It was a wet one yesterday
But the drizzle didn’t dampen spirits…
The girls loved their costumes - handmade with love by grandma h. and the idea of ringing doorbells for candy.
Grandma A & Papa boom graciously took candy hand-out duty,while Simon and I made our way up and down the lane with our Madelines.
They were absolutely precious. So sweet.
It was a fun night to be a parent.
(Huge thanks to Mom H for the costumes and Mom A for the pictures. Halloween takes a village! Love you both!)
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine… ― Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline
Mad Love for Chef Rene. Tonight he opened a restaurant. The Dawson. It (he) is incredible!!!
Simon & I joined them for Friends & Family on Monday night. We had the best seats in the house - at the counter looking into the kitchen (Go to the Dawson. Sit at these seats!). Chef was a machine. We devoured the Fried Oyster Po’ Boy, Pozole, Pickled Onion Rings. Then Simon & I were taken upstairs - they had funnel cake (and two cups of milk) waiting for us in front of the fireplace. It was romantic and delicious and cool as hell….
But more than anything, it was really exciting seeing my friend’s dream come true. He deserves all of this goodness!
Last weekend we took a day trip down to the St. Louis area to join the H side of the family and shower Baby Leo with all sorts of love!
We spent the afternoon in Cousin Kristin’s (GORGEOUS) home catching up with the family. Great Grandma S, aunts and uncles and cousins all came over to meet baby Leo. It was wonderful seeing everyone…and watching Andrew and Kevin beam with new dad pride!
I love that they are now parents.
On Simon’s side of the family, there is a crew of cousins about my age who all have kiddos of their own. It’s great getting together with them and swapping kid/life stories.
It was so fun watching the girls interact with Leo - I kept seeing flashes of family vacations and Christmas mornings to come…
Andrew and I were childhood best friends…
and now our kiddos are cousins. We get to raise our kids together!
How cool is that?
Tonight we celebrated Ellie’s birthday. Twin Anchors for Ribs & Beer and then the whole gang headed back to El & Dan’s new home for cake (of course)! It was a perfect party.
Hazel & Felix, running errands
When I arrived home from work yesterday, Hazel appeared to be on her way out….with her sister in tow.
When I asked where they were going, To the store! She replied.
When I asked what they needed, Bats & Spiders & Chex, she answered.
When I asked if I could join them, she said: Sure. But I am pushing Felix. Ok?
Ok. And she did. My 2 year year old daughter took the lead and easily walked herself and her sister to the Walgreens, about 4 blocks away. I couldn’t believe she knew the way…but she surprises me daily with the things she knows.
When we arrived at the store - she handed Fee to me so that she could carry the basket. First stop: Halloween Aisle for Bats and Spiders. And then to the cereal aisle. They were out of Chex but she wasn’t phased - Lucky Charms were a perfectly acceptable alternative (um?)
As we waited in the check-out line, Hazel spotted those stretchy gloves hanging from an end-cap and excused herself from line only to return with 2 pairs. Our hands are chilly she informed me tossing them into the cart.
Fee got a special treat for her star turn as Miss Daisy - a box of orange tic-tacs which kept her busy playing put/take with her cupholder the entire walk home.
As this whole adventure unfolded, I had to keep turning my head so they wouldn’t see me laughing at them. I’m not sure I have ever, in my life, been more charmed by a trip to the store.
God, I love my girls.
At 5 years old, Saroo lost his family. He was at a train station with his brother, begging for change and they got separated. Saroo boarded the wrong train in search of his brother and was taken from the life he knew….
When the train stopped (thousands of miles from his village) he had no idea where he was….or where he came from. No one could help.
This is the story of how through determination and Google Maps, 26 years later - he found his way home. (you will cry)
Well done, Google.
Smile Friday: My Beautiful, Modern Family!
Happy Birthday to my little sister, my best friend, my heart.
I love you. I love you. I love everything about you.
Definition of a nurse
"To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring. A unique soul who will pass through your life for a minute and impact it for an eternity. An empowered individual whom you may meet for only a twelve hour period, but who will put you and yours above theirs."
Happy Birthday Ellen
Weekend side of Friday!!!
We have a pretty packed agenda over the next couple of days:
- A 1 day road trip to Edwardsville, Il to party with baby Leo (Cousin Kristin is throwing a shower for the lil guy and the entire H crew will be there! I can’t wait to see everyone)
- Marathon morning will obviously be spent cheering on the runners
- And on Sunday afternoon, we are heading down to my mimi’s for our annual CHRISTMAS TREE decorating party. (Every year, the big-kid cousins put up their holiday decorations before mimi and papa take off for Florida…that way, when they come home mid-december, their halls have already been decked! In exchange for our help, they feed us homemade pasta and meatballs. Everyone wins!)
We have 710 miles (+ 26.2 miles of cheering) to cover this weekend. As long as the kids are happy and the roads are clear, we should be just fine. :)
Regardless, Hip Hip Hooray for Friday!
“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.”
I love this quote. And picture.
But mostly….Holy Cow! This photo is like a time machine…in it, I see Hazel as a twelve year old. Don’t Blink.
As you know, my brothers recently adopted a baby - my perfect little nephew, Leopold.
I was talking to Andrew the other day and he mentioned that they are having a hard time figuring out what Leo should call each of them. They don’t want to both go by dad cause that is sort of confusing. And neither of them can be Papa since that is already taken by the grandpas in the family. Initially they were thinking Andrew could go by “Dad” and Kevin would be “Father”…but Father isn’t really sticking. Too formal.
And so, I turn to you all!
We would love to hear your ideas for 2 different dad-type names for baby Leo to use when addressing his dads!
(Oh and it has to be something that isn’t super awkward for Andrew and Kevin to use when addressing one another. Ie. It might be sort of weird if Andrew called out “Big Daddy” in a public place.)
Tumblr Powers Activate!
Chicago Marathon Tumblr Cheer Squad!!!
Spectators: Join us!
Runners: Look for us!
I am so excited to cheer on my friends in their massive marathon run this Sunday! I will be out on the course bright and early, with at least one daughter and stack of cheer cones - sending the runners every ounce of energy I’ve got!
If anyone is looking for a place to cheer, come stand with us. We can make our own Tumblr Cheer Squad!
And runners, please please, throw your hand out so I can give you a high five! YOU AMAZE ME!
Here is where we will be:
- 8am (ish)….Mile 4ish: near Schiller and LaSalle on the WEST (left) side of the street
- Mile 11ish: near Schiller and Wells on the EAST (left) side of the street
Mad Love & Fleet Feet,
(feel free to spread the word!)
photo from Marathon Sunday, 2011…one of my very favorite pictures!