Monday, December 27, 2004


Things are going well.  We had another appointment today and she is growing like crazy.  We also found out that the C-Section Date will be April 8th.

Monday, November 22, 2004


 It's A Girl  We had a second ultra sound done today and we are having a little girl :).  She is doing well and we will find out the expected day of  my C-section just after Christmas.  She doesn't have a name at this point.  We may wait to share her name when we have her.  It will gives us a reason to call all of you after she is born.

Thursday, October 7, 2004


Ultrasound today.  Baby's due date is officially the 17th according to it's size and development.

Monday, September 27, 2004

September 27, 2004

Wow it has been way too long.  We are so sorry.  Tina claims most of the responsibility except that Joel changed web hosting services and had yet to show this new way of doing things to Tina as of a week ago.  But that has now all changed.  This past spring and summer went so fast that we are having a hard time remembering all of the fun stuff that we have done along the way.  Well we should probably start with the fun stuff from May and then bring you to date.   Labor day weekend was a very big weekend here.  We took on a large project of knocking out the front picture window and replacing it with two smaller ones and extending the porch across the front of the house, with the help of Tina's parents.   There are new pictures on the Our house page in the photo book.  

At the very beginning of June we took a trip to Baltimore over our 4th wedding anniversary.   We drove and it wasn't too bad of a drive.  We did split it in half both ways by staying a night in Independence, Ohio (both ways).  When we arrived in Baltimore we got a quick tour of the neighborhood by Sara and Ryan's house.  For those of you that know them we added pictures of their house in our trip photo book , so check it out.  On our second day we went to the National aquarium which Maddie had a really good time at.  She just loves the fishies.  We then spent the rest of the day strolling around the downtown area.  It was a very nice city to check out.  Also on our trip we spent a day at the Baltimore Zoo.  It's a bit smaller than the one in Battle Creek.  When the trip was all done we agreed it was fun but it was great to be home.  Maddie celebrated her 2nd birthday on July 3rd with a really nice party and gathering of friends and family.   She also said goodbye to her first best friend, Ayla, this July because her Daddy got a new job in Madison, Wisconsin.  Later in the middle of summer we took our newly bought pop-up camper to Midland for 2 nights and saw Joel's Grandmother.  It was nice trip and we can't wait to camp again.  

Over Labor Day weekend we set off on our adventure trip to Myrtle Beach.  We called it the adventure trip because we were uncertain as the Weather people were as to the direction that Hurricane Frances was heading.  It took us two days with an over night stop to get to Myrtle Beach.  We had two 1/2 days of sun while we were there.  We didn't do much while we were there.  The guys took two mornings and went golfing while us girls took in the sun.  The afternoons were also spent pretty lazy too.  Labor Day was rainy and we went shopping.  As you can guess the girls had more fun than the guys.  Tina's parents were to leave on Tuesday and us on Thursday, but due to the remains of Frances heading our way we packed up and head home with them.  As we left South Carolina we would get about 30 min or so out of a county and there would be Tornado Warnings for them.  Also that night after we got of North Carolina parts of I-40 was closed and we had to take part of I-40 to get home.  So needless to say we were so glad we did leave because Myrtle Beach got lots of rain and storms for the following few days.  That weekend was also a very big weekend for us other than Tina's Dad turning 50.  We were able to tell our parents that we are expecting our second child in April.  So as you can see these last 6 months have been rather busy.  Hopefully Tina can do a better job of keeping things going on here even with this second one on the way and all.  Until next time, God Bless you all.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

March 25, 2004

Hello out there.  Bet you all were beginning to think that we forgot about you.  Well we didn't and we are still alive and doing great.  Time can really fly by when you are having a ton of fun.  Things in the Ross household have been really keeping us all on our toes.  A lot has happened since the last update.  Joel and Tina celebrated their 3rd anniversary this June and Maddie gave them a present that they would never forget.   She decided that today is the day I'm done crawling and use my feet to fly around the house.  Maddie also celebrated her first birthday in June with style as Elmo took the main stage as the theme to her party.  We took the house off the market at the end of August due to the fact that we couldn't find a new home and had no offers made on ours.   Tina tried going back to school this fall but was unable to imagine not being involved in Maddie's life as much as she had been in the past, so she has postponed her last five classes for a few more years.  She then decided to baby-sit two boys from across the street, Caleb who is 12 and Cole who is 4, a few days a week after school and is just loving it.  Maddie also has made a new friend out of this adventure, she and Cole are inseparable when the boys are here.  Maddie and Tina also went back to swim class this fall and made yet another new friend who lives a block around the corner.  Ayla is 3 months  younger than Maddie, and she comes over once a week for 3 hours while her Mommy (Amy) gets their house ready for a new baby due in September.  Christmas was a bit hectic we spent 5 days straight from Christmas Eve making the rounds.  As you can guess we were all jollied out by the end of the 5 day run.  Joel's job with Sagestone has been keeping him very busy.  He started a company with the friend that got him his job at Sagestone.  The name of their company is Tourney Logic, please feel free to check out their site.  The best way for to describe what they are doing is to say that they build pool management software.  It has been used by some very big companies this March to run pools for March Madness.  I'll let you check out the site to find out who they are, you will also see why I'm not mentioning the biggest one in this update. 

As we look forward to the summer we are planning on making a few trips and just enjoying our time being able to go more places than last summer.  We will start the summer with a trip to see Tina's cousin Sara and her husband Ryan in Baltimore.  We hope to get season passes to Michigan adventure to enjoy being able to live so close and if you are up for a lazy day  in a water park let us know and we can join you there.  We then plan to end the summer with a trip over Labor Day to Myrtle Beach with Tina's parents to celebrate her Dad's 50th birthday.  We think it's a bribe so we won't throw a party, it worked :).  That is all for now and we promise to do better on keeping you updated as now Tina knows how to upload the new info.  God Speed.