Goldie’s 1st Bday

We celebrated Goldie’s 1st birthday this past weekend and had a fabulous time!  Big thank you to grandma and grandpa for hosting such a fabulous event!

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Goldie’s 1st Year

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Challah Making in JK

Each family at Joey’s school participates in a “family share” once per year.  The student is supposed to select what they want to share with their class…this could be anything from a Lego set to their favorite book/activity.  Joey knew exactly what he wanted months in advance… Aunt Lori to come in and teach his classmates about challah making.

This is an activity he’s enjoyed weekly at his old school – and he’s certainly loves Aunt Lori’s homemade challah on Friday night.  Due to all of the food restrictions (allergies), the kids werent able to taste any of it but they did have fun making it!

















Thanks Aunt Lori!

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Memorial Day 2016

The weather couldnt have been better for the first lake house weekend of the summer!  The boys were anticipating the trip North all week and had a little countdown going.

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Happy 5th Birthday, Joey!

Joey decided on a Ninjago-themed party.  We had it at the same place he had it last year and he had a blast with all of his school friends and cousins!

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April 2016

Joey got glasses this month and is doing a fantastic job being responsible for remembering to wear them and keep track of them.
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Sleepover at Aunt Cari’s

The boys had their very much anticipated sleepover at Aunt Cari’s.  They made sure to do all of the forbidden things: stayed up too late, got presents, drank juice and ate on the couch.

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As always, Goldie missed her brothers very much but enjoyed a lot of 1:1 time with us!


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Goldie – 9 Months!

Best words to describe Goldie at 9 months: happy and thriving!  She loves to eat, finds her brothers hilarious and always on the hunt for a gate left open or LEGOS to eat.

She got a great report from her 9 month appointment

18# (50%)

28.5″ (75%)

17.75 head circumference (90%)

She’s crawling everywhere and has tried just about every food.  She likes everything except Hummus.

































Joey (a few months shy of age 5)

He loves Hot Wheels, LEGOS, his scooter and his iPad!



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School Update

Both boys continue to thrive at school.  Here are photos from the Winter Harvest at Joey’s school (Greg attended while I was in CT for a work trip).

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Big news for Joey – he’s getting glasses!  We had a special day together that started with picking out just the right frames (see options below), getting new gym shoes and picking out a new LEGO set at Toys ‘r Us.  We had a blast…it’s rare to get 1:1 time with him!


























Benji checking out a worm during recess!














He is so ready for 5 days of school!!!

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Purim 2016

The boys worked hard prepping for their Purim parade.  Benji was singing songs around the house for about a week before the “big event.”

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February 2016

Benji and Joey attended their first “symphony” with Nanny and Poppy.  Joey ended up going back a few weeks later with his school!

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Enjoying the little things














Trying out their new chairs from the Weil Family!









She loves the bath!

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A look into the future…














Cari has become a LEGO master












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Joey has been so sweet with Goldie.  He’s always checking in on her…..Below, he’s telling me she’s too cold without socks!
























Pillow fight!









Aunt Cari and I ventured to IKEA with the boys.  We thought they’d enjoy it more than they did.  To make up for it, we visited the pet store across the street.  They had a great time picking out the dog they weren’t actually allowed to bring home.









Staying warm (and cute!)















Grandpa in for a visit…














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Out for breakfast














Learning Jenga with Aunt Deb and Grandpa








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Crawled from the living room to kitchen for hamentascen














Feeding herself with 1 hand!












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FaceTime with Aunt Hilly & Pacman


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Valentine’s Day 2016

The kids now have an expectation for V-Day and remember it as the “balloon holiday.”














Greg was just excited as last year to participate in this tradition…at least I wasn’t pregnant this year and could help blow up the balloons for efficiently!





























First time playing with a balloon – she didn’t know what to make of it!


















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Goldie had her modeling debut this week.  The newborn photographer we used for her photos needed a model for her Valentine’s Day mini sessions.  We jumped at the chance to get free professional photos!

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Despite retiring from modeling (I stopped returning the agency’s calls…it was just too much work), Benji still loves posing for the camera (and then looking at himself on my phone)!

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One of his many talents remains shoveling dessert down faster than many grown adults.


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School Updates

Benji and Joey are both thriving at their respective schools.  Benji will be joining Joey at his school next year.  We think he’s ready for a longer day and will really appreciate the Reggio Emilia approach they utilize. Joey’s been learning about the Chicago River at school.  They took a field trip to see the river in action first-hand and they’ve been doing research to understand the animals that live in / near the river.  Benji’s been doing a lot of exploration with different materials in the classroom and his teachers tell us he’s enthusiastic about learning.

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FUN Aunt Cari

The boys have been spending some quality time with Aunt Cari as of late and LOVE it!







She built them their very own Lego table.  It has 9 drawers with their Legos all sorted by color so they can easily find the pieces they need.  The TV has barely been on the last few weeks!







Goldie can’t wait until she’s old enough to go shoe shopping with Aunt Cari!


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