Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Michael's Hard Hat

Michael has taken to wearing his hard hat all the time. Excuse the no pants, he had just crawled through a grease spot in the driveway.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Michael and Madisan sleeping together.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Jada is a cheeseball!

I wanted to share three pics of Jada on her birthday. Since I had all the mishaps and had to depend on other people's photos I am late posting. I think it was worth the wait though! I think Kiera Jean's cake face pic might be the top rival but this pic makes me laugh every single time I see it! JC calls it her chocolate goatee. :) Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 19, 2005

My new necklace

Glenn took this picture of me in my new necklace that I love. I got it at an arts festival when we were in Annapolis.

Connor and Hilary sitting in a tree

Hilary Duff's video on the Disney channel. Connor turning up the volume. ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Some favorite Chicago memories...

Was just thinking about the trip and reminiscing...
... Emma blowing kisses ...
... Noah's sweet smile and easy-going-ness ...
... Ben laughing whenever anyone else did ...
... Kiera stealing Alena's breadsticks ...
... Charlie's darling pout and hug promiscuity ...
... Connor's very serious demeanor ...

I miss all the babies!! (And the moms too! I wish we all lived closer... )

Ben and Alena (and the respective entourages) on Sunday

Yeah, so if you haven't figured it out by the post timestamps, I can't sleep. So the blog's getting all 'pictured up' a la Lisa. Didn't think anyone would mind. I already did responsible stuff like checking my work email. And this is more fun than unpacking.

Oh, we volunteered to get bumped off our flight home, as Frank and I couldn't get seats together on the plane home (stupid airplane people) so we got two vouchers for round trip tickets anywhere in the continental U.S. and Canada. Yay for free travel. We only had to wait two hours for the next flight AND we got seats together.

Now, onto the pictures....

"Alena, there's a priceless work of art behind you." "But mom... LOOK! A car!"

We found these fountains in Millenium Park after dinner... ha, found them, like they were undiscovered by man before that. Anyway... yes, it's a giant TV screen... and a fountain kids could run around in and get wet. AND! Every now and then the faces would pucker up, and squirt water out of their mouths. Quite interesting.

Ben and Eric... and Frank, Alena and Rose in the background.

Also in Millenium Park is this giant shiny jellybean thing. Ghost Egg? Ghost Cloud? It was called something like that. Which was currently shrouded and undergoing a 're-shining' so they only had a little part peeking out. It was VERY shiny.

Picasso. Fun enough to slide down. At least Alena's looking at this one. No, I take that back... she's looking at that pigeon. She really liked the pigeons.

We had dinner at an outdoor cafe in Millenium Park. Am I spelling Millenium wrong? Anyway, it's a touch blurry but it was the happiest Alena was through all of dinner time. If there's one thing everyone learned about her this weekend, is that she is quite willful and very happy to publicly demonstrate this tendency. Rose was very sweet and called it "personality".

Hanging out at the hotel Saturday night

Ben, clowning around (sorry about the red-eye, I'm lazy)

Babies at work...

The melee that was seven babies in one room at one time!

Kelly shows her true colors... ;)

Chicago Pictures from Saturday at the Zoo

Riding the bus to the zoo!

More bus riders. :)

We had some rain at the zoo. Here we are, waiting it out for a bit in the big cat house!

Valerie and Kiera... the gals with the gorgeous eyes!

Erin and Emma -- Emma couldn't stop blowing us all kisses!

Chicago Pictures from Friday

Charlie playing in the dirt near the boat docks

Alena and her daddy on Navy Pier

Noah and Alena up to some monkey business!

All of us on the boat!


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Emma, Alena, Kiera, Charlie, Noah, Ben, and Connor

Connor pushing Charlie in his wagon (Connor just sat in a puddle, smart boy ;) ).

Alena and Emma playing with Charlie's chair. :)

Noah and Connor enjoying the fishies at the Zoo (again, I remind you of the puddle, hee hee).

Alena's first boat ride!

Gina (Charlie's mom) holding Kiera.

Rose and Ben pondering the harbor (on the boat).

Erin with Emma and their new stuffed friend. :)

Connor stealing Emma's tray (and then he carried it around).

Kiera with a tasty block. :)

Charlie with a famous pouty face. :)

Noah exploring Connor's tractor book. :)

Who cares about the parents, right? Heh.

Sorry about the red eye :(. These are a random mix of pics in no particular order from Friday and Saturday.

Jaimie :)

Ben and Connor in Chicago

Connor and I stayed in Rose, Eric and Ben's suite, so Connor and Ben spent a lot of time together. Eric (Rose's DH) took tons of pics of the whole trip, so I didn't take too many pictures (since he is a lot more skilled than I am!). But I took a few interesting ones of the boys together.

Ben under the sink, Connor the little follower seeing what he is up to.

Rose reading to Ben and Connor, Ben trying to push Connor off her lap. That's my mommy not yours! Tell your mom not to be such a reading slacker! Hee hee.

Ben and Connor playing with the mirrored door of the closet, Noah in the background taking notes. :)

We had a great time and I am sure other pics will be posted somewhere soon :). If not I will un-red eye a bunch of pics and post them... yeah okay I suck and every other pic I took has serious red-eye :).

Jaimie :)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Why Drew Can No Longer Be Left Alone!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Procrastination leads to photos of Ben

I'm packing for Chicago (YAY!!!). But I'm at the point where I'm panicking a bit (which always happens before a trip) so I decided to take a break and share these photos of Ben enjoying the wading pool a week or two ago.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Ethan has great taste in reading.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Kyan at one of his first geocaches

Kyan enjoyed hiking through the woods to find one of his first geocaches!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

New shoes

My husband Juan has this new cell phone with a camera, and he wants to take pics of everything.
So he took a picture last night of my new shoes.
They sparkle!

Friday, August 05, 2005

are you smarter than a surgeon?

you vote - on Connor's right or left.

Connor wasn't happy I was covering up his goods. Heh.

more of my cat taz

a true basketcase