Thursday, April 29, 2010

What a 2-year-old apparently does for fun

We'll have to get out of order here a little as I just need a little time to put a birthday post together for Abby. I had gotten some feedback that friends and family enjoyed seeing some daily shots of what the kids and I are up to.

Of course we had our crazy birthday weekend. And Abby now tells you that she is "two." This week, we FINALLY did a bus ride to downtown. Sure enough, it was terribly complicated and we ended up having to do a transfer on the way back to get to our van even though we rode the same route back. I don't know if it was worth it in the long run, though it was nice not to navigate the streets and ramps downtown.

I'll let the pictures take it from here.

By a plane small enough that you can see the plane and not just the wheels when taking a photo of him!

Yes, there were airplanes everywhere but that doesn't compare to pipes that are "puh-pul."

I thought this was such a sweet photo. She would love to be in music class herself, but instead she just gets to observe her big brother.

Here we are at some fountains by the Tower of the Americas. I imagine this will be really nice (and crowded) in the heat of the summer.

Abby was eating a snack and when she saw some kids eating lunch, she wanted to join them.

At a park that we've been meaning to go to for awhile. It was nice for the kids to run around in (similar to meadowbrook in Urbana). But there were over 100 kids there for a field trip. It was a nightmare to keep track of my 2!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Week in Photos, thanks to the phone ...

For those of you who are just curious what we're up to, here are some snapshots from everyday life during the past week.

Here is Abby giving Boz the Bear some of Stephen's smoothie.

And here is Stephen separating the dough to make rolls. He's always grateful for a little bite when he's helping in the kitchen.

Here is Abby perched in her favorite kitchen cupboard. She sometimes sits there and waits for us to come find her.

The two of us, just an hour after our 10K on Sunday.

The photo I took of myself after the race on Saturday. What I didn't know at the time was that Ryan was still running ... he finished behind me even though his time was 7 minutes faster than mine. This was due to a miscommunication at the starting line. He started 18 minutes after the race actually started; mom and I began about 7 minutes into it. For more race photos, you can search for our results and then click on the camera icon.

Here is mom standing on the bridge that marked the beginning of the race.

We wouldn't have gotten anywhere with this one in the drivers' seat.

Fun at the kids' event on base last Saturday.

Stephen likes to create these photos ... he gets to choose a border and a special character. If you want, we can make one for you!!

Abby now has a puh-pul sand pail and she also loves Big Bird. Thus, the photo.

Just wanted to include this because this ensemble was her choice. She put the hat on herself and chose the mismatched socks and asked me to put them on her. She also has a fetish with having sippy cups always at her disposal.

At the Witte Museum's free evening last week. The kids enjoyed walking around, but they didn't quite understand the exhibits yet.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Let's hear it for Seaworld passes ...

With Seaworld less than 3 miles from our house, we would be a little crazy not to take advantage of the fun. Sometimes we take the whole day to be there, but more and more we're figuring out how to take it in a little at a time.

Today's outing was the Sesame Street show: "Big Bird's Beach Party." After the kids rested this afternoon, the 3 of us loaded up in the van and we drove over. Ryan couldn't make it--the only show today was at 4:45 and he wouldn't make it in time after work.

If you know Abby at all, you know that she loves Elmo. And Big Bird ("bird"). And Cookie Monster ("monsers"). And Oscar ("ahk sa"). And Snuffy ("nuffy").

She was star struck. And Stephen didn't have a bad time either.

Must be a cold front

1:46, CST

Shorewood, IL: 80° F
Des Moines, IA: 81° F
Urbana, IL: 79° F
San Antonio, TX: 77° F