Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Maxwell picked out his own shirt this year to wear for Valentine's Day, and we wouldn't have expected anything but his favorite mouse. We celebrated with parties (and candy) at school and then dinner (and dessert) with the family at North Shore. What's not to LOVE?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Company Lock-In

I had my Valentine's lock-in for company this weekend followed by a birthday sleepover for one of my teammates. My big sister and I surprised each other with gifts and she got us these cool matching shirts! It was a fun and crazy night and now it is time to put our game faces on as competition season is just around the corner!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Life of a 17 Month Old

At 17 months, Maxwell sure is enjoying life. He plays hard and sleeps hard. There are drums to bang, baths to take, cookies to eat, buckets to climb in, and when you are really lucky there are suckers which make you drool. All in a days work!

King of the Selfie

Maxwell is slowly turning into the King of Selfies as he much prefers being on that side of the camera...he even managed to squeeze Mom into this one!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Haircut #2

We celebrated Daddy's birthday this year with Daddy and baby haircuts. Maxwell had grown wings on all sides so he was due for a trim. He sat like a champion on Dad's lap and is now a handsome little dude!

Sunday, February 4, 2018


We are lucky to have someone plow our driveway every time it snows, but unfortunately they don't do sidewalks! Since we are bigger and a bit more responsible, Mom offered us some cash to shovel for her. We were definitely up for the challenge as money is always welcome...anyone need a shoveler?!?!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mother-Son Campout

Mom and I braved the snowstorm and headed up to Camp Silverbrook tonight to enjoy my last year of the Mother-Son Campout for Cub Scouts. We made our own pizzas, built fires in the snow, and took a moonlight hike. Being that we are the oldest scouts now, we were also in charge of organizing the skits. Fun was had by all, and we were able to go out with a bang!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Screen Time

Maxwell loves the iPad, iPhone, tablet, anything with a screen and buttons pretty much...he also loves just chillin' with us while we play!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Taxi Driver

Big sissy somehow persuaded Mom to let Maxwell ride in the taxi car at Metro Market today. This will most likely be his only ever ride in such a cart as Mom despises them due to their ginormous size a poor handling. Maxwell loved every moment though taking both steering wheels in his hands. He even scored a cookie from the cookie lady who thought Mom was our nanny or big sister. Silly cookie lady!

Saturday, January 27, 2018


With no school on Friday and Dad just a few hours away we packed up the car and headed to Chicago for a few days! We visited the Field Museum which had a little bit of something for everyone - the Hall of Gems for me, inside Ancient Egypt for Lily, and animals galore for Maxwell. We also took in the bean at Millennium Park, which Max thought was amazing! Maxwell's favorite part of the trip may have been the condo though at the Trump Tower. He explored every square inch of the place from the magnificent views to the cavernous tub. He especially enjoyed the glass front washer and the shower. All that fun tired him out though and he took full advantage of the king size bed being that he refuses to sleep anywhere but in his own crib. It was a short trip, but hopefully the first of many since there is so much we would like to see and Dad hangs out in Chicago pretty regularly.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Life of a 16 Month Old

16 month olds are busy little dudes! We are go, go, go from sun up until sun down (minus the two naps a day Max still takes). Max is learning so much and showing off his skills continuously. He can now climb up on chairs, put on his own hat (or Mom's), take selfies, and he is saying more and more words all the time including up, Mama, Dada, Ryan, Lily, doggie, drop, and yeah just to name a few. He has also perfected "yes" and "no" with a very vigorous shake of his head. He still loves his bottle, although he has been spotted drinking from a sippy cup. He is able play fairly independently and is often found cooking on his grill or with a bowl and spoon mixing up who knows what. His tool box is a favorite too! He loves Curious George, The Wiggles, and Mickey Mouse. He also loves stuffed animals and can be found carrying one around quite frequently. He enjoys climbing up and into things, and will try to fit his little body into the craziest spaces. He kisses Mama and Dada even when it is just their picture and he sleeps hard. After a slight setback over the holidays we are back on track with sleeping and are recording almost 12 hours every night. He adores water whether it be washing his hands or taking a bath. He probably should have been born a fish, and swim lessons are definitely in his near future. He understands almost everything you say to him and helps out around the house throwing out his own trash and letting Harley out of his kennel. Just ask and he is happy to oblige! He is a bundle of energy always ready to go, and we can't wait to see where he is going next!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Atlanta Weekend

Dad had a long trip to Atlanta planned for work so we decided to piggyback on the trip and join him for a few days since we had a long weekend. We spent three days visiting friends, introducing Maxwell to the Georgia Aquarium, meeting our new cousin (Penelope), and visiting the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. We also spent a lot of time eating and Maxwell enjoyed various shakes from Chick-fil-A and Yeah! Burger. It was an action packed, amazing trip that left us exhausted, but we wouldn't have it any other way!