Tuesday, December 30, 2008

World's Smallest Pony Ever

But there's no denying...it's there!

New Tradition

We had a wonderful Christmas day at our house in Chicago. Both of my parents came downtown to celebrate. My dad brought a turkey with him and he and Matt prepared it together. I think Matt learned a lot and now we can cook a turkey with confidence for future holidays! My mom arrived with side dishes galore and we sat down to an excellent meal to which we all contributed. Anna loved opening her gifts from us, Lilly, Santa, Grandma and Grandpa. She definitely got the hang of it and was tearing paper like a mad woman. Well, actually like a little lady because she would rip the smallest piece of paper off and then hand it to us. It went on and on: rip and pass, rip and pass, rip and pass. Our new tradition is watching Christmas Vacation. My brother was kind enough to get this as a gift for me, and we watched it on Christmas night after Anna went to bed. It has been a while since I have seen it, and it was just as I remembered. Funny. We decided that we will watch it each Christmas from here on out!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Current Obsession

Sad day for me

Update: It's not true!

I just heard the most disturbing news. I don't care that I am married, he's my dream man. (sorry Matt)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


We went to Schubas on Saturday for a great kids concert. Ellis Paul started songwriting and singing for kids once his own children arrived. He tours around the country, so check the website to see if he will be in your area soon. The concert was great fun, especially since everyone was encouraged to dance and sing along. Anna definitely got in on the action and really enjoyed herself!

Crazy Fans

Okay, so my *crazy* husband Matt and Alison's *crazy* husband...also named Matt... went to DA GAME last night. I am not sure how they survived the cold weather, but they did. The game was seriously fun to watch on TV, I hope they enjoyed it in person too!

I found this interesting piece of news about the game:

Da Brrrrs: The hard souls who braved the weather at Soldier Field as the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers, experienced the coldest Bears game ever at the stadium. The 2-degree game tied a 1951 cold-weather record at Wrigley Field, but beat the previous Soldier Field record of 5 degrees, set in 1983. The Bears moved to the lakefront stadium in 1971.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bright Future

We played dress up this weekend:)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Anna and Santa!

We headed to Woodfield mall last Saturday for a trip to see the man in red. I called to find out what time Santa opens...7AM, wow! While we didn't get there at 7, we did arrive before a lot of the stores opened up for the day. We waited in a very small line, took our picture, did some shopping, and we were home by noon. Sweet. I really wanted to take Anna to see Santa this year, and I am so happy that we went. We will have this photo and memory forever. We went into the mall thinking we had a 50/50 shot of a screaming picture, so we were thrilled with the outcome. Merry Christmas!

A new choir selection

A fun forward I received via email:

Here's a new piece for your choir to sing........
"Get packin', Rod Blagojevich," (to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen")

Get packin', Rod Blagojevich
The state's in disarray
The Tribune wants you unemployed
At least by Christmas Day.
The TV pundits want your head
Could there be pay to play?
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Save Illinois!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

Good riddance Rod Blagojevich
Your Elvis look's inane,
The Senate's mad, so's Lisa's dad.
You drive us all insane.
Our transit's broke, the state's a joke,
The Tollway's one big pain.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Save Illinois!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

Good luck old Rod Blagojevich
The feds have quite a place.
Fitzgerald's poked his nose around
And if he has a case,
George Ryan's moving stuff around
Creating extra space.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Save Illinois!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Climbing UP!

I mean, seriously...this child is going to give me a heart attack before the end of the year. My little monkey has been climbing on everything lately. The couch, the bed and now she has figured this MOST dangerous trick out.

Snow Bunny

Sunday, December 14, 2008

When I dip, you dip, we dip

Look who's a dipping fool! She dips and licks, dips and licks. I think she would dip everything if we allowed it. So consider this your fair warning, we have a double dipper on our hands.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Check out the shoes on this sister! Believe me... they are not hers, they are mine...but she wishes she has pointy toe flats with bows! She is so proud of them and she was having a blast clanking all around the house this morning.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

(A rare) Dinner Out

We went to the Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop last night with my dad and a family friend, Miriam Swanson. It's a fantastic place located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Miriam wanted to know if Obama would be there since he resides in Hyde Park. We didn't see him :) We had a southern style dinner of johnny cakes, shrimp creole, crayfish etouffe, gumbo, and smothered steak. Wow, it was so good is all that I have to say. Thanks to Matt for the recommendation, this place was worth the trip south!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Matt

Happy Birthday to my hubby!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday with my mom, who came downtown for the afternoon and evening. We enjoyed a non-traditional main course of lamb shanks but we tried to stick to the theme with the sides: sweet potato casserole, green beans, salad and pumpkin pie. It was very yummy and we were glad to be with family. We left for Peoria bright and early on Friday morning, arriving well before noon. It was nice to have Claudia and Mike to ourselves for a few minutes before the rest of the family arrived for a huge turkey dinner. We stuffed ourselves (pun intended) and then relaxed while playing games. We spent Saturday with Jack and Nick preparing for another meal! Matt grilled awesome steaks for us and Jack tackled homemade mashed potatoes...a first for him and they were excellent! Sunday was fun in the snow before we headed home.

Matt's Deer 2008

I've been waiting to post so that Matt would have an opportunity to tell you all about the deer he got two weekends ago. But he's really slow (read: doesn't remember how to post) so I'll post for him :) All I know is that this year's hunt brought very cold temps and long days sitting in the deer stand. He shot this big 8 pointer on Sunday after watching him fend off 2 other bucks, then get hot and heavy with a doe...if you know what I mean. From what I hear it was a great hunt, and we have a lot of venison coming our way.