Monday, April 6, 2009

Opening Day

It's the first day of the basball season. Anna and Zeke wore their Cubs garb to the sitter's. Since she is a White Sox fan, we had to give specific instructions that Anna and Zeke were to come home in their Cubs clothing.

Anna is practicing singing 'Go Cubs Go'
Zeke is proud to be a Cubs fan

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I think it's safe to say they like each other.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

And now a visit from Connie and Sarah

Two days after Caleb left for more singing on the road, Connie was in town! Connie came up from St. Louis to visit and as usual, she stayed with her BFF Sarah in Chicago. They stopped in to say hello and get a free meal from us (we ordered pizza).

Anna loved playing with Connie's phone.

She was watching us through the camera.Arron didn't score any bonus points with Sarah when he questioned her choice in headwear.

I think he said her hat looked like something a cancer patient would wear.As they were leaving, Sarah was still not happy with the comment and didn't want her picture taken.

'No!  Don't take my picture!'Anna waved good bye for both her and Zeke - he was sleeping in the swing for most of the visit.

Bye-bye Nonnie!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Caleb came to visit!

Caleb is in the A Capella Choir out of Concordia University - Nebraska. Since they had a stop in Valparaiso, we went to go see them sing. As an added bonus, Caleb came home with us to spend the night!

We came home late and stayed up even later talking. The next morning was busy getting ready, eating breakfast and out the door to make it back to Valpo in time for his bus departure.

But we did manage to take a couple quick pictures.

ni ni Caleb.
Posing with Zeke before leaving in the morning.
Nah, that wasn't the only picture.  We pulled the blanket back too.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Train up a child in the way he should go

...and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

That's right - we're reading 'Cubs 101.'

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anna's Hog

Okay, so maybe it's really not a Hog, but Anna loves it just the same. Anna and Daddy took the trike for a spin today. Anna's still a little short for it - she has a hard time reaching the pedals, but she's more than willing to give it the old college try. But can she really do a college try since she's not in college yet?


Mama mama mama

She was so happy to be on the bike.
And just as happy to have her O with her.
Poor Zeke missed out on all the excitement.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Guess who's been here?

Anna certainly loves her letters. It's nice to see her share with Zeke.

Letters are Anna's calling cards.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Mystery

Today I came up from the basement only to find this in the kitchen:

Yep, I'm missing a rug. So then I went into the living room and found this:
What the...?

Hmmm, I wonder who's under there?
It's Anna!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Most of the gear that we're using for Zeke came compliments of his big sister. For the most part, Anna's fine with what Zeke is doing and where he's doing it. But there are times when she really wants to take over - or at least be included.

What is Anna in?
I think she's reliving her youth.

Zeke hanging out on his activity mat.

Anna likes to hang out in there too!

Bitty Tongue

Zeke has discovered his tongue, so most of his waking hours are spent sticking it out at people (mainly me). Let's hope he gets this out of his system by the time he starts school, otherwise he'll be getting into trouble a lot!

See his little tongue?

Just in case you missed it before
In other news, somewhere in the bowels of our washing machine is a pair of socks, exactly like what you see below. Zeke only wears this pair when you can't see his ankles.

I usually put socks in a sweater bag, but was lazy one day.  Never again

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Zeke enjoys his time in his swing - thank goodness for rechargeable batteries!


and forth

and forth
What's with that big smile?
Ah, Anna helped push.  He likes that best


Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Bomber Hat

Last winter we got Anna a new hat for this season. She wasn't too happy when we pulled it out the first time to wear it, but after that first night, she's been pretty excited about wearing it. She puts in on herself - considering that it's a bomber style, sometimes the ear flaps are in interesting positions.

No, she hasn't solved the Rubik's cube yet

Momma momma momma

Maybe she likes it a little to much...


Monday, February 2, 2009

Zeke - Two Months

Smiley Zeke
It's been two months and we still haven't lost him. That's good because he's really smiling a lot now. Whoever found him would probably want to keep him for themselves - especially now that he's developing dimples in his cheeks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whatever could it be?

Hmmm, something from
Whatever could it be?
Wait, is it?  Is it?

Yes, we were out and about last month and realized as we were heading home that kitty was left behind somewhere. While we have 4 of them and generally give Anna a clean kitty daily, there were a couple reasons we were compelled to get a replacement.

First, we felt bad. It was similar to when Tom Hanks lost the volleyball Wilson in the movie "Castaway." Poor kitty was laying abandoned somewhere, seemingly discarded and unloved and we felt horrible (and responsible).

But we also wanted to replace him because we were afraid that whole scheme would come tumbling down like a house of cards. Now that one kitty was gone, we were going to lose a second and a third. That had to be stopped and quick!

The replacement kitty has arrived, and Anna is none the wiser.

Monday, January 26, 2009

We're watching you....

Anna loves to grab a banana and run around with it. If you don't watch closely, she may just eat it - peel and all.

Sometimes she's a picky eater, other times not so much

Sunday, January 25, 2009