May 15, 2011

ballet recital

Today was the recital for Audrey's ballet class. We had bought the required special costume, invited the grandmas to attend, and asked papa to watch Charlie. But Audrey refused to perform. She seemed excited for recital until yesterday at rehearsal. She wouldn't go onto the stage, saying she was too scared. So I wasn't expecting much for today. I was really hoping when it came down to it, she would just go for it.

Audrey wouldn't even put her costume back on afterwards for pictures with the grandmas.

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May 14, 2011

happy birthday, Seth!

Seth turned five yesterday and today we celebrated with him. Happy birthday, Seth!

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May 10, 2011

sports class

Charlie and I have been going to a sports class, his first organized class. Each week they do a different sport: floor hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, football. He is not much of a focused class participant and more often than not does his own thing rather than what the coaches and I instruct him to do. He still has fun running around and throwing, kicking and hitting the balls but I think it will be a while before we sign up for another of this type of class.

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May 08, 2011

Mother's Day outtakes

I really did try to get the kids to pose for a Mother's Day card, but luck wasn't with me. I ultimately went with a photo from a different day, but these are still pretty cute.

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Happy Mother's Day!

We kept the tradition alive, except this year I had two little helpers in the kitchen. Audrey is really good with just about every step involved in making the waffles but the egg cracking (which she claims scares her), while Charlie contributed some well supervised whisking. He did a good job staying quiet and letting Mama sleep in, which earned him high marks for the morning. That and dressing like a chef with his sister.

Audrey thought it would be a good idea to make the waffles look pretty, so we came up with a sun design. This is the kind of special treatment you get around here when it's your day.

Mama was "surprised" when we came upstairs with a delicious breakfast for her to enjoy in bed. Between wrangling kids and opening presents, it's not easy to to actually get to the breakfast-in-bed part of the tradition.

It's always nice when both kids (especially Charlie) can settle down long enough to pose for a picture with us.

Audrey has the last word. Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

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May 07, 2011

Happy Free Comic Book Day

Audrey was really excited to get out to FCBD this year in anticipation of snagging a new Smurfs comic. Charlie took one step into the store, quickly turned to me and asked "what do we do here, Dada?" He caught on swiftly and a good time was had by all...

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May 05, 2011


Audrey was very excited to give me the mother's day gift they had made in preschool. She had decided to wait until Todd came home from work, but just couldn't stand the anticipation so had me open it before we even ate lunch.

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May 04, 2011


We went out to dinner tonight and there was some hamming for the camera before the impatience of sitting set in and the misbehaving began.

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May 02, 2011

art show

Audrey's preschool had an art show today. Each child had a piece taped up to the wall outside the classrooms. Audrey was very proud of her snake. I think it is pretty awesome, too!

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May 01, 2011

twins turn six!

Happy birthday to Jeffery and Jaila who turned six this week. We celebrated at their house today. Charlie and Audrey both love getting to see their cousins!

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April 30, 2011

ballet picture day

Audrey's dance recital is coming up in two weeks and today was picture day. Audrey was excited to get all dressed up.

Audrey waiting with some classmates to get pictures.

Audrey, Abby and Sarah came up with this Charlie's Angels-like pose all on their own.

After pictures, we loitered outside the park district eating popcorn.

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April 29, 2011

twenty-seven months

Charlie has really been loving that the weather is nice and he can go outside and dig in the dirt. He is all boy when it comes to getting dirty.

Now that he is really talking, Charlie comes up with the silliest things. He'll say "I have an idea guys" and then tell us some gibberish about cars or trucks. If you try to tell his an idea he always argues that it is not an idea. I guess in this house, Charlie come up with all the good ideas.

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park playdate

We had a great afternoon today with Amber and Brylen at a park we had never been to. We took a nice walk (run) around the pond and saw what we think was a beaver then played at the playground.

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April 28, 2011


Look what Charlie proudly showed me he could do today with a chip. That's my boy!

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April 24, 2011

bunny cake

Audrey and Charlie discovered this morning that the easter bunny visited our house and brought books and candy.

We saved the egg hunting for Nana and Papa's house, who organized a great egg hunt for Audrey, Charlie and cousins Imani, Jaila and Jeffery.

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April 22, 2011

I need a vacation from this vacation

Erinn and Kieran were off to Ireland again so we were off to Chicago to stay at their loft for a mini vacation. Our plan was two nights, low expectations and keep the cats company.

We started our trip by picking up Todd from work yesterday and going out for dinner at Leona's. I should have known we were destined for trouble when Charlie didn't nap at all. It started out small with happy screams because he thought it was funny. Dinner ended with Charlie throwing himself on the sidewalk on Taylor Street crying and screaming (unhappily).

Audrey was pretty good at least for the most part. Since she and Todd are both smiling, this picture must have been taken before Audrey grossed out us and half the restaurant by licking the top of the parmesan cheese shaker. Eww.

The rest of the night really only got worse. It had been a while since Charlie slept in the pack and play and he was not having it. He leaned so far over the side he fell right out. So, Charlie got to sleep in a big bed for the first time and did great. But between thinking someone was trying to break into the loft, crying cats and bed-hogging, thrashing children, Todd and I did not sleep so well.
The tired crew this morning.

Todd had to go into work this afternoon so I debated about just taking the kids home after breakfast. We bucked up and went ahead with our plan for the morning - the Museum of Science and Industry- and then we would go home. It was a good decision to go, we had a lot of fun.

Audrey in front of a model of the building we call "dada's building" and everyone else calls the Sears Tower.

Audrey had been talking about coming back here to see her favorite baby chicks for months.

Who knew the MSI has mold-a-ramas? Charlie pushes his new train.

Audrey wanted to take Charlie for a ride on the tractor.

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April 16, 2011


Our neighbors invited us to join them at the local bouncy place and we accepted. Last time Charlie was here last summer, I had to leave with him while Todd and Audrey stayed and had fun. It took a little bit for him to warm up but soon he was jumping with joy and cruising down the big slides with Todd.

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April 14, 2011


We know that spring is coming - our daffodils are finally in full bloom!

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