Thursday, September 28, 2017

#74. The 'GREAT' Lake

One of the perks of living in Chicago is having access to Lake Michigan.  The twins took full advantage this summer with several trips to Chicago's Great Lake!

Luke & Clare at Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan

One day we began an adventure at the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

Sure, let's go see some birds, Daddy!!

Actually, forget the about some butterflies!?!

A short walk from the sanctuary the path opens up to this amazing view

These two loved the views at the Lake

Luke also loved the boats at Montrose Harbor and demanded a photo here too

Throughout the summer, one of the (mostly) weekly highlights was visiting Foster Beach, a short drive from our townhouse.

All aboard the Mazda 5 for another beach adventure!!

Posing (nice shades, Luke!) before walking the path to the beach

Enough photos Daddy, let's hit the beach!

At the beach, Luke loved wading out into the water and enjoyed the 'waves' of Lake Michigan...

...while Clare appreciated being at shore with the sand

Either way, both seemed content with their surroundings!

We had cloudy days...

and sunny days...

...but the twins always seemed to have a great time!

That is until snack time...

...when the birds attacked!

Outside of numerous trips to the beach, we visited the Lake a few other times for summer recreation.

One afternoon we went kite flying...

...and had a cookout...

...with some good friends

When Auntie Kip was in town, we rented a pedal bike and went for a ride along the bike paths

Faster Daddy, faster!!!

Someday, we hope, they will be pedaling us around!

We took a break to walk around...

...and enjoyed watching the sailboats float by

The views were spectacular!!

Visiting the lake definitely was a highlight of the summer.  We're sure these two will be back for years to come!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

#73. Our Two Turned Three!

It's crazy to think we are 1/6 of the way (yep, I'm a math teacher) to kicking them out of the house, but we recently celebrated the 3rd birthday of Clare & Luke!

1+2 = 3...Happy Birthday!!

Just look at how far they have come...three amazing years of growth!

On their actual birthday, July 19, we were lucky to welcome Luke & Clare's great uncle and aunt into our home from California.

We enjoyed a nice dinner, but pretty sure the thing the twins remember most are the cupcakes!

Happy 3, you 2!

Yummy, yummy!!

The twins enjoyed a special reading of their new book from great Aunt Tricia

Showing off their new 'Peppa' and 'Mickey' slippers

The weekend after their birthday, the twins had a 'Dr. Seuss' themed 3rd birthday party attended by family and friends.

Daddy and Papa spent a night getting 'crafty' in preparation

Dr. Seuss hats were donned by the young...

...and the old to get in the 'Seuss spirit'!

The twins enjoyed hanging out with all kinds of people (nice creepy photobomb, Papa)

Clare enjoyed a drink of the Yink's pink ink...I think!

The cakes were Seuss-themed as well

Did someone say cake?!?  Can't wait to dig in!!  (Neither can cousin Ben in the back as well)

Not sure a lot of cake was eaten, but the icing sure was a hit!

So were the lollipops, too!

The twins allowed a quick family photo and then... was time for presents!  The twins started opening their gifts on the couch...

...then progressed to the floor...

...and later spilled into a second day (notice the wardrobe change)!

Whether it was a box filled with clothes, came with a card...

...created a funny disguise...

...was wrapped in a package almost their size...

...or was a present designed to be on wheels...

...these two loved all their gifts and the kind and generous people that brought/sent/spoiled them!

We sure are messin' up a lot, but we must be doing something right because we are... 

...proud to be dads of these two 3-year olds!!