Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sam's school party

We celebrated Sam's birthday at school today. City Garden has summer camp for a few weeks and Ms. Hellesoy and I both forgot to have Sam's birthday at school back in April, so she invited him to come have it today. It was Mr Krohl's birthday too!

It was fun. He did his last walk down the rainbow bridge, his last time of wearing the crown and the cape. He's big now. (sob)  The funniest part was just how huge he looked doing it. He sits on the teacher's lap at the beginning and walks over to his parents in the ceremony and I thought he was going to squish poor Ms Hellesoy!

They made him a dragon for his birthday. It was to go with his knight (Sir Peter) and his King Arthur puppet. :) He was very pleased.

I brought homemade ice cream and Ms Hellesoy made cookies. It was delicious. Only Sammy and I with our lactose intolerance regreted the decision to eat it.

And Sam made a new friend at City Garden this week (who doesn't usually go to the school but is just there for the camp).

Last time on the tire swing. Sniff.

Then, as we were leaving I realized: we'll be back!!! Wella only has a few years until she's ready for her own little City Garden experience. In fact, she was busy making friends already! :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hangin' with the Handy boys

Matt and I watched our friends' kids this weekend. It's one of our favorites: the Handies! Julia was my college roomate and Joel and Julia met, dated, and got engaged at Wheaton College right alongside Matt and I. Then we had babies at pretty  much the same time. So we've stuck together. This is her middle child, Peter, with her baby, Sammy!

Mom and Dad had a wedding in Texas to go to so we stayed with the boys at their home in West Chicago. It was a fun weekend out of the city for my kids and Matt and I made it as easy as possible with frozen dinners and paper plates. We ate wings for dinner!

Thoroughly enjoyed by Peter, who loves chicken I found out.

And we started a little camp out...

...and smores project, but it started raining! So we had to head inside.

The tent also filled up immediately with mosquitos. See the sad faces? Boo.

It's alright though...we moved the festivities inside. Josh said "let's watching Sleeping Beauty!" And all of them cheered. I love homeschooled kids. :)

I realized how you don't really love a person's kids until you spend a lot of time with them. Even though we were there for not even 36 hours, I felt like I got to know them better.

Like Josh really likes to say how to do things. He wanted me to cook the french toast in a certain way (with lots of cinnamon) and he kinda comandeered the situation. He said "Don't worry, all new people love it this way." :)

And Peter is just like Sammy: naughty and sneaky sometimes, but very endearing. And super smart! He kept figuring out things that had to do with numbers really quickly!

And baby Sammy (who MY Sammy adores) is the sweetest little guy who says the cutest things ever. He has to sleep with about 10 stuffed animals and sing "two songs" and read "two books" before bed, but that's about all he requires! Typical third child. :)

We even managed to get the whole crew to church on Sunday. It took two minivans but we did it! The only mishap was that they baptise kids as infants at that church and therefore the entire congregation takes communion together. Our kids haven't been officially dunked yet, so they don't take it yet. Somehow though, they each ended up with a cracker and a tiny cup of grape juice before I could put a stop to it. So, happy first communion Harris kids! :) I guess if that's the worst thing that happened this weekend I should be happy.

We'll miss you Handy boys! Sammy said he wants us to move in next to you.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Father's Day at Grandma and Grandpa's house

I'm slowly catching up with my posts. Father's Day was last week, but here it is: better late than never. This is four generations of Harris men on a couch.

We were in Glenview at Matt's parents house. My kids love going to Glenview. It's a great grandparent's house. So many little memorable touches.

Like the green door. You know my kids will always think of the green door at Grandma's.

And the plastic green swing on the tree out front that has been there since Uncle David was little.

And the backyard with the fort Matt and his college roomates helped build for Uncle David when he was little. Did I mention that Uncle David, Matt's younger brother, is 16 years younger than Matt?

And the kitchen. The kitchen with the cabinet doors that fell off years ago, but stay that way because Grandma thinks the stuff is more easily accessible that way. The kitchen that always has banana's hanging up, sweet iced tea in the fridge....
...and canisters full of little things kids like to snack on.

She has all these neat little figurines and things from the farmhouse she grew up in.

Her mom's china cabinet filled with generations of wedding china, (which she actually, often).

Pictures like this.

And the well-loved basket of kids toys. The chewable rubber foot and all kinds of great stuff like that.

Aunt Rebecca loves the piano as much as Claire does.

And there are dozens of pictures of Daddy as a little boy around the house.

There was a Father's Day football game.

It was mainly the brothers.

But Sammy was included as well.

And Aunt Sarah jumped in at the end.

We celebrated Wella's birthday with Grandma and Grandpa and Luella got some fun things.

I just think its funny, both at Matt's parent's house and my own parent's house, to think of all the things my kids are going to remember about their grandparent's homes. I have such strong memories of my grandparent's home in Inverness, IL, and I'm so happy that my kids will have their own as well. It's such a great part of childhood.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wella is one

 On June 14th, our baby turned one year old!

I can't believe she's one already! She's already so busy and walking and getting a major personality and learning to throw tantrums though, so I gues she is definitely a toddler.We made her an apple cake and homemade ice cream which she loved and she celebrated outside with her little friends.

But then when Daddy got home from work we did it all over again.
She looks a lot like I did at one year old in this picture.

See? Well, you could see better if I didn't have my hand in my face.
She loved it. She loved using a spoon and eatting all that great sugary stuff.

With her brother and sister.

With mommy.

The baby mommy made her for her birthday. I went to a doll-making class to make this crazy thing. You wouldn't know it cost me about $100 to make this doll, but it is stuffed with real sheeps wool so it smells like a little baby lamb.

She loved baby.

And putting baby to bed.

I love this girl so much. I love both of my girls though. Look at Claire. She's the best big sister ever.

Then Luella decided to stand on top of babies bed. Whatever.

Aunt Sarah stopped by as well. Do you see any resemblance here? :)

Happy Birthday Luella! We love you super much.