Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Liah sitting and waiting for the next turn to run.
Doesn't this look like a tennis pro in the making?:)
Blake has caught on very quickly and both kids are excited to go out this weekend and buy their own rackets so we can play as a family. Josh and I would play tennis all the time when we were dating and first married and since we've had kids it hasn't worked to well. I'm so excited to have the kids join us now.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Blake was really into watching the game and could of easily stayed for the whole thing. Thankfully he was very understanding when the girls had enough and it was time to go.
I think Hannah spent the whole time gazing at her beloved brother sitting next to her.
Josh and I were married and had our reception at Union Station across the street from the cove. This is where we took pictures after the ceremony.
Here is Liah and Daddy walking by Union Station. Unfortunately Union Station is now a bunch of offices. Hopefully one day they will again hold events there. It is such a beautiful building.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Blake is such a great helper. He definitely made yesterday much easier along with Josh who ran to get some pizzas for dinner so I didn't have to cook.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Blake enjoyed continuing to dig in the huge hole that was left by some earlier beach goers.
Liah and Blake both have gotten over there fear of going to deep with waves and at one point Liah was up to her neck. Mommy about had a heart attack from shore. Next week we will definitely be packing the floaties.
Hannah started out rather fussy but then relaxed and had a great time.
These are kind of dark pictures but they are adorable.
Hannah had her first experience in the water. The water was cold but she loved it.
I think we are definitely going to need to get a shop vac. The sand in the van is going to be knee deep by the end of the summer.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here is Hannah all dressed in her pajamas ready for the fireworks. I think she stayed awake for about the first 2 minutes of the show. She is smiling at Great Grandma.
Liah said she wanted a sisters picture so here it is. I can't believe I took one where they're both looking at the camera.
Doesn't Amy and Kyle look so excited about the upcoming Fireworks Extravaganza?
The kids got to do sparklers while we waited for it to get just a little darker out. I was so proud of Liah that she held her own all by herself. Fireworks is one thing that Liah isn't very fond of as you will see shortly.
Here's Blake with his sparkler. He looks all grown up to me in this picture.
Bob not missing up a chance to play with fire. I didn't post the pic where Bob lit as many sparklers as he could hold or all the guys setting off firecrackers in the trash can. Boys will be boys.
Here is Liah's seat right next to Great Grandma to watch the fireworks. This is where she started................................................................................................................................................
...........and this is where she ended up. Sitting in the van with daddy and Hannah. And yes she still felt the need to cover her ears.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I think we are at Maximum capacity here. The kids were great but towards the end of our trip there we were definitely missing the space of the minivan. The minivan looked great so we bought it and then headed to do some shopping. We went to IKEA where we first had a very late lunch. The kids loved watching the movie Robots while we ate.
We bought just a couple of storage containers and then headed for Woodfield Mall for a special surprise for the kids. They were so good through all of the boring stuff that goes with buying a new vehicle I thought they deserved it.
The surprise was a trip to Rainforest Cafe for our special dessert that they would normally just get at Disney. They were very excited.
The favorite Volcano. I forgot to get a pic with the sparkler on top. This a great family treat to share. We still can't eat a whole one.
Hannah loved looking at all the fishies swimming by.
So did Blake and Liah. Liah still doesn't like when the thunder storm comes through but thankfully that only lasts a minute.
This was the aquarium favorite this trip and the kids loved trying to follow the eel around.
There was also a balloon guy who made them a snake and a flower to take home.
We then headed home with Josh and the kids in the new van and me in the car all by myself. I had a very quiet drive home. I'm not sure if Josh can say the same. It was a great day.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Liah loves tending to the garden. She decided she wanted to try to plant corn. Now I don't think corn is going to grow well in a container but I couldn't say no. I was going to go out and help her but obviously Grandma Ostrom has taught her well and she knew exactly how to plant the seeds and then she had to water them.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Now for some reason we decided to not only look at new mini vans but also try to agree on the next phase of remodeling. So we headed to basically every home improvement store in the area. Now did I mention this is the third time we've done this in the last month to try to narrow things down. So needless to say it wasn't the most exciting anniversary but we did get a couple things accomplished. It's always nice to have some time to ourselves and a chance to sleep in and relax at home.