The Shedd

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We took Cohen to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on New Year’s Eve.  It was his first trip, and while Tim and I had been there in the past, it had been years – like 8 or 9 – to be exact.  So it was like new to us, as well.  We thought it’d be a fun way to get out of town on New Year’s while still living the family lifestyle!  It was a great time.  We got to see lots and lots of fish and all sorts of all water creatures, as well as penguins, seals and dolphins.  Cohen loved it and so did we!

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Tulips!

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I was so happy to stumble across these for $2 at Walmart today! These pretty pink tulips complemented by my cheery green vase are just what was needed to liven it up around here. February has never been my favorite month. I’m over winter and still far enough away from spring. I can’t wait to get out my springy candles and get some more sunniness around here!! It’s the small things sometimes!! :)

I asked Cohen what he thought of the flowers we got … I got this look. He might not be as appreciative yet! ;)

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Future Olympian

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Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  It was also Cohen’s first day of gymnastics.  It was difficult to get a whole lot of pictures and videos because I had to supervise, but I was able to snag a few.

The class is essentially open gym with the the direction of an instructor.  They started the 40 minute class with a little warm up.  Basically they stand in a circle and follow along with a sing a long song.  Cohen just ran wild during this part because he was so excited to just be in the class on the bouncy floor.  At one point he actually stood in the middle of the circle and did a little “dancing,” which is just bouncing. And super cute.

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Cohen, Cohen, Cohen

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For our Christmas cards, we planned on using a family picture that my cousin at Photographie 51 took, however, during an impromptu photo shoot with Cohen one night, we found the greatest picture to use!

We also got some other great shots of him, and it was a lot of fun.  I think it’s nice when it happens more organically, instead of the pressure of posed photos when you NEED them to work.  :) This was definitely the case here!

So scroll on through for the scoop on our photoshoot!

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How we spent our Christmas!

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We started our Christmas celebrations by doing lots and lots of baking on Christmas Eve.  I made spiced walnuts and no bake chocolate cookies.  Tim made his homemade fudge.  YUM!  Then we went to church together, which was great!  After the service, we were able to get a few pictures together, too, which is nice.  We actually got one last year, too, when Cohen was a teeny, tiny 10 day old baby.  So great.  Much like a lot of the other photos we take, I love being able to have a new “version” each year to look back on.

 

 

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