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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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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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Some Winter Fun!

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Over the holiday season, there were a few things that just had to be checked off the list – including visiting Santa!  We hadn’t taken Cohen last year, because he was born on the 14th, and I figured handing him over to a Santa who had probably been sneezed all over multiple times was not the smartest idea.  So we wanted to make extra sure that we took Cohen to meet Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick this year – and what better place to do that than Bass Pro Shop!?  HUH?!  Yah, the idea seemed weird to me, too, but we had heard they turned the store into a winter wonderland and it was a great Santa visit.  What we didn’t hear, though, is that you’d potentially have to wait 3+ hours when you got there.  That happened to us.  And we didn’t want to wait.  We knew Cohen would get super grouchy without an afternoon nap.  But because we had never been to Bass Pro Shops we decided to make the best of the 45 minute drive we had taken, and we wandered around the store.  It was actually a pretty cool place and a fun afternoon!

They had these huge tanks full of fish when you walk into the store.  Cohen was super intrigued.

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