Monday, August 27, 2012

Isa’s first day of school!

Ages ago, I set up Rosie’s two year old well visit for this very morning. There was no way I could go and Marc had a call he had to take downtown so he couldn’t go either. Thankfully, Grandma Bebe, Grandma Jo, and Papa Jeph were able to take her. What a lucky kid! Jeph did an amazing job documenting the drop off.100_1556

Bebe, Isa, and Jo

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Exciting entry way!

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Teachers

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Her locker!

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At her desk…I think her teachers may have gotten a warning about her talking and smartly put her on the end. She was always on the end in Kinder too!

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After Jeph, Jo, and Bebe left, they saw Isa waving from the window of her classroom.

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I was really sad to miss it but I feel like I was there. Thank you Jeph for the amazing photos! For historical purposes…the Harrison Brick!

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Rosie’s Two!

Rosie is a little two year old. She wears 12m pants and can still fit in 3-6 month dresses but she’s growing up. She answers and asks questions and makes jokes. She’s a great signer and we all just love her when she isn’t being a total pill! jk We love her all the time!

Her stats: Height 32 inches – 9% (she’s on the chart!) Weight 18lbs 7 ounces – less than 5% (not on the chart).

We had family and two of her buddies over. It was a great small backyard party.

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Action family pics!

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Pool time! They swam before the party even started!

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The grandmas talked about serious stuff.

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Snacks.

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The men.

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The women.

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The girls.

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The swings.

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The bigs were playing air, fire, water, and earth bending. The big ball represents air, the red ball represents fire, soccer ball represents earth and the water from the old bubble bottles is water!  The played for a long time.

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Who collects beer cans?

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More photos to come…

Isa’s 3-day sleepover!

Isa might be the luckiest 6 year old girl in the world. She got to spend the night with Grandma Bebe for three nights at Jonny and Lisa’s place (they were there too). It was the best. They started the sleep over with a store run to buy lots of ice cream to accompany all the movies they would be watching!

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The first thing on their agenda for day two: American Girl Place, where they purchased Josephina and a change of clothes!

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Then it was tea time!

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She had a lovely time and made a friend with the girl at the table next to her. They look like they could be sisters.

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There were lots of treats. It’s going to be tough changing her diet.

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Then they went to the Lego store.

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More treats at the Hershey store.

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Then she got to play with Josephina with one of the best doll players around town, Lisa!

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They all have matching daisies in their hair. So cute!

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How can one end such a fantastic day? Dinner at the Rainforest Café with a surprise visit from Daddy!

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Day three seemed to start off well with chocolate chip pancakes.

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and cupcakes!

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and tickets to see Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier with Grandma Bebe and Lisa!

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with one of the performers!

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This day ended with an evening at the Conservatory with a picnic, crafts, drums, and fire dancers!

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and cake pops!

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and more treats.

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cool hats and drums (I have no idea where those things went…hmmmm).

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dancing!

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Final day mostly consisted of packing up and coming home. She looks pretty tired!

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My guess is that she will remember this special time with Jonny, Lisa, and Grandma Bebe for a long long time! Thank you for giving her such a special time full of attention!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

the weekender: parks, church festival, birthday parties!

Jimmy looking good on his last day of camp.

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Jimmy went to Camp R.E.A.L., a two week camp hosted by the Evanston park district for kids with special needs. The age range was 3-22. Jimmy was the youngest and was awarded “Rookie of the Year.” They canoed, went to the beach, bowled, met cute little animals, went on scavenger hunts and did lots of arts and crafts.

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From day one, Jimmy’s smiles, hugs, and good looks captured the hearts of all the counselors. One time when I was picking him up one counselor was mumbling how I need to get his face on the cover of a magazine. I totally agree!

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The camp totally wiped Jimmy out. I actually kept him home on four of the ten days because he needed time to recover. Outside of camp, he mastered this climbing wall. It took all summer but he can do it!

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Jims is talking to grandma Jo on the phone (listening).

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Isa and Rosie in a little cave!

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Rosie can also climb the wall and it’s freaky how well she can do it. I’m so excited for her to take gymnastics with grandpa this fall. She will be so much stronger than she was last spring.

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We went to Notre Dame de Chicago’s August Fest. It was great fun and felt easy because we handed Rosie off to grandma Jo. Thanks Jo!

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He’s pleased with himself!

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Isa, Lisa, and Mary!

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Me and the Jims!

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Fire trucks are the coolest!

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Isa thought she would take it for a drive. Don’t let Isa drive the truck!

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Isa won a raffle at the fair and when her number was called, she got up, and ran to the lady. It was pretty awesome. Tonight she tried to get away with sleeping in Marc’s guitar case.

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We celebrated with Conor on his 5th birthday. It was a great party and reunion of some of my favorite people in the ds community. Conor is on the drums, Bobby is in the back ground, and Jimmy’s got two shakers!

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Now Bobby’s on the guitar.

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Adi’s getting ready for her solo with her sister, Ella!

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It was a great week!