Entries Tagged as 'caroline'

Rory’s First Birthday

February 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Aunty Glenna, Kenji, Amanda and Tyler

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Caroline with Rory and her friend Kim. Kim’s daughter’s birthday is only two weeks from Rory’s.

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CJ
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Tyler

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Rory feeling skeptical about what’s about to happen.

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Maybe it’s ok.

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No, it is definitely NOT ok.

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Eddy was very willing to fill in! He’s one year older than Rory.

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Kenji blowing bubbles at me.

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Kenji
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Dallas & Quinn, Best Buddies

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Time for presents. Caroline and Rory had lots of help from the other kids at the party.

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Packers football! Who could that be from?

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Eddy wants to help!

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Chad, Ed, Dallas, Quinn, Jen

I can’t believe Rory can be a year old already, but this past weekend we celebrated his first birthday! Danny’s friend owns a cute little restaurant in Forest Park called Amelia’s and closed it down for the afternoon for the party. I was sort of dreading going to Forest Park, but it only took us about 20 minutes to get there from our house! The party was a fun mix of family and a bunch of our friends. Rory was not into the cake at all, but he seemed to like the opening of presents. Well, I think he liked the paper the best.

After the party we went to Danny and Caroline’s house in Oak Park to hang out some more. Somebody had to drink all the leftover beer and it might as well be us. And Ed! Rory missed his nap because of the party and somehow stayed awake and happy long into the night. And he did eat a bit of cake once the pressure was off and he was seated comfortably in his high chair at home.

Happy birthday, Rory!

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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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Tyler, Amanda, Tommy, Eddy, Naoko

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Rory and Grandma/Aunty Laura

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Dallas and me (photo by Heather)

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Danny, Rory, Caroline, Aunty Laura

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Peggy, Derek, Neil, Kate, Ben, Kyle, Winnie

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Siblings! Uncle BB, Aunty Gail, Uncle Sonny, Aunty Laura, Uncle Neil

On Christmas day we always go to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house out in Mount Prospect, IL. Every year Aunty Gail makes beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and her mom’s lettuce/mayo/crab/pea salad. It never varies. Dessert varies because other people always bring different desserts, but Aunty Gail always makes her signature cookies. This year Doug didn’t make it because he was sick. I guess their whole family has rotated through some flu-like illness. Naoko had been sick the day before and all the kids had their turn as well.

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Mitch wrote down all the names and facilitated the gift exchange.

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Gift exchange in full swing.

Every year Aunty Gail tells you a thousand times, “Remember your gift bag, no junk, no junk!” And for years the spending limit was $10, which is very junk inducing. For the last couple years she raised the limit to $20 and last year we did good, but this year? Still some junk. Maybe not junk, but drill bits, Brad? No one wants drill bits. Or a raft to be pulled behind a boat when only one person out of everyone owns a boat! Dallas and I didn’t do too bad. We got a scale that you hook onto luggage handles to weigh your bags and a new cast iron pan. Dallas and I gave whiskey as one gift and printed and framed this photo as our other gift:

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Heather & Jeff

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Heather, Aunty Glenna, Jeff, Aunty Laura

This photo is of Dallas grandma and her mom with all of the grandkids. The tiny baby is Danny at probably about the same age his son Rory is now. The photo was from Dallas’s grandmother’s photo album that we got in Hawaii. The photos were taken when they traveled from Kauai to Chicago in 1978 and all of the Chicago relatives (who were born before 1978!) are in there. Everyone had a good time looking through the photo album.

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Kenji kept yelling “Sister!” at me and running away. Naoko said he’s learning family roles and relationships (and he doesn’t have any sisters).

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Kenji kept running away from the camera, but I got him!

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Who is the tallest? Kyle, Chris, Brad, Dallas, Danny, Jeff, or KATE??

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Eddy

As always, amazing to see how the family is growing every year. Ty, Eddy, and Rory are still the babies of the families, but there are 2 more being baked right now! Next Christmas will again be different!

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Literally 9 out of 10 of the kids are boys. (Tyler, Mitchell, Tommy, Kate, Rory, Derek, Ben, Chris, Eddy, Kenji)

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Lots of boys = lots of rough housing.

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Even with the older boys!

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Kate doesn’t really get into that.

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Derek and Ben. Ben is totally looking like a California kid, which he is.

Previous Christmases at Aunty Gail’s:

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Yummy Treats!

December 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

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Salmon from Jordan and Liz and paleo snacks from Caroline and Jose!

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