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April 28, 2008

rainy days and mondays

The rain kept Audrey and me indoors today. Wanting to get out of the house, we went to the mall so Audrey could climb, crawl, run and steer in the play area.

In order to get the full mall experience we ate soft pretzels and drank an Orange Julius.

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April 27, 2008

Saturday with the cousins

It was a big Saturday for Dada as he managed to fit in visits with the members of his family and squeeze in a reunion with the members of his former band. Audrey had the big guy all to herself for a bit while Mama helped Aunt Erinn search for (and buy!) a wedding dress. Then it was off to see her cousin Imani play soccer followed by a birthday celebration for Jeffery and Jaila.

Before the game, Uncle Jeff and Papa introduce Audrey to Jackson the puppy

Bundled up for the game with Jaila and Nanna

Audrey and the star goalie

Overwhelmed by cousins!

Aunt Rickie gets a few minutes with the girl before naptime

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April 24, 2008

take (any random) child to work day

Todd invited our nephew Tyler to go to his office for take your child to work day so our niece Allysa spent the day with me and Audrey. Tyler and Todd left early to catch the train while Audrey, Allysa and I went to the little zoo near our house with Sara, Jack and Emma.

Allysa being witness to the turtle vs. alligator match.

I thought this toy was a rhinocerus but Jack tells me it is a triceratops.

Audrey, Jack, Allysa and Emma in front of the mastodon. In 1933 mastodon bones where found on the site of this very park.

Tyler during his lunch break in Federal Plaza during a Chinese protest again Western media bias and support of the Olympics.

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April 22, 2008

just plain cute

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April 21, 2008

meow meow meow meow

We stuck close to home today and enjoyed the weather playing on the slide in the back, exploring the yard with all of its budding plants and walking back and forth along the sidewalk in front of our house. Audrey wanted her cat ears on for our outing after her nap.

This is what Audrey looked like this morning when she woke up. Somehow she gets all wrapped up in her pajama shirts. I guess I should stick to one-pieces. At least it doesn't look like she minds.

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April 19, 2008

city fish

We took Audrey on her first trip to the aquarium today. Audrey's aunt Erinn and soon-to-be-uncle Kieran joined us.

Audrey was interested in the sealife but was scared by the green moray eel.

That is a big fish.

Audrey explored the Soldier Field Children's Garden. It has an earth, space and science motif.

We stopped for lunch at Connie's then went to see Erinn's new place/Kieran's old place. Audrey eventually mustered the courage to give Mack the dog a few pets.

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April 18, 2008

in bloom

Every day Audrey and I check on the status of the daffodils in the yard. Yesterday they were fully bloomed.

The cashier at the store checkout didn't believe me that Audrey put these stickers on by herself.

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April 16, 2008

trip to the zoo

Sara called this morning to see if Audrey and I wanted to go to the zoo with her, Jack and Emma. We didn't get to see as much as we would have liked to because of nap and train schedules, but it was a glorious day to be outside.

Mesmerized by dolphins.

Audrey sat and waited nicely for the train. On the train she would have been happy if I would have let her run the aisles.

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April 14, 2008

tour de pancakes

Today Audrey and I had lunch with Susan at the IHOP. Susan has taught Audrey to say "nuts".

Audrey likes to watch the videos of herself on her blog. There isn't much else she will sit still for these days.

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April 09, 2008

very little reading

I was thinking today was going to be a pajama day until Sara called to see if Audrey and I wanted to meet her, Jack and Emma at the library. Audrey was all over the place. Strangers read her stories and kids got mad at her for messing up their puzzles. Jack and Emma were great - Jack performed a puppet show for her and Emma shared the rocking chair.

Todd would want me to remind everyone that next week is National Library Week.

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April 08, 2008


Yesterday we met Nicole, Nathan and new baby Griffin at the arboretum. The sun was shining but the chilly wind didn't allow us to spend as much time outside as we would have liked. It is always great to catch up with Nicole and Nathan was an enthusiastic entertainer for Audrey.

Audrey just had to get in on the fun of pushing Griffin's stroller with Nicole and Nathan.

Two month old Griffin - so cute and sweet!

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April 07, 2008

weekend recap

The weather was so nice we walked to the park in our neighborhood on Saturday.

We started with the familiar swings.

Then Audrey played on the big kid equipment for the first time.

On Sunday we met Brad, Mike and Lynn in the city for vegan lunch that turned into breakfast at Soul Vegetarian.

Lynn let Audrey play with her jewelry.

Mike and Audrey discuss art and monkeys.

My friend Sara had an outdoor slide that Jack and Emma have outgrown and offered it to us for Audrey. When we got home from the city Sara had come over and set it up in the back yard. Thank you, Sara!

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April 04, 2008

sixteen months

Today I took Audrey to her aunt Erika and uncle Kurt's house to have a play date with cousin Seth, seven months her senior. Seth shared hugs upon our arrival but wouldn't let Audrey give him kisses despite several attempts.

Audrey meets her new two-month old cousin Grant for the first time. Look at that smile!

Also, today marks Audrey's 16th month. Audrey continues to learn new things that amaze us and melt our hearts. She has gotten to be quite a walker, goes crazy for eskimo kisses and tells Todd and I "love you." Todd's favorite development is her singing a portion of the Batman theme song. Audrey can't get enough of being read to. Her book of choice for the last several days has been about going potty on the toilet. Today she was liking Wocket in my Pocket.

Audrey looks a lot like I did at 16 months.

Here is the full picture including my twin Kurt. How did Channamom get us to sit for this picture and where did she get these snazzy outfits? Oh, the 70's.

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April 03, 2008

spring break!

Susan is on spring break and what could be more exciting for spring break than hang out with Audrey?

Susan and her co-workers recently did a cleaning of their classroom and Susan kept a couple of things to give to Audrey. Audrey isn't too sure about this particular item.

Susan didn't even try to poke Audrey with pencils while we ate lunch at the Riverwalk. Then I was introduced to something I didn't know existed - a little shop that specializes in raw cookie dough that is safe to eat because it is made without eggs! Susan enjoys hers while all Audrey got was an empty sample spoon to chew.

Best spring break ever!

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