Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The mess made by two girls on the floor initially drove me crazy, but then I heard Lauren reading a story to Allie in their closet "fort" and my heart melted.  Love that kind of stuff...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013


 Lauren manicuring her backyard fort...quite the sight!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Allie and Grayden enjoying Great Grandpa and Grandma's birthday cake. 
Oh, and they were engaged in some deep 4-year-old conversation too... ;)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Allie's very first backpack arrived in the mail today.  Preschool, here she comes!

Monday, July 22, 2013


She wears her flip flops on the wrong feet so consistently they feel like the right feet.
We pick our battles, and this is one not worth fighting...

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Awww...Lauren and Allie made us anniversary cards with their babysitter last night.
Nothing says "Happy Anniversary" like card peppered with balloons. :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Celebrating our 11th Anniversary!
{a little late due to vacation} :)

Friday, July 19, 2013


Lauren captured a grasshopper and provided it with a cozy habitat.  :)
Imagine her surprise when it shed its skin and more than doubled its size!
We love this bug-lovin' girl!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013


When Allie says "play catch with me", she literally means play catch with ME.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013


First day at Big Star Lake and Lauren already snagged her first fish. 
The secret?  Always give the worm a pep talk before baiting the hook.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013


We're feelin' the zeel at Zeelmania!
The only question is who is enjoying this more, Lauren or Dad?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013


 Lauren loves her some Panera Bread! 
Especially if she's on a date with her Momma and is eating soup in a bread bowl :)

Friday, July 5, 2013


Lauren and Allie (with lots of help from their buddies Elliott and Clay) grabbed quite a few fireflies during the campfire tonight.  :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013


What a great Fourth of July
Pancake breakfast ~ kids' activities ~ fireworks

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Chicago - Day 3
Lincoln Park Zoo ~ Millenium and Grant Parks ~ Rainforest Cafe

Monday, July 1, 2013


Chicago - Day 2
Willis Tower ~ Navy Pier (ferris wheel, swings, children's museum, carousel)
Giordano's Pizza ~ Lego Store ~ Garrett Popcorn