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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wrapping Up Chicago: That Last Part

We've finally gotten to it: The last installment of our last days in Chicago!  And it only took me over 3 months.  

We moved on a Monday and packed up our moving truck on Saturday morning.  After all our packing and after we went to our church one last time, we didn't have a lot to do.  We cleaned a little but after that, we were just looking to get out of our empty apartment.  Sooo...we headed into the city to cross one more thing off our list.
The kids and I had never been up the John Hancock Building.  Since it was a Sunday afternoon, there was no line.  It made the experience so stress-free which was really nice after all the craziness of packing and cleaning.
 Our friend, Julie, came along.  She's super fun and we miss her very much.
We enjoyed wandering around the observation deck and just taking in the views.  The Hancock building isn't quite as tall as the Sears/Willis Tower, which we've all been up before, but it is right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile so you could argue that the views are more interesting.  I loved that we were right there on the edge of the lake so we could see the beaches and all of the Lake Shore trail that we love so much.
Seminary friends.
 Taking it all in.
 Telling Albert about the city in which he was born.
 Playing with the mirrored ceiling.
 Cute kid.
 I can't remember what was said but it must have been funny!
 I mean, look at those smiles. Funny!
We're so vain.
 So are we.  Look at that cheese ball face!
 We're vain too.
Hmm...I'm seeing a trend.  Maybe I'm just the vain one.
 For dinner we went to Giordano's one last time.  Not this one though.  There was a crazy long wait.
Instead we got on the train and went to one on the way back to our apartment.  It was much smaller and quieter and just as delicious.  
Since the kids' beds were already packed, they got to camp out in their bedroom.
Happy campers!
During our last outing, we tried to recreate a family picture of us that we've always loved.  Not everyone was really into taking a family picture though.
Anyway, the family picture we loved was taken back in Tyler's second semester of seminary, back when we only had two kids (although we found out later that day that we were pregnant with Elias).  It was a kind of silly picture of us where we were standing in front of this very brick wall and we were looking very serious, almost angry serious.
We've always thought it was funny and loved the picture because of it.  Therefore, before we left, we wanted to recreate it at the other end of our time in Chicago.
These may not have turned out as great as the original but I think they will help us book end our experience well.
Goodbye Chicago.  We miss you so much!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wrapping up Chicago: Part 4

I will finish up the Chicago posts.  I'm actually almost done.  I think I should have only 1 left. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, people!

They updated the playground at Hollywood Park (maybe a mile north of our apartment) and it reopened just before we moved.  We had to try out all the new equipment.  The favorite from the trip was the "merry-go-round."
It's only a little bit like the merry-go-rounds we grew up with.  This one was a lot tamer. There were seats and the person pushing had to push a whole lot harder to get it moving.  It also stopped spinning almost immediately after you stop pushing.  It makes for a much better workout for the person pushing though.
Go, go! That's Sanne, one of Addilyn's friends, who came with us to check out all the newness.
One of the box staging areas.  We had a few of these areas.  Wow, we have a lot of stuff!
We took a break from the packing to make one more visit to the Field Museum.  Hey Sue!
Here we were recreating a picture we took the first time we visited.  Go here to see the original.
Munch, munch.
Ahhhhhh!
The kids were pretty fascinated by this whole touch screen thing.
Tyler was on the phone with U-haul trying to get the truck pickup figured out.  Moving is fun.
Pondering the stegosaurus.
We finished the outing with a failed attempt to get a family picture.  The skyline looks great but we're so dark you can't see us.  Stink.  Apparently, I have much to learn about photography.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

For Halloween this year, Asher asked to be Dusty from the Disney Planes movie.
Tyler worked very hard and made him this costume.  Asher can even spin the propeller!
Nneeaoowww!
The artist with his masterpiece.
Albert was a dragon.  Here he was on Wednesday when he tried on the costume.  He proceeded to wear it nearly nonstop for the next 2 days.
Here's the crew as we got ready to head out for trick or treating.
Addilyn was Anna from Frozen.
Elias was finally Batman.  We bought him the costume last year for his birthday but he decided against it at the last minute.  This year he was pretty jazzed to be Batman.
Too cute.
Happy Asher.  He enjoyed the trick or treating and was pretty into showing off his spinning propeller.
Dragon boy.
Plodding through the neighborhood.
Here's the whole crew. As Tyler was gone at a conference, some older girls from our church (whom I realize I never got a better picture of) offered to help me take the kids trick or treating.  It was so great because these girls know the whole system here.  They knew about the nursing home (which I would have had no clue about) and which houses are the best.  Thanks ladies!  I definitely would have pulled my hair out if I would have tried it without you two.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Elias' Birthday Interview

Because I've never been good at only picking the best pictures to post, here are a whole bunch of pictures of Elias on his birthday.
 Happy Elias.
 Slightly smirking Elias.
 "I'm so cold."
 "I'm 4...see it even says so on my shirt."
 Jumping.
 Serious (and seriously cute).
 Grrr.
 This face makes me giggle.

 Hey, look, he's four on a slide.
 Posing in the leaves.
 Doesn't he look relaxed?
 We have a picture of Asher on his fourth birthday doing almost the EXACT same thing.  Check it out; it's the second from the last picture in the post.
 Did we mention he's four?
And we'll end with a picture with his Momma and his interview.  Enjoy!!

Elias' Birthday Interview: Age 4
What is your favorite color? orange
Who is your best friend? Tommy…and Courtney
What is your favorite TV show/movie? Dinosaur Train
What is your favorite thing to do outside? play
What is your favorite thing to do inside? play (I see a trend)
What is your favorite game? hide & seek
What is your favorite thing to wear? my Superman jacket
If we were to go on vacation, where would you want to go? to Grandma & Grandpa’s that have Belle
What do you like most about your siblings?
Asher – I like to play with him super duper much
Addilyn - play
Albert - …I don’t know
Now that you're 4, what do you want to know/learn? I like songs…to drum 
What do you want to be when you grow up? a dad who plays drums in a band
What is your favorite toy? superman glider
What do you sleep with? Rawr and Seal
What is your favorite thing to do as a family? play games like hide & seek
What is your favorite art project? painting
What is your favorite cereal? Life
What is your favorite lunch? sandwiches  - not pumpkin bread, just peanut butter and jelly
What is your favorite dinner? tacos
What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks
What is your favorite dessert? cookies
What is your favorite drink? juice...yummy, nummy juice!
What is your favorite animal? Rawr and Seal (his stuffed polar bear and seal)
What is your favorite song? Hark the Herald
What is your favorite book? library books
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween