Friday, December 12, 2014


Daddy still had one more vacation day from work so we decided to go to the Museum of Science and Industry.  Considering that they have a whole transportation area with planes, cars and trains, plus a whole section on farming with tractors, we figured Eliel would be in heaven.  And boy were we right!  We just happened to walk in right next to the steam engine and Eliel just about died!  He made a really loud squeal sound and was pointing as hard as he could.  It was all totally worth it at that moment.

We of course started with the transportation exhibits.  Eliel was in awe of all the trains they had going.  I think his little head was spinning trying to keep track of all of them!

Eliel then pulled us over to the weather exhibit because he eyed the large weather balloon from afar.  Once we got closer, he was a little nervous since they were so big.  While walking around, we heard and then saw the Tessla coil.  They use it to simulate lightning.  Well, it's quite loud and somewhat frightening to look up and see it.  Eliel was a little apprehensive but surprisingly didn't cry. 

We also made it to the chick hatchery and although we didn't get to see any hatch, there were some new hatchlings that Eliel could have watched all day.  He gave out a few loud squeals when they would come close to the glass!

After walking around a few other exhibits, most which didn't impress Eliel too much, we went to go and see the German U boat.  It's quite impressive if you've never seen it.  Eliel was actually impressed too.  We spent a few minutes walking around and then Eliel asked to get back in the stroller so we knew it was time to leave.  Although we were way past his nap time, he unfortunately did not sleep in the car the entire ride home.  I think he might be the only toddler who doesn't.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Another train?!?

If Eliel could talk, I think he'd say that this Christmas thing gets better each day!  He had a blast 'helping' me decorate the day after Thanksgiving. With each box Adam brought up from the basement, Eliel would start to giggle.  Luckily, we only had one decoration 'casualty' from all the excitement.  Eliel found a large, red glass ornament VW bug that I had. He got so excited, he reached into the box to show me.  It was so large and heavy that it fell right at his feet and shattered. At least he no one got hurt! :(

Daddy also set up the train around the Christmas tree.  Eliel and I had seen one similar to it at Toys R Us earlier that day.  In fact, we stood and watched the train at Toys R Us for almost ten minutes! So, you can imagine the excitement when Daddy brought out our train. We typically watch the train for about ten minutes each day now!
As you can see in some of the pictures, Nugget has a love/hate relationship with the train.  He watches it go around and every once in a while, tries to eat it.  This is also very entertaining to Eliel.  :)

We had a very relaxing weekend which was great since it will probably not happen again until after the holidays.  We watched Santa arrive on a firetruck in Barrington over the weekend but Eliel had no desire to go and talk to him.  I'm still not sure if I'm going to make him or not... :)  Stay tuned!

Monday, December 1, 2014


I was lucky enough to win some tickets from a blog I follow (Two Moms, A Little Time & A Keyboard) to Morton Arboretum's Illuminations.  I had heard about the light extravaganza but because of the cost, had never had a chance to attend.

Being that the weather was slightly warmer this weekend, we decided that it was a good chance (and possibly our only chance) to go.  Everyone else had the same idea too and it was actually sold out.  Good thing our tickets were in hand!
I haven't been to the Arboretum recently.  I had only been there once on a field trip with school.  So, it looked much different, especially at night.  They had wonderful holiday lights everywhere!  Eliel was on sensory overload!

Walking the path...
It's set up in a very nice pathway which is all paved.  (Although it's a little difficult to stay on the path since it's so dark!)  It's about a mile in length but doesn't feel like it.  There is one direction in which everyone travels and you move at your own pace.  At each 'exhibit' there is something different to see.
They had some lights sets to music from the Chicago Symphony orchestra.  While other exhibits were interactive.  For example, at one stop, you could push a button in various intervals to make the lights on the trees change color.  At another, you could sing into a megaphone and the louder you sang, the faster and more vibrant the colors changed.  Adam and Catherine treated Eliel (and strangers) to a rousing rendition of 'Five Green and Speckled Frogs'.  They had the lights going like crazy as well as received a small applause for their performance.
Tree Huggers!
Eliel's favorite thing?  Yelling 'GO!' after looking at an exhibit for any length of time.  He really is starting to get very bossy! ;)  He was mesmerized by the lights and we did get a few 'wows' out of him.

Bad part of the night? He didn't fall asleep the WHOLE ride home in the car.  So, his bedtime was 9:30pm... oops.  Guess I'll be paying for that one... :P

The best part of the night?  As we were leaving the parking lot, I turned to Eliel and said, ' Did you have fun seeing all the lights?'  He looked right at me, smiled and said 'yeah!'  Be still my heart.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for.  It would take me a whole post just to write about that.  And I'm sure many of you are thankful for the very same things.

If you've read about our other Thanksgivings, then you  already know that we have the perfect situation.  Adam's mom hosts every year and she invites my family, including my sister and her husband.  Talk about a wonderful situation!

Before dinner, we decided to take a few family pictures and Eliel was in rare form.  He was being such a ham for the camera!  As you'll see in some of the pictures, he enjoyed clapping and saying 'yay' after many of the pictures were taken, hence the silly faces.  He also likes to say cheese but has an equally silly face when doing so.

There's not too much to say about Thanksgiving other than it was wonderful.  So, once again, I'll let the pictures do the talking!

Daddy's Side of the Family

Mommy's Side of the Family

Uncle Brian, Auntie Katie & Eliel

Auntie Cat & Eliel
Papa, Gram & Eliel

Grandpa, Grandma & Eliel

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

21 months

So, it's been two months since I did our monthly update.  As much as I love doing them, I'm guessing you're all getting bored.  As cool as Eliel is (or at least I like to think so!) I'm sure getting a monthly update from an almost two year old isn't the highlight of your email checking.  So, I will start to do it every other month and once he does turn two, it will probably move to every four to sixth months.  But for now, here's the latest on our little man.

Eliel won't be going back to the doctor until he's two so we don't have any specific height or weight information.  I don't think he's getting much heavier but he is definitely getting taller!  He can now see up and over the top of the pack 'n play with no problem but thankfully has not tried to climb out yet.  He can also reach most of the drawers in the kitchen and can stand at the bathroom counter on his stool to brush his teeth with no problem.

Eliel has a much wider vocabulary; even more so since his last 'chatting' session.  He can repeat many words you ask him to including, yeah, hair, and even hohoho!  He likes making sounds of digust like ewww, yuck and blech.  Lately, his favorite word is 'go' and if you're driving in the car with him, you will hear it about ten times at every stoplight.  He has also dropped almost all of his signing.  He still signs words he can't say like airplane and water but other than that, he makes an effort  to say each word.  A lot of them are only decipherable to Adam and I but nonetheless, he's trying.

Eliel knows most typical colors and can identify them, although he can really only say blue and red. As you've seen, he can also count to three.  He loves counting for anything!  Since being at swim lessons, he has learned to love jumping in the water since he gets to count before doing so.  He has no fear when jumping though and will generally just 'fall' into the water so Mommy had better be ready to catch him!

Eliel has become a much better eater. We've started making him eat whatever we're eating for dinner (unless of course it's too spicy like chili or enchiladas).  He put up a fight for a day or two but now, he will generally eat what we're eating with a little persuasion.  For example, we will ask him to take ten bites of his dinner if he wants to eat blackberries or raspberries.  And so far, he will!  He has also started to eat some ground beef if I mix it in mostaccioli or her will have a small bite of hamburger.  He still won't touch chicken though!

The one thing about Eliel that I just absolutely love (and I know a lot of you all do too) is his laugh!  He has such an infectious laugh.  It's so hard not to want to tickle him all day just to hear it.  Even better is when he 'fake laughs' when he hears someone else laughing.  He is really showing his personality!  Things only seem to get better with this little guy!

Finally, the pictures are from an impromptu ride on Grandpa's bus over the weekend.  Eliel was picked up in front of the house on a big yellow school bus and driven around the neighborhood.  What a treat!  He was grinning from ear to ear! :)