Friday, October 29, 2010

Pool Time




Last summer we were so busy working on the house and in the yard that we just didn't get to the pool as often as I would have liked. It was a goal of mine to spend more time at the pool this summer, and I think we did a pretty good job of getting there at least every other week. Niki also took the girls during the week, so they were really having a ball at the pool by the end of the summer. Anna is fearless, jumps off the side, and got the hang of swimming with and without her water wings. I predict that she will be full on swimming next summer and that Elsie will be our water wing gal. Now, I just wish it was still nice outside so we could keep going!

Monday, October 25, 2010

#1 Elsie




We celebrated Elsie's birthday over the weekend with a family and friends gathering at our house. It was so nice to see everyone and to wish Elsie a very happy upcoming birthday. (She's not quite 1 yet, her real birthday is next week!) The sister knew exactly what to do with her cake, and she did not hesitate from diving into it for one second.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Uncle Pat in the house!


My brother was in town last week, and we had the chance to see him several times. It's so nice to have the opportunity to spend time with him, and I know he enjoys the time with the girls!

Monday, October 18, 2010

First Day of School




Anna started preschool this fall! We weren't able to sign her up for the regular preschool since she did not turn 3 until after the September 1 deadline. So she is in a "wee threes" program which meets 2 mornings per week with all of the kids who missed the deadline too. I think there are about 10 or 15 kids in her class whose birthdays are in September! She is really enjoying it, and she comes home everyday proudly showing off her art work. A few pictures of her on the first day of school.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Matching Quilts


I have been thinking a lot recently about the girls sharing a room. I think it's important. In all honesty I am a little bit jealous of them. This is a childhood rite of passage that I never was able to experience myself. Sharing a room, sharing secrets, sharing an intimate space with a sibling. So I have been thinking about which bedroom in our house it better suited for them, one has more square footage but the other has a better closet - these are girls we are talking about here, this is important stuff to consider! I've also been thinking about how I might decorate the room. Anna currently has a very cute quilt that I picked up at Homegoods on the very cheap. Of course I can't find another one to match it now. I started browsing websites and catalogues, nothing caught my eye until I saw the one above. I love it. Of course it is from the most expensive store, of course. But, my luck turned when this particular pattern went on clearance! I wasn't able to purchase online because they were already out by the time I discovered the sale. So I made a little recon trip to the store at Oakbrook mall over the weekend. Ching Ching Ching, I hit the jackpot and found them on sale for over 50% off the original price! I am beyond excited. Now, I just have to wait until Elsie is ready for a big girl bed in a little over a year! Hopefully I didn't jump the gun on this one, but I have a feeling we will be enjoying these matching quilts for years to come.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Leaf Pile





I figured that I would keep you up to date on our current activities as well as catching you up on the entire summer, see I told you - posting extravaganza! This past weekend was very low key. We hung out at home for the most part and I tackled my goal of organizing closets. It is such a liberating feeling to have that done. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and hard to pass up spending some time outside. Anna had a blast playing in the leaves last year, which she remembers, and she requested a leaf pile on Saturday. Matt was happy to provide!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dune Ride









Uncle Pat, Anna and Matt went for a dune ride at Mac Woods one afternoon when we were in Michigan. We were surprised to hear that Anna was eligible for the ride, I guess we are just so used to strapping her into a car seat all of the time. Anna really enjoyed the wind in her and the open air ride!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Yes! Michigan




I'll start off the posting extravaganza (oh yes, it will be an extravaganza) with an update on our summer vacation to Michigan. We were able to spend an entire week in June up there which was completely awesome since we were not able to go up during the summer of 2009 at all. There is something about that place that is completely relaxing for me. It begins as soon as we hit the Michigan border while driving up, every single time we go. I just feel a big sense of relief at the thought of leaving everything behind, it's awesome. So this year, my dad and brother joined us for the week, Grandma Shirley arrived mid week, and it all ended with Uncle Dennis and Aunt Mary joining us on our last night. We did a lot of beach time, a lot of hanging out time, and sprinkled in the rest of the activities (ice cream, dune rides, crolf, playground time, naps) as we pleased! We'll start off with the park, which kept us pretty busy most mornings.