Monday, June 30, 2008

for Gramma

My mom has requested videos of Andrew walking (since he had just started the day before they left).

Walking through the kitchen with a bottle in his hand and Lovey in his mouth.

Walking around at the car dealership.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Our new car

I did it. I traded in my SUV. I loooooved my X-terra and there were a few tears when I traded it in, but the gas mileage was killing me.
Andrew picked out the color (I swear, he did. He kept pointing to the grey one). It's a great car and the mileage is wonderful. It has a lot of extras that my X-terra didn't have but trunk space is NOT one of them. lol

My beloved X-terra.
Andrew traveled through 10 states in this car.

The new beauty.

Do you like the color I picked out? I'm a little bit closer to Mommy now so it's easier for her to hand me snacks.

I'm KING of the car! (As you can see, I take the job VERY seriously)

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Friday, June 27, 2008


This week's theme is Summer Lovin'.

Gramma and Grandad coming to visit.

Spending time at the zoo with our friends, The Cash Crew.

Eating a plate of french fries at an outside table. Heaven. cream.

Giving the pools a test drive.

Visiting the Shedd Aquarium with Amie, Tim and Lucas.

Splashing in the sprinkler with Nicholas.

My very own pool.....niiiiiice.

You can find more Summer Lovin' at

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

More dancing cuteness

I can't stop taking videos of Andrew dancing. It's the cutest thing ever.

Watch his arm in this one. It cracks me up.

This is his first time dancing standing up--without holding onto anything.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Andrew has a sister!!

This weekend, I found out that Andrew has a birth sister here in the U.S.!! I didn't even know that his birth mom had given up any other children for adoption.
His sister is five and her name is Isabella. I talked to her mom last night for about 45 minutes and she had great information about Andrew's birth mom and his other siblings.

Andrew and Isabella do not live near each other, but her mom and I will stay in touch and make sure they know about each other. At some point, we want them to meet.

I'm SO excited.

Can you believe how much they look alike?

Princesa Isabella

Isabella and her mom

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hello? Is this Gramma?

Andrew likes to pretend to talk on the phone. If someone is actually on the other end (like Gramma) he clams up and won't say a word.

If you're one of the people we've accidentally called, Sorry. :)

Now, what is that number? 1-215........

Hi! Gramma?
I'm good. How are you?

The usual. Just dumping out all my toys and getting into the kitchen cabinets.

I make Mommy check all the rooms for you every morning, but you must be gone for real. I wish you guys were still here. I miss you.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Where's Andrew?

Andrew was playing hide-n-seek last night. It cracks me up how he pops up and then just drops.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sprinkler Fun

Kathy and Nicholas invited us over to play in the sprinkler yesterday. Andrew was very unsure of it at first, but Nicholas showed him how much fun it was and then he was a little bit more willing to play. It also helped that it was a Backyardigans sprinkler featuring his favorite character, Pablo.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Day at the Shedd

This morning, we went to the Shedd Aquarium with some friends from out of town. Amie and I met online when she and Tim were adopting Lucas from Guatemala. He will be 2 on July 6!! We had a great time with them and the boys liked seeing all the animals.

Looking at the fish stuck to the glass:

Lucas clapping for the dolphins:

Checking out the Beluga whales:

The Wild Reef exhibit has a plexi-glass floor you can walk on and watch the sting rays swimming under your feet.

Aren't they cute?

Hey! Come back here!!

Andrew's first time walking outside:

Tim and Andrew:

Amie and Lucas with Andrew and me:

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Junk Food

On Wednesday, we went to Portillo's for hamburgers, beef sandwiches and fries. (I know, I gave my son cheese fries twice in one week, but it was a very special week--we're back to our healthy eating next week.)
Andrew actually ate quite a bit of my hamburger with his fries which makes it MUCH healthier. ;)

Grandad did a funny trick where he pretended to throw something in the air and then flicked the back of the paper bag with his finger to make it sounded like something had landed in the bag. You can see at the end of the video what Andrew thought of Grandad's trick.

This is what happens when you eat too many cheese fries.

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