Sunday, December 18, 2011

Asher's numbers

We took Asher in to get his yearly allergy testing last week. For those of you who are interested, these are the results.

Last year's numbers:

Peanut - 16.7
Milk - 33.9
Egg - 61.3
Wheat - 18.7

This year's numbers:

Peanut - 7.49
Milk - 11.8
Egg - 34.4
Wheat - 16.5

He came down by half in almost everything. The doctor was really encouraged (as were we). We might be able to do a wheat challenge (they are willing to challenge wheat when the number falls before 20) but probably won't try it until after the new year. The rest we'll have to wait until at least next year (they don't challenge for the rest until they are under 2). That's the update.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The First Haircut

Elias had his very first haircut the other night. It was long overdue. We had been asked about our "little girl" a few times and decided that it was finally time.
Before.
He's such a ham.
In progress.
And after.
Even though I loved his hair, I much prefer this. He looks so dapper!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hodge Podge

Here is a collection of pictures from the past month. There isn't really a central theme or anything. I just wanted to finally post this because I uploaded these pictures 5 days ago.Asher talking to Brittany from the library in the library. They were having a heart-to-heart.
Daddy took Addilyn on a Daddy-daughter date. They went bowling. Check out their adorable matching shoes.
She did really well and thoroughly enjoyed trying out the real thing after playing Wii bowling with Daddy. She even got 2 strikes in a row!
Last week was the kids' last week of gymnastics. Since it was the last week, Tyler was able to watch Addilyn's class. Yay for our biggest monkey.
Asher all dressed up and ready to go to church.
Elias was sick for 4 or 5 days a few weeks back. He had a high fever and slept a ton. Here he's all cuddled up with his monkey. Cute!
Before we packed away the Halloween costumes, we had Elias try on the turtle costume (which we loaned out to the Habluetzels this year). He wore it around for the entire morning.
Addilyn and Asher posing with their pumpkin. They were super excited when we finally carved it.
The older two eventually got Elias' sickness and were put out of commission for a few days as well. Asher even fell asleep on me! It's been at least 2 years since he did that.
More sleepy baby shots. They really were awake this month...I apparently just didn't take pictures of that.
We have 2 and a half weeks until our move and 2 more weeks of classes to get through. It should be crazy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Look What I Can Do!

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He's walking. Yay!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Elias Videos

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Elias vacuuming with Daddy (in the coolest hat ever).

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Elias "buzzing" around the dining room. I know...so bad.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Visits

The weekend before last we had two separate people (or groups of people) visit us.
The first was Aunt Courtney! The kids were super excited.
The other was Tyler's friend, Don. Don works at NASA and was Tyler's NASA/TaeKwonDo friend when we lived in Houston. I call this our "Don in the wild" picture.
Since this was Don's first time in Chicago, we had to hit up all the normal tourist sites with him. From the first picture you can see we went to the Bean. We also wandered downtown a bit and walked the Magnificient Mile. We met this interesting character on our way.
Addilyn wasn't completely sure what to think of this human statue at first, but as you can see she eventually warmed up to him.
He made Addilyn a flower, Asher this sword and Elias a teething toy. Unfortunately, the sword didn't last long but it was fun while it lasted.
After wandering the Mile for a bit (and finally trying the famed Garrett's popcorn...pretty good), we headed toward the train. We stopped at the exotic car dealership on the way and found this Bugatti Veyron. Tyler was pretty giddy.
We gawked at some other pretty cars while we were there as well.
The kids showing Courtney their hats.
Addilyn thoroughly enjoyed Courtney's guest and travel partner, Jillian. It kind of looks like Addilyn's going to steal her drink in this picture.
Elias was a little tired and pretty relaxed. Super cutie.
After our day downtown, Tyler and Don went back out the next day to see the rest of the sites such as Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. I think Don saw all the highlights.
Courtney and Addilyn made cupcakes while she was here. Addilyn was pretty excited!
Mixing in the food coloring.
Look at all those pretty colors! Courtney got a picture of them arranged on an artist's palette. It was cute.
We ate a ton, walked a lot, and generally enjoyed our visit from our two guests.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween

We had some really bad luck when it came to photos this year. While our costumes were okay, our pictures are just plain bad. For that reason, I give you an abundance in hopes that you will get at least a gist of what they looked like last night for their trick-or-treating adventure.After ruling out dinosaur (or dragon) for what would be the third year in a row, Addilyn happily settled on Princess Leia from Star Wars. The neighborhood boys are constantly playing Star Wars so she's definitely excited by the characters. Also, Daddy has let her and Asher watch a few scenes from a couple of the Star Wars movies (he's had to be surprisingly deliberate; I was shocked to discover all that violence, gross things, etc. that I had completely forgot were there). Here is an overview of her costume. I was stoked to be able to make it completely from stuff we already had.
Pretty Leia and her hair.
Elias in a hand-me-down monkey costume. All three children have gotten to wear this costume. It's still cute!
Asher wasn't really thrilled with wearing a costume this year so I'm having to get a bit more creative with photos. It took us some convincing to get him in the costume. He screamed and we almost switched last minute to Batman (since he was already wearing his Batman t-shirt). Luckily Daddy was able to do the trick (yay Daddy!). Here Asher's checking out his tail.
Doing what any good dragon/dinosaur would do...climbing things. I guess this skill would have worked just as well for Batman too.
Here is the group of trick-or-treaters right before we set off. In our group we had 3 monkeys (although only 2 are visible, 1 is hidden behind Leia), a dragon, a turtle, a knight, Luigi from Super Mario Brothers, Princess Leia, and a duck.
When we got home, we allowed the kids to each pick one treat from their bag to eat. Addilyn's choice was candy corn and Asher's, luckily, were the raisins (especially since that was the only thing he could eat in his entire bag).
A good time was had by all and Daddy was easily stocked with candy until the end of the semester.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October

Asher and Addilyn practicing their gymnastics moves. I wish I had a better picture of this because they were playing so well together. Addilyn was leading him through the whole process of climbing up and then stretching out their wrists. So cute!
Elias has only been taking 1 nap a day for a couple of months now. There are still some days where he gets pretty tired right before lunch. I left him in the living room for a couple of minutes and found him like this when I came back.
Happy crawler!
Look, Ma, no hands!
Laundry baskets are the best toys ever.
He looks so innocent as he scrounges for food.
We see this face a lot.
Addilyn made a pretend bed in her closet. It's about as high as her bunk bed so it's pretty fun to watch her climb up there.
Cornelius enjoying the bed (Addilyn's hiding there too).
Eating the bird as it eats him.
Reading in the laundry basket.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Party Time!!

We had a little party for Elias' birthday on Tuesday night. Here's the spread and decorations (which Asher says really well and is super cute doing it).
Elias' cupcakes - Double Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Buttercream (because my boy is crazy about apples)
Diving into that cupcake. We've got a couple of videos of that at the end of the post.
A pose with Mama and Daddy on his birthday.
Opening gifts.
Check out the hat he got. So cute!!
Showing off his climbing skills. He also got up on one of our dining room chairs all by himself. Yay?!
Asher playing in the box of one of the toys.
Playing with his new "car".

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