Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tree Watch 2008

Every fall I look forward to watching the trees outside change
color...particularly the large tree in front of our house. I thought
it would be fun to track the changes here. So far, there hasn't been
any color change as you can see, only a few lost leaves from some
heavy winds last week. The trees across the street (on the side of out
house) are now bare - two weeks ago the turned a beautiful bright
yellow. Maybe this one will have some changes for my update next week??

Monday, October 27, 2008

Best buds...for now!

I just wanted to post this picture as proof that Noah and Millie love
each other. Hopefully that feeling lasts forever, but I know there
will come a day when Noah's requests to 'Hold her' turn into 'hit
her' ...and her innocent gazes of adoration turn into glares. So if/
when that happens I will have this picture to remind me (and them!) of
the 'good old days!'

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Five years ago...

If you would have asked me a month ago if I would have been interested in writing a blog, I would have said...'Are you kidding?' I thought it was a waste of time and only for people who don't have anything better to do...also, who would read anything I would write anway? But since then I have read a couple other blogs and it began to make a little more sense to me. I realized it can be used as a means to journal events I want to remember and I want my children to remember...and it doesn't matter if no one else reads it. So, lately, I have been contemplating the idea of starting my own blog and after the day I had with my family today, I think I want to try because I don't want to forget these wonder, precious days with them!

Today is my 5th wedding anniversary...and I couldn't have picked a better way to spend it than with 4 of my favorite people - Jon (my husband), Noah (2.5 year old son), Millie (9 week old daughter) and Bowman...okay, so one of the 4 is my dog, but he counts as a person in my book! We started the day as we do most weekend days, with a trip to our favorite bagel shop. We all have our favorite Saturday morning treats...Jon the bacon and egg bagel, Noah with his mini raisin bagel and me with a whole wheat bagel with lox cream cheese. After breakfast we make a trip to our old Lincoln Park neighborhood to go to the Farmers Market. We walked around and happened to run into our old landlord Dave. Once we made our rounds, Noah walked on the rocks and we answered questions about what kind of dog Bowman is we took him to one of his favorite places...Montrose beach. Bowman always seems to know when we are on our way there! We had so much fun throwing the ball for him in the open field. Noah had his own ball that he would throw and pick up. Next Noah wrestled with his daddy a little and then we made a Mommy, Daddy and Noah sandwich...all while Millie napped in her carseat and Bowman caught his breath in between fetches.

Once we finished in the open field we stopped on the way out of the park at the Kids and Kites festival. It was soo neat. The whole field was filled with children and their families. The weather could not have been more perfect for flying a kite! Sunny, slightly windy and about 60 degrees. We grabbed something to eat and then bought a kite so we could join the fun! Noah loved seeing all the kites and watching his mommy and daddy (mostly daddy) try to get the kite in the air. Lucky for him, his dad is quite the kite flyer! He also enjoyed wandering around taking in all the sights and sounds...I had to chase him down a few times! Meanwhile...Millie still napped.

After our awesome morning together, we went home for naptime. Noah took a great nap...who wouldn't after an eventful morning like that. Once he woke up, we were at it again and took both of the stinkers out for a nice anniversary dinner. We went to Fogo de Chao...a nice restaurant downtown. I guess we thought we had such a wonderful morning that we would take our chances at dinner too!? Well, surprisingly, dinner went well...about as well as it could with a 2.5 year old boy and newborn. Although he didn't really eat too much (except about 5 butter rolls!) Noah seemed to enjoy the men who go from table to table serving the meat. He also made sure to point out the mural on the wall behind us had 'Fire!' (one of his favorite words) on it. All in all both little ones behaved very well and we looked at it as an opportunity to teach them manners.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this day. Jon and I laughed at dinner when we realized we were spending our wedding anniversary with our kids...something many couples do alone, but we decided for where we are right now...we wouldn't have it any other way! It is days like today that Jon and I not only feel so fortunate that we live in such a great city, but that we live here together!!!