less than perfect. 😉 There is always next time!

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Gwenyth’s precious piggys.

Ring Bearer-ing

On Saturday, June 21st, Max had the opportunity to be a ring bearer for the second time at our friends’ wedding. Jonathan and Emily were so sweet to Max and got him a “state ball” or for those of you who don’t speak Max, an Iowa State basketball. He loves it and has been sleeping with it since the rehearsal dinner on Friday. What a great way to say thank you to Max!


All dressed up and ready to go!

Being the mother of the ring bearer is quite the job! Ha! It was busy but I really enjoyed it and was so excited that Max (and Jason as a groomsman) could be part of their special day! We ordered Max’s suit awhile back and it turned out to be a pretty good deal! We had to get the pants tailored a bit to fit him, but he looked pretty darn handsome if you ask me!


Busy with the trains!

He was such a stud at the rehearsal. He walked down the aisle like a champ. On Saturday, he did a wonderful job at pictures and kept busy playing with trains until it was show time. He was so sweet when it came time to go down the aisle. I helped him get started and then my friend Jill directed him where to go while I snuck up to the front of the aisle. At first he couldn’t see me and Jason motioned with his eyes (while on stage!) to move closer to the aisle. When Max saw me he sprinted down the aisle and almost tackled me down with a big hug! As promised, we went back to the room with the trains and all was well!


Jason and Gwenyth during the daddy/daughter dance!

Congratulations Jonathan and Emily!


Thanks to Frozen, whenever we hear the word “summer”, Max and I break into song! We are going to get gorgeously tan this summer! 😉 We have already packed so much into these first few weeks and I can tell that this will be a very exciting summer of firsts! This is my first full summer with two kids and my first summer with a two year old! (A two year old who likes to run and go places!)

Here are some fun things we have done so far:

This is also the first summer with my big boy using the potty! We are about three weeks in and I am so proud of Max! He is doing very well and seems to enjoy using the potty. It is quite the adjustment to be at the mercy of your child’s bladder, but it is also nice to not have to change two kids’ diapers each day! Yay for Max!

Gwenyth is getting her first teeth. Poor girl seems to be having a rough go at it. I can see the two front, two bottom, and one canine trying to pop through. My baby girl is growing up!

White Chicken Enchiladas


What you will need:
•8 flour tortillas
•2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
•2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
•3 Tbsp butter
•3 Tbsp flour
•2 cups chicken broth
•1 cup sour cream
•1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies

How it is done:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Mix chicken and 1 cup of cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan seam side down.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Allow sauce to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and chilies.

Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese.

*Recipe originally appeared on

Taco Bake

We love eating Mexican and I came across this recipe for a taco bake and thought I would add to it with some things that my family likes. The original recipe calls for 1 lb of ground beef, with all the items I added to this recipe, I was able to cut the meat mixture in two and freeze half to use when I make this again or for simple tacos!

What you will need:
1 lb ground beef
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 packet taco seasoning
1 red pepper, diced
4 jalapeño peppers, diced
1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Cilantro and/or green onions, finely chopped

How it is done:
1. Preheat the oven to 375*. Brown ground beef in skillet, drain. Return to pan and add seasoning, beans, corn, tomatoes with chilies, and peppers. Simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, grease a 10 inch pie plate or similar size rectangle pan. Spread crescent dough evenly in pan, be sure to press dough up on sides for a crust.

3. Pour half the meat mixture into the pan. (You can freeze the other half for a future dinner.) Cover with cheese.

4. Bake at 375* for 14-17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, cilantro, green onions, or salsa.