Sunday, October 21, 2012

More Pictures From The Beach

Our third day at the beach was a little cooler so we decided it would be a good day to spend at the outlet mall.  It warmed up enough during the day that we could have just gone to the beach... but I'll take any excuse to go shopping!

The fourth day Ella had fun having a water fight with Ken.
 She also had fun burying Olivia in the sand

 And then they both got buried.

 Olivia made another pond and decorated it.

 Ella wrote her name in the sand.

And we ended the day by going to the pool, lazy river and water slide.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Break

We just got back from 8 wonderful days at the beach!  My parents rented a condo for the month and we were able to go during Ella and Olivia's fall break.  My mom is lucky and gets to stay the whole month. She is recovering from knee replacement surgery and wanted to finish it at the beach.  I guess she deserves it :) 

I have lots and lots of pictures... well not so much from the first day (left my camera upstairs)... but lots after that.

They really do love each other.

Each day Olivia wanted to make a pond (a big hole that we would fill with water and then she would sit in it).  Not sure why she enjoyed this so much.

We had a great second day at the beach. The water was perfect and the weather was perfect (it was all week)!  

Really... she looks way too grown-up!

Olivia really liked sneaking up and pouring water on our feet.

I am so happy that my dad was able to take off work and enjoy some time at the beach too!

Here is Olivia's second pond.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Last Of The Chicago Pictures

Okay, I am finally finishing up from our trip to Chicago.  On day 3 Ken needed the van for work so he dropped us off at Navy Pier again.  We hadn't walked to the end of the Pier the other night we were there and someone had given us extra ride tickets so we decided to do that while we waited for Ken to go to his meeting.

It was so windy at the end of the Pier. 

So windy!

 Luckily, their was another family suffering through the wind that offered to take a picture for us.

When Ken picked us up we headed to Michigan Avenue for a little shopping.  Going to the American Girl Store was the only thing Ella and Olivia cared about.

They were so surprised when they both got to pick a new doll.  Ella picked McKenna and Olivia picked a bitty twin (just got one though).  Olivia named her doll Emily Elizabeth.

The rest of the trip Ken had to work so we hung out at the hotel and swam until he got off work.  One day we went to an outlet mall and another day we stopped at Ikea.  We enjoyed the little working vacation and were happy to tag along!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Olivia Starts Preschool!

Yep, this little cutie started preschool this morning!  

Our Elementary school has a 3 and 4 year old preschool class.  The 3 year olds only go half days, but it is a really good program and we couldn't be happier.  Olivia is most excited about the playground and going to music, art, library and P.E.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Ella!

Well, it's official, today Ella turned 8 years old! 

We started celebrating last week with a sleepover with some school friends.  We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner and then to Yolo's for dessert.  The girls stayed up until 3:00 in the morning when I finally made them go to sleep!

 Saturday night we met Ken's parents at Stevie B's and ate way too much pizza.  Ella received her long awaited rollerblades and was sooo happy!  So far no broken bones and she actually does pretty good on them.

 Sunday my dad made "Pop Pop burgers", Ella's favorite and we had a yummy cookie cake.

 And then today, her actual birthday, she started 3rd grade.

I can't believe how she is growing up so quickly.  She is so beautiful, smart, kind, spunky, full of life, stubborn and sassy.

And I wouldn't trade her for the world!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Chicago Day 2

On our second day in Chicago we visited the Shedd Aquarium. We all liked the jellyfish and enjoyed the dolphin show.

When we left the aquarium we headed over to Willis Tower (former Sears Tower) and rode the elevator to the 103rd floor.  The ride up takes 1 minute and my ears were popping!

When we got to the top Olivia loved looking out the windows.

Not a great picture, but Ella wanted to take one of us.

Olivia wasn't even scared to get on the glass ledge.  She walked right out there and took a seat!

Ella was a little more cautious.  She did step onto it, but was too quick for a picture, so she stood close to it for her picture.

Ken really wanted these sunglasses in the gift shop!

I talked him out of them!