Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stuff and Such

You, again?!! I'm sorry that sounded rude. Let me try that again. You, again!! Do you want to see some random photos?
Asher drinking some agua (that means water in Spanish).
Me eating a blanket and pondering the imminant doom that is the fish floating in nothingness.
Spiky mohawk.
Lego stairs.
Really tall Lego dump truck.
Living room tent fortess.
Playing with trucks inside said living room tent fortress.
Playing with Mater and McQueen (sans living room tent fortress).

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Blizzard

Long ago...at the beginning of February...Chicago had a blizzard. It was a big one that involved almost two feet of snow (20.5 inches to be exact). Here are the pictures.
Tyler walked home in the blizzard. He was out near O'Hare for the Covenant's Midwinter Conference and took the train and a bus and still ended up walking from the Lawrence train station home. He was pretty snowcaked when he finally got here.
This was our front door and walkway.
This was the sidewalk heading toward Foster. This was the parking lot just outside our window. Notice the cars at the end that were all the way up past their windshields in a snow drift. This was the trail that we used to get in and out of our apartment for a few days. The main roads (such as Foster) were cleared quite quickly but the side streets (such as Christiana) were blocked for days. The alley way was cleared by the university and was our only way to get from our apartment to Foster for a while. You had to be very careful though because it was only one car wide and had 2 to 3 foot snow drifts on each side. Quite the adventure!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

4 Months

Elias at 4 months old.

video

Monday, February 7, 2011

Canada Trip

This happened a long time ago. Our internet is acting up so we've been having difficulty posting.
We went to Tyler's grandparents in Wisconsin the first night of our trip (Saturday). We were planning on meeting Brian, Courtney, and Kendall in Fargo on Sunday evening so we had all day to do only 4-5 hours of driving. We thought it'd be a good idea to stop at the Mall of America and let the kids run around for a while. Diddy made an appearance as well.
We spent the night in Fargo and left for Saskatoon early Monday morning. I got one of these when we crossed the border. I was pretty excited...like nerdy excited.This was our first stop once we crossed the border. Tim Horton's are everywhere up there, kind of like McDonald's down here. They are mostly known for their donuts and coffee (at least that's what they're know for in the Johnson family) but they have a little bit of everything.
Well, hello there! You look awfully cute. I hope you're enjoying sitting in your seat...because you're never getting out of it!!! Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha.
The kids and I enjoying a movie. We pulled this feature out at strategic times, like the end of our really long driving days. It really helped get us through those last few hours (the hours Asher would have otherwise been screaming).
After the funeral, there was a little dinner for the family and some close friends. Here is Tyler's cousin, Karmyn, and her husband, Ben, taking a lovely family photo with Asher. Aren't they cute?!
Addilyn and her band of houligans. This group really enjoyed getting to play together. And Addilyn keeps telling me how much she loves her cousin Jamie.
Grandma Epp with Elias. Grandma Epp reminded me that it was Elias' 3-month birthday. I can see where Cheryl gets her affinity for numbers/dates.
Asher hanging out with Tyler's cousin Max.
Asher had more trouble with these two ladies. He wasn't sure which one was Grandma Epp so he'd just give them both a hug.
Addilyn (and Tyler's cousin Denita) with the Epp women. They had more trouble getting a picture of the four of them. They were either talking or had their eyes closed in almost every picture. It was pretty funny to watch.
Ben hanging with Elias.
Addilyn looking impish.
Canadian soda!!
Cornelius at the border.
Our final day of driving it was stinking cold. This was the lowest temperature we were able to document. Crazy cold!
And this was our view for most of the trip (the last day it was sunny but the rest was like this but overcast). Snow and nothing else for as far as the eye can see.
Addilyn entertaining herself (mostly under her blanket). They all did remarkably well considering they spent nearly all of their waking hours in the car for 4 out of 5 days.
The explosion of stuff after we got back.