25 January 2019

Moments 01 19 :: Week 04

I seriously probably take at least one picture of her sitting by the fire every single day. It's just too funny.

So, this happened.We got a HUGE snowfall Friday/Saturday. I had to take Brian to the airport on Saturday (he's in Japan!), and it was a nightmare to drive in at 4:30am. Later that day, my friend and I had to drive our boys to Rockford for soccer. I sure was glad to have a co-pilot.

Gretel loves the snow.

We got more snow on Wednesday -- and school was cancelled. I sure was glad to have this guy around. He's always such a big help.

Meanwhile, here's the other one....

It was also exam week. To celebrate the end of a great semester and lots of hard work, H and I had a lunch date. I gave him a few choices, but considering it's below 0 degrees out, he chose ramen. Good call.

18 January 2019

Moments 01 19 :: Week 03

Brian and I snuck out Saturday morning and had a breakfast date! Crazy, right? Tried out the new Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern. Check out those beet cured lox!

Later that day, H swim in the Shorewood Invitational swim meet (he's second from top).

Sunday my nephew had us over to his new pad for Italian Night. This brave guy had all of us in his 800 square foot condo and did all the cooking. He did a great job too.

From the rooftop deck of his place.

This is Tom. At least, that's what we all call him. He's kind of like the gym mascot, if you will, and has been hanging around since last summer. He also like to hang out by the highway off-ramp. That one makes me a little worried for him. He has no fear.

C had a couple basketball games this week, and even got to start in one of them. He loves it.

11 January 2019

Moments 01 19 :: Week 02

C's school takes 8th grade photos for a fancy composite thing that gets displayed in the school. Can't believe it's this guy's turn.

Crazy workout with Milwaukee Masters. And Happy Birthday to my friend Matty (smack dab in the front, duh).

Random dog photos. Remnants of Gretel's Christmas toy. Storm with a flipped back ear (and sleepy).

04 January 2019

Moments 01 19 :: Week 01

These were the top 9 liked photos on my Instagram account for 2018. Definitely some good ones here!

After two nights staying out until 1:30am due to the concerts, we wouldn't wait for a relaxed New Year's Eve. It also happens to be our friend Fernanda's birthday (32!) so she came over to celebrate and Kim & Gerry stopped by too. We made it until midnight and it was perfect.

See? We made it. First photo of the family in 2019.

It's been a number of years since we came to see the crazy polar bears. I could only talk H into coming with me. He ran into a friend of his, and was a little bummed he didn't participate, I think. I personally was fine simply spectating.

It was pretty busy this year thanks to moderate temperatures.

Our new calendar (365 days of drawings) & lucky Sauerkraut and Pork, a tradition our friends Greg & Yvonne introduced us to last year and one the boys insisted on again this year. I like it!

After the Polar Bear Plunge, we came home and watched Crazy Rich Asians. What? You are wondering where I sat on this big sectionals we have? A chair off to the side. Look at these guys!

Bayside basketball kicked off this week too. The Bulls one 36-18 with C-Dog scoring 6, including an incredible 3-pointer. We went right from basketball to H's swim meet. It's so fun watching him. He's swimming mainly varsity events and improving each week.

01 January 2019

The Gufs 30th


Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a band called The Gufs. A member of the band was a handsome percussion player, and as fate would have it, we met and fell in love. Haha! I'm not very good at story telling, but seriously, if it were for the band, Brian & I would have never met over 25 years ago. So crazy. Over the weekend, the band played a 30th Anniversary concert. The first night sold out super fast, so they added a second night and of course, we were at both. Brian left the band after a few years of being a part of it, but they invited him to play a few songs with them both nights, which was so fun. The best part was the boys getting to see their dad in action and seeing tons of friends and family come out for the concerts. For the first night, our friends from Oak Park came with their kids. You know how I feel about that - yassssss! It's because of the band, Leif & Melissa met as well so we were beyond giddy to share this night with the rest of the crew. The weekend started with us meeting at Kopps for lunch. After quick cocktails at their hotels, we headed over to the venue. Such a blast. The guys have been working so hard for months, and it was so worth it. They put on some amazing shows. The next morning we met at Fuel for brunch. Always sad to say our goodbyes, but it was amazing getting to experience it all with them. On Night 2, only H came with me. But we met up with Christie & Tim, Justin and the girls and some friends from the gym. So fun. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty exhausted from staying up two nights past 1am. How in the world did I used to do that? But it was so worth it. Such a special weekend and I was so excited to be a part of it.