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Good Morning

Mornings at our home are pretty low key. Grayson is usually up between 6 and 6:30am every day regardless of the time he goes to bed at night (or the amount of sleep mom and dad had). We will often sit and have “coffee” together and watch a cartoon.

After cartoons, he will usually build something. From blocks or more recently, Legos.

In the Lego Zone

In the Lego Zone

McKenzie normally sleeps in, sometimes as late as 9am. Today, she was actually awake around 8:15. So much for getting a photo of her sleeping.

A smile to start the day.

A smile to start the day.

Mornings with my kids are generally awesome. Its the one time of day they are both pretty focused and we can have a conversation as the day starts. Its only a matter of time (which goes by so quickly) before they will be fighting over the bathroom – but I can always come back to this post and remember the good ole days.


Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Looking to get more use out of our slow cooker, I found this beef stroganoff recipe. Chris and I have made it a few times and it comes out GREAT!

2 lb beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small jar/can mushrooms
1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
2 cans cream of mushroom soup (I use 1 can and a half cup of milk)
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix (I use store brand)
1/2 cup sour cream (stirred in at the end)

Combine all ingredients except sour cream, cook in slow cooker on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. For immediate meal, add sour cream. I usually make 2 batches and freeze one before I add the sour cream. Serve over buttered noodles or rice.

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It’s a Boy!

Please join me in welcoming Grayson Kurt Clemens into this world!

He was born on Friday, August 6th at 11:59pm. He was a healthy 9 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long (or is it tall) at birth.

He was born at Fairview General – the same hospital that I was born at, 3 of 4 of my siblings were born at, and my Mom was born at. Everyone there was absolutely wonderful to us and Grayson. The nurses were sad to see us go. We are off to a great start because of them. I couldn’t have imagined Chris or Grayson receiving any better care.

We are now on day 7 of life and everyone is recovering as expected and Grayson is nearly back to his birth weight.

While on the post-partum floor, I overheard another father on the phone talking to his employer, thanking him for allowing a few extra days off while he was caring for his wife and child. I was reminded of how thankful I am to have such a wonderful staff at Acroment who have taken care of things while I was away.

Thank you Tom, Erik, Ian, Tony, Tim and Elizabeth for taking such good care of things so that I could spend that time with my new family!!


Bill Vs. Steve

These are good for a few laughs.


I am Moving…

To wherever they have events like this…