Saturday, December 27, 2008

What's Not to Love?

Nathan in the Bumbo :-)

O.J. et al

Why do they call O.J. O.J. Mom?

It is a nickname for orange juice.

Oh. I would like some A.J., it is a nickname for apple juice.

(I smile big) O.K. here is your A.J.

(skip to dinner. we are about to have some Archer Farms Italian Sodas sold at Target and very delicious. Once in a while we have some as a treat with dinner. One of our favorite flavors is Blood Orange.)

Lindsay asks for some A.J. again and I said, "Are you sure? You can have some B.O., Blood Orange." Yes, I said that. It was a moment of shear insanity. The whole family bursts into the giggles. Next Katryn asks if she can have some Pink Peach.

I hear the gasps of horror from you now...and yes Eric says, "You mean P.P.?"

Needless to say, Mackenzie has asked for P.P. to drink for dinner the subsequent three nights. What have we done?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

What a beautiful Christmas we had. Christmas Eve was wonderful, we had pizza (enjoyed it so much we are considering adding it to our traditions), finished wrapping gifts, sang carols & read the Christmas account in Luke 2. I highly recommend the pizza if your 'Eve' gets a bit crazy like ours has in the past.

Christmas morning we woke about 7:30ish (on strict orders from Dad that we would get up when there was sunlight) (I know, I know, we have no sense of adventure...) We all came downstairs together, I got the camera and video taped the procession. This was the first Christmas Mackenzie could make any sense of, what a joy! The 'hit' of the morning was a 'Big Wheel', yes very retro and very cool, go Santa. The problem of course was there is only one, and it belongs to Lindsay. The great thing about Lindsay though, is she has been great at sharing. :-) Katryn added on to her horse collection, they are beautiful! Mackenzie went to town with her 'choo choo' and Dancie-time Brobee. The kids had a wonderful time finding the perfect gift for one another. It was so fun to watch their expressions as they watched their siblings open 'it'. The first glimmer of understanding how it feels to give. Lest you feel it all went a little too smoothly, never fear, the 'it had been an entirely too exciting day so I am going to burst into tears for no apparent reason' happened to a few. :-) You know the ones...they show up at the zoo, birthday parties, Disneyland,etc. All in all, it was perfect. I put a bow on Nathan's head (the gift kind, not the hair kind, I know he is a boy) and put him under the tree. I couldn't have had a more perfect gift this year.

We had our big dinner Christmas night. After a low key day, that was simply perfect for us. Ham with brown sugar and pineapple, Funeral Potatoes (crazy nickname for the potato dish that is often brought to funerals in the Mormon faith), green salad, steamed carrots (Katryn's request) and of course yummy rolls (notice I said yummy not homemade, I was specifically asked not to make rolls). Eric made us Orange Dream Floats for dessert. We all loved it!

I am so grateful for the Christmas season. I am frequently overwhelmed with awe that our Savior, Jesus Christ would come to us in such humble circumstances. His coming was heralded by angels, and the most humble heard their sweet strains. I think it no accident it was the meek shepherds who were called to welcome our Shepherd and the wise and learned who had known what the new star meant and took action to find this newly born king. May we be humble enough to know all things are from Him and wise enough to follow His perfect example.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008


One of my favorite things to about having a new baby is enjoying all of their 'firsts'. First smile, giggle, etc. is very heartwarming. First cold...not so much. May it be over quickly.

It's an Old Fashioned Christmas

Mom? Did you see what it said in my school notebook? We are having an Old Fashioned Christmas party today (12/19), with wassail and molasses cookies! - Katryn

Sounds very fun! - Mom

You know...that's why I am wearing this. It is 100% Cotton. (Long Sleeve white t-shirt) I thought that would be great for old fashioned. 100% Cotton is old fashioned. - Katryn

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


He giggled. Nathan giggled for the first time yesterday as we played Pat-a-cake. I struggle to think of a sweeter sound than a baby giggling. My heart melted and I of course teared up (my family loves my waterworks). Eric had just come home from work and was there next to us to hear him.

Perhaps someone should do a study on the effect of the sound of baby giggles on one's psyche. Maybe that should be the alarm clock noise versus the beep beep beep. I really think, I would wake up with a smile on my face. Carry the study further, pump the baby giggling sounds throughout a prison a couple of times a day. I would be surprised if it did not have a calming effect. I am sure my blood pressure drops and endorphins are released at that sweet sound of purity and joy.

Superheroes Wear a Variety of Disguises

Last night I was so sick. I hate to think it was the delicious butternut squash soup but...Any way, the temperature was well into the negatives numbers, we won't even discuss wind chill and my sweet husband volunteered and went to the store for ginger ale and Pepto for me. Minnesota may be known for its niceness but certainly not for its convenience. CVS, Super Target, Rainbow Foods and five different 'Convenience' Stores were all closed (it was 11:30 pm after all). Finally, he found a Cub Foods open. After taking care of me and my green gills, Nathan woke up and Eric took over. They fell asleep on in the recliner upstairs and I dozed on the couch until 3:30 or so, before I felt well enough to go to bed. I woke this morning feeling tired but great. Eric, thank you for taking care of us and being the family superhero again. :-)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Welcome Paisley!

On December 11th our newest niece was born. Paisley Claire Ellsworth is beautiful and we are so thrilled! Our nephews Brennen and Tate are such great big brothers!

Two Months Already!

As you can see, I am really trying to play 'catch-up'. These are pictures of Nathan when he turned two months on December 11th. We are doing our best to fatten him up. He is adorable, I know I am totally unbiased. And yes, that adult hand is my Mother's, no, she is not here...I thought I was taking a picture of my hand...I just don't understand... ;-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I Sared (rhymes with Scared)

Last weekend we bought our Christmas tree and brought it home, put it in a bucket of water until we were ready to set it up. On Monday, I put the tree up in the tree stand while Lindsay and Mackenzie were taking a nap. When Mackenzie woke up she ran into the room and stopped wide-eyed in the middle of the room. She yelled "TREE! TREE!" She grabbed her stomach with both hands and yelled, "I Sared!" (I'm Scared) She then ran to the opposite side of the room and kept saying "Tree! I Sared!" Katryn and I both tried to calm her and show her the tree wouldn't hurt her. Katryn even carried her over to the tree to touch it with her. Terrified. The good news is she got over her fear the next night when we decorated the tree. Pure glee! Mackenzie couldn't quite figure out how to hang the ornaments but was so excited to get the "bollies" on the tree, she would hand the ornaments to all of us faster than we could hang them! She loves the tree!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful day! We are in Spokane visiting my husband's family and having a wonderful time. My girls have been spoiled from all the attention from their Nana & Papa

Friday, November 14, 2008


I was in the laundry room changing out a load when Mackenzie came in to tell me "Hat". "Hat! Hat! Hat!"
OK, just a second and I will help you find your hat. :-)
As I finished, she grabbed my hand and took me to where Nathan was sleeping, he was wearing a 'hat' his sweet sister had put on his head.
When Mackenzie goes to bed, she has quite a routine including having me put her 'hat' on. Mack's hat is her 'silky' (silky soft square fabric she has had since she was born. A gift from Lindsay who also has a 'silky'). She likes me to drape it on her head as part of getting tucked in. Sweet girl had put Nate's silky on his head as well. How can a person sleep without their 'hat'? He is lucky to have her.


Newborn sleeping, toddler watching Barney, 4 year old at I clean house some or shower (both sadly overdue)? tick tock tick tock. Better decide quickly, preschool ends in 45 minutes.


I chose the shower. Toddler who had been begging for Barney all morning found me within the first 30 seconds. My hair wasn't even fully wet. She is also the child who has an obsession with closing doors throughout the house with the exception of the bathroom door when I am showering. She came in to say hi and show me the book she was reading then I begged her to close the door on the way out, she just smiled and walked away.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One Month Old and Growing!

My my my
Time does fly

Veterans' Day

I get so emotional when I think of our troops and their willingness to serve our country. I am always so sad when my husband is gone for a week long business trip, I miss him so much and so do our kids. I am so grateful for our troops and their families who are left at home and are separated from their loved ones for so long. I want to thank them for there selfless sacrifices. I am proud to be an American.

I am so grateful to have been born in this great blessed country. This truly is a blessed place. Our freedoms are so easily taken for granted. I am thankful for my right to vote. I am thankful I can agree or disagree with those who are in power and voice my opinions without fear of retaliation. I am thankful I can worship my God and have the freedom to do so as I see fit. I know the forefathers of our country were raised up by a loving God to organize this country with these freedoms.

The following is an email I enjoyed. I rarely pass these on but I loved this. I hope I will take the opportunity to thank our troops when the opportunity arises...

Sack Lunches
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.
'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
' Great Lakes Air Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq ...
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached Chicago, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to Chicago. His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me.
'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked,'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars. Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he
walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five! dollars . 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give
them a couple of meals. It seemed so little.. .
" A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'"

Friday, November 7, 2008

Say No to Jenny Craig

Well, I know I have been lacking in my posts lately...Our sweet Nathan has had a tough time gaining weight so we have been working hard to help him grow. He finally turned a corner and his pediatrician is not as concerned. We go in again next week for a weight check to make sure he is still progressing.

All my babies have had a bit of a tough time putting on weight, it is so stressful to me. Nathan has been nursing practically 24/7 but just didn't seem to be satisfied. I think part of our problem is Nathan and I are still struggling with a good latch when he is nursing so my milk supply is now a bit low. (His tongue may be short, he never sticks it out so that may be the problem with the latch) I am such a proponent of breastfeeding and have been pretty sad he wasn't thriving. It is so interesting to me that breastfeeding is natural and best nutrition wise but it can also be so difficult. Each baby and Mom have to learn the process together. We have started supplementing the last couple of nights which has really helped. I am now taking 'Fenugreek' (an herbal supplement)to increase my supply (crazy side effect according to the pediatrician is maple scented sweat and urine) exciting I know. I was thinking Perkins should hire me to go work out at a gym, and all the gym rats would have this craving for pancakes...The gym would love that as well. Vicious cycle. Anyway, hopefully this will work and we can go back to just breast milk. If not, oh well, the important thing is he is growing and thriving. He received a priesthood blessing last night which he smiled after, and I am sure will help him. We have been so blessed with our family.

Despite Nathan's weight challenges, he has been such a sweet baby and the last few nights after supplementing with a bottle, has finally been able to get some sleep. He is reminding us of Katryn as an infant. He definitely has his own nose but he really looks like Katryn, and his eyes are a dark blue so maybe they will be blue like Lindsay's. He loves to be swaddled, it really calms him. He loves his sisters and it is so fun to see how he recognizes Eric's and my voice.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Trick or Treat!

You have to admit...Too CUTE! Katryn is a Geisha Girl, Lindsay is Cheer Bear, and Mackenzie is a very unspooky monster!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Up, Up and Away!

Katryn has been taking a rock climbing class at our local sports club and she is 'rockin it'! Gramma was able to go to her last class and snapped these shots! Go Katryn! Great job!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bilirubin Anyone?

This is a picture of Nathan taking in the rays in sunny Minnesota. His bilirubin levels were a bit questionable, so the pediatrician said to put him in the window. I think he looks pretty comfy. The pediatrician called later to tell us all was well.

Help. Help? Help!

I have been most concerned with how our youngest daughter Mackenzie would react to having a new baby in the house. She is very adamant her older sisters know that Mom's lap is her domain...thus my concern. To my great delight, she loves her baby brother! She wants to help in anyway possible. She gets out the wipes, diaper, and changing pad whenever Nathan cries. She also follows me around with Nathan's blankets and constantly giving him an extra blanket and love. Mack has had a cold the last couple of weeks and while I was feeding Nathan, she sneezed and needed a tissue badly. There was a box of Kleenex on the table and I asked her to bring me the box and pointed it out to her. She came back with one end of the toilet paper from the powder room. Such help! :-)

The hideout she is sitting in with Lindsay is the box my glider came in. For Christmas, we have decided to stalk people buying large items and beg for the boxes. The kids always seem to spend more time with the packaging and tags than they do with the toys anyway.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nate the Great

Well everyone, Nathan Douglas is here at last! He was born October 11, 2008 at 11:29 PM, 8lbs 10oz, 22 inches, 15 1/4 inch head (obviously brilliant), light strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and dimples of course! He is so sweet and handsome.

We are so blessed and in love with our baby boy. Nathan is amazing and we already can't imagine our family without him. He is incredibly sweet and handsome.

Katryn has noticed that her new brother is nocturnal. She was a bit bleary-eyed this morning after hearing him during the night, but still thinks he is very cute.

Lindsay had really wanted us to name him Jake (Jake the Snake), she finally came around to Nathan when Eric told her we could call him Nate the Great. Big Smiles! She thinks he is too cute.

Mackenzie came into the hospital with big saucer eyes and was very shy, clinging to dad and NOT looking at the baby. By the end of the visit, she was all about the baby and wanting to hold him and kiss him. We will need to protect him from all the love. :-)

Gramma has been an amazing help! Mackenzie though quite taken with her new brother, is very glad for all the attention! Nathan loves his new soccer blanket from Gramma, too.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tweet! Tweet!

Wow, more than a week has passed since I have written. I confess I have logged in a few times and just had nothing to say. Maybe not nothing, maybe too much. I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.

Our sweet babe is due on Monday. I am at the height of my 'nesting' urges. (Any nesting skeptics out is a very real urge) It is almost an obsession (forget almost, it is an obsession) to get necessary and bizarre things done. My last load of laundry is in the wash, (everything has been washed except for the clothes we are wearing). I am frantically trying to get 'Halloween' together, since I will undoubtedly be happy with toilet paper mummy costumes if I wait until after baby bear is born. Surprisingly, I still have not packed for the hospital. The camera has been charged and the memory card cleared. Baby's 'take home' outfit has been chosen. Car seat to be cleaned today. I have been dusting like a mad woman. My poor kids are not aloud to have anything out they are not playing with this instant. I keep asking them to put their toys away. "But mom, I only put it down for a minute to go to the bathroom!" (I am thinking "Too Bad", but acquiesce to their pleadings) I am looking forward to having some sense of sanity and normalcy return to my brain. Oh yeah, I am about to have a baby and enjoy many more sleepless nights. In the words of Dr. Phil, "Normal, is a setting you find only on dishwashers and washing machines." So I guess I am talking 'normal' for me. :-)

Eric and I are so excited to have him home with us. Katryn and Lindsay are very excited. Mackenzie still has no idea what she is in for. I feel a little bit sorry for her, it is not everyday your world get turned upside down. Lindsay informed me this morning she had changed her mind, and she now doesn't want a brother, just girls only, except for Dad. I kindly told her, the baby is already a boy, to which she replied "Come on Mom!"

I am off to continue preening my nest...tweet, tweet, tweet!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Big Day!

Today was our ward's (congregation's) Primary Program. It is an annual program in which the children ages 3-11 participate. There is a new theme each year and new songs to learn. Of course the children each get to say a little part. Well Katryn was one of 3 children asked to share a talk (short message) about 1-2 minutes long. Her subject was on preparing to go to the temple someday. She was a bit nervous to speak in front of the entire congregation, but she practiced for the last two weeks and when it came time for her to go, she spoke clearly and even made eye contact with the audience! We are so proud of her!

Lindsay was asked to give her first primary talk today, during primary (the children's Sunday School group with all ages before they split into classes). She was asked to give her talk (a spiritual oral message) on prayer. Lindsay was so excited! She also practiced very hard and knew her talk very well! There were some 'technical difficulties' and the microphone wasn't working. We were a bit worried since we were even having difficulty understanding the adult introducing the children. Lindsay stood right up and spoke loud enough for everyone to hear! She also did a wonderful job sharing the message!!! We are so proud of her!

Great job singing today and sharing your talks Katryn and Lindsay! We love you!

Surprise! or not

Lindsay informed me tonight she was going to surprise me. A few minutes later, she came down with her P.J.s on without being asked. Of course I oooed and aahhhed appropriately. Then she tells me there is more to come. A little while later, Eric tells Katryn to go up and get ready for bed, I was on the phone, so I covered the mouth piece and asked Lindsay to go brush her teeth. A crestfallen look immediately covered her face and the tears soon followed. "That was going to be my other surprise, but now you said it!" The only comfort I could offer was to point out Dad didn't know about the surprise and she should hurry and surprise him. Half a grin and she was off like lightning. Before she could reach the top of the stairs, Dad calls out, (you guessed it) "Linds, please go brush your teeth!" Promptly she runs down the stairs to me completely distraught. "It's ruined! It's ruined!"

Let's just say it was awhile before we could convince her to brush her teeth.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Time is Flying

Three weeks. Twenty-one days. I can hardly believe how fast and how slow this pregnancy has gone! I am officially 'full term' so I am relaxing a bit. This sweet baby is so active, he is always on the move, and loves to stretch. He is fast running out of room! The last week or two, I have even outgrown by maternity wear. Lovely. Ah well. I am just so excited to meet our son. I am always amazed how quickly a new baby seems to have always been a part of the family. It becomes difficult to remember 'pre-baby'.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Learned Humor or Learning Humor?

One of my favorite things about my 20 month old, Mackenzie is her desire to 'be big'. She has watched her big sisters all summer long read the jokes on their Popsicle sticks after they are done eating. They would laugh every time, even though there seems to be only about 6 or 7 different jokes. Mackenzie, quickly deduced this was very funny so after she eats a popsicle, she finds someone to read her the joke. She will immediately start laughing as soon as you stop talking. It is the funniest laugh, very forced at first, then everyone else laughs and it becomes sweetly real. (If you are new to the process and don't understand why she is handing you her stick and try to throw it away, be prepared for a true meltdown.)

Today's Popsicle Joke of the Day: What is the saddest tree?
Answer: A Weeping Willow

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Singin' in the Rain

Katryn came home from school and was a bit disappointed the weather forecast was way off and she didn't get to use her umbrella that day. She commented on how beautiful it was. Then with a sparkle in her eye, she said it was a perfect day to dance with her umbrella. Lindsay and Mackenzie soon followed (a neighbor boy also later joined in the fun)!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Today was an amazingly beautiful day! After the youngest two woke from their naps, Mackenzie said she wanted to "go aside". I said yes of course, but told them both I really needed to finish doing the dishes first before I could join them. They could play on the sidewalk with some chalk or play in the backyard. Lindsay kept coming in to ask if I was done yet (every two minutes or so). Then I hear this very sweet "oh!", and hear her footsteps coming in yet again. This time Lindsay says, "Guess what Mom!? I have a special surprise for you. I know how you could get done faster with the dishes!" I think to myself, "Fewer interruptions...", fortunately I didn't say it out loud :-)! Then she says "Pixie Dust!" I look at her with a puzzled look on my face and she begins to clap. Pixie Dust flying everywhere. She has rubbed her hands in her chalk drawing and is clapping chalk dust all over me. "Mom, now you can fly while you do the dishes! You can go really fast now!" I laughed and thanked her for the gift. She comes in 3 more times to anoint me in the next couple of minutes. Then as I finish, I turn to walk to the front door. Imagine my surprise to find her Pixie Dust footprints on the newly cleaned wood floor running between the front door and the kitchen. The floor will have to wait, it is a beautiful day, I have a 'wonderful thought' to help me fly, and my pixies are waiting for me.


This weekend, we went downtown to do some window shopping and to get to know the downtown a bit more. Much of the shopping area in Minneapolis is connected with skyways, so you don't actually have to go outside during harsh weather. Mackenzie soon got bored of being in the stroller so we let her down and she took off running. She is considerably faster than me in my present state. She soon grew tired of waiting for us to catch up and discovered the very useful 'handicap' buttons to open the doors...needless to say, our tour was not quite as leisurely as we had hoped. She even out ran her older sisters. The only time she seemed interested in her stroller after that was when it was offered to Lindsay. Mack's Motto: The stroller must remain empty, just in case I need it. The trip was fun, after all we ended with an Orange Julius. (Katryn and I highly recommend their Strawberry Lemonade Julius)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hello Autumn

Labor Day had a high of 90 degrees, ever since then the temperature has fallen dramatically. Is Mother Nature that in tune to our calendar? We have had only highs in the low 70's (on occasion) usually in the 60's. The maple tree in our front yard has officially 'changed', it is beautiful; full of reds, oranges, lime, and yellow. It is 68 degrees right now, so I took Lindsay and Mackenzie outside to play while I pulled weeds while we waited for Katryn's school bus. It is so gorgeous right now! After we got back from the bus stop, I continued pulling weeds, Mackenzie sat down next to me and then laid down in the grass and sighed deeply. I looked over at her and realized she had the right idea...Lindsay and I joined her and watched the wispy clouds blow by for about 10 minutes, 10 minutes of bliss and perfection.

Autumn Fires
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

--Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Today was Lindsay's first day back to Preschool! She also picked out her very purple outfit and was so excited to go to class and see her teachers, old friends and new friends! We are so proud of Lindsay and we know she is going to have a great year. She decorated a Lindsay puppet and had a tea party. At the end of the day, she had a lot of fun tickling her friends Amber and Miranda with some of the fun colored feathers! We love you Lindsay!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School

2nd Grade!? Second Grade!? How can Katryn be a second grader this year? We are so proud of her. Yesterday was the first day of school and she could hardly wait for it to start. She picked out her outfit down to the perfect accessories and has me polish her finger and toenails. She had a wonderful day and even survived the rules review that happens at the start of each year. It rained so it was inside recess (mildly disappointed, but she had a turn on the class computer, which made it all better!). Stuffed crust pizza for lunch and Art for her specialist class! Can't beat that combination! Have a wonderful year sweetheart!

End of Summer Hurrah!

The whole family and even Nana went to Chicago for Labor Day weekend. We had a fantastic time! We left Friday morning and arrived that evening around 7pm, (not bad considering all the mental health breaks we took for the kids and ourselves on the way). We went to the Peggy Noteabeart Nature Museum (don't let the name fool you, it is amazing and the kids love it)! One of the highlights is their Butterfly Room!

Next we went to a "Mad Science" demonstration with dry ice! It was the favorite for the kids and probably us too! The scientist put dry ice into an empty balloon and tied it up. Due to 'sublimation' (Sublimation is the term for when matter undergoes a phase transition directly from a solid to gaseous form, or vapor, without passing through the more common liquid phase between the two. It is a specific case of vaporization.) the dry ice chips go directly from a solid to a gas, thus blowing up the balloon! Very cool! The scientist also added dry ice to soapy water and we had a great time popping bubbles filled with 'smoke'!

We also made it to the Millennium Fountain where the girls had a great time getting wet! The fountain has two huge faces facing each other and every 10 minutes or so they spray water (seemingly out of the mouths of the ever changing faces). It is a blast!

We also made it to the Museum of Science and Industry and I was amazed at the special glass exhibit, including a live glass blowing demonstration. Below are a couple of my favorites. The wavy glass bowls were huge, about three feet across the top and the colors were so vivid and played with the light, they seemed to glow.

We did many many other things and had a fantastic time, we miss Chicago and love enjoying the city whenever we can.