Here are some random photos taken a week or two ago. I am losing track of time! We spent a lovely day at the Children's Museum of Illinois, always a family favourite. Kel will be having his birthday party there next month. Post-holiday life has been busy. 2007 is shaping up to be a year of big projects and little sleep. I have at least two conferences for which to prepare over the coming months, one of which is work related and the other is the La Leche League International 50th Anniversary Conference in Chicago this summer where I am presenting a session on breastfeeding and working. And on that topic, Kellan has decided that 3am is a good time for his overnight "nilk" snack and comes into our bed for "iss" (his word for nursing) every single frigid dark morning of the week. Busy at work, busy at home, even busy nursing at 3am, and its not even February yet. But, you know what? I wouldn't trade it for anything.
A fun day at the Children's Museum
Pretending to be a "dino-snore" (I love the way he says that!)
Who's having the most fun?
Painting and playing at home in the kitchen
Oh to have such beautiful young skin again... Nic would kill me if he saw this post!
Happy 2007! Where is this century going? Kellan will be three this year. Nic will be hitting the big 5-0. I shall remain eternally youthful. Kel will start preschool. I look forward to the many big adventures that await us over the course of this new year.
We had a fantastic New Years Eve at Olivia's house and partied until, well, about 7:30pm. Happy New Year everybody!
Kellan made out very well this Christmas. I took a few photos at the start of the day, during the "Santa presents", then put down my camera to enjoy.
Two very memorable quotes that must be noted:
1. Granny surveys Kellan in his wagon absolutely surrounded by all of his Santa presents (he got two stockings and a bag of extras!). "Oh my", she says, "you have so many presents already." Kellan looks at her, then looks at the tree (under which sit all of the wrapped gifts, as of yet untouched), looks back and her and says, "Not yet..."
2. Kellan is a bit wild after a breakfast of chocolate and the unexpected excitement of Christmas morning. He pushes his wagon into the fridge. Nic says, "Kellan! What would Santa say?". To which Kellan earnestly replies, "Ho ho ho".
I couldn't quite capture it on camera -- though perhaps if I had a better camera, hint hint for my birthday, Nic! -- but the look on Kel's face when he walked out into the sitting room to see that Santa had left him some absolutely fabulous gifts was gorgeous. That's what Christmas morning is all about.
He even did a happy dance!
Quick stop to check that Santa and the reindeer had found their goodies,
then off to sit in his new wagon (something that he has wanted for absolutely ages -- thanks Granny and Grandad!).
There was a beautiful rendition of jingle bells with his new chime eggs. While sitting in the wagon. Of course.
The new train crossing bank that my sister sent was a huge hit. Lights and sounds. The works. A train fan couldn't ask for more.
It was a brilliant morning. The first time that we really got to experience the magic of Christmas with Kellan. This is such a fun age.
Photographic evidence that it was a great morning altogether.