Wednesday, May 15, 2013


BIG sister Delainey Louise introduces her new baby brother (well, he's actually almost 6 weeks old)!  Chael Keith Falken was born the evening of April 4th, 2013 at 11:55PM. He weighed 9 pounds 13.8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. He is perfect!

Delainey couldn't wait to meet him. She was all smiles when coming into the hospital room with Daddy! :)

Chael has his Daddy's dimple...

...and the signature pinky when he is content, just like his big sister did when she was little.

Delainey has been a great big sister and always has time to help Mom and Dad.

Sometimes taking care of a little one can be a bit exhausting!

Now that the weather has changed from snow to sun, Delainey has enjoyed some days outside on her bike, on her tractor, or just walking around the yard picking up sticks.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September...What a Month!

September 2012 came and went without one blog post from the Falken's.

Well, here is an attempt at summing up 30 days of September!

Jill and Mike got married! The weekend was full of friends and fun! We all had a great time!

High heels and pj's.... why not!?
Next up, Kayleigh and Chris's wedding! Another beautiful wedding and fun dance! The dance was a little eariler than most, which worked out perfect for our little ones who were ready to dance their socks off! And boy did they try! What a fun night of dancing!

Sunday after a delicious brunch, we were off to the Minnesota State Zoo. Wow - what a day! We saw so much in one afternoon, but we will definately need to go back again! Little Miss Delainey talked about it most of the way home until she fell asleep almost in mid-sentence. We are still talking about it today!

First day of Sunday School!
Little piano and bongo drums with the cousins... what fun!

In the middle of all of this fun, we also got to hear the greatest sound a parent can hear...the heartbeat of baby Falken due March 2013!!!
Delainey is going to be a BIG, proud sister! :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Fun

Summer fun keeps us busy! We are so fortunate to spend time with family and friends.....
and each other!!!

Teamwork - Grandpa Keith and Delainey completed the puzzle!
Delainey really wanted a couch buddy, but Max is on the run!
Sprinkler fun in the sun!
Best buy of the summer! Target clearance! :)
Storybook Land Festival 2012
Laughing at the goats at Grandpa Leo's
Brown County Fair with the Falken boys!
New big girl bed!
Shaun's surprise 30th celebration. Fun had by all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Delainey is "3"!!!

What a great summer we are having! The days and evenings go by one by one, and we are enjoying every minute of it. From bike rides, to gardening, to running in the sprinkler... we are living the good life! 

We recently had a celebration in our house! Delainey turned "3"!!! I can't believe our little peanut is three years old already!

Swinging with Brinnley
"Look at my cool caterpillar"

Friends for life

Maya has a plan how to catch those butterflies!

Gage and Reid... real live babies!  Delainey was in heaven.

Birthday girl!!! Doesn't she look older?!

Grandpa Keith and Grandma Bev made Delainey a princess castle cake! Awesome job!

Daddy with his princess

Mommy with her princess

Sprinkler fun!!!

What a day... time for popcorn!

Friday, June 8, 2012

GRAND weekend!

For me Memorial Day weekend has always felt like the start of summer! This year we had a full, busy, fun, memorable Memorial weekend.

We spent the weekend at the Halverson cabin at Clear Lake with Joe, Sarah, the kids, and Mom. It was great! Although the weather wasn't ideal for a "lake" weekend, we made the most of it. A fun part about spending the weekend at any cabin is preparing... what to bring, what to eat, haul it in, pack it up again! It's work, but it's fun work! There's something really great about bringing a little part of home somewhere else for a few days. Well, I guess it's vacation!!! 

We went on some walks, we had a bomb fire, the girls snuggled and watched a movie one night, we ate, drank and visited until early morning, and we even took some awesome family pictures!  Thanks, Erin Westby! We love them all!!

After packing up the cabin, we headed back home to watch the final day of horse racing in Aberdeen. Horse races on Memorial Day has been a tradition for our family for the past couple of years. We had a great time with more family and friends. And Delainey even got to ride a pony! :)
Happy Girl!
What a weekend!  The best part about it is that we got to spend time with so many great people.  We saw most of our siblings, cousins, and all of our grandma's and grandpa's in the same weekend! Woot woot!

Summer is off to a great start and we are really looking forward to our first summer in our new home. We have a garden planted for the first time, a nice yard to run and play in, a playhouse, and a great drive way for riding bike.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Delainey is riding a bike!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Days Gone By

Hello again!  The past weeks have been quite eventful.  I have started a new job, we celebrated Easter, we have enjoyed bean bags and golf in our backyard, and much more!

Shaun bought Delainey a small set of plastic golf clubs.  He hopes to get her out on the course!
Golf lesson #1
Someone is ready to get the lawn mower going!  We are all really looking forward to our first summer in the new house with the new big yard.  Gardening, playhouse, hop-scotch... what more could you ask for?!
Dying eggs for Easter - my favorite!  We had a blast dying about 30 eggs.  It was such a workout that Delainey peeled two eggs and ate them before I got everything cleaned up. 

All dressed up for Easter!
During Easter weekend we stopped in to see Grandpa Leo.  We came just in time to have afternoon lunch.  Delainey was especially excited for the oreos and juice!  And of course, Grandpa had to send home our favorite treat - M&M's!!

Hooray! The Easter Bunny came!

Ready, set, go.... find those eggs!

Sporting some new shades and pj's from the Easter Bunny!

The Falken house is doing well and looking forward to more beautiful weather!

My new position is a Credit Analyst for Wells Fargo in the Aberdeen main branch.  I really like the position as I continue to do training.  I was out of town all last week for training and go back again the first week in May.  I sure did miss being away from my family, but traveling will not be a regular thing, thank goodness!  Not sure how my Dad does it! :)

Since I was gone all last week, I spent a lot of time playing with Delainey this weekend, and boy was it enjoyable! Wow has her imagination came alive!  We watched an imaginary parade several times; there were clowns, horses, and bands playing!  Also we had to go shopping, make supper, and watch a hockey game!  It was a busy little Saturday for Delainey, the two babies, and myself! 

Today we went to the park to play, took a nice long walk and enjoyed the beautiful weather we are having!  We didn't manage to spot any turtles at Wylie Park sun bathing on the rocks, but we will watch for them again.  A few weeks ago there were several turtles out catching some rays.  Some rocks had as many as three turtles - it was a packed beach for those fellas!  Delainey and I spent a lot of time walking along the rocks and watching them dive into the water one at a time, and one brave turtle would normally stay on the rocks for us to watch from a short distance.

I need to make more time to stop and play with her.  Someday soon she will not be so anxious for Mommy to play, and boy did I have a blast!