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August 30, 2008

Happy Birthday, Nana!

It may be Labor Day weekend, but we were off to corn country for a different celebration: Nana's birthday!

Even though we had to wait until after Audrey's nap to leave, we managed to arrive while the beautiful day was still in bloom.

Audrey was excited to check out the home improvements, especially those made to the playhouse out back. A new floor and rustic chairs give the place a whole new zeal.

It may have been Nana's special day, but Audrey found some time for fun with Papa! And Erinn and Kieran too, but they had the terrible luck to be in photos deemed to be too murky for the blog.

Birthday hugs for Nana! Hope it was a happy one!!

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August 26, 2008

since the last post...

I haven't posted for several days but it has not been from a lack of cute Audrey pictures or stories.

On Friday we met Sara and Emma for coffee while Jack was at his second full day of kindergarten. Emma, who is three, took this picture.

Before doing Audrey's favorite daily activity, "run errands."

We took a family walk at the park district and took the bridge over traffic. Audrey found a dollar! She insisted on wearing her Paris t-shirt from Papa on Sunday.

Todd took yesterday off from work and we went swimming at Channamom's. Audrey cried desperately for her swimming suit the day before when we started talking about going swimming.

We met our Thursday morning walking friends for an extra day this morning. After the walk, Audrey and Jake chased each other around. Notice how nice and behaved Jake is while Audrey is climbing the fence.

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August 21, 2008

chasing bubbles

We played with bubbles after dinner again last night. I just really like that Audrey looks like an old man in her white t-shirt and plaid shorts.

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August 20, 2008

an explaination

On Monday Audrey and I were at the park and she took a tumble off of a picnic bench onto concrete. She has a scabby, fat lip and scrapes on her chin as a result. Yesterday when Susan saw Audrey she said that it looked like she had gotten into a baby fight and Audrey imitated Susan's air punching.

Audrey added her own flourishes.

It is probably a bad idea to encourage the toddler to play fight, but at least Susan also played ring-around-the-rosie with her.

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August 19, 2008

Baby Fights!

(Note to self: Todd, you're on a computer, why not use it to double check the date)

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August 17, 2008

High School Reunion

Last night was the night of the big reunion barbeque for Dada and several high school friends, fortunately it also meant a reunion for Audrey and her BFF Brylen. I don't think I've been in the same room with April, Amber, Mike and Brad for the better part of two decades.

Audrey and Brylen both worked the room, knocking fists with all the old folks. Here she is getting a good one in with her pal Lynn. Audrey must have said "bye-bye, Lynn" on our drive home about a hundred times.

Even after Brylen took off to bed, Amber still gets stuck looking after a kid!

Sometimes it's pretty easy to tell when it's time to go. Hopefully we won't until Audrey is an adult for us all to hang out together again!

Here's a shot of the kids back in 1989(!) and one from last night.

Sorry, Mike, 4 out of 5 was the best combination I could find...if it's any consolation, I'm barely in it as well.

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August 14, 2008

getting tanky

Audrey posing for the camera last week.

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August 12, 2008

we bite, year two

Today we met Nicole, Nathan and Griffin and Jessica, Lauren and Paige for a fun day at the Cosley Zoo, just as we did last summer.

This is still my favorite sign.

Audrey was enthralled with the pigs.

The adorable little Griffin.

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August 11, 2008


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August 10, 2008

hey, lady

Much to Audrey's delight, Erinn, Kieran and Mac came out today. Before Erinn and I headed out to accomplish wedding tasks, Kieran kindly reattached the bumper to Todd's car that fell off on Friday when he got into a fender-bender, which the shop wanted more money than we paid for the car to fix.

Audrey has only been around Mac a few times, though she talks about him often. She warmed up pretty well to him today considering her general fear of dogs.

Eventually she even gave him some pets.

Kieran, our hero.

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August 04, 2008

twenty months

A few weeks ago Audrey went through a little phase where she was completely uncooperative for about three days in a row. She would refuse get dressed in the morning, it took fifteen minutes just to wrangle her into a diaper change and really in general didn't want to do anything that I wanted to. Since then she has been back to her usual joy to be around, probably even more so.

This month's new favorite things are counting to ten but always skipping five, spelling her last name but only with one "l", constantly dancing, playing in the curtains and climbing. On everything. Today she tried to climb into her crib and I had to lift her off of the coffee table twice.

Oh, and she can get out of the front screen door, which unfortunately does not lock, all on her own.

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August 02, 2008

the high seas

Mama was struck with a brilliant idea today, so we packed up the girl and headed out for some paddle boating! Audrey was guarded at first, but soon relaxed and had fun saying hello to all the ducks while her Dada pedaled around the Riverwalk. Throw in some frozen yogurt from the top rated place in Chicagoland (according to Chicago magazine, at least) and you pretty much have the perfect summer evening.

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