Saturday, September 6, 2014

Soccer Mom

It's official. We are a soccer family, which I guess makes me a soccer mom.  I'll be honest; I don't hate it. The boys had their first practices and games this week and to say they loved it would be an understatement. They are counting down the days, hours, minutes until their next practice. The best part was seeing that they all have some skills. They don't completely understand the game but they'll get there. For now, they are having a great time, getting some good exercise and learning to play on a team.  

Daniel completely surprised me. He was upset that he *only* played for 1/2 the game. He ran his little heart out and loved every part of it. He is probably the most excited to get back out on the field. He talks about soccer constantly now.

Wilson loved it too. After the first few minutes, I had to pull him to the side and explain that this was not 'care center soccer'. He was running up and down the field knocking kids down in order to the get the ball. Once he understood that he could not push the other kids, he settled in and played well. 

And then he found his dream job.....goal keeper.
He got to wear a cool shirt.
He didn't have to run.
And he got to grab the ball when no one else was allowed to. 

Within minutes, he had two saves!

Andrew's game was at the same time as Daniel and Wilson's so Jill offered to take him. She even took pictures of him. 

I was so excited when we found out that his soccer jersey was Guatemala blue and white. (everyone calls that color Guatemala blue, right?)

He had a great time and Jill's boys were impressed with how well he played. 

I'm kind of excited for next Saturday. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Readoption and Name Change

Today, we stood in front of a Cook County judge to officially change Wilson's name and 'readopt' him in Illinois. This will provide him with an Illinois birth certificate so that he will easily be able to get a copy when he needs one. We were so fortunate that our friend, Jill, who was there at the very beginning of this adoption, is learning readoption law. We were her very first clients. :)  She also loves to take pictures so it was a package deal for us. 

This was taken in the family waiting room. Cook County does not allow cameras inside the court room so there are no pictures with the judge. 
(don't mind Daniel. He was having a moment)

The boys loved looking down on the view from inside the courthouse.

Better lighting and backdrop outside of the Daley Center building.

During our walk back to the parking ramp, we stopped at Corner Bakery for a celebratory snack: monster cookies.

After all three boys napped in the car, we went out for rice and beans. 

The paperwork will not be final until early October but our part is over. So glad to have one more step completed.

Monday, July 28, 2014


The boys and I are visiting our friends, the Cash family, and are having a BLAST. Kelly and I are getting time to talk in person and the boys are running WILD.  Today, they set up the slip-n-slide and the kids had a great time. Daniel's entire stomach and chest are covered in grass cuts but it would not stop him from going again if given the chance.

Kolton showed them how it was done...

Two of these three had no fear. The other one is just like his mom.

Sweet Kemry--I wish we lived closer to this family for many reasons and Kemry is at the top of that list.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Buckingham Fountain

The boys were exhausted from two nights of fireworks and staying up way too late. They were crabby but would not rest. After quite a bit of fighting and bickering, I decided that the best thing was to go do something fun and give them something else to focus on.  After picking up Andrew's new glasses and picking out some for myself, we headed downtown to see Buckingham Fountain.  They were setting up for Taste of Chicago so our usual parking spots were not available. We ended up parking near Millenium Park which gave us a chance to see that too. Bonus! (and by 'bonus' I mean, holy cow, the parking is expensive. We are going to get our money's worth.)

These sculptures, which are HUGE, were a little creepy at first. But then, when I realized what the artist had done, I was fascinated by them. The boys were dragging me away from them, begging to go see something else.

Apparently, these dudes were better than the giant heads. You know why, right? Because *giggle* they're *giggle, giggle* not *giiiigggggle* wearing clothes!

Next, we headed over to the Bean (Cloud Gate) with a few million other people to look at ourselves in the world's largest mirror. yikes.

Do you see us?

After a non-quick trip to the bathroom (WHY do they take so long in the bathroom??? What is the attraction??), we walked through the garden on our way to Grant Park.
We saw a few butterflies, some beautiful birds and one of my favorite summer flowers---purple cone flowers. 

There's really only one thing to do when you see three chairs sitting in the middle of the field at Grant Park.

The fountain!

While the boys were posing for a picture and actually smiling and being cooperative, a little boy jumped out of his stroller, ran over and wrapped his arms around Wilson. It was hilarious. Daniel could not stop laughing. The little boy's dad grabbed his phone for a picture. We were all laughing because the boy would not let go. Hilarious.

Ice cream by the fountain. Summer on a cone.

Wilson has been telling me that he wants to see a real bunny. We saw about four of them on our walk back to the car. 

No, I am not brave enough to take my children into the Art Museum yet....but I am all about a photo op outside of the museum.