April 30, 2009

Lila is TWO!

Photo by The Picture People

I apologize for not getting this post done on Monday, her actual birthday, but it has been one thing after another this week; starting with no phone or internet on Monday or Tuesday.

But, as hard as it is to believe, Lila is TWO years old. She knows that she is two, but when we ask her to hold up two fingers, she reminds us that she actually has ten fingers.

She is talking up a storm and in complete sentences. She is very observant and can even sp0t a robin in a tree. Which leads me to her favorite things...ROBINS, the movie Finding Nemo, babies, her blankies, coloring, going to the park, and music class.

She loves going to Kids Club at the gym and all of her classes to see her friends. She also loves her family and talks about them often.

Her biggest project right now is getting the cat and dog to listen to her. She already has Ian wrapped around her finger. We often hear, "Ian, play in playroom a few minutes?" being shouted up the stairs.

Chris was out of town for the actual day so we are celebrating her birthday on Saturday. Stay tuned for more pictures...

April 23, 2009


I am trying not to get too excited that it might stay above 50 degrees for awhile, but this week has been pretty pleasant. Last Saturday, we all went to the zoo to enjoy the nice weather.

Lila was brave enough to go into the petting zoo for the first time ever. I think having Ian there with her helped a lot.

Lila and Ian brushing a goat.

And petting one.

April 20, 2009


After I got Lila undressed for the bath tonight I asked her if she wanted to go pee pee in the potty. She said no, so I put her in the bath. Of course, she immediately peed in the bathtub.

Lila: I pee pee in tub.
Me: Why didn't you go pee pee in the potty?
Lila: I pee pee in tub.
Me: Big girls go pee pee in the potty.
Lila: Lilas go pee pee in the tub.

And that's why we aren't really potty training yet.

April 16, 2009


I know I'm late getting this posted, but here are some pictures of our Easter weekend.

On Friday we colored Easter eggs. We didn't end up with any that didn't get cracked in the process, but the kids had fun.

On Saturday, Mom, Dad, Momoo, and Popoo came up to help me do some cooking and to hang out with everyone. Lila put on a show after dinner--she ran, sang, galloped, counted, and played with Ian and the dogs. She LOVED being the center of so much attention.

Lila with Momoo and Popoo

Ian in the process of finding his Easter baskets. He decided he was too old to hunt for eggs this year.

Ian with his loot.

Lila had a blast hunting for Easter eggs and baskets.
"There's one over there!"

April 6, 2009

Lila singing her ABCs and counting.

Lila singing the Hokey Pokey.

Lila singing Ring Around the Rosy.

Way to Go Chris!

It's official! Chris passed the Illinois bar exam!

April 4, 2009


While Chris and I were in San Francisco, my mom stayed at our house with the kids. Everyone had a good time and I don't think either of the kids would have minded if Chris and I had been gone longer.

Lila checking on her baby.

Mom's dog Snickers is a big fan of Ian.

Hamming it up before bedtime.

San Francisco

I know everyone just wants to see pictures of the kids, but since we took pictures with our new camera, I want to show them off. Despite the camera debacle, Chris and I had a great time on our long weekend. We had dinner one night with Chris's college roommate and another couple that he knows from college. Then on Saturday night we had dinner with one of Chris's friends from high school and his wife.

During the day on Friday I went shopping while Chris was working. Huge surprise! But on Saturday Chris and I had the whole day to spend together sight seeing. We took a cable car from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf. We walked around Fisherman's Wharf and also Ghiradelli Square. We had hoped to see Alcatraz, but we didn't buy our tickets far enough in advance.

The cable car was a little overrated, in my opinion. I actually prefer the free summer trolleys in Chicago, but now we can say we have been on one. I was a more than a little concerned when the operator made a bunch of people get off the car to get up one of the hills, but otherwise it was a smooth ride.

Chris in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chris and I on Fisherman's Wharf with Alcatraz in the background.

Blog Neglect

My apologies! The blog has been sorely neglected lately. I am going to try to get back to at least semi-regular posting.

But first, let me fill you in on what's been going on with us. Ian had his end of the season swim team awards banquet on March 25. It was very LONG, but that was because the coaches took the time to say something about each swimmer on the team, and it's a big team. Ian's coach said that he was always at practice, that he improved over the course of the season so that his best meet was the last one, and also mentioned Ian's habit of pushing off of both the wall and the handicap entrance to the pool when he practiced in Lane One.

Unfortunately, the picture I took of Ian receiving his award is lost because our camera was stolen! Chris had to go to Los Angeles and San Francisco for work at the end of March so I tagged along for part of the trip. However, my luggage didn't make it on my flight so sometime between when I checked my bag in Chicago and when I got my bag from the hotel front desk the next morning (my delivery time for my luggage was 11pm to 3am) someone had gone through my bag and taken my camera. Not good!

Luckily, there was a camera store near our hotel so we were able to replace our camera the day we discovered it was missing. And as a funny coincidence, the man who helped us at the camera store was from Chicago and his sister lives in Elmhurst. He asked where we were from because he noticed my "Chicago accent". haha