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December 16, 2012
I had my hair cut short this week, I've been thinking about it for awhile but I didn't tell anyone. Upon seeing me, Dagny cried inconsolably and refused to look at me. Nolan was aghast, and tried to politely tell me he liked it better before. I like it...but mothers are not supposed to change. But, like all change, they will get used to it and then it will seem normal.
December 9, 2012
November 27, 2012
Mike broke a vertebrae in his spine 2 months ago while playing tennis. PAINFUL. This past week his mom came out to visit for Thanksgiving. She saw how much pain he was in and offered to buy him a comfortable chair. This began a week long search for such a chair. It took our combined brain power, time and commitment...but we found a chair. It's coming this Friday.
November 17, 2012
November 16, 2012
There is a tall pole in our backyard with a collection of bird feeders. It was in sorry shape when we moved in, but Mike has taken it upon himself to fix it up and consistently provide birdseed to the birds. We all love to watch the birds. But Mike really loves those birds.
Strangely, the middle peanut feeder has recently disappeared. A human would have to climb a ladder to get it...so our best guess is a squirrel somehow made off with it.
November 1, 2012
Goebbert's Farm. Our favorite attraction was the pumpkin-eating mechanical dinosaur. A man hidden in a shed controlled the dinosaur like a giant claw game, making it pick up pumpkins and crush them with it's monstrous metal teeth.
October 25, 2012
The goals, the badges, the uniform, the survival skills, the comradery. He's read the handbook front to back several times. If ever there was a group well-suited to Nolan, it's the Cub Scouts.
October 19, 2012
October 4, 2012
September 8, 2012
About a month ago, our family left our apartment in Chicago and moved into our own house in beautiful Tower Lakes. We managed to get all of our belongings into the house and have slowly been sorting things out. What an insane process!
So many changes. Wildlife, a lake, a yard, new schools, commuter rails. It's all sinking in...I truely love it.
July 29, 2012
We spent last week on vacation at Cape Cod with Mike's family. One day Dagny and I got locked out of the house with nothing but a bucket of sand toys. So we camped out on the beach, got really dirty, and took a little nap.
May 27, 2012
May 8, 2012
April 19, 2012
My mother came to visit the week before Easter. She brought some magic jellybeans and planted them with Nolan and Dagny before she left. On Easter morning, we discovered that they had grown into giant lollipops!
April 7, 2012
A couple weeks ago, we had a string of hot days in the middle of March. One of those days we spent every possible minute outside soaking it up. The sun was going down, and we finished off the day with a bag of Pop Rocks. It was Dagny's first time. She just stuck the whole bag on her tongue.
March 11, 2012
January 11, 2012
Santa brought Nolan a new pet for Christmas. It is a baby bearded dragon, Nolan named him Cocoa. He is a very charming little lizard and we are all smitten with him. Along with Cocoa, we also care for 20 or so crickets each week. They have the grim fate of being Cocoa's breakfast.
December 28, 2011
December 16, 2011
Mike and Nolan have started a penny mining business together. They buy pennies from the bank, sort them for copper (1982 and earlier) and then sell them on Ebay. They have a fascinating machine that sorts the pennies and it is worthy of it's own blog entry. They asked me to make a logo for their business, that is what this illustration is.
December 4, 2011
This is another illustrated recipe contest entry. The contest was to make a healthy holiday recipe. You can see the full sized version on the They Draw & Cook website.
I had fun cutting up lots of radishes for research! Dagny was intrigued, so included a black-haired version of her in the picture.
November 26, 2011
Lately when Dagny is eating at the kitchen table, she covers her eyes and says,
"Me scared, the dinosaur is roaring at me."
From her chair she can see into Mike's office. I didn't see any dinosaurs in there. Then a couple days ago I was walking into the office and noticed the telephone pole outside the window.
November 19, 2011
I used to love eating at restaurants, someday I will again. But right now we are a family of four picky eaters with different tastes and the youngest one refuses to sit while eating.
Once in awhile we find a place that works. Last weekend while coming home from the zoo we stopped for Chinese food and everyone was happy. It was an overall awesome day.
November 8, 2011
Nolan, like many kids, goes through phases of obsession. He started when he was 2 with construction trucks, then puzzles, Bakugan, LEGOs, car symbols, chess, and now...Yugioh. An impossibly complicated Japanese card game. I don't get it at all, and I have tried. I asked Nolan to draw me a picture of what he is thinking about when he looks at his cards, and the top part of this picture is what he drew.
October 29, 2011
During Dagny's 2 year check up last week, the nurse measured her three times to make sure she is a whopping 37 inches. Then the doctor came in, scratched some calculations on his clipboard, looked up and casually said that Dagny is on track to be 6 ' 2 ''. Did I hear that right? 6' 2"??
October 23, 2011
Our cat Calder passed away last week. He was sick for awhile and it was his time to go, we all miss him. This picture is how I'll always remember him. 16 years ago, Mike and I drove out to a Bengal breeder's house deep in the Vermont woods. Calder was a little white furry ball with bright blue eyes and a pretty pink nose. We brought him home in a cardboard box. He meowed the whole drive back to Boston until his voice went hoarse.
September 25, 2011
I should have realized that trouble was brewing when I could peacefully brush my teeth all by myself in the bathroom. In the 2 minutes it took to brush my teeth, Dagny meticulously colored her entire arm with a dry erase marker.
September 22, 2011
Mike has always been an interesting gift-giver. Recently, he bought Nolan a small first aid kit with a variety of band aids. Nolan carries it in his backpack and likes to dispense band aids to children in need. Always on top of his inventory, he tells me at night how many of each size are left.
September 8, 2011
Last weekend we were walking around Lincoln Square looking for a place to have dinner when it started pouring rain. So we ran inside of Gene's Sausage Shop and wandered up to the rooftop deck. We sat under a giant umbrella, eating dinner, and watching the world.
Today Mike and I have been married 10 years. What a nice life we have!
August 30, 2011
As evidenced by my lack of posting, it has been a busy summer. One thing Nolan wanted to do was have a snow cone stand, we finally did it last week. I could make a book's worth of pictures of that day if I had time...but I'd like to focus on the sign, this is my rendition.
"Spy Cones" was Nolan's idea. He offered 4 flavors, each with a "spy" weapon illustrated on it. The "Spy v. Spy" flavor was Nolan's recipe: half Coke, half vanilla.
August 5, 2011
About a year ago Nolan took apart his biggest Lego kit, a Star Wars starfighter. While putting it back together, ONE Lego snapped in half...and Nolan washed his hands of the whole thing.
So it has sat, unassembled, in a box, for a year, driving me crazy. Despite my constant suggestions to put it together. Finally, this week, Nolan put it back together. I had to repair the broken Lego and add a bribe to sweeten the deal...but it's done! He's been playing with it all week.
I accidental knocked the starfighter off of Nolan's shelf and it is in a million pieces, again.
July 22, 2011
A lot of the kids on our block signed up for a camp that is a 20 minute drive away. So we formed a carpool. I had the afternoon shift for the 6 & 7 year olds. Considering the possiblities for chaos, it all went pretty smoothly. Dagny caused the most trouble, trying to pull the hair of the lucky person who sat next to her each day. She'd always cry when they were all gone.
July 8, 2011
My mom, stepdad and nephew Shane came to visit from Massachusetts last week. We had an action-packed fun time. Chicago didn't have fireworks this year, and when July 4th came, we didn't have any plans. So we went to the lake, along with a million other Chicagoans!
The Mexican food carts were out in full force. I was able to score us three plates of mango with salt, lime juice and chili pepper. A frequent snack for me while I was pregnant with Dagny.