Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just another day... the Office.
This is exactly how I found him the other day!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Wanting to try something different for lunch, we ended up at Fritz's Restaurant in Crown Center.  It wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but it put a smile on Ethan's face and that's all that matters, right?

It was much like a diner you'd expect to find in a sleepy town but the neat thing about the place was how your greasy burger was delivered to your table.  A train comes out from behind the kitchen, coasts down the tracks which are above your head and the "cargo" drops down onto a tray just above your table.  It was pretty fun to watch. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of the delivery but you can see the tracks above the boy's heads in the bottom two pictures.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rite of Passage

The ice cream truck made its way through our new neighborhood a couple days ago, and luckily for the boys, Nick is a sucker for those things. 

Here is Alec enjoying his first cherry popsicle at 9 months old. 

A throwback photo of Ethan and his very first popsicle at 1 year old.

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Dirty Laundry

Laundry used to be therapeutic for me. We used to be friends, best friends even. I actually enjoyed the washing, drying, folding and putting away of laundry. We enjoyed each other's company and had a nice give and take sort of relationship.  I could count on my laundry to always be there for me but I never felt smothered. Then things changed. I added an additional 3 pairs of legs, feet, and arms (who all need clothes) into my life and my special relationship with my laundry was forever ruined. I couldn't give it the attention it needed anymore and it felt left out and neglected.

Now it sits angrily in a pile on the floor, begging and pleading for my attention.  I swear I can hear it cursing me as I pretend not to notice how it has grown from a couple pairs of pants into a heaping, tangled mountain of ugliness. I'm pretty sure it even tries to trip me. At first I felt guilty, but now my laundry has taken revenge on me. It has multiplied itself into a million piles throughout the house and
demands I separate it into color and size coded piles. Seriously?! Frankly, its become too needy and I just can't deal with one more needy thing in my life.

Truth be told, it's a bit awkward when my laundry and I are in the same room. We even avoid eye contact. No matter what though, we are still tied to one another for the rest of our lives and I don't want to let the kids think it's okay to have a poor relationship with their laundry so I think its time we call a truce and end our battle.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Union Station

The whole famn damily (this "word" is new to me but according to Nick means "damn family", just not so rude I suppose) loaded into the car this morning and headed to Union Station to check out Science City today. We've never been but had heard it would be a good time for Ethan.  What a beautiful building it was, we'll definitely return for another visit as there was so much to do. He went from one exhibit to the next with lightning speed, and wasn't ready to go home after 2 hours but it was way past nap time so we had to go.

Nick and Ethan testing out the police helicopter

Alec was pretty curious about his crazy surroundings

Miniature town/train set

Ethan climbed the monkey bars as I nervously waited for him to fall.

Nick and Ethan climbing up to the tree house.

Sliding down a "sewer pipe".

Ethan got a kick out of the musical drums (I'm 90% sure he's going to be a famous drummer someday).

The building was just gorgeous, I wished I had even a speck of photography talent to show it off. 

After pulling out of the parking lot Ethan declared he was NOT tired. Thirty-two seconds later...zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Just another day in the city!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Places

We made it to our first new park today, it's directly across the street from Ethan's future elementary school. I swear he seemed like such a big boy playing with all the other kids, where did my toddler go??

 The house we bought came with a little bonus for the boys in the backyard. The little playground is perfect size for Ethan (can you spot him?) and he is in love with the telescope that's in there. And somehow in the past couple of weeks he's graduated from the baby style swings to big kid ones. Where was I when that happened?

Suburbia anyone? Granted this picture below isn't all that clear due to that darn beautiful sunset, but it's a view from the side of our backyard. Rows and rows of fenced homes, backyard play sets, and golden retrivers. Nick and I have never owned a home that was truly considered suburbia, and now we're smack dab in the middle of it.  It's so kid friendly and very family oriented, and at this time in our lives is a perfect fit for our family.

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9 Months

Yesterday was Alec's 9 month birthday. Things have truly been chaotic around here so I didn't get even a single moment to post his picture. But this very instant, both kids are fast asleep and Nick is busy on his computer so this time is my time.

I don't know if it's because he's the 2nd child or if it's just his personality but Alec is such a laid back, patient (mostly), mellow kid. He doesn't fuss much and if he does then you can be sure you've forgotten to feed him or he's ready for a siesta. He still naps wonderfully and in the past 2 weeks or so is only waking around 5am to eat then sleeping in til 7 or so.  My body is loving the sleep.

Even more exciting are the "words" coming out of his mouth! He says "dadadada" and just recently started "mamamama".  We love hearing those words even though he may not really be saying them toward us, it still melts our hearts to hear.

No crawling yet, but this chunky baby isn't shy about scooting on his big belly wherever he wants to go.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Boxes Part II

Look what I found inside one of those boxes! The cutest package I've ever opened.

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