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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wrapping up Chicago: Part 3

Group pic.  


I started this post well over a week ago; let's see if I can finally get it done.
As we were packing up, we decided to escape the mess in a truly epic way.  We made our own drive-in movie.  We thought the LEGO movie would be a good subject for all the awesomeness.
Here's the sideview, for some perspective.
Fully immersed in the LEGOocity.
In preparing to pack up all we own, we had to dig out all the boxes we'd been saving.
It was a bit precarious to get them all out.  You wont' be surprised to note that we had more than enough boxes for all of our things; although, depressingly, not way more.
Our friend, Julie, introduced the kids to some different artistic mediums.  Addilyn was drawing a cherry with charcoal.
Elias was experimenting with paint.
Asher experimented with paint as well.  And look, there's Julie.  Thank, Julie, for letting the kids play and explore with you!
In our last week, we had to go to one more Cubs game.
Elias was pretty entranced.
Me and my girl.
Our view(well, specifically Elias').

Albert was pretty active throughout.  He certainly kept us entertained during the slow parts.
And look, they won!
Group pic.  And fun was had by all!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wrapping Up Chicago: Part 2

The next park we went to was Indian Boundary.  It has this great wooden playground that is HUGE.  They were having some parks district program(s) there.  That meant there were a lot of kids, most of them older, already playing on the playground.  It made it less than fun for Albert and even Elias and Asher. So we pretty quickly abandoned the playground and wandered over to the wildlife pond.
Three brothers checking it out.
They found turtles!! Everyone was pretty enraptured by the turtles.   Even Albert was so into that he put up quite a fuss when we went to leave.
Cheesy pose.
"You want to give me a bite of that peach."
Addilyn's friend, Maizy, came with us.  Here she was offering Addilyn some words of encouragement.
And then a helping hand.
 Ornery face.
Cutie faces!!
The girls seemed to really enjoy helping Albert sit with them.
Some perspective.
Albert really enjoyed sitting in that tree with the girls too.  As soon as I got him down, he wanted to go right back up.
"Swinging" in a tree.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wrapping up Chicago: Part 1

I'm not sure how many posts it will take to wrap up our time in Chicago and get us caught up to present day.   It will take a few at least.  Here we go!

We did a tour of all our favorite Chicago playgrounds in our last couple of weeks there.  We started with Gompers.
So fun.

We brought a Addilyn's friend, Lily, along with us.  
This slide is the best.  They've come up with so many different way to enjoy this slide.
So cute.
Bouncy, seesaw.
Kiss.
Swing.

They were playing a game where they would pretend to be asleep.
Then one would kiss the other to wake him up.  It was weird.  But also hilarious!
Cute girls.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Day of School

Tuesday was Addilyn and Asher's first day of school in Albert City.  Addilyn is starting 2nd grade.
And Asher is starting Kindergarten!!
He got tired of smiling and decided to look fierce instead.
This is the standard showing-off-the-backpack pose that I always make them do.
 "Seriously, Mom, can I be done?"
Addilyn shows off the backpack like a pro.
I love this picture.
I always like getting pictures of the kids' with Mom and Dad on their first day of school.  This picture is so awesome!
 And the picture with Mom.
Candid shot.
A picture with my boy on his first day of school.
A picture with my girl on her first day of school in a new town.
 "Well, it's getting to be about that time; we should probably head out."

 "Let's go!"

Outside their new school.
This picture is just about perfect.  This is Asher's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Frederick.  She was very nice in posing with Asher and he wasn't having it.  He apparently didn't say much that first day (or the following).  As of Thursday, he's starting to come out of his shell just a little bit.  It took him until December to decide it was okay to talk in his preschool class so he's definitely made some progress.
And here's Addilyn in front of her second grade classroom.  She was just about as excited as could be to get back to school.
Yay for the first day of school!