A Day at the Park

Yesterday was a GORGEOUS day, the type of day we’ve been waiting for here in IL for months.

So we took advantage of it and headed out to the park.
Timmy and Johnny had fun digging in the sand for dinosaur fossils, climbing the new “spiderweb” thing, and playing catch with dad. Bryan enjoyed a nice nap in the fresh air.
And we all got a bit of color, because I never can remember to ring sunscreen that first nice day. But I DID try my best and thought I’d kept Bryan covered (and sweaty) the whole time but even his little cheeks look red. 🙁

But here are some photos from our day.

My Angel

OK, so I admit Bryan is NOT the perfect baby. He is much fussier and needier than the other two were. But he’s still MY angel, and I have the photo to prove it.

And some others that I think are super cute too.

My little Houdini’s

Last night the boys went to a Magic Class at our Park District. There they learned a few tricks and were given the stuff for a couple of them. They said they had a good time and they couldn’t wait to get out of the car to show me.
Timmy immediately ran to his room to prepare a trick as Johnny dumped all his goodies out on the living room floor. LOL I asked Timmy to help him prepare too and they both came out with a trick. While Timmy needs a little practice for his to flow believably he at least understands what is supposed to be kept secret. As opposed to Johnny who did everything out in the open! But it was still sooo cute. I will have to try to get some photos of them. But of course now they want a hat, cape and wand! And they want to go back as they do 4 classes a year each with different tricks.

Here she comes…

…OK so she isn’t Miss America…YET!

But she is Little Miss Illinois and moving on up. And last night I got a chance to re-do the photo shoot that didn’t go so well do to the the blazing sun and strong winds.

Here’s a few of my favorite shots. Too see more check out my Photography page on MySpace

Thanks again to Hailey and her mom for letting me do these photos. And GOOD LUCK!!!!

Bathing Beauties

OK I’m really not allowed to call them beautiful anymore, they prefer handsome. And I KNOW that someone will feel the need to point out that someday they will be mad at me for sharing these. I’m well aware of this, I HOWEVER feel its my duty as a mother! OK maybe not my duty but my right. I earned the right to take embarrassing photos of my kids because I have to put up with all the crazy things they do, right???

So here they are Timmy and Johny in all their bubbly glory 🙂


How exciting!


Just a little plug for a friend of mine. She is a super funny writer and just got her first book published. I haven’t gotten it in my little hands yet but I think I can VERY safely say it will be a great read. Its available on Amazon for preorder now.

Our New Family Endeavor

For the last several year our family (and extended family) have been involved with the American Cancer Society event Relay For Life. While it has been a ton of fun and is an amazing cause, last year we decided that will would not have a team at this years event. While our immediate family plans to attend the event we will not be dedicating so much time to planning and fundraising efforts as in the past.
But still feeling a very near and dear connection to the fight to find a cure for cancer, this year our household has decided to get involved in a silghtly different way. The first year we participated in the Relay there was an amazing little boy there who was going through treatment for cancer. Aside from his adorable little bald head, you would have been hard pressed to know he was under going such difficult treatments as he was a totally upbeat happy little boy. The following year, he was selected to be honored as the Jr Honorary chair of the event. He attended that years kick off event where it was announced that he was selected and he still was as happy as ever. However, he never made it to that Relay in July. Instead in his honor we walked a Super Hero themed lap because of his love of all things super hero. As the mother of little boys (also in love with super heros) it did (and still does) break my heart to think about what that family was going through.
So this year Tom, the boys and I will be helping to raise money for The Super Jake Foundation. The way we’ve committed to do this is to help with the Super Jake Hero Bash which will be held on November 8th at the Hilton, in Northbrook. Tom will be the DJ for the evening and the boys and I will be helping with whatever we can!

Bryan’s Baptism


This past Sunday was Bryan’s baptism and it went very well. He slept through the actual baptism but then woke up and was social with everyone that had come to see him. Everyone thought he was adorable in his tux (of course).

With Pastor Stu, being baptized.
With his Godparents, Uncle Tim & Aunt Bonnie (Tom’s brother & sister)
With Tom & I
With Grandpa & Gramma Hintz

With Grandpa & Gramma Nugent
With Great Grampa Gapko & Eleanor


Most Huggable Baby Week 1

Most of you will probably have heard about this from me directly in email but just in case…

Bryan is in a Most Huggable baby contest for a local radio station. The contest runs for 4 weeks, with one weekly winner week and then a final winner chosen from those 4 babies. Voting for this week began today. Anyone can vote, though you do have to register on their site (they DO give you the option whether you want to recieve info from them) and each individual can vote once per day.

I’m hoping that all my friends/family will take a few minutes each day to vote for him. And possibly ask any friends you know who’d also be willing to vote.

The link for this week is here: Baby Contest Polls – 93.9 WLIT-FM

And for the record

And just for the record, I must not have been knocking on REAL wood last week because I am once again back to living like a zombie. Bryan has been super fussy the last couple days, spending the later part of the evening screaming no matter what we do. He’s been up until at least 1am for the last two nights and waking twice before 8 am.