Friday, November 26, 2010


We spent a fun and relaxing day in Crystal Lake with my dad yesterday. We had all of the usual trimings in addition to turkey: stuffing, mashed potatos, green bean caserole, red cabbage, and cranberries. We are also celebrating Elsie's first steps which happened yesterday! You can see a video clip of the official first steps here. And another clip here. Oh my, our lives are about to change!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Last weekend we took the girls to JC Penney for pictures celebrating their birthdays, Anna turned 3 at the end of September and Elsie turned 1 at the beginning of November. With some careful planning we managed to get there on time and all in one piece - why does the stress level always seem to multiply by 20 when you have to be somewhere on time? The girls did a great job and we managed to squeak in a picture with Santa before heading home. You may remember last year's picture when Anna was not entirely sure about Santa. It seems that she has moved past the fear, because she happily sat on his lap for several minutes telling him all about the Jessie doll that she is coveting for Christmas. Elsie has eagerly taken on the role of 'child in fear,' thank goodness, because really - what good is a Santa picture without a crier?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We've had a whirlwind week! It all started last Wednesday morning with Anna waking up with the flu. I stayed home to take care of her, and the poor sister was so sick that she pretty much camped out on the couch all day long. Her entire day consisted of TV, sprite, and a bucket...enough said. She was much improved after 24 hours and I returned to work on Thursday, only to stay home on Friday with a case of the flu myself. So then it was Matt's turn to stay home and take care of us, thank goodness for that! Elsie woke up from her nap on Friday afternoon and Matt found that she had gotten sick as well. She did a fantastic job of spreading it over every surface in her crib before he got in there thoughtful of her, right? Needless to say, all of our weekend plans were canned at that point. There was one thing I was really looking forward to though and that was the opportunity to see my Grandma Shirley who was in town for a wedding. By Sunday afternoon Anna and I were feeling well enough that we made a trip downtown Chicago to visit her where she was staying, at a friend's condo. Anna loved the train ride, the taxi ride and the time we spent visiting with Great Grandma Shirley 66 floors up! She was so well behaved despite missing her nap on top of the time change, and I was so proud of her. We are all feeling better at this point, and I am not sure how Matt was able to avoid catching the bug. I am just thankful he was there to take care of us!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Elsie!

A very happy first birthday to my sweet baby girl! She is such a happy baby, a great sister and the fastest crawler this side of the Mississippi! I went into her room this morning at the very moment I heard her first peep. She was so groggy but still smiling, and when I asked her 'how big is Elsie?' she threw her hands over her head with so much enthusiasm I couldn't help but laugh. She has the most wonderful disposition and I cannot wait for this next year with her, it is going to be so much fun.
PS. She did not like the Halloween makeup and costume as much as her sister did! In the end I was able to apply her nose and whiskers, but not without a few tears.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Minnie Mouse

We were fortunate to be able to borrow Minnie and Mickey mouse costumes from a co-worker of mine. They were super sweet costumes and the girls were a hit around the neighborhood! Anna LOVED getting ready and wearing makeup, she spent a lot of time looking in the mirror to ensure that everything was in place before heading out. Pictures of Mickey tomorrow!