Sunday, September 30, 2012


If only it were possible to bottle the essence of autumn and apple picking. I think it's my favorite time of the year. It's become a tradition to spend an afternoon picking with the Peep-Eye family and I love looking at the photos of our gorgeous kiddos as they grow up (click here for photos from 2011, 2010, and  2009).

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I'm about to tell you a story that does not make Paul and I seem like particularly observant parents. It is also not a terribly interesting story but for the fact that Norah keeps telling it to people -  like her grandmother over dinner. I still wouldn't consider this to be a blog-worthy tale except that Norah can't pronounce the "t" in the word "peanuts". Here's the story:

"At the beach, we were eating peanuts. Tegegn loved peanuts! He kept putting more and more peanuts in his mouth. Then it was time for us to pack up and go home. It's a long drive home from the beach and my little brother fell asleep. When we got to the house, Mama and Papa realized that Tegegn still had his peanuts in his mouth! My little brother kept his mouth full of peanuts the whole walk to the car and all the way home. He had so much peanuts in his mouth! Mama said, 'Oh no, Tegegn! You shouldn't sleep with your peanuts in your mouth! No more peanuts for you! We're lucky you didn't choke on your peanuts!' Then Papa made Tegegn spit out his peanuts and my little brother was really mad because he loves to keep his peanuts in his mouth."

Monday, September 3, 2012

I realize that this last picture isn't especially flattering to any of us, but I had to post it to prove that we did take Tiruye with us. I've gotten some nice photos recently of the older three kids together - all of them are hams who will rush to smile for the camera. Tiruye gets distracted. In the first couple of pictures here she was off trying to get Paul's shoes to stay on her feet. In the last picture she stood up to try to abscond with my hat.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spontaneous Saturday

We took advantage of a dreary day to head to the Shedd Aquarium for Tegegn and Tiruye's first visit. Atticus and Norah love the yellow submarine there and Tegegn was a quick convert. He loves any type of steering wheel on play equipment and will camp out pretending to drive for huge amounts of time. Tiruye squealed with delight each time she spotted a penguin or beluga whale and loved watching them through the aquarium windows. There was a big football crowd in the museum parking area, so we ended up getting to walk through the Chicago Jazz Festival and along the lake on our way back and forth to the aquarium. Norah would have been happy to sit watching the music all day.  Next year we may need to plan to bring a picnic and stay.