Monday, October 20, 2008

Okay, there's a lot of pictures in this. Since the last post, we've done a few things. I put some really cute pictures of our times at the parks, and they're so cute! Auston and Audrey LOVED the swings! Then we had Steve's birthday, and I made him a Lemon Meringue Pie, his favorite. To celebrate, we went to the University of Illinois football game, Go Fighting Illini! (Pronounced ill-line-eye. I struggled with that at first) It was pretty fun, and the stadium was really neat, since it's pretty old and made out of brick. I also took the twins to Curtis Orchard with some friends and their kids. Curtis Orchard is a big apple orchard near our house that also has a big pumpkin patch and a petting zoo with ponies, goats, chickens, etc. It was pretty fun, but it really made me miss my parents' apple orchard and the apple chips, juice, the smell, and everything else that goes along with apples and fall at my parents' house. Anyway, We also went to Lake of the Woods, a forest preserve about 10 minutes from our house, and we tried to take some family pictures, but we ended up just taking a bunch of pictures of Auston and Audrey. They had this really cool old red covered bridge that a bunch of people were having professional pictures taken on, so we decided to have a little photo shoot ourselves. As soon as Audrey got out of the car, she couldn't stop shrieking, she was so excited. It was so funny! There's a couple of pictures where you can tell she's just screaming as loud as she can, which is how she expresses herself! Auston played it a little more cool, but he was completely enthralled with the leaves on the ground, since it was basically the first time he had seen them. We could hardly get him to look at the camera, it was so funny! Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the pictures!
Our day at Lake of the Woods

So excited!

Still so excited!

Mini me

Steve's birthday pie
Having fun at Curtis Orchard

The gray goat looked exactly like my old pygmy goat, Daisy, miss her too (never thought I'd say that, we had a love/hate relationship :) )

Auston is so happy
Having fun at the park

Monday, October 6, 2008

This past weekend was really fun, on Friday we went to our friends' little girl, Ellis', 1st birthday party, and it was too cute! It was at a park, and we could hardly get Audrey off the swings, she loved them so much! Then Saturday and Sunday was conference, which I always love. All of the talks were so great. In between sessions on Sunday, we invited all the other law students over for a potluck brunch. We had a great turn-out, and the food was awesome! It was a pretty tight squeeze, but that made it all the more fun! We had 18 adults and 10 kids running around, so I'm sure you can imagine! Anyway, thanks to everyone who came and brought stuff, it was a lot of fun! Here are some pictures, enjoy!

Packing everyone in

The cutest kids ever!
L-R: Eliza, Laney, Grant, Auston, Audrey, Jack, Cadence, Ellis, Eliza, and Paige

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hey everyone! I thought I'd do a little update, since it's been a while. Steve's mom, Gainell, came to visit and just left, and it was so much fun to have her here! We spent time in Chicago, did a lot of shopping, went to the Amish country, and made lots of strawberry and raspberry jam! It was a lot of fun, and we miss her already! It was my first time to actually spend a long time in Chicago, and I absolutely loved it! I can see why it's so easy to fall in love with it. It was clean, friendly, and beautiful, even downtown on Michigan Avenue, the "Magnificent Mile". It has parks, trees, the gorgeous lake, even beaches, right downtown. It was awesome. And Gainell was the best tour guide. :) Since she lived there for awhile, she knew where everything was, the history behind it, and the best shopping! If anyone goes to Chicago, they should go with her! So we really had a lot of fun. Also, since my last post, we went with some friends of ours and went paddleboating on one of the many ponds in our city, and I also had my birthday , the big 25, which Steve really made Awesome! We went to the movie "Ghostown" (our first movie in a long time) and we loved it! Anyway, so here are some fun pictures from our eventful last couple of weeks. Enjoy!