Chi-Town Baby!!!!

Drew and I spent this past weekend in a city we absolutely LOVE……Chicago!!!  Our beautiful little girl got to spend the weekend with her grandma and grandpa D (with special visitors: aunt Rachel, aunt Laura, Amanda and Tommy).  I feel so blessed to have such wonderful, loving parents and sisters!!

We decided to go to Chicago and catch the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles football game (since Drew is a HUGE Eagles fan) and to have some much appreciated “mom and dad” time.  Needless to say we had a wonderful weekend of site seeing, good food and a very exciting football game!  Here are some pictures from our trip!!!!!!

On the train from O’Hare airport to our hotel

We decided after lunch to head down to Michigan Ave and stroll the shopping district.  Once we got down there, we realized Michigan Ave was being set up for a parade taking place later that night, so it was VERY busy and crowded.  We went into a few stores, but then decided we were going to head over to the art institute instead.

This is that famous guy that moves like a robot and acts like a statue – he’s really good!

Outside the Art Institute of Chicago

After a busy day of site seeing, we had a nice dinner at Rockit Bar and Grill.  It was a great atmosphere and the food was AWESOME!

Then we went back to the hotel to get warm and comfy and catch some zzzzzzzzs

Sunday morning we got up and headed to Millenium Park to walk around and take some pictures

The “bean”

I like how it reflects downtown Chicago

Around 5:30PM, we headed to Soldier Field for the football game.  It was a little nerve wracking to be surrounded by Bears fans and cheer for the Eagles though 🙂  It was a great game and the Eagles beat da’ Bears 24-20 woohoo!!!

Monday morning we got up really early to head home.  We had a great time in Chicago, but couldn’t wait to get home and kiss and hug Jensen!


32 Years and Counting

On November 20,1977, my parents Rick Dankert and Juanita Martinez were married.  Over the years, they have raised all 4 of their daughters with an endless amount of love, generosity and support.  I think my sisters would agree that we all feel very fortunate that our parents are still married and happy after all these years.  They are truly the foundation of our family.  Today I share with you some photos from their very special day 32 years ago!

The beautiful bride

My parents with their parents

A family photo we took this past October

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!!  I can’t wait to share many more years and memories with you!

Love always,

Your Family

Tummy Time!!!

I just love waking up in the morning to see Jensen stretching and squirming to get out of the covers!  Once I say “good morning baby girl” she is all smiles and giggles!  I wish I felt like that every morning 🙂

I try to let little miss Jensen spend some time on her tummy after she gets up, but she doesn’t really enjoy it much.  Usually I can get her to be happy on her tummy for about 5 minutes and then she starts fussing.  I must say though, she is very good at holding her head up and she is now even starting to push herself up with her strong little arms!!

Beginning of Tummy Time

This is when I know she is done with Tummy Time

Then I flip her over to her back and she is happy again!

Our wonderful family friends, Karla and Larry, got Jensen this adorable little monkey on a recent road trip they took with my parents to Branson, MO.  Jensen just LOVES the monkey and I think it is so cute to put the monkey in her little arms!!

Jensen Michelle

I have spent the last several days thinking back to the day Jensen was born.  I honestly can’t believe she is 12 weeks tomorrow – time if flying!!

August 25th, 2009

I called Drew early that morning when I woke up and said to him”I think my water broke.”  I wasn’t sure though because it wasn’t a very substantial quantity.  I hadn’t really felt very good for a couple of days at this point, but I decided to just see how the day went because I had an appointment with my doctor the next morning.

August 26th,2009

When I got to my appointment at 9:30AM, I explained to the doctor what had happened the day before and she sent me to the next room for an ultrasound.  Sure enough, the technician confirmed and I was immediately sent over to the hospital.

I called Drew, who was at work, and told him we were going to have our baby.  He immediately went into daddy “panic” mode and scrambled to get things settled at work so he could leave.  Of course, his paternity leave didn’t start until the following Tuesday because we were scheduled to be induced on Monday, August 31, 2009, but he got it all taken care of before he left.  He stopped by the house to pick up my bag and to pack some items for himself and made it to the hospital within the hour.

My mom, Rachel and Tommy showed up just before Drew and hung out with me while my nurse was getting me all set up.  I had quite a few visitors throughout the day which was soooo nice.  My dad and sister Lynette came by for a while and to my surprise my in-laws from Wichita made it to the hospital by 7:30PM that night. Everyone made predictions about Jensen’s weight, length and anything else they could think of.

I started to progress in my labor rather quickly starting around 8:30-9PM and at 10:51PM we welcomed Jensen Michelle!  She was 6 lbs 12 oz and 19 inches long.  Aunt Rachel guessed almost exactly!!!

I have to say, Saint Luke’s East made my birth experience very pleasurable.  It was a wonderful experience and of course that is probably due in large part to the epidural- woohoo!!!

Here are some pictures from our hospital stay…..

Grandma Dankert, Jensen and me

Grandma and Grandpa Schauner with Jensen

Aunt Rachel was so overwhelmed and excited to finally meet her niece

Jensen Michelle the next day

Jensen Michelle the day we were going home

Happy Birthday Grandma!!


This past Tuesday (11/10/2009) my grandma celebrated another birthday.  I wish I could have been with her to celebrate, but she lives in Denver, CO, so unfortunately I don’t get to see her as often as I would like.  My grandma has always been someone I could look to for strength and wisdom, so as you can imagine, it was such a wonderful surprise when she called me this past September and told me she was coming to Kansas City for a few days to see Jensen, her first great granddaughter.

While she was here we spent a lot of time talking about family memories – new and old –  and of course spent most of our time holding, kissing and talking to Jensen.

And of course we had to capture the four generations…..


Grandma, you mean the world to me and I hope you had a wonderful birthday and I love you very much!!!


Welcome To My World……

…through my Blog!!  I’m so glad you are visiting and I hope you will continue to check back occasionally!  I’m hoping this blog will allow me to capture, store and share many of the  memories made by my family.

For today’s post I thought I would explain my blog title.  For those of you that know me, you know that on August 26th Drew and I welcomed our first child, Jensen Michelle.  She has changed our lives so much and we feel so blessed to have her!  She is celebrating 10 weeks today – wow!!  I feel very fortunate that I was able to take about 14 weeks of paid leave to be with her through her first few months of life.  I can’t believe she is already 10 weeks!  Guess that means spending the entire day with her is coming to an end sooner than I would like 😦

Though I plan to use this blog for ALL kinds of family memories, I imagine Jensen will be involved in many of them!  The title Peridot is in honor of my little girl’s birth stone.  She means the world to me and I can’t imagine a more perfect title for my new adventure…….blogging!!

I hope you will all find my memories as enjoyable as I do!