Saturday, October 25, 2014

{31 for 21} Chicago.

My in-laws are from the Chicago area, and every time I've been to visit, the weather has been awful.  I was there two weeks ago for a bridal shower and it snowed in early October - just flurries, but still.

Well, I finally got to enjoy a bit of Chicago beauty.







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Friday, October 24, 2014

{31 for 21} Music.

Ellie discovered Grandma's piano.



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

{31 for 21} One More Shot.

Okay, okay.  It's not my kid.  But today is field trip day for me and Ellie is busy wedding prepping for her role as a flower girl and this is too cute not to share.


Ellie informed us the other day that "I go to Cubs game."
"Okay, El, have fun."
"I take baby Aud-wee."
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{31 for 21} Quotable.

Recent winners:

Overheard - Matt to Ellie "Why are you drawing on the table in the leftover milk with your hair?"

Ellie was sobbing on the couch. "Honey, you look so sad. What do you need? What can I give you?" Through her tears she managed to answer, "Some chocolate."

"Ellie where are your listening ears?"
"At school!"

I prayed so hard for her to talk….



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{31 for 21} Costumes.

Halloween is coming up.  Ellie selected TWO costumes from Target's "Buy one get one free" sale and has yet to wear either.

So instead of a Halloween preview, here's a retrospective.


2011


2012

2013




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Monday, October 20, 2014

{31 for 21} Adventures for Ellie.

As a family, we try to give Ellie a life full of age appropriate adventure.  She's been to Puerto Rico, we've played on the beaches in Florida, she's been on mini-back-country hikes in the snow.

But the reality is that most of our adventures are less blog-worthy.  Weekend adventures are the park or gymnastics class, and after school adventures are the bookstore if we go big or maybe a walk around the neighborhood.

For Ellie, that's adventure enough.



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

{31 for 21} Kids Who Eat Leaves.

I think sometimes about blogging less.  I'm crazy busy, and my life doesn't seem very exciting.  And I keep forgetting days of 31 for 21.  

I know I'll keep blogging though.  Sometimes, I get emails that remind me why.  

The area where I live is transient.  People move in and out frequently, and lose touch, and come back.  Awhile back, I received a Facebook message from a co-leader in youth ministry I hadn't seen in years.

She was moving back to the area and was pregnant with her second little girl - who had a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and AVSD.

Sometimes, God knows what we need years before we do.  It's nice to have friends who live in the same place who have kids with the same needs, who can relate, who were friends before kids.

And whose kid with Down syndrome shares the same taste in leaves mine did at that age.

Ellie, 2011, right before tasting the leaf.

My friend's beautiful girls, big sister looking on as little sister eats a leaf.
Have a great Sunday.


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