Monday, November 21, 2011

Look What I Can Do!

He's walking. Yay!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Elias Videos

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

Elias "buzzing" around the dining room. I 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


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.